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Southern Itinerary

  • Day 1: Welcome dinner in Philadelphia
  • Day 2: Philadelphia, Annapolis
  • Day 3: Mount Vernon & Colonial Williamsburg
  • Day 4: Colonial Williamsburg
  • Day 5: Yorktown, Monticello and Alexandria
  • Day 6: Farewell breakfast  

 

Detailed Itinerary 6 Day - 5 Night

 

Day 1

Day 1: Arrival to Philadelphia, PA  

Welcome to the East Coast and the birthplace of America, after a flight from your hometown, check in at the hotel.  This evening we gather with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at the hotel for a welcome and orientation meeting followed by dinner at the famous City Tavern. Overnight in Philadelphia, PA. (D)

 

Day 2

Day 2: Philadelphia - Annapolis, MD  

The exploration in Philadelphia starts with a walking tour of old Philadelphia. First we visit the famous Independence Hall  where courageous delegates from the thirteen colonies put their lives on the line by signing the Declaration of Independence; where George Washington was named commander-in-chief of the Continental Army; where Betsy Ross' design for the first flag was approved; and where the American Constitution was drafted - that's a whole lot of history in just one building!  

Next door we will explore Congress Hall  home of the House of Representatives and Senate from 1790 to 1800 and most importantly, were the first peaceful transfer of power occurred between President George Washington and President John Adams.

We continue our adventure with a visit to the new home of America's symbol of freedom , the Liberty Bell . Next, we stroll around to visit Philadelphia’s most important sites like the Executive Mansion; Carpenters Hall which is the site of the First Continental Convention where the 13 Colonies first met to unite into one country; Elfreth's Alley; Quaker Meeting HouseBenjamin Franklin’s Post Office ; Betsy Rose's house; we will continue on to Christ Church   where history is not a far off idea. Since 1695 through today, the building is still being used just the way it was when Ben Franklin, George Washington, Betsy Ross and William Penn attended services there. We continue with a visit to the site of Benjamin Franklin’s house sit and learn how Benjamin’s legacy continues to influence us today.

We will learn all about the "blueprint" of American democracy at the National Constitution Center ,  where you'll see Freedom Rising , a multimedia production that tells the story of this extraordinary document.

After this busy morning we have free time to enjoy lunch at the Reading Terminal Market . Lunch on own.

In the afternoon we drive to Annapolis , Maryland, where we will visit the State House,  completed in 1779 it is America's First Peacetime Capitol and the oldest state house still in legislative use. It was the site of nationally important events during the American Revolution, including George Washington's resignation as commander in chief of the Continental Army from the army, and the ratification of the Treaty of Paris. After this short visit, enjoy free time to stroll Annapolis picturesque Main Street. Dinner at Reynolds Tavern. Overnight in Annapolis (B,D).  

Day 3

Day 3: Annapolis - Mount Vernon - Williamsburg, VA  

After breakfast we cross the Chesapeake Bay and follow General Washington’s route as a civilian to his home, Mount Vernon, Virginia . This is the estate that Washington called home for more than 40 years.  He with his wife Martha Washington lived in the now most popular historic estate in America and the last reminder of the life and legacy of the Father of Our Country. Visit more than a dozen original structures, Washington's Tomb, 50 acres of plantation, working blacksmith shop, slave cabin and Washington's own invention of a 16 sided threshing barn among other interesting features of his home. Get inside Washington’s private life as we study colonial morals and visit the galleries that display original artifacts like the General's dentures which were made from many materials but never wood. The Educational Center showcases the painstaking research that culminated in the three most accurate likenesses of George Washington throughout his life as well as a realistic movie depicting the main battles of the General featuring chairs that rumble from canon fire and snow that fell during the daring crossing of the Delaware River.

Enjoy free time for lunch at Mount Vernon’s Food court or try the peanut soup at the Mount Vernon Inn . Lunch on own. Afterwards we continue in the footsteps of Washington to Colonial Williamsburg  where the General started his political career as a member of the House of Burgesses. History is alive as we walk down the same streets, dine in the same famous taverns and frequent the same shops as Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Payton Randolph to name a few. Who knows, we may even meet some of them as we enjoy our evening tavern meal and living history night program . Overnight in Williamsburg (B,D). 

