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Pilgrims & Patriots

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Statue of Liberty
Tour Style: First Class
9 Days from $2,659 per person

Take the same brave steps that shaped the land of the free, discovering a treasure trove of pioneer and revolutionary tragedies and triumphs, from the battlefields of Gettysburg to the symbols of American independence and a new nation's tenacious spirit shared with family and friends.

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  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 at 6 p.m.
    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. Don't worry, you won't leave quacking. Putting the "ivy" in Ivy League, set off for a walking tour of prestigious Harvard University led by one of its very own students. 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 most delicious clam chowder before heading downtown for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.
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  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, traveling 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.
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    hotel:One UN New York
  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, One World Trade Center, 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.
  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 on your own. You can almost hear the voices of the city's famous past, as you arrive at Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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. The afternoon is free for you own exploration. 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.
    hotel:Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill
  6. Happiness is Hershey's this morning with a visit to “Chocolatetown USA” where your taste buds will run wild at the Hershey Chocolate Tasting Experience. Learn the difference between dark, milk and other chocolate varietals, and even create your own candy bar. Then make your way to the land of the Amish—horse and buggies rattle along peaceful country lanes and windmills dot the farm landscape where you'll enjoy a unique Be My Guest lunch with three generations of an Amish family who treat you to homemade Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. End in Gettysburg where tonight you'll dine on a Regional Meal at The Dobbins House Tavern, established in 1776 and located across from the cemetery where Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. Keep an eye out for a very special guest who will join you to share some stories and pose for photos.
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    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 the battle that is widely regarded as a turning point of the Civil War. Continue with a visit to the National Military Park Museum to view centuries-old relics from the Civil War before you head for the nation's capital of Washington, D.C. for the rest of the afternoon. As the sun sets on Capitol Hill, you can choose to witness the sweep of the country's most famous monuments and memorials lit up to explore.
    hotel:Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown
  8. Ssssshhhhh… 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.
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  9. Your discovery of a great nation comes to an end with a transfer to Dulles International Airport or Reagan National Airport for your departure flight.

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2 Jun 18 9 Jun 18 $2,975$2,752pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28 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.

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

Single Room Supplement: from $1250 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $91 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

8 nights, 8 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Be My Guest

  • 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 where stories of this horrific battle will be brought to life

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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