American History

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American History

14 day tour - September 1, 2017

Trip Information

Michael loves American History! He is excited to share with you his passion for American history. This will be a very comprehensive tour that will include the early beginnings of America, the founding fathers, the constitution, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Here is a PARTIAL list of what you will see and experience:

American History:

  • Boston: 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, Old North Church, Bunker Hill, The USS Constitution, the Paul Revere House, John Adams & John Quincey home, Plymouth Plantation, the Mayflower II, Lexington, Old North Bridge at Concord, David Thoreau’s Walden Pond, and so much more.
  • Philadelphia: Liberty Square, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Constitution Hall, Benjamin Franklin Museum, the Historic Park where Washington crossed the Delaware River, Valley Forge, and so much more.
  • Fort McHenry and the war of 1812. Where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write our National Anthem.
  • DC Area: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Arlington Cemetery, the war memorials, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, The Washington Mall, and so much more.
  • Williamsburg: We plan to spend two nights in Williamsburg where costumed actors take you back to the days of Colonial America before the revolutionary war. We will also visit James town and Yorktown National Battlefield.

Along the way we stop at some very important Civil War sites: Gettysburg, Ford’s Theater; The Manassas National Battle Field, Appomattox Court House, the McLean Home (where Robert E. Lee surrendered), and Richmond, Virginia (the Capital of the Confederacy).

This is a rare opportunity to experience a fantastic history tour of our nation with Dr. S. Michael Wilcox. Even your tour Manager for this tour is another educator. Jeff Lawson was a very popular high school American History Teacher. He has a passion for American History and has visited all of these sites.

We believe this will be one of those tours that will sell out fast, don’t hesitate in making a decision, only to find out you were too late and the tour is sold out!

Package Price Includes:

  • 3 nights Deluxe Hotel Boston.
  • Special dinner at “Plimoth Plantation” a living history museum.
  • 3 nights Deluxe Hotel Philadelphia.
  • 3 nights Deluxe Hotel Washington DC.
  • 1 night Deluxe Hotel Charlottesville.
  • 1 night Deluxe Hotel Richmond.
  • 2 nights Deluxe hotel Williamsburg.
  • Airfare from Boston to Philadelphia, including taxes and fees.
  • All land taxes and fees.
  • All tours.
  • All transfers.
  • All buses and guides.
  • All entrance fees.
  • “Whisper Perfect” headset receivers, you can hear every word clearly even when you step away from the group to take the important picture.
  • Special Guest Educator: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
  • Special Fun For Less Tours Manager: Jeff Lawson

Package Price: $3,495*

**Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include airfare and tips.

Day 1:  September 1:  Fly to Boston
Today we will fly to Boston, Massachusetts. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: September 2:  Boston
This morning we will be doing a walking tour along the Freedom Trail with a visit to Faneuil Hall, a chance to see the Old South Meeting House, the Old North Church, Bunker Hill and many other important historical sites associated with the beginning of the Revolutionary war. Overnight in Boston area.

Day 3: September 3:  Boston
We will travel to Quincy, Massachusetts to visit the house of John Adams, our nation’s 2nd President, as well as John Quincy Adams, our nation’s 6th President and son of John Adams.   Later that day we will visit the famous “Plimoth Plantation”, a reproduction of the original Pilgrim’s Plymouth colony. We will return to our hotel to overnight.

Day 4: September 4:  Boston – Philadelphia
We will visit the place where the “Shot Heard Round the World” occurred at Lexington, Massachusetts.  Also, a visit to the famous Old North Bridge at Concord. Early evening flight to Philadelphia. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Day 5: September 5:  Philadelphia
This morning we will do a tour of Liberty Square where we will have time to visit the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was debated and adopted.  We will give you free time to visit the Benjamin Franklin museum and the new National Constitution Center. Return to our hotel to overnight.

Day 6: September 6:  Philadelphia
Today we will visit two more important historical sites associated with our country’s revolutionary war history.  We will visit the famous Valley Forge where Washington and his troops endured a long, cold winter.  Then on to a site known as Washington’s Crossing Historical Park.  There Washington executed the brilliant surprise attack on the Hessians by crossing himself and his troops across the Delaware River.  Return to our hotel to overnight.

Day 7: September 7:  Gettysburg – Washington DC
This morning we depart early for Gettysburg National Park for a tour of a pivotal battlefield from America’s Civil War.  Following that we drive down to Ft. McHenry where a battle was fought during the War of 1812 that inspired our country’s national anthem. Overnight in the Washington DC area.

Day 8: September 8:  Washington DC
Today is a full day with a visit to Mt. Vernon, home of George Washington, Arlington Cemetery, and the Iwo Jima Memorial. We also plan on visiting Ford’s theater where President Lincoln was assassinated sometime during the day.   Then this evening we will visit several monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and more.  Return to our hotel. 

Day 9: September 9:  Washington DC
Today you will have a free day to visit the museums of your choice such as the National Archives, American History Museum, Holocaust Museum, Air and Space Museum, etc. Return to our hotel.

Day 10: September 10:  Washington DC – Charlottesville, Virginia
We leave Washington D.C. to travel to the site of the first land battle of the Civil War at Manassas National Battlefield.  From here we travel further south into Virginia to Montpelier, where we will visit the home of our nation’s fourth President, James Madison, and Father of our Constitution.  We will then drive on to Charlottesville to overnight.

Day 11: September 11:  Monticello – Richmond
We will do a morning tour of the home of our nation’s third President, Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. Then we will travel on to the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.  This is the site of the McLean home, where General Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant met at the end of the Civil War.  Here Lee would officially surrender his army to Grant ending our country’s Civil War.  After our visit we will travel down to Richmond, Virginia to overnight.

Day 12: September 12:  Richmond – Williamsburg
Richmond, Virginia was the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War.  Also the capital of Virginia today.  From here we travel on to visit two important historical sites:  Jamestown and Yorktown.  Jamestown is where America really began with our country’s first permanent colony established in 1619.   Yorktown was the climactic, final battle that decided the Revolutionary War where General Cornwallis and his British troops are trapped and defeated by General Washington.   Overnight at Williamsburg.

Day 13: September 13:  Williamsburg
From our convenient lodge at Williamsburg we will be able to walk in and enjoy the colonial historic city of Williamsburg.  Here you will have a full, free day to choose what you visit this day in this historical park.  This colonial city was the colonial capital of Virginia before the revolutionary war.  It now is a living history museum with costumed actors, historic shops, historic taverns where you can dine, and the colonial capital building.  Here you will learn how people during the colonial days lived, and worked.  Overnight at Williamsburg.

Day 14: September 14:  Fly Home
Today we will transfer to the Washington-Reagan National Airport (DCA) for your return flight home.  Please make sure that you get a flight from 4pm or later to make sure that you can make your flight.