Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains

Price per person
from £2,356

Price based on
London Heathrow
6th Oct 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Southern USA

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Discover the landmarks and locations that shaped and symbolise America’s presidents. Stand on the battlefield of Gettysburg, explore George Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon, and visit the last resting place of JFK in the nation’s capital.

At a glance


  • Washington DC Visit the last resting place of JFK in Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Gettysburg Battlefield Site of the US Civil War’s decisive battle.
  • Shenandoah National Park A rich landscape of wooded hollows and protected wilderness.
  • Gatlinburg Gateway resort to the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park Atmospheric hardwood forests that straddle North Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Mount Vernon George and Martha Washington's beloved 18th century farmhouse.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
  • Single share option
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

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.

Read more about our VIP home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

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5th October 2017
Miss Susan Stone

Generally the tour guide and locations were very good....

5th September 2017
Mr Peter Stringer

Generally the tour guide and locations were very good.

Multiple itineraries are available

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Overview

Discover the landmarks and locations that shaped and symbolise America’s presidents. Stand on the battlefield of Gettysburg, explore George Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon, and visit the last resting place of JFK in the nation’s capital.

Total meals included:

  • 5 breakfasts

UK - Washington DC area

Day
1

Fly to Washington where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Washington DC area - Gettysburg

Day
2

Take a tour of the serene Arlington National Cemetery and see the graves of US President John F Kennedy and his brother Robert. Your guided sightseeing tour of the capital continues with photo stops at Capitol Hill and the White House, and visits to the Lincoln, Vietnam, and National WWII Memorials. Afterwards, cross the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania with a visit to the hallowed Gettysburg Battlefield, site of the decisive campaign of the Civil War - where Abraham Lincoln delivered his historic Gettysburg Address in November 1863.

Gettysburg - Harpers Ferry - Shenandoah National Park

Day
3

Head for Harpers Ferry, where in 1859 John Brown made his ill-fated raid on the US arsenal. En route to Shenandoah crest the Blue Ridge Mountains for magnificent vistas of the Shenandoah Valley.

Shenandoah National Park - New River Gorge - Beckley

Day
4

Journey through lumber and limestone country into West Virginia. After a lunch break in Lewisburg, a Civil War battlefield, travel to Fayetteville with a stop at New River Gorge Bridge, the world's third longest steel-span bridge rising 876 feet above the river. Then on to Beckley, the heart of West Virginia's 'smokeless' coal industry.

Beckley - Charleston - Lexington, Kentucky

Day
5

Before entering Kentucky, make a stop in the cobblestone streets of elegant Charleston, the one-time home of pioneer and American folk hero Daniel Boone. As you cross the state border, the scenery changes to the green pastures and columned estates of Kentucky bluegrass country. Visit Lexington, the 'horse capital' of the world, and enjoy a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park where you’ll meet some retired Thoroughbred Champions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lexington, Kentucky - Hodgenville - Bardstown - Lexington

Day
6

Travel on the Bluegrass Parkway and stop at Sinking Spring Farm, a one-room cabin where the nation's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, was born. Visit the Lincoln Museum, officially dedicated to Lincoln's life and times, and then continue to Bardstown to visit the Civil War Museum, with its impressive collection of Union and Confederacy exhibits. End your day by visiting a working Bourbon Distillery, and learn about the production of the very famous (and finest) Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Later, return to Lexington.

Lexington, Kentucky - Gatlinburg

Day
7

After lunch, arrive in Corbin for a short visit to Colonel Sanders' original fried chicken restaurant - now a museum. This afternoon, visit the fascinating Museum of Appalchia, with 65 acres of farmland and a number of historic cabins, barns, and other buildings to explore. The next two nights are in Gatlinburg at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Gatlinburg

Day
8

Gatlinburg is one of America's most popular mountain retreats and home to the world-famous Dollywood! Spend the day at the 88-acre landscaped theme park inspired by country singer Dolly Parton and her love for the mountains and country music. Tonight's optional outing features the Dixie Stampede, an action-packed evening filled with thrilling horse-riding stunts, spectacular special effects, set to a lively soundtrack.

Gatlinburg - Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Asheville Area

Day
9

Drive right through the centre of the ‘Smokies’, along the spectacular Newfound Gap Road peaking at 5,046 feet, then into North Carolina. Stroll in the 7,500 acre grounds of Biltmore Estate, built by George Vanderbilt, grandson of the famous railroad magnate, Cornelius Vanderbilt. Overnight in the Asheville area, hometown of American author Thomas Wolfe.

