9 Day America's Historic Heritage

Cosmos Guided Tour starting in Washington DC and finishing in Washington DC

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Operator: Cosmos
Type: Guided Tour (Low Cost)
Style: Regional Discovery
Duration: 9 Days
From: Washington DC to Washington DC
Tour Code: 8970
Visits: USA
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Washington DC Area.

Welcome to Washington DC. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Washington DC Area.

Today begins with a guided sightseeing tour that shows you the graves of American heroes, including those of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, in beautiful Arlington National Cemetery. Afterward, your guided tour of the capital continues, with photo stops at Capitol Hill and the White House, and visits to the Lincoln, Korea, and Vietnam Memorials.

Washington DC Area - Mount Vernon - Yorktown - Williamsburg.

A day filled with historic attractions. First is MOUNT VERNON, the beloved home of George and Martha Washington, overlooking the banks of the Potomac River. Then, on to Yorktown on the York River, and a visit to YORKTOWN HISTORICAL BATTLEFIELD PARK, where the British surrendered to Washington's troops, bringing an end to the American Revolution on October 19, 1781. Late afternoon arrival in Williamsburg.

Williamsburg. Excursion To Jamestown Settlement & Colonial Williamsburg.

A morning visit to nearby JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT for a guided tour to learn about the first permanent English settlement in the New World. The rest of the day is dedicated to COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG, where American heritage is proudly preserved in the reconstructed buildings and historical displays. Stroll down quaint streets and browse through homes, gardens, taverns, shops, and exhibits. In the Hall of Burgesses, listen as costumed interpreters debate the controversial steps that led to the Declaration of Independence. (CB)

Williamsburg - Richmond - Monticello - Shenandoah National Park.

Drive westward to Richmond, once the capital of the Confederacy, for a short sightseeing tour. See Monument Avenue, the White House of the Confederacy, the State Capitol, and ST. JOHN'S CHURCH, where Patrick Henry proclaimed, "Give me liberty or give me death!" Before arriving in Charlottesville, we visit the graceful home of the third U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson. The MONTICELLO ESTATE reflects Jefferson's skills as an artist, architect, and designer. A guided visit features the impressive mansion designed by Jefferson himself. It is the only house in the U.S. that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List of international treasures. Then, follow Skyline Drive into spectacular SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK for an overnight. (CB)

Shenandoah National Park - Harpers Ferry - Gettysburg.

Head for HARPERS FERRY NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, where in 1859 John Brown made his ill-fated raid on the U.S. Arsenal. A visit to this quaint, historic community is like stepping into the past. Cross the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania, with a late afternoon arrival in Gettysburg. Tonight we offer an optional outing to a local restaurant to enjoy the flavour of the area.

Gettysburg - Lancaster.

The day begins with a visit to the hallowed GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK AND BATTLEFIELD/ site of the decisive campaign of the Civil War and where Abraham Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address in November 1863. Enjoy a tour of Gettysburg and hear your Local Guide vividly recount the battle. Also spend some time exploring the newly renovated museum and cyclorama. Through Pennsylvania Dutch Country to Lancaster County, home of the religious Amish and Mennonite sects. Stop at the AMISH FARM & HOUSE, where a Local Guide explains the faith, culture, and way of life of these people, for whom tradition forbids the use of electricity or telephones in the home. Note the distinctive style of dress and the use of horse-drawn buggies in place of motor vehicles. This evening, join an optional dinner outing for a traditional Amish meal. (CB)

Lancaster - Valley Forge - Philadelphia.

On to VALLEY FORGE, where Washington's troops endured such hardship during the bitter winter of 1777-1778. Tour the national historic park and camp, and see Washington's headquarters, the Grand Parade, and the Washington Memorial Chapel. Continue to Philadelphia, "Birthplace of the Nation." Arrive in Philadelphia in the early afternoon. Major attractions on your sightseeing tour include LIBERTY BELL and INDEPENDENCE HALL.

Philadelphia - Washington DC Area.

This morning, we make our way to Washington Dulles International and Reagan National Airports for those with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 2 pm. (CB)

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • SIGHTSEEING: In Washington DC, Richmond, and Philadelphia; Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol Hill, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Korea Memorial, Vietnam Memorials, Mount Vernon, Yorktown Historical Battlefield Park, Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Williamsburg, St. John's Church, Monticello Estate, Shenandoah National Park, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, Gettysburg National Military Park & Battlefield, Amish farm & house, Valley Forge, Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Shenandoah National Park and Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
  • GUIDES: Local Guides for sightseeing in Washington DC, Jamestown Settlement, Monticello Estate, Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield, and Amish farm & house; services of a professional Tour Director.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.


  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist Class (ST), Tourist Class (T)
  • Washington DC Area Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria (F); Williamsburg Country Inn & Suites (F); Shenandoah National Park Skyland Resort (NP); Gettysburg Quality Inn Gettysburg (ST); Lancaster Herritage Hotal Lancaster (ST); Philadelphia Hampton Inn Philadelphia (ST)

Included Meals

  • 4 continental breakfasts (CB)

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.


Operator Details

Region: USA
Style: Regional Discovery
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Location: Outskirts - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 50 (Avg. 39)
Free WiFi: Onboard
* Source: Cosmos for trips in USA. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (1)


Trip Date: 08/10/2016

“Great American History tour”

This trip turned out better than we expected for the price and what we saw and did was good value for money. The tour director [Jim Ryan] was terrific, and the bus driver was great. I would not have included the visit to Valley Forge however it was irrelevant, instead they could have spent some more time maybe in Richmond or the Shenandoah Valley and still have had time for a farewell dinner last night. The history was fantastic. May I also suggest anyone who does this tour to do your homework in american history before you leave Australia. We read up for weeks prior and it really helped piece together all the places we visited which included both the war of independence and the civil war which of course is one hundred years apart. The fact that we had already visited Boston first helped because that is where the first shot was fired. We met some lovely people on the journey also.

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