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Historic Highlights
8 Days
1 Country

United States

8 Cities

Washington, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Jamestown (VA), Charlottesville, Shenandoah, Gettysburg, Philadelphia

13 Meals

3 Dinners, 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 48-52
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Day 1

Greetings Washington, D.C.

The political heart of America is your gateway to a memorable encounter with the Land of the Free and how it came to be so. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the museums, memorials and monuments of Washington, D.C. This evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner to kick-start your journey.

Washington Monument in Washington D.C, USA
Accommodation Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Uncover The History Of Washington, D.C.

Roam the corridors of power, oak-lined avenues and noble tributes to America’s famous sons and daughters, as you explore the nation’s proud heritage today. View the White House, striking Washington Monument and National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building. Reflect on the country's darkest days at the Lincoln Memorial and sombre memorials to World War II and the Vietnam War. Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture and houses over 36,000 fascinating artifacts. The rest of the day is free to chart your own course through America's capital city. 

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C, USA
Accommodation Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Iconic Experience Take guided tour of Washington DC, USA
Washington D.C City Tour and Memorials

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Optional Experiences See the Capitol, the White House and the Jefferson Memorial lit up at night on the Washington Illumination Tour, USA
Washington Illumination Tour

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Day 3

Marvel At Mount Vernon

Today’s travels begin treading in the footsteps of America's first president by visiting Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington. Step back into the 18th century, strolling the estate’s lush gardens, grounds, and fascinating museum galleries, followed by a private lunch. Delve into the history and Dive Into Culture at the American Revolution Museum at the Yorktown Victory Center surrounded by period artifacts and experiencing first-hand the dramatic "Siege of Yorktown" with a 180-degree surround screen and dramatic special effects. Your tour continues on to Williamsburg, founded in 1638 as Middle Plantation, and the former capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Daffodil rows in Mount Vernon, USA
Accommodation Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture
American Revolution Museum

The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked the American ...

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Mount Vernon Estates and Gardens

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Day 4

Step Back In Time At Colonial Williamsburg

This morning, we venture to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, where we'll gain insights into the trials that marked the lives of early 17th century colonists. Fast forward a few centuries and spend the rest of the day in Colonial Williamsburg, once Britain's largest colony in the New World. Chat with blacksmiths, admire a fife and drum parade, and perhaps even engage in some politicking with a costumed Federalist in the town square. Partake in a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and meet Sylvia Tabb-Lee who will bring America’s slavery history into the light with storytelling, visual presentations, and song and dance.

Carriage ride in Williamsburg, USA
Accommodation Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, USA
Jamestown Settlement

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Dive Into Culture Visit Colonial Williamsburg in USA
Visit a Colonial Williamsburg Settlement

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Dive Into Culture

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® View presentation by Sylvia Tabb-Lee of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in Virginia, USA
Williamsburg Sylvia Tabb-Lee

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Day 5

Explore Charlottesville And Monticello

Visit St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia—the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry's fiery "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. Continue to Charlottesville, where you'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, visit Monticello, the neoclassical Italian estate where Jefferson once sought a quieter existence. The rest of your day is free.

View of a lake in Charlottesville, USA
Accommodation The Draftsman Hotel Charlottesville
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
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The Draftsman

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Trafalgar Difference

Dive Into Culture Visit St. John's Church in Richmond, USA
Visit St. John's Church

Visit St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia-the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry's fiery "Gi...

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Dive Into Culture Visit Monticello in Charlottesville, USA
Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson

Explore Monticello, the neoclassical Italian estate where Thomas Jefferson lived. Thomas Jefferson was a leading figure of the American Revolution and Third President of the United States.

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Dive Into Culture

Day 6

Unlock the Legacy of Gettysburg

Journey through the rolling hills of the Shenandoah National Park en route to Gettysburg where we’ll delve into the devastation of a four-year civil war pitting North against South. We explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience contributes to their efforts to preserve the battlefield. This evening, indulge in a festive Regional Dinner at the "most haunted" 19th century Dobbin House, keeping an eye out for a Union Soldier who may visit with tales of the American Civil War.

