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Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains 2020

Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

From colonial settlements and Civil War sites to the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains and stunning Great Smoky Mountains, this southern U.S. tour features historic sites, spectacular scenery, and fun experiences all along the way. You’ll overnight in the Washington DC area; Gettysburg; Shenandoah National Park; Beckley; Lexington, Kentucky; Gatlinburg; Asheville; Lexington, Virginia; and Williamsburg.History buffs will enjoy visits to the Gettysburg Battlefield, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his immortal speech in 1863; Harper’s Ferry, where John Brown made his ill-fated raid on the U.S. Arsenal in 1859; the Lincoln Museum; Sinking Spring Farm, the one-room cabin where Lincoln was born; the Civil War Museum, the fourth-largest Civil War museum in the United States; Biltmore Estate; Monticello Estate, Thomas Jefferson’s home; Mount Vernon, home of George and Martha Washington; and Colonial Williamsburg, where life in the 18th century is recreated. Throughout this southern U.S. tour, you’ll witness fascinating landscapes. Beautiful views await you in Shenandoah National Park, with its 200,000 acres of protected lands. Marvel at the green pastures, white-board fences, and columned estates in Kentucky bluegrass country. Spend two nights in Gatlinburg, a popular mountain retreat, and drive through the center of the Smoky Mountains, with the winding roads, striking wildflowers, and animal diversity. In Virginia, stop at tranquil Mabry Mill, an old water-driven grist mill that is one of the country’s most photographed spots, and visit Natural Bridge, a 215-foot-high limestone arch sculpted by nature in a wooded setting. These are just some of the many highlights of this southern U.S. tour featuring stunning national parks, historic sites, and fun-filled experiences

Day 1: WASHINGTON DC–ALEXANDRIA.
Enjoy time at leisure to relax or do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.

Day 2: ALEXANDRIA–WASHINGTON DC–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, and visit the Gettysburg National Military Park MUSEUM AND VISITOR CENTER. Tonight, we offer an optional outing to a local restaurant to enjoy the flavor of the area.

Day 3: GETTYSBURG–HARPERS FERRY–SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK.
This morning enjoy a guided 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. Afterward, head for HARPERS FERRY HISTORIC NATIONAL PARK, where, in 1859, John Brown made his ill-fated raid on the U.S. Arsenal. The park shares 2,178 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Take free time to hike a portion of the trail to historic Jefferson Rock to enjoy extraordinary scenery. En route to Shenandoah, crest the Blue Ridge Mountains for magnificent vistas of the Shenandoah Valley. Overnight in SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK. (B)

Day 4: 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 pre Civil War town, 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.

Day 5: BECKLEY–CHARLESTON–KENTUCKY HORSE PARK–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. (CB)

Day 6: LEXINGTON–HODGENVILLE–BARDSTOWN–LEXINGTON, KY.
Travel on Bluegrass Parkway and stop at SINKING SPRING FARM, a one-room cabin where the nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, was born. 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 center 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 artifacts from both the Union and the Confederacy. End your day by visiting an authentic BOURBON DISTILLERY. You’ll learn about the production of the finest Kentucky Straight Bourbon, and enjoy a tasting. Return to Lexington, where the evening is free for independent activities. (B)

Day 7: LEXINGTON, KY–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.

Day 8: GATLINBURG.
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.

Day 9: GATLINBURG–GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK–ASHEVILLE.
Drive right through the center of the Smokies along the spectacular Newfound Gap Road, peaking at 5,046 feet. Continue into North Carolina and stop at the 7,500-acre grounds of the BILTMORE ESTATE, built by George Vanderbilt, grandson of railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. Overnight in the Asheville area, hometown to singer Roberta Flack.

