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America's Historic East

From £3,249.00
Duration 14 Days
Departures from: Sep 2022 - Oct 2023
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From £3,249.00
Duration 14 Days
Departures from: Sep 2022 - Oct 2023
Tour Overview
From antebellum mansions to the White House and Statue of Liberty, this tour delves into the beginnings of modern America. You begin with a city tour in Atlanta, home of Martin Luther King Center and World of Coca Cola. Then move onto Savannah to indulge in typical Southern fare at one of the most historic venues in Georgia and visit the beautiful Magnolia Plantation House and Gardens. Explore Charleston, the oldest city on America's Eastern seaboard, head north to the buzzing city of Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War and discover Jamestown, where the first British settlement was established in 1607. You'll then head to Washington to discover the iconic White House and the Pentagon, stop in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, and home of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Franklin Institute. Finally, end in New York city.
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Your Holiday Includes

  • Private Chauffeur Service, Free Airport Parking or £100 reduction if you make your own arrangements
  • Return flights from London
  • 12 nights in great quality hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 8 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Atlanta tour, including Martin Luther King Center
  • Traditional Southern fare buffet
  • Stay in Savannah
  • 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
  • The USA's original capital Philadelphia
  • Stay in New York City
  • Tour of New York

Airport Travel Service

On all flight inclusive holidays, you can now choose to start your holiday with our Private Chauffeur Service* or we can organise free airport parking*. If you'd prefer to make your own arrangements, we'll give you a price reduction* off your holiday. Details on how to book will be included in your confirmation invoice on booking.

*Mileage restrictions apply over 100 miles. Please see our Terms & Conditions for information.

Itinerary

Day 1 Atlanta

Make you own way to the airport or be collected by our Private Chauffeur (if you've pre-booked) for your flight to Atlanta, and on arrival we will transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2 Atlanta - Savannah

This morning's tour includes Peachtree Street and the gold-domed Georgia State Capitol. Visits to the grave site of Dr Martin Luther King and a memorial dedicated to the civil rights leader, who was born in Atlanta, are further highlights. This afternoon we head to Savannah, where we will eat traditional Southern fare at one of the most historic venues in Georgia, the inn was first opened in 1753, then a key meeting point for pirates and sailors alike.

Meals included: L

Day 3 Savannah - at Leisure

You can set your own pace as you explore Savannah today. The city boasts more than 20 historic squares, shaded by oak trees and surrounded by elegant homes, charming churches and fascinating museums. Be sure to take in Chippewa Square, where scenes from Forrest Gump were filmed. You'll also want to spend time by the waterfront, where old cotton warehouses have been converted into galleries, antique shops, boutiques and restaurants. To see more of this city that is the epitome of Southern living and home to a wonderful collection of antebellum mansions, an optional sightseeing ride comes highly recommended.

This evening, why not make a beeline for the cobbled street alongside the river. It's home to a myriad of restaurants and bars where bands and musicians often play. Savannah is one of the few places in America where you can legally walk around with a drink, so ask for a 'to-go cup' and soak up the sociable atmosphere!

Meals included: B

Day 4 Savannah - Charleston

Our journey to Charleston takes us first to the beautiful Magnolia Plantation House and it's tranquil gardens. Founded by the Drayton family in 1676, the estate witnessed the American Revolution, the Civil War, and now features an exhibit on the lives of the enslaved families that lived there.

Meals included: B

Day 5 Charleston

Founded in 1670, Charleston is built around a lovely natural harbour and distinctive palmetto palm trees line its charming streets. As we explore the Old Town together, highlights include the waterfront, the old slave mart and the exchange building.

You're free to make your own discoveries this afternoon. You could head to the historic City Market and spend some time shopping for souvenirs – look out for stalls selling sweetgrass baskets and other handicrafts of African origin. Alternatively, a fascinating optional tour will take you on a cruise around Charleston Harbour to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired. You'll learn more about the history of the conflict and see a network of waterways, marshland and bridges along the way.

Charleston's restaurant scene is considered to be one of the best in the country, so why not head out this evening and sample some local specialities.

Meals included: B

Day 6 Charleston - 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.

Meals included: B

Day 7 Wilmington - 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 if it's fashionable shops and restaurants you crave, be sure to make a beeline for the historic district of Shockoe Slip.

