America's Historic East

Price per person
from £2,591

Price based on
London Heathrow
4th Oct 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • Eastern USA

  • Active pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

Uncover the absorbing history of colonial America and the American Civil War on a tour of its eastern cities and landmarks.

At a glance


  • Washington DC Tour the historic monuments of the nation’s capital.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Explore the historic district where the founding fathers once met.
  • Shenandoah National Park Enjoy photo stops and panoramic vistas from Skyline Drive.
  • Gettysburg Visit the site of the famous Civil War battle of 1863.
  • Valley Forge See the National Historic Site where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777-1778.
  • Philadelphia See the city's iconic Liberty Bell and other historic landmarks.
America's Historic East

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Overview

Uncover the absorbing history of colonial America and the American Civil War on a tour of its eastern cities and landmarks.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Washington DC

Day
1

Fly to Washington DC where on arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening join your travelling companions and Tour Director for a welcome drink.

No meals included

Washington DC - Mount Vernon - Washington DC

Day
2

Get to know America's capital city on a guided tour of its most iconic sights, including the exterior of the White House, Capitol Hill and Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place of President John F Kennedy. This afternoon, sightseeing begins at Mount Vernon, the period restored home of George Washington, the first US President. Tour his elegant neoclassical mansion and admire it's gardens, whose woodlands and meadows roll down to the Potomac River.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Washington DC - Williamsburg

Day
3

Today, head to Yorktown Historical Battlefield Park, the site of the British army's surrender to Washington's troops in 1781 - a defeat that ultimately secured the independence of the US. Continue to Historic Williamsburg for two nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Williamsburg - Jamestown - Williamsburg

Day
4

Visit colonial Williamsburg and enjoy an exclusive presentation by a historian specialising in 18th century America. Then drive to the Jamestown Settlement where outdoor museums chart the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Afterwards, return to Colonial Williamsburg's Historic District. This charming area boasts carefully restored 18th century mansions, homes and shops where costumed guides and actors tell the story of the American Revolution. Stroll the quaint streets, browse the shops, see the public gaol and visit the Raleigh Tavern the meeting place of founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. This evening enjoy a colonial style dinner at a tavern that recreates the typical supper experience of the patriots.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Williamsburg - Richmond - Staunton

Day
5

Leave Colonial Williamsburg behind and travel to Staunton. First stop is Richmond, Virginia's captial and once the capital of the Confederacy. Visit St. John's Church, where Patrick Henry proclaimed, 'Give me liberty or give me death'. Continue, to Monticello. Thomas Jefferson's estate with its beautiful gardens and imposing mansion designed by Jefferson himself. Spend the evening in Staunton, nestled in the foothills of Blue Ridge Mountains.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Staunton - Shenandoah National Park

Day
6

Continue to the beautiful Shenandoah National Park, home to spectacular vistas and a wildlife haven. Enjoy photo stops and panoramic vistas from Skyline Drive that snakes through the Shenandoah.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shenandoah National Park - Harpers Ferry - Gettysburg

Day
7

Trace some of the route of General Lee's army during its invasion of Pennsylvania to the West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry. Standing where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet, this was where John Brown's 'Army of Liberation' staged their fateful raid on a US armoury. Afterwards, continue across Maryland to the Gettysburg National Military Park for a guided tour. Spend some time where the 1863 battle took place as your guide explains how the fighting raged over three days, followed by a visit to the Gettysburg museum and Cyclorama. Finish the day with a Colonial-style candlelit dinner at Gettysburg's elegant historic Dobbin House Tavern, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Gettysburg - Valley Forge - Philadelphia

Day
8

This morning enjoy an exclusive presentation on one of America's heroes of the 19th century, Ulysses S Grant. Then, drive through the Amish farmlands to Valley Forge. Take a tour of this national historic park where General George Washington and his troops camped during the harsh 1777-1778 winter. Visit Washington's Headquarters, The Grand Parade and the Washington Memorial Chapel before travelling to Philadelphia. This evening the Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner on the historic Moshulu ship. Launched in 1904, she has had a long and exciting career on the seas and is now considered one of Philadelphia's best restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Philadelphia - UK

Day
9

The 'City of Brotherly Love' is also the birthplace of American Independence. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of America's fourth largest city, taking in landmarks such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the scenic atmosphere of Independence National Historic Park. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Home landing in the UK

Day
10

No meals included

Things to note

Gettysburg Special Feature: Overnight at the historic Hotel Gettysburg, established in 1797. President Lincoln honed the immortal words of his Gettysburg Address just steps away from the hotel. Nearly one hundred years later, the hotel served as President Dwight Eisenhower's Operations Centre

Accommodation as stated or similar

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Washington DC: Capital Hilton Hotel
  • Williamsburg: Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Spa
  • Staunton: Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center
  • Charlottesville: Doubletree Hotel (2017)
  • Staunton: Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Centre (2018)
  • Shenandoah National Park: Skyland Resort
  • Gettysburg: Gettysburg Hotel
  • Philadelphia: Sheraton Society Hill

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