America’s Historic East: Sept. 17 – 24, 2016 = $2164**

8 Day Tour from Washington DC to Philadelphia

**Sept. 17 – 24, 2016 – MRTA Member price = $2164.*

 

*Based on double occupancy (two to a room). Seats are limited. Air fare is not included in price but is available for purchase.

 

Other dates available. Prices range from $2069 – $2235 per person, double occupancy (Two people to a room); air fare additional

 

Prices and specials quoted are current as of the date provided by the travel supplier. Please contact Travelers Lane for the most up-to-date information. 314-223-1224. Thank you.

Please call 314.223.1224 to complete your reservation.

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Gettysburg National Military Park

 

Vacation Overview

On this vacation, discover some of the historic national treasures so prominent in America’s history. Step back in time in Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World, and Colonial Williamsburg, where costumed villagers re-enact life in 18th-century Virginia. See the meeting place for Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other patriots, and enjoy a Colonial-style dinner at a local tavern, where you’ll experience a recreated supper experience savored by 18th-century patriots. Visit Richmond and St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Tour Jefferson’s beautiful and imposing estate, Monticello, as well as George Washington’s restored home, Mount Vernon.

Visit the sites of many famous battles, including Yorktown Historical Battlefield Park, where the British surrendered to Washington’s troops in 1781, bringing the American Revolution to a successful conclusion. Tour Gettysburg National Military Park, where you’ll hear about the Battle of 1863. Continue exploration at Valley Forge for a behind-the-scenes tour, and see where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777-1778. Also visit Harper’s Ferry, where abolitionist John Brown and his “army of liberation” staged their fateful raid on a U.S. Arsenal. Your tour will also visit Washington DC and Philadelphia—with sightseeing tours highlighting the famous landmarks in each city. You’ve heard about the famous battles in American history—now’s your chance to see where some of them took place.

You’ve heard about many of the historical landmarks in America’s oldest cities—now’s your chance to visit them. It’s a trip of a lifetime!

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Vacation Highlights

WASHINGTON DC
Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide including Arlington National Cemetery tram tour

MOUNT VERNON
Visit George Washington’s home

YORKTOWN
Visit Yorktown Battlefield

WILLIAMSBURG
[LF] Exclusive performance by professional historian; visit Colonial Williamsburg; Colonial-style dinner

JAMESTOWN
Visit Jamestown settlement

RICHMOND
Visit St. John’s Church

CHARLOTTESVILLE
Visit Monticello

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing, [LF] presentation by local park expert

HARPERS FERRY
Visit Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

GETTYSBURG
Visit Gettysburg National Military Park; [LF] Dobbin House Tavern experience; [LF] Ulysses S. Grant historical interpreter

VALLEY FORGE
Visit Valley Forge National Historic Park

PHILADELPHIA
Visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall; farewell dinner

NOTE:

  • Enjoy spectacular fall colors on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 19-October 10 (if Mother Nature permits).

Meals

Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Philadelphia

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Colonial Williamsburg

 

ITINERARY

Day 1Arrive in Washington DC

Welcome to Washington DC! At 6 pm, meet with your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2Washington DC

This morning’s sightseeing features many of Washington DC’s famous landmarks, including the [NP] LINCOLN, VIETNAM, KOREAN, and WORLD WAR II Memorials. Take a guided tram tour of ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, where you’ll see the KENNEDY GRAVESITES. The remainder of the day is free to pursue your favorite interests. Maybe visit the Smithsonian Institute, Georgetown, the National Cathedral, or other prominent monuments and museums. Try our optional dinner tonight at one of Washington’s favorite restaurants, followed by an illumination tour of the monuments. (B)

Day 3Washington DC–Mount Vernon–Yorktown–Williamsburg

This morning we visit MOUNT VERNON, the restored home of George Washington. Tour the house and gardens, and visit the gravesite. Then, visit [NP] YORKTOWN HISTORICAL BATTLEFIELD PARK, where the British surrendered to Washington’s troops in 1781, bringing an end to the American Revolution. Your evening is free. (B)

Day 4Williamsburg. Excursion to Jamestown Settlement

This morning, enjoy an exclusive [LF] PERFORMANCE from Sylvia Tabb-Lee, a professional historian. Visit the nearby JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT for a guided tour to learn about the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Then, enter COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG’S HISTORIC AREA, where costumed villagers add to the authenticity. Stroll down its quaint streets, browse through the historic trade shops, and see the public gaol. Also be sure to stop at Raleigh Tavern, the meeting place for Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other patriots. This evening, enjoy a Colonial-style dinner at a famous local TAVERN for the chance to engage in a recreated supper experience savored by 18th-century patriots. (B,D)

