Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia
May 1–5, 2018
Tour Pennsylvania’s Amish Country
Visit Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
And Explore the Fabulous Museum of the Bible
Tuesday, May 1
Dallas to Washington, D.C.
We depart Dallas-Fort Worth Airport at 9:00 a.m. on our nonstop flight bound for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Following our scheduled 1:00 p.m. arrival, we’ll claim our luggage, meet our expert guide and driver, and board our private motor coach before embarking on an orientation tour of our nation’s capital. You will be able to see up close the famous memorials of Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt in addition to the Vietnam Memorial. You will see the White House, Capitol and Supreme Court Building. Following our busy afternoon of touring, we’ll check in to our first-class hotel.
You are on your own for dinner this evening.
The Wiz is an optional musical this evening at Ford’s Theatre, 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are from $28 to $64 (May 1 & 2). This activity would be on your own.
Wednesday, May 2 (B)
Washington – Museum of the Bible
This morning following breakfast at our hotel, we will head to the Museum of the Bible, a 430,000-square-foot building located just two blocks from the National Mall and three blocks from the Capitol. Opening last November at a cost of $500 million, the Museum of the Bible documents the narrative, history and impact of the Bible. Museum of the Bible provides guests with an immersive and personalized experience as they explore the history of the Bible. Before you visit in person, you can get a feel for the museum by visiting the “Explore the Museum” floor plan preview (www.museumofthebible.org/explore). Museum of the Bible is an unparalleled experience, using cutting-edge technology to bring the Bible to life. It spans time, space and cultures, inviting everyone to engage with the Bible. With three permanent sections and space for temporary exhibits, there is always something new to explore.
You are on your own for dinner this evening.
Thursday, May 3 (B, L)
Washington to Lancaster – “Jesus” Performance
After an early breakfast at our Washington hotel this morning, we’ll drive north through Maryland into southern Pennsylvania to the small, active town of Lancaster, located in the heart of Pennsylvania Amish Country. Prepare to see picturesque landscapes that must be witnessed in person to be fully appreciated. Rolling hills with lush grasses and crops, farms with windmills dotting the horizon, and horse-drawn buggies sharing the road remind you that things are simpler here in Lancaster County. Today we will learn the cultural traditions of the Amish, steeped in centuries past. We’ll visit an authentic Amish farmhouse, where our local tour guide will explain the history, culture and religious traditions of the Lancaster County Amish. At the end of the farmhouse tour, you can explore the rest of the property. Learn about Amish canning traditions, farming techniques or whatever piques your interest. Following our tour, we will enjoy an authentic Amish lunch served family-style at the Good & Plenty Restaurant. After lunch, we’ll stop at Kitchen Kettle Village, a shopping center with many unique Amish shops and restaurants. You can visit an Amish quilt shop or bake shop – there are many other things to do here as well.
As we depart to our hotel for check-in, we’ll drive past working farms and down country roads where buggies roll along and farmers work their fields. After time to rest at our hotel this afternoon, get ready to enjoy a real highlight of our trip. We will spend the evening together at Sight & Sound Theatres – where spectacular stories are brought to life on a panoramic stage. Experience the greatest rescue story of all time!
Jesus is the action-packed musical stage adventure that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person ever to walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives He changed forever. Jesus is a timeless story of relentless love. While Jesus’ story may be familiar, His actions are unexpected. He befriends outcasts and heals the hurting. He challenges social norms and confronts hypocrisy. He sets sail with fishermen and reasons with religious scholars. And the lives He touches will never be the same. From the streets of Jerusalem to the raging Sea of Galilee, there’s no place—and no person—that His love can’t reach. Sight & Sound takes theater to a whole new level. Every show is an epic experience with a meaningful message and where edge-of-your-seat action meets heartfelt drama. Your experience begins with a 2,000-seat auditorium, a 300-foot stage that surrounds the audience on three sides, state-of-the-art technology and live animals.
You are on your own for dinner this evening.
