Depart: Mar. 29, 2012
Return: April 6, 2012

Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossom Festival

Including Gettysburg and National Air force Museum in Dayton, OH (9days/8nights)
 
Included:
  • 8 Nights of Lodging
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • Deluxe Motorcoach
  • All Attractions Listed
  • 4 Lunches
  • Baggage Handling
  • Step on Guides
  • 4 Dinners
  • Tour Escort

 

Rates:
  • Single/$2245
  • Double/$1699
  • Triple/$1535
  • Quad/$1475
     

Day 1
Thursday, March 29 
Our day will begin early as we travel through IL, IN, OH and PA before stopping for the night in Monroeville, PA at the Hampton Inn.   B

Day 2
Friday, March 30  
We will arrive in Washington D.C. around noon and go to Union Station for lunch and to meet our guide for an afternoon of touring. We will stop at the National World War ll Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin where a burst of pastel pinks ushers in spring and marks the 100th Anniversary of the gift of the Cherry Blossom Trees from Japan. After we drop off our guide we will check into the new Gaylord National Resort on the Potomac. It has a soaring 18-story glass atrium with spectacular views of the national monuments, historic landmarks and the Potomac River. Dinner this evening will be at the McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant located at the National Harbor, just a short walk from the hotel.   BD

Day 3
Saturday, March 31 
A good breakfast in our hotel will start our day off right before we meet up with our guide, who will spend the day with us, showing us the sites of Washington D.C. Our first stop will be the White House Visitor’s Center on the ground floor hall of the Commerce Building. We will then travel to the “The President’s Palace”, as the White House was called in the beginning. (We cannot promise to get inside the White House but we will try but scheduled tours can be cancelled at anytime.) Even if we cannot go inside, we will do a photo stop for exterior photos. Then it’s off to the ‘NEW’ Capitol Visitor’s Center on Capital Hill. The Capitol Visitor Center welcomes visitors to the seat of American government. At nearly 580,000 square feet, the CVD is the largest project in the Capitol’s 215 year history and is approximately three quarters the size of the Capitol itself. The entire facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol so as not to detract from the appearance of the Capitol. Features include an exhibition gallery that features the House and Senate while in session, orientation theaters, a 550 seat cafeteria, gift shops and restrooms all within a secure public area. We will also do a stop at the United States Library of Congress and a chance to take pictures of the Supreme Court Building. During our drive through Embassy Row on our way to the Washington National Cathedral, we will see the homes of the powerful and socially elite of our early government but after the Great Depression, many of the families went broke and today this area is known as Embassy Row. The Washington National Cathedral stands higher than the Washington Monument and is the 6th largest church in the world is situated on 57 acres and took 83 years to build. Our guide will takes us on a driving tour of Georgetown before stopping at the Marine Corps War Memorial. A treat for all is a stop at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a short performance on the Millennium Stage. Dinner will follow the performance at Carmines for a wonderful dinner. Back to the Gaylord National for a good night’s sleep.   BD

Day 4
Sunday, April 1  
Breakfast this morning will be at the Java Coast café at your leisure before departing for another day filled with the wonders of Washington D.C. Our first stop will be the Arlington National Cemetery for a tram ride guided tour of hallowed ground. This is the final resting place for President John Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audi Murphy, Joe Lewis and many of the brave that helped keep our country free. We will also watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown. Lunch time is going to be a relaxed cruise on the Odyssey lll Cruise Ship, while enjoying live entertainment, great cuisine and unparalleled views of the Capitals’ greatest monuments. Your afternoon will be ours to enjoy at one of several buildings of the Smithsonian Institution on the National Mall. Late afternoon we will depart back to the Gaylord National to enjoy and evening of free time on your own. We are located next to the National Harbor that is filled with shopping, restaurants and entertainment so just walk around and enjoy the street entertainment or you may want to enjoy all the benefits of the Gaylord National Resort.   BL

Day 5
Monday, April 2  
It’s almost time to bid Washington D.C. farewell after you enjoy breakfast in our hotel. Our step on guide will join us again for a short time today to show us the Air Force Memorial, built on a hillside overlooking the Pentagon. We will see the Pentagon although not going inside, you will have a chance to walk to the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Park. It is about a 4 block walk but our guide will be glad to take anyone that is up for a walk. For those that don’t want to take the walk, we will be at the Pentagon City Mall where you will have a chance to get something to eat or shop at one of the 170 different shops and restaurants. After a leisurely lunch we will leave Washington D.C. for a couple drive hour to Gettysburg, PA for two nights at the Hampton Inn.   B

Day 6
Tuesday, April 3 
Breakfast will be in our hotel this morning before departing for a day of touring Gettysburg. We will begin our tour at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center where we will visit their Museum, a Film and the Cyclorama to help explain the happenings around the Gettysburg area. They will also provide a box lunch for us before we board our bus with a step on guide as we tour of the National Military Park. Mid afternoon we will drop you off for a short shopping experience in downtown Gettysburg. Dinner tonight will be at the General Picketts Buffet.   BLD

Day 7
Wednesday, April 4  
Breakfast will be in our hotel before departing for Dayton, OH. We will be staying at the Hampton Inn in Fairborn, OH for the next 2 nights. Dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants around the hotel.   B

Day 8
Thursday, April 5  
Breakfast in your hotel before departing for a day at the National Air Force Museum. The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the official National Museum of the United States Air Force and is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio. It is the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum. More than 360 aircraft and missiles are on display, most of them indoors. There will be an IMAX movie for you to enjoy and lunch will be provided for you at the Café. This evening we will treat you to dinner at the Texas Roadhouse, which is next door to the hotel.   BLD

Day 9
Friday, April 6  
We start our journey back to Illinois but we have a treat for you for lunch!! We are going to eat at the Beef House on the Illinois/Indiana line!! Enjoy good food and great homemade rolls!! We will arrive back in the Peru area late afternoon.   BL

** This trip is non-refundable after the final payment date **


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