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Philadelphia Skyline
Spring Cherry blossoms at the Washington Monument, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Mount Vernon, Baltimore, Maryland.
Williamsburg, Virginia
Historic Court Square, Charlottesville, Virginia
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Statue of William Penn, Philadelphia City Hall

Historic Highlights

8 day Escorted Tour – from £2935 £2495

With flights from £3095

A portrait of American history, this trip mixes the modern bustle of Washington D.C. and landmarks from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

Highlights:
  • Enjoy a guided city tour of Washington D.C.
  • Visit Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington
  • Tap your foot to a fife and drum parade in Williamsburg
  • Learn from a local specialist at Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Stay in the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before or after your Historic Highlights escorted tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Spring Cherry blossoms at the Washington Monument, Washington D.C.

Day 1 – Welcome to Washington D.C.

The political heart of America is your gateway to a memorable encounter with the Land of…

The political heart of America is your gateway to a memorable encounter with the Land of the Free and how it came to be so. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the museums, memorials and monuments of Washington D.C. This evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your journey.

    Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington D.C.

    Welcome reception
Spring Cherry blossoms at the Washington Monument, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Day 2 – Washington D.C.

Roam the corridors of power, oak-lined avenues and noble tributes to America’s famous sons and daughters,…

Roam the corridors of power, oak-lined avenues and noble tributes to America’s famous sons and daughters, as you explore the nation’s proud heritage today. View the White House, striking Washington Monument and National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building. Reflect on the country’s darkest days at the Lincoln Memorial and sombre memorials to World War II and the Vietnam War. Visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture and houses over 36,000 fascinating artefacts. The rest of the day is free to explore America’s capital city.

    Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington D.C.

    Breakfast
Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Mount Vernon, Baltimore, Maryland.

Day 3 – Mount Vernon

Today’s travels begin treading in the footsteps of America’s first president by visiting Mount Vernon, the…

Today’s travels begin treading in the footsteps of America’s first president by visiting Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington. Step back into the 18th century, strolling the estate’s lush gardens, grounds, and fascinating museum galleries, followed by a private lunch. Delve into the history at the American Revolution Museum at the Yorktown Victory Center surrounded by period artefacts and experiencing first-hand the dramatic “Siege of Yorktown” with a 180-degree surround screen and dramatic special effects. Your tour continues on to Williamsburg, founded in 1638 as Middle Plantation, and the former capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg

    Breakfast, Lunch
Washington Monument, Mount Vernon, Baltimore, Maryland.
Williamsburg, Virginia

Day 4 – Williamsburg

This morning, we venture to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, where we’ll gain…

This morning, we venture to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, where we’ll gain insights into the trials that marked the lives of early 17th Century colonists. Fast forward a few centuries and spend the rest of the day in Colonial Williamsburg, once Britain’s largest colony in the New World. Chat with blacksmiths, admire a fife and drum parade, and perhaps even engage in some politicking with a costumed Federalist in the town square. Meet Sylvia Tabb-Lee who will bring America’s slavery history into the light with storytelling, visual presentations, and song and dance.

    Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg

    Breakfast
Williamsburg, Virginia
Historic Court Square, Charlottesville, Virginia

Day 5 – Charlottesville & Monticello

Visit St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia—the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were…

Visit St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia—the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry’s fiery “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. Continue to Charlottesville, where you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, visit Monticello, the neoclassical Italian estate where Jefferson once sought a quieter existence. The rest of your day is free.

    The Draftsman Hotel Charlottesville

    Breakfast, Lunch
Historic Court Square, Charlottesville, Virginia
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Day 6 – Shenandoah National Park & Gettysburg

Journey through the rolling hills of the Shenandoah National Park en route to Gettysburg where we’ll…

Journey through the rolling hills of the Shenandoah National Park en route to Gettysburg where we’ll delve into the devastation of a four-year civil war pitting North against South. We explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, our visit contributing to their efforts to preserve the battlefield. This evening, indulge in a festive Regional Dinner at the “most haunted” 19th Century Dobbin House, keeping an eye out for a Union Soldier who may visit with tales of the American Civil War.

    Wyndham Gettysburg

    Breakfast, Dinner
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Day 7 – Gettysburg to Philadelphia

Cast your mind back to the pivotal, yet tragic day on which Pickett led his charge…

Cast your mind back to the pivotal, yet tragic day on which Pickett led his charge on Gettysburg. Join a Local Specialist who will bring to life the events at Gettysburg which turned the tide in the Civil War. Just four months later, the battlefield served as the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln’s call for “a new birth of freedom” in his famed Gettysburg Address. Guests will enjoy a Be My Guest lunch experience at the Amish home of Samuel and Ruth Lapp, who own a working 25 acre produce farm just outside of Lancaster. The Lapp Family will introduce our guests to a few Amish Traditions and host them to a family style meal with recipes passed through generations and ingredients sourced directly from their farm. We’ll journey to the City of Brotherly Love and site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence next. Stay in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district, within walking distance of dozens of landmark buildings. This evening, we’ll join our Travel Director and fellow American history enthusiasts for a Farewell Dinner.

    Philadelphia Marriott Old City

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Statue of William Penn, Philadelphia City Hall

Day 8 – Philadelphia

Gain insights into the history of the U.S. Constitution and the effect it has had around…

Gain insights into the history of the U.S. Constitution and the effect it has had around the world during this morning’s tour through Philadelphia. We’ll explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see its famous cracked bell whose inscription has inspired so many to “proclaim liberty”. The final stop on our journey is Washington D.C., where we continue to Dulles and Ronald Reagan Airports and to the Washington Marriott Georgetown hotel for those extending their stay.

