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Trails of Liberty

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Capital Building, Washington D.C.
Tour Style: First Class
8 Days from $2,095 per person

Exciting moments in U.S. history are uncovered in this East Coast family encounter, from the Declaration of Independence to the Battle of Gettysburg.


You'll enjoy Insider moments like… dining at one of the 'most haunted' homes in Gettysburg, followed by your special guest taking you back to a time, maybe four score and seven years, to learn about life in the Civil War.

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  1. Ghosts and heroes, ammunition, battle strategies and chocolate making—you're sure to have a blast as history comes alive on this patriotic adventure. Check in to your hotel, then set out on your own to explore the nation's capital. At 6 p.m. gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Kick-off Party.
    hotel:Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown
  2. Join a Local Specialist for a tour of the capital and many of its famous landmarks. View the Washington Monument, the National Mall, the Capitol and the White House. You'll be awed as you walk right up to the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon to explore wherever you want. Maybe visit one of the world's greatest museums like the Smithsonian Institution. Check out the space vehicles at the National Air and Space Museum or look up at the bellies of the gigantic dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History.
  3. Enjoy an entire day to explore all of the activities and historic sights the United States capital city has to offer. See the adorably playful pandas at the National Zoo or perhaps take the whole family to learn about one of the most mysterious and exciting jobs around, being a spy, at the International Spy Museum. The kids will love a chance to test their spy skills at the School for Spies. Tonight, enjoy a lively dinner with your traveling companions.
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  4. Follow in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, the great inventor and statesman, as you travel to Philadelphia. Stop at the Reading Terminal Market, an old train shed opened in 1892 that now houses a huge marketplace featuring food stands serving up yummy local delights. With so many choices, you may need a while to decide which treats you want to try—maybe dig into an authentic Philly cheesesteak or a piping hot Pennsylvania Dutch apple dumpling. Continue on to the Independence National Historic Park and visit the National Constitution Center. You'll find out how the giant Liberty Bell cracked when you visit it on display in its own pavilion. View Independence Hall where Franklin and the other founding fathers started the country's favorite national vacation with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
    hotel:Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown
  5. Today is all yours to explore the friendly "City of Brotherly Love." Your Travel Director will be happy to help you plan your day. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
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  6. Wave goodbye to Philadelphia as you make your way to Amish country, Lancaster County, for a special lunch. Then travel on to another world—Hershey's Chocolate World that is—where you'll learn the chocolate making process of this Cultural Insight and everyone will get to try their hand and make their very own customised chocolate candy bar. Later, get settled in at your hotel in Harrisburg.
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    hotel:Radisson Harrisburg
  7. "Four score and seven years ago," Gettysburg was one of the most important battlegrounds in the Civil War where President Lincoln gave his remarkable Gettysburg Address and it's your first destination this morning. Tour the battlefield with a Local Specialist and be amazed by the greatest collection of Civil War relics at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum. Get settled in to your hotel before meeting your newfound friends for a festive Regional Meal Farewell Dinner at the "most haunted" 19th century Dobbins House with a special guest.
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    hotel:Wyndham Gettysburg
  8. Be assured that George Washington really did sleep here with today's visit to Mount Vernon, the home and final resting place of the first President of the United States. Kids, search for clues to solve the nine different puzzles with the special map you will receive as you tour the mansion and gardens, and walk along the forest trail to meet the farm animals. Return to Washington, D.C. where your journey ends with a transfer to the airport or to the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel for guests extending their stay.

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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.

  • 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

7 nights' accommodations, 7 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Make your very own chocolate bar at Hershey's Chocolate World.

Local Specialist

  • Get a more in-depth look in Washington, D.C. and visit the historic battlefield of Gettysburg.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Washington, D.C.
  • Visit Lancaster County, Hershey's Chocolate World, Mount Vernon, Gettysburg National Military Park and Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
  • See the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol Building and the Liberty Bell
  • Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
1 Sep 17 8 Sep 17 checkmark $2,095pp Call 1-877-622-9109

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: from $725.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $85 per person.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • 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 48 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.


Friday, July 14, 2017
Service rating : Excellent tour guide. Right amount of free time.
Vacation : No pressure to do optional tours.

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.


Dinner at Historic City Tavern & Guided Walking Tour of Old Town

Adult Price: $77.50 | Child Price: $77.50

Old Town Philadelphia, the historic center of this great city, is best seen by foot. Come join us for a walking tour around the streets where the American nation was born. Step back in time with our knowledgeable guide to see where Betsy Ross created the first American Flag, Carpenter’s Hall where the First Continental Congress met in 1774, the site of Benjamin Franklin’s home, the First Bank of the United States and much more. We end the tour with a three-course dinner at the historic City Tavern, a favorite meeting place of many of the Founding Fathers, and often called the unofficial site of the First Continental Congress.


Washington Illumination Tour

Adult Price: $39.00 | Child 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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