USA: Colonial America
Follow the path of American history on this scenic journey through some of the USA’s most important heritage areas to date. Experience life in the 18th century in Williamsburg, visit the Civil War battlegrounds in Gettysburg and travel along the famous Skyline Drive where you’ll witness spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley.
Your holiday includes:
- International flights.
- 10 nights in 4* hotels & hand-picked local gems.
- 10 days car hire.
- Washington D.
- C Explorer Pass.
- ^A one-way fee applies for the car hire in this Journey; please ask us for details.
- ON SALE - SAVE €276 per person.
Day 1:Fly from Dublin to Washington D.C. and check into your hotel.
Day 2: Washington DCSpend the day walking the corridors of power in America’s vibrant and historic capital, filled with iconic monuments such as the White House, Capitol Hill and the Smithsonian Institution’s cluster of 19 free museums and galleries. Crane your neck to see the Washington Monument, shop for quirky souvenirs at eclectic shops in Georgetown Park, try out the Newseum, an interactive museum showcasing news and journalism, then later chill out with some jazz in the hip cocktail lounges that stretch along U street. Alternatively, head to Georgetown, the oldest part of the city where numerous bars and restaurants line the river. Further afield, visit the home of George Washington at Mount Vernon and the poignant Arlington Cemetery, where JFK’s eternal flame burns at his graveside.
2 nights at the 4* Fairmont Washington
Washington D.C Explorer Pass
Day 3: GettysburgDrive to Gettysburg, site of the eponymous battle, and now preserved as a fascinating Civil War battleground at Gettysburg National Military Park. Start at the visitor centre, then tour the battlefields and other historically significant sites by car, by bus, on foot or even by Segway. Gettysburg’s other claim to fame is that it was location for Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, widely regarded as one of the greatest speeches ever made.
1 night at the 3.5* Gettysburg Hotel
Days 4–5: Front RoyalGet away from the hustle and bustle and head southwest to the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains and stay in the charming town of Front Royal, stuffed with Civil War attractions and museums. For a more natural marvel take a look at the Skyline Caverns, a complex of caves containing anthodites, a rare form of crystal. Front Royal is also the access point for the woodlands of stunning Shenandoah National Park, filled with majestic peaks and rolling hills, best seen from the 105 mile Skyline Drive, a scenic route along the hilltops.
2 nights at the 3* Holiday Inn Front Royal
Day 6: WilliamsburgNext stop is the delightful town of Williamsburg, where the standout highlight is the living museum at Colonial Williamsburg, which gives a fascinating insight into life in the 18th century. Meet the residents, look around their homes, attend a musical recital or ride a horse-drawn carriage through the town. For more lessons from the past, head to historic Jamestown and also Yorktown, with its picturesque riverfront setting. Once you’ve soaked up all the history, sip a cappuccino in one of the numerous cafes or browse the cute souvenir shops.
1 night at the 3* Holiday Inn Express and Suites
Days 7–8: Virginia BeachEnjoy the spectacular natural beauty of Virginia Beach, where 35 miles of sandy shores allow for plenty of seaside fun and frolics. Virginia Beach is a year-round outdoor destination, with heaps of things to do in all weathers. From beach lazing and horseriding in summer to ice skating and ziplining in winter plus whale watching, Virginia Aquarium, and numerous park trails to follow at any time of year, there’s always something to entertain.
2 nights at the 4* Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
Day 9: BaltimoreTrace the Civil War trail in Maryland with a stay in up-and-coming Baltimore, home to world-class museums, hip hotels and fashionable shops. Art lovers should pop in to the American Visionary Art Museum and the Walters Art Museum, while history buffs should head to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum and star-shaped Fort McHenry, inspiration for the Star Spangled Banner and successful defender of Baltimore Harbor from British invasion in 1814.
1 night at the 4* Hotel Monaco, a Kimpton Hotel
Day 10: PhiladelphiaExplore historic buildings and distinct neighbourhoods in Philadelphia, location for the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The city is also home to the Liberty Bell, a symbol of American independence, and the World Heritage listed Independence Hall. Be sure to run Rocky-style up the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, famed filming location for the well-known boxing movie. For goodies galore, stop off at Reading Terminal Market, stuffed full of delicacies including hearty Amish food and of course the legendary Philly cheese steak, definitely not for dieters.
1 night at the 4* Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Days 11–12:Depart Philadelphia and return to Dublin.
- Washington - 4* Fairmont Washington.
- Gettysburg - 3,5* Gettysburg Hote.l
- Front Royal - 3* Holiday Inn Front Royal.
- Williamsburg - 3* Holiday Inn Express & Suites.
- Virginia Beach - 4* Hilton Virginia Beach Ocean Front.
- Baltimore - 4* Hotel Monaco, a Kimpton Hotel.
- Philadelphia - 4* Loews Philadelphia.
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