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9-nights Freedom & The Civil War History tour in 2020

One for the History Buffs!

A fascinating and moving tour of the USA’s most iconic Revolutionary and Civil War towns, landmarks and battlefieldsTravel back in time to trace the footsteps of the brave soldiers who fought and died, both for their country and their beliefs.

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About this holiday

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Embark on a driving tour of the battlefields of Gettysburg with a specialist guide. Learn about Amish heritage on a village tour and visit Arlington National Cemetery.


  • 9 nights in boutique accommodation
  • 9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
  • Experienced Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Small group departure (max 18 passengers)

Below prices based on 03 May 2020 departure:

  • Twin share - from $5849 per person
  • Solo - from $8139 per person



Your tour includes 9 nights in boutique accommodation.

Travel dates

  • 03-12 May 2020
  • 31 May-09 Jun 2020
  • 21-30 Jun 2020
  • 19-28 Jul 2020
  • 16-25 Aug 2020
  • 13-22 Sep 2020

Call us on 1300 414 198 to secure your seat!



Day 1 - Washington DC - Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)

After meeting the group in Washington, DC, we'll hit the road to the World Heritage City of Philadelphia. A city steeped in US colonial and revolutionary history, Philadelphia is home to innumerable monuments and institutions - making it the perfect place to begin our adventure.

Meals - Dinner

Day 2 - Philadelphia

On today’s walking tour, we’ll make pit stops at the Johnson House (a house that was owned by a family of Quakers who laboured for the freedom of others) and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed.

Meals - Breakfast

Day 3 - Philadelphia - Gettysburg

After this morning’s breakfast, we’ll leave Philadelphia behind us and move on to Valley Forge, the site of the Continental Army’s 1777-78 winter encampment. Next is Lancaster, where an Amish experience awaits. The final stop of the day will be Gettysburg, the site of one of the most important battles of the American Civil War.

Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Gettysburg

On today’s agenda: a visit to the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center. With interactive exhibits and plenty of time to walk in the soldiers’ footsteps, this immersive experience will give us a real insight into the lives of the soldiers who served in the Civil War. This afternoon, we’ll take a closer look at the area’s battlefields on a driving tour.

Meals - Breakfast

Day 5 - Gettysburg - Charles Town

Today we’ll set a course for Charles Town – but before we get there, we’ve two stops to make. First, we’ll visit the National Battlefield at Antietam, a site that commemorates the bloodiest day in American history. Then, it’s on to Frederick, where we’ll learn of the war’s surgical innovations at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Charles Town - Charlottesville

From Charles Town to Charlottesville, via the scenic route: Shenandoah National Park, Harpers Ferry and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Later, in Charlottesville, we’ll discover more about Thomas Jefferson at his spectacular mountain-top plantation: Monticello, which is now a museum, research institute and library.

Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Charlottesville

Charlottesville is often ranked as one of the best places to live in the USA. Today we’ll find out why, with a day to spend exploring the city at leisure.

Meals - Breakfast

Day 8 - Charlottesville - Alexandria

After breakfast, we’ll bid farewell to Charlottesville and continue our journey to Richmond. After a walking tour of the city’s cobblestone streets, we’ll stop off at the Museum of the Confederacy, which hosts an enormous collection of Confederate artefacts. We’ll have just enough time to visit Fredericksburg, the site of the eponymous 1862 battle, before we reach Alexandria.

Meals - Breakfast

Day 9 - Alexandria

One of the best-preserved historical districts in America, the quaint town of Alexandria is a fitting place to round off our tour. And the grand finale? A visit to George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the interior of which has been restored to appear exactly as it was when Washington passed away in 1799.

Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Alexandria - Washington DC

En route back to Washington, we’ll make one last stop at the Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to those who fell during war – and perhaps to seek out ancestors’ graves. Back in Washington, the tour will come to a close.

Meals - Breakfast



How much luggage can I bring?

As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited. Each guest may bring one piece of main luggage of a standard size of no more than 158cm (when the length, width and height is added together) and weighing no more than 20kg. You may also bring one small carry-on bag per person. If you have more luggage, please make arrangements to store it prior to joining the tour. We are unable to carry extra luggage on the mini-coach.

What clothes should I bring?

A suggested packing list will be provided in your pre-departure information. We suggest packing for variable weather conditions. We also suggest a pair of good shoes for walking tours.

Top 10 items to bring:

  • Chargers and adapters
  • A waterproof jacket or umbrella
  • Towel
  • Medication
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Layers
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport

What level of mobility do I need?:

You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate mobility scooter or wheelchair users. If you have any medical issues, please declare them to us in advance of your tour. If you are in any doubt as to whether our tours are suitable for you, please check with us.

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