2020 PATRIOT'S PASSAGE
America's Historic East
Discover some of the historic national treasures so prominent in America's history. Step back in time in Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the new world, and Colonial Williamsburg, where costumed villagers reenact 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 recreated supper experience savored by 18th-century patriots. Visit Richmond and St. John's Church, where Patrick Henry proclaimed, "Give me liberty or give me death." Tour Jefferson's beautiful and imposing estate, Monticello, as well as 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, bringing the American Revolution to a successful conclusion. Tour Gettysburg National Military Park, where you'll hear about the Battle of 1863. Continue exploration at Valley Forge for a behind-the-scenes tour, and see where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777-1778. Also visit Harper's Ferry, where abolitionist John Brown and his "army of liberation" staged their fateful raid on a U.S. arsenal. Your tour will also visit Washington DC for an extended stay and Philadelphia-with sightseeing tours highlighting the famous landmarks in each city.
This can be an 8-day trip ending in Philadelphia (AH) or a 11-day trip ending in Washington (AHE). I'm "leaning" towards the 11-day version. I probably won't be back to DC any time soon and also that would make it an air round-trip rather than multiple segments.
Saturday, Day 1 Arrive in Washington DC
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.
Sunday, Day 2 Washington DC
Your half-day guided tour features ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY with the KENNEDY GRAVESITE, and VIETNAM, KOREAN, and WORLD WAR II MEMORIALS, as well as many other well-known sites. Also stop for photos at the White House and Capitol Hill. The afternoon is free to pursue your favorite interests. Maybe visit the Smithsonian Institute, Georgetown, the National Cathedral, or other prominent monuments and museums. Try our optional dinner tonight at one of Washington's favorite restaurants, followed by an illumination tour of beautiful monuments. (B)
Washington DC By Night & Dinner at Pier 7 Restaurant The evening begins with dinner at a popular local restaurant. Enjoy a fantastic meal followed by an Illuminated Tour of Washington DC. The illuminated tour provides a unique perspective to witness DC by night and see the memorials in all their splendor. Tour last about 2 hours not including dinner. $48
Washington DC by Night & Dinner at Old Europe Restaurant Begin your evening at a popular local restaurant "Old Europe", then continue with an illumination tour of several of the most famous memorials, as well as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. $48
Monday, Day 3 Washington DC - Mount Vernon - Williamsburg
This morning we visit MOUNT VERNON, the restored home of George Washington. Tour the house and gardens, and visit the gravesite. Then, visit YORKTOWN HISTORICAL BATTLEFIELD PARK, the site where the British surrendered to Washington's troops in 1781, bringing the American Revolution to a successful conclusion. Your evening is free. (B)
Tuesday,Day 4 Williamsburg. Excursion to Jamestown Settlement
This morning, enjoy an exclusive 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 drop in 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. You'll have an opportunity to engage in a recreated supper experience savored by 18th-century patriots. (BD)
DAY 5 Williamsburg–Richmond–Charlottesville
(B) 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!” Journey to Charlottesville to tour MONTICELLO, Thomas Jefferson’s estate with its beautiful gardens and imposing mansion designed by Jefferson himself. Spend the evening in Charlottesville, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
DAY 6 Charlottesville - Shenandoah National Park
(BD) Today, journey to beautiful SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, home to cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, and a haven to wildlife. Enjoy photo stops and panoramic vistas from Skyline Drive. Meet a LOCAL GUIDE who will engage you with the region’s history and lore. There’s time this afternoon to explore on your own. Why not join in a ranger-led program, stroll one of the many hiking trails, or just sit back and enjoy the scenery? Tonight, there’s a chance to enjoy tasty s’mores around a fire.
DAY 7 Shennandoah National Park – Harpers Ferry - Gettysburg
(BD) 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. Enjoy a tour of Gettysburg and hear your Local Guide vividly recount the Battle of 1863. Also, spend some time exploring the newly renovated museum and cyclorama. This evening, enjoy a Colonial-style candlelight dinner at the elegant DOBBIN HOUSE TAVERN, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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, and nearly a century later, the hotel served as President Dwight Eisenhower’s National Operations Center.
DAY 8 Gettysburg – Valley Forge - Philadelphia
(BD) This morning, enjoy an exclusive PRESENTATION by one of America’s heroes of the 19th century—Ulysses S. Grant. Then, travel through Lancaster County past Amish farmlands to VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK. Take a tour of the national historic park, the camp where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777–1778. See Washington’s headquarters, 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.
DAY 9 Philadelphia - Washington DC
(B) Morning sightseeing focuses on the important buildings of this historic city, the “Birthplace of the Nation.” Major attractions at INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK include the LIBERTY BELL and INDEPENDENCE HALL. Then return to Washington DC, visiting Baltimore en route.
DAY 10 Washington DC
(B) A full day at leisure - mostly to visit the Smithsonian Museums. If you wish to see more of the sights, take the included OLD TOWN TROLLEY that loops around the city, stopping at various museums and monuments.
DAY 11 Washington DC / Depart
(B)The tour ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Ronald Reagan National Airport or Dulles International Airport.