View of Shenandoah National Park, USA
Accommodation Wyndham Gettysburg
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum in Gettysburg, USA
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum

Explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. This experience supports the preservation and understanding of the heritag...

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Dive Into Culture During dinner, enjoy a talk by Lincoln Impersonator on Civil War, Gettysburg, USA
A Soldier's Story

During your dinner at Dobbin House Tavern - established in 1776 and on the National Register of Historic Places - enjoy 'A Soldier's Story' by Impe...

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Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience
Visit Shenandoah National Park

Enjoy your visit through the rolling hills of Shenandoah National Park.

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Iconic Experience

Day 7

Journey To Philadelphia

Cast your mind back to the pivotal, yet tragic day on which Pickett led his charge on Gettysburg. Join a Local Specialist who will bring to life the events at Gettysburg which turned the tide in the Civil War. Just four months later, the battlefield served as the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln's call for "a new birth of freedom" in his famed Gettysburg Address. Guests will enjoy a Be My Guest experience at the Amish home of Samuel and Ruth Lapp, who own a working 25 acre produce farm just outside of Lancaster. The Lapp Family will introduce our guests to a few Amish Traditions and host them to a family style meal with recipes passed through generations and ingredients sourced directly from their farm. We’ll journey to the City of Brotherly Love and site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence next. Stay in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district, within walking distance of dozens of landmark buildings. This evening, we’ll join our Travel Director and fellow American history enthusiasts for a farewell dinner. 

Statue of General Warren in Gettysburg, USA
Accommodation Philadelphia Marriott Old City
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Be My Guest
Family Meal in an Amish Home

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Gettysburg Military Park Battlefield

Join a Local Specialist who will bring to life the Battle of Gettysburg which turned the tide in the American Civil War. Just four months later, th...

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Day 8

Discover The Sights Of Philadelphia

Gain insights into the history of the U.S. Constitution and the effect it has had around the world during this morning’s tour through Philadelphia. We’ll explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see its famous cracked bell whose inscription has inspired so many to “proclaim liberty”. The final stop on our journey is Washington, D.C., where we continue to Dulles International Airport at approximately 4:00pm, Ronald Reagan National Airport at approximately 5:00pm and to the Washington Marriott Georgetown hotel for guests extending their stay.

The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, USA
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience
Independence National Historic Park

Explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see its famous cracked bell whose inscription has inspired so many to "proclaim l...

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Visit the National Constitution Center

Visit the National Constitution Center which brings the United States Constitution to life by hosting interactive exhibits and inspires active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

This striking museum has collected more than 40,000 artefacts that reflect history, politics, sports, arts and entertainment. Explore the richness ...

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Washington D.C City Tour and Memorials

Explore the nation's proud heritage today as you view the White House, striking Washington Monument and National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln ...

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Dive Into Culture
American Revolution Museum

The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked the American ...

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Mount Vernon Estates and Gardens

Visit Mount Vernon Estate, the former home of America's first President George Washington.. Explore the Grounds and delve into the history of the A...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Jamestown Settlement

This morning, we venture to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, where we'll gain insights into the trials that marked the...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit a Colonial Williamsburg Settlement

Colonial Williamsburg, once Britain's largest colony in the New World. Get a glimpse into what life was like in the colonies and engage with costum...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Williamsburg Sylvia Tabb-Lee

Join Local Specialist Sylvia Tabb-Lee on a powerful journey back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries for a presentation of the Trans-Atlantic slav...

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The Draftsman

Combining history with modern sophistication, the Draftsman Hotel is a tribute to three U.S. presidents hailing from Virginia — Jefferson, Madison ...

