America's Historic East Ii
From antebellum mansions to the White House and Statue of Liberty, this tour delves into the beginnings of modern America. You begin with a city tour in Atlanta, home of Martin Luther King Center and World of Coca Cola. Then move onto Savannah to indulge in typical Southern fare at one of the most historic venues in Georgia and visit the beautiful Magnolia Plantation House and Gardens. Explore Charleston, the oldest city on America's Eastern seaboard, head north to the buzzing city of Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War and discover Jamestown, where the first British settlement was established in 1607. You'll then head to Washington to discover the iconic White House and the Pentagon, stop in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, and home of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Franklin Institute. Finally, end in New York city.
From antebellum mansions and the White House, this tour delves into the beginnings of modern America.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Return flights from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic
- 12 nights in great quality hotels plus 1 night in flight
- 8 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and welcome drink
- Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
- Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage
- Atlanta tour, including Martin Luther King Center
- Traditional Southern fare buffet
- Stay in Savannah
- Charleston's Magnolia Plantation and gardens
- Elegant Charleston
- Wilmington, on the banks of the Cape Fear River
- Richmond, on the shores of the James River
- Tours of Jamestown and Williamsburg
- Visit Monticello, once home to Thomas Jefferson
- Capital of the United States, Washington DC
- The USA's original capital Philadelphia
- Stay in New York City
- Tour of New York
- Day 1 Atlanta
- Today you'll fly to Atlanta, and on arrival we will transfer you to your hotel.
- Day 2 Atlanta - Savannah
- This morning's tour includes Peachtree Street and the gold-domed Georgia State Capitol. Visits to the grave site of Dr Martin Luther King and a memorial dedicated to the civil rights leader, who was born in Atlanta, are further highlights. This afternoon we head to Savannah, where we will eat traditional Southern fare at one of the most historic venues in Georgia, the inn was first opened in 1753, then a key meeting point for pirates and sailors alike.
- Day 3 Savannah - at Leisure
- You can set your own pace as you explore Savannah today. The city boasts more than 20 historic squares, shaded by oak trees and surrounded by elegant homes, charming churches and fascinating museums. Be sure to take in Chippewa Square, where scenes from Forrest Gump were filmed. You'll also want to spend time by the waterfront, where old cotton warehouses have been converted into galleries, antique shops, boutiques and restaurants. To see more of this city that is the epitome of Southern living and home to a wonderful collection of antebellum mansions, an optional sightseeing ride comes highly recommended.This evening, why not make a beeline for the cobbled street alongside the river. It's home to a myriad of restaurants and bars where bands and musicians often play. Savannah is one of the few places in America where you can legally walk around with a drink, so ask for a 'to-go cup' and soak up the sociable atmosphere!
- Day 4 Savannah - Charleston
- Our journey to Charleston takes us first to the beautiful Magnolia Plantation House and Gardens, founded by the Drayton family in 1676, when they arrived here from Barbados. Through the cultivation of rice, the family amassed great wealth and later, during the American Revolution, their descendants fought against British rule. We'll take a tour to learn more about the family and their home.
- Day 5 Charleston
- Founded in 1670, Charleston is built around a lovely natural harbour and distinctive palmetto palm trees line its charming streets. As we explore the Old Town together, highlights include the waterfront, the old slave mart and the exchange building.
You're free to make your own discoveries this afternoon. You could head to the historic City Market and spend some time shopping for souvenirs – look out for stalls selling sweetgrass baskets and other handicrafts of African origin. Alternatively, a fascinating optional tour will take you on a cruise to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired. You'll learn more about the history of the conflict and see a network of waterways, marshland and bridges along the way.Charleston's restaurant scene is considered to be one of the best in the country, so why not head out this evening and sample some local specialities.
- Day 6 Charleston - Wilmington
- Today we head to Wilmington in North Carolina, set on the banks of the Cape Fear River. It's one of the USA's oldest seaports.
