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Philadelphia, Washington D.C., & Virginia

Spirit of America - 8 Days / 7 Nights

Mid-Atlantic family vacations from Adventures by Disney celebrate American history with travel to Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Monticello and Gettysburg—the cities that gave birth to American democracy. See where the constitution was penned and marvel at artifacts like Old Glory. Explore landmarks from history and live the greatest American stories ever told!

Trip Highlights Include:

  • Philadelphia Tour by Trolley

    Hop on board a trolley for a privately guided Philadelphia tour and feel the stir of historic majesty when you visit the Liberty Bell.

  • Visit Mount Vernon

    Get a taste of colonial American history at the Mount Vernon Inn. Enjoy a meal from authentic colonial recipes where the décor is straight out of the 18th century and the staff is attired in period dress. Enjoy a meal from authentic colonial recipes.

  • Kayak on the Potomac River

    Feel the freedom as your kayak glides over this rippling river on a privately guided tour of this famous, mid-Atlantic waterway.

  • Monticello

    Situated on a mountaintop outside Charlottesville on a 5,000-acre plantation, this historic house was designed and built by Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States. Glimpse the life of this intellectual giant in the halls of his estate home.

  • Explore Gettysburg with a Costumed Guide

    Discover the history of this extraordinary city with a guide in period costume. Learn about the famous battle fought there, President Lincoln's immortal speech and what life was like for its citizens, then and now.

 

Adventure Dates

 

There are currently no dates scheduled for this adventure.

Adventure Daily Itinerary

Day One

Arrive in Philadelphia
Upon arrival at Philadelphia Airport, meet an Adventures by Disney representative who will greet your family. Relax as a driver assists with your luggage and whisks you away to the hotel!

The Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
Unwind from your journey as your Adventure Guides check your family into this elegant landmark hotel. Settle into the waterfront oasis that will be your home for the next few days.

Welcome Reception and Dinner
Tonight, meet the other families that will share the adventure. Enjoy fine American cuisine at an authentic 18th-century restaurant with our very special dinner host - Benjamin Franklin!

Meal Included: Dinner


Day Two

Trolley Tour
Hop on board a private trolley on your way to exploring Betsy Ross' House, the National Constitution Center and the Liberty Bell.

Independence Hall
All patriots are hereby summoned to the Independence Hall of Philadelphia where a local expert will share in-depth knowledge about the historic sites in America's former capital.

Lunch on Your Own

The trolley drops you off for lunch at the Reading Terminal Market. This bustling, historic famers market offers an eclectic collection of restaurants, as well as merchant stands full of aromatic baked goods and ethnic flavors. Your Adventure Guides can point you towards the best place for a midday meal. After lunch, the trolley picks you up once more to continue your tour through the City of Brotherly Love.

Liberty Bell
Walk in the footsteps of the founding fathers, learn the story of the Liberty Bell and immerse yourself in the stirring ambiance of America's birthplace at Independence National Historic Park.

Dinner On Your Own
Philadelphia is home to some of the finest restaurants in the world. Enjoy dinner with your family—your Adventure Guides will help you find the perfect place to dine.

Meal Included: Breakfast
*Enjoy time on your own from approximately 3:30pm until the end of the day


Day Three

Depart for Washington D.C.
Have a hearty breakfast at the hotel before heading to the capitol of our nation—Washington D.C.!

Lunch in the Heart of Washington, D.C
Enjoy lunch as you take in the sights.

Kayak on the Potomac River
Feel the freedom as your kayak glides over this rippling river on a privately guided tour of this famous, mid-Atlantic waterway. Rich in history, "The Nation's River" flows between Washington D.C. and Virginia, forming the border between states. Paddle past iconic American monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and Georgetown University.

Welcome to Renaissance Mayflower
Make yourself comfortable in your centrally located hotel, where your luggage is already waiting in your room. The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel is just 4 blocks away from the White House and is best known as "Washington's Second Best Address," as coined by frequent guest and former U.S. President, Harry S. Truman.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day Four

Iwo Jima Monument
Salute America's heroes—the men and women who fought and gave their lives defending freedom and liberty. During a private visit, a local guide introduces you to the 60-foot-tall United States Marine Corps War Memorial that depicts the planting of the American flag during the battle of Iwo Jima.

Arlington National Cemetery
Pay tribute to the brave members of America's military. Arlington National Cemetery is the sacred resting place for over a quarter million members of the United States Armed Forces, including President John F. Kennedy. Witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

BBQ at Columbia Island Marina
What could be more American than a good old-fashioned barbeque? Round up your family for some down-home cooking on the banks of the Potomac River.

Afternoon & Evening in Washington, D.C. On Your Own*
Explore the priceless treasures of the Washington area! Sneak into the International Spy Museum or visit the world-famous Smithsonian Museums, including the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


*Enjoy time on your own from approximately 1:45 pm until the end of the day.


Day Five

Monticello
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel before travelling to Monticello, the former home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States and founder of the University of Virginia. Situated on a mountaintop outside Charlottesville on a 5,000-acre plantation, this historic house was designed and built by Jefferson. Glimpse the life of this intellectual giant in the halls of his home. His gardens are still a botanic showpiece that includes an experimental laboratory for a variety of plants.

Dinner at Your Leisure
Dinner is on us tonight at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel! Have a fun family meal at your leisure.

Disney Movie Night
After dinner, the whole family can enjoy a screening of a Disney film.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day Six

Travel to Gettysburg
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and board a coach for a journey to the place where President Lincoln called for "a new birth of freedom"—Gettysburg.

Gettysburg National Park Cyclorama and Film
At the visitor's center at Gettysburg National Park, see A New Birth of Freedom, a film with award-winning actors that depicts the historic battle that heralded the end of slavery. Afterward, marvel at the breathtaking cyclorama painted by the French artist Paul Philippoteaux in the late 1880s depicting the Battle of Gettysburg. The cyclorama's recent restoration was the largest conservation effort of its kind in North America.

Lunch at Dobbin House Tavern
After stretching your legs, sit down with your fellow Adventurers for a hearty lunch in a colonial restaurant that evokes the sights, sounds and tastes of the 1700s.

Explore Gettysburg with a Costumed Guide
Discover the history of this extraordinary city with a guide in period costume as you learn about the famous battle fought there, President Lincoln's immortal speech and what life was like for its citizens, then and now.

Dinner On Your Own
After an exciting and inspiring day in Gettysburg, return to Washington D.C. by coach for an evening on your own. An international destination, the nation's capitol offers a wide variety of culinary fare.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day Seven

Mount Vernon Excursion
Immerse yourself in the life and lore of George Washington, the nation's first president, at his 8,000-acre plantation on Mount Vernon. Marvel at Washington's architectural achievements, delight in the vibrant gardens and revel in the details of 19th-century life as you browse the estate's extraordinary curatorial collection.

Lunch at Mount Vernon
Sit down with your fellow Adventurers for a midday meal at the charming Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, where you will enjoy colonial cuisine and ambiance.

An Afternoon in History
You'll have plenty of time to explore Mt. Vernon as you wish. Before returning to the hotel, you can take an optional visit at the Smithsonian.

Farewell Dinner and Special Surprise
Celebrate the spirit of America as your family assembles with fellow Adventurers for a grand farewell cookout. This festive dinner banquet will cap off a week to remember!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day Eight

Breakfast at the Hotel
Bid goodbye to all your fellow adventurers, wish them a patriotic trip home and enjoy one last breakfast before heading home.

Transfers to Airport
Relax and enjoy your final moments in Washington D.C., as we handle your luggage and arrange for transportation to the airport.

Meal Included: Breakfast


 

     


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