The American Civil War

  • 9 Day Tour

Day 1

Fly to Washington D.C. where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay.

Day 2 - Washington D.C.

This morning we take an included half-day city tour by coach. We begin the tour with an introduction to Civil War history at the Museum of American History. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Day 3 - Gettysburg

We travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania this morning for a tour of the famous battlefield. The Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 is often quoted as the Civil War’s turning point and resulted in the Confederates, under General Robert E. Lee, retreating to Virginia after their attempted second invasion into Union territory. Abraham Lincoln, in November of the same year, delivered his famous Gettysburg Address here at the dedication ceremony for the Gettysburg National Cemetery. In the evening, join our included ‘Ghosts of Gettysburg’ tour. Stay overnight in Gettysburg.

Day 4 - Antietam Battlefield and Harper’s Ferry

Included visit to the battlefield of Antietam (admission included), the bloodiest one-day battle in American history, where Lee’s invasion of Maryland was ended. Onwards to Harper’s Ferry, where in 1859 John Brown led his famous party of 21 men and secured the federal armoury. The slave uprising was to precipitate the onset of the Civil War. Overnight in Harper’s Ferry.

Day 5 - Lynchburg, Virginia

We travel to Lynchburg, an important central transportation centre for the Confederacy army, as well as having a large hospital for Confederate soldiers, and scene of the Battle of Lynchburg in 1864. We take a tour of the town before spending a night here.

Day 6 - Appomattox, Petersburg and Richmond

We travel first to Appomattox, where in 1865 General Lee surrendered to Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant, which signalled the end of the Southern States’ attempt to create a separate nation. The surrender set the stage for the emergence of an expanded and more powerful Federal Government and the end of the war led directly to the adoption of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution – ending slavery, providing citizenship and male suffrage. We visit the Museum of the Confederacy and then on to the Petersburg Battlefield (admission included), where the Union Army held the Confederates in a 292-day siege, the longest in American warfare. Travel to nearby Richmond for an overnight stay.

Day 7 - Arlington Cemetery

We return to Washington for an overnight stay, arriving late morning. Spend the afternoon in the capital or join our included visit to Arlington National Cemetery. Designated a military cemetery on June 15 1864, veterans and military casualties from every one of the nation’s wars since the American Civil War are interred in the cemetery. During the guided visit you will see many of Arlington’s famous memorials, including the Eternal Flame of the Kennedy grave, and the world-famous Tomb of the Unknowns.

Day 8

Today we head to Manassas/Bull Run, where two battles took place, before transferring to the airport for the return overnight flight home.

Day 9

Arrive in the U.K.

Prices are per person, based on two sharing a twin room.

Extras: All meals; optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; single room supplement £389; travel insurance from £70; Heathrow flight supplements may apply.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Visa/ESTA is required prior to travelling, please visit the ESTA Web site for more details. Applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel, however, it is recommended that applications are submitted no less than 72 hours prior to travel.




 



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