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  • From sparkling Virginia Beach on the Atlantic Ocean to the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains in the west, Virginia is a laid back state combining colourful history, culture, sophistication and stunning scenery.

    • Appomattox

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    • Afton Mountain Vineyard

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    • Journey Through Hallowed Ground, Shenandoah Valley

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    • George Washington Memorial Parkway, Historic Old Town Alexandria

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    • Middleburg - Equestrian Country

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    • George Washington's Mount Vernon

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    • Granby Street, Norfolk

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    • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

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    • Malvern Hill Civil War Monument

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    • Patsy Cline Histroic House, Winchester

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    • Space Shuttle Discovery, Chantilly

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    • Tysons Corner Shopping Center, McLean

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    • Luray Cavens

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    • Sandbridge Beach, Virginia Beach

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    • Fife & Drum Corps of Colonial Williamsburg

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    Virginia wows its visitors with the many ways it expresses its 400 year heritage as the first permanent English-speaking settlement in the Americas. Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean with more than 1,000 square miles of ocean and Chesapeake Bay waterways, to the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains with elevations greater than 5,000 feet, Virginia excites the senses. It is one of the country’s most historic and scenic states.

    From state-of-the-art skyscrapers and world-class shopping malls to meandering scenic byways and trails that encompass the Revolutionary War, Civil War, music and wildlife-watching, the commonwealth is a state of contrasts.

    Not only has Virginia nurtured more leaders who became President of the United States than any other state, but its leadership has continued into the space-age with the training of the first astronauts at NASA and the election of the nation’s first elected black Governor.

    Driving trails link more than 250 Civil War sites across Virginia. Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy in the Civil War, has many fine old buildings and cultural options. Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown (the birthplace of the USA) make up the three points of Colonial Virginia’s historic triangle in the state’s southeastern corner.

    The Shenandoah Valley, with its caverns, waterfalls and popular resorts is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains to the west. Norfolk is an important Atlantic seaport and home to the world’s largest naval base whilst Chesapeake Bay has a long history of pirates and shipwrecks. In modern times it has thriving oyster farms and is popular for fishing, swimming, boating and sailing. The state also has a growing wine industry boasting over 100 wineries.

    Known for: Presidential estates, Colonial Williamsburg, Civil War history, the Blue Ridge Mountains, outdoor recreation, beaches, oysters and wine country.

    Key cities: Richmond (capital city), Virginia Beach (largest city), Norfolk, Lynchburg, Alexandria.

    Most relaxing activities: Find serenity in the sweeping mountain vistas along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, sip local Merlot after a winery tour, stroll the shoreline at Virginia Beach.

    All-american fun: Experience 18th-century life in Colonial Williamsburg and get a glimpse into America’s origins at the first English colony, Jamestown and Yorktown, where the decisive battle of the American Revolution was won.

    Active pursuits: Bike the Mount Vernon Trail, hike the Appalachian Trail or go whitewater rafting on the James River. In 2015, the city of Richmond hosts the UCI World Road Cycling Championships. 

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    • Top Tip 1

      Include at least one night staying in Shenandoah National Park because there are lots of lookout points, amphitheatre presentations (including a fabulous one about Birds of Prey) and trails to explore. Skyland Lodge makes a great selection as it has its own stables and offers horse trail rides in the warmer months.

    • Top Tip 2

      Colonial Williamsburg is a brilliantly restored 18th century town where actors, who are dressed in costumes from the era, bring the village to life. Before you travel, book a table at one of the three taverns for dinner. Its very popular, and rightly so, as everyone is in costume and you are entertained by showmen of the day, such as mandolin players and card tricksters. Williamsburg Lodge and Williamsburg Inn are the only hotels close by, located just a 5 minute walk from the town

    • Top Tip 3

      Make sure you include a visit to Luray Caverns on your itinerary, it is a must see! It's incredible that a cavern of such colossal size could be hidden deep underground - it takes almost an hour to walk through and features an underground reflecting lake.

    • Top Tip 4

      If you are visiting Middleburg, make plans to dine at The Red Fox Inn, an old tavern established in 1728 which maintains its historic charm and serves fabulous cuisine. Book ahead as it is always fully-booked!

    • Top Tip 5

      Virginia is becoming known for its fabulous quality wines. There are lots of vineyards dotted around the state, but The Boxwood Winery on the outskirts of Middleburg is one of our favourites, providing tours and sampling

    • Top Tip 6

      Downtown Charlottesville is split into two distinct sections: the town which houses shops and restaurants, and the college campus which is simply a beautiful area to walk, whilst being surrounded by ornate buildings commissioned by Thomas Jefferson. Montecello, the mountaintop home of Jefferson, is located 10 minutes out of town and an integral part of any visit to Charlottesville.