- Day 7 Wilmington - Richmond
- We're heading north today to the state of Virginia, where our base for two nights is Richmond, capital of the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
Today, Richmond is a buzzing city, located on the banks of the James River. Here, you will find the Virginia State Capitol, a building designed by Thomas Jefferson, and Monument Avenue with its statues of well-known Confederate figures. And if it's fashionable shops and restaurants you crave, be sure to make a beeline for the historic district of Shockoe Slip.
- Day 8 Jamestown - Williamsburg
- Today you're going to experience the beginnings of modern America, starting in historic Jamestown, where the first British settlement was established in 1607. Next we'll visit Colonial Williamsburg, which has been faithfully restored to its original 18th century state. Set your own pace on a stroll which will transport you back in time. You'll see craftsmen and traders wearing authentic costumes and instead of cars, the only way to travel here is by horse-drawn carriage.
- Day 9 Richmond - Washington DC
- Your highlight today is a visit to Monticello, the magnificent home of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence. After your tour, we travel onwards to Washington DC, our base for the next two nights.
- Day 10 Washington DC
- The capital of the United States of America, Washington DC, radiates outwards from the Capitol Building. On our morning tour we will see the White House, the US Treasury and many of the city's other famous landmarks. We'll pass the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and the Washington Memorial, which stretch along the Mall to the Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon.
Take time to make your own discoveries this afternoon - you could choose to visit one of the many Smithsonian museums located along the National Mall. They are all free to enter and there's something for everyone, from the American Art Museum to the Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum.
- Day 11 Washington DC - Philadelphia - New York
- Our final destination is New York City. En route we will visit Philadelphia, where we will have a tour. Philadelphia was the USA's original capital city and is where the Declaration of Independence was written, signed and introduced to the public in 1776. On our tour we'll see highlights including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Franklin Institute.
- Day 12 New York
- Iconic sights are waiting around every corner in this exciting city, and your Local Guide will introduce them all on today's included sightseeing tour. Hotspots include the Empire State Building, Wall Street and the theatres on Broadway. You'll also view the One World Trade Center, the sparkling Chrysler Building, Chinatown and bustling Times Square. This afternoon, you're free to make your own discoveries of this fantastic city. In the evening you can choose to join our optional excursion to discover the bright lights of New York and the Empire State Building by night.
- Day 13 New York - UK
- Enjoy a final morning exploring New York, perhaps heading to Central Park to soak up atmosphere from a horse-drawn carriage. Later, we transfer to the airport for our flight to the UK.
- Day 14 UK
- You'll arrive in the UK today.
- Sheraton Atlanta
- Staybridge Suites Savannah Historic District
- Bright rooms offer free WiFi, desks with ergonomic chairs and flat-screen TVs with premium channels, as well as pillow-top mattresses, coffeemakers, minifridges and microwaves. Hot breakfast is included. There’s an outdoor pool with a bar, a business centre, laundry facilities and a shuttle service to Old Town. Amenities with 24/7 access include a fitness centre and a convenience store.
- Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Historic District
- Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire
- Holiday Inn Express - Downtown Richmond
- Holiday Inn Express- Downtown Richmond hotel is situated in the heart of the historic Richmond's River district. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, breakfast buffet, health & fitness centre and internet access. Bedroom facilities includes a bathtub, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities, mini refrigerator, iron & ironing board and private bathroom facilities.
- The Fairfax at Embassy Row
- Housed in a stately 1927 building, this luxury hotel is a 3-minute walk from the Dupont Circle Metro station and 1 mile from The White House. The rooms feature Georgian-style decor, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Property features include fitness centre. Dining options include an elegant lounge with fireplaces and a classic American restaurant.
- New York Marriott Marquis
- With an excellent location close to Times Square, the Theater District, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, this hotel has amazing facilities including a revolving restaurant with views of Times Square and a 24 hour fitness center. Rooms have floor to ceiling windows and great amenities including tea and coffee making facilities.
- Evening tour of Washington
- Savannah Trolley-Bus City Tour