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Tour Itinerary

Oh, say can you see the nation’s birthplace, capital, and significant battlefields from your easy chair? Of course not! Pack up your patriotism and head east for Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and the notable settlements, landmarks, and presidential estates of the historic East. America’s greatest chapters in history come to life as you stroll down the quaint streets of Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, march in the steps of American Revolution and Civil War soldiers, and stand inside the remarkable Palladian walls of George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Prepare to be moved as this East Coast vacation leads you to the marbled memorials of D.C., the sacred site of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, and the symbolic Liberty Bell in the City of Brotherly Love. Combining national treasures with small town gems – plus a visit to see the wonder and expansive views of Shenandoah National Park – this vacation through America’s historic East promises discovery and wonder for all. Let freedom ring a little longer by adding two more nights in the nation’s capital to your historic East Coast vacation. Hop on the included Big Bus for easy access to the monuments and museums, the galleries and gardens, and the bistros and bars where you can find every type of cuisine and a heaping, helping of topical discussion.

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Washington DC! At 6 pm, meet with your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.

  2. Day 2
    Monuments & Moving Memorials Visit Mount Vernon, the restored home of George Washington. Tour the house and gardens and visit the museums. On a sightseeing tour, see many of Washington DC’s famous landmarks, including the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam and Korean War Veterans Memorials, with stops for photos at the White House and Capitol Hill. Try our optional dinner tonight at one of Washington’s favorite restaurants, followed by an illumination tour of the monuments. (B)

    A LEGEND SLEPT HERE The Virginia mansion estate of America’s first president, George Washington's Mount Vernon is one of the most iconic 18th-century homes in America. The patriot and president renovated the home, and it grew to 10 times the size of the average home in colonial Virginia. George Washington began running Mount Vernon in 1752, and slowly enlarged the dwelling to create the 21-room residence we see today. Washington oversaw each renovation, advising on design, construction, and decoration; reflecting his growing status as a Virginia gentleman and ultimately as the leader of a new nation.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    U.S. History & Heroes Travel south to Fredericksburg, known for its role in both the American Revolution and the Civil War. After an orientation tour, enjoy a bit of free time to explore the historic district. Next, visit Waterman’s Museum, whose mission is to demonstrate the role Chesapeake Bay watermen. From pre-colonial to modern times, the watermen played a great role in shaping our nation. Continue to Williamsburg for a 2-night stay. (B)

    HISTORIC SITE Williamsburg is a historic treasure you’ll love exploring. After English settlers founded the colony in 1632, it became the center of political events in Virginia leading to the American Revolution. History lovers are drawn to restored Colonial Williamsburg, part of the Historic Triangle with Jamestown and Yorktown – where America was born.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    The Birthplace of America This morning, enjoy an exclusive [LF] 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 savored by 18th-century patriots. (B,D)

    HISTORIC MOMENTS Join renowned historian actor Sylvia Tabb-Lee for a fascinating and moving performance in Williamsburg that illuminates and inspires insight into the experience of slaves in American history. In keeping with her philosophy of “Each One, Teach One; Each One, Reach One,” Tabb-Lee is a wealth of information and inspiration in sharing the trials and triumphs of African-American history.

    HISTORIC SITE When the Virginia Company settlers landed at Jamestown to establish an English colony 60 miles from the Chesapeake Bay in 1607, they faced enormous challenges and hardships in a dramatic experience of disease and famine. Within the wooden fort here was England’s first permanent colony in North America and it planted the seeds for the United States of America to grow. Hear the dramatic details of this insurmountable venture with a tour led by an expert guide, including the legend of Captain John Smith, the dark, starving winter of 1609, and the story of Pocahontas – all part of the thrilling story of America’s birthplace.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Historic Figures 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, visit Thomas Jefferson’s estate at Monticello. Spend the evening in Staunton, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (B)

    ICONIC FOOTSTEPS Visit the home of America’s third president and principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, at his grand estate at Monticello. Stroll its beautiful gardens and explore the majestic mansion designed by Jefferson himself. Learn about the history of this plantation with a Local Guide.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Complex Views Visit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, located at the 28th president’s birthplace. Gain a better understanding of the life and times of President Woodrow Wilson, his impact on the world, and his relevance today and for the future. Then, journey to beautiful Shenandoah National Park. (B,D)

