Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains

  • 15 Days

  • Eastern USA

  • Steady pace

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.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

of 15 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 19th May 2018

Meals included: 5 breakfasts,

Overview

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.

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Washington

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Washington DC area

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Washington DC area - Gettysburg

Take a tour of the serene Arlington National Cemetery and see the graves of US President John F Kennedy and his brother Robert. Your guided sightseeing tour of the capital continues with photo stops at Capitol Hill and the White House, and visits to the Lincoln, Vietnam, and National WWII Memorials. Afterwards, cross the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania with a visit to the hallowed Gettysburg Battlefield, site of the decisive campaign of the Civil War - where Abraham Lincoln delivered his historic Gettysburg Address in November 1863.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Gettysburg - Harpers Ferry - Shenandoah National Park

Head for Harpers Ferry, where in 1859 John Brown made his ill-fated raid on the US arsenal. En route to Shenandoah crest the Blue Ridge Mountains for magnificent vistas of the Shenandoah Valley.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Shenandoah National Park - New River Gorge - Beckley

Journey through lumber and limestone country into West Virginia. After a lunch break in Lewisburg, a Civil War battlefield, travel to Fayetteville with a 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Beckley - Charleston - Lexington, Kentucky

Before entering Kentucky, make a stop in the cobblestone streets of elegant Charleston, the one-time home of pioneer and American folk hero Daniel Boone. As you cross the state border, the scenery changes to the green pastures and columned estates of Kentucky bluegrass country. Visit Lexington, the 'horse capital' of the world, and enjoy a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park where you’ll meet some retired Thoroughbred Champions.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Lexington, Kentucky - Hodgenville - Bardstown - Lexington

Travel on the Bluegrass Parkway and stop at Sinking Spring Farm, a one-room cabin where the nation's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, was born. Visit the Lincoln Museum, officially dedicated to Lincoln's life and times, and then continue to Bardstown to visit the Civil War Museum, with its impressive collection of Union and Confederacy exhibits. End your day by visiting a working Bourbon Distillery, and learn about the production of the very famous (and finest) Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Later, return to Lexington.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Lexington, Kentucky - Gatlinburg

After lunch, arrive in Corbin for a short visit to Colonel Sanders' original fried chicken restaurant - now a museum. This afternoon, visit the fascinating Museum of Appalchia, with 65 acres of farmland and a number of historic cabins, barns, and other buildings to explore. The next two nights are in Gatlinburg at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is one of America's most popular mountain retreats and home to the world-famous Dollywood! Spend the day at the 88-acre landscaped theme park inspired by country singer Dolly Parton and her love for the mountains and country music. Tonight's optional outing features the Dixie Stampede, an action-packed evening filled with thrilling horse-riding stunts, spectacular special effects, set to a lively soundtrack.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Asheville Area - Lexington, Virginia area

The 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, and stop at the tranquil setting of Mabry Mill - one of the most photographed spots in the country. Next is 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 cliffside, from his work here as a young surveyor.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Lexington Area - Richmond - Williamsburg

A guided tour of the Stonewall Jackson House introduces you to the life – and legend – of Confederate General Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson. This afternoon's highlight is the elegant home of the third President, Thomas Jefferson. The Monticello Estate reflects Jefferson's skills as an artist, architect, and designer. The day ends in Williamsburg, between the James and York Rivers, where the very earliest European settlers established their first colonies.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Williamsburg - Jamestown - Colonial Williamsburg

Today, visit the Jamestown Settlement where the first British Colony was based and then to Colonial Williamsburg, where American heritage is proudly preserved in the reconstructed buildings and historical displays. Take a stroll down its attractive streets and browse through homes, gardens, taverns and shops. In the Hall of Burgesses, listen as costumed actors debate the controversial steps that led to the Declaration of Independence.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Williamsburg - Richmond - Washington DC area

After a short orientation tour of Rickmond continue to Mount Vernon, the beloved home of George and Martha Washington, overlooking the banks of the Potomac River. Afterwards, drive back to the Washington DC area. This evening, join the optional evening outing which features dinner followed by an illumination tour of Washington's famous memorials.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Washington DC area - UK

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • 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

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar

Latest customer reviews

9th September 2017

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

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