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This tour should start on a Wednesday
Jesus available – March 10, 2018 – January 5, 2019 & 2019 March 9-October 5, 2019
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Day 1 – Arrive in Lancaster, PA. Check into the Cork Factory Hotel for a two night stay. The buildings that make up Cork Factory Hotel once housed the historic Armstrong Cork and Kerr Glass companies. Today, the hotel preserves and honors that history. And it is not just in the architecture, it’s the attitude: honest, authentic and welcoming.
After you have time to settle in, you will enjoy a Penn Dutch Dinner in the hotel’s dining room.
Day 2 – Today, you will enjoy a Religions of Lancaster County tour with a local guide. Lancaster County is rich in the history of many religious sects. You will learn about the Moravians, Ephrata Cloisters, Mennonites, and Quakers while visiting historic & religious complexes.
Start with the Historic District of the Red Rose City and your guide providing narration on topics of interest. Lancaster City has it all – a fantastic art community with over 90 art venues, shopping and dining at over 300 establishments, historic architecture, and great cultural and entertainment attractions. There is something for everyone in Lancaster.
Next, you tour the Lititz Moravian Church. For about a hundred years, Moravian church members were the only people permitted to live in the town. A Brothers’ House and a Sisters’ House were erected for the unmarried men and women, although they did not live communally. It was not until 1855 that non-Moravians were allowed to own their own houses. A museum and gift shop are also on the grounds.
Then you will have time for shopping and lunch on own in downtown Lititz, a perfect balance of historic and charming small town appeal with upscale and sophisticated urban flair. An oasis from our box store and chain restaurant society with a myriad of eclectic and creative, independently owned shops, intimate cafes and unique and memorable fine dining. We’ve even given the air a scent of chocolate. Start with equal parts of hometown charm and big city sophistication, mix in lots of extremely cool and unique shops, add some warm and friendly greetings and a generous portion of places to relax and unwind. Be sure to visit Wilbur Chocolate while in town. A Four Star restaurant, patio and sidewalk dining, unique coffee and pastry shops, deli’s and two old-time soda fountain shops provide enjoyment and relaxation.
This afternoon you will visit the Ephrata Cloister, one of American’s earliest religious communities. Founded in 1732 by a German immigrant, the Brothers and Sisters of Ephrata became known for their architecture, music, Frakturschriftn (a form of calligraphy) and printing business. You will explore nine unique buildings dating between 1735 and 1840, two cemeteries, and a museum exhibit, Prelude to the New World. Tour includes a 15 minute video and a 45 minute guided our of the Sisters’ House and Meetinghouse. Other buildings can be explored as time permits.
A family style dinner is included this evening at the Hershey Farm Restaurant located beside the Sight & Sound Theatre.
Then you will see Sight & Sound’s newest show, “Jesus”. Experience the greatest rescue story of all time! Jesus is the action-packed musical stage adventure that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person to ever walk the earth, and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever.
While Jesus’ story may be familiar, his actions are unexpected. He befriends outcasts and heals the hurting. He challenges social norms and confronts hypocrisy. He sets sail with fishermen and reasons with religious scholars. And the lives he touches will never be the same. From the streets of Jerusalem to the raging Sea of Galilee, there’s no place—and no person—that his love can’t reach. (Weekend Pricing is Higher)
Day 3 – Today, you travel to Washington DC and visit the NEW Museum of the Bible. The 430,000-square-foot, 8 story museum, it is the most technologically advanced museum in the world providing guests with an immersive and personalized experience as they explore the history, narrative, and impact of the Bible. Enjoy lunch (on own) here at the restaurant located on the roof of the museum. In the spirit of the festive Middle Eastern outdoor marketplace, this restaurant will highlight the foods of the Bible. You can also enjoy display kitchen viewing and take a stroll through a rooftop biblical garden.
Late afternoon you then check into your Washington DC area hotel for a two night stay.
Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant. Then you enjoy an Evening Illuminated tour of the famous Monuments and War Memorials to include: Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. More if time allows.
Day 4 – This morning you start with a tour of the new U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. Then you visit the Smithsonian Museum of Air & Space. Among the items on display are the Wright Brothers’ 1903 “Wright Flyer,” and Aviator Charles Linderbergh’s “Spirit of Saint Louis.” The museum also features the Albert Einstein Planeterium and the Samuel P. Langley IMAX Theater. You will have time for lunch on own here at the food court.
You then meet your local guide for some DC Touring. You will focus on the area around the White House. Visit the White House Visitors Center. You will gain an understanding of how the White House works and operates as you stroll around the exterior past the OEOB (old Executive Office Building) to the opposite side of Lafayette Park.
You will stop near the White House for a Photo Opportunity.
The rest of the afternoon is spent at The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news. The Museum offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.
Dinner is included tonight at Tony & Joe’s. If you’re in the mood for fresh delicacies from the sea, dive into Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place at the Georgetown Waterfront. While enjoying tempting dishes you have spectacular views of the Potomac River, Kennedy Center, Washington Monument, Roosevelt Island, and the Key Bridge.
Day 5 – This morning take the tourmobile through Arlington National Cemetery. It is an impressive sight, with seemingly endless rows of simple white headstones. Imposing stones and monuments mark the graves of many individuals or groups. Afterwards, depart for home.