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  • Philadelphia

    Fabulous Philadelphia remains something of a well-kept secret. This scintillating city is one of the oldest in the United States and the nation’s fifth largest.

    • Philadelphia City Hall

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    • Liberty Bell

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    • Society Hill

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    • Philadelphia Museum of Art

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    The heart of Philadelphia is home to some famous landmarks including the impressive City Hall, Reading Terminal Market and the colourful Friendship Gate which marks the entrance to Chinatown. Also, a must visit is the Historic Waterfront District with its charming courtyards and brick-paved pathways encompassing the stylish Society Hill area.

    Learn more about the making of the first American flag at the Betsy Ross House, visit Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Philadelphia’s Museum of Art which sits at the top of the steps made famous in the 'Rocky' movies.

    Did you know Philadelphia...

    • Is the 5th largest city in the U.S. and 2nd largest on the East Coast.
    •  Is known as the birthplace of America and home to the Nation’s most historic square mile – Independence National Historical Park.
    • Is home to many “firsts” in the U.S. -  hospital, stock exchange, White House/Capital, university, mint, zoo, department store and diamond district.
    • Its Chinatown is one of the largest in the U.S.Fairmount Park is the nation’s largest municipal park (even bigger than New York’s Central Park).
    • Has more than 200 BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) style restaurants, 250 outdoor cafés and is home to more than 2,500 restaurants.
    • The region is home to more than 12 breweries.
    • King of Prussia Mall is the nation’s largest retail shopping complex & includes 7 department stores, 375 specialty stores and 50 restaurants and eateries.
    • Fourth of July festival is called Philadelphia’s Wawa Welcome America! and stages the nation’s largest free outdoor concert.
    • Is home to the world’s largest indoor flower show.
    • Bill Cosby, Will Smith, Kevin Bacon, Seth Green, Richard Gere, Peter Boyle and Kevin Eubanks are just some popular entertainers that were born here.
    • Has more public art than any other U.S. city.
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    • Top Tip 1

      The Amish Country of Pennsylvania is certainly worth a visit. Free of all modern inventions, the lifestyle of the Amish people is so un-typically American.

    • Top Tip 2

      You must try a Philly cheesesteak sandwich at least once in your life so make sure it's when you're in Pennsylvania.

    • Top Tip 3

      Chocoholics should head to Hershey's Chocolate World in Pennsylvania, it's the closest thing we know to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory! There's chocolate tasting for the grown-ups while children can make their own personalised chocolate bar.

  • 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
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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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  • Philadelphia CityPass

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    Explore the sights and sounds of Philadelphia with the CityPass, which includes five of the city’s best attractions:

    • The Franklin Institute
    • Philadelphia Trolley Works and Big Bus Company
    • One Liberty Observation Deck
    • Philadelphia Zoo OR Adventure Aquarium

    Pre-booking takes away any worries of missing out and saves you time and money, often allowing you to skip the queues. CityPass tickets are valid for nine days from the first day of use.

    Prices

    From £47 per person

    Philadelphia Big Bus Tours

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    • Big Bus Philadelphia

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    Climb aboard the Double Decker Big Bus and enjoy the history, cultural attractions, dining and shopping along the route. Hop on and off at any of our 27 stops or just sit back and enjoy the ride!

    See the steps that Rocky climbed, enjoy and authentic cheese steak or Philadelphia Soft pretzel, celebrate Ben Franklin's 309th birthday, retrace the steps of America's founding fathers, visit America's first Zoo or shop along South Street.

    Prices

    One Day Pass: 

    Adults from £35 and Children from £16

    Two Day Pass:

    Adults from £46 and Children from £20

    Philadelphia Dining Cruises

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    • Spirit of Philadelphia

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    Spirit of Philadelphia Lunch Cruise

    Departing from Penn’s Landing, each Spirit of Philadelphia Lunch Cruise includes a narrated sail along the Delaware River, highlighting the attractions along the way. Notable sights on the two hour route include views of the Naval Shipyard, Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman bridges, and the historic Olympia warship. You will also enjoy superb panoramic views of the Philadelphia and Camden skylines. A contemporary lunch menu is served buffet-style and offers a variety of delicious options. Onboard DJ entertainment is also present adding to the entertainment and ambiance.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Spirit of Philadelphia Dinner Cruise

    A unique alternative to a typical night out. Departing from Penn’s Landing, you’ll cruise along the Delaware River for around three hours, depending on the day of the week. Buffet-style dining is available whilst enjoying the beauty of the sunset and Philadelphia and Camden skylines light up at night. DJ entertainment complements the lively atmosphere of Spirit of Philadelphia Dinner Cruise, playing a selection of top hits and old favourites to get everyone on the dance floor.

    Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

    Spirit of Philadelphia Eat, Drink and B. Mary Sunday Brunch Cruise

    Fancy cruising on a Sunday? The Spirit of Philadelphia Sunday Brunch Cruise offers a delicious buffet-style brunch menu and the opportunity to make a Bloody Mary from a selection of gourmet ingredients. Designed for fun, comfort and incredible harbor views from the topside open-air rooftop deck, Spirit of Philadelphia is a unique way to see the city. Great food, drinks and entertainment with panoramic windows, spacious dance floors and full service bars. Extras and upgrades: Custom Bloody Marys, creative cocktails, wine and beer from the well-stocked bar.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Prices

    Spirit of Philadelphia Lunch Cruise

    From £45 per adult and £27 per child.

    Spirit of Philadelphia Dinner Cruise

    From £90 per adult and £55 per child.

    Spirit of Philadelphia Eat, Drink and B. Mary Sunday Brunch Cruise

    From £55 per adult and £32 per child.