The USA is well-known for offering a range of educational experiences like no other country can. There’s nowhere that is more intense and distinctly educational. A historical blend which offers learning opportunities for many different subject fields.
Starting off in Boston, the history seated in the city of Boston is deep and rich. There are many landmarks and historical sites for the students to see and experience. New York City, one of the greatest cities on earth which is like no other. Philadelphia, from the building where the US Constitution was signed to George Washington’s house, and a church where America’s founding fathers once sat. Finish the tour in Washington DC, the capital and government centre of the USA.
Destination: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC
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Please be advised that this is an ‘example’ of a schedule and that the activities may be variable dependent upon dates, weather, special requests and other factors. Itineraries will be confirmed prior to travel.
Arrive in Boston. On arrival board your coach and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Boston
Today after breakfast you will take a part in a Full Day Guided Walking Tour, highlights include:
Freedom Trail – This 2.5 mile walking tour through the compact city of Boston reveals the rich history of America’s Revolution – the events that led up to the historic break from Britain. It starts at Boston Common and takes in 16 historical sites, including King’s Chapel, the Benjamin Franklin statue, The Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, and USS Constitution.
Faneuil Hall – Sometimes referred to as ‘the Cradle of Liberty’, Faneuil Hall has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. It was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis and others, encouraging independence from Great Britain. The third floor contains the museum and armoury of the Ancient and Honourabl Artillery Company of Massachusetts.
Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party Sites – Students can see how British treatment of American protestors led to the declaration of independence from the British Empire and the principle of monarchy. The resentments and repressions that led to the roots of modern democratic developments can be traced at the sites of the Boston Massacre in State Street and the Boston Tea Party at the harbour.
Paul Revere’s House – Students can learn about the life and times of the famous American patriot Paul Revere at his former home. He is most famous for his ‘Midnight Ride’ from Boston to Lexington, on April 18, 1775, to warn American patriots about advancing British troops. His house, built about 1680, is downtown Boston’s oldest building and is run as a non-profit museum.
Prudential Tower Skywalk Observatory – Visit the Skywalk Observatory, Boston’s only sky-high vantage point for sweeping 360 degree views of Greater Boston and beyond.
Overnight in Boston
Today you will continue your sightseeing and learning history. Today you will visit:
Bunker Hill Monument – The battle is popularly known as “The Battle of Bunker Hill” although most of the fighting actually took place on Breed’s Hill, the site of the existing monument and exhibit lodge. Today, a 221-foot granite obelisk marks the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution.
Concord Museum – The Concord Museum is a museum of local history located at 200 Lexington Road, Concord, Massachusetts, USA, and best known for its collection of artefacts from authors Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau
Minuteman National Park – Battle Road Trail – This five mile trail connects historic sites from Meriam’s Corner in Concord to the eastern boundary of the park in Lexington. The main theme of the trail is the Battle of April 19, 1775, that launched the American Revolution. The trail interprets the broader human story of the people whose lives were altered by the events that took place here. Much of the trail follows original remnants of the Battle Road; other sections leave the historic road to follow the route of the Minute Men, traversing farming fields, wetlands, and forests. Tour to include The North Bridge Inn, Hartwell Tavern, The Wayside: Home of Authors and the Lexington & Concord Battlegrounds.
Overnight in Boston
This morning after breakfast depart for New York.
En route visit Salem Witch Museum – The Salem Witch Museum brings you back to 1692 Salem. Experience the drama of history in life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and a stirring narration. Live guides take you through changing interpretations of witches, the truth behind the stereotypes, witchcraft practice today and the frightening phenomenon of witch hunting
Continue on to New York by coach
On Arrival in New York spend some free time in Central Park. Stretching 843 acres, Central Park is not short of things to offer tourists and locals alike. Soak up the festive spirit in the heart of Manhattan at the group’s leisure.
Tonight visit the Empire State Building. The Empire State building is an Art Deco symbol of NYC, with its striking silhouette an instantly recognisable fixture of pop culture. Built at the peak of the skyscraper craze in 1931 it is over 1250ft high. A ride in the express lift to the observatory floors gives students an unrivalled view of the city with outdoor decks and restored original interiors.
Overnight in New York
Today take part in The New York Freedom Walking Tour.
Take a tour of Lower Manhattan, tracing New York’s path from a treasured British colony to the capital of a new nation. You’ll walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War heroes and hear tales of epic battles, spies, martyrs and traitors, and of the triumphs and travails in building a new post-war republic.
