Explore Colonial America

8 days
Save this trip to your favorites or other list
Map not provided by operator
View all 7 photos
Video not provided by operator
4.1/5 Great
100+ reviews  
87%
Save this trip to your favorites or other list
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Get ready to explore the East Coast, from Pennsylvania to Virginia to Washington D.C.! Explore the history of America, seeing historic battlefields, villages, gardens, and parks. With your own rental car, you can explore as you wish throughout the journey! Spend time in Philadelphia, where you can stroll cobblestone streets, see the Liberty Bell, and roam his...
30%
$2,396
From$1,687
See departure dates

Overview

Trip type
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 9 days!

What's this trip about?

    Get ready to explore the East Coast, from Pennsylvania to Virginia to Washington D.C.! Explore the history of America, seeing historic battlefields, villages, gardens, and parks. With your own rental car, you can explore as you wish throughout the journey! Spend time in Philadelphia, where you can stroll cobblestone streets, see the Liberty Bell, and roam historic neighborhoods. Don’t forget to try a famous cheesesteak, hoagie, or soft pretzel! Next, you’ll drive to Gettysburg. You can see the National Military Park and Cemetery. Continue your drive through the rolling green hills of Virginia to Shenandoah! You can wander through Colonial Gardens, tour historic houses, and chat with docents to learn more about the rich history of the country. After, discover Colonial Williamsburg, brimming with hundreds of years of history. Your journey ends in Washington D.C., where you can visit the Lincoln Memorial, Capital building, and much more! US history comes alive on this excellent vacation!

Compare to similar trips

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIndependent
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityPhiladelphia
End CityWashington D.C.

Destinations

  • North America
  • United States

Activities

  • Independent

Trip includes

    • Roundtrip economy class airfare into Philadelphia (PHL), out of Washington DC (IAD)
    • Automatic rental car for the duration of your trip Pick up PHL and drop off IAD 2 nights in Philadelphia at the Holiday Inn Express Midtown, or similar
    • 1 night in Gettysburg at the Gettysburg Hotel, or similar
    • 1 night in Shenandoah at the Big Meadows Lodge, or similar
    • 2 nights in Williamsburg at the Kingsmill Resort, or similar
    • 1 night in Washington D.C. at the Washington Hilton, or similar
    • Detailed day-by-day itinerary with trip highlights, hotel information, local guides, maps and driving directions This package is seasonal and runs April to October.

View Similar Trips

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Philadelphia!

Welcome to your east coast adventure through America’s Colonial history! Your trip begins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. See an iconic symbol of American freedom at the Liberty Bell Center! Visit the Betsy Ross house, and check out Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest residential street in the city!

Day 2 Philadelphia

Today, you might want to check out Valley Forge, one of the most popular historical parks in Pennsylvania. Stop into the Visitor Center for a treasure trove of history, a short film about Valley Forge, and a life-sized George Washington statue! Walk through the park to be transported back to Colonial times!

Day 3 Philadelphia - Gettysburg

Today, you’ll drive to Gettysburg. Visit the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center - you’ll see over 40,000 artifacts from the American Civil War. Visit the cemetery and The Angle, a battlefield area of Pickett’s Charge. You’ll find solemn monuments and immersive history around each corner.

Day 4 Gettysburg - Shenandoah

Drive to Shenandoah today! Your historical journey continues into Shenandoah, Virginia, where you can visit New Market Battlefield State Historical Park. See the battlefield and visit the Bushong House, an 1860’s war hospital turned visitor center. Enjoy the stunning nature surrounding you - one popular picturesque destination is Skyline Drive!

Day 5 Shenandoah - Williamsburg

Hop in your rental car and drive through the Virginia greenery to your next destination, Williamsburg! Walk among docents to travel back in time. Wander the Colonial Garden, visit the Courthouse, the Governor's Palace, and much more!

Day 6 Williamsburg

Today, spend more time in Williamsburg or take a brief drive to Jamestown to see historical artifacts and architecture dating back to the 1600s. Or discover Yorktown, another site rich with Colonial and Revolutionary history!

Day 7 Williamsburg - Washington D.C.

Zoom to your next destination: Washington D.C. You’ll find a massive amount of American history here, so see as much of it as you can! Whether you want to visit Arlington Cemetery, the US Capital, or the Washington Monument, you can spend hours gazing at incredible sights.

