Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains

Price per person
from £2,344

Price based on
London Heathrow
8th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 15 days

  • Eastern USA

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Discover the landmarks and locations that shaped and symbolise America’s presidents. Stand on the battlefield of Gettysburg, explore George Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon, and visit the last resting place of JFK in the nation’s capital.

At a glance

  • Washington DC Visit the last resting place of JFK in Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Gettysburg Battlefield Site of the US Civil War’s decisive battle.
  • Shenandoah National Park A rich landscape of wooded hollows and protected wilderness.
  • Gatlinburg Gateway resort to the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park Atmospheric hardwood forests that straddle North Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Mount Vernon George and Martha Washington's beloved 18th century farmhouse.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
  • Single share option
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.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

Excellent holiday only let down by the fact we had...

10th October 2017
Trusted Customer

Excellent holiday only let down by the fact we had to travel via Heathrow (a terrible airport). Take off was delayed (as it always is at Heathrow) and the airport is far too crowded and unfriendly. More direct flights from Manchester would be appreciated as it is a far pleasanter airport to be in and appears to have fewer delayed flights.

The experience was exactly as described, including American history, amazing...

4th October 2017
Trusted Customer

The experience was exactly as described, including American history, amazing mansions and beautiful scenery.

Good rep. an excellent coach driver. The one downer was at...

9th September 2017
Mrs Carol Childs

Good rep. an excellent coach driver. The one downer was at the Skydive hotel charging an 18.5% service charge on meals. When challenged the reset rant manageress said that it was contractual with the tour company. This then meant that the excellent service by the waiter was not rewarded


7th September 2017
Trusted Customer


Discover the landmarks and locations that shaped and symbolise America’s presidents. Stand on the battlefield of Gettysburg, explore George Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon, and visit the last resting place of JFK in the nation’s capital.

Total meals included:

  • 5 breakfasts

UK - Washington DC area


Fly to Washington where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Your tour starts today.

Washington DC area - Gettysburg


Today begins with a guided sightseeing tour that shows you the graves of American heroes, including those of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, in beautiful Arlington Cemetery. Your guided tour of the capital continues, with photo stops at Capitol Hill and the White House, and visits to the Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials. Afterward, cross the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania for a visit to the hallowed Gettysburg Battlefield, site of the decisive Civil War campaign and where Abraham Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address in November 1863. Tonight, we offer an optional outing to a local restaurant to enjoy the flavour of the area.

Gettysburg - Harpers Ferry - Shenandoah National Park


Head for Harpers Ferry Historical National Park, where, in 1859, John Brown made his ill-fated raid on the U.S. Arsenal. En route to Shenandoah, crest the Blue Ridge Mountains for magnificent vistas of the Shenandoah Valley. Overnight stay in Shenandoah National Park.

Shenandoah National Park - New River Gorge - Beckley


Travel through lumber and limestone country into wonderfully wild West Virginia. After a lunch break in Lewisburg, a Civil War battlefield, travel to Fayetteville and stop at New River Gorge Bridge, the world’s third-longest steel-span bridge, rising 876 feet above the river. Then, on to Beckley, the heart of West Virginia’s “smokeless” coal industry, for an overnight stay.

Beckley - Charleston - Lexington, Kentucky


Before entering Kentucky, we stop in the state capital of Charleston, West Virginia, one-time home of American frontiersman Daniel Boone. As you cross the state border, the scenery changes to green pastures, white-board fences, and the columned estates of Kentucky bluegrass country—backdrop for the movie Seabiscuit. Arrive in Lexington, the “Heart of the Bluegrass.” This afternoon, a fascinating visit to the Kentucky Horse Park, from where legends like Man o’ War and Secretariat conquered the racing world.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lexington, Kentucky - Hodgenville - Bardstown - Lexington


