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  • Capital Region

    District Of Columbia Maryland Virginia

    Home to some of America's most iconic landmarks, Capital Region USA comprises Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. Fly non-stop to Washington Dulles International Airport with British Airways, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

    • Capitol Building, Washington, DC

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    • Fly non-stop to Washington Dulles International Airport with British Airways, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic

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    • Fort McHenry, Maryland

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    • Sandbridge Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia

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    • Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC

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    • Historic Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland

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    • Equestrian Country, Middleburg, Virginia

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    • Adams Morgan District, Washington, DC

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    • Assateague Island Ponies, Maryland

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    • Fife & Drum Corps of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

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    • White House, Washington, DC

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    • City Dock and Main Street, Annapolis, Maryland

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    • George Washington Memorial Parkway, Alexandria, Virginia

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    • Martin Luther King Memorial, Washington, DC

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    • Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland

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    • Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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    • Georgetown Harbour at Night, Washington, DC

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    • Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Maryland

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    • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia

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    • Newseum, Washington, DC

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    • Choptank River Lighthouse, Cambridge, Maryland

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    • Luray Caverns, Virginia

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    • St Michaels, Maryland

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    • Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland

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    • Gordon Biersch Brewery, Annapolis, Maryland

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    Overview

    Washington, DC is often described as America’s ultimate hometown, with a unique personality and eclectic buzz of characterful districts. The city extends the warmest of welcomes to its international visitors who flock to enjoy world-class museums and monuments, unique neighbourhoods, top-rated restaurants, gorgeous parks and gardens, and endless performing arts options. Where else in the world can you visit with a 19-foot President Lincoln, read the real U.S. Constitution, see Dorothy’s ruby red slippers and admire internationally acclaimed art?

    The city doubles as a gateway to the Capital Region USA, creating a multi-sensual holiday destination. Leaving the bright lights of the capital, follow a scenic byway across nearby Virginia and Maryland and discover the charms of the Chesapeake Bay or the quiet solitude of Shenandoah National Park, two of America’s greatest natural wonders. En route, the quaint small towns of Williamsburg, Charlottesville, Frederick and Annapolis will surprise and delight you. History buffs will marvel at the region’s collection of historic attractions and Civil War driving trails, while those with a foodie focus can enjoy farm to table cuisine perfectly paired with a fresh local wine. 

    Washington, DC

    Known For: World-famous monuments, renowned museums, eclectic neighbourhoods, a booming food scene and diverse entertainment and nightlife.

    Key neighbourhoods: Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Penn Quarter, Chinatown, U Street.

    Most Relaxing Activities: Take a leisurely stroll along the National Mall and you’ll discover the major monuments and memorials. Soak in the sun with a paddleboat ride in the Tidal Basin, lounge in one of many parks and gardens, or explore the bustling Georgetown waterfront.

    Active Pursuits: Run or bike the trails throughout the city. Rock Creek Park has an 11-mile route and the Capital Crescent Trail follows a former railroad track along the Potomac River. Kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding and ice skating are also popular.

    Fun Fact: The Library of Congress has 535 miles of bookshelves.

    Maryland

    Known For: The Chesapeake Bay, beaches, boating, outdoor recreation, maritime heritage, cosmopolitan culture, charming small towns and fresh seafood.

    Key Cities: Annapolis (capital city), Baltimore, (largest city), Hagerstown, Frederick, Ocean City.

    Most Relaxing Activities: Relaxing comes naturally in the state’s waterfront communities. Whether it’s a stroll along the Ocean City Boardwalk, a day exploring City Dock in downtown Annapolis, a sailing trip on the Chesapeake Bay or waterfront dining on the Eastern Shore or Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, enjoying the water is a favourite way to unwind.

    All-American Fun: Enjoy the sound of the crowds cheering, the taste of hot dogs and the sight of the Orioles rounding the bases at Camden Yards, a baseball stadium designed to evoke the game’s heritage.

    Active Pursuits: Bike at Patapsco Valley State Park and ski at Wisp Resort. Adrenaline junkies love the Adventure Sports Center International, the only mountaintop whitewater circulating course and home to the 2014 ICF World Canoe Championships.

    Fun Fact: Maryland features more than 4,000 miles of shoreline.

    Virginia

    Known For: The grand estates of former presidents, Colonial Williamsburg, Civil War history, the Blue Ridge Mountains, outdoor recreation, beaches and wine country.

