|Three Nights in Washington
||Two Nights in the Brandywine Valley
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Day 1 – Washington, DC – Monuments & Memorials
Arrive in Washington, DC. First stop is at the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue). One of the largest bronze statues ever cast depicts the American Flag being raised on Mount Suribachi during World War II and commemorates all Marines who have died in battle since 1775. Dinner is included tonight at Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place on the Georgetown waterfront. Then you check into your DC area hotel for a three night stay.
Day 2 – Washington – Cherry Blossom Cruise & Old Town Alexandria
This morning you meet your local guide for a Monuments Tour. You will make stops at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the National WWII Memorial.
Next, you enjoy a Cherry Blossom Lunch Cruise along the Potomac River onboard the Odyssey III Cruise Ship. After your cruise, you will have time to stroll among the Japanese Cherry Tree along the Tidal Basin for a Photo Opportunity.
The afternoon continues with visits the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial. Then you head to Old Town Alexandria for a driving tour. On this tour, you will see Robert E Lee’s Boyhood Home, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop, the Ramsey House, the Athenaeum, the Freedom House and the Old Presbyterian Meeting House.
Dinner is included tonight at Myron Mixon’s BBQ restaurant. This new restaurant is operated by Myron Mixon, the celebrity pitmaster from Destination America’s “BBQ Pitmasters.”
Day 3 – Washington – Cherry Blossom Parade Day
This morning you enjoy the Cherry Blossom Parade from your reserved Grand Stand Seating. The Cherry Blossom Festival marks the celebration of the original gift of the 3,000 cherry trees by the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, DC in 1912. The celebration includes a massive parade, which navigates down Constitution Avenue from 7th Street towards the Tidal Basin where a queen of the festival is crowned. Along with the parade are several free concerts on the Mall, lantern lighting, dances and races.
The afternoon is yours to visit the Smithsonian Museums of your choice. You may want to visit the NEW National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of American History, the National Air & Space Museum, National Air & Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, or the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens.
Dinner is included tonight at the Marble & Rye Bar & Grill an Urban-rustic eatery serving wood-fired pizzas & seasonal American fare.
After dinner stop at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Park. The memorial will honor the 184 victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks at The Pentagon. At the heart of the memorial 184 illuminated benches are arranged according to the victim’s ages, from 3 to 71. You also stop at the Air Force Memorial. The redesigned Memorial is both BOLD and graceful and truly representational of the Air Force. Central to the design are three stainless steel spires which soar skyward.
Day 4 – Brandywine Valley- Winterthur & Chaddsford Winery
This morning after breakfast, you will visit the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. The mansion is the former home of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and features one of the most comprehensive collections of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian Imperial art outside of Russia, as well as an extensive collection of eighteenth-century French decorative arts. Highlights include a diamond crown worn by Empress Alexandra at her marriage to Nicholas II; Beauvais tapestries designed by François Boucher; two Imperial Easter eggs by Carl Fabergé; La Nuit by William-Adolphe Bouguereau; and a collection of costumes and accessories worn by Mrs. Post or her family. The greenhouse and formal gardens are set among 25 acres of wooded hillsides located in the heart of Washington, D.C. After your tour, you depart Washington DC and travel to Delaware.
On arrival in the Brandywine Valley, you tour the Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library. More than 60 years ago, collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969) opened his childhood home, Winterthur, to the public. Today, Winterthur houses the preeminent collection of American antiques and decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life at this glorious estate. Your admission includes a tour of Henry Francis du Pont’s former home, a narrated Garden Tram tour of the Winterthur Garden and a time for the Winterthur Galleries and special exhibitions, including the Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens.
Next, you enjoy a tour and tasting at Chaddsford Winery which features craft approachable, food-friendly wines for every palate. With a tradition dating back to 1982 and an annual production of over 30,000 cases of wine, Chaddsford Winery is among the oldest, largest, and most acclaimed wineries in Pennsylvania. Winemaker Jim Osborn infuses creativity, artisanship, and technique into every bottle of wine, creating award-winning varietals and blends that truly celebrate the ‘Mid-Atlantic Uplands’ microclimate.
Check into your Brandywine Valley hotel for a two night stay. Tonight, you will enjoy dinner and a show at the Candlelight Theatre in Wilmington. The Candlelight Theatre combines fine dining with superb musical theatre entertainment. It is Delaware’s first dinner theatre.
Day 5 – Brandywine Valley – Hagley Museum & Longwood Gardens
This morning you visit the Hagley Museum and Library. Take a journey through the historic DuPont Company black powder yards and the garden and grounds of the first du Pont family home in America. This tour will show you what makes Hagley unique—the black powder yards, the historic machinery, and the original home of the du Pont family in America.
You will see demonstrations of the nineteenth-century machine shop, watch a water turbine bring our eight-ton iron roll mills to life, and witness a black powder explosion. On the second half of the tour, you will visit the du Pont family home, the first office, and their first garden and learn about how the family lived, worked, and played at Hagley.
This afternoon, you tour Longwood Gardens, one of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens. When you’re at Longwood Gardens, it’s easy to imagine that you’re in a giant, royal garden in Europe. Built in 1730 by Joshua Peirce, this historic home has been greatly enlarged over the years by successive generations of Pierces and later by Mr. Du Pont, who purchased the property in 1906 and used it as his summer home.
Stroll along the acres of exquisitely maintained grounds featuring 11,000 different types of plants. See the Italian Water Garden, Flower Garden Walk, aquatic display gardens and many others. Amble through Peirce’s Woods, eight outdoor “rooms” of distinct woodland habitats. Each season brings a different pleasure: spring magnolias and azaleas; summer roses and water lilies; fall foliage and chrysanthemums; and winter camellias, orchids and palms.
This afternoon you will visit your second area winery for a tour and tasting. Dinner is included at Brandywine Prime Seafood and Chops at the Chadds Ford Inn. Set in a renovated 300-year-old inn, rustic charm meets contemporary style and a casual atmosphere.
Day 6 – Departure Day – After breakfast, depart for home.