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Trails of Liberty - Trafalgar Escorted Tour
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… standing in the very spots history was made while our local historians' stories reveal all–like how the Battle of Gettysburg was won. Spend time with an Amish expert and create your own candy bar at Hershey's Chocolate World.
Early booking offers available for 2017 departures - please call Bon Voyage for further details.
Solo Traveller? Offers available, please call for details.
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from the UK to Washington, DC
UK Private door to door airport transfers and transfers in the
nights accommodation in superior hotels in sought-after locations
Meals:7 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
sights:City tour of Washington, DC and Philadelphia. Visit to Arlington Cemetery, Lancaster County, Hershey's Chocolate World, Mount Vernon and Gettysburg National Military Park. See the Washington Monument and US Capital Building.
Experiences as detailed in the itinerary
Travel in luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and
The services of professional Tour Directors throughout your holiday
All hotel service charges, baggage handling fees and local taxes
Audio headsets for all guided visits and included sightseeing
FREE DOOR TO DOOR UK TRANSFERS
We believe your holiday should be a relaxing and hassle free experience from start to finish. This is why we include complimentary private UK airport transfers with every trip.
You will be collected from your home by a private chauffeur-driven car and taken to your departure airport. At the end of your holiday, you will be met at the airport upon arrival for a relaxing journey home.
No worries. No hassle.
2017: June 16, 30; July 14; August 25; September 1
Day 1 : Arrive Washington, D.C. (3 nights)
Ghosts and heroes, ammunition and battle strategies, chocolate making and barbecue—you're sure to have a blast as history comes alive on this patriotic adventure. Check into 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 travellers for a Kick-off Party.
Hotel:Renaissance Washington, DC
Day 2 : Washington, D.C. Sightseeing and Free Time
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. Visit Arlington National Cemetery, one of the United States' most famous landmarks honouring those who have fallen in service to their country. You get 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.Full Breakfast included.
Day 3 : Washington, D.C. Free Time
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 convivial dinner with your travelling companions. Full breakfast and dinner included.
Day 4 : Washington D.C. – Philadelphia (2 nights)
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 and 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. Ever wonder why the Liberty Bell cracked? You'll find out when you visit the giant bell on display in its own pavilion. View Independence Hall where Franklin and the other founding fathers started the country's favourite national holiday with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.Full Breakfast
Hotel: Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown
Day 5 : Philadelphia Free Time
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 a delectable dinner at a local restaurant. Full breakfast and dinner included.
Day 6 : Philadelphia – Hershey – Harrisburg
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 and everyone will get to try their hand with a Local Specialist and make their very own customised chocolate candy bar. Later, get settled in at your hotel in Harrisburg. Full breakfast and lunch included.
Hotel: Radisson Harrisburg
Day 7 : Harrisburg – Gettysburg
“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. Full breakfast and Farewell Dinner included.
Hotel: Wyndham Gettysburg
Day 8 : Gettysburg – Mount Vernon – Depart Washington, D.C.
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. Full Breakfast included.
Want to extend your escorted tour?
Bon Voyage can suggest and pre-book many interesting and unusual pre and post tour options for you. How about time on the beach? A rail journey? A cruise? Or city stopover?
Please do call the North American experts at Bon Voyage to discuss the choices available to you.