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Historic America: Freedom & the Civil War (May - Sep 2020)

Price: R 62,130.00

9 nights, roundtrip from Washington DC visiting Virginia / Pennsylvania.

Visiting 1 Country: USA.

On this fascinating and moving tour of the USA’s most iconic Revolutionary and Civil War towns, landmarks and battlefields, we’ll travel back in time to trace the footsteps of the brave soldiers who fought and died, both for their country and their beliefs.

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Embark on a driving tour of the battlefields of Gettysburg with a specialist guide
  • Learn about Amish heritage on a village tour
  • Visit Arlington National Cemetery

Booking Details for this Small Group Tour

Selected departure dates: Prices per person sharing from:
  • 31 May 2020
  • 13 September 2020 
R 62,130.00 pps

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Washington DC - Philadelphia, PA

After meeting the group in Washington, DC, we'll hit the road to the World Heritage City of Philadelphia. A city steeped in US colonial and revolutionary history, Philadelphia is home to innumerable monuments and institutions - making it the perfect place to begin our adventure.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Philadelphia

On today’s walking tour, we’ll make pit stops at the Johnson House (a house that was owned by a family of Quakers who laboured for the freedom of others) and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Philadelphia - Gettysburg

After this morning’s breakfast, we’ll leave Philadelphia behind us and move on to Valley Forge, the site of the Continental Army’s 1777-78 winter encampment. Next is Lancaster, where an Amish experience awaits. The final stop of the day will be Gettysburg, the site of one of the most important battles of the American Civil War.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 - Gettysburg

On today’s agenda: a visit to the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center. With interactive exhibits and plenty of time to walk in the soldiers’ footsteps, this immersive experience will give us a real insight into the lives of the soldiers who served in the Civil War. This afternoon, we’ll take a closer look at the area’s battlefields on a driving tour.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Gettysburg - Charles Town

Today we’ll set a course for Charles Town – but before we get there, we’ve two stops to make. First, we’ll visit the National Battlefield at Antietam, a site that commemorates the bloodiest day in American history. Then, it’s on to Frederick, where we’ll learn of the war’s surgical innovations at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 - Charles Town - Charlottesville

From Charles Town to Charlottesville, via the scenic route: Shenandoah National Park, Harpers Ferry and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Later, in Charlottesville, we’ll discover more about Thomas Jefferson at his spectacular mountain-top plantation: Monticello, which is now a museum, research institute and library.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7 - Charlottesville

Charlottesville is often ranked as one of the best places to live in the USA. Today we’ll find out why, with a day to spend exploring the city at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Charlottesville - Alexandria

After breakfast, we’ll bid farewell to Charlottesville and continue our journey to Richmond. After a walking tour of the city’s cobblestone streets, we’ll stop off at the Museum of the Confederacy, which hosts an enormous collection of Confederate artefacts. We’ll have just enough time to visit Fredericksburg, the site of the eponymous 1862 battle, before we reach Alexandria.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Alexandria

One of the best-preserved historical districts in America, the quaint town of Alexandria is a fitting place to round off our tour. And the grand finale? A visit to George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the interior of which has been restored to appear exactly as it was when Washington passed away in 1799.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10 - Alexandria - Washington DC

En route back to Washington, we’ll make one last stop at the Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to those who fell during war – and perhaps to seek out ancestors’ graves. Back in Washington, the tour will come to a close.

Meals: Breakfast

Validity Various departures between May - September 2020
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Operator Back-Roads Touring
Tour Identifier/s BUHHAWW-0
Inclusions • 9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners.
• 9 nights in boutique accommodation.
• Premium mini-coach transportation.
• Experienced Driver and Tour Leader.
Exclusions • Flights and taxes.
• Visas (if required)
• Travel insurance.
• Transfers other than mentioned above.
• Anything of a personal nature.
• Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
• Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights.
• Entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
• Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
• Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
• Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
• Pre and post tour accommodation other than mentioned above.
T's & C's • Prices per person and subject to change due to availability and exchange rates.
• Deposits: R3000 deposit to secure booking.
• Final Payment: 65 days prior to departure.
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