Historic Highlights

7 night tour - Starting in Washington, D.C - ending in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or Washington,D.C.

Escorted Tour with Trafalgar.

Trafalgar has been creating exceptional Escorted journeys for nearly 70 years, enjoy VIP return private UK airport transfers, first class hotels, complimentary WiFi on-board comfortable motorcoaches with restrooms and panoramic windows.

A portrait of American history, this trip mixes the modern bustle of Washington, D.C., the simple Amish life of Lancaster County, and landmarks from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. You'll enjoy Insider moments like… standing on the battlefield as a foremost expert of the Civil War talks of the people behind the Gettysburg battle. Painting a picture of the war cries and cannons that ripped through the tranquil landscape before you, they share incredible details that bring this eerie setting to life. We also meet another local in Washington, D.C., who talks about the history and the modern day happenings of America's capital city, as they reveal some of its most iconic monuments and memorials.

2018 Guaranteed departure dates:
16th June 2018 - Sold Out
18th August 2018 - Sold Out
08th September 2018 - Available
06th October 2018 - Available
The above tours are Guaranteed to depart 
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Enjoy your complimentary private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. 

Welcome to Washington, D.C.! Check into your hotel and spend your afternoon relaxing or set out on your own to take in some highlights of the nation's capital city. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Meal(s) Welcome Reception

Hotel Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown 


Immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation, joining a Local Expert to view the White House, the striking Washington Monument and the National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol building. Reflect on the country's most turbulent days at the Lincoln Memorial and the somber World War II memorial. Visit Arlington National Cemetery, where many of America's heroes rest, on a narrated tram ride. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to chart your own course through America's capital city.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast 

Hotel Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown


From the nation's capital, travel to the home of its first president, George Washington, on the banks of the Potomac River in Mount Vernon. Visit the Yorktown Victory Center and watch Revolutionary War history come to life. Delve even further into America's past upon arriving in Williamsburg—settled in 1638 as Middle Plantation. Enjoy the evening to relax.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast, Regional Meal

Hotel Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg 


Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Captain John Smith and his hardy band of 104 settlers established the first permanent English settlement in the New World—Jamestown. With the insight of your guide, you'll find out how rough life was for the early colonists when they came to America in 1607. Walk through the life­size re­creations of the colonists' crude fort, explore the mock­up Native American Powhatan village and climb aboard a replica of one of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia. Then, fast forward to the 18th century to spend the rest of the day in Colonial Williamsburg, Britain's largest colony in the New World from 1699 to 1780. Chat with blacksmiths, take in a fife and drum parade, even engage in some politicking with a costumed Federalist in the town square. This evening, head to a local tavern for a delicious Regional Meal followed by a walking tour.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast

Hotel Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg 


Visit the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry's fiery “Give me liberty or give me death” speech when you visit St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. For a more genteel window into Jefferson's life, explore Monticello (translating to “little mountain”), his neoclassical Italian estate perched atop a hill. Continue to Charlottesville where you have the afternoon to explore the city. Relax this evening over dinner.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast

Hotel Omni Charlottesville


Bid farewell to Charlottesville and travel through Shenandoah National Park along beautiful Skyline Drive before continuing on to Gettysburg. Here you'll immerse yourself in the narrative of the U.S. Civil War. Visit the incredible Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, home to the breathtaking Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel Wyndham Gettysburg


Cannons blazing, trumpets sounding, the blue and the gray—join your Local Expert at the site of one of the Civil War's most pivotal battles. The events at Gettysburg—where General George Meade's Army of the Potomac defeated Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia—turned the tide in the Civil War. Just four months after the historic struggle, the battlefield was also the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln's call for “a new birth of freedom” in his famed Gettysburg Address. A short drive takes you from war to the peace of Lancaster's traditional Amish agricultural community. Spend some time among their verdant fields and clapboard farmhouses before arriving in Philadelphia, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Stay in the heart of the city's historic district, within walking distance of dozens of landmark buildings. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow American history enthusiasts for a festive Farewell Dinner.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Hotel Sheraton Society Hill 


Walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin in one of the foremost cities of American history. Begin with a visit to the National Constitution Center—an interactive museum tracing the history of the U.S. Constitution and the effects it has had around the world. Then explore Independence National Historic Park, home of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Return to Washington, D.C., where a transfer connects you to Dulles International Airport or Ronald Reagan National Airport, or to the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., for guests extending their stay.

Please do not schedule any flights before 7:30pm from Dulles International Airport or 8:00pm from Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Meal(s) Full Breakfast

On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet you and escort you to your waiting car for your return private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer home.

Your Trafalgar Tour Highlights

Local Expert - For included sightseeing in Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg.

Sightseeing Highlights

City tours of Washington, D.C. and Philadephia.
Scenic Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
See the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol Building and The Liberty Bell.
Visit Arlington Cemetery, Lancaster County, Gettysburg National Military Park, Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg.


7 full breakfasts.

3 dinners  (2 Regional Meals and farewell Dinner). Welcome Reception with light appetisers.

Travel Highlights

Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
A travel wallet with your documentation.
7 nights First Class accommodation
All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday


Your holiday begins in true style from the moment we collect you from your front door for a relaxed journey to your choice of departure airport. Your chauffer-driven car is reserved exclusively for your use, ensuring an uninterrupted, hassle-free journey to your departure airport.

Each and every Trafalgar tour begins and ends with our unique and truly unrivalled private car door to door transfer service. You will be met at your front door by your driver who will assist with your bags before whisking you to your choice of departure airport in a private car, all in plenty of time to make your way to your check-in desk. With Trafalgar you really will experience an exclusive service, enjoying your journey in a standard of car that you would expect to associate with Trafalgar standards. All of our cars are up-to-date models and maintained to the highest standards. We will arrange a convenient pick-up time from your home that suits you, not us or other passengers. Each car is equipped with the latest satellite navigation intelligence to ensure your continued peace of mind and a speedy journey.

At the end of your tour, on arrival at your chosen UK airport, you will be greeted by your waiting driver in the arrivals hall and escorted to your car for the smooth and comfortable journey directly back home.

Should you wish to make your own way to the airport, all you need do is advise us at the time of making your reservation and a discount will be offered.

Terms and conditions apply.

Tour Only Cost: All prices quoted below are per adult person, per tour in British Pounds (GBP)

Departure Dates

Single Twin/Double Triple Quad
All departures in 2018 £2618 £2019 £1855 Please call
Repeat Client Discount - Have you travelled with Trafalgar Tours before, within the last 5 years ! - if so you qualify for a 5% discount - Ask us at time of booking.
Children aged 5-17 may qualify for a discount off up to 10% when sharing a room with 2 adults - Please call us for details. 
Not included in your tour cost:
Flights – we can package your tour with flights at very competitive airfares using our airline partners. Please call us to discuss the best airline for your itinerary.
Pre or post accommodation - If you want to extend your stay at the start or the end of your escorted tour or add another destination to your booking please call us and we will be happy to provide a quote.
Meals, other than those listed in the itinerary.
The customary gratuities for the Tour Director and local drivers are not included and are paid locally, if you prefer these can be pre-paid to us in advance for £68.00 per person.
There are many questions and considerations you might have when planning an escorted tour with Trafalgar Tours. For more information please click here.


Please call us on FREEPHONE 0800 0336 335 or EMAIL us reservations@purelytravelgroup.co.uk we are open 7 days a week.

We will be happy to answer any questions, check the availability of your tour, offer a quote for flights and any pre or post nights you would like to add.

When you are ready to go ahead with the booking, a non-refundable deposit of 10% will be due at time of booking or the full balance if you are due to travel within 8 weeks.