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Gettysburg, Rivers and Rails

Featuring Washington, DC and Blennerhassett Island

8 DAYS • 13 MEALS Take a historic journey by river and rail through America’s rich heritage. From the Pride of Susquehanna riverboat and Blennerhassett Island ferry to the historic B&O Railroad and the New Tygart Flyer, history awaits. Be entertained with a lively show at Toby’s Dinner Theatre and experience the historic dining venue of Dobbin House Tavern while learning the history of this great nation.
This tour departs from the Chicagoland/Wisconsin Area

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The Mayflower Tours Way
  • Free home or local pickup and return
  • 13 Meals (5 dinners, 1 lunch and 7 breakfasts)
  • Spend 2 nights in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, steeped in Civil War history
  • Tour the National Civil War Museum for a complete look at the Civil War told without bias
  • Enjoy a sightseeing cruise aboard the Pride of Susquehanna riverboat
  • Enjoy dinner at the Dobbin House Tavern, Gettysburg’s most historic home
  • Visit the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and see the Morgan Freeman-narrated film A New Birth of Freedom
  • See the massive Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting, the largest painting in the country
  • Embark on a guided tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield with a licensed guide
  • Visit the Shriver House Museum for a look at the Civil War from the citizen’s perspective
  • Tour the B&O Railroad Museum, where railroading in America began with the first mile of commercial track
  • Exceptional buffet-style dinner and dynamic theater-in-the-round entertainment experience at Toby’s Dinner Theatre
  • Full day touring the Washington, DC National Mall Area with an expert local guide
  • Ride through the West Virginia Mountains aboard the New Tygart Flyer with an included lunch
  • Visit the Ohio River Museum and take the sternwheeler ferry to Blennerhassett Island State Park and Museum
  • Farewell dinner at the impressive Blennerhassett Hotel
  • $40 in Mayflower Money
Days One and Two — National Civil War Museum and Dobbin House Tavern Begin with an overnight and welcome dinner in Ohio before arriving in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Here, we pay a visit to the National Civil War Museum. This is the only museum in the United States that portrays the entire story of the Civil War with equally balanced presentations which are humanistic in nature without bias to Union or Confederate causes. In the afternoon, we enjoy a leisurely river cruise aboard the Pride of Susquehanna riverboat. Tonight, dinner is at the Dobbin House Tavern, the oldest building in Gettysburg, which features historic furnishings and costumed wait staff. 2 Dinners and breakfast Day Three — Gettysburg National Military Park At the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center we begin with the Morgan Freeman-narrated feature film A New Birth of Freedom, which will orient us the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. Then, we see the restored Cyclorama painting, the Battle of Gettysburg, the largest painting in the county. You are literally surrounded by the fury of “Pickett’s Charge” in this one-of-a-kind panoramic experience. There is nothing quite like standing on the actual battlefield at Gettysburg. A licensed Gettysburg guide leads us on an in-depth look at this historic three-day battle. Learn about the “Peach Orchard” and “Roundtop” while passing through the hallowed ground of what became the major turning point of the war. Breakfast Day Four — Shriver House, B&O Railroad Museum and Toby’s Dinner Theater This morning, see the Civil War through the eyes of the civilians of Gettysburg at the Shriver House. Tour the home and hear the story of Hettie Shriver who, with her two daughters Sadie and Mollie returned to their home after the battle which had been occupied by Confederate soldiers and was being used as a hospital. In Baltimore, we arrive at the B&O Railroad Museum. It is here that railroading in America began when the first commercial mile of railroad track was laid by the B&O Railroad. By 1830, the track had reached 13 miles and eventually stretched over 4,000 miles linking 13 states with the nation’s capital. Tonight, prepare for an exceptional buffet-style dinner and dynamic entertainment experience at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. This award-winning theater troop offers Broadway and original musicals featuring a live orchestra with a unique theater-in-the-round performance. Breakfast and dinner Day Five — Touring Washington, DC National Mall Area From Baltimore, we make our way to the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Here a local expert guide joins us for the day to see the many monuments and memorials found in the National Mall Area. Our guide shows us the FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Then, we stop at the first memorial dedicated to all that served during World War II, the National WW II Memorial. The memorial honors all military veterans of the wear, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation’s call to arms. After an on own lunch, our touring continues with the Vietnam and Iwo Jima and Korean War Memorials. Breakfast and dinner Day Six — Ride the New Tygart Flyer Crossing into West Virginia today, we come to the town of Elkins. Here, we take to the rails aboard the New Tygart Flyer. This vintage diesel-powered passenger train departs from the restored Elkins Depot and offers a comfortable climate-controlled excursion into the Cheat Mountain wilderness. Enjoy an included lunch while winding your way through densely forested canyon slopes and across High Bridge over the meandering Shavers Fork to the High Falls of Cheat, one of the most pristine settings in the West Virginia Mountains. Breakfast and lunch Day Seven — Blennerhassett Island and Museum This morning we begin with a factory tour at nearby Fenton Art Glass and Museum, where craftspeople have been transforming glass into works of art for years. Next stop is the Ohio River Museum. Here you will see the WP Snyder Jr., the last intact steam-powered, stern-wheeled towboat in the United States. Then you’ll board the sternwheeler which takes us to Blennerhassett Island State Park located on the Ohio River. Intrigue fills the day as we hear the story of Irish aristocrat Herman Blennerhassett who settled here in 1802. Tour the mansion and museum and learn of his wealth and also hear of Thomas Jefferson’s allegations of treason levied against Blennerhassett. Tonight, dinner is at the impressive Blennerhassett Hotel. Breakfast and dinner Day Eight — Home After our included breakfast we return home. Breakfast
Day One Hampton Inn, Monroeville, Pennsylvania Days Two and Three Comfort Suites, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Day Four La Quinta Inn, Baltimore, Maryland Day Five Comfort Inn, Staunton, Virginia Days Six and Seven Wingate Inn, Parkersburg, West Virginia

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LEVEL 4: A more physical touring experience based on the destination with longer walking tours, stair climbing and periods of standing. Expect some of the experiences to occur during the evening.