Join Our State as we experience the historic City of Brotherly Love, the stylish elegance of two iconic du Pont mansions in the scenic Brandywine Valley, and the tranquil heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish Country.
May 3-7, 2020
- • Round trip airfare – Raleigh-Durham International Airport, or Charlotte Douglas International Airport
- • Four nights accommodations
- • Seven meals: four breakfasts, three dinners
- • Admissions per itinerary
- • Sightseeing per itinerary
- • Professional tour director
- • Our State host
- • Motor coach transportation
- • Hotel transfers & baggage handling
- • Four nights at one hotel in Philadelphia
- • Valley Forge National Historical Park
- • Philadelphia City Tour
- • Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell
- • National Constitution Center
- • Two du Pont Mansions – Nemours Mansion, Longwood Gardens
- • Hershey’s Chocolate World
- • Amish Farm and House
- • Amish Family Style Dinner
- • Colonial Tavern Dinner
DAY 1: Flight to Philadelphia
Arrive in Philadelphia, PA which in Greek translates to ‘the city of brotherly love’. Meet your Tour Director and enjoy a Philadelphia City Tour to see the Most Historic Square Mile in America featuring Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center. Visit Independence Hall, the site where the United States Constitution was debated and adopted & the setting for the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence. Later transfer to your Philadelphia hotel for a 4-night stay. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.
(D) Overnight: Philadelphia
DAY 2: Valley Forge National Historical Park
This morning travel northwest of Philadelphia to Valley Forge & tour Valley Forge National Historical Park which preserves our nation’s history and tells the story of the Continental Army during the winter of 1777-78. On December 19, 1777, George Washington led a weary Continental Army into Valley Forge. For the next six months, the divided groups of militiamen came together to form a true army, one capable of taking the fight to their British foes. See the soldier huts built by the militiamen and the original house that was once General Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge (referred to as the Pentagon of the Revolution). This afternoon, return to Philadelphia for a visit to the National Constitution Center, the only museum dedicated to the United States Constitution. This evening enjoy a Colonial tavern dinner at a famous authentic local restaurant in Philadelphia.
(B,D) Overnight: Philadelphia
Day 3: Brandywine Valley – Nemours Mansion – Longwood Gardens
Today enjoy a visit to two fantastic DuPont mansions in the Brandywine Valley, both elegant estates in their own way. Drive south into Delaware to tour the opulent Nemours Mansion & Gardens, the former estate of Alfred DuPont. Using his vast fortune from inventing smokeless gunpowder, Alfred built this classical French Chateau in 1910 and filled the 105 rooms with antiques, art and tapestries from the 1700s. Later tour beautiful Longwood Gardens, the former estate of Pierre du Pont who purchased the property to save the arboretum from being sold for lumber in 1906 and made it his private estate into the 1930s. He spared no expense in adding extensively to the property. Today the complex is one of the premier botanical gardens in the US and consists of 1,100 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows in the Brandywine Valley. This afternoon, stop for a Philly Cheesesteak to sample this famous local hot sandwich.
(B) Overnight: Philadelphia
Day 4: Hershey – Amish Country – Amish Dinner
This morning travel west through the beautiful countryside & arrive in Hershey, the town chocolate built. Enjoy a visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World to learn about and smell the delicious transformation from tropical rainforest cocoa bean to Hershey’s famous chocolate. Some chocolate samples will help you decide which Hershey’s goods to bring home in addition to your classic favorites. This afternoon step back in time as you travel into the tranquil heart of Pennsylvania Amish Country where the horse & buggy remains the primary form of transportation and windmills dot the landscape. The Pennsylvania Amish of Lancaster County are America’s oldest Amish settlement, and where thousands still live a centuries-old ‘Plain’ lifestyle. Visit an Amish farm & house to learn about their faith, culture, distinctive dress and way of life that forbids the use of electricity or telephones in the home. Enjoy a traditional Amish family-style farewell dinner where the great food just keeps coming. Maybe bring home popular Amish goods such as Shoofly Pie or a handmade quilt. Return to Philadelphia after dinner.
(B,D) Overnight: Philadelphia
Day 5: Philadelphia – Flight Home
Today transfer to the airport for your flight home with wonderful memories of your travel experience.
Booking discount rate*: $2295* pp double
Regular Rate: $2395 pp double
Single Supplement: $500
**Booking Discount: Make your final payment by check prior to the final payment due date & receive $200 per couple/$100 per person booking discount!