    NATURAL WONDERS Travel to the spectacular expansive vistas of Shenandoah National Park along the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Enjoy photo stops and panoramic vistas from Skyline Drive en route to the historic Skyland Resort, established in the late 1800’s.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Hallowed Grounds 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. Tour Gettysburg and hear your Local Guide vividly recount the Battle of 1863. A Colonial-style candlelight dinner tonight at the elegant [LF] Dobbin House Tavern, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (B,D)

    LOCAL TASTES Be transported back in time to the early days of America with a Colonial-style candlelight dinner at Dobbin House Tavern. This elegant Gettysburg restaurant is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. A notable address in Gettysburg!

    ACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT 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:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Pennsylvania’s Past & Present Enjoy an exclusive [LF] presentation by one of America’s heroes of the 19th century in a performance by Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia. Travel through Lancaster County past Amish farmland to Valley Forge National Historic Park and 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. (B,D)

    ICONIC FIGURES Learn about the epic and incredible life of America’s 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant, with a dramatic portrayal of the Civil War general and his wife, Julia. Get a sense of the man and legendary commander of the President Lincoln’s Union Army. Hear about this iconic figure’s life and legacy as a war hero, abolitionist, and president.

    LEGENDARY LIVES Visit Valley Forge National Historic Park to see the camp where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777–1778. See the Memorial Arch, the Grand Parade, and the Washington Memorial Chapel.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Philadelphia Freedom Sightseeing this morning features the “City of Brotherly Love” famed historic treasures, including the iconic Liberty Bell. Continue to Washington D.C. for a 2-night stay. (B)

    HISTORIC SITES The Liberty Bell bears a timeless message: "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof" where it rang out from Independence Hall to summon lawmakers to work and the citizenry to gather for news. Benjamin Franklin noted while writing a letter, "Adieu, the bell rings, and I must go among the grave ones and talk ‘politicks.’" Go beyond the iconic crack to learn how this State House bell was transformed into an extraordinary symbol of civil rights. And while no one living today has ever heard the bell ring freely due to its cracked surface, it still resounds with a message of freedom and hope.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    The Nation’s Capital A full free day includes the Big Bus for easy access to the monuments and museums, the galleries and gardens, and the bistros and bars where you can find every type of cuisine and a heaping, helping of topical discussion. (B)

    EXPLORE MORE in Washington DC with free time to see the sights of the Nation’s capital. Globus provides you with a boarding pass for the popular Big Bus for easy hop-on/hop-off sightseeing of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

    Meals:   Breakfast

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The June 24 departure spends July 4th in Washington DC. Festivities include a parade, concerts, and fireworks display on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Due to the national holiday, the Big Bus sightseeing tour is not available on July 4th.
Breakfast daily, 4 dinners

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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.
1001 16th St Nw
Washington DC, United States
Williamsburg: 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.
105 Visitor Center Drive
Williamsburg VA, United States
Staunton: Hotel 24 South
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, Hotel 24 South (formerly the Stonewall Jackson Hotel) has been restored to its original grandeur with modern amenities.
24 South Market St.
Staunton VA, United States
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.
mile 41.7 on Skyland Drive
Luray VA, United States
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.
1 Lincoln Square
Gettysburg PA, United States
Philadelphia: Marriott Philadelphia Old City
Situated in the heart of Philadelphia, Marriott Philadelphia Old City 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.
One Dock Street
Philadelphia PA, United States

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Ratings based off 5 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

Globus standards are high and we had a great trip. It was very well organised and at a pace that was comfortable. We saw such a lot of the tour and the hotels were ready for us when we arrived which made check in easy.

The itinerary changed somewhat, but it was to the better, the "night lights tour of Washington, DC, did not meet our expectations...just wasn't enough lighted monuments, plus the restaurant dinner was mediocre, the hotels were very nice except for the Shenandoah national park, met the primary needs, but that is to be expected in a National Park, did not expect to depart each day as early as scheduled, this was not mentioned in the brochure description. The guide was exceptional, courteous, polite, full of humor, ... the guides at Gettysburgh tour of battle field and breakfast guide "General & Mrs Grant were exceptional, the guide and grounds at Jamestown were less than average...guide talked to low, needed a mobile speaker , and not enough detail. Overall, I would recommend the tour to friends and family.

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