7 Night -  Philadelphia & Amish Country

3 nights in Philadelphia to take in the history, shopping, Sightseeing, nightlife and restaurants that this great city has to offer and then take a step back in time for 4 nights in the heart of Amish/Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

Day 1: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Step back into Colonial times and learn about the birth of this nation, then live in the moment at one of Philadelphia's trendiest nightspots.  Study American artists at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts before embarking on a Mural Arts Tour to learn how some of today's most modern artists beautify the city.  Shop for treasures on Antique Row, or hit Old City's funky boutiques for something more contemporary.  From museums and architecture, to tax-free shopping and scrumptious dining, Philadelphia offers you countless ways to make the most of your stay.
Despite being the 2nd largest city on the east coast Philadelphia is truly a walking city, and many of its attractions are readily accessible by foot so the city is perfect for a city break.  The city offers an extensive, easy-to-navigate transit system that includes buses, subways, trains, and trolleys.
Day 2
Experience the city's renowned museums along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including The Franklin; the Rodin Museum; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where you can run up the steps made famous in the "Rocky" film series. 
Fill some shopping bags in only-in-Philadelphia retail districts such as Rittenhouse Row, Antique Row and South Street.  Take in dinner and a show along the Avenue of the Arts, the city's premier arts and entertainment district.  Choose from more than 25 restaurants ranging from Sushi to soul food followed by a jaw-dropping opera, jazz, or dance performance.
Day 3
Tour Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia's famous prison-turned-museum that once held Al Capone and "Slick" Willie Sutton.  Visit Fairmount Park and its 18th-and early 19th-century mansions and then tour the mansions of historic Germantown and the nearby Victorian gardens of Morris Arboretum.  Have dinner in Chestnut Hill, a National Historic District north of Centre City, where you'll find more than 200 boutique shops, art galleries, antique stores, cosy cafes, and fine restaurants.

3 Nights in Philadelphia:-

STANDARD - 3 star - Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown hotel:

Stay in aPiece of Philadelphia history!. The Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown hotel opened again after a grand $75 million restoration, recapturing the grandeur of its 1926 origins and placing it among the premier downtown Philadelphia hotels. Unlike other downtown Philadelphia hotels, this 18-story, 498-room hotel is listed on the "National Register of Historic Places" and stands as a charming testament to time with unique architectural details. This elegant historic downtown Philadelphia hotel is ideally located in the "Heart of Centre City" across from City Hall, 1 block to the Pennsylvania Convention Centre and within walking distance of the Historic District, Avenue of the Arts and renowned restaurants and shopping.

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SELECT - 4 star - Loews Philadelphia:

Now renovated as a luxury hotel, Loews Philadelphia sits inside the historic PSFS building and maintains the many details and traits that earned it a National Historic Landmark designation. Feel the comforts of home in accommodations that perfectly balance the contemporary with the elegant. Given its modern technology and proximity to major attractions and the convention centre, Loews Philadelphia sets a new city standard in modern lodging convenience and luxury. Hotel Amenities: Gift shop, Full-service Concierge, Meeting Space, Starbucks Morning Coffee Bar, Valet parking (fee). Dining: Bank & Bourbon - Right in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel you’ll find one of the finest restaurants in the entire city. Bank & Bourbon is where traditional American fare and techniques are re-imagined and made totally new with a modern twist. Prime yourself for enjoyable evenings around a fabulous meal in this rustic yet modern restaurant that features exposed pipes, wooden beams, and comfortable tufted leather banquettes. The Lobby Lounge offers comfortable conversation areas with chic sofas and chairs. The ideal place to gather or to work, the Lobby Lounge has library tables equipped with outlets for your laptop or smartphone. It's also a great place to grab a drink or a small bite. Room Amenities: 581 Rooms/ 33 Floors - 136 King, 90 Queen and 239 Double/Double, Complimentary WiFi access, Spacious work desk with ergonomic chair, Coffee maker and complimentary coffee, MP3 compatible alarm clock/radio, 24-hour in-room dining, Iron and ironing board, Chaise lounge, Flat-screen TV, Hairdryer. Recreation: Complimentary Breathe Spa and Fitness Centre - includes cardio centre, sauna, steam room, and two-lane heated lap pool (spa treatments extra).

