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Historic America

Departs: 9/19/2017 Returns: 9/28/2017

10 Days | All Airfare Included

Watch the past come to life as we learn about the powerful landmarks and people that shaped our nation.

Daily Itinerary Items

Day 1 : Fly to Philadelphia
We depart for the "City of Brotherly Love," Philadelphia. Our accommodations are in the heart of the city, steps from the city's famous entertainment, dining and attractions.

Day 2 : Independence Hall & Liberty Bell
Enjoy the fascinating landmarks of this historical city today. We begin at Independence Hall. Walk through the Assembly Room, still arranged as it was during the Constitutional Convention, view the original inkstand used to sign the Declaration and an original draft of the Constitution. Then, discover the story of the famous Liberty Bell. This afternoon, tour The National Constitution Center, containing exhibits and artifacts dedicated to one of the most important documents in the history of the world. Don judicial robes and render your opinion on historical Supreme Court cases. Take the Presidential oath and view a rare original copy of the Constitution. Later, tour the U.S. Mint. At least half of the nation's circulating coins are struck in this building. Watch operations on the mint floor, see early coining equipment and view rare and historic coins. D

Day 3 : Hershey's World & Civil War Museum
We depart Philadelphia today on our way to Hershey, Pennsylvania and the world-famous Hershey's Chocolate World. Uncover the wonderful process of taking cocoa beans on their journey to becoming Hershey's famous chocolate. Then, enjoy a delicious free sample of their famous sweets! After, we travel to the National Civil War Museum. Experience collections of artifacts, documents and photographs that provide a deeper understanding of key conflicts including Bull Run, Shiloh, Vicksburg and Antietam that changed the fate and story of our country forever. This evening we check in to our hotel in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. B

Day 4 : Gettysburg
Today we walk the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg. The famous battle was a major turning point in the Civil War and a decisive Union victory that stopped General Robert E. Lee's invasion of the North. Known as "The High Water Mark of the Rebellion," this location was also the key inspiration for Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address." We’ll also tour the Gettysburg Visitor Center & Museum. Tour their one-of-a-kind collection of uniforms, weapons and soldier's items included in the George Rosensteel Collection, one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts in the United States. This evening we arrive in Washington, D.C. for the first of our four nights in America's capital.

Day 5 : Washington, D.C.
An expert local guide joins us this morning to share the city's incredible history, during an educational driving tour. We view the Martin Luther King Memorial, inspired by his famous "I Have A Dream" speech; the Washington Monument, an iconic marble obelisk dominating the city skyline; and the FDR Memorial, a testament to one of the country's most beloved presidents. Our tour continues this afternoon with the Jefferson Memorial, standing as a symbol of liberty and the Lincoln Memorial, overlooking the reflecting pool and the site of many defining moments in the country’s history. B,L

Day 6 : City Tour
We depart for another fascinating day of touring. We remember the brave heroes of our nation's history with visits to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a somber and moving black wall remembering our fallen brothers; the Korean War Memorial, featuring a figure representing each of the patrol squads; and the World War II Memorial, representing the Atlantic & Pacific theaters, adorned with gold stars symbolizing those who were lost. Lunch and early afternoon will be at Union Station, host to 17 presidents and countless foreign dignitaries. The afternoon is free to discover this fascinating city at leisure. B,D

Day 7 : Mt. Vernon & Smithsonian
Today, we venture out of the capital city to Mount Vernon. Tour the former plantation of George and Martha Washington situated on the banks of the Potomac River. Wonder at the estate's incredible grounds including the Mansion House and museum galleries. Afternoon takes us to the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex. Fondly referred to as "America's Attic," enjoy the exhibits of the Air & Space Museum, Natural History Museum, American History Museum and much more. B,L

Day 8 : Colonial Williamsburg
This morning takes us to the "Revolutionary City," Williamsburg, Virginia. Enjoy a tour of Colonial Williamsburg, accompanied by costumed interpreters. We are introduced to the political figures, shopkeepers and tradespeople of revolutionary-era Williamsburg as the past comes to life before our eyes. Learn about the challenges of their daily life and get caught up in the historic moments taking place around you. This evening, discover the magical museums, gardens and ghosts that make this city a historical treasure, before checking in to our luxurious hotel, the Kingsmill Resort. B,L

Day 9 : Jamestown & Yorktown
Learn the fantastic stories of the original settlers today in Jamestown and Yorktown, Virginia. Visit the original site of the first permanent English settlement in North America and learn the story of the people who worked together to form a government, language and society. Explore exhibits and the Jamestown Settlement, where we board replicas of the three ships. Discover life-size re-creations of the colonists’ fort and a Powhatan village, and tour a riverfront discovery area. This evening we gather for a delectable Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner to reminisce. D

Day 10 : Fly Home
We board our flights home with wonderful memories of our journey through America's history!

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes
All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director
• Experienced local guides
• Motorcoach and professional Driver
• Baggage handling at hotels
$100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour

11 Excellent Meals Featuring
• Lunch at Shield's Tavern
• Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

All Accommodations Featuring
2 nights in Philadelphia
1 night at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel
4 nights in Washington, D.C.
2 nights at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA

Attractions & Highlights
• Independence National Historic Park including Independence Hall & Liberty Bell
• National Constitution Center tour
• U.S. Mint
• Hershey's Chocolate World
• National Civil War Museum
• Gettysburg Visitor Center & Museum
• Washington, D.C. driving tour
• Vietnam War Memorial
• World War II Memorial
• Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
• Smithsonian Institute
• Colonial Williamsburg tour
• Jamestown Settlement
• Yorktown

Tour Pricing

Category - Occupancy Price (Per Person)
Airport - Double $3899
Airport - Triple $3749
Airport - Quad $3599
Airport - Single $4699

Final Payment Date: 7/22/2017

Itinerary ID:36536491 | Tour Code: EAWD0919171
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