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A Civil War Journey
The American Civil War, which ran from 1861 to 1865 resulted in the death of around 620,000 soldiers (making it America’s deadliest war), the defeat of the Confederacy and the abolition of slavery. In the Capital Region, there were more major Civil War battles fought than anywhere else in the United States and travellers keen to follow its history can visit more than 600 sites in Maryland and Virginia, which help to bring those dramatic days back to life.
Price per person includes:
Return flights from UK to Washington DC
Car hire for the duration
13 nights superior accommodation in sought after locations
A personalised road book with travel tips and day to day driving itinerary with local area information
Washington, DC, Smithsonian Institute and city monuments
Manassas National Battlefield Park
The White House of Confederacy
Richmond, Appomattox and The McLean House
Shenandoah Valley and the Battlefields National Historic District
Harper's Ferry Historic National Park
Antietam National Battlefield Park
Gettysburg National Military Park
Bon Voyage UK Chauffeur Service
Start in style and put the finishing touches to a memorable holiday with our Chauffeur Drive Service. Your smart, uniformed driver will meet you at your door and whisk you to and from the airport terminal so you are guaranteed a stress-free and relaxing journey. You’ll travel in a showroom condition Mercedes E Class for two people or a sumptuous Viano for families or groups up to six.
Your Bon Voyage travel consultant has all the details, so just mention if you’d like this option included in your holiday quote.
Day 1 & 2 : Welcome to America's Capital
Welcome to America’s capital, Washington DC. This cosmopolitan city is packed with famous sights, free attractions and is home to some of the world’s best-known museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution. Combine this with hip new restaurants and bars, stunning hotels, great nightlife, charming neighbourhoods and terrific shopping.
Day 3 : Visit the National Battlefield Park
Distance: 32 miles
The First Battle of Bull Run (July 1861), as it was known to the North, or First Manassas, was the first major land battle of the Civil War and it was unique in that neither of the opposing generals had ever exercised high command in combat before. Just over a year later the Second Manassas battle under the command of General Robert E. Lee resulted on one of Lee’s most decisive victories. Visit the National Battlefield Park where, at the Visitors Center, a 45 minute film covers both battles. The park offers a wide array of activities, scenic vistas, historic sites and walking trails. Pick up a park brochure, map, trail guides and check out the daily schedule of interpretive programs.
Day 4 & 5 : Fredericksburg & Chancellorsville
Distance: 40 miles
The Battle of Fredericksburg (December 1862) would result in a stunning defeat for the Union. Confederate Robert E. Lee suffered roughly 5,000 casualties but inflicted nearly 13,000 on his opponent, General Ambrose Burnside. A driving tour and several walking trails provide access to key spots on the Fredericksburg battlefield. At the Battle of Chancellorsville (May 1863), 11 miles away, a series of controversial events defined this crucial battle, including General Robert E. Lee’s radical decision to divide his small army--a violation of basic military rules--sending Stonewall Jackson on his famous march around the Union army flank. Jackson was mortally wounded but this was considered one of Lee’s greatest victories. A visitor centre contains exhibits, 22-minute movie, seasonal walking tours, and a bookstore to help orient visitors to the battlefield.
Day 6, 7 & 8 : Richmond & Appomattox
Distance: 58 miles
Named the Capital of the Confederacy, Richmond remains one of the most handsome capitals in the south. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar is the gateway to Civil War travel and is a must stop for the Civil War traveler. Take a guided tour of the White House of the Confederacy, home to Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family throughout the war. At the central Virginia historical town of Appomattox (95 miles away), General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant to end the Civil War. Visit the historic McLean House where the Civil War was officially ended in 1865. The surrounding National Historical Park commemorates the end of the Civil War, and the walking tour allows visitors to explore the historical buildings as they were in 1865.
Day 9 & 10 : Virginia's Crowning Glory
Distance: 125 miles
Known as Virginia’s Crowning Glory, the scenic Shenandoah Valley was where Stonewall Jackson campaigned in 1862 and, in 1864, where the armies of Union general Philip H. Sheridan and Confederate general Jubal A. Early contended for immense stakes. Spend a day touring the valley and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District.
Day 11 : To Harper's Ferry, Antietam & Frederick
Distance: 63 miles
Travel to Harper’s Ferry in 1859, John Brown set in motion events that led directly to the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. Then to Antietam where at dawn September 17 1863, Union forces mounted a powerful assault on Lee’s left flank that began the single bloodiest day in American military history. At the National Battlefield Park view the 26-minute introductory film Antietam Visit and take the self-guided 8 1/2 mile auto tour through the battlefield. Spend the night in nearby Frederick.
Day 12 & 13 : Gettysburg National Military Park
In July of 1863, General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia of 75,000 men and the 97,000 man Union Army of the Potomac under General George G. Meade met, by chance, a battle commenced that would rank supreme among the more than 2,000 land engagements of the Civil War. Although the Battle of Gettysburg did not end the war, nor did it attain any major war aim for the North or the South, it remains the great battle of the war. Begin your visit to Gettysburg National Military Park at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center. Understand the sacrifice of Gettysburg with the film, A New Birth of Freedom and the fury of battle with the Gettysburg Cyclorama. This is the place to start your visit and get informed on how to tour the battlefield park.
This is the last day of your itinerary, however your adventure doesn't have to end here. Perhaps you may want to extend your stay and take a train to New York City for some shopping and sightseeing or relax in one of Florida's sandy beaches.
Call the travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your ideal Civil War Journey.
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