The Cherry Blossom season is one of the best times to visit Washington. This spring, join Travac Tours for a five day, four night getaway to America’s capital city and discover this magnificent city during its most renowned festival for yourself.
Your home in Washington is The Hamilton Crowne Plaza on 14th Street. This hotel offers a truly unmatched location offering you easy walking access to the National Mall, the Smithsonian Museums and many of the city’s monuments. The hotel is also located close to a Metro (subway) line giving you affordable travel to other destinations in the DC area.
Travac’s leisurely-paced 5 day getaway also includes a visit to Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War. That Union victory ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion”, Gettysburg was the Civil War’s bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “Gettysburg Address”. Gettysburg is a huge part of the fabric of Washington.This delightful visit and tour will be one of your holiday highlights. No other tour gives such exceptional value at this prime downtown location in Washington D.C.
This morning you will depart Westgate Shopping Centre on your journey to Washington. Two washroom stops and one lunch stop will be made en route. At approximately 6:00pm you will arrive at your hotel in downtown Washington. You will have the evening free to enjoy dinner and relax.
At 8:30am a local guide will take you on a guided half-day tour of the city. You will have a chance to see all of the capital’s famous attractions, including Capitol Hill, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, FDR Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Embassy Row and the Canadian Embassy. This tour will also familiarize you with the city and its neighbourhoods to make your stay more enjoyable. After the city tour, you will have time to explore and enjoy Washington on your own.
Today is a free day. You will have the opportunity to visit the prestigious Smithsonian Institution. This collection of museums and galleries, scattered along the beautiful National Mall, is home to some of the world’s most intriguing exhibits and impressive collections. You can explore the American History Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and many more institutions along the one-mile stretch of the Mall. Best of all, admission to all of the Smithsonian’s museums is free!
At 9:30am we offer a free shuttle service to the Smithsonian-drop off at Smithsonian Castle. Please note that most museums open at 10:00am. At 4:00pm we offer a free shuttle from the Smithsonian Castle back to the hotel.
Today you will leave Washington and make your way to Gettysburg. Upon your arrival you will be met by a local historian and taken on an informative tour of the Gettysburg battlefields. You will also have time to visit this quaint village. Your overnight will be in the Gettysburg / Carlisle area.
At 7:30am the bus departs Washington for Ottawa. A lunch stop and 2 washroom stops will be made enroute. Expect to arrive at the Westgate Shopping Centre at 7:00pm.
Itinerary subject to change.
Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you. Non-Canadians may require a visa to enter the U.S. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have such a document if required. Any other nationality other than Canadian persons must identify themselves to the booking agent for verification of documents required.