Date: Oct. 17, 2019 - Oct. 26, 2019
Departure Regions: Midwest (WI, IL, IN)
Departure Cities: Appleton, WI, Beloit, WI, Burlington, WI, Cedar Grove, WI, Clintonville, WI, Coloma, WI, Delafield, WI, Denmark, WI, Fond du Lac, WI, Germantown, WI, Green Bay Area, WI, Janesville, WI, Johnson Creek, WI, Juneau, WI, Kenosha, WI, LaCrosse, WI, Lomira, WI, Madison, WI, Manitowoc, WI, Mauston, WI, Menasha, WI, Milwaukee North (Brown Deer), WI, Milwaukee South (13th & College Ave.), WI, Milwaukee West (Hales Corners), WI, New London, WI, Oconomowoc, WI, Oshkosh, WI, Plover, WI, Port Washington, WI, Portage, WI, Racine, WI, Shawano, WI, Sheboygan, WI, Sparta, WI, Tomah, WI, Waukesha, WI, Waupaca, WI, Wausau/Rothschild, WI, West Bend Area (Allenton), WI, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Franklin Park, IL, Gurnee, IL, Hinsdale, IL, Rockford, IL, South Holland, IL, Hammond, IN, Merrillville, IN
Road To Liberty: Featuring Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Williamsburg & Gettysburg
10 days / 9 nights
Departure Date: October 17-26
Tour Code: ROAD99
Join other travelers this morning as we make our way eastward bound to experience the noble beginnings of our country. Tonight finds us in Ohio at the Hampton Inn Maumee.
DAY TWO – CB
We join morning traffic after breakfast traveling through the hills and dales of Pennsylvania. Marveling at our driver’s skill as we round the suburbs of Philadelphia, we finally arrive at our centrally hotel at the Holiday Inn Express. This midtown location is within walking distance to a variety of restaurants and unique boutiques.
DAY THREE – CB, L
A full day of great touring is ahead as we head to nearby Valley Forge National Park. As the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army under General George Washington few places evoke the spirit of patriotism and independence, or demonstrate the resolve and tenacity of the people of the United States to be free as does Valley Forge.
See many historic structures, objects, and archeological resources at Valley Forge which define events in our nation's history. It was here that the Continental Army under Washington's leadership emerged as a cohesive and disciplined fighting force and remains a source of inspiration for all Americans.
You will also tour The Peter Wentz Farmstead which served as Washington’s headquarters and where he planned his attempt to keep the British from occupying Philadelphia.
Our historic day continues as we enjoy lunch at the Joseph Ambler Inn. This 52-room luxury Inn and restaurant sits on land once owned by William Penn. We return to Philadelphia for the One Liberty Observation Deck. Discover all the attractions in Philadelphia right from the Philadelphia skyline. And don’t forget a camera. When it comes to places to take pictures in Philadelphia, the view-tiful sights are second to none.
DAY FOUR – CB
Today finds us soaking up our nation’s history with a guided tour of Philadelphia. Here America’s most sacred historic sites, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall stand side-by-side with the hustle, bustle of a 21st-century city.
The Old City brims with shops, cafes, restaurants and bars while Society Hill welcome visitors to stroll their cobblestone streets and take in the architecture of the centuries-old homes, churches and landmarks that make the historic neighborhoods so picturesque. Walk along Elfreth’s Alley, our country’s oldest inhabited street and daydream what it was like to live here 250 years ago.
Later today we depart for our Capital City – Washington D.C. Enjoy two nights at the Doubletree Hotel, located in the heart of all the famous attractions and monuments.
DAY FIVE – CB, D
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing with a licensed guide to see many of the most interesting memorials and monuments. Highlights of our driving tour will include the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, Vietnam Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall. At Arlington National Cemetery,
America honors the men and women who have valiantly served the nation and given the ultimate sacrifice. We will view the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Visit the gravesites of John F. Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline and brother Robert. Tonight sit back and relax during our included dinner right on the serene Potomac River.
DAY SIX – CB, L
Nearby Mount Vernon is a scenic respite just a few miles south of busy D.C. Stroll the immaculate grounds of our first President’s revered home and learn about his amazing life as a plantation owner, forefather and hero.
After our morning visit, relax as a delightful luncheon is served at the adjacent Mount Vernon Inn. Enjoy the drive along the parkway to our revolutionary capital of Williamsburg later today. A two night stay is planned here at the Hampton Inn & Suites.
DAY SEVEN – CB, L
The Jamestown Settlement is the story of the people who founded Jamestown and the Virginia Indians they encountered told through film, gallery exhibits and living history. Expansive exhibits and an introductory film trace the colony’s beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony and describe the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, Europeans and Africans who converged in 1600s Virginia.
The Yorktown Victory Center is a museum of the American Revolution which chronicles America’s evolution from colonial status to nationhood through a unique blend of thematic exhibits and outdoor living history. Exhibits also describe how people from many different cultures shaped a new society and the development of a new government with the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Williamsburg is the "Colonial Capital" of Virginia and is internationally known for its restoration activities and re-creation of 18th-century America.
Enjoy lunch in the historic Kings Arms Tavern before an afternoon of free time in the historic district.
DAY EIGHT – CB, D
The backroads of Pennsylvania are calling and we answer with a scenic drive to Gettysburg. Get acquainted with one of the most somber times in history at the Gettysburg Visitor Center & Museum. Here the 360 degree Cyclorama painting, a magnificent visual of the fury of Pickett’s charge surrounds you and the museum features several exhibit galleries containing artifacts and interactive displays about this unique battle.
Following this introduction, we check into our hotel, the Country Inn & Suites for the night Relax a bit before heading out to dinner at the Dobbin House, in continuous operation since 1776.
DAY NINE – CB
Today’s highlight will be a driving tour of the battlefields with a licensed guide to view this hallowed ground where the battles were fought. Hear tales of the conflicts, see the monuments and learn the human stories that bring it all to life. It’s time to end our time Gettysburg and begin the drive north for our final overnight in Streetsboro, OH at the Hampton Inn.
DAY TEN – CB
Back in the familiar Midwest, we’re soon joining Chicago traffic enroute to our homes in Wisconsin. We hope you had a wonderful journey to the past.
PER PERSON PRICING:
Deposit: $200 per person within 7 days of making reservation. Final payment due 60 days prior to departure.
Luggage handling included for one suitcase. RoamRight Insurance is available and strongly recommended.