Day 4

Day 4: Colonial Williamsburg

Experience life in the 18th century at America’s largest outdoor history museum. Colonial Williamsburg was the center of government education and culture in Colonial Virginia for most of the 18th century.  The city exhibits dozens of authentic or re-created colonial houses and relating to American Revolutionary War. The main buildings include Raleigh Tavern, the Capitol , the Governor’s Palace among others. On the far side of Duke of Gloucester Street from the Capitol is America's second oldest college, the College of William & Mary . Chartered in 1697 by King William and Queen Mary, W+M has educated US Presidents like Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Tyler as well as 16 signers of the Declaration of independence and countless indian youth in attempts to enlighten our wild young democracy.   This is a rare opportunity to experience history within a city that remains virtually unchanged from the time history occurred. We will take advantage of programs that have been specially designed by Colonial Williamsburg's  education department.

To make the most of your time at Colonial Williamsburg you will always be accompanied by a costumed Licensed Guide of Williamsburg to inspire you through language, games, anecdotes and knowledge of where to find the best colonial chocolate. Lunch and dinner on own. We finish our day with another exciting Colonial Williamsburg evening program. Overnight in Williamsburg.  (B).

Day 5

Day 5: Williamsburg - Yorktown - Monticello - Michie Tavern - Alexandria, VA  

The first stop this morning is Yorktown , VA. In 1781 this strategic place and battlefield was the stage were a British army commanded by General Cornwallis was forced to surrender to General Washington’s Army and French forces led by Comte de Rochambeau. This was the last major land battle and the victory that secured independence for the United States and significantly changed the course of world history. Since we are nearing the end of the tour and at the end of the war, we pay homage to the brave patriots at the Yorktown Battlefield Surrender Field before we head west to Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence and third President of the Unite States.

Before visiting Monticello, we have a stop for lunch. We will be welcomed at Michie Tavern and will be oriented through its history by taking a brief tour of the tavern followed by a dance class at the Ballroom where we will dance a lively colonial reel. Michie Tavern  is a historic landmark and recreates 18th century tavern life and lets us experience a taste of the 18th century. We will enjoy a delicious lunch offering the best country fried chicken you ever had in your life, accompanied with mashed potatoes with gravy, beats, green beans, stewed tomatoes, cole slow, black eyed peas, corn bread, muffins, peach cobbler for dessert and to drink fresh apple cider or soft drinks.  

After this plentiful lunch, we visit the house that Thomas Jefferson designed as we discuss colonial architecture and the live of slaves in colonial Virginia. Jefferson was a student of the enlightenment and could not live without books. We will pay our respects at his grave before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of the University of Virginia. At Monticello, Jefferson accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago, so as we shall dine at the base of Jefferson's "little mountain".  

In the afternoon drive north to Alexandria, VA. This is our last night of tour so we will enjoy a farewell dinner at Gadsby's Tavern . Overnight in Alexandria (B,L,D).

Day 6

Day 6: Alexandria, VA

End of tour and services. Flight home. (B). 

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Discover our unique Itinerary for our Founding America Tour.
Visit the places where our Founding Fathers made history. 
Live history in this exciting experiential learning trip.
 

*Included in special departures. 

Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR

  • Re-live history through our historical character actors.
  • Experience the sites of the Revolutionary War including Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Annapolis, Williamsburg, Yorktown.
  • Dine in historic taverns, where our Founding Fathers dined.
  • Tour the homes of America's first three presidents; Mount Vernon & Monticello.
  • Reenact the discussion that led to the Declaration of Independence.
  • Live the colonial life in Williamsburg, VA including full access and two night programs.
  • Walking tour of Colonial Philadelphia.
  • Step aboard the U.S.S. Constitution.

 

Departures

Departure Dates:

   
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Rates

 

Rates in US Dollars Per Person / Room:

Quadruple Room: $1,350
Triple Room: $1,500
Double Room: $1,650
Single Room: $1,950

 

Includes

 WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • All visits, entrance fees & activities described in itinerary inluding overnight accomodation.
  • Meals per itinerary in historic Colonial taverns.
  • Ground transportation with 24 hour professional Tour Manager.
  • All taxes, fee and gratuities except for driver and guide.
  • Full access to Colonial Williamsburg, including evening programs.
  • Educational programs as described in the itinerary with emphasis in experiential travel at historical sites.

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:

Airfare, Airport transfers, Personal expenses, Lunches (except as stated in itinerary), Travel Insurance.

Dining

COLONIAL TAVERNS

Public dining should be much more than mere eating. Historically, there was conversation on important events, entertainment and enjoyment of the nights fare. By going on our tour your Declare your independence from the standard group tour meal.

