An 18th Century Christmas

18th Century Christmas - Independence HallPerhaps you’ve visited the City of Brotherly Love before but I’m sure you haven’t seen it as we will . . . through the eyes of our founding fathers and mothers. Come. Join us as we journey back in time to a fascinating 18th century Christmas.

Monday, December 11th – This morning we’ll travel north to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a city steeped in history. When we arrive, we’ll meet America’s most famous flag maker, Betsy Ross, who will tell us about her fascinating life and career. We’ll learn about her undercover activities, her family life and of course the iconic flag-sewing story. We’ll also have time to ask her questions but don’t ask her anything about modern life. Remember she’s from the 18th century and just happened to pay us a special visit today. Afterwards we’ll check into our boutique hotel located in downtown Philly and enjoy a delicious dinner. (D)

18th Century Christmas - Liberty BellTuesday, December 12th – Now what in the world could we do today that would top being able to meet Betsy Ross? Oh, the things we will see! We’ll continue our journey into the 18th Century as we take a two-hour walking tour of historic Philadelphia seeing sights such as the Liberty Bell, Carpenters’ Hall where the First Continental Congress was held in 1774, the First and Second Banks of the United States which were attempts at creating a national bank, and 18th Century Christmas - Elfreth's AlleyElfreth’s Alley which is our nation’s oldest residential street dating back to 1702 and looking exactly as it did so long ago. A visit to the Betsy Ross House is on the list since this Founding Mother was gracious enough to meet with us when we first arrived in Philadelphia. Then we’ll step back into the present day as we relax, enjoy some lunch and visit one of the most fascinating stores in Philadelphia – the original Wanamaker’s. Since 1956 thousands of people have made this stop a Christmas tradition. We’ll walk through the Dickens Christmas Village and if we’ve timed it just right, we’ll be able to enjoy their light show and the magnificent Wanamaker organ.

18th Century ChristmasA walk outside will have all of us marveling at fanciful animated windows that just seem to spread holiday cheer as folks walk down the sidewalk. It’s truly a magical place at Christmas. In the afternoon, we’ll tour the Museum of the American Revolution which will open for the first time in April of this year. This incredible museum houses exhibits that allow you to climb aboard a privateer ship and experience the war at sea, witness debates, hear personal stories and see George Washington’s actual tent where decisions were made. This is an incredible museum! 18th Century Christmas - City TavernWe’ll end this wonderful day with dinner – but not just an ordinary dinner. Instead, we’ll continue our 18th century adventure with a traditional colonial dinner at City Tavern, complete with Colonial cuisine, costumed wait staff and Colonial-era drinks and desserts. Afterwards we’ll walk to Independence Hall for an after-hours tour where we just might meet some of the Founding Fathers discussing . . . well, we’ll have to wait and see what is on their mind on that night! (B, D)

18th Century ChristmasWednesday, December 13th – Our 18th century adventure just can’t end without meeting one of the great men in history, George Washington. This Founding Father will talk about life, the war, his time as President and of course, you will have time to ask him questions. This will be interesting morning! All too soon we will have to return to modern times and board the motor coach for home. From 18th century homes, to historical buildings, to meeting a few of our founding mothers and fathers, it will be a wonderful historic adventure, wrapped up in the sights and sounds of the holidays and one you won’t want to miss! (B)

Travel Dates:
December 11 – 13, 2017

Cost Per Person:

  • Double: $658.00
  • Triple: $605.00
  • Quad: $578.00
  • Single: $827.00

$50.00 at time of booking

Final Payment Due:
October 26, 2017

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