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

    Most Relaxing Activities: Virginia puts your senses on vacation with sweeping mountain vistas along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, sips of local Merlot after a winery tour, tastes of Rappahannock oysters and the sound of waves rolling onshore at Virginia Beach.

    All-American Fun: Soak up American heritage in the historic triangle of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Experience 18th-century life in 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, go whitewater rafting on the James River or rock climbing in Great Falls. In 2015, the city of Richmond hosts the UCI World Road Cycling Championships.

    Fun Fact: Eight U.S. presidents were born in Virginia.


    ROAD TRIPS & TRAILS

    Take a road trip along one of these fun and fascinating trails connecting notable parks, waterways, wineries and historic landmarks.

    Wine Trails: Sip & Savour: With about 250 wineries, it’s easy to sip your way around the region. Virginia was recently named one of the top 10 wine destinations by Wine Enthusiast magazine. More than 20 wine trails wind through the state’s picturesque small towns, scenic mountains and beautiful countryside. The Monticello Wine Trail also includes presidential sites. In Maryland, wine trails meander from hills and valleys to the Eastern Shore.

    Scenic Byways: Explore & Sightsee: National Scenic Byways are roads recognised for their cultural, historic or recreational significance. Travel along the region’s 13 byways to explore historic towns, mountain vistas, lakes and historic landmarks.

    Chesapeake Bay: Relax & Refresh: This collection of parks, wildlife refuges, museums and waterways is an ideal way to explore the famous bay and its rivers. Take the active route and go hiking, biking or paddling, or take a leisurely drive to explore the sights and attractions. Visit historic lighthouses, tour Fort McHenry to discover the inspiration for America’s national anthem (“The Star-Spangled Banner”) and, of course, feast on fresh seafood as you go.

     

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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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    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.

    Maryland 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 4 to 8)
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Chesapeake Village

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    • Hyatt Regency Chesapeake at Sunset

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    • Capitol Building

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    • Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina

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    • The White House

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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, which provides an ideal base from which to explore the city and its neighbourhoods.

    Hotel: Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel

    Day 02 Day 03

    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

    86Mi/139Km

    Day 04 Day 05 Day 06 Day 07

    Cambridge

    Collect your car rental and make the short journey to Cambridge, Maryland. You may wish to take a slight detour and visit Baltimore en route. Annapolis is also worth considering, with a strong maritime feel which is reflected throughout Maryland. The state capitol is filled with history and a hint of cosmopolitan chic. Your accommodation for the next fours nights is a lovely hotel located directly on the waterfront. Cambridge is an authentic working bay town on the beautiful Choptank River, so there are plenty of water activities to enjoy. Alternatively, head out and explore Maryland; great cultural attractions, beautiful beaches, water sports, hiking trails and fabulous seafood and waterfront restaurants abound.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort & Marina

    86Mi/139Km

    Day 08

    Journey home

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

    Prices

    From £1139 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. 

    Capital Region Tri-Explorer

    Begins in Washington, DC and ends in Baltimore, Maryland

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: April to October

    Add this Fly Drive to planner

    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation (days 4 to 8)
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Shenandoah National Park Sunset at Overlook

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    • Baltimore Inner Harbor

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    • Jefferson Memorial

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    Day 01

    Arrive Washington, DC

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Washington, DC. Upon arrival, proceed to your hotel, Rouge, which is a contemporary property located just a ten minute walk from the White House.

    Hotel: Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel

    Day 02 Day 03

    Washington, DC

    Perhaps the most charismatic city on the eastern seaboard, Washington, DC is an incredibly pretty 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.

    Hotel: Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel

    93Mi/150Km

    Day 04 Day 05

    Shenandoah National Park

    This morning collect your car rental as today you leave the big city behind and make the incredibly scenic journey to Shenandoah National Park. We suggest a stop ay Luray en route, where you can descend beneath the earth into the eerily beautiful Luray Caverns. The final part of your route is along Skyline Drive, which offers perhaps the most incredible vistas in eastern USA. Shenandoah Valley has over 500 miles of hiking trails, winding through lush forests and valleys filled with wildflowers, trickling streams and waterfalls. We have allowed a full day for you to explore. The more active may choose to take a horse riding excursion from Skyland Resorts onsite stables.

    Hotel: Skyland Resort

    130Mi/210Km

    Day 06 Day 07

    Baltimore

    Leaving Virginia behind, you travel across into Maryland and the great city of Baltimore, which is affectionately known as ‘Charm City’ and 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. Why not enjoy the distinct marine feel to this wonderful city by sampling the seafood dining on the waterfront?

