Philadelphia, brimming with history… home to America’s most sacred historic sites that stand side-by-side with the hustle and bustle of a 21st-century city. Stroll cobblestone streets and take in the architecture of the centuries-old homes, churches, and landmarks that make Philly neighborhoods so picturesque. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s most ambitious invasion. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion”, Gettysburg was the inspiration for Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “Gettysburg Address”.
Day 1 – Arrive in Philadelphia
Welcome to “Philly”, “The City of Brotherly Love”. In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as the capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. By the 1750’s, Philadelphia had surpassed Boston to become the largest city and busiest port in British America as well as the second largest in the British Empire, behind London. Enjoy an authentic Philly Block Party dinner featuring beef & chicken cheesesteaks with sautéed peppers & onions. The Wyndham Hotel in the Historic District Philadelphia PA. (D)
Day 2 – Philadelphia local touring
Enjoy a full breakfast buffet in our private room at the hotel this morning, before we set off for adventure! Meet our wonderful step on guide… she will show us this beautiful city including Independence National Park. You can stand in the shadow of Independence Hall, or read the famous inscription on the Liberty Bell. But there is also much to discover that you cannot see or touch, the ideas of liberty and self-government tested here still echo through our lives today. See the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, Christ Church, & more. You’re on your own for lunch at Terminal Market. Featuring mouth-watering aromas, locally grown and exotic produce, Amish specialties, fresh meats, seafood, and poultry, as well as handmade confections and baked goods straight from the oven! Everything you need to create a memorable meal, from cookbooks, to table linens, to kitchen ware, to fresh cut flowers is here. Plus they have the widest variety of restaurants under one roof. Next tour the National Constitution Center, an essential part of the Historic Philadelphia experience. Be immersed in the extraordinary story of “We the People,” and be moved by what it means to be a Citizen of the United States of America. You’ll have time to rest up before our wonderful dinner aboard the Tall Ship Moshulu… Built by William Hamilton & Co., Port of Glasgow, Scotland in 1904, she is also the world’s largest four-masted sailing ship still afloat. The Wyndham Hotel in the Historic District Philadelphia PA. (B, D)
Day 3 – Philadelphia local touring
Enjoy a full breakfast buffet in our private room at the hotel this morning, before we set off for adventure! Valley Forge National Historic Park. Chances are, you know Valley Forge National Historical Park for its role in the American Revolution. And certainly, that’s its primary claim to fame. But there’s so much more to these 3,500 acres. Discovering the many joys of Valley Forge is like peeling the proverbial onion. Next enjoy a scrumptious lunch at the American Treasure Museum and a tram tour of the museum. The American Treasure Museum is a massive all indoor collection of Americana from antiques to kitsch to pop culture. Two of the major exhibits are mechanical music and classic preserved automobiles. The mechanical music display includes hundreds of machines such as nickelodeons, band organs, and music boxes. In addition to seeing the sights you will hear the great sounds of the music of days gone by. You’ll have some time to rest up or explore on your own before our dinner with Colonial Townspeople & Independence Hall. This walking tour visits some of the landmarks of Philadelphia’s Historic District and is populated with Colonial characters that bring history to life right in the place where it happened. First stop is Historic City Tavern where a three-course meal awaits. Then the Colonial host “sneaks” everyone into the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) once he talks his way past the vigilant night watchman. Inside the Hall, witness several Founding Fathers deep in discussion over the creation of the Declaration of Independence… FUN! The Wyndham Hotel in the Historic District Philadelphia PA. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Philadelphia to Gettysburg
Today we’ll set off Gettysburg today… We’ll stop at Hershey along the way where a chocolate tasting awaits. Next watch the Hershey Great Chocolate Factory Mystery in 4D, it puts you inside all the fun. Through stunning digital animation and special effects, you become part of the show. Enjoy lunch and free time at Hershey Chocolate World and the food court. Welcome to Gettysburg and The Eisenhower National Historic Site… the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and as a meeting place for world leaders. We’ll Check into our home for the next 2 nights… the Gettysburg Hotel before we head out to dinner at the Dobbin House. Four score and seven years before the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, (1776), Reverend Alexander Dobbin built a house to begin a new life in America for himself and his family. Today his home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a colonial restaurant where candlelit elegance, superior food in abundance, and gracious service bring back the sights, sounds and tastes of two centuries ago. Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg PA. (B, D)
Day 5 – Gettysburg local touring
We’ll start the day off with a tour of the battlefield. Touring with a Licensed Battlefield Guide is always unique, as different guides offer different perspectives on the battle. Lunch is on your own in Gettysburg. Enjoy the quaint town of Gettysburg, full of shops and restaurants. We’ll tour the Jenny Wade House… dedicated to the memory of the only civilian killed in the Battle. You’re in for a real treat this evening as we had to the Gettysburg National Military Park for an after-hours tour and dinner. First watch the Gettysburg film “A New Birth of Freedom”, then, witness the drama of the Gettysburg Cyclorama. In the late 1880s, French artist Paul Philippoteaux took a brush to canvas and created the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama Painting. He spent months on the battlefield researching the battle with veterans, a battlefield guide, and a photographer. It took Philippoteaux and a team of assistants more than a year to complete the painting. The result is a breathtaking canvas that measures 377 feet in circumference and 42 feet high. Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg PA. (B, D)
Day 6 – Gettysburg to Home
Enjoy a Breakfast Buffet at the hotel then, depart for Philadelphia. We’ll make our way home with wonderful memories and a new found perspective on our freedom. (B)
“Custom Tours” were designed for groups of 24 or more… If you have a group that wants to book one of these trips… or wants us to design a tour for your groups specific needs… please don’t hesitate to call us. Our tours are designed with a “love of discovery”. Our creative itineraries can be custom-designed to your request including some “must see” attractions as well as “off-the-beaten-path” experiences.