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all meals should be enjoyed, that they are endowed by their chef to include conversation, entertainment and the persuit of fine flavors. In recognition of this statement, we have chosen the best possible restaurants that exemplify the wide range of colonial recipes, from the port of Boston, throught the mountains of the middle colonies to the plantations of Virginia.

We at The Travels believe that your meals should be experiences in themselves. You dinner experience should be memorable, enjoyable and add to the educational quality of your tour. This is another very important element that seperates our tour from any other tour and helps to satisfly our mission of creating the best possible educational tour concerning the Founding of America.

Scroll down or click below for more information about each tavern.

  • Union Oyster House, oldest restaurant in continue use in America.
  • The Green Dragon, meeting place of Boston’s Sons of Liberty.
  • Salem Cross Inn, a 1700 era farm house built by the White family considered one of the finest restaurants in New England.
  • City Tavern, home to world famous chef Walter Staib and PBS series “A taste of History”.
  • Reynolds Tavern, steps away from Maryland State House where George Washington resigned his commission.
  • Kings Arms & Shields Taverns, a favorite spot for Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and Peyton Randolph.
  • Michie Tavern, Established in 1787 and home to the best fried chicken in the world. - Mount Vernon Inn. - Gadsby’s Tavern, patroned by G.Washington, J.Adams, T.Jefferson, J.Madison, J.Monroe and the Marquis De LaFayette.

Massachusetts, New hampshire & New York Taverns

Union Oyster House

Union Oyster House

Union Oyster House

Located in Boston. Union Street was laid out in 1636, but there are no municipal records documenting the Oyster House's date of construction. All that is known is that the building has stood on Union Street as a major local landmark for more than 250 years. In 1742—before it became a seafood house, the building housed importer Hopestill Capen's fancy dress goods business, known colorfully as "At the Sign of the Cornfields." At this time, the Boston waterfront came up to the back door of the dry goods establishment, making it convenient for ships to deliver their cloth and goods from Europe. Read more.

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Green Dragon Tavern

The Green Dragon Tavern

Green Dragon Tavern

The Green Dragon Tavern has a long and rich history, playing an important part in the freedom of Boston during the War of Independence. Established in 1654 The Green Dragon was a favorite haunt of Paul Revere (Whom we consider a close Neighbor) and John Hancock (who’s brother lived next door!). Indeed, as has been ratified by Daniel Webster – the famous historian, that it was in the Green Dragon that the plans for the invasion of Lexington and Concorde were overheard thus starting the famous ride of Paul Revere.

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Homestead Restaurant

The Homestead Restaurant

The Homestead Restaurant in Bristol, New Hampshire represents the original homestead of Benjamin Emmons. The large two-story frame house built by Emmons, circa 1788, is said to be the oldest house standing in the town of Bristol. Benjamin Emmons was a prominent man in his day. He was a revolutionary soldier from New Chester (now known as Bristol) and after the war was active in the militia. Here he kept a tavern and for the price of 12 cents you could have a bowl of porridge and chance to sleep on the floor. His descendants lived here for generations. Today the McDonough family opens its doors to offer the finest of today’s food and beverage and a glimpse at the past.

TheHomesteadhn.com

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Old 76 House

Old 76 House

The Old '76 House in Tappan, NY is not simply one of America's oldest taverns. Built in 1668, The Old '76 House had a profound effect on the outcome of The Revolutionary War. Through its long use as a meeting place for patriots, The Old '76 House established itself as safe ground for Americans when the air was rife with revolution and the tavern itself served as the "prison" of the Revolution's most notorious spy, Major John Andre. That is why The Old '76 House is often referred to as "Andre's Prison", not a real prison, in fact never having been a place of incarceration for anyone before or since.

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Pennsylvania & Maryland Taverns

City Tavern

City Tavern

City Tavern Philadelphia

Experience authentic 18th century American culinary history. Located in Philadelphia, PA, this traditional restaurant is run by reknown Chef Walter Staib, presenter of the award winning TV program "A Taste of History"  which brings American culinary heritage to live. The Tavern was built "for the convenience and credit of the city" by a group of eminent Philadelphians who felt that their hometown deserved a fine tavern which reflected its status as the largest, most cosmopolitan city in British North America. When the Tavern was completed in 1773, it was one of the most elegant buildings in the city. In 1774, as the breech with great Britain widened, politics were the dominant topic of conversation at City Tavern. In May, leading citizens held a meeting in the Long Room to shape Pennsylvania's response to the "intolerable acts." Three months later, as the delegates to the First Continental Congress began to arrive in Philadelphia, the Tavern was thrust center stage in the dispute with England.

