The home of the free, the land of the brave - America's East was the original frontier. See historical treasures in 12 days from New York City to Atlanta.
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From exciting New York to Atlanta, this itinerary has been devised for those with an abiding interest in America’s East Coast, both North and South. From Philadelphia, where the nation’s Founding Fathers first gathered, to Gettysburg, the scene of one of the great turning points in the American Civil War, you’ll be spirited through some of the most historical points on the North American map. Washington D.C., Charleston and Savannah – enjoy stops at great cities and towns that exemplify key moments in the American story, from its early colonial history, to struggles for freedom and independence.
Your journey into America’s East begins in the ‘city that never sleeps’ with a two night stay at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, right in the heart of exciting New York.
Take a bite out of the ‘Big Apple’ and discover New York at your own pace on a hop-on-hop-off double decker bus. View famous iconic sites such as Fifth Avenue, The Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Madison Square Garden and the Statue of Liberty. Tonight, get to know your Tour Director and travelling companions over a ‘welcome to the USA’ dinner.
Get to see a spectacular Broadway production, a must-see in New York City. After all, no place on Earth exemplifies the magic of theatre more.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Enjoy a tour through the ‘city of brotherly love’. See the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the very spot where John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence, where George Washington took office and where the US Constitution was ratified. Afterwards, continue to the Amish community of Lancaster, where you’ll stay overnight at Lancaster Arts Hotel. This evening, you’ll get to immerse yourself in a community completely separate from the modern industrialised world, as you enjoy a family-style Amish feast.
Visit an Amish farm and house as a local guide explains the culture, faith and way of life that excludes the use of modern conveniences such as electricity or telephones. Later, follow the trail of history to Gettysburg for an overnight stay at the elegant Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel.
Gain an insight into the American Civil War during a guided tour of Gettysburg National Military Park. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War and was the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal ‘Gettysburg Address’.
Following dinner, watch on in wonder as Abraham Lincoln is brought to life in an exclusive, informative and entertaining living history presentation.
Visit Mount Vernon Estate where the first US President, George Washington, and his wife Martha lived for over 40 years. The mansion is set on over 50 acres of Washington’s extensive plantation.
Continue to Washington D.C., the capital of The United States of America, and settle into the luxurious Fairmont Washington D.C. or similar for a two night stay.
Delve into US history on a tour of Washington D.C. that includes the White House, Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial. This afternoon will be yours to spend as you wish, and you may choose to discover the wonders on display in one of the plethora of exceptional Smithsonian museums.
Meals included: Breakfast
Continue your journey to the ‘city of oaks’ Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. Tonight you’ll enjoy an overnight stay at Renaissance Raleigh North Hills.
Explore South Carolina’s oldest and most charming city, Charleston, on a tour through the quaint cobblestone streets. Later, begin your two night stay at the charming French Quarter Inn.
Experience the South’s legendary food and hospitality at any number of fine restaurants.
There are many activities you could choose to do in and around Charleston. Take your pick.
Inhale the exotic aromas of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens or discover the beauty and history of Charleston’s harbour on board a sightseeing cruise. Alternatively, take a horse and carriage ride through the quaint streets of this historical city.
The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.
Continue to the seaport town of Savannah, situated on the border of South Carolina and Georgia. Learn the history on a hop-on-hop-off trolley tour and experience the southern hospitality that Savannah is famous for. Tonight, you can look forward to an overnight stay at Mansion on Forsyth Park, where you’ll enjoy a sumptuous dinner with your fellow travellers.
Continue your journey through America’s south to the capital of Georgia, Atlanta, for your overnight stay at the Grand Hyatt.
It’s time to say goodbye after a wonder-filled journey and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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