America's Historic East

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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.

Day 1, Friday, May 17 Arrive in Washington DC
(D)Fly to Washington, DC - Reagan National Airport (closest to downtown). Shuttle about 7AM. I upgraded the flights to Business Class (much better seat and breakfast). Glowbutts apparently had some kind of unpublicized "sale" on upgrades. GCMN2L:

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Welcome to Washington DC! At 6 pm, meet with your traveling companions for a welcome drunk, but no food. Glowbutts is a cheapskate here offering almost no meals except breakfasts. Are they copying Cheapmos(t)? Your Tour Director will probably not sufficiently prepare us for our upcoming misadventure.

Day 2, Saturday, May 18 Washington DC
(BLD) 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. The hotel is about 2 blocks north of the White House, so the walk to the Mall isn’t TOO far. Definitely check out the National Air and Space Museum. have lunch there (dinner also if I don’t do the optional evening dinner).

Try our optional dinner tonight at one of Washington's favorite restaurants followed by an illumination tour of beautiful monuments. Although doubtful, I MAY try the Old Europe Restaurant - the other probably specializes in seafood.

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. 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 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.

Day 3, Sunday, May 19 Washington DC - Mount Vernon - Williamsburg
(BLD) 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.

Day 4, Monday, May 20 Williamsburg. Excursion to Jamestown Settlement
(BLD) 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.

Day 5, Tuesday, May 21 Williamsburg–Richmond–Charlottesville
(BLD) 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, Wednesday, May 22 Charlottesville - Shenandoah National Park
(BLD) 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, Thursday, May 23 Shennandoah National Park – Harpers Ferry - Gettysburg
(BLD) 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, Friday, May 24 Gettysburg – Valley Forge - Philadelphia
(BLD) 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, Saturday, May 25 Philadelphia – depart
(BL) Morning sightseeing focuses on the important buildings of this historic city, 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). Unfortunately the next flight to Houston isn't until about 5:30. Long wait but it IS a non-stop

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Hopefully I will be home by about 9:30.