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Dive Into Culture
Visit St. John's Church

Visit St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia-the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry's fiery "Gi...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson

Explore Monticello, the neoclassical Italian estate where Thomas Jefferson lived. Thomas Jefferson was a leading figure of the American Revolution and Third President of the United States.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum

Explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. This experience supports the preservation and understanding of the heritag...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
A Soldier's Story

During your dinner at Dobbin House Tavern - established in 1776 and on the National Register of Historic Places - enjoy 'A Soldier's Story' by Impe...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Shenandoah National Park

Enjoy your visit through the rolling hills of Shenandoah National Park.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Family Meal in an Amish Home

Guests will enjoy a Be My Guest lunch experience at the Amish home of Samuel and Ruth Lapp, who own a working 25 acre produce farm just outside of ...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Gettysburg Military Park Battlefield

Join a Local Specialist who will bring to life the Battle of Gettysburg which turned the tide in the American Civil War. Just four months later, th...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Independence National Historic Park

Explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see its famous cracked bell whose inscription has inspired so many to "proclaim l...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the National Constitution Center

Visit the National Constitution Center which brings the United States Constitution to life by hosting interactive exhibits and inspires active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
All transport and transfers shown
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Washington, D.C., Colonial America presentation in Williamsburg, St. John's Church in Richmond, Gettysburg Battlefield
Visit Mount Vernon, Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, Gettysburg National Military Park, the National Mall, St John's Church, Independence National Historic Park, Shenandoah National Park, National Constitution Center
View the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol Building, the White House, Liberty Bell

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Washington Illumination Tour

You’ll be wowed by this illuminated overview of the nation’s capital city at night! See the Capitol, the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. Vi...

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across USA: English the official language of USA.
  • Currency used in USA: The currency of USA is the American Dollar ($).
  • Capital:: The capital of USA is Washington, DC.
  • Time Zone(s) in USA: Several time zones are used across different regions of the USAs to establish standard time: Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Pacific Standard Time (PST), Alaska Standard Time (AKST), Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST). It's important to note that some regions within each time zone may observe daylight saving time, which would result in a one-hour shift during the daylight saving time period.

 

The climate and weather in the United States vary greatly due to its large size and diverse geography. The country experiences a wide range of climate types, including temperate, Mediterranean, subtropical, arid, and alpine climates. In general, the eastern and central parts of the United States have a humid continental climate, characterized by hot and humid summers, and cold winters. The western coastal regions, such as California and the Pacific Northwest, have a more Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The southern states have a subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The southwestern and western regions, including states like Arizona and Nevada, have a desert or arid climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters. The northernmost parts of the country, particularly Alaska, have a subarctic and alpine climate, with extremely cold winters and cool summers.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. North and Central America, along with Canada, offer a vast range of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is vital to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities, from strolling on Hawaii's beaches to dining at a sophisticated restaurant in Toronto.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the steamy jungles of Costa Rica, you’ll encounter a myriad of climates. To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Modest attire: In some religious sites, modest clothing is required, so we suggest carrying a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when necessary.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour within the USA, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Since you are traveling within the USA, you won't need to worry about voltage and plug type differences. Just pack your electronic devices as you would for any domestic trip, and you'll be all set to enjoy your guided tour in the United States!

