From the historic streets and neighborhoods of Old Town Alexandria to the gleaming monuments of the nation’s capital, your trip is full of things to see and do. Walk in the footsteps of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia. Take in spectacular views of Manhattan from the Empire State building or cruise out to the Statue of Liberty in New York. See the place where the US Constitution, our nation’s founding document, was brought to life in Philadelphia. Visit any number of fascinating museums or impressive monuments in Washington DC. Your American Heritage tour will be an unforgettable experience!
ARRIVAL TO WASHINGTON D.C. (WC)
This is truly the All-American holiday, complete with the heritage of our nation’s capital and the historic charm of Williamsburg, Virginia.
After Check In to our hotel, come together in a private Welcome Cocktail to meet other travelers and learn more about the program.
WASHINGTON D.C. (B)
Arlington National Cemetery and DC Memorials We begin sightseeing in our nation’s capital with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery and the John E Kennedy Memorial. View the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Women in Military Service Memorial. During our touring in DC’s mall area we’ll see the FDR, Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials. We’ll also make a stop at the National WWll Memorial, the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War 11. After dinner this evening, an incredible Illumination tour of Washington, DC tops off this exciting day as we see the memorials and monuments bathed in flood lights, including the U.S. Capitol and the White House.
MOUNT VERNON & JAMESTONW (B)
No tour of colonial America is complete without a stop at Mount Vernon, the expansive estate of George and Martha Washington. Visit the Ford Orientation Center and the Donald W Reynolds Museum where you will have the chance to experience Washington’s life through movies and exhibitions. Explore his mansion filled with 18th-century treasures and stroll the gardens of this 45-acre estate, taking in the views of the Potomac River from the mansion’s piazza. Later, we arrive at Jamestown, the site of America’s first pennanent English colony. Explore life at the dawn of the 17th-century inside the palisade of a re-created colonial fort and discover the world of Pocahontas in the Powhatan Indian Village.
COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG (B,D)
Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living history museum in the country and one of America’s most popular attractions. Stroll streets dating back to the 1700s. Converse with residents playing the roles of their ancestors as they go about their daily activities exactly as they did more than 200 years ago. It’s an exciting glimpse into the early days of our nation. A traditional Colonial tavern dinner sets the mood for our stay in historic Williamsburg.
Today we begin with a visit to Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence. We’ll tour the home and see the parlor, the library, greenhouse and Jefferson’s bedroom. Experience a “Day in the Life” of Jefferson through artifacts, personal possessions and “mechanical inventions” found throughout the home. Then we’ll stop for lunch at historic Michie Tavern who has welcomed travelers for more than 200 years. Crossing the threshold you enter another time as the costumed hostess welcomes you into the past as “stranger,” an early 18th-century term for a traveler.
SHENANDOAH VALLEY & GETTYSBURG (B)
We begin the day traveling a portion of the scenic Skyline Drive through picturesque Shenandoah National Park (weather permitting) in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We arrive in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, site of the Union victory which many believe to have been the turning point in the U.S. Civil War. We visit the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center before meeting our licensed guide who joins us for a tour of the battlefield.
LANCASTER AMISH COUNTRY (B,D)
Touring in Amish Country begins at Wheatland, the Federal home of America’s 15th President,James Buchanan. We also make a stop at Kitchen Kettle Village, where delicious jams and jellies are made daily. Later, a local guide joins us for a journey through Lancaster Amish Country, the nation’s oldest Amish settlement where thousands still live a centuries-old “Plain” lifestyle. Step back in time to a slower pace in this region where horse and buggy and windmills dot the landscape. Tonight, enjoy a traditional dinner of local specialties.
Departing Lancaster we arrive in Philadelphia, home to the greatest concentration of American history in the country. A local guide joins us for a tour of the city including Independence National Historical Park where we will see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Later, we continue to “The Big Apple,” New York City for a two-night.
NEW YORK CITY (B,D)
Our guide will lead a panoramic tour covering New York’s uptown and downtown sites including Central Park, Wall Street, Chinatown, Broadway, Battery Park and much more. This afternoon, discover “the city that never sleeps” at your own pace before getting together for a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Manager.
DEPARTURE FROM NEW YORK CITY (B)
After breakfast you will have free time to spend in New York until our transfer to JFL to La Guardia Airports for your flight home.
Discover the modern look of our all-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport hotel. Our hotel is located within easy walking distance of the Pentagon, top attractions, shopping and restaurants. Ride the Metro subway system, located only three blocks away, to the National Mall area to visit Smithsonian Museums, the White House, the U.S. Capitol and national monuments.This all-suite hotel is within walking distance of The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City Mall and Crystal City Shops.
Relax at our complimentary Evening Reception*, with a variety of beverages and snacks. Work out at our 24-hour fitness center.
Unwind in your spacious one- or two-bedroom suite with a separate living room, wet bar with a mini-refrigerator and microwave, and WiFi (for a fee). Email colleagues from your dining and work table. Accessible rooms are available at our hotel.
Less than 3 miles from Colonial Williamsburg, this modern hotel is under 10 miles from Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA.
All rooms offer contemporary decor and custom-designed beds, plus flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, free WiFi, microwaves and minifridges. Suites add separate living areas with pull-out sofas.
There’s also a fitness center and indoor pool. Additional amenities include meeting rooms, a business center and parking.
The historic Skyland is located at the top of the fabulous Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
Skyland was established in 1888 as the perfect spot for a vacation retreat. At 3,680 feet, Skyland provides breathtaking views of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley, as well as many hiking trails, and various other guest activities like horseback riding, and rock climbing.
This upscale hotel is 2.1 miles from the Landis Valley Museum and 6 miles from the Dutch Wonderland amusement park.
All of the modern rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, as well as minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms and suites add pull-out sofas, whirlpool tubs and balconies or private patios; some feature full kitchens and fireplaces.
There are 2 restaurants, and a sophisticated cocktail lounge. The hotel also features 2 pools, a hot tub and a 24/7 fitness center, plus a basketball court and a putting green. Other amenities include a convenience store and meeting rooms.
The Sheraton Brooklyn New York is 1,050 feet from MetroTech Center and is 550 feet from the subway station. The hotel offers a restaurant and a swimming pool with a retractable roof. Barclays Center is 0.8 mi away.
Sheraton Brooklyn New York features a 42-inch flat-screen TV and iPod docking station in every guest room. Coffee makers with Starbucks coffee are also available in each room.
Guests can use the 24-hour fitness center or the modern business center. The Brooklyn Sheraton’s restaurant serves Italian cuisine and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a Starbucks outlet in the lobby.
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