Tour Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015 to Saturday, June 20, 2015 Group Leader: Bettie Anne Buerk Tour

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Tour Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015 to Saturday, June 20, 2015

Group Leader: Bettie Anne Buerk

Tour Directors: Ian Maggiacomo & Greg Stroup

Day 1: Saturday, June 13, 2015

Welcome to Boston! (1st Group 12:20pm)

Lunch, Flight Group 1

Welcome to Boston! (2nd Flight Group, 2:00pm)

Lunch, Flight Group 2 – unite with Flight Group 1
Walking Tour of Boston: Newbury Street, Boston Common (oldest city park in America, est. in 1640!) , Massachusetts 54th Memorial, Beacon Hill
Dinner: Faneuil Hall: Often referred to as "the home of free speech" and the "Cradle of Liberty," Faneuil Hall hosted America's first Town Meeting. Built by wealthy merchant Peter Faneuil as a center of commerce in 1741, this is where the Sons of Liberty proclaimed their dissent against Royal oppression. Sam Adams was a regular speaker here! Faneuil Hall has served as an open forum meeting hall and marketplace for more than 270 years and has continued to provide a forum for debate on the most consequential issues of the day.
Green Dragon Tavern, Union Oyster House, Bell in Hand Tavern: not only some of America’s longest operating businesses but frequented by Paul Revere, Sam Adams, John Hancock and others as meeting places for the Sons of Liberty
Dessert in the North End: Boston’s oldest residential area, continuously inhabited since 1630!

Check into hotel

Hotel: DoubleTree Boston North Shore

50 Ferncroft Road Danvers, MA, 01923, US (978) 777-2500

Overnight Security at Hotel (10:00PM - 5:00AM)

Day 2: Sunday, June 14, 2015

Breakfast at hotel
Guided Sightseeing of Boston and Cambridge: Freedom Trail, King’s Chapel, King’s Chapel Burial Ground, Old South Meeting House, Boston Tea Party Ship, Old State House, site of the Boston Massacre, Old North Church, Paul Revere House, Bunker Hill, USS Constitution
Lunch: Harvard Square
Guided Sightseeing of Lexington and Concord: Lexington Battle Green, Old North Bridge, Authors’ Row

Concord Historical House, Old Manse (2:30 pm)
Dinner: Pizzeria Uno (6:00 pm)
Prudential Center Skywalk (7:30 pm): Prudential Skywalk Observatory, 360 degree views of Greater Boston and Boston Harbor

Day 3: Monday, June 15, 2015

Breakfast at hotel

Travel to New York City
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Guided Tour of Mid-town Manhattan (Rob Cardazone and Cynthia Ladopoulos) : Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trump Tower, Wall Street, Greenwich Village, Soho, Chinatown, Little Italy
Dinner: Tour Directors distribute $12 cash to each traveler
Empire State Building Observatory: night views of New York City from top of the Empire State Building
Hotel: Holiday Inn Secaucus Meadowlands

300 Plaza Dr

Seacaucus, NJ, 07094, US

201 348 2000

Overnight Security at Hotel (10:30PM - 5:30AM)

Day 4: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Breakfast at Hotel
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (10:00 am)

9/11 Memorial and Museum (3:00 pm)

NYC Subway One-Way
Dinner: Buffalo Wild Wings (5:30 pm)
Broadway Show: Phantom of the Opera (7:00 pm)

Free Time in Times Square

Day 5: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Breakfast at Hotel

Travel to Philadelphia
Independence National Historic Park: Carpenter’s Hall (1st Continental Congress, later Bank of the U.S.—led to formation of political parties!), Independence Hall (2nd Continental Congress—Declaration of Independence, Constitutional Convention), Congress Hall (where George Washington and John Adams were sworn in as president, where Congress met during the Early Republic before U.S. Capitol built)

Franklin Court: site of Benjamin Franklin’s home and the Benjamin Franklin Museum

Guided Visit of Independence Hall (2:45 pm) Liberty Bell Center
Dinner: Philly's Gourmet Cafe (6:00 pm)
Travel to Washington, D.C.
Hotel: Best Western Rockville

1251 West Montgomery Ave Rockville, MD, 20850, US (301) 424 4940

Overnight Security at Hotel (10:00PM - 5:00AM)
Day 6: Thursday, June 18, 2015

Breakfast at Hotel
National Archives: Will see THE Declaration of Independence, THE Constitution, and THE Bill of Rights!!!!!!

Arlington National Cemetery: Contains the graves of over 400,000 people who have served our nation. Will see the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Kennedy gravesites, Custis-Lee Mansion. (This home and the original1100 acres of Arlington National Cemetery were owned by Robert E. Lee and his wife Mary Custis Lee (great-granddaughter of Martha Washington!) before the Civil War. During the Civil War the property was used as a Union military base and then as a cemetery in hopes of rendering it uninhabitable so that the Lees would not return to it. One of the first burials was a 20 ft wide, 10 ft deep vault containing 1800 casualties of the Battle of Bull Run.)

Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial

George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate and Gardens (Mansion Tour at 3:20 pm)
Dinner: La Madeleine (6:00 pm)
Legends of Alexandria Ghost Tour (7:30 pm)

Day 7: Friday, June 19, 2015

Breakfast at Hotel
International Spy Museum including Operation Spy (10:00 am) United States Capitol Building Tour and Visitor Center (2:20 pm) Library of Congress

Supreme Court
Dinner: Fuel Pizza (5:00 pm)
Guided Night Sightseeing of Washington, D.C. and all the memorials – Washington Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Vietnam Memorial,

Day 8: Saturday, June 20, 2015

Breakfast at Hotel
9:30am: Ford’s Theater, Petersen House, Lincoln Center for Education and Leadership: site of Lincoln’s assassination and death

Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, National Air & Space Museum, etc.
Depart for home!
Flight Group 1: Depart D.C. 5:30pm, arrive Austin 8:00pm

Flight Group 2: Depart D.C. 6:00pm, arrive Austin 11:00pm

*Itinerary is subject to change

Your Tour Director is your first point of contact throughout the tour. As a backup, our emergency line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-503-2323 should you need assistance.
Have a wonderful tour, and be sure to call us when you return. We want to hear all about your trip!

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