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American Colonial History & Civil War

This tour examines the early history of the United States which we find is inextricably linked with that of Britain but also France, during both the Revolutionary War of the 1770’s and the Napoleonic Wars of the early nineteenth century.

We also study the Civil War which raged for almost five years until the Confederate armies under Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox.

Here are more details of an example tour itinerary as a starting point, but at Kipling Tours, we can tailor-make any itinerary just for you.

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  • Day 1

    Fly to Washington DC

    You depart from the UK today for your flight to Washington DC. You arrive in the afternoon and are met by your private coach and guide and transfer to your city centre hotel. Subject to arrival time there will be an opportunity for a drive by and photo stops at both Congress and the White House.

  • Day 2

    Annapolis & Washington DC

    In the morning you visit the city of Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland. Maryland was a border state during the Civil War and the famous naval academy had only recently been established. You will do a walking tour of the city learning about some of the places of significance during the War. In the afternoon you return to Washington DC and can visit the African American Museum which documents slavery in the US prior to the Civil war. You can also walk along the National Mall, visiting the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the National Archives where you can see the Declaration of Independence.

  • Day 3

    Civil War & Gettysburg

    Today will be focused on the Civil War and three key sites where events had significant historical repercussions. You begin at Gettysburg, the most celebrated of the Civil War battles and the site of Lincoln’s famous address. The battle marked the turning point when Union forces halted the Confederate advance. You have a tour with a National Park guide and can also visit the museum and see a short film about the events of the day. After lunch you continue for a short visit to another key battlefield site – Antietam. The Battle of Antietam, which took place on 17 September 1862 was the bloodiest battle ever to take place on American soil with over 20,000 killed or injured. You conclude today with a visit to Harpers Ferry. This small and strategically important town was the scene of the abolitionist John Brown’s infamous 1859 raid on the Government arsenal. John Brown and his accomplices were captured and hanged, giving rise to the famous song which bears his name. Harpers Ferry was a key site fought over during the Civil War and changed hands between Union and Confederate forces no less than eight times.

  • Day 4

    Colonial Williamsburg

    This morning you depart from Washington and drive south to the town of Fredericksburg in Virginia. This was the site of a key Confederate victory in December 1862 and where the Union forces suffered very heavy losses when attempting to cross the Rappahannock River. You have a Ranger-led guided tour of the Battlefield site before continuing your journey to Williamsburg. Founded in 1632 by the early settlers, when Charles I was on the English throne, Williamsburg was the capital of the newly established colony of Virginia. Thus known as colonial Williamsburg, the town is like an open air museum with numerous historical buildings and street re-enactions in period costume. As well as its key position in early colonial life, Williamsburg was also at the centre of political events in the 1780’s, leading up to the American Revolutionary War, better known as the War of Independence.

  • Day 5

    Jamestown and Yorktown

    Today is a full day spent in the Williamsburg area. Within 20 minutes’ drive are two towns whose importance and significance are pivotal in American history. Jamestown was the location of the first permanent settlement in the new colony of Virginia. Established in 1607 and named in honour of James 1, the town served as the capital of the new colony until 1699 when it was moved to Williamsburg. Jamestown was largely abandoned after this time and today is an archaeological site with just a few remaining visible reminders of its past.
    You also visit neighbouring Yorktown which is one of the most important places in American history for it was here in 1781 that the American forces under George Washington and the French general Rochambeau defeated the British, resulting in an ignominious British surrender and marking the beginning of the end for British rule in the Colonies.

  • Day 6

    Monticello - Depart Washington

    This morning you depart from Williamsburg and drive to Charlottesville where you visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s famous plantation house. Jefferson was the third President of the USA, one of the Founding Fathers, and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. He is buried here in the small cemetery which lies in the grounds of the house. After lunch you travel to Washington Dulles Airport for your return flight to the UK.
    (NB: Time permitting we may also be able to visit Appomattox where General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses Grant on 9 April 1865)

  • Day 7

    Arrive Home

    Your flight will arrive back home this morning.

Prices start from

£1395 for a 7 day tour

Half board basis based on flights with Virgin Atlantic.  We include local guides, all admission and all local transfers by private coach

includes flights

  • Holiday Inn Washington DC

    Great 3 star hotel in an excellent location close to the National Mall

    Situated on the corner of 15th St and Rhode Island Ave, the Holiday Inn Washington – Central hotel is the perfect location for seeing the sights of Washington DC.  In a notoriously expensive city, being just six blocks from the White House cannot be beaten.

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