Day 5Williamsburg–Richmond–Monticello–Shenandoah National Park

First stop is Richmond, Virginia’s capital and once the capital of the Confederacy. Visit ST. JOHN’S CHURCH, where Patrick Henry proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death!” Journey to Charlottesville to tour MONTICELLO, Thomas Jefferson’s estate with its beautiful gardens and imposing mansion designed by Jefferson himself. Enjoy photo stops and panoramic vistas from Skyline Drive in beautiful [NP] SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, where you will stay for the night. Tonight, learn about the park’s history and lore from a [LF] LOCAL STORY TELLER as you enjoy tasty S’mores around a fire. (B,D)

Day 6Shenandoah National Park–Harpers Ferry–Gettysburg

Today, follow the same route as Lee’s army during its invasion of Pennsylvania. In West Virginia, visit [NP] HARPERS FERRY NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK, where John Brown and his “army of liberation” staged their fateful raid on a U.S. Arsenal. Continue across Maryland to [NP] GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK. Enjoy a tour of Gettysburg and hear your Local Guide vividly recount the Battle of 1863. Also, spend some time exploring the newly renovated museum and cyclorama. This evening, enjoy a Colonial-style candlelight dinner at the elegant [LF] DOBBIN HOUSE TAVERN, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (B,D)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Overnight at the historic [LF] Hotel Gettysburg, established in 1797. President Lincoln honed the immortal words of his Gettysburg Address just steps away from the hotel, and nearly a century later, the hotel served as President Dwight Eisenhower’s National Operations Center.

Day 7Gettysburg–Valley Forge National Historic Park–Philadelphia

This morning, enjoy an exclusive [LF] PRESENTATION by one of America’s heroes of the 19th century—Ulysses S. Grant. Then, travel through Lancaster County past Amish farmlands to [NP] VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK. Take a tour of the national historic park, the camp where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777–1778. See Washington’s headquarters, the Grand Parade, and the Washington Memorial Chapel. Continue to Philadelphia, where your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner on the historic Moshulu ship. Launched in 1904, she has had a long and exciting career on the seas and is now considered one of Philadelphia’s best restaurants. (B,D)

Day 8Philadelphia

Morning sightseeing focuses on the important buildings of this historic city, the “Birthplace of the Nation.” Major attractions at [NP] INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK include the LIBERTY BELL and INDEPENDENCE HALL. Continue to the Philadelphia Airport for guests with homebound flights (please schedule flights from the Philadelphia Airport after 1:30 pm). For passengers who would like to return to Washington DC, the motorcoach transfers to the Capital Hilton at no additional cost. (B)

 

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Valley Forge National Historic Park

Hotels

Washington DC

Capital Hilton

Superior First-Class

Located two blocks from the White House and within closing walking distance to downtown attractions, shopping and restaurants, this hotel is a perfect location for your visit to DC. The hotel features a lobby lounge, full service restaurant, gift shop, ATM, concierge, premier health club and full service day spa. This hotel is 100% non-smoking.

Williamsburg

 

Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites

Moderate First-Class

History buffs will love the location of the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites for its easy access to the Visitor Center and colonial Williamsburg. Everything you want to experience in this historic city is right at your fingertips – and after a day out and about, you can return to guaranteed comfort, friendly service, and all the amenities this great property has to offer.

Shenandoah National Park

 

Skyland Resort

Located inside Shenandoah National Park and along the highest point on Skyline Drive. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley and cool mountain breezes. Approximately 17 miles from Luray, VA. The hotel has a restaurant, gift shop, ranger led programs, horseback riding stables, and children’s playground.

Gettysburg

 

Gettysburg Hotel

Newly renovated and located in the heart of downtown Gettysburg, this historic hotel offers crisp, clean comfort and modern colonial style. This updated hotel is wrapped in history and accompanied by first-rate service. It’s the perfect place to stay while you enjoy the experience of this great town and everthing Gettysburg has to offer.

Philadelphia

 

Sheraton Society Hill

The hotel has an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, three restaurants, lounge, room service, gift shop, concierge service, and business center. Guestrooms offer cable TV, Internet access, iron/ironing board, coffee maker, and hairdryer.

Prices based on double room occupancy. Air fare additional.

Single Room Supplement:
$580 to $640

Triple Room Reduction per person:
$135 to $150

Extra Nights per person in Washington DC:
May-June & September-October (Friday-Sunday): in single room $242; in twin room $142; in triple room $109
May-June & September-October (Monday-Thursday): in single room $281; in twin room $161; in triple room $122
July-August: in single room $230; in twin room $136; in triple room $105

Extra Nights per person in Philadelphia:
in single room $178; in twin room $107; in triple room $79

 

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Important Notes

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for the tour company to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.70 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas (except on Cuba programs) and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, the tour company Group Leader in Cuba, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship’s crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Globus menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.

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