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Gettysburg, Washington: Tale of Two Cities

Gettysburg, Washington

Gettysburg, Washington: Tale of Two Cities

Gettysburg, Washington

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Destination: Gettysburg, WashingtonType: EducationalSubject: General, History, Geography, Art, Science, Business

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Start your tour in Gettysburg, home to the Civil War’s most famous battle. Immerse your students in Abraham Lincoln’s famous address in the Gettysburg National Park, and tour the majestic landscape of the battlefield. Then off to Washington! Museums, including the Smithsonian Institute and National Holocaust Museum, provide discovery opportunities for student groups of all ages. America’s finest monuments and architecture, such as the Capitol Building and the World War II Memorial, will expose your students to the history they represent.

Highlights

  • Candlelight Ghost Tour - Baltimore/High Street Tour
  • Gettysburg Battlefield Tour: Licensed Battlefield Guide
  • Tour of Washington DC
  • White House Area Orientation Tour
  • SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1

Board your motor coach and depart

Border crossing

Explore Gettysburg

Time to explore the most famous and beautiful town in America, where the turning point of the Civil War occurred from July 1 - 3, 1863. Gettysburg offers a small town atmosphere with unique shops, museums, and fine dining.
 

Dinner

Candlelight Ghost Tour - Baltimore/High Street Tour

The group will participate in an eerie haunted walking tour of Gettysburg.  The tour begins in the courtyard where disembodied voices have been recorded and a child has been spotted a century after his death.  Visit the County Courthouse that witnessed the battle and was filled to over-flowing with wounded soldiers and now holds visitors from another world.
 

Night Security

Day 2

Full Breakfast

Cyclorama, Film & Museum Experience at the Visitor Center

View a film "A New Birth of Freedom", narrated by Morgan Freeman and the fully restored Gettysburg Cyclorama in the Visitor Center.  The film and Cyclorama provides you an overview of the Battle of Gettysburg in the context of American history; preparing you for a battlefield visit and helping you understand why Gettysburg is some of the most hallowed ground in the world.  Following the film and Cyclorama, you have an opportunity to visit the museum.
 

Gettysburg Battlefield Tour: Licensed Battlefield Guide

Learn about the critical turning point in the American Civil War as your local licensed guide takes you on a coach tour through the Gettysburg battlefields.
 

Lunch

Guided Walking Tour of Arlington National Cemetery

America's largest national burial ground has more than 200 acres of landscaped hills.  Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Your Tour Leader will conduct the tour.
 

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City offers a world-class shopping experience where avenues of fashions and boulevards of style await.  The skylit Food Court features international specialties from the familiar to the exotic.
 

Dinner

Night Security

Day 3

Full Breakfast

Visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Timed Tickets

This is an amazing site, which is both memorial and museum, detailing the rise of Hitler's Germany and the horrors of World War II.  The Museum's Permanent Exhibition, The Holocaust, spans three floors of the Museum and presents a narrative history using more than 900 artifacts, 70 video monitors, and four theaters that include historic film footage and eyewitness testimonies.
 

Lunch

Visit the Smithsonian Museums

Explore the world's largest museum complex and research organization, the Smithsonian Institution. There are sixteen museums in Washington, DC, including National Air and Space, National Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art, Freer Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and National Museum of the American Indian.
 

Dinner

Major League Baseball Ticket

Enjoy a major league baseball game.  Ticket availability is subject to schedules and availabilty of local teams.
 

Night Security

Day 4

Full Breakfast

Visit the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum Annex

Students can walk among aircraft and small artifacts in display cases located on the floor, and view aircraft hanging from the arched ceiling on elevated skywalks.  The space shuttle Enterprise is the centerpiece of the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar.  Among the aviation artifacts on display are the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet in the world; the Boeing Dash 80, the prototype of the 707; the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay; and the deHavilland Chipmunk aerobatic airplane.

Lunch

Visit the Newseum

The Newseum features seven levels of galleries and theatres that will take students behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.  The Newseum blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.

White House Area Orientation Tour

Your Tour Leader conducts an orientation walking tour of the area surrounding the White House, the most visited site in Washington!

Explore Union Station

Union Station, the gateway to the capital city is considered one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture.  There is the opportunity to explore the shops and boutiques.

Dinner

Evening Illuminated Guided Coach Tour of Washington DC

Guided evening illuminated coach tour of Washington DC, conducted by a local professional guide.  Sites include the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Kennedy Center and a drive by the Capitol and White House. 

Night Security

Day 5

Full Breakfast

Board your motor coach and depart for home

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