  • Voltage and Plug Type: As an American traveler, you won't need a voltage converter or plug adapter for your electronic devices within the country.
  • Compatibility: Since you are traveling within the USA, your electronic devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and camera chargers, should be compatible with the standard voltage and plug type used in the country. You can use your regular chargers and power cords without any issues.
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in the USA provide electrical outlets compatible with American plugs. You won't need to worry about adaptors or converters within the country.
  • Airports and Public Places: Airports, train stations, and other public places in the USA will have outlets that match the American standard, so you can quickly charge your devices while on the go.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Since you don't have to worry about converting the voltage, you can bring a travel dryer or pack one from home. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in the USA, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States and Canada. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while traveling.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include COVID, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Review date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
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Since this trip was scheduled two years ago -- there were numerous times I spoke to staff. I always received answers to my questions.
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needed more time at Yorktown - would have liked to see the film and the exhibition. Williamsburg - low point of trip - 4 1/2 hours - too long - not enough to do - boring. Needed more time at the National Constitutional Center - was this just a bathroom break. Not sure why we stopped at apple orchard. Needed more time at Gettysburg - no time to see museum. Jamestown - great. Great guides overall - Monticello, Mt. Vernon, Gettysburg and Jamestown. Staff and driver did a great job
Jean Rahr
Review date: Saturday, May 28, 2022
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This was a trip we used the money we have had at GET for three years. Originally, we were to go to Great Britain, but decided to do a US tour instead. When we got to the airport in DC there was no one to pick us up. After looking at our vouchers, it said we had declined having someone help us. WE DIDN'T!! We had arranged our own flights, but when we have gone to Europe, the transfers from the airport were taken care of. That was not the case this time, and no one asked us so we could decline. We felt that we were much better taken care of with European tours. We loved the tour, however. Our guide was "the best"--so knowledgeable and friendly. That part of the tour was awesome!!
Vacation
Our guide was amazing and lots of fun; He was so knowledgeable & helpful. The places we visited and the things we did were wonderful. It seemed like there was almost too much packed in to the time we had, but we took it in stride and had a great time!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Service
Yes I would recommend. It was well organized and covered a variety of sites in a short time. The tour guides and bus driver were knowledgeable, well organized, upbeat and pleasant, always willing and able to handle any event.
Vacation
We got to see a large number of things in a short time. The first hotel really catered to a younger clientele but was adequate. The other hotels were very good. Most of the food was decent except the Italian restaurant in Philadelphia which was very crowded and noisy and the food was poor. The sites included were interesting and varied. The bus was comfortable. The staff was knowledgeable, organized and very helpful.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Service
The Travel Specialist was very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.
Vacation
The trip was great from beginning to end, except for the Farewell Dinner. The food was not very good, the wine was very ordinary and the room was very, very noisy. It highlighted how great the rest of the trip was. Our Tour Director was knowledgeable and ensured that everything went smoothly.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Service
It is always quick and easy to work with the travel specialist-It was a bit of a challenge to find air reservations since we decided to use a smaller airport but our specialist worked it out.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We take a lot of pride in our team and are pleased that you had the chance to experience their expertise. Thank you.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Vacation
The trip was amazing! Top shelf hotels with a great breakfast to start the day ! Our guide Kristen had a wonderful personality and worked hard to meet the needs of everyone on the trip .We saw a great deal in those seven days. My only regret was not adding more time at the beginning to see more of DC.
Joan James
Review date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Service
Very knowledgeable Tour Director and wonderful bus driver.
Vacation
Great vacation with the exception of not being accommodated as far as sitting with traveling companions.
Amalia Luss
Review date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Service
This is the first time I traveled with Trafalgar. I think the service was very good. The ride in the bus was too long for me because it is hard for me to seat for a long time. The hotels - I didn't like 2 of them. Our guide Amber was very helpful & nice to everyone.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It's great to hear you enjoyed your Historic Highlights trip. The history in this part of America is fascinating, so we're glad you were able to experience it during this tour. And we so appreciate your feedback!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation
I already enter it. I think that I'll recommend this trip to my friends.
Sandra Debonis
Review date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Service
The itinerary was great. Our guide was knowledgeable and fun. Our driver was fun, but attentive to the road. We had a great time!!
Vacation
It was well worth the money.
Carol Weisker
Review date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Service
The trip exceeded my expectations. The route was perfect and the guide, Amber and the driver, Frank, were friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. The hotels for the most part were clean, attractive and welcoming. The local guides were knowledgeable and gracious.
Vacation
Well worth the money. Not outrageous.
Norman Schnurr
Review date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Service
Everything went well.
Vacation
We covered a lot of territory in a short period of time.
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