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8 days • 11 meals
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American Spirit Family Discovery
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July 13, 2013, $1799
8 days • 11 meals
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- Hotel: Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia
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Day 1: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Tour Begins
Get ready for the history…the adventure…the culture…and the American spirit that spreads throughout the eastern United States. From Gettysburg to Washington, D.C., every stop on your tour captures the story of a nation built from dreams, ambition and opportunity. Begin your tour in “the Birthplace of a New Nation” – Philadelphia. Meet new friends and fellow adventurers at your welcome dinner; then enjoy an interactive presentation by one of America’s Founding Fathers!View Accommodation Today dinner will be included.
Day 2: Philadelphia
Today, stroll the trail of independence when you embark on a scavenger hunt that takes your family to some of Philadelphia’s most historic sites. Some of the sites you’ll see: Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell! Spend the afternoon at the Constitution Center, a powerful, interactive history museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution. As you walk through the museum, the story of we, the people comes to life before your eyes! With your night free, discover more of Philadelphia’s historic charm with your family. Perhaps dine at a local restaurant – or grab a cheesesteak. Your tour manager will be on hand to suggest fun things to do in this bustling city.View Accommodation Today breakfast will be included.
Day 3: Philadelphia - Amish Country - Gettysburg
Step back in time when you travel to Amish Country! Explore the farmlands of the Amish community with a local guide who will share the unique history and traditions of the region. Tour a pretzel factory and learn to twist your own pretzel, then visit a traditional Amish bake shop and taste their treats. Later, enjoy a family-style lunch of Amish favorites like shoo fly pie! This evening, arrive in the battleground city of Gettysburg.View Accommodation Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Day 4: Gettysburg - Williamsburg, Virginia
No text book could ever capture the story of the most historic Civil War battle as well as your park ranger-guided tour of Gettysburg’s battlefields this morning. With your group, trace the footsteps of the famous Pickett’s Charge and re-enact the battle! Arrive this evening in Williamsburg – a city that brings history to life. At a colonial tavern, sit down for a delicious dinner of traditional fare.View Accommodation Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 5: Colonial Williamsburg
Travel back to the 1770’s this morning as you explore Colonial Williamsburg. Discover what life was like from the costumed re-enactors who populate the streets and buildings, demonstrating colonial customs and teaching about history in an interactive way. Stop in to see the apothecary and learn about his medical treatments; see the work of the wheelmaker; meet the blacksmith and wig maker; or visit a score of other local artisans. Whose apprentice would you be? This afternoon is your time to independently wander the cobblestone streets, discovering fascinating history.View Accommodation Today breakfast will be included.
Day 6: Williamsburg - Washington, D.C.
Journey to Mount Vernon, the beloved home of the first U.S. president, George Washington. Your guide, a character from Washington’s day, leads you through his daily activities and shares his stories with you. Learn about everyday life at Mt. Vernon and the interesting history of George and Martha Washington. Then, travel to Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, where your choice of adventure awaits. Your family may choose to visit the famed Spy Museum this afternoon – test your spy skills on an interactive visit. Or you can choose to explore another American treasure – the National Zoo. Meet the giant pandas, experience the Bird House’s indoor flight room, or explore some of the other exhibits on the zoo’s 163 acres.View Accommodation Today breakfast will be included.
Day 7: Washington, D.C.
This morning, enjoy a city tour and see the world-famous sites of Washington, D.C. including photo stops at the Capitol building, the White House, and several of the city’s renowned monuments. During a visit to the White House Visitor Center, learn about the many transitions this historic residence has undergone. This afternoon uncover some of the treasures of the Smithsonian with your choice of a visit to the famed Air and Space Museum or the National Museum of American History. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner and share your favorite moments with your family and new friends.View Accommodation Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 8: Washington, D.C. - Tour Ends
Your tour ends in Washington, D.C. this morning.Today breakfast will be included.
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- Hotel: Marriott Washington DC
- PLEASE NOTE: To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing Collette airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.
- Due to tour scheduling, flights on Day 1 should arrive prior to 4:00 PM.
- Parties of three will be accommodated in all hotels in two queen beds. Parties of four will be accommodated in all hotels in two queen beds. Rollaway beds are available at all hotels upon request only and cannot be guaranteed.
- During your stay at the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel, the included breakfast will be Continental Deluxe.