Boston to Philadelphia    

                      

 

Itineraries

Northern Itinerary

  • Day 1: Welcome dinner in Boston
  • Day 2: Boston Freedom Trail
  • Day 3: John Adams’ Home - Peace field, Lexington & Concord
  • Day 4: Saratoga, New Windsor*, Ft Ticonderoga*
  • Day 5: Washington’s Crossing, Valley Forge, Philadelphia
  • Day 6: Farewell breakfast

 

Detailed Itinerary 6 Day - 5 Night 

Day 1

Day 1: Arrival to Boston, MA  

Welcome to the East Coast and the birthplace of America, after a flight from your hometown, check in at the hotel.  This evening we gather with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at the hotel for a welcome and orientation meeting before heading out to dine at the oldest restaurant in America , The Union Oyster House. Overnight in Boston. (D)  

 

Day 2

Day 2: Boston historic trail, MA  

Let Sam Adams be your guide as you stroll the winding roads of Boston's Freedom Trail. The origins of our quest for independence can still be found in the 15 sites including Boston CommonMassachusetts State HousePark Street ChurchGranary Burying GroundKing’s Chapel and Burying GroundBen Franklin statue and Boston Latin SchoolOld Corner BookstoreOld South Meeting HouseOld State HouseBoston Massacre siteFaneuil HallPaul Revere HouseOld North ChurchCopp’s Hill Burying GroundUSS Constitution. Though we go deeper into the history recreating the Tea Party debate at the Old South Meeting House, take a behind the scenes tour at the Old North Church and understand the sailor's life with our Hands on History program at the USS Constitution. There is time to browse Boston’s first public market (c.1742) Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, for lunch on own. After a day spent understanding the causes of discontent, Sam Adams continues to convince you to become a Son of Liberty as we Dine in the "Headquarters of the Revolution", the Green Dragon Tavern. The Green Dragon Tavern has a long and rich history, playing an important part in the freedom of Boston during the War of Independence. Established in 1654 The Green Dragon was a favorite haunt of Paul Revere, John Hancock and the Sons of Liberty. Indeed, as has been ratified by Daniel Webster – the famous historian, that it was in the Green Dragon that the plans for the invasion of Lexington and Concorde were overheard thus starting the famous ride of Paul Revere. Overnight in Boston (B,D).  

Day 3

Day 3: Boston - Braintree, Quincy - Lexington - Concord, MA, Fort Ticonderoga, NY  

After breakfast Sam Adams takes us to the Adams National Historical Park which contains the early homes of John Adams and John Quincy Adams as well as President Adams's Peacefield which was used as a summertime White House. Following in the debating spirit of John Adams, we will role play the debate for independence in the 2nd Continental Congress. With Sam Adams by our side, I am sure we will again decide on independence. The afternoon brings us to Lexington and Concord where the shot heard around the world were fired by or at the citizen soldiers called the Minute Men. We will tour Buckman Tavern and recreate the rebels stand on Lexington Green with some time to enjoy lunch in the quant New England town. A driving and walking tour through battle road retells the story of that fateful day. We also enjoy the fantastic multimedia theatre program "A Road to Revolution".   In the afternoon we  will visit the Old North Bridge were Minute Men stood up to the world empire alone.  We will follow part of the route that Dr. William Prescott and Paul Revere rode when they warned of the British Regulars march into the countryside in search of Patriot Leaders and supplies.  We continue our way north towards Fort Ticonderoga, NY and dine at the Homestead Inn in Bristol NH, a tavern once owned by a Revolutionary War soldier, Benjamin Emmons. Overnight accommodation. (B,D) 

Day 4

Day 4: Fort Ticonderoga - Saratoga Battlefield  - Fishkill Depot Burial Ground - New Windsor, NY

Today we experience "America's Fort", Fort Ticonderoga, captured by Ethen Allen and Benedict Arnold in "Americas First Victory" and whose canons were transported to Boston by Henry Knox resulting in the British abandoning Boston. We will tour the fort with an emphases on its role in the American Revolution. We also focus on military uniforms with the 2014 exhibit Founding Fashion which brings together for the first time the museum's wide variety of important 18th-century clothing, related artwork, and archeological fragments to illustrate the diversity of clothing worn by the armies who served at Fort Ticonderoga during the French & Indian War and Revolution. We will also provide the supplies for you to build your own haversack and enjoy lunch on own at the fort (P.S. the chocolate ice cream is the best that I have ever had).