    • Top Tip 7

      If you like being out on the water, why not hire a kayak from Virginia Beach and head out searching for the wild native dolphins.

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  • A Taste of the Capital Region

    Begins in and ends in Washington, DC

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: April to November

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Jefferson Memorial

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    • Adams Morgan District

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    • Fort McHenry

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    • White House, Washington DC

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    • Cambridge, Chesapeake Bay Sunset

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    • St Michaels Sunset at Hooper Strait Lighthouse

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    • Baltimore, Maryland Zoo

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    • Charlottesville Vineyards

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    • Jefferson Memorial in Bloom

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    • Lincoln Memorial, Washington Dc

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    • Washington Monument

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    Day 01

    Arrive Washington DC

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Washington, DC. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Loews Madison Hotel

    Day 02 Day 03

    Washington DC

    We’ve allowed two full days for you to experience the vibrant and historical capital city. We suggest visits to the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the Smithsonians many museums, Arlington Cemetery, the Capitol Building and, of course the White House, which is a must on any visit.

    Hotel: Loews Madison Hotel

    41Mi/66Km

    Day 04

    Baltimore

    Next it’s on to Baltimore, affectionately known as ‘Charm City’, which boasts almost three hundred years of history. Take a trip to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, where you can soar 27 storeys into the air at the Top of the World Observation Deck in the World Trade Centre, explore the World War II submarine, Torsk, and visit the National Aquarium.

    Hotel: Hotel Monaco Baltimore

    31Mi/50Km

    Day 05

    Annapolis

    Annapolis has a laid-back, maritime feel and some of the most stunning scenery on the east coast. The city’s narrow streets feature historic homes and restored buildings, such as Hammond-Harwood House from the 18th century and Maryland State House: completed back in 1779.

    Hotel: Loews Annapolis

    51Mi/82Km

    Day 06

    St Michaels

    Today take the short journey to the beautiful Chesapeake Harbour Town of St Michaels. Known as the ‘town that fooled the British’, it is said that the townspeople hung lanterns in the trees during the War of 1812: causing the cannons to overshoot the houses.

    Hotel: The Inn at Perry Cabin

    27Mi/44Km

    Day 07 Day 08

    Cambridge

    Heading Southwest today you may wish to visit Tilghman Island, home of Chesapeake Bay’s remaining skipjacks and the small town of Oxford: once a major port and shipbuilding centre. The 1684 port town of Cambridge has many historic homes, buildings and museums.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

    195Mi/313Km

    Day 09

    Virginia Beach

    Travel down the Delmarva Peninsula today to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, where you will travel under and over water! Virginia Beach is the world’s longest beach and, at sunset, it comes alive with people enjoying cocktails and heading to one of the many restaurants for a superb dinner.

    Hotel: Hilton Virginia Beach

    60Mi/96Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg is the most extensively restored 18th century town in the USA, so it’s well worth a visit. You may also choose to stop by Jamestown Island, where America’s first English settlement was established.

    Hotel: Kingsmill Resort

    122Mi/196Km

    Day 12

    Charlottesville

    You may wish to route via Richmond today to see the White House of the Confederacy and Maymount Plantation. Then it's on to Charlottesville, where you’ll find Montecello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Sitting atop a mountain in Albermarle, it is described as one of the country’s foremost architectural masterpieces.

    Hotel: Omni Charlottesville

    62Mi/99Km

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    Shenandoah National Park

    The most scenic drive of your itinerary, the picture perfect setting of Skyline Drive is quite breathtaking. Shenandoah Valley has over 500 miles of hiking trails, winding through lush forests and valleys filled with wildflowers, trickling streams and waterfalls. Luray Caverns are the largest caverns on the east coast and well worth a trip.

    Hotel: Skyland Lodge

    93Mi/149Km

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Take the short drive back to the capital, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2195 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Luxury City & Country Escape

    Begins in and ends in Washington, DC

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: April to October

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation (days 5 to 9)
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Equestrian Facilities at Salamander Resort & Spa

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    • Lincoln Memorial

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    • Adams Morgan District

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    • Virginia Vineyard

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    • Firepit at Salamander Resort & Spa

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    Day 01

    Arrive Washington DC

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Washington, DC. Upon arrival, make your way to Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel, a modern-style property in a great location.

