Colonial America 11D/10N Standard
Colonial America 10 Days/ 9 Nights - Booking Code - CM0-10
Day 1: Washington D.C. arrival
Arrive in Washington, D.C. and pick up your rental car at the airport, then proceed to your hotel.
Day 2: Washington D.C.
Explore Washington, D.C. on full day. Start by strolling along the mall. Here you will find some of the most important monuments and have the opportunity to lose yourself in some of the world's most inspired museums. After lunch why not journey across the Potomac to nearby Alexandria or perhaps you would prefer to rent a bicycle and continue your exploration of the city. This evening we suggest a visit to the lively Georgetown area of the city where some of the best chefs vie for your attention.
Day 3: Driving distance: 150 MI / 250 KM Washington D.C - Gettysburg
Leave the seat of government behind today as you travel to the fascinating Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg. There are many excellent self-guided interpretative trails you can follow that will give you an understanding of this formative period in U.S. history.
Day 4: Driving distance: 150 MI / 250 KM - Gettysburg - Shenandoah
Today there is time for further exploration of Gettysburg before you head west to visit Luray Caverns, one of the most beautiful caves in the world. Then enter Shenandoah National Park, a haven for plants, wildlife, and people alike.
Day 5: Driving distance: 172 MI / 275 KM - Shenandoah - Skyline Drive - Charlottesville - Colonial Williamsburg
Drive south and enjoy the natural wonders along each mile of Skyline Drive, one of America's most scenic routes. You can see the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains which have a distinctly bluish cast, especially in summer. Then continue to Charlottesville and visit Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson designed and built on a glorious mountaintop. Continue to Richmond, Virginia's capital, rising high above the sparkling James River, before traveling along the scenic road by the James River Plantations to Williamsburg, where restoration and preservation have turned back the clock 200 years.
Day 6: Driving Distance: 63 MI / 101 KM - Colonial Williamsburg - Norfolk - Virginia Beach
Visit Colonial Williamsburg, and then see the earliest permanent English settlement in North America at Jamestown. Continue to the Yorktown Battlefield, where Washington's decisive victory over General Cornwall's forces turned the colonists' dream of a new nation into reality. Continue through Norfolk, Virginia's premier port city, to Virginia Beach, with 30 miles of sandy seashore and a 2-mile-long boardwalk. Time to relax this evening and dip your toes in the ocean.
Day 7: Virginia Beach
Today spend your time in the city that is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. To continue with this record breaking tradition, the city itself is located at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the longest bridge-tunnel complex in the world.
Day 8: Driving Distance: 248 MI / 397 Km - Virginia Beach - Eastern Shore - Annapolis - Baltimore
Drive north across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to the tranquil Eastern Shore. Cross into Maryland and continue on to Annapolis, home to the U.S. Naval Academy. See the State House and visit the Academy before continuing to Baltimore. This evening, stroll along the magnificently rebuilt Inner harbour and enjoy a typical dish of the region in one of the many restaurants.
Day 9: Driving Distance: 100 MI / 160 KM - Baltimore - Philadelphia
This morning you are bound for the City of Brotherly Love - Philadelphia. This historic city is home to both Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Philadelphia also boasts a world class art museum as well as superb shopping and dining.
Day 10: Driving Distance: 140 MI / 250 KM - Philadelphia - Washington D.C. Departure
Drive back to Washington D.C and return your car at the airport before your departure flight.
"Capture a photo of the White House.
"See the Discovery Space Shuttle, Apollo 11 and more at the Smithsonian Museum.
"Explore the history of the Civil War and stand on the spot where Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.
"Hike one of the many trails along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
"Walk the boardwalk of Virginia Beach.
" Swim or take a cruise in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
" Shop and dine in Baltimore's inner harbour
"See the Liberty Bell and declaration of Independence in Philadelphia
*Admission fees not included
Documentation: Passengers should identify themselves as participants of ATI's tour upon arrival at hotel front desk. Please issue voucher for first two nights.
Hotel services in the US customarily do not include breakfast. If you do not wish to have breakfast at the hotel restaurant (where available), you may frequently find coffee shops and restaurants close by which serve good and inexpensive breakfasts. Some hotels do offer a continental breakfast. Usually, this continental breakfast is basic and contains coffee and pastries. Variations between the different hotels may result in the following also being available: cereal, cheese, fruit, etc.