    Breakfast
Statue of William Penn, Philadelphia City Hall

Your Itinerary

You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before or after your Historic Highlights escorted tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Welcome to Washington D.C.

The political heart of America is your gateway to a memorable encounter with the Land of the Free and how it came to be so. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the museums, memorials and monuments of Washington D.C. This evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your journey.

    Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington D.C.

    Welcome reception
Spring Cherry blossoms at the Washington Monument, Washington D.C.

Day 2

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Washington D.C.

Roam the corridors of power, oak-lined avenues and noble tributes to America’s famous sons and daughters, as you explore the nation’s proud heritage today. View the White House, striking Washington Monument and National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building. Reflect on the country’s darkest days at the Lincoln Memorial and sombre memorials to World War II and the Vietnam War. Visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture and houses over 36,000 fascinating artefacts. The rest of the day is free to explore America’s capital city.

    Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington D.C.

    Breakfast
Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Day 3

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Mount Vernon

Today’s travels begin treading in the footsteps of America’s first president by visiting Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington. Step back into the 18th century, strolling the estate’s lush gardens, grounds, and fascinating museum galleries, followed by a private lunch. Delve into the history at the American Revolution Museum at the Yorktown Victory Center surrounded by period artefacts and experiencing first-hand the dramatic “Siege of Yorktown” with a 180-degree surround screen and dramatic special effects. Your tour continues on to Williamsburg, founded in 1638 as Middle Plantation, and the former capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg

    Breakfast, Lunch
Washington Monument, Mount Vernon, Baltimore, Maryland.

Day 4

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Williamsburg

This morning, we venture to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, where we’ll gain insights into the trials that marked the lives of early 17th Century colonists. Fast forward a few centuries and spend the rest of the day in Colonial Williamsburg, once Britain’s largest colony in the New World. Chat with blacksmiths, admire a fife and drum parade, and perhaps even engage in some politicking with a costumed Federalist in the town square. Meet Sylvia Tabb-Lee who will bring America’s slavery history into the light with storytelling, visual presentations, and song and dance.

    Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg

    Breakfast
Williamsburg, Virginia

Day 5

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Charlottesville & Monticello

Visit St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia—the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry’s fiery “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. Continue to Charlottesville, where you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, visit Monticello, the neoclassical Italian estate where Jefferson once sought a quieter existence. The rest of your day is free.

    The Draftsman Hotel Charlottesville

    Breakfast, Lunch
Historic Court Square, Charlottesville, Virginia

Day 6

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Shenandoah National Park & Gettysburg

Journey through the rolling hills of the Shenandoah National Park en route to Gettysburg where we’ll delve into the devastation of a four-year civil war pitting North against South. We explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, our visit contributing to their efforts to preserve the battlefield. This evening, indulge in a festive Regional Dinner at the “most haunted” 19th Century Dobbin House, keeping an eye out for a Union Soldier who may visit with tales of the American Civil War.

    Wyndham Gettysburg

    Breakfast, Dinner
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Day 7

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Gettysburg to Philadelphia

Cast your mind back to the pivotal, yet tragic day on which Pickett led his charge on Gettysburg. Join a Local Specialist who will bring to life the events at Gettysburg which turned the tide in the Civil War. Just four months later, the battlefield served as the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln’s call for “a new birth of freedom” in his famed Gettysburg Address. Guests will enjoy a Be My Guest lunch experience at the Amish home of Samuel and Ruth Lapp, who own a working 25 acre produce farm just outside of Lancaster. The Lapp Family will introduce our guests to a few Amish Traditions and host them to a family style meal with recipes passed through generations and ingredients sourced directly from their farm. We’ll journey to the City of Brotherly Love and site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence next. Stay in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district, within walking distance of dozens of landmark buildings. This evening, we’ll join our Travel Director and fellow American history enthusiasts for a Farewell Dinner.

    Philadelphia Marriott Old City

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Day 8

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Philadelphia

Gain insights into the history of the U.S. Constitution and the effect it has had around the world during this morning’s tour through Philadelphia. We’ll explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see its famous cracked bell whose inscription has inspired so many to “proclaim liberty”. The final stop on our journey is Washington D.C., where we continue to Dulles and Ronald Reagan Airports and to the Washington Marriott Georgetown hotel for those extending their stay.

    Breakfast
Statue of William Penn, Philadelphia City Hall

This Tour Includes

7 nights hotel accommodation
7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners and 1 welcome reception
Expert Travel Director
Activities and experiences as detailed in the itinerary
Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
Professional and experienced driver

Departure Dates

Check for departure dates that suit you:

2024-06-08

2024-09-07

2024-09-14

2024-09-21

2024-10-05

2024-10-12

2025-04-12

2025-04-26

2025-05-03

2025-05-10

2025-05-24

2025-06-07

2025-06-21

2025-07-05

2025-08-02

2025-09-06

2025-09-13

2025-09-20

2025-10-04

2025-10-11

To confirm availability call 0333 234 0922

Flights & More

Ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for a complete ABTA and ATOL protected package.

They can also add extra nights and experiences in places you choose, to create the exact holiday you are looking for. Popular options include:

  • Extra nights in Washington D.C. before or after your tour
  • A New York or Boston city break

Next Step

Please get in touch with our America Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Historic Highlights

8 day Escorted Tour – from £2935 £2495

With flights from £3095

All prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room, and include meals where shown. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply.

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