    Hotel: Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel

    Day 02 Day 03 Day 04

    Washington DC

    Washington, DC, is an extraordinary city, bustling with fabulous restaurants and bars and too many attractions to name. Whilst in downtown, make sure you visit the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, Smithsonians many museums, the Capitol Building and, of course the White House. Their close locations along The Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue mean that they are best visited on foot, on a biking tour, or even a Segway tour. There are also two great museums which are a must; Newseum, which is filled with media paraphernalia and the days front covers from around the world, and The Spy Museum which provides an insight into the world of espionage throughout the generations. The city's Metro provides for safe and easy navigation out into the various districts of the city. Take a trip to the Adams Mark district for great restaurants, U Street for quaint shopping and Dupont Circle - home to the worlds embassies.

    Hotel: Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel

    24Mi/39Km

    Day 05 Day 06 Day 07

    Middleburg

    Collect your car rental and make the short journey to Middleburg, Virginia. Your accommodation for the next three nights is a deluxe resort hotel, renowned for its equestrian facilities and culinary expertise. Take time for a horse ride through the beautiful countryside which surrounds it, but be sure to return in time to see the evening horse parade. Dining is a true gastronomic feast - The Salamander is home to a renowned cookery school. The quaint town of Middleburg, is a pretty, white picket fence community with a sweet high street. The area is known for its wine vineyards and cider producing, with many tasting sites located within a few miles. You may also decide to take a day trip to Shenandoah National Park or the eerie Luray Caverns during your stay.

    Hotel: Salamander Resort & Spa

    24Mi/39Km

    Day 08

    Journey home

    Take the short drive back to the capital, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1540 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Colonial America

    Begins in and ends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • George Washingtons Mount Vernon

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    • Abraham Lincoln

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    • Philadelphia Skyline

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    • Annapolis Waterfront

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    • Tall Ships in Baltimore

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    Day 01

    Arrive Philadelphia

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Philadelphia. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Why not start your trip with dinner at one of the traditional taverns?

    Hotel: Loews Philadelphia

    Day 02

    Philadelphia

    Welcome to America’s 'Birthplace of Independence’ where many great attractions such as Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Franklin Court and the Betsy Ross House can be found. Dine in some of the country’s best restaurants and discover another great option in the city; tax free shopping.

    Hotel: Loews Philadelphia

    79Mi/131Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Gettysburg

    Leaving the bright lights of Philadelphia behind you’ll discover Penn Dutch Country today, with visits to Kitchen Kettle Village and perhaps an Amish home. Drive through York to Gettysburg, once a battle site in the American Civil War.

    Hotel: Wyndham Gettysburg

    121Mi/205Km

    Day 05 Day 06

    Washington, DC

    Today you will be welcomed into America’s capital! Enjoy the famous monuments, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, Washington Monument and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial which are best viewed on a bike or Segway tour. Explore the Smithsonian’s many museums, visit Arlington Cemetery, the White House, Capitol Building and much more. This evening, choose a fabulous eatery or take in a performance at the Kennedy Centre or Ford’s Theatre.

    Hotel: Loews Madison Hotel

    105Mi/168Km

    Day 07

    Richmond

    Richmond remains one of America's most handsome capital cities. Explore over 400 years of history, from Civil War to Civil Rights, magnificent architecture, world-class museums and monument-lined streets. Visit the Edgar Allan Poe Museum and the Museum and White House of the Confederacy, or indulge in Richmond's diverse shopping and dining scene.

    Hotel: Omni Richmond

    62Mi/100Km

    Day 08 Day 09

    Williamsburg

    Journey to Williamsburg, Virginia along scenic Route 5, and visit one of the many plantations along the way. Don’t miss Colonial Williamsburg, the most extensively restored 18th century town in the United States, or Jamestown Island, where America’s first English settlement was established. Visit exciting Busch Gardens for a day of fun and entertainment, and don’t miss the famous Williamsburg Pottery Outlet. Your accommodation for the next two nights boats a multi-pool complex and two golf courses.

    Hotel: Kingsmill Resort

    59Mi/94Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Virginia Beach

    Visit Newport News’ impressive Mariner’s Museum or the Virginia Living Museum before travelling to Virginia Beach. Experience the Virginia Marine Science Museum where visitors attempt to predict the weather, or enjoy a simulated journey to the bottom of the sea. Visit nearby Norfolk and stroll through the acres of azaleas, camellias and roses.

