Stars and Stripes Educational Tour

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Stars and Stripes

6 Days Williamsburg 2 • Washington, D.C. area 3

Accommodations

Accommodations in centrally-located three-star or four-star hotels. Rooming on a triple/quad basis with shared beds.

Transportation

Round-trip transportation on scheduled airline. Deluxe touring motorcoach.

Meals

All breakfasts. One lunch. All dinners. Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe on Day 4.

Guides

Tour escort throughout. Special arrangements as noted.

Inclusions

Entrances and activities as noted on itinerary.

Travel Protection

passports provides and pays for a Post Departure Travel Protection Plan that includes coverage for Trip Interruption, Trip Delay, Baggage Loss or Delay, Medical Expense and Evacuation and more.

Day 1: Home - Williamsburg

Day 2: Williamsburg

Excursion to Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg: Visit to Historic Jamestowne with the Powhatan Indian Village, Tour in Colonial Williamsburg, Ghost Tour at Colonial Williamsburg

Day 3: Williamsburg - Washington, D.C. area

American Revolution Museum in Yorktown, Guided tour at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate

Day 4: Washington, D.C. - Washington, D.C. area

Excursion to Mt. Vernon: Old Town Alexandria

Half-day city sightseeing: Local Guide, Capitol Hill, Visit to the National World War II Memorial, Smithsonian Museums at The Mall

Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe

Illumination Drive and Night Tour

Day 5: Washington, D.C. - Washington, D.C. area

Full-day city sightseeing: Local Guide, Visit to the United States Capitol Visitor Center, Ford's Theatre and Petersen House, Visit to the Thomas Jefferson and FDR Memorials, National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, United States Air Force Memorial, White House Visitor Center

Performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Day 6: Washington, D.C. - Home

Half-day city sightseeing: Local Guide, Arlington Cemetery (Kennedy Gravesites, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) and Iwo Jima Memorial, Visit to the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Visit to the Lincoln Memorial, Visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Day 1: Arrival in Washington D.C., Transfer to Williamsburg

The U.S. glides by under your wide-bodied aircraft as you fly to our nation's capital, Washington, D.C.

Travel to the city that was the capital of Virginia in colonial days. See how it has been beautifully restored with the financial support of John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Day 2: Excursion to Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg

On your program today: two of the three colonial sites that form the Historic Triangle of Virginia.

Visit to Historic Jamestowne with the Powhatan Indian Village

A short drive takes you centuries back in time to the site of the first European settlement in the New World, where you will also learn about the history and culture of the region's Native Americans at the re-created Powhatan Indian Village. Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, the leader of the local Algonquin tribes.

View the colonial church tower, partially in ruins, which is the last remaining above-ground structure from the period when Jamestowne was the capital city of the English colony of Virginia, long before Williamsburg was established.

Watch craftsmen such as glassblowers in 17th-century garb demonstrate their skills in authentically replicated shops: glassblowing was one of the earliest trades imported from Europe.

You will also view the replicas of the three ships that sailed from London in December 1606 and reached Virginia's coast in May 1607.

Tour in Colonial Williamsburg

Stroll through town and see landmarks such the Capitol, the Duke of Gloucester Street, the Governor's Palace, and the lovely houses and gardens.

This evening, see the 18th-century town in a different light as you follow a costumed guide on a thrilling Ghost Tour.

Day 3: Yorktown, Monticello, Washington D.C.

Travel to one of the three cities that belong to Virginia's Historic Triangle.

Thematic and living history exhibits take you back to the 1770s and 1780s, and to the battlefield where cannons and muskets once thundered.

Your coach takes you to the historic city colloquially known as C'ville, which was called home by two Presidents, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.

Follow a guide through the plantation of the third President of the United States. Photo opportunities abound at Monticello, starting with the neoclassical residence built in 1772 and the breathtaking views.

Continue to our nation's capital city.

Day 4: Excursion to Mt. Vernon, Washington, D.C. City Sightseeing, Illumination Drive and Night Tour
Excursion to Mt. Vernon

An excursion today takes you along the Potomac to Mount Vernon.

Visit the home and estate where our first President loved to live as a gentleman farmer. Walk down to the gravesite where two marble sarcophagi mark the resting place of George and Martha Washington.

Old Town Alexandria

Travel to the trendy suburb of Alexandria to view the quaint seaport of Old Town Alexandria, established long before the city of Washington, D.C.