Travel on Bluegrass Parkway and stop at Sinking Spring Farm, a one-room cabin where the nation’s 16th president was born, Abraham Lincoln. A replica of the original log cabin is preserved as a shrine to one of the best-loved American presidents. Visit the Lincoln Museum, dedicated to Lincoln’s life and times. The museum features 12 historically accurate scenes from Lincoln’s life and Civil War memorabilia. Be sure to walk out to the centre of Town Square for a photo op in front of the Lincoln Statue, and the Lincoln Boy Statue. Afterward, we head to Bardstown and visit the fourth-largest Civil War Museum in the United States. Unlike the other museums, this one focuses mainly on the War of the Western States. Visitors move through a series of exhibits featuring artefacts from both the Union and the Confederacy. End your day by visiting a true working Bourbon Distillery, and learn about the production of the very finest Kentucky Straight Bourbon, for which Kentucky is famous. Return to Lexington, where the evening is free for independent activities.

Lexington, Kentucky - Gatlinburg


Travel to Tennessee, with a stop at Corbin for a short visit to Colonel Sanders’ original fried chicken restaurant, which is now a museum. This afternoon, visit the fascinating Museum of Appalachia, with 65 acres of farmland and a number of historic cabins, barns, and other buildings—even a frontier privy! The next two nights are in Gatlinburg at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.



As one of America’s most popular mountain retreats, Gatlinburg offers something for everyone. You might want to spend a day at world-famous Dollywood, an 88-acre landscaped theme park inspired by Dolly Parton.

Gatlinburg - Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Asheville Area


Drive right through the centre of the ‘Smokies’, along the spectacular Newfound Gap Road peaking at 5,046 feet, then into North Carolina. Stroll in the 7,500 acre grounds of Biltmore Estate, built by George Vanderbilt, grandson of the famous railroad magnate, Cornelius Vanderbilt. Overnight in the Asheville area, hometown of American author Thomas Wolfe.

Asheville Area - Lexington, Virginia area


Blue Ridge Parkway runs from the Great Smokies to Shenandoah National Park without a single traffic light along its 470-mile route. Take in a portion of the parkway today, from Fancy Gap to Roanoke. Stop at the tranquil setting of Mabry Mill, one of the most photographed spots in the country. Next up: a visit to Natural Bridge, a 215-foot-high arch in a wooded setting, once owned by Thomas Jefferson. George Washington’s initials are still visible on the cliff-side, from his work here as a young surveyor.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lexington Area - Richmond - Williamsburg


The day begins with a guided tour of the Stonewall Jackson House, where you experience the pre-war life of Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, and are introduced to the man who became a legend. This afternoon’s highlight is the graceful home of the third U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson. The Monticello Estate reflects Jefferson’s skills as an artist, architect, and designer. It is the only house in the U.S. that is on the UNESCO World Heritage list of international treasures. The day ends in Williamsburg, between the James and York Rivers, where the very earliest European settlers established their first colonies.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Williamsburg - Jamestown - Colonial Williamsburg


A morning visit to nearby Jamestown Settlement for a guided tour to learn about the first permanent English settlement in the New World. The rest of the day is dedicated to Colonial Williamsburg, where American heritage is proudly preserved in the reconstructed buildings and historical displays. Stroll down quaint streets and browse through homes, gardens, taverns, shops, and exhibits. In the Hall of Burgesses, listen as costumed interpreters debate the controversial steps that led to the Declaration of Independence.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Williamsburg - Richmond - Washington DC area


This morning begins with a short orientation tour of Richmond, capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Stop at the Capitol Building for photographs before making our way to Mount Vernon, the beloved home of George and Martha Washington, overlooking the banks of the Potomac River. Time to explore the most popular historic estate in America. The final leg of your journey takes you back to the Washington DC area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Washington DC - UK


Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Washington.

Home landing in the UK



Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

  • Washington DC/Alexandria: Holiday Inn Alexandria/Carlyle
  • Gettysburg: Wyndham Gettysburg
  • Shenandoah: Skyland Resort
  • Beckley: Country Inn & Suites
  • Lexington KY: Hilton Lexington Downtown
  • Gatlinburg: Glenstone Lodge
  • Asheville: Hampton Inn Biltmore South
  • Lexington, VA: Best Western Lexington Inn
  • Williamsburg: Country Inn & Suites Williamsburg

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