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Historic Highlights

8 Days 1 Country 9 Cities

Immerse yourself in American history on this unforgettable trip from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia.

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About this trip

A portrait of American history, this trip mixes the modern bustle of Washington, D.C., the simple Amish life of Lancaster County, and landmarks from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. You'll enjoy Insider moments like… standing on the battlefield as a foremost expert of the Civil War talks of the people behind the Gettysburg battle. Painting a picture of the war cries and cannons that ripped through the tranquil landscape before you, they share incredible details that bring this eerie setting to life. We also meet another local in Washington, D.C., who talks about the history and the modern day happenings of America's capital city, as they reveal some of its most iconic monuments and memorials.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: DHIH

7 Nights

accommodation

10 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 3 dinners.

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Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Washington, D.C. (2 nights)

Welcome to Washington, D.C. Check into your hotel and spend the afternoon relaxing or set out on your own to take in some highlights of the nation's capital city. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown

2. Washington, D.C. Monuments, Memorials and Free Time

Immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation, joining a Local Specialist to view the White House, the striking Washington Monument and the National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol building. Reflect on the country's most turbulent days at the Lincoln Memorial and the somber World War II memorial. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to chart your own course through America's capital city.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

3. Washington, D.C. - Mount Vernon - Yorktown - Williamsburg (2 nights)

From the nation's capital, travel to the home of its first president, George Washington, on the banks of the Potomac River in Mount Vernon. Visit the Yorktown Victory Center and watch Revolutionary War history come to life. Delve even further into America's past upon arriving in Williamsburg—settled in 1638 as Middle Plantation. This evening, head to a local tavern for a delicious Regional Meal.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg

4. Jamestown - Colonial Williamsburg

Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Captain John Smith and his hardy band of 104 settlers established the first permanent English settlement in the New World—Jamestown. With the insight of your guide, you'll find out how rough life was for the early colonists when they came to America in 1607. Walk through the life-size re-creations of the colonists' crude fort, explore the mock-up Native American Powhatan village and climb aboard a replica of one of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia. Then, fast forward to the 18th century to spend the rest of the day in Colonial Williamsburg, Britain's largest colony in the New World from 1699 to 1780. Chat with blacksmiths, take in a fife and drum parade, even engage in some politicking with a costumed Federalist in the town square. This afternoon enjoy a riveting cultural presentation by Sylvia Tabb-Lee, a Cultural Insight.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

5. Williamsburg - Monticello - Charlottesville

Visit the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry's fiery “Give me liberty or give me death” speech when you visit St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. For a more genteel window into Jefferson's life, explore Monticello (translating to “little mountain”), his neoclassical Italian estate perched atop a hill. Continue to Charlottesville where you have the afternoon to explore the city. Relax this evening over dinner.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Omni Charlottesville

6. Charlottesville - Shenandoah National Park - Gettysburg

Bid farewell to Charlottesville and travel through Shenandoah National Park on the way to Gettysburg. Here you'll immerse yourself in the narrative of the U.S. Civil War. Visit the incredible Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, home to the breathtaking Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Wyndham Gettysburg

7. Gettysburg - Lancaster County - Philadelphia

Cannons blazing, trumpets sounding, the blue and the gray—join your Local Specialist at the site of one of the Civil War's most pivotal battles. The events at Gettysburg—where General George Meade's Army of the Potomac defeated Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia—turned the tide in the Civil War. Just four months after the historic struggle, the battlefield was also the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln's call for “a new birth of freedom” in his famed Gettysburg Address. A short drive takes you from war to the peace of Lancaster's traditional Amish agricultural community. Spend some time among their verdant fields and clapboard farmhouses before arriving in Philadelphia, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Stay in the heart of the city's historic district, within walking distance of dozens of landmark buildings. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow American history enthusiasts for a festive Farewell Dinner.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
Sheraton Society Hill

8. Philadelphia - Depart Washington, D.C.

Walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin in one of the foremost cities of American history. Begin with a visit to the National Constitution Center—an interactive museum tracing the history of the U.S. Constitution and the effects it has had around the world. Then explore Independence National Historic Park, home of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Return to Washington, D.C., to Dulles International Airport or Ronald Reagan National Airport, or to the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., for guests extending their stay. 

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

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    Gettysburg Visitor Center and Cyclorama: You’ll explore the visitor center, discover the history of this famous sight and help support battlefield preservation with the proceeds from your visit. Colonial Williamsburg and the Kings Arms: You’ll discover the work of a notfor- profit cultural organisation, visit its museums and find out how ticket sales fund their educational mission.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    for included sightseeing in Washington, D.C. and on the Gettysburg battlefield.

  • Cultural Insights
    with a riveting cultural presentation from Sylvia Tabb-Lee.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia

    • Visit Mount Vernon, Lancaster County, Gettysburg National Military Park, Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Monticello

    • View the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol Building and Liberty Bell


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • 7 nights First Class accommodation


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


Unwind

Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

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    Service rating : Service was 9 out of 10. Timing is great.Product : We went to some great location for short period of time.

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    Service rating : I am grading this excellent as the service from the Trafalgar staff was very impressive. What stands out is the commitment and service from our travel director Randy and the driver, Arthur. What was not impressive however were some of the hotels on the trip. For example the

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    Service rating : Tour guide & driver were fantastic.Product : Would have liked to spend more time in Gettysburg & Amish Country.

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    Service rating : very goodProduct : a stop in Hershey would be a good addition to this tour

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    Service rating : top notchProduct : enjoyed all selected stops and mini tours

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