We travel south along the Hudson River Valley stopping at the Saratoga Battlefield including their museum and movie before arriving at General Washington's New Windsor Cantonment Historic Site. This site features reconstruction buildings of the final encampment of the Continental Army. Between June 1782 and October 1783, 7,000 troops were boarded here in 600 log huts over 1600 acres.  Just like the Continental Army, we will set up tents, stand guard and partake of an open hearth cooking demonstration. Tonight dinner and lodging* are completely 18th century as we relive history with our 18 hour Soldier's Life Living History Experience. Overnight at encampment (B,D).  

Day 5

Day 5: New Windsor, NY - Washington Crossing - Valley Forge - Philadelphia, PA  

Waking from our tents, our Soldier's Life Living History program continues with a camp breakfast then musket training and drilling. Once we pass inspection, we pay homage to the Revolutionary Soldiers that gave their lives to the cause of freedom, as we fire a salute from our Brown Bess Muskets* at the Fishkill Depot Burial Ground, the largest burial ground of American Revolutionary War soldiers identified in the United States. *must be 18 years old

We have learned about Benedict Arnold the Hero, now understand his treachery as we dine on own at the Old 76 House which served as a jail his accomplice, Major John Andre. After our overnight encampment, we will fit right in for the Old 76 House has been a haven for weary travelers since 1668 and has hosted every General of the west wing of the Continental Army including Commander-in-Chief General George Washington.

With the spirit of Washington in our stomachs, we travel south to see where General George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night in 1776 and then marched to Trenton. Here, after losing every major battle since the Declaration of Independence and with a volunteer army about to released from their year of service, Washington orchestrated an epic plan to defeat the British hired Hessian forces without losing a single American soldier. We continue our way to Valley Forge, site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army. We debunk the myth of the conditions at Valley Forge as well as discuss its role in general Howe's taking of Philadelphia. We continue our way to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love which was created by William Pen as the center of his utopia for religious freedom for America. Dinner at the award winning City Tavern,  home to famous Chef Walter Staib, creator of the PBS series "A Taste of History". Overnight in Philadelphia (B,D).

*Hotel available at $50 per person.

Day 6

Day 6: Philadelphia, PA

The exploration in Philadelphia starts with a walking tour of old Philadelphia. First we visit the famous Independence Hall, where courageous delegates from the thirteen colonies put their lives on the line by signing the Declaration of Independence; where George Washington was named commander-in-chief of the Continental Army; where Betsy Ross' design for the first flag was approved; and where the American Constitution was drafted - that's a whole lot of history in just one building! 

Next door we will explore Congress Hall home of the House of Representatives and Senate from 1790 to 1800 and most importantly, were the first peaceful transfer of power occurred between President George Washington and President John Adams.

We continue our adventure with a visit to the new home of America's symbol of freedom , the Liberty Bell. Next, we stroll around to visit Philadelphia’s most important sites like the Executive Mansion; Carpenters Hall which is the site of the First Continental Convention where the 13 Colonies first met to unite into one country; Elfreth's Alley; Quaker Meeting HouseBenjamin Franklin’s Post Office; Betsy Rose's house; we will continue on to Christ Church where history is not a far off idea. Since 1695 through today, the building is still being used just the way it was when Ben Franklin, George Washington, Betsy Ross and William Penn attended services there. We continue with a visit to the site of Benjamin Franklin’s house sit and learn how Benjamin’s legacy continues to influence us today.

