Location is an approximation

US East Coast

Washington, Philadelphia and New York
Direct flights, hotels, breakfast & evening meals
Coach transport, plus guide in NY and DC

 
 
 
 

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We are excited to be heading to the east coast of America in 2019. After a fantastic response to our west coast tour last year, we are keen to explore another part of the United States, visiting Washington, Philadelphia and New York, the historic and cultural centres of the country. 
 

The Streets of Philadelphia

Our tour begins in Philadelphia, the epicentre and birthplace of Modern America. Here, we will see Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were signed, and the other historic buildings in downtown ‘Philly’, as well as the iconic Liberty Bell. Before we leave Pennsylvania, we will make a stop in the Amish Country, giving us the chance to learn about the history and lifestyle of the community at an Amish farm.
 

Washington, the political heart

It is hard to imagine a sharper contrast as we leave the Amish Country for the District of Columbia and Washington, the capital of the United States. A guided tour will show us the highlights of DC and give many photo opportunities, as we discover its important buildings and monuments. As we pass the White House, the Supreme Court, the Capitol and monuments to former presidents we will gain a sense of the country’s past, present and future. A day at leisure will allow you to explore more of the city, including its impressive museums, such as the National Air and Space Museum, or the National Gallery of Art. 
 
 
 

Maryland, my Maryland

A short drive from DC lies Annapolis, the capital of Maryland. In Annapolis we will be able to delve deeper into American history, as this city is one of the oldest in the country. Here we will see, amongst other things, the Maryland State House, where the Congress formally ended the American Revolutionary War in 1784. A must for our short stay in Maryland will be to try find the best sample of an authentic Maryland cookie! 
 

New York State of Mind

Our tour culminates with a three-night visit to the world-famous city of New York. The group in July will be in New York for Independence Day, with fireworks and other events taking place.

Our first stop takes us up 86 floors to the observation deck of the Empire State Building where we will admire, from above, the city that never sleeps. A full day of guided sightseeing will then take us to some of the city’s iconic sights, such as Manhattan, Times Square, 5th Avenue (home to Grand Central Station), Greenwich Village, Soho, Little Italy and more! A final day at leisure will allow you to explore other parts of the Big Apple that you may have seen in films and always wanted to visit; you might choose to see Broadway, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty or the Museum of Modern Art.

As always, we will round off our days with a time of singing together and Bible teaching.

Join us this summer as we head off to the American east coast this summer and let the big lights inspire you!

 

Itinerary

Day #1
Arrive in New York and transfer to Philadelphia. Overnight in Philadelphia
Day #2
Today we explore Philadelphia, starting with the Hall of Independence, which dates from 1732. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were both signed here. We also see a number of other interesting sites in the city, as well as the Liberty Bell, one of the most evocative symbols of the country. Afternoon at leisure to do some sightseeing. Perhaps visit the world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art or the recently opened Museum of the American Revolution. Overnight in Philadelphia
Day #3
Our first stop today will be in the Amish Country, where several German religious groups settled at the time of the first colonists. A visit of an Amish farm and farmhouses will enable us to understand their habits, life style and history. Transfer to Washington D.C. On arrival, you will be taken on a guided tour to see the best-known public buildings (exterior visits) in the United States, including the White House and the Capitol building. On the broad Mall we will see impressive monuments to former US presidents. Overnight in Washington
Day #4
Day at leisure. You may choose to visit one of the city's impressive museums, such as the National Museum of American History, the National Air & Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art or the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Overnight in Washington
Day #5
Morning drive to Annapolis, one of the oldest cities in the country. Transfer to New York, arriving late afternoon. We first visit the Empire State Building to admire the view of the city from the 86th-floor observation deck. Overnight in New York
Day #6
Guided tour of Manhattan to discover Times Square and its immense, illuminated billboards. We then walk down 5th Avenue to view Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the imposing Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station and the Flatiron Building. Next, we see Greenwich Village with its tree-lined streets, Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown. Overnight in New York
Day #7
Full day at leisure to explore the city at your own pace. Overnight in New York
Day #8
Time at leisure before returning to the UK. NB The above itinerary is provisional.

Dates/Prices

The cost includes direct flights from London to JFK airport (New York). It also includes airport taxes and charges, coach transport (except on NY free day), hotel accommodation in en-suite rooms for two, breakfasts at the hotel and evening meals (at the hotel or a restaurant/diner within walking distance), guide (half day in DC, full day in NY) and entrance fees to an Amish Farm and the Empire State building. Tips are included for the guides, restaurant/ hotel staff and coach drivers.

Most British citizens with an e-Passport can register for the Visa Waiver Programme. For more information, visit the FCO travel advice page for the USA. For passports of another nationality or status, please check with your embassy.

The deposit is £150 (plus single room supplement, if applicable). A second deposit of £250 is due 4 months before departure.

Please note that bookings for EC36 may close two months before the departure date, due to the hotel and airline deadlines.

07/05/19 Spaces are currently available for EC29 but as we are within two months of departure, they are subject to confirmation with the airline and hotel. Please make a booking and we will make a final check with them before confirming it.

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