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East USA American History Tour Package
From antebellum mansions to Amish Dutch Country and the White House, this tour delves into the beginnings of modern America.
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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES
- Return flights from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic
- 12 nights in hotels of a good standard plus 1 night in flight
- 12 breakfasts
- Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
- Overseas transfers and other transportation
Included holiday highlights
- Atlanta tour, including Martin Luther King Museum
- Charleston's Magnolia Plantation and 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
- Visit Monticello, once home to Thomas Jefferson
- Capital of the United States, Washington DC
- Experience the 'Plain' lifestyle in Amish Dutch Country
- The USA's original capital Philadelphia
Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.
Dates and Prices
You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.
Sunday 08 September 2019
SUN 08 SEP 19
Sunday 08 September 2019
10:10 London (Heathrow)
14:40 Atlanta (Hartsfield)
Friday 20 September 2019
22:00 Newark (Liberty Intl)
10:05 London (Heathrow)
Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.
Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.
By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.
Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change. The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.
USA - Charleston Harbour cruise
Enjoy a relaxing 30 minute cruise through Charleston's historic harbour out to Fort Sumter. The tour is fully narrated and explains many points of interest and historic significance of Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired. After one hour at the Fort, you will cruise back to port, enjoying panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Charleston's bustling harbour.
2-3 hours - Scenic Cruise - Historical
USA - Evening tour of Washington
This evening tour of Washington includes a visit to the historic Union Station where you'll be able to admire its amazing architecture and enjoy dinner (not included in the price) in one of its many restaurants. You'll then continue with a guided tour of the memorials of the city, including the Korean, the Lincoln and the Vietnam Memorials.
Evening Excursion - Moderate Walking - Historical Interest
USA - Atlanta - Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain is Georgia's most visited attraction and features lush scenery and many historical points of interests as well as activities. We will get the opportunity to discover the Stone Mountain Museum at Memorial Hall. Discovering Stone Mountain Museum features artifacts and stories that span 12,000 years, from ancient civilizations that lived on the mountain to the present-day park. Learn about Native Americans and pioneer settlers. See how the community was affected by the Civil War and how Stone Mountain granite helped build the local economy. Subject to local conditions we will also be able to take a fantastic Sky Ride up the mountain with incredible views of the surrounding area.
Half Day - Moderate Walking - Highly Recommended
This must be pre-booked with us 5 days prior to UK departure.
USA - Savannah Trolley-Bus City Tour
See the sights of Savannah with a specialist local tour conductor who will provide expert commentary of the city, known as one of the most enchanting in the United States. You will learn about the history of the city with its extraordinary architecture, lush botanicals and charming city squares.
Duration 90 minutes - Minimal Walking - A Must!
Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:
America's Historic East with New York Add-on
Extend your holiday to 17 days from £649
Sep 2019 - Sep 2019 Departures
Extend your holiday with a three night add on in New York, which includes a half day city tour, walking tours of Central Park and Fifth Avenue and a sightseeing cruise with lunch.
Your add on includes:
* 3 nights accomodation on a room only basis
* The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager
Your Hotel - You will stay in a hotel such as the New York Marriott Eastside.
Please note our Make your own way option does not apply if you book this option.
Day 14 New York
Today is the day that you get to see New York's iconic renowned attractions on a sightseeing tour. Your Local Guide will take you past hotspots including the Empire State Building, Wall Street and Broadway. You'll see the One World Trade Center and the Chrysler Building before heading to Chinatown. Last but not least, you'll find yourself in bustling Times Square, one of the most visited places in the world.
You can spend tonight as you please. If you'd like to see the bright lights of New York in company, come with us on an optional excursion to the Empire State Building. If you go your own way, a visit to Grand Central Station is highly recommended. This famous destination has featured in many movies and is the largest train station in the world. Admire the stunning ceiling in the central concourse and maybe stop for a drink or a bite to eat – there are loads of restaurants to choose from.
Day 15 New York
Your day begins as you take the subway to Central Park, to enjoy a stroll in the company of a knowledgeable Local Guide. You'll hear all about its history, planning and development, and depending on the route we take, highlights could include the Jackie Onassis Reservoir, built to commemorate the first lady, and Strawberry Fields. This section of the park is dedicated to the memory of John Lennon, and here you can sit and enjoy the Imagine mosaic beneath the shade of American elms. The world-famous singer, songwriter and peace activist was murdered outside his apartment in the Dakota building, opposite the park.
