America's Historic East    *alt*

14 days, from £2249
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From antebellum mansions to Amish Dutch Country and the White House, this tour delves into the beginnings of modern America.

What's included:
* 'Return flights from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic
* 12 nights in hotels of a good standard plus 1 night in flight
* 10 breakfasts'
* Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
* Overseas transfers and other transportation
* Porterage'

Included Excursions:
* ''Atlanta tour, including Martin Luther King Museum
* Charleston's Magnolia Plantation andA gardens
* Elegant Charleston
* 'Wilmington, on the banks of the Cape Fear River
* Richmond, on the shores of the James River
* Tours of Jamestown and Williamsburg
* VisitA Monticello, once home to Thomas JeffersonA
* Capital of the United States, Washington DC
* Experience the 'Plain' lifestyle inA Amish Dutch Country
* The USA's original capital Philadelphia


 DAY 1 UK/Atlanta

Today you'll fly to Atlanta, Georgia. On arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel for a two-night stay.'

 DAY 2 Atlanta

Get to know the city on a tour this morning that includes Peachtree Street and the gold-domed Georgia State Capitol. Visits to the grave site of Dr Martin Luther King and a museum dedicated to the civil rights leader, who was born in Atlanta, are further highlights. Explore at your own pace later, or join our optional visit to Stone Mountain to see the incredible Confederate Memorial Carving. The carved surface measures about 3 acres and depicts three Confederate figures of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E Lee and Thomas J 'Stonewall' Jackson.

 DAY 3 Savannah

A scenic drive through the Georgia countryside takes us to the Atlantic Coast and our new base of Savannah.'

 DAY 4 Savannah

You can set your own pace as you explore Savannah today. The city boasts more than twenty historic squares, shaded by oak trees and surrounded by elegant homes, charming churches and fascinating museums. You'll also want to spend time by the waterfront, where old cotton warehouses have been converted into galleries, antique shops, boutiques and restaurants. An optional horse-and-carriage ride comes highly recommended in this city that is the epitome of Southern living and home to a wonderful collection of antebellum mansions.

 DAY 5 Charleston

Our journey to Charleston takes us first to the beautiful Magnolia Plantation House and Gardens, founded by the Drayton family in 1676, when they arrived here from Barbados. Through the cultivation of rice, the family amassed great wealth and later, during the American Revolution, their descendants fought against British rule. We'll take a tour to learn more about the family and their home.

 DAY 6 Charleston

Charleston is built around a lovely natural harbour lined by charming Georgian homes. As we explore the Old Town together, highlights include the waterfront, the old slave market and the exchange building. A fascinating optional tour this afternoon will take you on a cruise to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired.'

 DAY 7 Wilmington

Today we head to Wilmington in North Carolina, set on the banks of the Cape Fear River. It's one of the USA's oldest seaports and we'll take a tour of its highlights on arrival.'

 DAY 8 Richmond

We're heading north today to the state of Virginia, where our base for two nights is Richmond, capital of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Today Richmond is a buzzing city, located on the banks of the James River. Here you will find the Virginia State Capitol, a building designed by Thomas Jefferson, and Monument Avenue with its statues of well-known Confederate figures. And if it's fashionable shops and restaurants you crave, be sure to make a beeline for the historic district of Shockoe Slip.

 DAY 9 Jamestown & Williamsburg

Today you're going to experience the beginnings of modern America, starting in historic Jamestown, where the first British settlement was established in 1607. Next we'll visit Colonial Williamsburg, which has been faithfully restored to its original 18th century state. Set your own pace on a stroll which will transport you back in time. You'll see craftsmen and traders wearing authentic costumes and instead of cars, the only way to travel here is by horse-drawn carriage.'

 DAY 10 Washington DC

Your highlight today is a visit to Monticello, the magnificent home of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence. After your tour, we travel onwards to Washington DC, our base for the next two nights.'

 DAY 11 Washington DC

The capital of the United States of America, Washington DC radiates outwards from the Capitol Building. On our morning tour we will see the White House, the US Treasury and many of the city's other famous landmarks. We'll pass the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial and the Washington Memorial, which stretch along the Mall to the Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon. Take time to make your own discoveries this afternoon, you could choose to visit one of the many Smithsonian museums located along the National Mall.' They are all free to enter, and there's something for everyone, from the American Art Museum, to the Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum.

 DAY 12 Lancaster

We've a complete change of pace today as we drive to Lancaster County. In the home of America's oldest Amish settlement you'll experience the centuries-old 'Plain' lifestyle still lived by thousands of people. We'll take a tour of the Dutch Country, where windmills are used to harness the power of nature and the horse and buggy is the primary form of transportation. Our final destination today is Philadelphia.'

 DAY 13 Philadelphia/UK

We'll explore Philadelphia together this morning, it was the USA's original capital city, and is where the Declaration of Independence was written, signed and introduced to the public in 1776. On our tour we'll see highlights including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Franklin Institute. You've then got time to make your own discoveries, before we take you to the airport for your flight home.'

 DAY 14 UK

'You'll arrive in the UK today.

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