    Hotel: Hotel Monaco, Baltimore

    Day 08

    Journey home

    Make the final journey back to Baltimore Airport, where you return your car rental and check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1325 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    One way drop of charge on car hire of $99 not included and payable locally.

    Jewels of Maryland

    Begins in and ends in Baltimore, Maryland

    11 Nights/12 Days

    Departures: year round

    Add this Fly Drive to planner

    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Baltimore Inner Harbor

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    • St Michaels view, at Inn at Perry Cabin

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    • National Aquarium, Baltimore

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    • Colonial Guide, Four Centuries Walking tour

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    • Annapolis Main Street

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    • Baltimore Inner Harbor

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    • Annapolis Harbour

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    • Pretty St Michaels

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    Day 01

    Arrive Baltimore

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Baltimore International Airport. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor

    Day 02 Day 03

    Baltimore

    Your hotel, located one the waterfront of Inner Harbor, ensures you are right in the heart of all the action. The seven mile brick paved waterfront promenade is bustling with activities. Make sure you visit the National Aquarium, The American Visionary Art Museum, The Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and The Baltimore Museum of Industry. You should also hop onboard some of Baltimore's water taxis to discover other neighbourhoods including quaint Fells Point and Captain James Landing. Make sure you include a boat tour out into the harbour to see the city from a different viewpoint.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor

    80Mi/129Km

    Day 04 Day 05

    St Michaels

    Today you cross Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which in itself is a wonderful and scenic experience, and enter the more laid back peninsula area. The roads narrow, and the journey becomes simply spell-binding, dotted with small towns and villages. If you are following the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway, we suggest a stop in Easten. Renowned as one of the best small towns in America, you can visit the Academy Art Museum, historic Quaker meeting house and stroll the streets lined with elegant Victorian homes. St Michaels is simply a picture-postcard setting. The high street is beautifully quaint, with local shops and cafes lining each side. Take a visit to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, featuring a working boatyard, hands on activities for kids and a restored 1879 lighthouse. It is literally located next door to your hotel for the evening. The Inn at Perry Cabin is one of the best hotels in Maryland. Here you can dine on crab cakes overlooking the harbour.

    Hotel: Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond

    34Mi/55Km

    Day 06 Day 07 Day 08

    Cambridge

    It is just a short drive to Cambridge, but a wonderfully scenic one. Perhaps take the opportunity of a stop in Easton if you didn't get chance previously, or choose one of the other small towns they are all idyllic. You will know you are about to reach your destination when you cross the bridge over Choptank River. Whilst in Cambridge visit the Dorchester County Visitor Centre, the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Centre and Blackwater National Refuge Centre, but ensure you save plenty of time to relax at your resort hotel. It offers pools, waterslides and more adventurous water activities such as kayaking.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina

    58Mi/93Km

    Day 09 Day 10 Day 11

    Annapolis

    Annapolis is filled with history, culture and maritime charm. This 'Sailing Capital of the World' is renowned as the crown jewel of the Chesapeake Bay. Known for the elite U.S. Naval Academy, the United States Sailboat Show, and its historic Maryland State House, Annapolis is also home to charming, bricked streets lined with one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. The state's Capital is one of the most walkable cities in the country and consistently named one of the top ten places in America to live. To familiarise yourself with the destination and learn about its fabled history, we suggest you take the Four Centuries Walking Tour, escorted by a costumed guide. You should also take the Harbor Queen harbour cruise, to see the city from a different perspective. Fully narrated it is a wonderful experience.

    Hotel: Loews Annapolis Hotel

    31Mi/50Km

    Day 12

    Journey Home

    It is just a short ride back to Baltimore, where you return your rental car at the airport, and check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1599 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. 

  • Washington, DC, Bike Tours

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    • Monuments By Night Tour

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    • Capital Sites Tour

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    • Photo Stop at the Capitol Building

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    Whether you are travelling alone or with family or friends, there is no better way to see Washington DC than on a bike or segway tour. Easy paths allow you to move freely as you embark on your tour be it during the day or a night. With your tour guide narrating, stop by all the sites Washington DC has to offer and take some memorable photos.