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Reading Terminal Market

The Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market

This historical place is not a tavern, but this is one of American's oldest markets since the late 1600s. "Over one hundred merchants[1] offer fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, ice cream, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, and specialty and ethnic foods. Every space in the market is rented out; three of the vendors are descendants of original market merchants." This is the perfect place to enjoy the best food in Philadelphia and also to try the original Phily cheesesteak sandwich.

www.ReadingTerminalMarket.org

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Reynolds Tavern

Reynolds Tavern 

Reynolds Tavern

Reynolds Tavern is "one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Annapolis, Maryland.  Situated in a prominent position on Church Circle it is conveniently located in the center of the Historic District shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries and the United States Naval Academy.The building has been restored beautifully to reflect the working nature of the Tavern and the elegance of the 18th Century.  Reynolds Tavern is the oldest tavern in Annapolis and one of the oldest in the U.S."

www.ReynoldsTavern.org

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Williamsburg's Taverns

Chowning's Tavern

Chowning's Tavern

Williamsburg Restaurants

Located inside Colonial Williamsburg, this tavern "originally opened by Josiah Chowning in 1766, who wanted to appeal to the “ordinary sort,” this one-of-a-kind tavern offers menu items that are anything but ordinary." Read more.

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Christiana Campbell's Tavern

Christiana Campbell's Tavern

Williamsburg Restaurants

"Noted as George Washington’s favorite for seafood, Christiana Campbell’s Tavern is as alive today as it was in the times of the founders. Mrs. Campbell’s Tavern is decorated with the aesthetics of the 18th century. Once inside, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported in time. From the pewter candlesticks, brass sconces, and framed prints to the reproduction chairs you’re seated in, it’s easy to see why the local gentry chose this tavern as a place of conversation and political discussion." Located inside Colonial Williamsburg. Read more.

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King's Arm Tavern

King's Arms Tavern

Colonial Williamsburg Restaurants

"After Jane Vobe opened the King’s Arms Tavern in 1772, it became one of the town’s most genteel establishments. She once described it as a place “where the best people resorted.” Today, the tavern remains true to her words." Located inside Colonial Williamsburg. Read more.

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Shields Tavern

Shields Tavern

Colonial Williamsburg Restaurants

"When in the South, do as southerners do: eat, drink, and be merry. This reconstructed tavern keeps the conversation and entertainment in and the food hot." Located inside Colonial Williamsburg. Read more.

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Virginia Taverns

Michie Tavern

Michie Tavern 

Michie Tavern facade

"MICHIE TAVERN, located half a mile below Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlestosville, VA, accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through an historical journey which recreates 18th-century tavern life.  Servers in period attire offer bountiful Colonial Midday Fare.  The rustic restaurant setting renders a lunch dining experience rich in southern culture and hospitality for families to enjoy.  Get a taste of the 18th-century as we feature a buffet of southern fried chicken, marinated baked chicken, hickory-smoked pork barbecue, stewed tomatoes, black-eyed peas, buttermilk biscuits and so much more." Read more.

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Mount Vernon Inn

Mount Vernon Inn

MOUNT VERNON INN

Located right outside the grounds of George Washington's historic estate, Mount Vernoon is charming restaurants that serves colonial dishes with elegant atmosphere. You can also enjoy the tavern section. The inn has costumed servers and a very delicious colonial cuisine . Read more.

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Gadsby's Tavern

Gadsby's Tavern

Founding America Gadsbys Tavern

Founded as a seaport in 1749, Alexandria has always greeted visitors from near and far. Taverns, like Gadsby's, provided travelers with much needed rest, food and drink, the latest news, a place to make business deals and to hold political discussions, and a variety of entertainment.  The site known as Gadsby's Tavern consists of two buildings, a (circa) 1785 tavern & the 1792 City Hotel. Named after Englishman John Gadsby, an entrepreneur who leased the buildings & operated them as tavern keeper from 1796's til 1808, the tavern & hotel were the center of Alexandria's economic, political, & social life in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. Read more.

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Scott, Thank you so much for making this such a memorable & fantastic adventure. You are such an  inspirational person. Hope to see you in the future!
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