    Hotel: Hilton Virginia Beach

    217Mi/347Km

    Day 12 Day 13

    Annapolis

    Today your drive takes you north to Annapolis, Maryland’s colonial capital city and now a favourite yachting port. Explore the charming harbour and visit the US Naval Academy.

    Hotel: Loews Annapolis

    30Mi/48Km

    Day 14

    Baltimore

    A short drive brings you to Baltimore, America’s 'Renaissance City’, with its glittering harbour and National Aquarium. Plan a visit to Baltimore’s Inner Harbour for unique shops, live entertainment and diverse eateries.

    Hotel: Hotel Monaco, Baltimore

    91Mi/150Km

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Enjoy the diverse scenery en route back to Philadelphia where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2265 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

  • In Freedom's Footsteps

    Begins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and ends in Washington, DC

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: April, May, June, September and October

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    Your Escorted Tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
    • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Capitol Building, Washington DC

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    • Washington Monument

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    • Shenandoah National Park

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    Day 01

    Arrive Philadelphia

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Philadelphia. Upon arrival, a transfer to your hotel, the Sofitel Philadelphia, is included. This evening meet up with your fellow Tauck travellers for a welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Sofitel Philadelphia (Dinner included)

    Day 02

    Philadelphia

    Steeped in history, Philadelphia combines the old with the new. Enjoy a day exploring the many attractions. Tour Independence Hall, ride a horse-drawn carriage along cobblestone streets, see Liberty Bell and visit the National Constitution Centre. 

    Hotel: Sofitel Philadelphia (Breakfast included)

    Day 03

    Amish Country & Gettysburg

    Travel through rolling Pennsylvania farmland to Lancaster County for a guided tour that reveals the cultural traditions of the Amish. Continue on to Gettysburg National Military Park for a visit to the amazing interpretive center and the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War which features 12 exhibit galleries. Following dinner, a storyteller recounts the harrowing experience of civilians trapped in the town of Gettysburg during the ferocious fighting. 

    Hotel: The Gettysburg Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 04

    Harper's Ferry & Shenandoah National Park

    A morning drive with a Gettysburg expert takes you through some of the battlefields, viewing pivotal sites and hearing their stories. Travel on to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where you’ll visit to the site of John Brown’s failed 1859 raid on the town’s federal arsenal. Later, ride the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the gorgeous Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. 

    Hotel: Big Meadows Lodge/Skyland Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Monticello & Charlottesville

    Today you travel to Charlottesville for a visit to the third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Monticello, hilltop house. After lunch featuring colonial fare and servers in 18th-century period attire, visit the University of Virginia’s landmark Rotunda and Grounds. You’ll end the afternoon with a private presentation on “Slavery, the Plantation and the Civil War” by Dr. Leni Sorensen. 

    Hotel: Omni Charlottesville Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 06

    Richmond & Jamestown

    Meet with Richmond Civil War historian and author Mark Howell, who share insights about the impact of the Civil War in Virginia. Next, you’ll gain further insights into Union, Confederate and African American viewpoints when you visit Historic Tredegar and the Tredegar Iron Works. Following lunch, travel to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. Today’s final destination is Colonial Williamsburg, where you’ll spend the next two nights. 

    Hotel: Williamsburg Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 07

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg is yours to explore as you please. Discover the recreated cobblestone streets which bring a bygone era back to life. Encounter local residents, from artisans and tradespeople to militiamen and ordinary citizens. Visit authentically restored buildings such as the Governor’s Palace, Raleigh Tavern and Bruton Parish Church. 

    Hotel: Williamsburg Lodge (Breakfast included)

    Day 08

    Washington DC

    This morning visit magnificent Mount Vernon, the estate of America’s first president, George Washington. Overlooking the Potomac River; explore the state-of-the-art interactive museum, the 18th-century mansion and landscaped grounds. You’ll have a late afternoon arrival in Washington, DC, and dine at a local restaurant.

    Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 09

    Washington DC

    Today you’ll start with a sightseeing tour of iconic Washington sights, including the White House, Capitol Hill, the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. On a visit to the Lincoln Memorial, you’ll have an opportunity to see the poignant memorials to those who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Then it’s on to Newseum, a captivating museum featuring interactive exhibits about the world of media.

    Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC (Breakfast included)

    Day 10

    Washington DC

    This morning it’s an early admission to the Rotunda of the National Archives for a private viewing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The afternoon is free for you to take in more attractions, or perhaps go shopping. This evening, a memorable week concludes with a farewell reception and dinner.

    Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day 11

    Journey Home

    Time for some last minute shopping before you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3599 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

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