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Civil War Series – The Battle of Gettysburg 2013

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8 Days · 11 Meals
Travel Type: Air Holiday

Take part in the commemoration of the historic 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, complete with a live battle reenactment! Tour all the must-see sights of Washington, DC, including a stop at Arlington National Cemetery to witness the unforgettable Changing of the Guard.

Highlights
  • 11 Meals (4 dinners and 7 breakfasts)
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Attend the Battle of Gettysburg live battle reenactment commemorating the 150th anniversary of this historic war-changing battle
  • Washington, DC touring including the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center along with the FDR, Vietnam, Lincoln and National WWII Memorials
  • Arlington National Cemetery and the Changing of the Guard
  • Tour Mount Vernon, the expansive estate of George and Martha Washington
  • Tour Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, see the one-act play, One Destiny and visit Peterson House
  • Visit Harpers Ferry National Historic Park with a local guide and see the picturesque streets and quaint shops
  • Stop at Antietam National Battlefield, site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War
  • 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 Eisenhower National Historic Site, the home of the 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Enjoy dinner at the Dobbin House Tavern, Gettysburg’s most historic home
  • Visit the Shriver House Museum for a look at the Civil War from the citizen’s perspective
  • Tour the National Civil War Museum for a complete look at the Civil War told without bias
  • $40 in Mayflower Money
Day-by-Day
1
  1. Arrive in Washington, DC
    Join us as we embark on a journey to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, considered by many to be a major turning point in the American Civil War. Meet your Tour Manager at 6:00 p.m. for a welcome dinner with your traveling companions. Dinner
2
  1. U. S. Capitol Visitor Center and Arlington National Cemetery
    The touring of our nation’s capital begins with a visit to the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, home to the Senate and House of Representatives. During our touring in DC’s mall area we’ll see the FDR, Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials, and stop at the National WWII Memorial. Sightseeing in our nation’s capital continues with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery and the John F. Kennedy Memorial. View the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Women in Military Service Memorial. Breakfast
3
  1. Mount Vernon and Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site
    No tour of colonial America is complete without a stop at Mount Vernon, the expansive estate of George and Martha Washington where you will have the chance to explore their mansion filled with 18th century treasures and stroll the gardens of this 45-acre estate, taking in the views of the Potomac River. Returning to DC, we visit Ford’s Theatre, site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Explore the museum and see the one-act play, One Destiny, which tells of the events of April 14, 1865 through the eyes of Harry Ford and Henry Hawk, two men who were present during Lincoln’s assassination. Then, proceed across the street to Petersen House, the site where Lincoln died the following morning. Breakfast
4
  1. Harper’s Ferry and Antietam National Battlefield
    This morning we cross into West Virginia where a local guide joins us for an insightful look at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. A shuttle bus will take us from the visitor center into this historic community which is located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and features picturesque streets, quaint shops and was the site of numerous skirmishes, most notably the Gettysburg Campaign and Birth of West Virginia in 1863. We will enjoy some free time to stroll the streets and have lunch on own in this wonderful community before crossing back into Maryland for a visit to the Antietam National Battlefield. It was here that over 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. Breakfast and dinner
5
  1. 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
6
  1. 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and Eisenhower National Historic Site
    Today is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Originally fought over 3 days in 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg saw more men fighting and dying than any other battle in American history. In addition to the reenactment, the day will feature field and live mortar demonstrations, a living history program with village as well as Sutler Row shopping area and 1860s military camp. Later, we visit the Eisenhower National Historic Site, home of the 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower. This 474-acre farm was the only home President Eisenhower and wife Mamie ever owned. See the modest house into which the Eisenhowers welcomed dignitaries from all over the world. Tonight, dinner is at the Dobbin House Tavern, the oldest building in Gettysburg, which features historic furnishings and costumed wait staff. Breakfast and dinner
7
  1. Shriver House and National Civil War Museum
    We begin the day by seeing 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. Later, we travel to Harrisburg and 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. Breakfast and dinner
8
  1. Washington, DC and Home
    Travel to Washington, DC with a group transfer to Washington Reagan National Airport for flights out after 1:00 p.m. Breakfast
Accommodations

Lodging

Days One through Three

Holiday Inn, Arlington, VA

Days Four through Six

Hampton Inn, Chambersburg, PA

Day Seven

Hampton Inn, Lancaster, PA

Dates and Rates
2013 Departure Dates Per Person Rates

June 30

Twin $1,849

Single add $939

Triple deduct $14

Call for air rates from your city to and from Washington Reagan National Airport.

STAY ANOTHER NIGHT - Rooms for the night before the tour are available. Cost for a room in Arlington is $199, tax included.

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