America's Historic East


  • 9 days

  • Virginia

  • Active pace

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Overview

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On this East Coast tour, discover the historic national treasures prominent in America’s history. Step back in time in Jamestown settlement, the first permanent English settlement in the new world, and Colonial Williamsburg, where costumed villagers re-enact life in 18th -century Virginia. See the meeting place for Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other patriots, and enjoy a Colonial-style dinner at a local tavern, where you’ll experience a re-created supper experience savored by 18th-century patriots. Visit Richmond’s St. John's Church, where Patrick Henry proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Tour Jefferson's beautiful and imposing estate, Monticello, and visit George Washington’s restored home, Mount Vernon.

Visit the sites of many famous battles, including Yorktown Historical Battlefield Park, where the British surrendered to Washington’s troops in 1781. Tour Gettysburg National Military Park, where you’ll hear about the Battle of 1863. Continue exploration at Valley Forge National Historic Site to see where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777-1778. Also visit Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, where abolitionist John Brown and his “army of liberation” staged their fateful raid on a U.S. arsenal. This East Coast tour will also visit Washington DC and Philadelphia—with sightseeing highlighting the famous landmarks in each city.

Throughout this East Coast tour, Globus has also included many special experiences. For example, stay at the historic Hotel Gettysburg, established in 1797 and steps from the David Wills House, the location where President Lincoln put the final finishing tours on his legendary speech, the Gettysburg Address. And in Williamsburg, hear an exclusive presentation by professional historian, Sylvia Tabb-Lee.

You’ve heard about the famous battles in American history—now’s your chance to see where some of them took place. You’ve heard about many of the historical landmarks in America’s oldest cities—now’s your chance to visit them. It’s a vacation of a lifetime!

Highlights

WASHINGTON DC
Sightseeing with a Local Guide
MOUNT VERNON Visit George Washington’s home
FREDERICKSBURGOrientation tour
YORKTOWN Visit Yorktown Historical Battlefield
WILLIAMSBURG LF Exclusive performance by professional historian; visit Colonial Williamsburg; Colonial-style dinner
JAMESTOWN Visit Jamestown settlement
RICHMOND Visit St. John’s Church
MONTICELLO
Visit Thomas Jefferson’s beloved home
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK Sightseeing
HARPERS FERRY Visit Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
GETTYSBURG Visit Gettysburg National Military Park; LF Dobbin House Tavern experience; LF Ulysses S. Grant historical interpreter
VALLEY FORGE Visit Valley Forge National Historic Park
PHILADELPHIA Visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall; farewell dinner

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners

ARRIVE IN WASHINGTON DC

Day
1

Welcome to Washington DC! At 6 pm, meet with your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

WASHINGTON DC. EXCURSION TO MOUNT VERNON.

Day
2

This morning’s sightseeing features many of Washington DC’s famous landmarks, including the LINCOLN MEMORIAL, and the VIETNAM and KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIALS, with stops for photos at the White House and Capitol Hill. This afternoon, we visit MOUNT VERNON, the restored home of George Washington. Tour the house and gardens, and visit the museums. Try our optional dinner tonight at one of Washington’s favorite restaurants, followed by an illumination tour of the monuments.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

WASHINGTON DC–FREDERICKSBURG–YORKTOWN–WILLIAMSBURG

Day
3

Today, travel south to Fredericksburg, known for its role in both the American Revolution and the Civil War. Here, enjoy an orientation tour and free time to explore the historic artifacts. Next, continue to YORKTOWN HISTORICAL BATTLEFIELD PARK, where the British surrendered to Washington’s troops in 1781, bringing an end to the American Revolution. Continue to Williamsburg for a 2-night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

WILLIAMSBURG. EXCURSION TO JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT

Day
4

This morning, enjoy an exclusive LF PERFORMANCE from Sylvia Tabb-Lee, a professional historian. Visit the nearby JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT for a guided tour to learn about the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Then, enter COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG’S HISTORIC AREA, where costumed villagers add to the authenticity. Stroll down its quaint streets, browse through the historic trade shops, and see the Public Gaol. Also, be sure to stop at Raleigh Tavern, the meeting place for Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other patriots. This evening, enjoy a Colonial-style dinner at a famous local TAVERN for the chance to engage in a recreated supper experience savored by 18th-century patriots.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

WILLIAMSBURG–RICHMOND–MONTICELLO–STAUNTON

Day
5

First stop is Richmond, Virginia’s capital and once the capital of the Confederacy. Visit ST. JOHN’S CHURCH, where Patrick Henry proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death!” Next, 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 the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

STAUNTON–SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK.

Day
6

Today, journey to beautiful SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, home to spectacular vistas and a haven to wildlife. Enjoy photo stops and panoramic vistas from Skyline Drive. During your free time today, why not stroll one of the many hiking trails or just sit back and enjoy the scenery?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK–HARPERS FERRY–GETTYSBURG

Day
7

Today, follow the same route as Lee’s army during its invasion of Pennsylvania. In West Virginia, visit HARPERS FERRY NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK, where John Brown and his “army of liberation” staged their fateful raid on a U.S. Arsenal. Continue across Maryland to GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK. Then, tour Gettysburg and hear your Local Guide vividly recount the Battle of 1863. This evening, enjoy a Colonial-style candlelight dinner at the elegant LF DOBBIN HOUSE TAVERN, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Stay overnight at the historic LF Hotel Gettysburg, established in 1797. President Lincoln honed the immortal words of his Gettysburg Address just steps away from the hotel, and nearly a century later, the hotel served as President Dwight Eisenhower’s National Operations Center.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

GETTYSBURG–VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK–PHILADELPHIA.

Day
8

This morning, enjoy an exclusive LF PRESENTATION by one of America’s heroes of the 19th century—Ulysses S. Grant. Next, travel through Lancaster County past Amish farmlands to VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK for a tour to see the camp where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777–1778. See the Memorial Arch, the Grand Parade, and the Washington Memorial Chapel. Continue to Philadelphia, where your Tour Director hosts a special 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
  • Dinner

PHILADELPHIA

Day
9

Morning sightseeing focuses on the important buildings of the “Birthplace of the Nation.” Major attractions at INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK include the LIBERTY BELL and INDEPENDENCE HALL. Continue to the Philadelphia Airport for guests with homebound flights (please schedule flights from the Philadelphia Airport after 1:30 pm). For passengers who would like to return to Washington DC, the motorcoach transfers to the Capital Hilton at no additional cost.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

  • Enjoy spectacular fall colors on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 25–October 9 (if Mother Nature permits).

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