Day 10: ASHEVILLE–BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY–LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA.
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 cliffside, from his work here as a young surveyor. (B)

Day 11: LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA–MONTICELLO–RICHMOND–WILLIAMSBURG.
Visit 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. Enjoy an orientation tour of Richmond, capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Stop at the Capitol Building for photographs before making our way to Williamsburg, between the James and York Rivers, where the very earliest English settlers established their first colonies. (B)

Day 12: WILLIAMSBURG. EXCURSION TO COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG.
Today 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. (B)

Day 13: WILLIAMSBURG–MOUNT VERNON–WASHINGTON DC.
This morning, visit MOUNT VERNON, the beloved home of George and Martha Washington, overlooking the banks of the Potomac River. Take time to explore the most popular historic estate in America. The final leg of your journey takes you back to Washington DC , where you overnight in close proximity to quintessential D.C. The evening is free for independent activities. (B)

Day 14: WASHINGTON DC.
Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore the nation’s capital further.

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Inclusions

Enjoy the spectacular colors of the Appalachian Mountains on our special fall foliage departures: September 12 to October 3 (if Mother Nature permits).

Sightseeing & Activities:

WASHINGTON DC
Sightseeing with Local Guide

GETTYSBURG
Visit the National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center; Guided tour Gettysburg Battlefield

HARPERS FERRY
Visit Harpers Ferry Historic National Park

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing; stay overnight inside the park

LEXINGTON
Visit the Kentucky Horse Park

BLUEGRASS PARKWAY
Scenic drive

HODGENVILLE
Visit Sinking Spring Farm; Lincoln Museum

BARDSTOWN
Visit the Civil War Museum; Bourbon Distillery & tasting

MUSEUM OF APPALACHIA
Visit the 65-acre historic farmland

GATLINBURG
Smoky Mountains scenic drive; Newfound Gap Road

ASHEVILLE
Visit Biltmore Estate

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
Scenic drive; Mabry Mill

MONTICELLO ESTATE
Visit Thomas Jefferson’s beloved home

RICHMOND
Orientation tour

WILLIAMSBURG
Visit Colonial Williamsburg

MOUNT VERNON
Visit George Washington’s homePrivate, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

Meals:
6 breakfasts, 1 continental breakfast


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Accommodations

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.

Washington DC: Holiday Inn Alexandria Carlyle
Gettysburg: Quality Inn Gettysburg Battlefield
Shenandoah National Park: Skyland Resort
Beckley: Hampton Inn Beckley
Lexington: Hilton Lexington Downtown
Gatlinburg: Glenstone Lodge
Asheville: Hampton Inn & Suites Asheville Biltmore Area
Lexington: Best Western Lexington Inn
Williamsburg: Comfort Inn Williamsburg Gateway
Washington DC: Washington Marriott Wardman Park

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Questions & Answers

Question: What airport do you fly into?

For this tour, you can fly into either Washington-Dulles (IAD) or Reagan International (DCA.)

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4.7
Professional Staff
4.4
Repeat with Operator
4.4
Value for Money
3.9

Ratings based off 7 reviews - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only

This trip was fantastic! It met all of our expectations and more. The only fly in the ointment was the hotel in Gatlinburg. It was old, needed work and dirty. Very disappointing. We would have been happy to pay more money and go to the Holiday Inn or Hampton Inn close by. All the other hotels were great. The tour director was wonderful, very informative and a good sense of humor. Also, the driver did a great job getting us from place to place in a timely manner. All in all, the trip was terrific!

The tour was nearly what I expected, however I felt like there was too much time riding on the coach and not enough time at the historical sites.

Please exdend our thanks and appreciation to our tour director, for his kindness, exellent presentation and pleasant jokes, etc., . We enjoyed every minute of our trip Same goes to our bus driver, for his tireless and safe driving. 

The tour to Historic Eastern Sites was wonderful. The Tour Director and Bus Driver were exceptional,  Thank you!

My trip "Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains" with Cosmos, far exceeded my expectations, again!! It was very educational, as well as entertaining! My tour guide is very knowledgeable about American History, and kept us entertained, even during the long drives, with educational videos & period music! We saw so many historic sites & landmarks! I'd do it again in a pinch! Our driver is also a very experienced & skilled driver, especially on those small winding mountain roads! This is my 5th Cosmos trip, & I will be sure to book again, next year!! I've also recommended "Affordable Tours" to a fellow traveler on this trip!!


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