Friday, May 4 (B, L)
Lancaster to Philadelphia – Lunch at City Tavern
After breakfast at our hotel this morning, we will board our motor coach and drive east to the historic city of Philadelphia. America’s first capital city is a treasure trove of history; you’ll be exploring some of the most famous sites from the earliest days of the United States. Around every corner of this city lies a piece of American history, as you’ll discover for yourself on a day immersed in historic Philadelphia.
First, we will tour the Old City district of Philadelphia, where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. It’s also home to Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street. Experience its art and design, with more than 55 galleries and home décor showrooms, plus more than 80 restaurants and shops. Visit Christ Church, where the Founding Fathers worshipped. You will have time to take an optional horse-drawn carriage ride through Philadelphia’s well preserved Historic District. See Franklin Court (where Ben Franklin lived) and Independence Mall, a three-block section of the Independence National Historical Park, as well as the National Constitution Center and the U.S. Mint. See the home of George Washington and John Adams when Philadelphia served as the nation’s capital. See the Liberty Bell and the Curtis Center, famed for its famous and historic Tiffany mosaic. Learn more about William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, at Washington Square. Walk through Independence National Park and see Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed.
We will enjoy a memorable lunch at the famed City Tavern in historic Old Towne Philadelphia. Late this afternoon we will drive back to our hotel in Lancaster for an overnight stay.
You are on your own for dinner this evening.
History of City Tavern in Philadelphia
- May 1774: Paul Revere arrives at the Tavern to announce Parliament’s closing of the Port of Boston. The next day, 300 prominent Philadelphians meet at City Tavern to select a committee of correspondence to draft a letter of sympathy for Revere to take back to Boston.
- Sept. to Oct. 1774: City Tavern is the unofficial meeting place of the delegates before and after sessions of the First Continental Congress, convened at nearby Carpenters’ Hall. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Richard Henry Lee and Peyton Randolph are among the participants.
- July 4, 1777: America’s first Fourth of July celebration is held at City Tavern.
- Aug. 3–5, 1777: General Washington and his aides-de-camp share table and quarters at City Tavern, making it the official headquarters of the Continental Army for three days.
- Dec 10, 1778: John Jay is elected president of the Continental Congress while a guest at the tavern.
- April 1789: City Tavern hosts a banquet for George Washington as he passes through Philadelphia on his way to New York for his inauguration.
Saturday, May 5 (B)
Lancaster to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to DFW
After breakfast at our hotel this morning, we drive south to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor which is a sightseeing hub, home to Maryland Science Center with a planetarium and observatory, and the National Aquarium, featuring giant turtles, dolphins and electric eels. The Top of the World Observation Level offers 360-degree sweeping views of the city, while a collection of historic warships is docked below. Power Plant Live! is a complex of eateries and music venues in a former power station. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has many stories to tell, from its heyday in the 18th century as the nation’s leading shipbuilding site, to a major site for oyster canning, steel working and railroad building, to an immigration port and military supply center. In 1980, the Inner Harbor area underwent a major revitalization with the addition of many attractions, hotels, restaurants and shops. Today, the Inner Harbor is a major tourist destination and port of call for cruise ships.
You will have free time to enjoy browsing the Inner Harbor area and lunch on you own before transferring to the BWI Airport for our midafternoon nonstop flight back to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (flight is 3:22 p.m. to 5:43 p.m.).
(Note: B = breakfast provided; L = lunch provided)
TOUR PRICE DETAILS
Total Trip Price – $1,495 per person (based on double occupancy)
Single Supplement – $390 (add-on cost for those traveling alone)
- Initial Deposit – $300 per person – due at sign-up
- Final Payment – $1,195 per person – due by March 1, 2018
- Airfare from DFW to DCA and BWI to DFW roundtrip (American Airlines)
- Four nights first-class hotel accommodations
- Private deluxe charter motor coach with professional driver
- Entertainment as specifically noted in the itinerary
- Breakfast daily (4) and special deluxe lunches (2)
- Private roundtrip transfers from airport to hotel
- All touring, sightseeing and entrances as specifically noted in the itinerary
- Baggage handling at hotels
- All air taxes and fuel surcharges
- Hotel taxes and fees
TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE
Driver and guide gratuities are at each traveler’s voluntary discretion.
