Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.

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Visit a new destination daily with this wonderful 11 day itinerary. From Philadelphia to Washington, your days in between will be richly filled with history and local exploration. Take in the Amish Country, discover the battles of Gettysburg and the colonial settlements of Richmond and Jamestown, not to mention the key attractions of the country’s capital Washington, D.C. From the first settlers to the Constitution, and from the battlefields to the libraries, those with an appetite for learning will delight in this tour.

Prices fromThe itinerary includes
10 nights / 11 days from £4,195

Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing a room, including return transfers and economy flights from London. Supplements for Small Group Departures and Solo Travellers available on request.
Departures in April, May, June, September and October
Tour starts in Philadelphia and ends in Washington, D.C.
Airport transfers
10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners (B,L,D)
Motorcoach transportation
Services of a Tauck Director, local guides and drivers.


Day 1

Arrive Philadelphia (D)

Arrive at Philadelphia International Airport and transfer to the Sofitel Philadelphia for a 2 night stay. In the evening enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel, which is situated in the city centre near to the Rodin Museum, City Hall, Liberty Place and other landmarks.

Day 2

Philadelphia (B)

Immerse in American history with a tour of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. View the Liberty Bell before taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic district. Visit the National Constitution Center and witness the award-winning presentation ‘Freedom Rising’. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3

Amish Country & Gettysburg (B , L , D)

Today you will travel to Lancaster County for a guided tour of Amish culture, followed by lunch. Continue on to Gettysburg National Military Park for a visit to the interpretive centre, home to the film ‘A New Birth of Freedom’, narrated by Morgan Freeman, plus the massive Cyclorama painting that vividly brings battles to life. Arrive at The Gettysburg Hotel for an overnight stay, including an after-dinner dessert reception with a storyteller.

Day 4

Gettysburg's Battlefields, Harper's Ferry & The Blue Ridge Mountains (B , L , D)

Take a morning’s drive with a Gettysburg expert who will guide you through some of the battlefields, followed by a drive along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park, where you will then stay overnight at Big Meadows Lodge or Skyland Resort inside the park.

Day 5

Monticello to Charlottesville (B , L , D)

Travel to Charlottesville, visiting U.S. President Thomas Jefferson’s beloved hilltop house, Monticello, followed by an authentic colonial lunch and visit to the University of Virginia’s landmark Rotunda and Grounds. You will also witness an exclusive presentation on ‘Slavery, the Plantation and the Civil War’. Your day ends at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel for an overnight stay and an evening at leisure.

Day 6

Richmond & Jamestown (B , L , D)

Begin the day with an exclusive meeting with Richmond Civil War historian and author Mark Howell, followed by a visit to historic Tredegar and the Tredegar Iron Works. Following lunch at a Richmond bistro, travel to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, before arriving in Colonial Williamsburg for a 2 night stay at the Williamsburg Lodge. Enjoy dinner at an 18th century style tavern.

Day 7

Colonial Williamsburg (B)

Spend the day exploring Colonial Williamsburg, visiting authentically restored buildings, partaking in activities and watching live demonstrations.

Day 8

Mt. Vernon to Washington, D.C. (B , L , D)

Depart Williamsburg and travel to the magnificent Mount Vernon estate of America’s first president, George Washington. Explore the museum, 18th century mansion and landscaped grounds. Arrive at The Willard Washington, D.C. for a 3 night stay.

Day 9

Washington, D.C. (B)

Take a morning sightseeing tour of Washington’s iconic sights such as the White House, Capitol Hill, the National Mall and the Jefferson Memorial plus a visit to the Lincoln Memorial and Newseum.

Day 10

Inside the National Archives ( B , D )

Enjoy early admission to the Rotunda of the National Archives for a private viewing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, with welcome comments by a National Archives insider. Then go behind the scenes with an archival researcher. In the evening you will be treated to a farewell reception and dinner.

Day 11

Depart Washington, D.C. (B)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

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