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America's Historic East

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Price per person
from £2,163

Price based on
London Heathrow
17th May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

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  • 10 days

  • Eastern USA

  • Active pace

  • Globus escorted tours

On this East Coast tour, discover some of the historic national treasures prominent in America’s history. Step back in time in Jamestown settlement, 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 re-created supper experience savoured by 18th-century patriots. Visit Richmond’s St. John's Church, where Patrick Henry proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Tour Jefferson's beautiful and imposing estate, Monticello, and visit 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. Tour Gettysburg National Military Park, where you’ll hear about the Battle of 1863. Continue exploration at Valley Forge National Historic Site to see where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777-1778. Also visit Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, where abolitionist John Brown and his “army of liberation” staged their fateful raid on a U.S. arsenal. This East Coast tour will also visit Washington DC and Philadelphia—with sightseeing tours highlighting the famous landmarks in each city.

Throughout this East Coast tour, Globus has also included many special experiences. For example, learn about Shenandoah National Park’s history and lore from a local storyteller and hear an exclusive presentation by Ulysses S. Grant at Gettysburg.

You’ve heard about the famous battles in American history—now’s your chance to see where some of them took place. You’ve heard about many of the historical landmarks in America’s oldest cities—now's your chance to visit them. It's a holiday of a lifetime!

At a glance

Washington DC Sightseeing with a Local Guide

Mount Vernon Visit George Washington’s home

Yorktown Visit Yorktown Historical Battlefield

Williamsburg Exclusive performance by professional historian; visit Colonial Williamsburg; Colonial-style dinner

Jamestown Visit Jamestown settlement

Richmond Visit St. John’s Church

Monticello Visit Thomas Jefferson’s beloved home

Shenandoah National Park Sightseeing

Harpers Ferry Visit Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

Gettysburg Visit Gettysburg National Military Park; Dobbin House Tavern experience; Ulysses S. Grant historical interpreter

Valley Forge Visit Valley Forge National Historic Park

Philadelphia Visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall; farewell dinner

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 3 days: Washington DC stay

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Customer Reviews

The tour was changed from the advertised itinerary, so we...

23rd June 2017
Mrs Yvonne Newnham

The tour was changed from the advertised itinerary, so we did not get the advertised free afternoon in Washington. The explanation that it is better to go to Mount Vernon in the afternoon to avoid school groups seemed reasonable, but where did that extra time go? If we had not booked the 2 day extension so we had extra time in Washington at the end, we would have been very disappointed. It was very tiring having to get up at 6 am most days in order to have breakfast and get cases ready to be collected early in the morning, and departing mostly at 8.15 a.m. The group size was bigger than advertised which meant it felt a little cramped and took a long time getting everyone on and off the coach. (Only one exit). This was by no means a "luxury" coach, just standard, no refreshments other than cold bottled water sold by the driver although it did have a small loo. And thankfully air-conditioning as it was very hot weather. We would have wished for longer to look round in several of the historical places and less time in others (We were taken to a shopping place for almost an hour and a half. It is supposed to be a history tour!) There were several included dinners, but the meals were rather "samey". Not much choice. The starter was always salad. Just the sort of quality you might expect to get for a cheap group Xmas meal. The hotels were of reasonable quality and well situated. With most tips and many meals included there was not a lot of extra spending. Most of the local guides were very good and entertaining. The majority of the group of 47 were American with about a dozen Aussies, one from Canada / NZ and we were the only Brits. Overall it was enjoyable but all felt quite rushed to fit it all in.

Overview

On this East Coast tour, discover some of the historic national treasures prominent in America’s history. Step back in time in Jamestown settlement, 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 re-created supper experience savoured by 18th-century patriots. Visit Richmond’s St. John's Church, where Patrick Henry proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Tour Jefferson's beautiful and imposing estate, Monticello, and visit 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. Tour Gettysburg National Military Park, where you’ll hear about the Battle of 1863. Continue exploration at Valley Forge National Historic Site to see where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777-1778. Also visit Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, where abolitionist John Brown and his “army of liberation” staged their fateful raid on a U.S. arsenal. This East Coast tour will also visit Washington DC and Philadelphia—with sightseeing tours highlighting the famous landmarks in each city.

Throughout this East Coast tour, Globus has also included many special experiences. For example, learn about Shenandoah National Park’s history and lore from a local storyteller and hear an exclusive presentation by Ulysses S. Grant at Gettysburg.

You’ve heard about the famous battles in American history—now’s your chance to see where some of them took place. You’ve heard about many of the historical landmarks in America’s oldest cities—now's your chance to visit them. It's a holiday of a lifetime!

