The Historic East: Legacy of Liberty

October 17, 2024 thru October 25, 2024

Embark on an 8-day historical adventure from Philadelphia to Virginia, exploring America’s foundational sites. Discover Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, delve into the Revolutionary War history at Valley Forge, and relive the Civil War at Gettysburg. Experience the tranquility of Amish Country, the scenic beauty of Shenandoah National Park, and the legacy of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. Wander through Colonial Williamsburg’s living history and conclude with the historic Jamestown Settlement. This journey weaves through the tapestry of American heritage, offering immersive experiences in history, culture, and natural beauty.


Transportation

Roundtrip Air Transportation from ABQ

Transportation

Motorcoach

Duration

8 days, 7 nights

Activity Level 4

Active

Meals

12 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners) included

Availability

Available

Gratuities

Tour director, driver & local guide tips included


Tour Highlights

  • Liberty Bell Center
  • Independence Hall National Historical Park
  • Congress Hall
  • Philadelphia City Tour
  • Spirit of Philadelphia Dinner Cruise
  • Valley Forge with Encampment Tour
  • Amish Country Tour
  • Gettysburg National Military Park Museum
  • Gettysburg National Cemetery
  • Gettysburg Beyond the Battle Museum
  • Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
  • Capitol Building Tour
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Jamestown Settlement & Jamestown Glasshouse

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • 7 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
  • Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
  • 12 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)
  • Admission to all listed attractions
  • Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
  • All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)


Day 1 – Travel to Philadelphia

We depart on our journey from Albuquerque International Sunport and fly into Philadelphia. We will settle into our hotel to rest after our travels.

Day 2 – Philadelphia's Historic Sites & Scenic Dinner Cruise

Begin with breakfast at your hotel, then set off to the Liberty Bell Center for a glimpse into America’s fight for freedom. A short stroll away is Independence Hall National Historical Park, the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Next, visit Congress Hall, a cornerstone of U.S. political history, followed by an independent lunch at the bustling Reading Terminal Market.

In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of historic landmarks, including Christ Church and Elfreth’s Alley. Cap off your day with an enchanting dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia, offering stunning river views and a relaxing atmosphere under the city lights.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 3 – Valley Forge Exploration & Amish Country Adventure

Your day begins with a nourishing breakfast at the hotel before heading to the historic Valley Forge. Here, meet your step-on guide for a captivating 2-hour Encampment driving Tour. Traverse the 10-mile loop, visiting key sites like the National Memorial Arch and Washington’s Headquarters, while soaking in the rich history of this pivotal Revolutionary War site.

Next, savor a delightful lunch at the Plain & Fancy Restaurant in Bird-in-Hand, PA. In the afternoon, embark on a unique journey through Lancaster County. Delve into the heart of Amish country, exploring the serene landscapes and learning about the Amish way of life.

Your day of historical and cultural exploration concludes with check-in at the Heritage Hotel Lancaster, offering a comfortable retreat to reflect on the day’s enriching experiences.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 4 – Gettysburg's Historic Battlefields

Fuel up with breakfast at the hotel before checking out and embarking on a day steeped in history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. Engage with the past as you explore the museum, where the stories of this pivotal Civil War battle come to life.

After, begin a guided tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield. This 2-hour journey across hallowed grounds offers insights into the strategies, struggles, and significance of this historic conflict. Enjoy an independent lunch and continue your exploration at the Gettysburg National Cemetery, a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made during the battle.

The afternoon brings a delightful change of pace with a visit to Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit Farm & Market. Experience the Deluxe Dumpling Tour, which includes an apple dumpling demonstration, a bee room talk, a wagon tour, and delicious samples of apple cider and donuts. You’ll also take home apples and your own dumpling.

Conclude your day at the Gettysburg Beyond the Battle Museum, gaining a deeper understanding of the town’s history beyond the Civil War. Finally, check into The Gettysburg Hotel for a well-deserved rest after a day rich in historical and culinary experiences.

Meals included: (B)

Day 5 – Harpers Ferry Exploration & Shenandoah National Park

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. This picturesque town is not only scenically stunning but also rich in history. Start your visit at the Visitor Center and take the shuttle to Lower Town, where you can explore several museums and exhibits along the quaint streets.

After departing Harpers Ferry, enjoy an independent lunch at a location of your choice. In the afternoon, journey to Shenandoah National Park. Shenandoah is known for its breathtaking beauty and the Skyline Drive, a 105-mile road that runs along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Make a brief stop at Stony Man Mountain Overlook for impressive views, then continue to the Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center, where you can learn more about the park’s natural and cultural history.

