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Historic Highlights

8 Days from $2,025 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

Explore a New World and young nation on this journey from Capitol Hill and the home of George Washington, to the bloody battlefields of Gettysburg and a haunted tavern.

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Overview

Explore a New World and young nation on this journey from Capitol Hill and the home of George Washington, to the bloody battlefields of Gettysburg and a haunted tavern.

  1. Explore the museums, memorials and monuments of Washington D.C. at leisure before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception this evening.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown
  2. View the White House, striking Washington Monument and National Mall this morning. Then, reflect on the country's darkest days at the Lincoln Memorial and somber memorials to World War II and the Vietnam War.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  3. Visit Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington, and delve into the history of the American Revolution at the Yorktown Victory Center. Continue to Williamsburg and head to a local tavern with a fife and drummer escort to your Regional Meal dinner.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg
  4. We'll explore Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, to gain insights into the lives of early 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. This afternoon, we dive into culture and meet Sylvia Tabb-Lee who will bring America's slavery history to life.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  5. Visit St. John's Church in Richmond—the spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry's fiery "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. Continue to  Monticello, the neoclassical Italian estate where Jefferson once sought a quieter existence.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Omni Charlottesville
  6. Journey to Gettysburg and explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, where our visit helps to preserve the battlefield. This evening, indulge in a festive Regional Meal at the "most haunted" 19th century Dobbins House.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:Wyndham Gettysburg
  7. A Local Specialist will bring to life the events at Gettysburg which turned the tide in the Civil War. We'll journey to Philadelphia, where this evening, we'll join our Travel Director and fellow American history enthusiasts for a Farewell Dinner.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:Sheraton Society Hill
  8. Gain insights into the history of the U.S. Constitution, then explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see its famous cracked bell. The final stop on our journey is Washington, D.C., where we'll transfer to either Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan National Airport or to the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown for guests extending their stay. Airport arrival for Dulles International Airport will be 4 pm, and Ronald Reagan National Airport will be at 5 pm. Please be aware when booking your flights.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: $795 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $89 per person.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

12 meals: 7 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners. 

Included Highlights

Dive into Culture

  • Enjoy an engaging cultural presentation from Sylvia Tabb-Lee

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing on the Gettysburg battlefield

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Washington D.C.
  • Visit Mount Vernon, Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, Gettysburg National Military Park
  • View the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol Building, the White House, Liberty Bell
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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Reviews

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Customer service was wonderful and the bus tour was exactly as represented. GET worked with Trafalgar tours which provided a high quality tour for a reasonable price. Our tour director was knowledgeable and fun.
Vacation : We received high value for reasonable price. Hotels, meals, transportation, itinerary and tour director were top notch.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Great hotels. Good meals. Great tour director and bus driver. Saw all the sites although we felt Arlington is something that should be included.
Vacation : Meals were very good that were part of the package. Also the welcome party was a lot more than we expected
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Edmundo Varela Morales
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Yes
Vacation : No problems at any time with purshase or travel
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Evelyn Brockman
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : When I first booked with GET (Tess), she was happy to book my tour and take my money. But once she had done that, she would give me NO help what so ever. NO suggestions for air travel, nothing on extra nights hotels at the airport, nothing on transport to and from the airport, as we were forced to book hotels one day early and one day following our tour because our flights were too late arriving and too early leaving D.C. (The "airport transport" was only available within twenty-four hours.) She finally booked us into the first hotel one day early - but getting to that hotel was our problem - with no help from her.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are terribly sorry to hear this.  Please accept out apologies for the frustration you experienced. Our Guest Relations team will be in contact with you shortly.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Vacation : Trafalgar is an outstanding tour company!! Our tour director (Amber) was exceptional - very knowledgeable, very caring, and always very prepared. Our coach driver (Mike) was amazing!! He always knew exactly where we were going and put that coach into places that surprised all of us. He contributed so much to a most enjoyable trip.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Janet Kopp
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : I wanted highlites and it was. Pretty fast pace for me tho. As a senior with walking probs, I did struggle. Service great , hospitality wonderful.
Vacation : Rate was fine, pace fast, too hot and humid , not controllable. I want to go in May. A bit cooler
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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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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.

Washington D.C.

Washington Illumination Tour

Adult Price: $39.00 

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. Visit the Kennedy Center for a rooftop walk and end the evening at the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial. (Stops are subject to weather and local restrictions).

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