    Capital Sites Tour

    The Capital Sites guided bike tour is the best way to start your visit in Washington, DC. Get up close to the monuments and memorials as you Bike the Sites® of Capitol Hill and the National Mall. While you will stay with your bike for the duration of the tour, frequent stops are made for photo opportunities as your guide shares unique facts and history.

    Duration: 3 Hours

    Monuments Tour

    Monuments guided bike tour is the ultimate Washington DC highlights tour. Spend a few hours exploring the monuments and memorials on The National Mall; your guide will share unique facts and history at each stop before allowing a few minutes for exploration and photos. No other tour in DC will get you an up close look to as many sites in the same amount of time. Those on foot will envy you!

    Duration: 3 Hours

    Day Bike Rental

    Explore the Washington DC area on wheels, with your own itinerary and schedule. Take your bike to a Smithsonian museum, cycle along the Potomac River, or head to one of the area’s extensive bike trails. Rentals of comfort bikes, kids’ bikes, and trailer tandems are available daily. 

    Prices

    Capital Sites Tour

    From £24 per adult and £18 per child (aged 12 and under)

    Monuments Tour

    From £24 per adult and £18 per child (aged 12 and under)

    Day Bike Rental

    From £25 per adult and £16 per child (aged 12 and under)

     

    Washington, DC, Segway Tours

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    • Visting The Monuments

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    • Exploring By Segway

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    Whether you are travelling alone or with family or friends, there is no better way to see Washington DC than on a bike or segway tour. Easy paths allow you to move freely as you embark on your tour be it during the day or a night. With your tour guide narrating, stop by all the sites Washington DC has to offer and take some memorable photos.

    Sites by Segway

    Explore the National Mall and experience the joy and freedom of riding the most unique vehicle created. After learning how to ride your Segway, you’ll roll right up the center of Pennsylvania Avenue, glide to the monuments and memorials on the National Mall, and visit some fun off-the-mall spots along the way.

    Duration: 2.5 Hours

    Prices

    From £39 per person

    Trolley Tours of Washington, DC

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    Explore Washington, DC at your own pace, hopping on and off as you desire and spending as much or little time at each site as you choose. Old Town Trolley Tours visit all the sights of the nation’s capital and are fully narrated.

    Board the orange and green trolley and visit the United States Capitol Building, the Supreme Court and several of the Smithsonian Museums. See for yourself why so many people are in awe of the Lincoln Memorial and learn the touching stories behind the Vietnam Veterans and World War II Memorials.Take your time to stroll through the Museum of American History and learn more about Ford’s Theatre and that fateful night when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

    A choice of 14 stops offers access to over 100 of Washington, DC's most incredible attractions and districts. 

    Prices

    From £35 per adult & £27 per child

    DC Ducks Tour

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    • See The Sights By Land

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    • Then Take To The Water

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    • Cruise The City

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    First, you'll see many magnificent Washington, DC points of interest. Next, hold onto your seat as you head straight for the Potomac River, and take the big splash!

    The tour is taken aboard an authentic, fully restored DC Duck vehicle. The Ducks were created in 1942 following the attack on Pearl Harbor and became a vital means of transporting supplies from ships to areas that did not have port facilities. Now, they provide one of the most entertaining ways of sightseeing. Your DC Ducks takes you on a journey through the city to see various malls, monuments and museums before heading to the Potomac for a leisurely river cruise. Along the way, expert Conducktors will amuse and enlighten with intriguing facts, historical accounts and tales about the capital city.

    Once in the river, the DC Duck Tour will sail past various spots of interest, including Gravely Point, where you may just glimpse an airplane overhead as it soars in for a landing at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. This 90 minute adventure departs every 30 minutes from Union Station.

    Prices

    From £38 per adult & £29 per child

    International Spy Museum

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    • International Spy Museum

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    • The World Of Espionage

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    The International Spy Museum is the only museum in the USA which is solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history and continues to have a significant impact on world events.

    The Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display, many of which are being seen by the public for the first time. These artifacts illuminate the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions as well as help bring to life the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history.

    This intriguing museum offers interactive displays and rotating galleries, currently 50 years of James Bond Villains, and is a must see on any visit. 

    Prices

    From £21 per adult & £14 per child

    Newseum

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    The Newseum, promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

    Since opening in 2008, more than six million have visited its modern building located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue between the United States Capitol and the White House. The Newseum’s seven levels of interactive exhibits include 15 galleries and 15 theaters. Among the most memorable exhibits are the 9/11 Gallery featuring the broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center, the Berlin Wall Gallery whose eight concrete sections are one of the largest pieces of the original wall outside Germany, and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery which features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry dating back to 1942.

    Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum experience also traces the evolution of electronic communication from the birth of radio, to the technologies of the present and the future.

    Prices

    From £22 per adult & £14 per child

    Washington, DC Dining Cruises

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    Set sail with Entertainment Cruises along the Potomac River and enjoy the sights of Washington, DC, whilst enjoying fabulous food and live entertainment by the onboard DJ.

    Spirit Of Washington Lunch Cruise

    Aboard the Spirit of Washington Lunch Cruise, you’ll be treated to a two hour long onboard historical tour of some of Washington DC’s greatest landmarks while you enjoy creative dishes from the lunch buffet menu. Cruising south, you will marvel at sights like Old Town Alexandria, National Harbor and the Washington Monument. The Spirit of Washington rooftop lounge provides the perfect vantage point for great views of these impressive attractions, whilst music is played on return to the dock adding casual entertainment and ambiance.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Spirit Of Washington Dinner Cruise

    Enjoy impressive Washington DC sights spectacularly lit during an evening Dinner Cruise along the Potomac River. Incredible views of National Harbor, the Capitol Dome and the Washington Monument can be seen from Spirit of Washington’s rooftop lounge or the windows around the climate-controlled decks. A contemporary dinner buffet, cocktails and other beverages are available whist onboard . DJ entertainment is present throughout the evening, playing popular music during the cruise. Dinner cruises run two and half hours to three hours in length and are perfect for a unique night out with friends and family. The atmosphere also suits couples looking for a special night out together.

    Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

    Prices

    Spirit Of Washington Lunch Cruise

    From £60 per adult and £36 per child.

    Spirit Of Washington Dinner Cruise

    From £106 per person.

    Baltimore Dining Cruises

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    • Dining Room

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    • Spirit of Baltimore Lounge Deck

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    Sit back and take in the sights of Baltimore onboard a river cruise including either lunch or dinner. Entertainment is provided onboard as you sail along the Patapsco River and around Baltimore's inner harbor.

    Spirit Of Baltimore Lunch Cruise

    Cruising along the Patapsco River, this 2 hour cruise brings you incredible views of Maryland Science Center, Federal Hill, Fort McHenry and the Francis Scott Key Bridge and many others. Enjoy delicious flavours, both hot and cold from the lunch buffet menu and sit back and relax and enjoy the cruise.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Spirit Of Baltimore Dinner Cruise

    Spirit of Baltimore Dinner Cruise departs from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, enjoy a 2.5 or 3-hour cruise along the Patapsco River. Enjoy stunning views of the city skyline and local landmarks, including attractions like the National Aquarium. A delicious dinner buffet menu is available and an onboard DJ provides music entertainment throughout the cruise, playing a mix of old favourites and popular hits.

    Duration 2.5 to 3 hours

    Prices

    Spirit Of Baltimore Lunch Cruise

    From £55 per adult and £41 per child.

    Spirit Of Baltimore Dinner Cruise

    From £81 per person.

     

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    A Capital Experience

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    • Capitol Building

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    • Segway Tour

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    • Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game

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    • Jefferson Memorial

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    • Lincoln Memorial

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    • Deluxe King room at Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel

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    • Lobby at Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel

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    5 Days / 4 Nights
    Departures: year round

    Your city break includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • 4 nights at Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel
    • Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates baseball tickets
    • Segway Tour

    Home of the Lincoln Monument, Capitol Building, Jefferson Memorial, and of course The White House, there is no shortage of attractions to visit in Washington, DC. There is also the Smithsonian Institute; a collection of galleries and museums many of which are free to enter, the International Spy Museum and the Newseum, all worth a visit. Add the plethora of diverse districts such as U Street and Dupont Circle, and the wealth of restaurants, bars and shopping they afford, and you have a fabulous city ready to explore. We’ve included a Segway tour so you can move freely across the city with a narrating tour guide.

    Enjoy an evening at the baseball during your stay, watching the much anticipated Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates.

    The break includes four nights at Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel, a first class, trendy boutique hotel, nestled on fashionable Embassy Row in downtown Washington, DC.

    Based on a September 28th departure. Alternative dates, hotels and games can be substituted, so take a look at our collection and call for details and prices for your chosen dates. 

    Prices

    From £1,235 per person, based on two sharing a King Deluxe room. Other room and ticket categories are available on request.