Asheville Area - Lexington, Virginia area

Day
10

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs from the Great Smokies to Shenandoah National Park without a single traffic light along its 470 mile route! Take in a portion of the Parkway today, from Fancy Gap to Roanoke, and stop at the tranquil setting of Mabry Mill - one of the most photographed spots in the country. Next is a visit to Natural Bridge, a 215 foot-high arch in a wooded setting, once owned by Thomas Jefferson. George Washington's initials are still visible on the cliffside, from his work here as a young surveyor.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lexington Area - Richmond - Williamsburg

Day
11

A guided tour of the Stonewall Jackson House introduces you to the life – and legend – of Confederate General Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson. This afternoon's highlight is the elegant home of the third President, Thomas Jefferson. The Monticello Estate reflects Jefferson's skills as an artist, architect, and designer. The day ends in Williamsburg, between the James and York Rivers, where the very earliest European settlers established their first colonies.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Williamsburg - Jamestown - Colonial Williamsburg

Day
12

Today, visit the Jamestown Settlement where the first British Colony was based and then to Colonial Williamsburg, where American heritage is proudly preserved in the reconstructed buildings and historical displays. Take a stroll down its attractive streets and browse through homes, gardens, taverns and shops. In the Hall of Burgesses, listen as costumed actors debate the controversial steps that led to the Declaration of Independence.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Williamsburg - Richmond - Washington DC area

Day
13

After a short orientation tour of Rickmond continue to Mount Vernon, the beloved home of George and Martha Washington, overlooking the banks of the Potomac River. Afterwards, drive back to the Washington DC area. This evening, join the optional evening outing which features dinner followed by an illumination tour of Washington's famous memorials.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Washington DC area - UK

Day
14

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Washington.

Home landing in the UK

Day
15

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Washington DC - Holiday Inn Alexandria Carlyle

Enjoy the wood furnished rooms complete with cable tv and ensuite bathrooms with complementery toiletries. Relax in the large indoor heated pool or in the locations Dutch Lounge.

  • Location

    2460 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available
    • Indoor Pool
    • Fitness centre

This Pennsylvania hotel is adjacent to the American Civil War Museum. Lincoln Train Museum and Gettysburg National Military Park are within a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Quality Inn Gettysburg Battlefield features indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, bar and rooms with free Wi-Fi. 

  • Location

    380 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool
    • Indoor pool (seasonal)
    • Outdoor pool (seasonal)
    • Hot tub/jacuzzi
    • Fitness centre

Shenandoah National Park - Skyland Resort

Decorated in a rustic and traditional style, these rooms have dexluxe en suite bathrooms. this hotel also offers free wifi. This hotel offers air conditioned rooms to you as well to make sure you are relaxed on your holiday.

  • Location

    Skyland Upper Loop Mile 41, Luray, VA 22835, United States

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free Wifi

This hotel is 3 miles from downtown Beckley and is within a 10-minute drive of the Mountain State University. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and rooms with free Wi-Fi. 

  • Location

    110 Harper Park Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, USA

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool
    • Outdoor pool
    • Fitness centre
    • Golf course (within 3 km)
    • Free WiFi

Lexington - Hilton Lexington Downtown

Located in central Lexington, this hotel has an indoor heated pool and hot tub to help you relax during your stay. Each room has its own ensuite bathroom and cable tv for you to use.

  • Location

    369 W Vine St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Room service available
    • Indoor Pool
    • Hot tub
    • Fitness Centre

Gatlinburg - Glenstone Lodge

Situated amoungest beautiful mountains, some rooms overlook the stunning LeConte Creek. Spend your stay relaxing in your choice of indoor or outdoor pools or in the hot tub.

  • Location

    504 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Wifi available
    • Indoor Pool
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Hot tub

Located just off North Carolina's Interstate 40, This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Asheville! The hotel is 650 yards from Biltmore Estate and Winery, 

 

  • Location

    117 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803, USA

  • Facilities

    • Outdoor fireplace
    • Outdoor furniture
    • Terrace
    • Swimming pool
    • Pool/beach towels

This hotel is centrally located in historic Lexington, Virginia. Free WiFi access is offered.

  • Location

    850 N Lee Hwy, Lexington, 24450-3725, USA

  • Facilities

    • Fitness centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Vending machine (snacks)
    • Vending machine (drinks)

Williamsburg - Country Inn & Suites

Situated near the historic town of Williamsburg, this hotel has an indoor heated pool as well as a hot tub to enchance your stay. Each room has a cable tv along with an ensuite bathroom complete with free toiletries.

  • Location

    400 Bypass Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi available
    • Room service available
    • Indoor pool
    • Hot tub

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