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8 or 10 days | Boston | New York City | Philadelphia | Washington, D.C. | Williamsburg

Day 1: Boston

– Arrive in Boston
– Walking tour of Boston: Newbury Street, Public Garden, Boston Common, Beacon Hill, Public Library, Cheers
– Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
⊕ Boston Duck Tour(seasonal)
– Dinner at Quincy Market

Day 2: Boston and Cambridge • Lexington and Concord

– Guided sightseeing tour of Boston and Cambridge: Paul Revere House, USS Constitution, Old North Church, Bunker Hill, Freedom Trail, Harvard Square
– Guided sightseeing tour of Lexington and Concord: Lexington Battle Green, Old North Bridge, Author's Row
– Orchard House or Old Manse
– Evening activity
⊕ Theater performance

Day 3: New York City

– Travel to New York City
– Guided tour of Midtown: Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Bryant Park
– Central Park
– Empire State Building by night


The Boston Common is the oldest city park in America, established all the way back in 1640. For today's Bostonians, it's a popular spot for all your standard park activities (relaxing, eating lunch, throwing a frisbee), but since its establishment the Common has been used for all kinds of interesting things. It was used as a military camp by the British before the Revolutionary War, and in the early 1700s it was the site of many public hangings. At various times it has also been used as a mass protest site, a place to welcome visiting dignitaries, and a cow pasture. Cows were banned in 1830, so remember to leave your cow at home.
⊕ Customize this tour by adding optional activities or extending your experience by a few days.


In 1904 the New York Times building opened up here, and they had a fireworks show for the New Year. Unfortunately, the fireworks almost lit another building on fire, so a few years later they decided to drop a ball instead (this was an old Navy time signaling system). That, of course, is what we still do today on New Year’s in Times Square, only now it’s in front of a million people.

Day 4: New York City

– Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
– Guided tour of the Financial District: 9/11 Memorial, St. Paul’s Chapel, Wall Street, Federal Hall, New York Stock Exchange, Trinity Church, Charging Bull sculpture
⊕ National September 11 Museum
– Times Square
– Broadway show

Day 5: Philadelphia • Washington, D.C.

– Travel to Philadelphia
– Walking tour of Independence National Historical Park: Congress Hall, Carpenters’ Hall, Franklin Court
– Independence Hall
– Liberty Bell Center
– Travel to Washington, D.C.

Day 6: Washington, D.C. • Mount Vernon

– Arlington National Cemetery: Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Kennedy gravesites
– Photo stop at the Marine Corps War Memorial
– Mount Vernon: Mansion and grounds, museum and education center, George Washington’s tomb
– Evening activity

Day 7: Washington, D.C.

– Explore Washington, D.C. highlights: Photo stops at the White House, Washington Monument, WWII Memorial
– U.S. Capitol and Visitor Center Tour (subject to availability)
– Photo stop at the Library of Congress and U.S. Supreme Court
– Smithsonian museums, may include: National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History
– Night tour of Washington, D.C.: Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Day 8: Washington, D.C. • Return hom

– Explore the Tidal Basin: FDR Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Jefferson Memorial
– National Archives (time permitting)
⊕ Spy Museum
– Depart for home


Day 8: Washington, D.C. • Williamsburg

– Explore the Tidal Basin: FDR Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Jefferson Memorial
– National Archives (time permitting)
⊕ Spy Museum
– Embassy Row: View the residence of the Vice President
– Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park
– Travel to Williamsburg

Day 9: Williamsburg • Jamestown

– Guided sightseeing tour of Jamestown Settlement: Reproductions of original boats used by early American settlers, 17th-century colonial fort, traditional Powhatan Village
– Guided sightseeing tour of Colonial Williamsburg: Capitol, Public Gaol, 18th-century tavern
– Evening activity

Day 10: Washington, D.C. • Return home

– Return to Washington, D.C.
– Free time in Washington, D.C. (time permitting)
– Depart for home

Itinerary subject to change. For complete financial and registration details, please refer to the Booking Conditions.


The Changing of the Guard is mind-blowing for the kids. As the soldiers walk the plaza overlooking the cemetery, what they’re doing is saying thank you to the 400,000 people that are buried there and to every soldier that’s ever fought for our country. The guards take it with the utmost seriousness, and the kids are amazed.

Everything you get

Round-trip and on-tour transportation
Full-time licensed Tour Director
7 nights hotel accommodations
(9 nights on 10-day tour)
Breakfast and dinner daily
Comprehensive sightseeing tours
Visits to special attractions
1 Standard Broadway show
Overnight security at your hotel
Illness and Accident Coverage
Travel ID Badges and backpacks


  • Downtown hotel (private groups only)
  • Extended stay
  • Lunches
  • Earned credit for Group Leaders and students