We will learn all about the "blueprint" of American democracy at the National Constitution Center, where you'll see Freedom Rising, a multimedia production that tells the story of this extraordinary document.

End of tour and services. Flight home. (B). 

Map Northern Itinerary founding America tour web

 

Discover our unique Itinerary for our Founding America Tour.
Visit the places where our Founding Fathers made history. 
Live history in this exciting experiential learning trip.
 

*Included in special departures. 

Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR

  • Re-live history through our historical character actors.
  • Experience the sites of the Revolutionary War including Boston, Lexington & Concord, Fort Ticonderoga*, Saratoga, New Windsor Cantonment*, Fishkill Supply Depot Burial Ground, Valley Forge, Philadelphia.
  • Dine in historic taverns, where our Founding Fathers dined.
  • Tour one of the homes of America's first three presidents; Peace field.
  • Reenact the discussion that led to the Declaration of Independence.
  • Roll play the assembly at the Old South Metting House that precluded the Boston Tea Party.
  • Behind the scenes tour at Old North Church.
  • Learn how to drill like a Minuteman and decide whether or not to defend your home on Lexington Green.
  • Walking tour of Colonial Philadelphia and Boston.
  • Enlist in the Continental army and live like a soldier during an overnight encampment at Washington's New Windsor Cantonment*.
  • Step aboard the U.S.S. Constitution.

 

Departures

Departure Dates:

   
Upcoming Tours

 

Rates

 

Rates in US Dollars Per Person / Room:

Quadruple Room: $1,350
Triple Room: $1,500
Double Room: $1,650
Single Room: $1,950

 

Includes

 WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • All visits, entrance fees & activities described in itinerary inluding overnight accomodation.
  • Meals per itinerary in historic Colonial taverns.
  • Ground transportation with 24 hour professional Tour Manager.
  • All taxes, fee and gratuities except for driver and guide.
  • Educational programs as described in the itinerary with emphasis in experiential travel at historical sites.
  • Northern Itinerary may include "New Windsor Experience"; spend the night in an authentic revolutionary war encampment, with demonstrations, open hearth dinner and period clothing provided for children.*

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:

Airfare, Airport transfers, Personal expenses, Lunches (except as stated in itinerary), Travel Insurance, Sleeping bag and ground pad for overnight encampment*.

Dining

COLONIAL TAVERNS

Public dining should be much more than mere eating. Historically, there was conversation on important events, entertainment and enjoyment of the nights fare. By going on our tour your Declare your independence from the standard group tour meal.

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all meals should be enjoyed, that they are endowed by their chef to include conversation, entertainment and the persuit of fine flavors. In recognition of this statement, we have chosen the best possible restaurants that exemplify the wide range of colonial recipes, from the port of Boston, throught the mountains of the middle colonies to the plantations of Virginia.

We at The Travels believe that your meals should be experiences in themselves. You dinner experience should be memorable, enjoyable and add to the educational quality of your tour. This is another very important element that seperates our tour from any other tour and helps to satisfly our mission of creating the best possible educational tour concerning the Founding of America.

Scroll down or click below for more information about each tavern.

  • Union Oyster House, oldest restaurant in continue use in America.
  • The Green Dragon, meeting place of Boston’s Sons of Liberty.
  • Salem Cross Inn, a 1700 era farm house built by the White family considered one of the finest restaurants in New England.
  • City Tavern, home to world famous chef Walter Staib and PBS series “A taste of History”.
  • Reynolds Tavern, steps away from Maryland State House where George Washington resigned his commission.
  • Kings Arms & Shields Taverns, a favorite spot for Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and Peyton Randolph.
  • Michie Tavern, Established in 1787 and home to the best fried chicken in the world. - Mount Vernon Inn. - Gadsby’s Tavern, patroned by G.Washington, J.Adams, T.Jefferson, J.Madison, J.Monroe and the Marquis De LaFayette.

