Historic Highlights

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $1,913 per person
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Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Washington D.C., Williamsburg (VA), Mount Vernon (VA), Jamestown, Charlottesville, Richmond (VA), Luray, Gettysburg, Philadelphia ...more Washington D.C., Williamsburg (VA), Mount Vernon (VA), Jamestown, Charlottesville, Richmond (VA), Luray, Gettysburg, Philadelphia
  1. Day 1 Arrive Washington, D.C. (2 Nights)

    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 Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown
  2. Day 2 Washington, D.C. Monuments and Memorials

    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 somber memorials to World War II and the Vietnam War. The rest of the day is free to chart your own course through America's capital city.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Washington, D.C. – Mount Vernon – Yorktown – Williamsburg (2 Nights)

    Tread in the footsteps of America's first president, visiting Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington. Delve into the history of the American Revolution at the Yorktown Victory Center, experiencing first-hand the dramatic "Siege of Yorktown". We'll continue to Williamsburg, founded in 1638 as Middle Plantation, and the former capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. This evening, we'll enjoy a Regional Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg
  4. Day 4 Jamestown – Colonial Williamsburg

    Pay tribute to the brave men and women who gave up their homeland to establish a New World. 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. Walk through the life-sized re-creations of the colonists' crude fort, explore the mock-up of the Native American Powhatan village and climb aboard a replica of one of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia. We 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. This afternoon, we 'Dive into Culture' and meet Sylvia Tabb-Lee who will bring America's slavery history to life.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Williamsburg – Richmond – Monticello – Charlottesville

    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 Charlottesville – Shenandoah National Park – 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, where our visit 'Makes a Difference' by contributing 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 Gettysburg – 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. 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, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Hilton at Penns Landing
  8. Day 8 Philadelphia – Depart Washington, D.C.

    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 at 4pm, Ronald Reagan National Airport at 5pm or to the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown for guests extending their stay.

    meals Breakfast
Historic Highlights
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Washington, D.C.
  • 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

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
Price Discount Availability Price
Start Date: Sat, Apr 11, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Apr 18, 2020
$2,250$1,913pp SAVE: $337Promo Code: 20HTTC070AARP members save an additional $100 checkmark Request Quote Book Now
Start Date: Sat, May 2, 2020
Return Date: Sat, May 9, 2020
$2,250$2,081pp SAVE: $168Pay by Feb 27AARP members save an additional $100 checkmark Request Quote Book Now
Start Date: Sat, Jun 6, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Jun 13, 2020
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Start Date: Sat, Jun 20, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Jun 27, 2020
$2,295$2,123pp SAVE: $172Pay by Feb 27AARP members save an additional $100 checkmark Request Quote Book Now
Start Date: Sat, Sep 12, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Sep 19, 2020
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Start Date: Sat, Oct 3, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Oct 10, 2020
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Start Date: Sat, Oct 10, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Oct 17, 2020
$2,275$2,104pp SAVE: $170Pay by Feb 27AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Start Date: Sat, Oct 24, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Oct 31, 2020
$2,195$2,030pp SAVE: $164Pay by Feb 27AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
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.

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). Approx. duration: 2 hours
Adult Price: $40

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Saturday, October 12, 2019
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
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
Very knowledgeable Tour Director and wonderful bus driver.
Great vacation with the exception of not being accommodated as far as sitting with traveling companions.
Amalia Luss
Saturday, October 20, 2018
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
I already enter it. I think that I'll recommend this trip to my friends.
Sandra Debonis
Sunday, October 7, 2018
The itinerary was great. Our guide was knowledgeable and fun. Our driver was fun, but attentive to the road. We had a great time!!
It was well worth the money.
Carol Weisker
Sunday, October 7, 2018
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.
Well worth the money. Not outrageous.
Norman Schnurr
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Everything went well.
We covered a lot of territory in a short period of time.
Gene Caouette
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Excellent trip. Tour director managed our time well. Good hotels. Good meals. No rough spots except for the rainy weather in DC
Well worth the money. Enjoyable,no hassles, well-run trip
Kazuyo Fischer
Saturday, October 6, 2018
It was well-organized for the short time we had . The bus driver, Frank, & Amber, our guide, were WONDERFUL!!! Amber gave us many information, she was caring, she had fun games for us on the long bus rides, & the system of changing seats every day on the bus was an excellent idea. I certainly will recommend GETours to others & I intend to take another trip with you, my 3rd!
The cost of this trip was okay. It was nice that we got $100 off for being AARP members & 5% off for being a repeated customer. I liked the idea of paying beforehand for gratuities.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, May 26, 2018
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.
We received high value for reasonable price. Hotels, meals, transportation, itinerary and tour director were top notch.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Great hotels. Good meals. Great tour director and bus driver. Saw all the sites although we felt Arlington is something that should be included.
Meals were very good that were part of the package. Also the welcome party was a lot more than we expected
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