When we leave the park, you've the chance to do a spot of window shopping on a guided walk along historic Fifth Avenue. This is where you'll find some of the world's most prestigious shopping names including Tiffany & Co, Cartier and Gucci. It's also home to legendary department stores including Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's.
An afternoon and evening to yourself gives you the chance to explore further or maybe take in a Broadway show. The sightseeing possibilities are endless, and your Tour Manager will be happy to advise you on the best places to go.
Day 16 New York / UK
You've explored Manhattan by foot, so now it's time to take in the views from the water. Today's excursion is a fabulous Bateaux New York lunch cruise with great food and live piano music.
During this two-hour cruise on the Hudson River, you'll see many famous landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Battery Park and One World Trade Center. Pass under the famous bridges of Brooklyn and Williamsburg and circle the incredible Statue of Liberty – this symbol of freedom and democracy is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the world. You'll also see Ellis Island, the gateway to the US for more than 12 million immigrants from 1892 to 1954.
Later, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Day 17 UK
You'll arrive in the UK today.
“Indulge in some retail therapy in the boutiques along historic King Street, one of the most stylish shopping locations in Charleston”
Martin Luther King Jr - a legendary leader
Born on 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Luther King Jr grew up in a time of racial segregation. Destined to become the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, he would be remembered forever for his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech, a passionate call for an end to racism.
The Baptist minister became a civil rights activist early in his career, using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. In 1964, he would receive the Nobel Peace Prize for combatting racial inequality in this way. But on 4 April 1968, aged just 39, he was assassinated in Memphis by James Earl Ray, an act that sparked mass riots across the USA. This was the greatest wave of social unrest the country had seen since the Civil War.
Call for equality
Dr King was shot on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel, and on this site now stands the National Civil Rights Museum complex. The exhibits here tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement, from resistance during slavery to the events of the late 20th century that inspired the call for equality.
‘Free at last’
After his assassination, Dr King was taken home to Atlanta. Here you can learn all about his life at the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site Visitor Center. You can see where he was born, lived, worked and worshipped. You can also pay your respects at his grave site. His Georgia marble tomb, reflecting his southern roots, can be found close to the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he had preached. Inscribed upon it is an epitaph taken from his most famous speech, which says ‘Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, I’m free at last.’ An eternal flame was added to the tomb in 1977, and in 2006 when his wife, Coretta Scott King died, she joined her husband here after a nearly 40-year separation.
Plantation house with an incredible history
Take a trip to America’s Deep South and a visit to an antebellum mansion is likely to feature on your must-do list. Characterised by Georgian, Neo-classical and Greek revival-style architecture, these glorious pre-Civil War buildings epitomise southern living. The facades of these opulent homes more often than not have huge pillars, a balcony running the entire length – to provide shade – and massive central entrances.
Usually built as plantation homes, the debate rages over whether they should be preserved or not, as many were built from the vast fortunes amassed through slavery, oppression and cruelty. But there is also the argument that they should be maintained to ensure we never forget this terrible period in history nor repeat it.
The Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, was founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, when Thomas and his wife Ann arrived here from Barbados. Through the cultivation of rice, the plantation thrived and the family amassed a vast wealth.
No male heirs
Fast-forward to 1825, when Drayton’s great-grandson Thomas died, the plantation was left to his daughter’s sons, Thomas and John Grimké, as he had no male heirs. One condition was that they would assume their mother’s maiden name of Drayton. Soon afterwards the young Thomas was killed in a hunting accident, leaving John, who was in England preparing for the ministry, to come home and run the plantation.
He developed tuberculosis in 1838, and took to tending the gardens in a bid to recuperate, and quite miraculously, he pulled through. Even when he then returned to the ministry, he still devoted plenty of time to the gardens to create an ‘earthly paradise’ for his wife, Julia.
The house was named after the Southern magnolia tree, but the gardens are actually known better for the wide variety of camellias and azaleas on show. In fact, it was John Grimké Drayton who introduced the first azaleas to America, and he was among the first to use camellia japonica outdoors.
American Civil War
The family, the house and the gardens all came under threat at the outbreak of the American Civil War, but survived. And when the gardens first opened to the public in 1870, they saved the plantation from ruin, and today they are one of the greatest public gardens in America.
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