Massachusetts, New hampshire & New York Taverns

Union Oyster House

Union Oyster House

Union Oyster House

Located in Boston. Union Street was laid out in 1636, but there are no municipal records documenting the Oyster House's date of construction. All that is known is that the building has stood on Union Street as a major local landmark for more than 250 years. In 1742—before it became a seafood house, the building housed importer Hopestill Capen's fancy dress goods business, known colorfully as "At the Sign of the Cornfields." At this time, the Boston waterfront came up to the back door of the dry goods establishment, making it convenient for ships to deliver their cloth and goods from Europe. Read more.

To the Top

Green Dragon Tavern

The Green Dragon Tavern

Green Dragon Tavern

The Green Dragon Tavern has a long and rich history, playing an important part in the freedom of Boston during the War of Independence. Established in 1654 The Green Dragon was a favorite haunt of Paul Revere (Whom we consider a close Neighbor) and John Hancock (who’s brother lived next door!). Indeed, as has been ratified by Daniel Webster – the famous historian, that it was in the Green Dragon that the plans for the invasion of Lexington and Concorde were overheard thus starting the famous ride of Paul Revere.

 Read more

To the Top

Homestead Restaurant

The Homestead Restaurant

The Homestead Restaurant in Bristol, New Hampshire represents the original homestead of Benjamin Emmons. The large two-story frame house built by Emmons, circa 1788, is said to be the oldest house standing in the town of Bristol. Benjamin Emmons was a prominent man in his day. He was a revolutionary soldier from New Chester (now known as Bristol) and after the war was active in the militia. Here he kept a tavern and for the price of 12 cents you could have a bowl of porridge and chance to sleep on the floor. His descendants lived here for generations. Today the McDonough family opens its doors to offer the finest of today’s food and beverage and a glimpse at the past.

TheHomesteadhn.com

To the Top  

Old 76 House

Old 76 House

The Old '76 House in Tappan, NY is not simply one of America's oldest taverns. Built in 1668, The Old '76 House had a profound effect on the outcome of The Revolutionary War. Through its long use as a meeting place for patriots, The Old '76 House established itself as safe ground for Americans when the air was rife with revolution and the tavern itself served as the "prison" of the Revolution's most notorious spy, Major John Andre. That is why The Old '76 House is often referred to as "Andre's Prison", not a real prison, in fact never having been a place of incarceration for anyone before or since.

Read more.

To the Top  

Pennsylvania & Maryland Taverns

City Tavern

City Tavern

City Tavern Philadelphia

Experience authentic 18th century American culinary history. Located in Philadelphia, PA, this traditional restaurant is run by reknown Chef Walter Staib, presenter of the award winning TV program "A Taste of History"  which brings American culinary heritage to live. The Tavern was built "for the convenience and credit of the city" by a group of eminent Philadelphians who felt that their hometown deserved a fine tavern which reflected its status as the largest, most cosmopolitan city in British North America. When the Tavern was completed in 1773, it was one of the most elegant buildings in the city. In 1774, as the breech with great Britain widened, politics were the dominant topic of conversation at City Tavern. In May, leading citizens held a meeting in the Long Room to shape Pennsylvania's response to the "intolerable acts." Three months later, as the delegates to the First Continental Congress began to arrive in Philadelphia, the Tavern was thrust center stage in the dispute with England.

Read more
.

 To the Top

Reading Terminal Market

The Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market

This historical place is not a tavern, but this is one of American's oldest markets since the late 1600s. "Over one hundred merchants[1] offer fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, ice cream, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, and specialty and ethnic foods. Every space in the market is rented out; three of the vendors are descendants of original market merchants." This is the perfect place to enjoy the best food in Philadelphia and also to try the original Phily cheesesteak sandwich.

