Heritage Of America

Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, Shenandoah Valley, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Washington

Follow the epic story of American democracy. Spend one night in Philadelphia and view the Liberty Bell and see Independence Hall on a city tour. Walk the hallowed battlefield at Gettysburg and tour the National Military Park & Museum. Enjoy a choice between visiting President Eisenhower's home (a National Historic Site) OR a walking tour of historic downtown Gettysburg. Stop in quaint Harpers Ferry, then travel along the famous Skyline Drive for amazing views of the Shenandoah Valley. Visit the presidential estates of Washington's Mount Vernon and Jefferson's Monticello. Tour some of Colonial Williamsburg's 88 restored historic buildings and dine in a traditional tavern.

Our prices start from

$ 2,599 LAND ONLY

9 Days • GUIDED • 12 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • On some dates additional accommodations may be used
  • Services of a tour manager
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Tour Begins

Take in Philadelphia's skyline from One Liberty Observation Deck.

Cambria Philadelphia Downtown Center City, Philadelphia, PA

Celebrate America's rich and varied heritage on an in-depth tour of the eastern United States featuring essential landmarks and incredible vistas. First stop, Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. You'll have a bird's-eye view atop One Liberty Observation Deck overlooking the city.

Day 2 - Philadelphia - Gettysburg

Explore Gettysburg, one of the most important battle sites of the Civil War.

Wyndham Hotel, Gettysburg, PA

Breakfast, Dinner Included

This morning, embark on a tour of "the Birthplace of a New Nation." See the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the Constitution. We'll stop in Amish country on our way to Gettysburg, site of the Union victory and a turning point in the Civil War. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a historic Gettysburg tavern.

Day 3 - Gettysburg

Relish dinner in a beautifully restored barn at a family-owned farm.

Wyndham Hotel, Gettysburg, PA

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Visit the Gettysburg National Military Park and Museum. Begin your tour with the film A New Birth of Freedom. Then lose yourself in Paul Philippoteaux's Cyclorama from 1884, a breathtaking 360° cylindrical painting depicting Pickett's Charge. Explore the Museum of the American Civil War and its galleries. Step onto the battlefield with a guided tour of the site illuminating those three historic days in 1863 and the decisive battle that changed the course of American history forever. This afternoon it's your choice! Visit President Eisenhower's home and farm (a National Historic Site); this site served as the President's weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders during the Cold War-era tensions -OR- embark on a guided walking tour of historic downtown Gettysburg with a local guide dressed in period clothing. Tonight, enjoy a home-cooked family-style meal in a historic barn (dating back to 1764) and experience life on a third generation family-owned farm.

Day 4 - Harpers Ferry, West Virginia - Shenandoah Valley, VA - Charlottesville

Enjoy Shenandoah Valley views on Skyline Drive.

Omni Charlottesville Hotel, Charlottesville, VA

Breakfast Included

Stop in West Virginia to visit the quaint, historic community of Harpers Ferry, where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet. Then we pass through Shenandoah National Park via Skyline Drive. Travel along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the scenic wilderness extends in all directions. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own in downtown Charlottesville.

Day 5 - Charlottesville - Williamsburg

Journey back in time at dinner in a tavern specializing in colonial fare.

Woodlands Hotel, Williamsburg, VA

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Visit Monticello, the beautiful home and gardens of Thomas Jefferson. The third U.S. President and author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was an accomplished inventor and true "Renaissance man." Learn about him during a tour of the main house before exploring on your own or choosing between a guided tour focusing on the experiences of the enslaved people who lived at Monticello or a guided tour of the beautiful gardens and grounds. This afternoon you will arrive in historic Williamsburg. Tonight, dine in a Colonial Williamsburg tavern specializing in revolutionary-era fare.

Day 6 - Colonial Williamsburg

Stroll the grounds of historic Colonial Williamsburg.

Woodlands Hotel, Williamsburg, VA

Breakfast Included

Step back in time. The short film, "Story of a Patriot," is your introduction to Colonial Williamsburg where costumed re-enactors populate the streets and buildings, bringing 1770 to life. Tour the Governor's Palace and Gardens; then feel free to wander the cobblestone streets and explore some of the 88 historic buildings during an afternoon at leisure.

Day 7 - Williamsburg - Washington, D.C.

Courtyard by Marriott Crystal City, Arlington, VA

Breakfast Included

Depart for Arlington National Cemetery to view the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Kennedy gravesites. Then travel to Washington, D.C. Explore the world-famous Smithsonian Institution's countless treasures where it's your choice! Visit the National Air and Space Museum -OR- the National Museum of American History. Among the National Air and Space Museum's collection are the Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 command module. The National Museum of American History features the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the national anthem, the First Ladies Hall containing many ball gowns worn by America's First Ladies, and more. The evening is free to explore on your own.

Day 8 - Washington, D.C.

Behold Washington, D.C.'s famous Capitol building and the White House.

Courtyard by Marriott Crystal City, Arlington, VA

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Take a guided tour of America's capital featuring wonderful views of the Capitol building, the White House, monuments and museums. Our first stop is the White House Visitor Center where you retrace the story of the historic residence. Continue with a stop at the moving World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. Finally, make a photo stop at the U.S. Capitol building. This afternoon, visit Mount Vernon, the beloved home of George Washington. Wander the lush plantation grounds and tour the home filled with 18th-century artifacts. Toast the end of a wonderful trip this evening at a farewell dinner.

Day 9 - Washington, D.C.- Tour Ends

Breakfast Included

Bid farewell to Washington, D.C. this morning.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on April 11, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $750. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2020 - April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used..

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