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  • Pennsylvania

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    No matter what you look for in a vacation, look no further than Pennsylvania. From its majestic mountains to magnificent museums, from exciting cities to remote villages...

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    • Pittsburgh

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    • Liberty Bell

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    • Gettysburg

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    Pennsylvania offers everything for an unforgettable visit.

    Looking for the big city experience? Then why not explore the exciting, cosmopolitan cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh? Bursting with historical attractions, fabulous shopping from quaint boutiques to bustling markets and a wide array of dining and evening entertainment venues, these wonderful destinations boast something for everyone.

    Renowned for its natural scenic beauty, enveloping seven state parks and over 150 lakes and rivers, the Pocono Mountain region is one of year round splendor. An amazing assortment of outdoor attractions and recreation awaits visitors, from skiing and snow tubing in the winter to hiking, horse riding, fishing and boating in the warmer months.

    This region is also home to some of Pennsylvania's most popular heritage resort hotels where you can practice your tennis serve and enjoy championship golf in spectacular surroundings.

    The eastern region of the Keystone State is a mixture of incredible beauty, warm hospitality and rich history. This is home to Valley Forge, a place of great historical significance, where General George Washington forged his army in 1777. In Brandywine Valley you can find several boutique wineries, famed artwork and the Delaware River Wildlife Sanctuary. Take a ride on an antique carousel, steam locomotive, hot air balloon or mule-drawn canal boat in delightful Bucks County.

    Pennsylvania Dutch Country has an electric mix of cultures and heritage. Harrisburg, the state capital, sits on the banks of the Susquehanna River. The ornate dome of the Capitol Building dominates the skyline and tours can be enjoyed around this five acre historical structure. The National Civil War Museum attracts visitors from across the globe.

    A favourite with chocolate lovers, Hershey is home to Hershey Park, with over 60 rides, Hershey Museum recounting the life of the founder and Hershey Chocolate World. Hershey claims to be the 'sweetest place on earth', and we think you will agree.

    Famous as the site of the biggest battle of the Civil War, spanning over just three days of July 1863, where thousands fought and died, Gettysburg is truly a town of huge historic proportions. The surrounding Adams Country offers outstanding scenic beauty and recreational opportunities.

     In the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country sits wonderful Lancaster County. Part of the county's charm stems from the Amish communities which have resided here in the small towns and farming villages for the past 300 years. The simple way of life and valued traditions have forgone the outside world's luxuries that we all take for granted.

    Enjoy the starting contrasts of Pennsylvania, from the history which made this state great to the splendid year round scenery. Whether your visit is a family vacation or romantic escape Pennsylvania is waiting to be discovered.

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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.

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  • 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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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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. 

  • Philadelphia Big Bus Tours

    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

    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.