Trip Daily Itinerary
DAY 01: ARRIVAL in WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (D)
This is truly an All-American holiday, complete with the heritage of our nation’s capital and the historic charm of Williamsburg. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at 6:00 p.m. for a welcome dinner hosted by your Tour Lead.
DAY 02: WASHINGTON, DC (B,D)
After breakfast we begin sightseeing in our nation’s capital with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery and the John F. Kennedy Memorial. View the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Women in Military Service Memorial. During our touring in DC’s mall area we’ll see the FDR, Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials. We’ll also make a stop at the National WWII Memorial, the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II. In the afternoon enjoy the downtown on your own.
Optional Activity I: The Newseum Tour
This is an interactive museum that promotes free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment, while tracing the evolution of print and electronic communication from our nation’s earliest days to the technologies of the present and the future. The modern seven-level museum features 15 theaters and 15 galleries. The Newseum's Berlin Wall Gallery includes the largest display of sections of the Berlin Wall outside of Germany. The Today's Front Pages Gallery presents daily front pages from more than 80 international newspapers. Other galleries present topics including the First Amendment, world press freedom, news history, the September 11 attacks, and the history of the Internet, TV, and radio.
After dinner this evening, an incredible Illumination tour of Washington, DC tops off this exciting day as we see the memorials and monuments bathed in flood lights, including the U.S. Capitol and the White House.
DAY 03: WASHINGTON, DC (B,D)
Today we visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps, a lasting tribute to the U.S. Marines-past, present and future. The museum features world-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surrounding visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action. Later, we make our way to nearby Annapolis. Lunch on your own. Then we embark on a guided walking tour of the U.S. Naval Academy. Learn about the history, architecture and traditions of the Academy as well as particulars on midshipman life. See Lejeune Hall, Herndon Monument and the Main Chapel.
DAY 04: WASHINGTON, DC (B)
No tour of colonial America is complete without a stop at Mount Vernon, the expansive estate of George and Martha Washington. Visit the new Ford Orientation Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum where you will have the chance to experience Washington's life through movies and exhibitions. Explore his mansion filled with 18th-century treasures and stroll the gardens of this 45-acre estate and take in the views of the Potomac River from the mansion’s piazza. Afternoon at leisure and you can walk on your own in the historical Georgetown, lovely place boasting nice shops, restaurants and cafes.
Optional Activity II: Dulles Airspace Museum Tour
The official name of the Museum is the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Opened in 2003, its two huge hangars – the Boeing Aviation Hangar and James S. McDonnell Space Hangar – display thousands of aviation and space aircrafts, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Discovery. The Center also offers the Airbus IMAX Theater and Observation Tower, which gives you a 260-degree bird’s-eye view of Washington Dulles International Airport.
DAY 05: WASHINGTON, DC–BALTIMORE
On this day you will be taken to Baltimore, Maryland that has been a major United States port since the 1700s, and today is also a popular tourist destination. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Today, this harbor area offers shops, upscale crab shacks and attractions like the Civil War–era warship the USS Constellation and the National Aquarium, showcasing thousands of marine creatures.
Optional Activity III: Tour of University of Maryland
On our way to Baltimore, we stop by at the University of Maryland and tour around its beautiful campus that bears 150 years of academic experience.
DAY 06: GETTYSBURG (B,L)
After breakfast at the hotel we board the coach and head to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. At the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center we see the feature film A New Birth of Freedom, which orients us on the Battle of Gettysburg. Then, we see the restored Cyclorama painting, the Battle of Gettysburg, the largest painting in the county. Lunch is at the Dobbin House Tavern, the oldest building in Gettysburg, which features historic furnishings and costumed wait staff. Learn about the “Peach Orchard” and “Roundtop” while passing through the hallowed ground of what became the major turning point of the war. Then we continue our drive to Philadelphia where we arrive around dinner time.
DAY 07: PHILADELPHIA (B)
Experience Philadelphia with an expert guided tour of the city and gain a true local experience when touring the City of Brotherly Love. You will hear all about Philadelphia’s' rich history and culture, the origins of the formation of the United States at Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center. Visit more historic sites such as the Betsy Ross House, the United States Mint, and Elfreth’s Alley – known as the oldest street in America. See Independence National Historical Park is a United States National Park in Philadelphia that preserves several sites associated with the American Revolution like Liberty Bell and the nation's founding history.
In the afternoon we head for New York City and in the evening will check-in at hotel. The rest of the day is at lyour eisure.
DAY 08: NEW YORK CITY (B)
There is so much to see in this amazing city! After lunch on own, enjoy a sightseeing tour including views of the famous museums of history and art, Wall Street and Trump Tower, to name just a few. We also see Battery Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Your city tour ends at Rockefeller Center where you climb aboard the elevator to observation deck located at the “Top of the Rock” for a spectacular panoramic view of Manhattan and New York City. Evening is at your leisure and there’s always a chance to get a ticket to the famous Broadway show.
DAY 09: NEW YORK CITY (B)
This morning we get on a ferry and take to the water for a cruise around Manhattan and Long Island. Learn about this incredible city and see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on this amazing cruise. In the afternoon we discover the Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially "the Met", and is the largest art museum in the United States, and is among the most visited art museums in the world. Evening is at your leisure. You can walk through famous Times Square and enjoy the amazing atmosphere of this iconic place.
DAY 10: NEW YORK CITY-RETURN HOME (B)
After breakfast and check–out we will proceed to the airport for your flight back home.