- 91 days or more before departure – No penalty for cancellation
- 90 days to 61 days – $300 penalty (deposit amount)
- 60 days to 31 days – $700 penalty
- 30 days or less before departure – No Refund
Because of the strict cancellation penalties relating to our trip, we recommend that you consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance. Check with your insurance agent for advice. You can also go on-line and purchase trip cancellation insurance through insuremytrip.com.
ABRAMS TRAVEL & TOURS – TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This agreement contains the terms and conditions by which Abrams Travel & Tours, in consideration of a participant’s payment, agrees to provide a custom group tour during the dates of May 1–5, 2018. Details, inclusions and tour descriptions of the trip are noted in the trip brochure above.
RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY: Abrams Travel & Tours (Tour Operator) agrees to arrange for all of the services and accommodations offered in connection with the tour itinerary described above. The Tour Operator and/or its agents act only in the capacity as an agent for the passenger(s) in all matters connected with hotels, sightseeing tours and transportation, whether by motor coach, aircraft or any other means; and is not liable for any damage from any cause.
The Tour Operator and/or its agents are not responsible for any damage, expense or inconvenience caused by late departures, change of schedule, strikes or other conditions. The Tour Operator is not liable for any wrongful, negligent, or unauthorized acts or omissions of any travel personnel or representative handling the tour. The Tour Operator cannot be held responsible for errors arising from unforeseen circumstances.
The Tour Operator does not own or operate, nor is an agent for any of the suppliers which will provide goods and services for the trip or for any option which may be available in connection with the trip and the Tour Operator has not priced the trip to allow the Tour Operator to guarantee against failure of any such suppliers. Accordingly, participants agree to seek remedies directly with the supplier and not to hold the Tour Operator liable, in the absence of its negligence, for any loss, injury, delay or expense which results directly or indirectly from any action or omission, whether negligent, criminal or otherwise, of any entity providing goods or services for the trip or any available option (e.g., without limitation, the quality of services, cleanliness of a hotel, hotel overbooking or any flight delay). Participants also agree not to hold Tour Operator liable for circumstances beyond its control (e.g., force majeure).
Participants acknowledge that neither the Tour Operator nor its agents have made any representation or promises with respect to the tour described herein except as expressly set forth in the tour literature.
Abrams Travel & Tours WILL NOT BE responsible for: (a) flight schedule changes, mechanical breakdowns, government actions, weather, acts of God, acts of war or aggression (whether declared or undeclared) hijackings, or other circumstances beyond its control, including flights that may be missed as a result thereof; (b) the failure to follow instructions, including but not limited to check-in and check-out times and baggage handling; and, (c) charges incurred relating to single-room requirements either by the passengers themselves or their assigned roommates.
Payment of the deposit or any partial or full payment for a reservation constitutes consent to all provisions listed in this brochure. Passengers do have a right to cancel their reservation under strict conditions. The Trip Cancellation and Refund Policy is noted in the trip brochure above.
HOTELS, ACCOMMODATIONS & TRANSPORTATION
The Tour Operator reserves the right to substitute other hotels than those listed on the itinerary pages. If a change becomes necessary for any reason, including alternate hotels for additional departures on the same date, or hotel location changes within or outside itinerary cities, the hotel substituted will be of equivalent quality to those shown. No refunds are provided for hotel changes; full cancellation penalties, as noted above, apply.
If you miss part of a tour, claims for refunds should be made within 10 days of the tour’s end and must be verified by the Tour Leader. Refunds cannot be made for unused transportation involving group tickets, events not attended, motor coaches, or for sightseeing and meals not taken. Refunds for unused hotel accommodations are at the discretion of the hotel. All refunds are based on the actual cost of service not used and are not on a per-day basis.
The Tour Operator contracts both twin-bedded rooms and double-bedded rooms with each hotel. Bedding types may be requested but are never guaranteed since the hotel has the final say. Single supplements ensure your own room, not necessarily a twin or double-bedded room.
LUGGAGE: Due to space limitations, each passenger is limited to one piece of checked luggage (50 pounds max) plus one personal item small enough to be placed under an airline seat and above a motor coach seat. Luggage travels at the risk of the participant, and luggage insurance is recommended for those who are concerned.