Fraunces Tavern Museum – It was here that George Washington gave his famous farewell to his troops at the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783. The tavern was known to be his watering hole and today, there are two period rooms with artefacts such as furniture and documents from 18th and 19th century history.
Later in the afternoon visit Times Square. Tourists flock to New York’s neon heart for the flashing lights, Broadway shows, megastores, and sheer spectacle.
Tonight you will see one of the New York’s spectacular Broadway Shows.
Overnight in New York
Today you will visit 9/11 Memorial. The memorial quadrant is a poignant reminder of the 9/11 devastation and an inspiring testimony by citizens to honour those who died. Twin reflecting pools and manmade waterfalls mark the spot where the Twin Towers stood, with the names of everyone lost inscribed into bronze panels around the outside.
Next you will go on the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry Ride. See the Statue of Liberty, one of the world’s most iconic structures and has become a symbol of freedom and democracy. Located on the 12 acre Liberty Island the statue can be visited by ferry so you can see it up close and visit the museum and viewing tower.
In the afternoon you will have some free time for shopping and further sightseeing. Beat the weekend shoppers and explore New York’s finest shopping including Macy’s and Century 21 Department
Later in the afternoon depart New York for Philadelphia by coach.
Overnight in Philadelphia
Today you will continue with your history lessons by visiting the following places:
Liberty Bell Centre – The Liberty Bell Centre offers a video presentation and exhibits about the Liberty Bell, focusing on its origins and its modern day role as an international icon of freedom. Taped presentations about the history of the Liberty Bell are offered in a dozen languages for the convenience of foreign visitors. The Liberty Bell itself is displayed in a magnificent glass chamber with Independence Hall in the background.
Independence Hall – As the official bell of the Pennsylvania State House (today called Independence Hall), the Liberty Bell rang many times for public announcements before it cracked in the 1800s. The old State House bell was first called the “Liberty Bell” by abolitionists, who adopted it as a symbol of their cause. Inscribed with the words “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof,” the bell serves as an icon of freedom.
National Liberty Museum – the National Liberty Museum is an inspirational walk through freedom. Bringing together the most interesting, thoughtful and transformative experiences to give visitors an inspiring look at the progression of freedom thorough history.
Overnight in Philadelphia
After breakfast visit the Cliveden House. Cliveden, also known as the Benjamin Chew House, is a historic mansion in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was the scene of some of the bloodiest fighting of the Battle of Germantown, fought in 1777 during the American Revolutionary War.
In the afternoon Depart Philadelphia for Washington. You will also have some free time for explore the Georgetown Area.
Overnight in Washington.
Today walk again through America’s history-rich grounds and visit the following places:
National Archives Museum – The National Archives Museum is home of the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights which are housed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom; the Public Vaults permanent exhibit gallery; the David M. Rubenstein Gallery, the Lawrence F. O’Brien temporary exhibit gallery; the Boeing Learning Centre; and the William G. McGowan Theatre.
Smithsonian Institution Building and National Museum of American History. Students can take a tour through the history of the colourful US nation at the National Museum of American History. The museum holds more than three million artefacts – all true national treasures. They include the original Star-Spangled Banner, Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.
In the afternoon take a tour of Washington DC Monuments. Visit some of the monuments that honour those who helped shape the US nation. The Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jnr Monument, The Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial while monuments to the Vietnam War, the Korean War, World War II commemorate those that died.
Overnight in Washington DC
On your last day you will enjoy a Full Day Guided Tour of Washington. Highlights include:
Capitol Hill – Meeting place of The Senate and the House of Representatives, The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. Guided tours here begin with a short film and include stops at the Rotunda and National Statuary Hall. The Exhibition Hall displays documents, artifacts, and interactive exhibits.
Supreme Court and Library of Congress – Students can visit the courtroom, with its velvet drapes and marble pillars, where the nine court justices hear some of the 6,500 cases submitted to the Supreme Court each year. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with nearly 128 million items, including historically significant manuscripts on around 530 miles of bookshelves.
The White House – The White House isn’t simply a home to First Families or meeting space for world leaders, it’s also known as ‘The People’s House,’ a place that should be open to everyone.
Overnight in Washington.
Depending on your flight schedule you may get free time for shopping and sightseeing.
Board your coach and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.