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Self-Drive Historic Highlights

7 Nights Tour from £1,449 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

A fantastic self-drive itinerary starting in Washington DC and you travel to Colonial Williamsburg, the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, historic Gettysburg before finishing in Philadelphia on this 7 night trip.

Details

Day 1-2

Fly to Washington DC
Welcome to America’s capital, Washington DC and pick up your rental car. This cosmopolitan city is packed with famous sights, free attractions and is home to some of the world’s best-known museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution. Combine this with hip new restaurants and bars, stunning hotels, great nightlife, charming neighbourhoods and terrific shopping.


Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn Capitol
Select Hotel: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Day 3

Williamsburg (151 miles)
Today visit Colonial Williamsburg, the most extensively restored 18th century town in the US. So compelling is the restoration that you feel that you are in a crown colony over 300 years ago. Perhaps visit Busch Gardens with more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions, great stage shows and a wide variety of food and world-class shops.

Standard Hotel: Best Western Plus Historic Area Inn
Select Hotel: Williamsburg Lodge

Day 4

Shenandoah Valley (171 miles)
Visit Jamestown, founded in 1607 as the first permanent English settlement in the “New World” and Yorktown, historic site of one of the most definitive battles of the American Revolution. Stop in Richmond, Virginia’s capital and once capital of the Confederacy then perhaps tour Monticello,
Thomas Jefferson’s estate with its beautiful gardens. Enjoy panoramic vistas from Skyline Drive in beautiful Shenandoah National Park where you will stay the night.

Standard Hotel: Skyland Lodge (Traditional Rooms)
Select Hotel: Skyland Lodge (Preferred Rooms)

Day 5

Gettysburg (169 miles)
Travel via Harper’s Ferry, where John Brown’s fateful raid on the US arsenal was the spark that started the Civil War. At Gettysburg National Military Park you can enjoy a tour with a local guide who will vividly recount the 1863 battle that extinguished the Confederate dream of independence. This evening why not have a candlelight dinner at the elegant Dobbin House Tavern, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Standard Hotel: Courtyard By Marriott Gettysburg
Select Hotel: Wyndham Gettysburg

Day 6-7

Philadelphia (142 miles)
Travel through Lancaster County, past Amish farmlands, to Valley Forge where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777 – 1778. Take a tour of the national historic park and Washington’s Headquarters before continuing to Philadelphia. At Independence Square a
number of Philadelphia’s great attractions are conveniently located on one city block. Visit Independence Hall and walk over to the Liberty Bell Pavilion to see the Liberty Bell. Nearby you will find the National Constitution Center and at night enjoy dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Philadelphia’s historic district.

Standard Hotel: Sheraton Society Hill
Select Hotel: Sheraton Society Hill

Day 8

Philadelphia - Airport
Today you check out of your hotel and head for the airport for your flight home

Day 9

Arrive back home.

Day 1-2

Fly to Washington DC
Welcome to America’s capital, Washington DC and pick up your rental car. This cosmopolitan city is packed with famous sights, free attractions and is home to some of the world’s best-known museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution. Combine this with hip new restaurants and bars, stunning hotels, great nightlife, charming neighbourhoods and terrific shopping.


Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn Capitol
Select Hotel: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Day 3

Williamsburg (151 miles)
Today visit Colonial Williamsburg, the most extensively restored 18th century town in the US. So compelling is the restoration that you feel that you are in a crown colony over 300 years ago. Perhaps visit Busch Gardens with more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions, great stage shows and a wide variety of food and world-class shops.
Standard: Best Western Plus Historic Area Inn
Select: Williamsburg Lodge

Day 4

Shenandoah Valley (171 miles)
Visit Jamestown, founded in 1607 as the first permanent English settlement in the “New World” and Yorktown, historic site of one of the most definitive battles of the American Revolution. Stop in Richmond, Virginia’s capital and once capital of the Confederacy then perhaps tour Monticello,
Thomas Jefferson’s estate with its beautiful gardens. Enjoy panoramic vistas from Skyline Drive in beautiful Shenandoah National Park where you will stay the night.
Standard: Quality Inn Skyline Drive
Select: Skyland Resort

Day 5

Gettysburg (169 miles)
Travel via Harper’s Ferry, where John Brown’s fateful raid on the US arsenal was the spark that started the Civil War. At Gettysburg National Military Park you can enjoy a tour with a local guide who will vividly recount the 1863 battle that extinguished the Confederate dream of independence. This evening why not have a candlelight dinner at the elegant Dobbin House Tavern, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Standard: Quality Inn Gettysburg Motor Lodge
Select: Wyndham Gettysburg

Day 6-7

Philadelphia (142 miles)
Travel through Lancaster County, past Amish farmlands, to Valley Forge where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777 – 1778. Take a tour of the national historic park and Washington’s Headquarters before continuing to Philadelphia. At Independence Square a
number of Philadelphia’s great attractions are conveniently located on one city block. Visit Independence Hall and walk over to the Liberty Bell Pavilion to see the Liberty Bell. Nearby you will find the National Constitution Center and at night enjoy dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Philadelphia’s historic district.
Standard: Sheraton Society Hill
Select: Omni Hotel at Independence Park

Day 8

Philadelphia - Airport
Today you check out of your hotel and head for the airport for your flight home

Day 9

Arrive back home.

What's Included

  • Return transatlantic schedule flights
  • Economy size car rental
  • Hotel accommodation as specified, or of a similar standard
  • Welcome kit with comprehensive maps and day-to-day itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Hotel car parking charges

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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THU 7ºC
FRI 5ºC
SAT 4ºC
SUN 5ºC
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Aug
30ºC
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Sep
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Oct
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Nov
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Dec
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