Philly & Gettysburg – May 26th – 31st 2019

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. 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”.

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Day 1 – Sunday May 26th – Arrive in Philadelphia
Welcome toPhilly”, “The City of Brotherly Love”.  In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as the capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. By the 1750s, 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 before we say goodnight. The Wyndham Hotel in the Historic District Philadelphia PA. (D)

Day 2 – Monday May 27th – Philadelphia local touring
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. They have a wide variety of restaurants all 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. 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 – Tuesday May 28th – Philadelphia local touring
Today we’ll set off for 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. Enjoy lunch at the Chadwicks before we head to the American Treasure Museum and a tram tour. The 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 – Wednesday May 29th – Philadelphia to Gettysburg
Today we’ll set off for Gettysburg… We’ll stop along the way for an Amish Experience…  Inside the Homestead, we learn of Amish traditions and practices, plain clothing and life without electricity. The Fisher One-Room School is attached to the house and filled with authentic desks and furnishings from an actual Amish school. You’ll learn the tradition of teaching eight grades in one room. 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 1863 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 superior food is in abundance and gracious service bring back the sights, sounds, and tastes of two centuries ago. The 1863 Hotel, Gettysburg PA. (B, D)

Day 5 – Thursday May 30th – 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 this afternoon… dedicated to the memory of the only civilian killed in the Battle. You’re in for a real treat this evening as we head to the Gettysburg National Military Park for an after-hours tour and dinner. We’ll have an exclusive behind the scene tour with a Costumed Historian who will take us behind the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting to see how it was constructed and give us the history of this famous painting. 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. The 1863 Hotel, Gettysburg PA. (B, D)

Day 6 – Friday May 31st – Gettysburg to Home
Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel before departure. We’ll make our way home with wonderful memories and a newfound perspective on our freedom. (B)

$2,798 Double  $3,278 Single

A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by Feb 21st, 2019