Day 8 Depart Washington D.C.

Fly home to share your memories of the east coast with your friends and family! 

Want a tailor-made trip instead?

Your trip, your way, planned by an expert:

  • You choose budget, destinations, activities, transport & lodging type
  • Expert designs the itinerary for you, and once approved, takes care of logistics
Design custom trip

Dates & Availability

Price From $1,687
Price per day$211
Last Updated: 5/15/2023

Check Current Availability, prices, specials with Great Value Vacations.

The total tour cost includes the tour price (regular or promotional) and the compulsory local payment. The promotional price is subject to change. Check directly with the operator for the latest price offer. The tour operator requires you to pay only the tour price to purchase your travel. The compulsory local payment will be paid when you join the trip. All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement only needs to be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

Great Value Vacations Reviews & Ratings

4.1/5  Great
Excellent
11,158
Great
5,051
Average
2,487
Disappointing
1,143
Terrible
1,572
Write a Review

Other Great Value Vacations Reviews

E

Eddie H.

Dec 2023

Written on
Great Value Vacations Company Reviewsby Great Value Vacations

Great hotel choices and itinerary

Great Value did an amazing job with the basic outline ...

P

Prakash B Bom

Dec 2023

Written on
Great Value Vacations Company Reviewsby Great Value Vacations

Trip to Venice, Florence and Rome

Any trip to Italy ought to have breakfast included. We were disappointed with our plan that only Florence hotel had breakfast included. Rest was dried. Otherwise, it...

C

Cara Seiden

Dec 2023

Written on
Great Value Vacations Company Reviewsby Great Value Vacations

Great value

Really impressed with the deal. The hotel was outstanding I was shocked. Will be booking again!

Write a Review

Travelers also viewed

Tour Operator

Great Value Vacations

preferred
View Profile

At Great Value Vacations, our mission is to be the pre-packaged vacation solution provider from the US to the most desirable vacation destinations in the world.

We offer premium, pre-built vacation packages to the top destinations in the world. Our vacations feature itineraries designed by travel experts and superior accommodations which have been hand-picked and vetted for quality.

What’s more, we offer these vacations packages at Great Value prices that are at or better than if you were to purchase the components separately.  Our state-of-the-art technology provides our customers with an easy to use booking system that allows you to book complicated vacations with just a few clicks.

Expert Advice

Our team of product experts are your “feet on the street” creating vacation itineraries we’d send our family on (and they have VERY high standards!) We do the heavy lifting for you by researching the best destinations, hand selecting the most desirable accommodations, designing a perfect vacation itinerary and recommending things to do and see along the way.

Customer Support

We’re there for you at every step – from your first call or visit to our website right up until your flight home. Our vacation specialists and support staff are available to answer questions, provide advice or assist you at any point during the vacation planning process. Plus we offer Trip Protection Plans which allows you to cancel your trip for any reason up to 72 hours prior to travel and received a full refund and have access to 24-hr Emergency Assistance while you travel.

What they’re known for
Budget-friendly vacation packages and expert itineraries designed for independent travelers wanting an easy trip planning experience.

Associations

Why Travelstride

Find your perfect trip

An epic selection of pre-planned trips on every continent, for every style. Thousands of itineraries from over 1,000 trusted travel companies.

Save time

Use simple search and comparison tools to easily find the best trip. Don't sweat the logistics — travel providers plan for you.

Save money

Book directly with the operator. See inclusive packages for the best values, and get access to amazing deals.

Travel confidently

Read unbiased user reviews, pick the operator that suits your needs, and connect with them directly.

Logistics

Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance alongside your travel package to safeguard against unforeseen circumstances such as medical expenses, trip cancellations, and other contingencies. It offers you peace of mind and ensures you are prepared for unexpected events that may occur before or during your journey
Visa requirements
Visa requirements vary depending on your country of origin and your country of destination. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the relevant requirements. For a handy tool that can help you quickly find the requirements, please visit this link .
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Trip ID
Greatvaluevacations-PK-GC4P-SH-ECA-PHL

Become a member

(it's free)
  • Save up to $700 per person
  • Access members-only specials
  • Personalize trip recommendations
Sign up and save
Top Tour Companies on Travelstride:
All 1,600+ companies >