Days 4, 5, 6, & 7: To Lancaster County/Pennsylvania Dutch Country (80 miles)
Known as the Garden Spot of America or Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Lancaster County is located in the south central part of the Pennsylvania. Lancaster County is a popular tourist destination, and is well known due to the many plain sect residents, known as the Amish or Pennsylvania Dutch.  The term 'Pennsylvania Dutch' comes from the earlier use of "Dutch" to apply to all immigrants from Europe speaking German. They are the descendants of Germans ("Deutsch") who immigrated in the 18th and 19th centuries for the freedom of religion offered by William Penn and were attracted by the rich soil and mild climate of the area. Freedom from poverty and political uncertainty also was a major factor. Also attracted to promises of religious freedom, French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution with significant numbers of English, Welsh and Scotch-Irish settled this area in 1710.
Many folks are drawn to Lancaster County for the Amish community, but you will soon discover and enjoy all the other things to see and do when you visit Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
During your stay remember you are just over 1 hour away from Historical Gettysburg which is well worth a visit.

4 Nights in Lancaster/Dutch Country

STANDARD – 3 STAR - Lancaster Host Resort:

This full service hotel offers an 18 hole championship golf course, large outdoor pool with family activities and poolside grille (seasonal), large indoor pool, game rooms, 319 spacious guest rooms, two restaurants and lounge. The resorts perfect location is in the heart of the area's great attractions – hundreds of outlets, American Music Theatre and the famous Dutch wonderland Family Amusement Park are all less than one mile from the Resort. Other area attractions are just a few minutes away!. 

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SELECT – 4 STAR - Lancaster Arts Hotel:

Situated in the heart of downtown, The Boutique Lancaster Arts Hotel features deluxe accommodations with unique surroundings. All of the rooms, from the lobby to the suites, are filled with original works of art, especially that of local Pennsylvania artists. The hotel is proud to display some of Lancaster's finest works of art, with a collection worth over $300,000 dollars. With an on-site restaurant, fitness facilities, and a location central to all the best attractions in Lancaster County, Lancaster Arts Hotel is an ideal choice for your travels. The 63 guestrooms and suites of Lancaster Arts Hotel have been appointed with comfort as well as beauty in mind. Taking a cue from the historic former tobacco warehouse that houses the hotel, designers have played with a successful juxtaposition of 21st century comforts such as Wi-Fi internet access, iPod docking stations, and flat-screen televisions with handcrafted furnishing, exposed ceiling beams and brick walls, and of course, that glorious art work.
 
Day 8: To Philadelphia Airport Via Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (80 miles)
En route to Philadelphia Airport, stop by Valley Forge where you can pick up some last minute shopping at either the King of Prussia Mall boasting seven world class department stores and more than 400 stores, boutiques, and restaurants, The King of Prussia has more pure retail shopping space than any other attraction in American or if you like a bargain head for the Philadelphia premium outlets in Limerick feature more than 150 designer and brand-name outlet stores in an astounding 425,000-square-foot space. Upscale merchants such as Calvin Klein, Coach, J.Crew and Sony are among the outlet stores tempting shoppers. 
For those who don’t want to shop but want a piece of American history be sure stop by Valley Forge Historical Park. The picturesque, rolling hillsides of 3,600-acre Valley Forge National Historical Park are a peaceful reminder of freedom won by men’s sacrifices long ago. It was here that General George Washington forged his Continental Army into a fighting force, during the winter encampment of 1777-78. No battles were fought, no bayonet charges or artillery bombardments took place. Nonetheless, some 2,000 soldiers died – more Americans than were killed at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown combined. Valley Forge is the story of an army’s epic struggle to survive against terrible odds, hunger and disease.
All done – it’s time to head for Philadelphia Airport which is approx 1 hour drive, drop the car and check in for your flight home. 
 
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Pre, post or extra nights: Pre, post & extra nights within the itinerary can be added to this tour, please let us know if you would like to extend your stay anywhere and we will be happy to quote the extra nights.
 
Included in the tour:
Accommodation.
All hotel taxes.
Driving directions.
Rooms provide private facilities and are based on the hotels standard or lead in room type.
 
Not included in this tour:
Meals.
Overnight parking charges if applicable.
Flights – Please contact us for a competitive quote on flights direct into Philadelphia with our airline partner British Airways.
Car Hire - Please contact us for a competitive quote on car hire with our rental partner Alamo rent a car.
 
Prices:
All rates quoted are per adult person per package in Great British Pounds and include all taxes.
 
Standard Hotels
 
Tour departs everyday
Single
Double
01 Apr 2016 -31 Mar 2017
£804
£412
 
 
Select Hotels
 
Tour departs everyday
Single
Double
01 Apr 2016 -31 Mar 2017
£1120
£561
 
Optional upgrade at the Four Seasons Philadelphia to an Executive One bedroom suite for £20.00 per person, per day based on 2 adults sharing or £40.00 per day for single occupancy.
 
To book this tour, flights, car hire, extra nights, please call us on 0844 80 444 80.
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