Land Journey

In Freedom's Footsteps: Philadelphia to Washington, DC

Ken Burns American Journeys

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Year, Departure Type

Select small group departures (averaging 24 Tauck guests), or classic departures, and the year you would like to travel.

Days
11
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£3,670
Journey Type
Land
Time of Year
Apr - Jun, Sep - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Philadelphia, Washington DC, Williamsburg, Richmond, Gettysburg, Mount Vernon
Freedom Footsteps Philadelphia Washington DC Escorted Tour
Lincoln Memorial Washington D.C.

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Tour Overview

experience with tauck

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Filmed narratives, exclusively produced for Tauck by filmmakers Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan, feature new insights based on themes from their films, from the Civil War to national parks

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Early admission & behind-the-scenes experience at the National Archives

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private presentation on slavery & plantation life by Dr. Leni Sorensen

 

tauck value includes

 

Visits to such iconic national historic sites as Independence Hall, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Harper's Ferry, Gettysburg, Washington, DC's National Mall monuments and more

 

Private guided tour of Virginia's historic State Capitol building

 

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Activity

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

Pace

2
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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Explore the meaning of freedom and the defining themes that shaped the American experience century upon century on our Philadelphia to Washington DC guided tours.

Legendary Journeys and Adventures

Understanding the meaning of freedom and America’s story... crafted by Tauck and filmmaker Ken Burns, explore the meaning of freedom – from the earliest settlement to the Colonial era to the Revolutionary War to building a Republic.

Discover the nation’s economic expansion and industrial growth... 18th century social and religious movements... the Civil War... political diversity... and the defining themes that shaped the American experience century upon century. Travel back in time to walk in the footsteps of American history... In Philadelphia, ride a horse-drawn carriage along cobblestone streets, step inside Independence Hall, and see the Liberty Bell. Tour the poignant battlefields of Gettysburg, where a storyteller reveals what it was like to be a civilian during the Civil War battle at a private Tauck dessert reception. Visit George Washington's home at Mount Vernon... meet 18th-century "residents" and dine at a colonial tavern in Colonial Williamsburg... and explore the spectacular monuments of America's capital. Read Less

Tauck Exclusive – Behind-the-scenes at the National Archives

Day 10

Exclusive early-opening, behind-the-scenes experience at the National Archives

Enjoy a Tauck Exclusive – early entry into the Rotunda of the National Archives, before the doors open to the public, to see the original Founding Documents (the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights) with a private welcome by an Archives insider. Then go behind the scenes where a researcher will provide you with a rare look at how historic documents are preserved using the latest archival techniques.

Pennsylvania's Amish country

Day 3

Explore Pennsylvania's Amish country and enjoy a traditional lunch

A group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships with Swiss and German origins, the Amish settled in areas of Pennsylvania during the 18th century. Known for their simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology, the Amish value rural life, manual labor, and humility. In Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County, you’ll visit an Amish community to learn about their culture and enjoy a traditional lunch.

Williamsburg Lodge Inn Upgrade

Nights 6 and 7

Everything you want in a getaway in the heart of Williamsburg's Historic Area

From a day spent at the spa to time on the golf course and everything in between, Williamsburg Lodge offers a relaxing retreat just steps away from all the action at Colonial Williamsburg. One of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s original Colonial Williamsburg hotels, close to Williamsburg’s famous Historic Area, Williamsburg Lodge presents the ambiance of a southern family home, with furnishings inspired by art from the nearby Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. A Tauck Exclusive upgrade option to a limited number of rooms at the Williamsburg Inn for nights 6 and 7 is available at an additional cost per person; ask at booking for details.

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Upgrade to the Williamsburg Inn in Williamsburg (GBP):

Double – £220; Single – £420; Triples – N/A

A Tauck Exclusive upgrade option to a limited number of rooms at the Williamsburg Inn (nights 6 and 7, limited availability) is available at an additional cost per person as detailed below; ask at booking for details. 

Small Group Departures

Our small group departures, averaging just 24 guests, are designed for travelers who want more time to experience each destination up close and personally. One of the benefits of small group travel is the personalized service and attention you’ll enjoy. Small groups enable our Tauck Directors to spend more time in the places you explore with more opportunities to connect with them. Smaller groups foster camaraderie and lasting friendships among like-minded travelers; you'll engage more closely with local experts and enjoy enhanced insider access, ease of travel and freedom to linger longer.

Solo Traveler Savings

Traveling solo doesn't mean traveling alone – with Tauck, it means camaraderie on a journey with like-minded travelers who share similar interests, enjoying the spirit of travel that makes exploring the world a necessary part of life – and sharing the special travel experiences found on Tauck’s guided land trips and cruises that create lifetime memories. For 90+ years, solo travelers have found a special "travel" home with Tauck in destinations the world over – and we’re offering solo travelers an additional reason to travel with Tauck – special Solo Traveler Savings on select departures.

Airport Transfers Included

Upon arrival and departure, transfers to and from your hotel are included as noted.

What you need to know

Before You Go

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Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Customer Protection

Customer Protection: Our UK-based agents comply with the bonding requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority and provide full financial protection for the package holidays that we sell in the UK. For flight-based holidays, this is through the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (details of which are available from the UK-based agent with whom you book). When you buy a package holiday that doesn’t include a flight, protection of your monies paid to our UK-based agent will be provided by way of a bond.
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