Welcome to the USA! On arrival at New York International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the centre of town only blocks from the exciting Times Square. An extended stay in the bustling and iconic "Big Apple" is a must on any trip to the USA and this thriving city will no doubt live up to its reputation. Wonder at the concrete metropolis of sky scrapers, shops, bars, restaurants, boutiques, iconic and historic sights mixed with the style and culture of the people as you soak up the New York atmosphere. The rest of the day is free for you to explore. Why not take up one of our Discover More activities.
Two Night Stay: New York Hilton Midtown
Discover More: Take an 'off the beaten track' urban safari, board the elegantly appointed Bateaux New York and cruise down the Hudson River while enjoying dinner, or experience 'The Ride', an interesting blend of sight seeing and entertainment. (Must be pre-booked and pre tour accommodation required to undertake these tours, additional cost).
Begin a New York City tour at the ‘Top of the Rock’ which boasts amazing 360í views of the city. Pass St Patrick’s Cathedral and Trump Tower before taking a walk in Central Park. Continue to the heart of the city, Times Square the home of Broadway. Enjoy an architectural journey passing the Chrysler Building, New York Public Library, Madison Square Garden, the Flatiron Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and the US Customs building before viewing the 9/11 memorial. You’re Invited: Tonight you will get together with your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner followed by an entertaining Broadway show. Known as the pinnacle of theatrical performance and considered to be the highest level of theatre in the world this truly is a special event that is a must do when visiting New York City.
Leaving the city behind we make our way through the quaint and attractive Lancaster County, home to the religious Amish and Mennonite communities who are known for their simple and traditional lives largely void of modern conveniences. You're Invited: We are joined by a local guide for a tour around the Amish countryside to learn about the culture, faith and traditional way of life. Continue to Gettysburg, one of the most historically significant towns in the United States. It was here that the Battle of Gettysburg was fought which was one of the most pivotal points in the Civil War changing the course of US history.
Overnight Stay: Wyndham Gettysburg
This morning we walk in the footsteps of General Lee and General Meade as we head to the Gettysburg National Military Park and Museum. Gettysburg was the war's bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties and it was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address". We are joined by a local guide to hear heroic and tragic stories of the war, tour the battlefields and see the greatest collection of Civil War relics. Travel the short distance to the nation’s great capital, Washington D.C. This iconic and powerful city is the centre of the US government and is home to some of the most recognisable sights and monuments in the United States.
Two Night Stay: Renaissance Dupont Circle
Our local guide joins us for a city tour of this Presidential city. Hear stories of the city's past and present, its prominence and world significance as we view such highlights as the U.S. Capitol Building, the F.B.I. Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, site of the John F. Kennedy Memorial. Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums or historic and cultural sights.
Discover More: Discover some of America's most famous sights and monuments by night (additional cost)
Make our way to Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington who was America's first President and the Father of the nation. His historic plantation estate offers a chance to understand America’s first hero and the fascinating world in which he lived. Continue to the forested mountains and valleys of beautiful Shenandoah National Park. Enter the park along Skyline Drive, a meandering road that winds along the tops of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stop at some viewpoints that afford spectacular views over the sprawling valley. With dense populations of black bears and deer, wildlife spottings are not uncommon.
Overnight Stay: Skyland Resort
Continue through the state of Virginia towards the coast to some of the most historic towns that still survive today. Discover Colonial Williamsburg and immerse ourselves in the 18th century capital city of Virginia. Being steeped in history that shaped the nation, Colonial Williamsburg has been carefully constructed to recreate the buildings, scenes, shops and atmosphere of an important time in US history. Explore the revolutionary city and become a part of the recreation that brings history alive. Meet the local townspeople, tradespeople, shopkeepers, political figures and slaves and learn of their hopes, struggles, and fears in these uncertain times. Tonight dine at an historic local tavern. In the 18th century, these public houses were gathering places for residents and travellers. Get a taste of early American times with meals similar to popular dishes enjoyed by patriots like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Overnight Stay: Hilton Garden Inn
Head to the coast of North Carolina and cross the Wright Memorial Bridge to the formations of the Outer Banks, a 300km long string of narrow barrier islands. The area is known for its strong and consistent winds which is why Orville and Wilbur Wright chose the place to test their flying machines. Visit the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. See a replica of their flyer and learn of the persistence and eventual world changing triumph that led to the world's first powered flight in 1903. Continue to the riverside town of New Bern.
Overnight Stay: Courtyard by Marriott
Make our way from North to South Carolina and into the delightful southern parts of America to the city that inspired the famous dance, Charleston. Charleston is the oldest city in South Eastern USA and it exudes a rich historical charm. Known for its history and well-preserved architecture, this harbour side town has received a large number of accolades. This afternoon we will take a guided tour through Charleston's 300 year old historic district. Hear stories of the history and traditions of this gorgeous town as we make our way past mansions, gardens and churches. Wander along The Battery, a seaside promenade lined with stately homes where you can view Fort Sumter.
Two Night Stay: Courtyard by Marriott Historic District
Today is yours to discover all the hidden corners of this delightful town.
Discover More: Take a Magnolia Plantation and gardens tour (additional cost)
Head to picturesque Beaufort, a quaint southern town full of character where we will explore the notable architecture. Continue to the attractive and historic city of Savannah with its well preserved colonial architecture. Savannah contains one of the largest historic districts in the United States consisting of the original 22 blocks that were planned by the town founder James Oglethorpe. We're joined by a local guide as we uncover cobble stoned streets, oak lined alleys, exquisite southern mansions, beautiful squares and a picturesque riverfront. Tonight dine in a local restaurant that is a restored 18th Century cotton warehouse.
Two Night Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Historic District
Spend the day exploring the beautiful historic character of Savannah.
Discover More: Learn about Savannah’s Queen of Southern Cuisine, Paula Deen before dinner at her restaurant (additional cost)
Continue our journey to Atlanta. A world class modern city with a rich and passionate history, Atlanta is the hub and commercial capital of Georgia. This afternoon we visit the global headquarters of CNN, one of the world leaders in news.
Overnight Stay: Marriott Marquis
After breakfast you will be transferred to Atlanta Airport for your onward flight. We hope you enjoyed your Evergreen Tours tour of Eastern America and hope to see you again soon!
|May 2017||from AUD $7,295|
|Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in CAD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.|
|Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in USD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.|