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Pilgrims & Patriots

9 Days from $2,655 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

Family Friendly Vacation
Take the brave steps that shaped the land of the free, discovering the revolutionary tragedies and triumphs of America, from the battlefields of Gettysburg to the symbols of independence.

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Family Friendly Vacation
Take the brave steps that shaped the land of the free, discovering the revolutionary tragedies and triumphs of America, from the battlefields of Gettysburg to the symbols of independence.

  1. Pilgrims and patriots gather round. Come see where the winds of revolution were fanned centuries ago. Today is yours to explore the Cradle of Liberty before gathering with your Travel Director and new travel friends for a Kick-off Party this evening.

    meal(s):Kick-off Party
    hotel:Boston Marriott Copley Place
  2. Button up those breeches. Today, you'll march to independence, exploring the colonial boomtown that shaped America as you know it today. Spend the morning seeing Boston by water and by land on-board the famous Boston Duck Tour. Put the "ivy" in Ivy League and set off for a walking tour of the prestigious Harvard University led by one of its very own students. Then, spend the rest of your day walking in the footsteps of Boston's brave ancestors or visit Faneuil Marketplace for some of the city's delicious clam chowder before heading downtown for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
  3. Enjoy some free time to relax in "Beantown" this morning. Then it's time to play ball at the home of the Red Sox. Dash up Yawkey Way and into the hallowed grounds of Fenway Park, the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball dating back to 1912. Imagine yourself playing with baseball legends like Williams and Yaz. Baseball fever running through your veins, head to the Big Apple, travelling through the pretty Connecticut countryside toward New York City. Tonight, embrace New Yorkers' love for "pie" and tuck into a pizza party Regional Meal. Don't be afraid to practice your "fold hold" and eat one-handed like the locals do.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:The New Yorker, A Wyndham Hotel
  4. Look out Hudson River. The BEAST is headed your way for a thrilling speedboat ride to rocking music at maximum speed. Zoom and zip to Lady Liberty, the beacon of freedom that welcomed thousands of immigrant families. Pay a visit to the Freedom Tower and reflect on the tragic day that reverberated across the globe. Take a bite or two out of the Big Apple before joining your Travel Director for a stroll along the 1883 Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most famous icons on New York's skyline and the 'road' to trendy Brooklyn where you'll enjoy an afternoon snack at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory located in a converted 1922 Fireboat House. The magical Manhattan skyline is yours to explore this evening.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  5. The curtain closes on your Big Apple show and rises in the City of Brotherly Love. Lace up your running shoes and race Rocky Balboa-style up the 72 steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The colors and delicious smells of the Reading Terminal Market greet you where culinary options abound for lunch at leisure. You can almost hear the voices of the city's famous past, as you arrive at the UNESCO-listed Independence Hall. Walk in the footsteps of America's founding fathers and see the birthplace of the Constitution and where the Declaration of Independence was first read to the tolling of the Liberty Bell. While dinner is technically on your own tonight, we'll provide the transportation for families who wish to visit the corner of 9th and Passyunk for the best cheesesteak sandwiches in Philly.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill
  6. Connect with Locals and enjoy a Be My Guest lunch with an Amish family who will treat you to homemade Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Happiness is Hershey's with a visit to “Chocolatetown USA” where your taste buds will run wild at the Hershey Chocolate Tasting Experience. Our final stop today is Gettysburg where tonight we'll share a Regional Meal at The Dobbin House Tavern.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Meal
    hotel:Wyndham Gettysburg
  7. You can almost smell the gunpowder and hear Pickett's charge on Gettysburg Battlefield where you'll join a Local Specialist who will bring to life this horrific battle that is widely regarded as a turning point of the Civil War. The story of Gettysburg continues with a visit to the National Military Park Museum to view centuries-old relics of the Civil War before you head for the nation's capital of Washington, D.C. for the rest of the afternoon. The whole family will enjoy a visit to the National Air and Space Museum or take a selfie with Fala, the photo-friendly pooch at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. As the sun sets on Capitol Hill, you could choose to watch the sweep of the country's most famous monuments and memorials light up.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown
  8. Step aside secret agents, it's time to crack open the underbelly of the CIA, NSA, KGB and 007 during this morning's visit to the International Spy Museum, featuring the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Spend the afternoon together unpacking the chapters of America's history on your own. This evening, blow your cover and join newfound friends to share the highlights of your historic adventure at a Farewell Dinner served at a local restaurant.

    meal(s):FB, FD
  9. Your discovery of a great nation and the path it took to get here comes to an end with a transfer to Dulles International Airport or Reagan National Airport for your departure flight.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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8 Jun 19 16 Jun 19 checkmark $3,095$2,786pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 17 Request Quote Book Now
22 Jun 19 30 Jun 19 $3,075$2,768pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 17 Request Quote Book Now
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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. As this is a family vacation, single room request must be part of a larger family group reservation.

Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Single Room Supplement: $1,295 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $96 per person.

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

Meal Summary

14 meals: 8 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Enjoy lunch this afternoon with three generations of an Amish family who treat you to homemade Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. The Amish children are the stars of the show and will regale you with stories of what it is really like to live the Amish way

Local Specialist

  • On the Gettysburg battlefield

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Boston aboard the Boston Duck Tour
  • Visit Harvard University, Fenway Park, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Freedom Tower, the famed Rocky Balboa steps, Hershey's Chocolate Factory, Lancaster, Gettysburg Battlefield, International Spy Museum
  • View the New York skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge
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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.

VICTORIA

*Victoria Whale Watching Excursion

Adult Price: 123.00

Board your vessel to enjoy a three-hour whale-watching expedition in the waters off Victoria. While it can’t be guaranteed in advance which of the abundant marine wildlife you’ll see on your journey, chances are you’ll also spot magnificent bald eagles, porpoises or seals. Spring and summer are the best times of the year to see the resident Orca whales in all their glory. Approx. duration: 3 hours.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    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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