Meals included: B

Day 8 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.​

Meals included: B

Day 9 Richmond - 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.​

Meals included: B

Day 10 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 Veterans' 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 11 Washington DC - Philadelphia - New York

Our final destination is New York City. En route we will visit Philadelphia, where we will have a tour. Philadelphia 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.

Day 12 New York

Iconic sights are waiting around every corner in this exciting city, and your Local Guide will introduce them all on today's included sightseeing tour. Hotspots include the Empire State Building, Wall Street and the theatres on Broadway. You'll also view the One World Trade Center, the sparkling Chrysler Building, Chinatown and bustling Times Square. This afternoon, you're free to make your own discoveries of this fantastic city.

Day 13 New York - UK

Enjoy a final morning exploring New York, perhaps heading to Central Park to soak up atmosphere from a horse-drawn carriage. Later, we transfer to the airport for our flight to the UK.

Day 14 UK

You'll arrive back in the UK today. Upon arrival, either make your own way home or your Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home (if you've pre-booked).

Additional Information

 

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Sheraton Atlanta

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel is a downtown hotel located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia's capital city, minutes from the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Aquarium, Philips Arena, Centennial Park and the Georgia Dome. All rooms come with air conditioning, an iron, refrigerator & flatscreen TV. Hotel facilities include a fitness centre & pool.

Staybridge Suites Savannah Historic District

Bright rooms offer free WiFi, desks with ergonomic chairs and flat-screen TVs with premium channels, as well as pillow-top mattresses, coffeemakers, minifridges and microwaves. Hot breakfast is included. There’s an outdoor pool with a bar, a business centre, laundry facilities and a shuttle service to Old Town. Amenities with 24/7 access include a fitness centre and a convenience store.

Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Historic District

Located in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District, and adjacent to famed Marion Square, this hotel is in the perfect location for exploring this destination, renowned for its historic charm and coastal lifestyle and culinary talent.

Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire

Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire is located within Mayfaire Town Center which includes plenty of shops & restaurants. Relax in your newly renovated room with complimentary WiFi, Keurig single cup K-Cup brewers, microwave, refrigerator, ergonomic chair, work desk and a 37-inch HDTV with cable channels.

Holiday Inn Express - Downtown Richmond

Holiday Inn Express- Downtown Richmond hotel is situated in the heart of the historic Richmond's River district. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, breakfast buffet, health & fitness centre and internet access. Bedroom facilities includes a bathtub, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities, mini refrigerator, iron & ironing board and private bathroom facilities.

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC is in a prime location and within easy reach of the US Capitol Building, National Mall, White House and many other attractions of Washington DC. Hotel rooms feature en suite facilities, air-conditioning, tea/coffee-making facilities and hairdryer. Other hotel amenities include a restaurant, indoor swimming pool and a gym, and hot tub.

New York Marriott Marquis

With an excellent location close to Times Square, the Theater District, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, this hotel has amazing facilities including a revolving restaurant with views of Times Square and a 24 hour fitness center. Rooms have floor to ceiling windows and great amenities including tea and coffee making facilities.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

Washington Evening Tour

Washington Evening Tour

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
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) ...

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Savannah Sightseeing Tour

Savannah Sightseeing 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!
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...

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Charleston Harbour cruise

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
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 significanc...

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Personalise your trip

Choose to extend your stay with an organised add-on. 

America's Historic East with New York Add-on

America's Historic East with New York Add-on

Extend to 16 days from £499.00 Departures from: Sep 2022 - Oct 2023
From antebellum mansions to the White House and Statue of Liberty, this tour delves into the beginnings of modern America. You begin with a city tour in Atlanta, home of Martin Luther King Center and World of Coca Cola. Then move onto Savannah to indulge in typical Southern fare at one of the most historic venues in Georgia and visit the beautiful Magnolia Plantation House and Gardens. Explore Charleston, the oldest city on America's Eastern seaboard, head north to the buzzing city of Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War and discover Jamestown, where the first British settlement was established in 1607. You'll then head to Washington to discover the iconic White House and the Pentagon, stop in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, and home of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Franklin Institute. Finally, end with an extended stay in New York city.
From antebellum mansions to the White House and Statue of Liberty, this tour delves into the beginnings of modern America. You begin with a city tour in Atlanta, home of Martin Lut...

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