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Historic Highlights

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $2,359 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Gettysburg statues and cannons, Pennsylvania

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WASHINGTON D.C., Mount Vernon (VA), Williamsburg (VA), Charlottesville, Richmond (VA), Gettysburg, Luray, Philadelphia ...more WASHINGTON D.C., Mount Vernon (VA), Williamsburg (VA), Charlottesville, Richmond (VA), Gettysburg, Luray, Philadelphia
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  1. 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 travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your journey.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Washington Marriott Georgetown
  2. Day 2 Uncover The History Of Washington, D.C.

    Explore the nation’s proud heritage today, view the White House, 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 somber memorials to World War II and the Vietnam War. This afternoon, visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is the newest member of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture The rest of the day is free to chart your own course through America's capital city or join an Optional Experience, seeing the Nation's capital from a different perspective with a unique night illuminations tour of some of the most iconic sights and memorials, such as the Capitol building, the White House, The Jefferson Memorial, the Kennedy Center and WWII Memorial.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Washington Marriott Georgetown
  3. 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. 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.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg
  4. 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 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.

    meals Breakfast
  5. 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.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Omni Charlottesville
  6. 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 Uncle Abe who may grace the group with his presence.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Wyndham Gettysburg
  7. 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 lunch 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. * Please note, alcohol is not traditionally served with Amish meals. Drinks will be sweet tea or purified water. 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.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Philadelphia Marriott Old City
  8. 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'll transfer to either Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan National Airport or to the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown for guests extending their stay.

    meals Breakfast
Historic Highlights
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 7 Breakfast
  • 2 Lunch
  • 1 Regional Dinner
  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

First class travel Highlights

  • 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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Gettysburg with a Local Specialist
  • Visit Mount Vernon, Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, Gettysburg National Military Park, the National Mall, St John's Church, Independence National Historic Park
  • View the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol Building, the White House, Liberty Bell
  • Dive Into Culture Relive the American Revolution 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.
  • Dive Into Culture Meet Sylvia Tabb-Lee who will bring America’s slavery history to life.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, where our visit helps to contribute to their efforts to preserve the battlefield.
  • Traditional Amish Meal 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 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. * Please note, alcohol is not traditionally served with Amish meals. Drinks will be sweet tea or purified water.

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Optional Add-Ons

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.

Available on Day 2

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. 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).
Adult Price: $46

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Trusted Customer
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Service
Since this trip was scheduled two years ago -- there were numerous times I spoke to staff. I always received answers to my questions.
Vacation
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
Saturday, May 28, 2022
Service
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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