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National Treasures: Philly to DC



8 days from $2890

Start your family's Philadelphia to Washington DC vacation with a close-up look at Philly, the first government seat of the United States. Back then, electric lights and motorcars were a thing of the future – and are still nowhere to be seen in Amish Country. Next, your visit to the battlefields of Gettysburg sheds new light on the Civil War, among the most poignant chapters of American history. Interactive exhibits at the National Museum of the Marine Corps celebrate bravery and sacrifice; the citizens of Colonial Williamsburg tell you what it was like to live on the eve of the American Revolution, and George Washington's staff shares secrets of daily life at Mount Vernon! Cap it all off with exciting inventions, national monuments and a special evening at the International Spy Museum!

Mount Vernon



    Dinner and a special evening at the International Spy Museum

    • Learn about the the Amish culture on a visit to Pennsylvania Dutch Country

    Guided tour of Gettysburg National Military Park and storyteller evening
    • Meeting colonial citizens of 18th-century Williamsburg and dining in a colonial tavern
    • A carriage ride to the Betsy Ross House

    • Sightseeing per itinerary

    • 15 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners)
    • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
    • Services of a professional tour manager
    • All appropriate gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff, local guides and drivers, and the tour director; services charges, taxes and porterage are included


Day 1 – Welcome to Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love”
Tour begins: 5:00 PM at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. Welcome to Philadelphia! A transfer is included from Philadelphia International Airport to the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. Join us this evening to meet your Tour Director and fellow explorers at our welcome reception and dinner – a great way to kick off your family's Philadelphia to Washington DC vacation! Lodging-Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia (D)

Day 2 – Following in history’s footsteps in Old Philadelphia
A day of exploration in Philadelphia starts with a sightseeing tour of the old city. Stop at famous Independence Hall, where courageous delegates put their lives on the line by signing the Declaration of Independence; where George Washington was named commander-in-chief of the Continental Army; where Betsy Ross' design for the first flag was approved; and where the American Constitution was drafted - a whole lot of history in just one building! Visit the home of the Liberty Bell at the Liberty Bell Center; take a horse-drawn carriage ride along cobblestone streets to the Betsy Ross House; and learn all about the "blueprint" of American democracy at the Constitution Center with its multimedia production, Freedom Rising. Spend the rest of the day checking out more of the "City of Brotherly Love" on your own. Lodging - Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia (B)

Day 3 – Amish Country and the battlefields of Gettysburg
Today Tauck Bridges takes you to rural Lancaster County, "the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country," where the Amish people still live very much as their ancestors did, without things like electricity, cars, computers and TV! Get to know their lifestyle as you follow the story of an Amish family at the Amish Experience F/X Theater, visit an Amish homestead and enjoy an Amish-style lunch! Continue on to historic Gettysburg, site of an important turning point in the Civil War. Poignant reminders are all around at Gettysburg National Military Park; with a local guide, tour battlefields where 93,000 Union troops stopped General Robert E. Lee's 70,000 Confederate soldiers' advance northward during three days of ferocious fighting in July of 1863. And tonight – at Tauck Bridges' private dessert reception – meet a storyteller in period costume who recounts what it was like to be a civilian caught in Gettysburg as the famous battle raged! Lodging – Wyndham Gettysburg (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Mount Vernon and Washington D.C
Head off to historic Mount Vernon, of which it can truly be said that "George Washington slept here"; set on the banks of the Potomac River, Mount Vernon was the plantation home of "America's first hero" and first president, and his wife Martha. Walk in Washington's footsteps and discover what life was like for his family... as well as for those who served them. Later, your family's Philadelphia to Washington DC vacation takes you to the nation's capital. Today, check out one of the most-visited museums in the world – the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall, where you can see historic aircraft and spacecraft from Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis to an Apollo Lunar Module, and enjoy state-of-the-art exhibits on humankind's efforts to climb into the skies and reach for the stars. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – National Archives treasure hunt

Today, embark on an exclusive visit to Washington's African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, where you’ll hear stories from a Civil War expert about the thousands of African Americans who served in the war; research the story of an actual soldier who lived through the time; and see The Spirit of Freedom, the sculpture honoring the service of these soldiers. Pay a visit to the inspiring Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, which opened on the Mall in 2011 to honor the civil rights leader's efforts to see America’s diversity recognized as a strength. After lunch, enjoy an orientation to more of the capital's major monuments and sites, including the Capitol, White House, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial and a visit to the Lincoln Memorial. Then, as a Tauck Exclusive, it's off to the National Archives to learn about the Founding Documents of the U.S. from an insider... and go on a scavenger hunt in the Public Vaults to locate maps, drawings, photos and documents from America’s past! (B,L)

Day 6 – Adventure on the Potomac

Get a whole new (and cool) perspective on the national monuments and parklands along the Potomac River when you head to Thompson’s Boathouse and choose your own adventurous method of discovering these national treasures – either kayaking* or canoeing* along the Potomac, or cycling* on a paved bike trail. After an afternoon to explore more of the capital as you please, head to the International Spy Museum, where the shadowy world of international intrigue – and an exclusive Tauck Bridges evening – awaits you. A private tour of its interactive exhibits and one of the world's largest collections of spy-related artifacts introduces you to the intriguing world of espionage; learn about ingenious disguises and famous individuals who doubled as spies. Later, swap favorite memories of your journey with your new friends at our farewell reception and dinner right inside the museum! (B,D)

Day 7 – A journey through American history concludes
It's time to pack up all your memories of your family's adventures through American history and head for home. Fly home anytime; a transfer is included from The Mayflower® Renaissance Washington, DC to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport or Washington Dulles International Airport. Please allow two hours for airport check-in. (B)


Philadelphia: Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia
Gettysburg: Wyndham Gettysburg
Washington, DC: The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC




Departure Date Twin Single Triple
June 14, 2014 $2990 $3,564 $2,798
June 21, 2014 $2990 $3,564 $2,798
July 12, 2014 $2990 $3,564 $2,798
August 2, 2014 $2990 $3,564 $2,798


Additional Information


Per person rates are land-only, per person based on double occupancy.

Children 12 and under: Discount $200
Children under 18 must be booked in a room with at least one adult; exceptions may be granted under certain circumstances with parental consent.

Quad accommodations are not available for four adults. Triples and quads are usually a two-bedded room. Rollaway cots are not readily available.

Recommended age: 8+