Where The North And The South United
DAY 1: Washington, DC
Arrive Washington, DC. This evening, explore the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Bistros, bars and boutiques line the streets in this cosmopolitan neighbourhood surrounded by the largest concentration of international embassies or visit Georgetown, an affluent section of the city filled with retail shops and restaurants.

DAY 2: Washington, DC
Take an orientation tour this morning to see sites such as Capitol Hill, Library of Congress, Washington Monument, the White House, and the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials. This afternoon take a tour of Arlington Cemetery, the resting place of dozens or Civil War generals and high-ranking officers. The graves of President John Kennedy and his brother Robert are here, as well as the victims of the shuttles Columbia and Challenger and many of those killed on September 11. This evening one may choose to dine in the funky Adams Morgan neighborhood or take in a show at the Kennedy Center.

DAY 3: Washington, DC - Baltimore (40 mi/65 km)
Depart for Baltimore this morning. At the dawn of the Civil War, Maryland was a slave state— yet free African Americans made up a quarter of Baltimore’s population. Visit the Baltimore Visitor Center at the Inner Harbor to learn about the role Baltimore played in the Civil War and see the USS Constellation, a sloop of war that performed diplomatic duties during the Civil Way by disrupting the African Slave Trade. Take time at Fells Point this evening, a historic waterfront neighborhood. There are many shops, including antique stores, restaurants, coffee bars, music stores, a municipal markethouse and over 120 pubs.

DAY 4: Baltimore – Gettysburg (59 mi/95 km)
Today transfer to Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, and was the bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. It was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln\'s immortal \"Gettysburg Address\". It’s best to begin a visit at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. The park has an extensive museum about Gettysburg and the Civil War, the fully restored Gettysburg Cyclorama that depicts \"Pickett\'s Charge\", and the film \"A New Birth of Freedom\", which focuses on the significance of Gettysburg. There is an entry fee for admission to the museum, film and Gettysburg Cyclorama. Then Hiring a Licensed Battlefeld Tour Guide and tour battlefield park.

DAY 5: Gettysburg – Lancaster – Gettysburg (112 mi/180 km)
This morning visit Lancaster County, home to the largest congregation of Amish in the United States. There are a number of Amish-run attractions here. Explore sites such as an historic 1805 farmhouse, but furnished like a modern Amish home. Learn about their history, customs, clothing, and culture. In the afternoon, stroll through Kitchen Kettle Village, an outdoor shopping village, filled with homemade Lancaster County food, fresh baked and canned goods. Return to Gettysburg for the night.

DAY 6: Gettysburg-Frederick-Manassas-Charlottesville (185 mi/298 km)
This morning, head north to Frederick, a city with a rich Civil War history. Don’t miss the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Monocacy National Battlefield. Depart for Manassas National Battlefield Park. Sometimes known as the Battle of Bull Run, it was the first major battle of the American Civil War in July 1861 and would be fought over again in August 1862. The Park’s visitor center offers a fascinating electric battle map, equipment exhibits and presentations by Park Rangers about the history of the battlefield. Follow this with a walking tour of the battlefield.

DAY 7: Charlottesville-Appomattox - Petersburg- Richmond (187 mi/301 km)
Visit Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and the author of the Declaration of Independence. Monticello is Jefferson’s architectural masterpiece and was not only home to the Jefferson family but to workers, black and white, who lived and labored on the Monticello plantation. This afternoon head to Appomattox Courthouse, and see where General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses Grant and visit Petersburg, VA, site of the 1865 battle that resulted in The Crater, a 200 foot-wide gap in the earth which can still be seen today.

DAY 8: Richmond
Visit the Museum of the Confederacy where the “world’s most comprehensive collection of artifacts, manuscripts and photographs of the Confederate States of America” is maintained. Other important sites to visit include the Virginia Historical Society, the Tredegar Iron Works, Hollywood Cemetery and Chimborazo Hospital.

DAY 9: Richmond-Williamsburg-Norfolk (96 mi/155 km)
Depart for Williamsburg, known not only for its Colonial-era history but for the Civil War battle fought here in early May 1862. Spend the day visiting Colonial Williamsburg to learn about the significance of this historic city, from the founding of the United States through the Civil War and slavery.

DAY 10: Norfolk-St. Michael’s (195 mi/314 km)
Travel to Norfolk, an area that boasts over 400 years of American history. During the Civil War, The USS Monitor and CSS Merrimack fought here. Today Norfolk is home to Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval installation. Active-duty Navy personnel give the tours of the station. This afternoon, travel along the scenic eastern shore of Virgina to St. Michael’s, an historic town dating back to the 1600’s. Relax here for the next two nights and take in the beautiful sights from both land and water.

DAY 11: St. Michael’s
Today, take a fishing or oystering excursion, tour the historical sailing boats anchored in the water or go sea-glass hunting along the shore. In the evening, head to the Carpenter Street Saloon for some live music.

DAY 12: St. Michael’s-Annapolis (51 mi/82 km)
This morning, travel to Annapolis. During the Civil War, Annapolis became the main depot on the east coast for Union prisoners released on parole by the Confederacy. Today this historic city is home to the Annapolis Opera, the Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Ballet Theater. Be sure to tour the Naval Academy. Established in 1845, the Naval Academy is the training ground for officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and houses 4,000 midshipmen.

DAY 13: Annapolis, MD-Dulles, VA (62 mi/100 km)
Plan to spend extra time at Dulles International Airport before your flight. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, is located at Dulles and is a worthwhile stop. Airport shuttles provide transfers to and from the terminal. Its two huge hangars display thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the space shuttle Discovery. The Center also offers the Airbus IMAX Theater and the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower, which gives you a 360- degree bird\'s-eye view of Washington Dulles International Airport and the surrounding area.

Washington, DC

Mayflower Renaissance


Lord Baltimore


Federal Point Inn

Charlottesville, VA

Omni Charlottesville


Embassy Suites

Norfolk, VA

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside

St. Michael Island

Inn at Perry Cabin

Annapolis, MD

Governor Calvert House

Package Includes:
  • Accommodation
  • Taxes
  • Fly Drive directions and information packet at hotel upon arrival