www.ReadingTerminalMarket.org

To the Top 

Reynolds Tavern

Reynolds Tavern 

Reynolds Tavern

Reynolds Tavern is "one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Annapolis, Maryland.  Situated in a prominent position on Church Circle it is conveniently located in the center of the Historic District shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries and the United States Naval Academy.The building has been restored beautifully to reflect the working nature of the Tavern and the elegance of the 18th Century.  Reynolds Tavern is the oldest tavern in Annapolis and one of the oldest in the U.S."

www.ReynoldsTavern.org

To the Top 

Williamsburg's Taverns

Chowning's Tavern

Chowning's Tavern

Williamsburg Restaurants

Located inside Colonial Williamsburg, this tavern "originally opened by Josiah Chowning in 1766, who wanted to appeal to the “ordinary sort,” this one-of-a-kind tavern offers menu items that are anything but ordinary." Read more.

 To the Top

 

 

Christiana Campbell's Tavern

Christiana Campbell's Tavern

Williamsburg Restaurants

"Noted as George Washington’s favorite for seafood, Christiana Campbell’s Tavern is as alive today as it was in the times of the founders. Mrs. Campbell’s Tavern is decorated with the aesthetics of the 18th century. Once inside, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported in time. From the pewter candlesticks, brass sconces, and framed prints to the reproduction chairs you’re seated in, it’s easy to see why the local gentry chose this tavern as a place of conversation and political discussion." Located inside Colonial Williamsburg. Read more.

 To the Top

King's Arm Tavern

King's Arms Tavern

Colonial Williamsburg Restaurants

"After Jane Vobe opened the King’s Arms Tavern in 1772, it became one of the town’s most genteel establishments. She once described it as a place “where the best people resorted.” Today, the tavern remains true to her words." Located inside Colonial Williamsburg. Read more.

 To the Top  

Shields Tavern

Shields Tavern

Colonial Williamsburg Restaurants

"When in the South, do as southerners do: eat, drink, and be merry. This reconstructed tavern keeps the conversation and entertainment in and the food hot." Located inside Colonial Williamsburg. Read more.

To the Top

 

 

Virginia Taverns

Michie Tavern

Michie Tavern 

Michie Tavern facade

"MICHIE TAVERN, located half a mile below Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlestosville, VA, accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through an historical journey which recreates 18th-century tavern life.  Servers in period attire offer bountiful Colonial Midday Fare.  The rustic restaurant setting renders a lunch dining experience rich in southern culture and hospitality for families to enjoy.  Get a taste of the 18th-century as we feature a buffet of southern fried chicken, marinated baked chicken, hickory-smoked pork barbecue, stewed tomatoes, black-eyed peas, buttermilk biscuits and so much more." Read more.

To the Top

Mount Vernon Inn

Mount Vernon Inn

MOUNT VERNON INN

Located right outside the grounds of George Washington's historic estate, Mount Vernoon is charming restaurants that serves colonial dishes with elegant atmosphere. You can also enjoy the tavern section. The inn has costumed servers and a very delicious colonial cuisine . Read more.

To the Top

Gadsby's Tavern

Gadsby's Tavern

Founding America Gadsbys Tavern

Founded as a seaport in 1749, Alexandria has always greeted visitors from near and far. Taverns, like Gadsby's, provided travelers with much needed rest, food and drink, the latest news, a place to make business deals and to hold political discussions, and a variety of entertainment.  The site known as Gadsby's Tavern consists of two buildings, a (circa) 1785 tavern & the 1792 City Hotel. Named after Englishman John Gadsby, an entrepreneur who leased the buildings & operated them as tavern keeper from 1796's til 1808, the tavern & hotel were the center of Alexandria's economic, political, & social life in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. Read more.

To the Top 

 

Brochures

Check our brochures for the Northern and Southern Itineraries 

 

Check out our current dates here.

Check out the Southern Itinerary        

  

 

 Chairman Emeritus IATM

International Association of Tour Managers

Licenses NY-827423, DC-249278, VA-28025

Scott, Thank you so much for making this such a memorable & fantastic adventure. You are such an  inspirational person. Hope to see you in the future!
With Love, Kristen W