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Washington DC

Day
1

Fly to Washington DC where on arrival you will transfer to your hotel.

Welcome to Washington DC! At 6 pm, meet with your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Washington DC. Excursion to Mount Vernon

Day
2

This morning’s sightseeing features many of Washington DC’s famous landmarks, including the LINCOLN, VIETNAM, and KOREAN Memorials and stop for photos at the White House and Capitol Hill. This afternoon, we visit MOUNT VERNON, the restored home of George Washington. Tour the house and gardens, and visit the gravesites. Try our optional dinner tonight at one of Washington’s favourite restaurants, followed by an illumination tour of the monuments.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Washington DC – Yorktown – Williamsburg

Day
3

Today, visit YORKTOWN HISTORICAL BATTLEFIELD PARK, where the British surrendered to Washington’s troops in 1781, bringing an end to the American Revolution. Continue to Williamsburg for a 2-night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Williamsburg. Excursion to Jamestown Settlement

Day
4

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 stop 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 for the chance to engage in a recreated supper experience savoured by 18th-century patriots.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Williamsburg - Richmond - Monticello - Staunton

Day
5

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!” Next, MONTICELLO, Thomas Jefferson’s estate with its beautiful gardens and imposing mansion designed by Jefferson himself. Spend the evening in Staunton, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Staunton – Shenandoah National Park

Day
6

Today, journey to beautiful SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, home to spectacular vistas and a haven to wildlife. Enjoy photo stops and panoramic vistas from Skyline Drive. During your free time today, why not stroll one of the many hiking trails or just sit back and enjoy the scenery?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Shenandoah National Park – Harpers Ferry – Gettysburg

Day
7

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. 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: Stay 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Gettysburg - Valley Forge National Historic Park – Philadelphia

Day
8

This morning, enjoy an exclusive PRESENTATION by one of America’s heroes of the 19th century—Ulysses S. Grant. Then, a tour of Gettysburg and hear your Local Guide vividly recount the Battle of 1863. Next, travel through Lancaster County past Amish farmlands to VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK for a tour to see 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Philadelphia - UK

Day
9

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. For passengers who would like to return to Washington DC, the coach transfers to the Capital Hilton at no additional cost. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore Washington further.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
10

Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Washington DC

Return to Washington DC for two nights, visiting Baltimore en route.

Washington DC

A full day at leisure. If you wish to see more of the sights, take the included OLD TOWN TROLLEY that loops around the city, stopping at various museums and monuments.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Washington DC

Your tour extension ends with breakfast today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

Enjoy spectacular fall colours on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 20 –  October 11 (if Mother Nature permits).

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Washington DC - Capital Hilton

Located two blocks from the White House and within closing walking distance to downtown attractions, shopping and restaurants, this hotel is a perfect location for your visit to DC. The hotel features a lobby lounge, full service restaurant, gift shop, ATM, concierge, premier health club and full service day spa. This hotel is 100% non-smoking.

  • Location

    1001 16th St Nw Washington, DC USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Williamsburg - Woodlands Hotel & Suites

History buffs will love the location of the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites for its easy access to the Visitor Center and colonial Williamsburg. Everything you want to experience in this historic city is right at your fingertips - and after a day out and about, you can return to guaranteed comfort, friendly service, and all the amenities this great property has to offer.

  • Location

    105 Visitor Center Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Pool

Staunton - Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Centre

Nestled in historic downtown Staunton in the heart of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley, the hotel captures the spirit, history, and charm of the old South. Originally built in 1924 and a member of Historic Hotels of America, the Stonewall Jackson Hotel has been restored to its original grandeur with modern amenities.

  • Location

    24 South Market St, Staunton, VA 24401, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Shenandoah National Park - Skyland Resort

Located inside Shenandoah National Park and along the highest point on Skyline Drive. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley and cool mountain breezes. Approximately 17 miles from Luray, VA. The hotel has a restaurant, gift shop, ranger led programs, horseback riding stables, and children's playground.

  • Location

    Mile 41.7 on Skyland Drive Luray, VA USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge

Gettysburg - Gettysburg Hotel

Newly renovated and located in the heart of downtown Gettysburg, this historic hotel offers crisp, clean comfort and modern colonial style. This updated hotel is wrapped in history and accompanied by first rate service. It's the perfect place to stay while you enjoy the experience of this great town and everything Gettysburg has to offer.

  • Location

    1 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Philadelphia - Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill

Situated in the heart of Philadelphia, Sheraton Society Hill hotel is a sophisticated and elegant hotel with colonial and contemporary influences. Convenient on-site amenities and comfortable guestrooms make for a wonderful stay in the City of Brotherly Love.

  • Location

    1 Dock St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

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