Trails of Liberty - 2015

4 out of 5 stars

8 days

from $1868 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Sep 2015.
"An experience of a lifetime"
Hsiao Ling Caroline Chai , Jun 2014

Exciting moments in U.S. history are uncovered in this East Coast family encounter, from the Declaration of Independence to the Battle of Gettysburg and the first English settlement.

It's Insider moments like… standing in the very spots history was made while our local historians' stories reveal all– from why the Liberty Bell cracked to how the Battle of Gettysburg was won. Our local Shenandoah storyteller transports you to a world of myth and legend, while our Amish expert leaves most questioning how their own family would cope without TV. You won't need to wonder if they could cope without chocolate, as you get to pick your favourite treats to create your own candy bar at Hershey's Chocolate World.

Trip type:
Family Experiences
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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Ghosts and heroes, ammunition and battle strategies, chocolate making and barbecue—you're sure to have a blast as history comes alive on this patriotic adventure! Check into your hotel, then set out on your own to explore the nation's capital. At 6 p.m. gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Kick-off Party.


    Kick-Off Party


    Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown

  • 2.


    Join a Local Expert for a tour of the capital and many of its famous landmarks. View the Washington Monument, the National Mall, the Capitol and the White House. You'll be awed as you walk right up to the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial. Visit Arlington National Cemetery and hear all about the final resting place of the nation's heroes on a narrated tram ride. You get the rest of the afternoon to explore wherever you want. Maybe visit one of the world's greatest museums—the Smithsonian Institution; check out the space vehicles at the National Air and Space Museum or look up at the bellies of the gigantic dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History.


    Full Breakfast

  • 3.


    Follow in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, the great inventor and statesman, as you travel to Philadelphia. Stop at the Reading Terminal Market, an old train shed opened in 1892 that now houses a huge marketplace and food stands serving up yummy local delights. With so many choices, you may need a while to decide which treats you want to try—maybe dig into an authentic Philly Cheesesteak or a piping hot Pennsylvania Dutch apple dumpling. Continue on to the Independence National Historic Park and visit the National Constitution Center. Ever wonder why the Liberty Bell cracked? You'll find out when you visit the giant bell on display in its own pavilion. View Independence Hall where Franklin and the other founding fathers started the country's favourite national holiday with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the friendly “City of Brotherly Love.”


    Full Breakfast


    Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia – Historic District

  • 4.


    Set out this morning for the rolling countryside of Lancaster County. Learn about an entirely different way of life without technology as you ride back in time aboard a horse-drawn wagon and learn about the traditional lifestyle of the Amish with a Local Expert. Then, be treated to an Amish family-style lunch. Travel on to yet another world—Hershey's Chocolate World that is—where you'll learn the chocolate making process and everyone will get to try their hand at this Local Speciality and make their own customised chocolate candy bar! Tonight, remember Abraham Lincoln as you settle into historic Gettysburg. Enjoy a historical Regional Meal at the “most haunted” 19th century Farnsworth House Inn with a special guest.


    Full Breakfast,Lunch,Regional Meal


    Wyndham Gettysburg

  • 5.


    “Four score and seven years ago,” Gettysburg was one of the most important battlegrounds in the Civil War where President Lincoln gave his remarkable Gettysburg Address. Tour the battlefield with a Local Expert and be amazed by the greatest collection of Civil War relics at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum. Then, leave the war behind and travel into the peaceful mountains to Shenandoah National Park. Walk with a guide who will teach you about the park's history, wildlife and native plants. After a hearty barbecue dinner, settle in around a crackling bonfire and listen to a local storyteller bring the legends of Shenandoah to life. Then, challenge your fellow travellers in a contest to see who can toast the ultimate golden marshmallow for the best s'more ever.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    Skyland Resort

  • 6.


    Roll on down picturesque Skyline Drive as you head on over to Charlottesville for a Southern lunch at historic Michie Tavern and get a peek into 18th century tavern life. Continue on to Williamsburg, the early Colonial capital. This evening, don't be spooked when you walk by candlelight with a storyteller narrating the ghostly legends of the “Hauntings of Williamsburg.”


    Full Breakfast,Lunch


    DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg

  • 7.


    Hear ye, Hear ye! Get up and get going to visit Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America. With the insight of your guide, you'll find out how difficult life was for the early colonists when they came to America in 1607. History comes alive as you meet costumed characters and 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. Get in the spirit along Gloucester Street where townspeople in character go about their daily lives in faithfully restored shops, taverns and homes. Tonight, feast on a Farewell Dinner with your newfound friends.


    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 8.


    Be assured that George Washington really did sleep here with this morning's visit to Mount Vernon, the home and final resting place of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Kids, search for clues to solve the nine different puzzles with the special map you will receive as you tour the mansion and gardens, and walk along the forest trail to meet the farm animals. Return to Washington, D.C. where your journey ends with a transfer to the airport or to the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 6pm from Ronald Reagan Nation Airport or 7pm from Dulles International Airport.


    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Expert

    Visit the Amish countryside and learn about the traditional agriculture community.
    For included sightseeing in Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg.
  • Local Speciality

    Make your own customised chocolate bar at Hershey's Chocolate World.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tours of Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.
  • Scenic drive along Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park.
  • See the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol Building.
  • Visit Arlington Cemetery, Lancaster County, Hershey's Chocolate World, Gettysburg National Military Park.


  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 3 dinners

    (including Regional Meal, three course dinner and Farewell Dinner).
  • Kick-off Party with light appetisers.
  • 2 lunches.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • 7 nights First Class accommodation
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences


Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


  • Dinner at Historic City Tavern & Guided Walking Tour of Old Town

    Adult Price: $90.00 Old Town Philadelphia, the historic center of this great city, is best seen by foot. Come join us for a walking tour around the streets where the American nation was born. Step back in time with our knowledgeable guide to see where Betsy Ross created the first American Flag, Carpenter’s Hall where the First Continental Congress met in 1774, the site of Benjamin Franklin’s home, the First Bank of the United States and much more. We end the tour with a three-course dinner at the historic City Tavern, a favorite meeting place of many of the Founding Fathers, and often called the unofficial site of the First Continental Congress. (Minimum: 30 guests).
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