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Gettysburg Battlefield National Military Park
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
George Washington's Estate in Mount Vernon
Jamestown Settlement Soldier
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Statue
Departs: October 15th, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
The past comes alive in Philadelphia, Gettysburg, our nation’s capital, and beyond as we learn about the people and places that shaped the nation. Visit Independence Hall in Philadelphia and browse the halls of the Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. Learn about the Civil War’s most decisive battle at Gettysburg, and acquaint yourself with Washington D.C. on a guided tour of the city. See the iconic monuments, memorials, and museums along the National Mall. We’ll immerse ourselves in the spirit of American colonialism with visits to Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown where costumed interpreters help us understand life in these extraordinary villages.
Hosted By: Ken Siemek
10/11 Chief Meteorologist
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Day 1 : Fly to Philadelphia
We depart for the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. Our accommodations for two nights are in the heart of the city, steps from the city’s famous entertainment, dining and attractions.
Day 2 : Independence Hall & Liberty Bell
Enjoy the fascinating landmarks of this historic city. We begin with a visit to the National Constitution Center. Discover the story of the famous Liberty Bell and later, during a visit to Independence Hall, walk through the Assembly Room. Still arranged as it was during the Constitutional Convention, we view the original inkstand used to sign the Declaration and an original draft of the Constitution.
Day 3 : Civil War Museum
We travel to Harrisburg for a visit to the National Civil War Museum. Artifact collections, photographs and informative videos help tell the story of key conflicts that changed the fate and story of our country forever. View an introductory film and see the Cyclorama, depicting the Battle of Gettysburg prior to our battlefield tour. Later, we check-in to our accommodations in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Day 4 : Gettysburg
Today we view the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg. The famous battle was a major turning point in the Civil War and a decisive Union victory that stopped General Robert E. Lee’s invasion of the North. Known as The High Water Mark of the Rebellion, this location was also the key inspiration for Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. We also tour the Gettysburg Visitor Center & Museum. Their one-of-a-kind collection of uniforms, weapons and soldier’s items includes the George Rosensteel Collection, one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts in the United States. This evening we arrive in Washington, D.C. for the first of our four nights in America’s capital.
Day 5 : Washington, D.C.
An expert local guide joins us this morning to share the city’s incredible history during an educational driving tour. We view the Martin Luther King Memorial, inspired by his famous I Have A Dream speech; the Washington Monument, an iconic marble obelisk dominating the city skyline; and the FDR Memorial, a testament to one of the country’s most beloved presidents. Our tour continues this afternoon with the Jefferson Memorial, standing as a symbol of liberty and the Lincoln Memorial, overlooking the reflecting pool and the site of many defining moments in the country’s history.
Day 6 : City Tour & Smithsonian
We depart for another fascinating day of touring. Remember the brave heroes of our nation’s history with visits to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a somber and moving black wall remembering our fallen brothers; the Korean War Memorial, featuring a figure representing each of the patrol squads; and the World War II Memorial, representing the Atlantic & Pacific theaters, adorned with gold stars symbolizing those who were lost. Early afternoon we will be at Union Station, host to 17 presidents and countless foreign dignitaries. After lunch we visit the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Fondly referred to as America’s Attic, enjoy the exhibits of the Air & Space Museum, Natural History Museum, American History Museum and much more.
Day 7 : Mount Vernon
Today, we venture out of the capital city to Mount Vernon. Savor a colonial luncheon at the historic Mount Vernon Inn. Tour the former plantation of George and Martha Washington situated on the banks of the Potomac River. Wonder at the estate’s incredible grounds including the Mansion House and museum galleries.
Day 8 : Colonial Williamsburg
This morning takes us to the Revolutionary City, Williamsburg, Virginia. Enjoy a tour of Colonial Williamsburg, accompanied by interpreters. We are introduced to the political figures, shopkeepers and tradespeople of revolutionary-era Williamsburg as the past comes to life before our eyes. Learn about the challenges of their daily life and get caught up in the historic moments taking place around you. Enjoy a lively atmosphere and a homestyle lunch at Shield’s Tavern. This evening, discover the magical museums, gardens and ghosts that make this city a historical treasure. Then we check-in to our centrally located Williamsburg accommodations for the next two nights.
Day 9 : Jamestown & Yorktown
Learn the captivating stories of the original settlers today in Jamestown and Yorktown, Virginia. Visit the original site of the first permanent English settlement in North America. Explore exhibits and the Jamestown Settlement, where we can board replicas of the three ships. Later, we visit the Museum of the American Revolution in Yorktown. This evening we gather for a delectable Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner to reminisce.
Day 10 : Fond Farewells
We return to Washington, D.C. then board our flights home with wonderful memories of our journey!
October 15th, 2019 - October 24th, 2019
Category - Occupancy
Price (Per Person)
Final Payment Date: 08/16/2019
KOLN/KGIN TV Pickup Locations:
Aurora, NE - Ken's Budget Host Motel
Grand Island, NE - Quality Inn & Conf Center
Hastings, NE - C3 Hotel And Convention Center
Omaha, NE - Eppley Airfield
Lincoln, NE - Country Inn & Suites
York, NE - York Hotel & Conference Center
Ken began his career at KOLN-TV back in 1981 as a college intern. He was a video photographer, reporter, and fill-in anchor for sports before becoming the weekend meteorologist in 1983. Ken was named Chief Meteorologist in 1986 and has continued in that capacity for over 30 years. He has prepared thousands of daily forecasts, covered hundreds of severe weather events, and has spoken to thousands of school children about weather forecasting and the dangers of severe weather. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. He has won awards from the Associated Press for his forecasts. Ken is also a proud Emmy Award winner.
He is married to former 10-11 News Anchor Deb Collins and they have one son, Parker. The family enjoys spending time together at home and traveling. Ken and Deb have traveled with Holiday Vacations for over 25 years. They count the wonderful trips and new friends they have made along the way as some of their greatest life experiences.
Join them on this fabulous trip of a lifetime!