Conclude your day with check-in at the Holiday Inn Monticello-Charlottesville.

Meals included: (B)

Day 6 – Monticello Visit & Richmond’s Capitol Building Tour

Kick off the day with breakfast at your hotel, followed by a departure to Monticello. Experience the history and legacy of Thomas Jefferson as you tour his iconic mountaintop home. After exploring Monticello, head to Michie Tavern for a historical and hearty lunch experience. This 18th-century tavern offers a taste of colonial America with its traditional fare.

The afternoon is dedicated to a guided tour of the Capitol Building in Richmond, Virginia. Here, immerse yourself in the rich history of this significant political landmark, with time to explore the gift shop and museum exhibits.

Your day concludes with check-in at the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 7 – Exploring Colonial Williamsburg & Farewell Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites, preparing you for a day of exploration and discovery in Colonial Williamsburg. This day is yours to roam freely in one of the largest living history museums in the world. Stroll through the historic district, where actors in period costume recreate daily colonial life. Visit historic buildings, watch traditional craftspeople at work, and immerse yourself in the rich history of the era.

As the day winds down, gather for a special farewell dinner.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 8 – Travel Home

Start your final day with breakfast at the hotel before checking out and heading to the Jamestown Settlement. Here, a guided tour awaits, offering insights into the first permanent English colony in America. Explore the life-size re-creations of the colonists’ fort, the Powhatan village, and the ships that brought them to the New World. After the tour, take some time to visit the exhibits and galleries.

Depart Jamestown Settlement with an included box lunch and proceed to the Historic Jamestowne Glasshouse. Witness the fascinating art of glassblowing as costumed interpreters demonstrate techniques used since 1608, offering a glimpse into one of America’s first industries.

Your journey concludes with a departure to the Richmond airport, where you’ll bid farewell to Virginia, taking with you the memories and experiences of a trip rich in American history and heritage.

Meals included: (B, L)

Itinerary subject to change.


Package Pricing

$4,255 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $200

$4,845 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $200

Final Payment Due:

July 16, 2024

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation ABQ (Not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• 7 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• 12 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)


Booking Policy

FULL PAYMENT DUE: July 16, 2024

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • None through July 16, 2024
  • $200 – July 17 – August 13, 2024
  • $2,500 – August 14 – September 10, 2024
  • 100% – After September 10, 2024

TRAVEL PROTECTION STARTS AT $383


ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING

Level 4: Active

Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Airport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A passport is required for travel outside of the United States. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our scheduled airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

The weather in Pennsylvania in October is typically characterized by the transition from the warm, humid days of summer to the cooler, crisper conditions of autumn. Here are some general aspects of Pennsylvania's weather in October:

Cooling Temperatures: October sees a noticeable drop in temperatures compared to September. Average high temperatures range from the mid-50s to mid-60s Fahrenheit (around 13 to 18 degrees Celsius), while lows at night can dip into the 40s and occasionally the 30s Fahrenheit (around 4 to 9 degrees Celsius).

Variable Conditions: Weather in October can be quite variable. Early in the month, you might experience relatively warm and sunny days, while later in the month, the weather tends to become cooler and more indicative of late autumn.

Fall Foliage: October is known for its beautiful fall foliage in Pennsylvania, with leaves changing colors and creating picturesque landscapes, particularly in rural and mountainous areas. This makes it a popular month for outdoor activities like hiking and sightseeing.

Precipitation: Rainfall is fairly common in October, but it's not typically the rainiest month. The state can also experience the first frost and occasionally an early snowfall, especially in the northern and higher elevation regions.

Regional Variations: Weather can vary significantly across the state due to its diverse topography. The southeastern part (including Philadelphia) tends to be milder, while the northern and western parts of the state (including areas near the Allegheny Mountains) can be cooler.

Layered Clothing Recommended: Given the variability in weather, it's advisable to dress in layers when visiting Pennsylvania in October. Mornings and evenings can be quite chilly, while afternoons might be warmer.

Shorter Days: Daylight hours start to decrease significantly in October, with earlier sunsets signaling the approach of winter.

When planning a visit to Pennsylvania in October, it's a good idea to check the local weather forecast closer to your trip for more precise and up-to-date information, as weather conditions can change rapidly.

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