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Trip Name: The Essence of DC, Baltimore and Williamsburg

Trip Date(s):
Sunday May 13th 2018- $1800

Trip Length: 7 days

Destination Continent: North America

Destination Country: Washington DC- USA

Tour ID: 170513Tea7a

Upfront Deposit: $300

Trip Highlights

Discover the capital of the United States of America, the White House and all great monuments. Explore the highlights of the District of Columbia and  Maryland  such as Mount Vernon, the old town of Alexandria, Annapolis and U.S. Naval Academy, Inner harbor of Baltimore and Fort McHenry. You will enjoy a spectacular drive through scenic Virginia, explore the breathtaking Luray Cavern and walk through Monticello mansion of Thomas Jefferson. A visit to the colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown settlement and historic Yorktown in Virginia, the places where the American democracy was born, will give a final memorable touch and definitely make this trip unforgettable.  

Trip Daily Itinerary

DAY 01:  ARRIVAL in Baltimore (D)
Arrive in Baltimore, the charming city of Maryland. Today is at your leisure. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at 6:00 p.m. for a welcome dinner hosted by your Tour Manager.
Overnight stay in Baltimore

Today we explore the Baltimore, which could be the most patriotic big city in the Union. It’s the place where Mary Young Pickersgill sewed the Star-Spangled Banner flag in her home on what is now Pratt Street. You will have plenty of time to enjoy all that Baltimore's Inner Harbor has to offer. National Aquarium, Fort McHenry, Maryland Science Center, Maritime Museum, Shopping in Harborplace or the Gallery. There is so much to do within walking distance that it is unbelievable.  

Later, we make our way to nearby Annapolis, the official capital of Maryland and famous for being a host of the U.S. Naval Academy. Learn about the history, architecture and traditions of the Academy as well as particulars on midshipman life.  After Annapolis, we head to DC.
Overnight stay in DC

After breakfast we begin sightseeing in our nation’s capital with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery and the John F. Kennedy Memorial. View the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Women in Military Service Memorial. During our touring in DC’s mall area we’ll see the FDR, Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials. We’ll also make a stop at the National WWII Memorial, the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II. After dinner this evening, an incredible Illumination tour of Washington, DC tops off this exciting day as we see the memorials and monuments bathed in flood lights, including the U.S. Capitol and the White House.
Overnight stay in DC
DAY 04: WASHINGTON, DC (B) - Alexandria
No tour of colonial America is complete without a stop at Mount Vernon, the expansive estate of George and Martha Washington. Visit the new Ford Orientation Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum where you will have the chance to experience Washington's life through movies and exhibitions. Explore his mansion filled with 18th-century treasures and stroll the gardens of this 45-acre estate and take in the views of the Potomac River from the mansion’s piazza. Afternoon discover the quaint seaport town of Old Town Alexandria. Take in this picturesque site, known for its fascinating architecture.
Overnight stay in DC

We will leave in the morning for Virginia. Upon our arrival at this scenic state, we will head to Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley to visit Luray Caverns. The caverns are perhaps best known for the Great Stalactite Organ, a lithophone made from solenoid fired strikers that tap stalactites of various sizes to produce tones similar to those of xylophones, tuning forks, or bells. Then, we will travel to the Natural Bridge. Natural Bridge is referenced in "Moby Dick" and called by Thomas Jefferson "the most sublime of nature's works," . The rock arch has a 90-foot span. By the hundreds of years, Virginia's Natural Bridge has been fascinated more than millions of travelers all over the world. We continue our tour to the mountain-top home, gardens, and plantation of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States. Monticello was designed and redesigned, and built and rebuilt for more than 40 years. Jefferson described the house as his “essay in architecture.” Today, it is recognized as an international treasure. We can have lunch at Michie Tavern. Built in 1784 and a superb example of the 1920's preservation movement, famed Michie Tavern offers an exciting historical experience and wonderful food in a rustic atmosphere. Overnight at hotel in Williamsburg, VA where we arrive late in the evening.

We leave hotel in the morning for fascinating tour through Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area in Virginia. First we visit Jamestown Settlement and learn about the English colonization of American and the formation of the Virginia Company. Outdoor living-history areas bring the 17th century to life and include a re-created Powhatan Indian Village, full-size replicas of the three ships - Susan Constant, Discovery and Godspeed, a riverfront discovery area, and recreated James Fort. Then we go back to Williamsburg. From 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the political and cultural center of Britain's largest colony in the New World. In the taverns and government buildings George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Mason and other Virginia Patriots debated the ideas - liberty, independence, and personal freedoms- that led to the founding of American democracy. After lunch we discover Yorktown. A riding tour of the Yorktown Battlefield includes Surrender Field and the Moore House. See where American independence was won. Visit the Yorktown Victory Monument and see Cornwallis' Cave, where legend has it that the English General and his staff sought refuge from the bombardment by American and French Troops. Late evening is at leisure and overnight stay in Williamsburg.

In the early morning after breakfast we head to Dulles International (IAD) airport in Virginia for your flight back home.

Escorted Package Info

- 6 night First Class accommodations- 1 night stay at Comfort Inn Baltimore Downtown or similar, 3 night stay at Comfort Inn DC Downtown or similar and 2 night stay at Days Inn Williamsburg Historic Area
- All transportation as per itinerary
- Meals as stated on the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L:Lunch,  D: Dinner)
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern AC land transport
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout.  
- Services of English-speaking local guides.
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Toll and parking fees

Note: airport–hotel and hotel–airport transfers are not included unless you take an inbound and outbound flight via Above Zest Company.

Important Reminders

- Tour Fee
The total tour  supplement fee for a single occupancy traveler is $350

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If you have a preference for a roommate, please let us know full first and last name. Otherwise, we will match you up with a roommate as long as you're a non-smoker. You must book at least 90 days prior to the tour date to take advantage of our free roommate match up service. Don't let not having a roommate keep you from going on this amazing trip!

- Flight Reservation Instructions
Depending on your departure point, you may experience a long flight, so we advise you to arrange your flight early enough to get to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and book your return flight from Dulles International (IAD) airport.

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