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8 day Capital Region and Philadelphia Tour

Explore the historic highlights of Capital Region USA and Philadelphia, PA

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8 day Capital Region and Philadelphia Tour



7 nights



Departing from

Washington, D.C.

8 day Capital Region and Philadelphia Tour from £2,160pp!

Price includes 7 nights accommodation, selected meals as outlined in the itinerary below, in-destination transport, VIP door-to-door UK airport transfers, selected excursions and inclusive activities as outlined in the itinerary, and a free £216 donation to the charity of your choice at no extra cost!

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Explore a young nation on this journey from Capitol Hill and George Washington’s home to re-enactments on Gettysburg’s battlefields and dinner in a haunted tavern. This New England tour immerses you in the past, as you’ll be chatting with blacksmiths in Colonial Williamsburg as well as visiting the monuments of D. C.’s National Mall.

Tour highlights
  • Relive the American Revolution at the Yorktown Victory Center surrounded by period artefacts and experience first-hand the dramatic ‘Siege of Yorktown’ with a 180-degree surround screen and dramatic special effects
  • Meet Sylvia Tabb-Lee who will bring America’s Slavery history to life.
  • Explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, where your visit helps to contribute to their efforts o preserve the battlefield.
  • Enjoy a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch experience at the Amish home of Samuel and Ruth Lapp, who own a working 25-acre produce farm just outside of Lancaster. The Lapp Family will introduce you to a few Amish traditions and host a family-style meal with recipes passed through generations and ingredients sourced directly from their farm. Please note, alcohol is not traditionally served with Amish meals, drinks served will be sweet tea or purified water.
  • View the Washington Monument, U.S Capitol Building, the White House, and the Liberty Bell
  • Visit Mount Vernon, Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, Gettysburg National Military Park, the National Mall, St. John’s Church, and Independence National Historical Park


Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Greetings Washington, D.C.

The political heart of America is your gateway to a memorable encounter with the Land of the Free and how it came to be so. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the museums, memorials and monuments of Washington, D.C. This evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your journey.
Hotel – Washington Marriott Georgetown
Included Meals – Welcome Reception

Day 2 – Uncover the History of Washington, D.C.

Explore the USA’s proud heritage today, view the White House, Washington Monument and National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building. Reflect on the country’s darkest days at the Lincoln Memorial and sombre memorials to World War II and the Vietnam War. This afternoon, visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is the newest member of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture The rest of the day is free to chart your own course through America’s capital city or join an Optional Experience, seeing the Nation’s capital from a different perspective with a unique night illuminations tour of some of the most iconic sights and memorials, such as the Capitol building, the White House, The Jefferson Memorial, the Kennedy Center and WWII Memorial.
Hotel – Washington Marriott Georgetown
Included Meals – Breakfast
Optional Experience – Washington Illumination Tour from $46. You’ll be wowed by this illuminated overview of the nation’s capital city at night! See the Capitol, the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. Visit the Kennedy Center for a rooftop walk and end the evening at the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial. (Stops are subject to weather and local restrictions).

Day 3 – Marvel at Mount Vernon

Today’s travels begin treading in the footsteps of America’s first president by visiting Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington. Step back into the 18th century, strolling the estate’s lush gardens, grounds, and fascinating museum galleries. Delve into the history and Dive Into Culture at the American Revolution Museum at the Yorktown Victory Center surrounded by period artefacts and experience first-hand the dramatic “Siege of Yorktown” with a 180-degree surround screen and dramatic special effects. Your tour continues on to Williamsburg, founded in 1638 as Middle Plantation, and the former capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Hotel – Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg
Included Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 – Step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg

This morning, we venture to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, where we’ll gain insights into the trials that marked the lives of early 17th-century colonists. Fast forward a few centuries and spend the rest of the day in Colonial Williamsburg, once Britain’s largest colony in the New World. Chat with blacksmiths, admire a fife and drum parade, and even engage in some politicking with a costumed Federalist in the town square. Partake in a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and meet Sylvia Tabb-Lee who will bring America’s slavery history into the light with storytelling, visual presentations, and song and dance.
Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 5 – Explore Charlottesville and Monticello

Visit St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia-the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry’s fiery “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. Continue to Charlottesville, where you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, visit Monticello, the neoclassical Italian estate where Jefferson once sought a quieter existence. The rest of your day is free.
Hotel – Omni Charlottesville
Included Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 – Unlock the Legacy of Gettysburg

Journey through the rolling hills of the Shenandoah National Park en route to Gettysburg where we’ll delve into the devastation of a four-year civil war pitting North against South. We explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience contributes to their efforts to preserve the battlefield. This evening, indulge in a festive Regional Dinner at the “most haunted” 19th century Dobbin House, keeping an eye out for Uncle Abe who may grace the group with his presence.
Hotel – Wyndham Gettysburg
Included Meals – Breakfast, Regional Dinner

Day 7 – Journey to Philadelphia

Cast your mind back to the pivotal, yet tragic day on which Pickett led his charge on Gettysburg. Join a Local Specialist who will bring to life the events at Gettysburg which turned the tide in the Civil War. Just four months later, the battlefield served as the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln’s call for “a new birth of freedom” in his famed Gettysburg Address. Guests will enjoy a Be My Guest lunch experience at the Amish home of Samuel and Ruth Lapp, who own a working 25-acre produce farm just outside of Lancaster. We’ll journey to the City of Brotherly Love and the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence next. Stay in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district, within walking distance of dozens of landmark buildings. This evening, we’ll join our Travel Director and fellow American history enthusiasts for a Farewell Dinner.
Hotel – Philadelphia, Marriott Old City
Included Meals – Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch, and Farewell Dinner

Day 8 – Discover the sights of Philadelphia

Gain insights into the history of the U.S. Constitution and the effect it has had around the world during this morning’s tour through Philadelphia. We’ll explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see its famous cracked bell whose inscription has inspired so many to “proclaim liberty”. The final stop on our journey is Washington, D.C., where we’ll transfer to either Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan National Airport or to Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown for guests extending their stay.
Included Meals – Breakfast

Speak to our expert travel agents to arrange flights or to extend your stay!

Prices and details correct as of 14th September 2022

Varied meal plan
7 nights accommodation
13 Meals (including welcome reception, 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 ‘Be My Guest’ and 1 farewell dinner)
In-destination transport
Private door-to-doo UK airport transfers
FREE £216 donation to charity
Flights from the UK – call us to arrange!
Prices are per person (unless stated otherwise). Prices are not live and are subject to change at any time. Where applicable prices include any advertised discounts. Holidays are subject to availability and tour operator/supplier’s booking conditions apply. Offers can be changed or withdrawn without notice. The latest price/availability and operator details will be confirmed at the time of inquiry – ask for more information. The donation amount is calculated at the final sale and as such may not reflect the figure shown here. A minimum 5% donation is required to receive a maximum 5% discount.


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Number of Nights

7 Nights

Dates Available

05/06/2023 - 07/07/2023

Departing from

London Gatwick

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