Heritage of America
In Partnership with The Longmont Senior Center
~October 12th to 21st, 2018
A Historical Journey
New York City, Washington D.C., Gettysburg and more!
Day 1: Friday, October 12, 2018 New York City, New York - Tour Begins
Celebrate America’s rich and varied heritage on an in-depth tour of the Eastern United States featuring essential landmarks and incredible vistas.
Meet your fellow travelers for a welcome breakfast at the famous Ellen’s Stardust Diner. Then, a local guide leads you on a fascinating tour of the “Big Apple.” You’ll see Greenwich Village, the Wall Street District, Chinatown, Central Park, and other time-honored landmarks. Visit St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan, a place where George Washington once worshipped, and where recovery workers came for rest and care during their time at the World Trade Center site. This afternoon, discover “the city that never sleeps” at your own pace. Perhaps enjoy an optional Broadway play arranged by Gold Key Travel. (B)
Day 3: Sunday, October 14, 2018 - New York City - Philadephia, Pennsylvania - Gettysburg
This morning you’ll choose from a menu of New York’s diners for breakfast. Next, travel to Philadelphia and embark on a tour of “the Birthplace of a New Nation.” See the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the Constitution. Continue on to Gettysburg, site of the Union victory and a turning point in the Civil War. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a historic Gettysburg tavern. (B, D)
Day 4: Monday, October 15, 2018 - Gettysburg - Visit the Gettysburg National Military Park and Museum
Begin your tour with the film “A New Birth of Freedom.” Then, lose yourself in Paul Philippoteaux’s Cyclorama from 1884, a breathtaking 360° cylindrical painting depicting Pickett’s Charge. Explore the Museum of the American Civil War and its galleries. Step onto the battlefield with a guided tour of the site illuminating those three historic days in 1863 and the decisive battle that changed the course of American history forever. This afternoon it’s your choice! Visit President Eisenhower’s home and farm (a National Historic Site); this site served as the President’s weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders during the Cold War-era tensions. Or, embark on a guided walking tour of historic downtown Gettysburg with a local expert dressed in period clothing. (B)
Day 5: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - Gettysburg - Shenandoah Valley - Charlottesville, Virgnia
En route to Virginia we pass through Shenandoah National Park via Skyline Drive. Travel along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the scenic wilderness extends in all directions. This evening, enjoy dining at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 6: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - Charlottesville - Williamsburg
Visit Monticello, the beautiful home and gardens of Thomas Jefferson. The third U.S. President and author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was an accomplished inventor and true “Renaissance man.” Stop at a family-run vineyard set in the picturesque Virginia countryside for a tour and tasting of the local wines .This afternoon we arrive in historic Williamsburg. Tonight, dine in a Colonial Williamsburg tavern specializing in revolutionary-era fare. (B, D)
Day 7: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - Colonial Williamsburg - Yorktown - Williamsburg
Step back in time. The short film, “Story of a Patriot,” is your introduction to Colonial Williamsburg where costumed re-enactors populate the streets and buildings, bringing 1770 to life. Tour the Governor’s Palace and Gardens; then feel free to wander the cobblestone streets and explore some of the 88 historic buildings. This afternoon we visit the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Experience another poignant turning point in American history as you immerse yourself in the world of Revolutionary America and learn how American independence was won at the Yorktown Battlefield. Tour the museum’s vibrant galleries and interactive exhibits in a state-of-the-art setting that will impact all your senses. Explore the expanded outdoor living history museum with a re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. (B)
Day 8: Friday, October 19, 2018 - Williamsburg - Washington D.C.
Depart for for Arlington National Cemetery to view the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Kennedy gravesites. Then, travel to Washington, D.C. Explore the world-famous Smithsonian Institution’s countless treasures where it’s your choice! Visit the National Air and Space Museum or the National Museum of American History. Among the National Air and Space Museum’s collection are the Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 command module. The National Museum of American History features the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the national anthem; the First Ladies Hall containing many ball gowns worn by America's First Ladies, and more. The evening is free to explore on your own. (B)
Day 9: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - Washington D. C.
Take a guided tour of America's capital featuring wonderful views of the Capitol building, the White House, monuments and museums. Our first stop is the White House Visitor Center where you retrace the story of the historic residence. Continue with a stop at the moving World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. Finally, make a photo stop at the U.S. Capitol building. This afternoon, visit Mount Vernon, the beloved home of George Washington. Wander the lush plantation grounds and tour the home filled with 18th-century artifacts. Toast the end of a wonderful trip this evening at a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 10: Sunday, October 21, 2018 - Washington D.C. - Tour Ends
Bid farewell to Washington, D.C. this morning. (B)
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Included in Your Price:
~Roundtrip Airfare from Denver (including taxes & surcharges)
~All transfers, including roundtrip transfer from Longmont to DIA
~Gratuities to driver, local guides, baggage handling, and tour manager
~Cocktail party hosted by Gold Key Travel
~Tours and meals as stated in the itinerary
~Services of a Travel Host from Longmont Senior Center/Gold Key Travel
Incredible Experiences Await!
~Explore Gettysburg, one of the most important battle sites of the Civil War
~Stroll the grounds of historic Colonial Gettysburg
~Spend two nights in the heart of New York City
~Enjoy breakfast at Ellen's Stardust Diner featuring singing waitstaff
~Behold Washington D.C.'s famous Capital building and the White House
~Journey back in time with dinner at a tavern specializing in colonial fare
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