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Day 1 – Arrive Boston
This tour begins appropriately in Boston. Sometimes called “The Cradle of Liberty” for her role in starting the American Revolution, Boston was the early hotspot of unrest as colonists here began to rebel against the heavy taxation levied upon them by the British. During this trip you will learn about The Boston Tea Party, The British role in the Boston Massacre, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, as well as Bunker Hill and Paul Revere.
This evening’s dinner will be at The Union Oyster House, located on the Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall. It enjoys the unique distinction of being America’s oldest restaurant. The building dates to Pre-Revolutionary days and continues with much the same atmosphere and food that Daniel Webster frequently enjoyed. (D)
Day 2 – Boston’s Freedom Trail
On this full day of sightseeing you will see the famous sights on Boston’s Freedom Trail. Including Boston Common, the Paul Revere House and Old North Church, there will be a lunch break at Fanueil Hall then stories and visits to many other sights such as the Old South Meeting House where the audio programs titled, “If these walls could speak” lets you listen in on key moments from the past – the Boston Tea Party debates, a day when British officers rode horses inside the Meeting House, the Great Boston Fire of 1872 and more!.
One of today’s highlights will be your late afternoon visit to the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum. Here there are live actors, interactive exhibits, holographic displays, and an authentically restored ship. The museum’s movie titled “Let it Begin Here,” will set the stage for tonight’s dinner.
The evening meal is actually more a night of Colonial merrymaking. The meal itself is a savory colonial dinner, for which there are readily available mugs of ale. You dine with The Sons and Daughters of Liberty and can raise your own voice in song as your travelers help to determine the fate of Colonial America! This is a historic Tavern atmosphere with boisterous songs and cheerful characters representing Sam Adams, John Hancock, Dorothy Quincy, Paul Revere and other prominent Bostonian’s who have gathered for a liberating night of freedom and fun. (B,D)
Day 3 – The Road to Independence leads to Philadelphia
In the morning, your group of Patriots will travel to Historic Philadelphia. Through New England you pass from MA into RI, CT, NY and NJ before pulling into Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Colonial Capitol by late afternoon.
We like the idea of you promoting this day to your group in such a way that they feel, they are concerned colonials enroute to Philadelphia carrying documents and arguments for Freedom to the 1st Continental Congress in Sept & Oct of 1774. Give this trip a mission, make our history fun!
On arrival you enjoy dinner at the City Tavern. In 1772, prominent citizens commissioned the construction of what was to be “a large and commodious tavern.” But, it became much more, it was also a Meeting House, and it was here that The Founders often met to dine and discuss. You will be sitting in the shadows of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Paul Jones, not to mention Washington and Jefferson. This restaurant preserves both the history and the menus of the day. (B,D)
Day 4 – Philadelphia’s Independence National Historic Park
Your historical journey begins at The NEW Museum of the American Revolution (opens April 19, 2017) here the Revolution comes to life through unique high tech galleries, theaters, and recreations of historical scenes. It gives perspective from Boston and the opening shots of the War, to Independence Hall and the signing of the Declaration, to Williamsburg and the final conflict.
It explores the ideas, events, and legacies of America’s Revolutionary beginnings here in Philadelphia where the spirit of Franklin is alive. You will visit Independence National Historic Park. The old cracked Bell still proclaims Liberty, and Independence Hall echoes the words “We The People.” Your guide will describe Benjamin Franklin’s Philadelphia as you learn of America’s past and our Founders’ declaration that “all men are created equal.”
You will focus on Independence Hall, perhaps the most historically important building in America. Here in the Assembly Room on July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted, and here 11 years later in 1787 the U S Constitution was ratified. Throughout this day you will visit the many other buildings preserved from our Constitutional past, including The Liberty Bell, Christ Church and Burial Ground, The Betsy Ross House, and more.
Dinner tonight is aboard The “legendary” Moshulu, the world’s oldest and largest remaining square rigged sailing vessel. She is in fact the one and only restaurant venue in the world, that is on a Tall Ship today. She is an award winning, AAA 4 Diamond rated Restaurant. (B,D)
Day 5 –Departure
Depart for home. (B)