Half-day city sightseeing

View important Washington, D.C. landmarks on a tour in the city.

Local Guide

A local guide, well-versed in the history and culture of Washington, D.C., will accompany your group for half the day.

Capitol Hill

Head to Capitol Hill, which is dominated by the cupola of the U.S. Capitol, surrounded by the Senate and House buildings. Nearby, you'll see the Supreme Court Building and the Library of Congress.

Visit to the National World War II Memorial

See the National Memorial dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces or who contributed to the war effort during World War II.

Smithsonian Museums at The Mall

The capital city is home to the largest museum complex in the world, the Smithsonian Institution. It now oversees nineteen museums and the National Zoo, as well as the "Castle," which houses the Smithsonian Visitor Center and the tomb of James Smithson, the Englishman whose half-million dollar endowment established the Institution, back in 1846.

Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe

This evening, enjoy dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, where the original concept of hanging rock star memorabilia on the walls began when Eric Clapton gave a young proprietor his guitar to keep as a long-standing reservation in order to be able to dine at his favorite table in London. Now, over 70,000 items line the walls in more than 160 restaurants in 52 countries around the world.

Illumination Drive and Night Tour

In the evening, the monuments light up: see the Capitol Building, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and more.

Day 5: Washington, D.C. City Sightseeing, Performance at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts
Full-day city sightseeing

Enjoy a city sightseeing tour, where you will see some of the sights of Washington D.C.

Local Guide

A full-day local guide, well-educated and specially-trained on the history and culture of Washington, D.C., will accompany your group.

Visit to the United States Capitol Visitor Center

Get better acquainted with the United States Congress and the Capitol Building at the Visitor Center, where historical documents are on display in the Exhibition Hall.

Ford's Theatre and Petersen House

Visit the theater where President Lincoln was shot, and the house across the street in which he died. The theater reopened after having been closed for 103 years.

Visit to the Thomas Jefferson and FDR Memorials

Visit the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, dedicated to the Founding Father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence, who served as the third President of the United States between 1801 and 1809.

You will also visit the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, which honors the President who led the nation out of the Great Depression and through World War II in the course of his unequaled four-term presidency.

National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

Stop at the monument dedicated to the 184 people who died at the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 on September 11, 2001.

United States Air Force Memorial

You will see the United States Air Force Memorial, which honors the service of the personnel of the United States Air Force and its predecessors.

White House Visitor Center

Spend time at the Visitor Center to see historical artifacts and permanent exhibits, and to take a virtual tour of the White House.

Performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Head to the "Kennedy Center," one of the busiest performing arts centers in the United States, with multiple performances venues and a Grand Foyer that's one of the world's largest rooms.

Shear Madness

Thrills and suspense are on your program at the Kennedy Center's performance of Shear Madness, the longest-running non-musical show in the country (it premiered in the USA in 1980). In this hilarious whodunit, whose plot changes with each performance, the actors improvise and the audience is involved in solving the crime!

Day 6: Washington, D.C. City Sightseeing, Departure
Half-day city sightseeing

View important Washington, D.C. landmarks on a tour in the city.

Local Guide

A local guide, well-versed in the history and culture of Washington, D.C., will accompany your group for half the day.

Arlington Cemetery (Kennedy Gravesites, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) and Iwo Jima Memorial

On a visit to the National Cemetery, you will pause at the Kennedy Gravesite and at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where the Changing of the Guard is held regularly.

Continue to Arlington Ridge Park, adjacent to Arlington Cemetery, to view the Marine Corps War Memorial. Better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, this iconic monument is dedicated to all U.S. Marine Corps personnel who have died defending their country since 1775.

Visit to the Korean War Veterans Memorial

As you will see, all visitors to the Korean War Veterans Memorial are reminded that Freedom Is Not Free as they pay their respect to soldiers who served during the Korean War between 1950 and 1953.

Visit to the Lincoln Memorial

Have a close look at one of the city's, and the nation's, most beloved monuments, which memorializes the 16th President of the United States. You will be reminded of President Lincoln's accomplishments as you stand at the foot of his 19-foot-tall statue.

Visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Pause at one of the the most poignant memorials on the Mall. In a solemn tribute, it bears the names of members of the U.S. armed forces who perished or were reported as missing in action during the Vietnam War.

Depart Washington, D.C.

Most good things must come to an end. Your suitcase full of memorabilia and of photos ready to be processed, get ready for the journey home, eager to share your discoveries with family and friends.

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