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A Capitol Christmas

A Capitol Christmas

Experience a grand holiday season in the Nation's Capital!

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Experience a grand holiday season in the Nation's Capital!

Tuesday – Thursday, December 4-6, 2018

 

Experience a grand holiday season in the Nation’s Capital with accommodations at the Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor. See Christmas at Mount Vernon, featuring themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations and 18th century dancing. Take in all the magic at the Gaylord National Resort, including 1,000s of twinkling lights, a 55-foot tall Starlight Christmas tree, nightly indoor snowfall, laser show, unlimited visits to ICE!, and more. Visit the United States Botanic Garden, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception, the Pageant of Peace, all in their holiday splendor. Visit the new Museum of the Bible as well as the Washington National Cathedral. Please note itinerary is subject to change and will be finalized closer to the departure date.

 

Be an "Early Bird" and get a 5% discount! Just make your reservations and pay in full by cash or check by October 20, 2018 (at least 45 days prior to the departure date)!

Pick Up Locations

5:00 AM - DuBois
5:30 AM - Clearfield
6:00 AM - Philipsburg
6:30 AM - State College
7:15 AM - Tyrone
7:30 AM - Duncansville

*Please arrive at your pick up location 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

Day 1, Tuesday

Breakfast stop (on own) en route.
NOON: Arrive at Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington. Here George Washington escaped the rigors of public office and enjoyed the life of a successful Virginia planter. America's most visited historic house, Mount Vernon sits on a grassy, shaded slope overlooking the Potomac River. Many of the furnishings are original pieces acquired by Washington himself. Mount Vernon is both George Washington's home and final resting-place. This Southern plantation standing on the banks of the Potomac River details the life of the "Father of Our Country" while providing fascinating insights into Colonial times. Mount Vernon is joyfully decking the halls for Christmas at Mount Vernon, a special daytime program offered from Thanksgiving Day weekend through the Twelve Days of Christmas. Themed decorations (including 12 Christmas trees), a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, and 18th-century dancing will be offered. George Washington was fond of unusual animals and plants, and he paid 18 shillings in 1787 for a camel to temporarily live at Mount Vernon for his guests during Christmas. The popular tradition continues of opening the rarely-seen third floor of the Mansion (pending 2017 announcement) and inviting visitors to meet the charming "Lady Washington." during "Christmas at Mount Vernon".
Enjoy lunch on own in the Mount Vernon Food Court
4:00 PM: Depart for Gaylord National Resort & check-in.
Enjoy the region's most beautiful Christmas decorations with 1,000's of twinkling lights and a 55-foot tall Starlight Christmas tree suspended over the indoor garden atrium.
Don't miss the nightly indoor snowfall (6p,7,8p,9p nightly) and Sights & Sounds of the Season Laser Show (6p, 7p, 8p nightly).
Enjoy dinner on own and free time to shop on own at the National Harbor or visit MGM Resort and Casino or shop Tanger Outlets.
Included in your visit are: Unlimited visits to ICE! Ride on the Capitol Wheel. Complimentary Shuttle Service and 1 complimentary cocktail at Pose Rooftop Lounge - with excellent views from the 18th floor! OR in the Belvedere Lobby Bar - a swanky, upscale cocktail lounge with a bi-level view or the atrium and river.

Day 2, Wednesday

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and time on your own this morning to enjoy the National Harbor area.
1:00 PM - Depart the hotel.
1:30 PM - See the Poinsettias displayed for the season the United States Botanic Garden, a living plant museum. Exhibits interpret the role of plants in supporting earth's diverse and fragile ecosystems and in enriching human life. Established by Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America.
2:30pm Meet GUIDE and depart.
3:00pm Visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception (pending availability) where you will visit the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States and in North America, and is one of the ten largest churches in the world.
4:00pm Stop by the Pageant of Peace in Ellipse Park across from the White House. This is the site of nightly choral performances, a Nativity scene, a burning Yule log, the National Christmas Tree and a spectacular display of lighted Christmas trees representing each state and territory of the United States.
5:45pm Visit the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center - Free performances every day at 6:00pm.
Note: Seating is on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved. See spectacular views of the city from the terrace.
6:30pm Depart.
7:00pm Enjoy dinner this evening at Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ in Alexandria
8:30pm Depart.
9:00pm Return to the hotel for the evening.

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Day 3, Thursday

8:00am Enjoy breakfast at hotel prior to checking out.
9:00am Depart.
9:45am Visit the NEW Museum of the Bible. Spend the afternoon discovering one of the World's largest private collections of biblical objects and artifacts in the Museum of the Bible, which conveys the global impact and compelling history of the Bible in a unique and powerful way.
Enjoy lunch on own while at the Museum.
1:30pm Meet GUIDE and Drive Embassy Row en route to tour the Washington National Cathedral. After the Civil War, the powerful and socially elite built large mansions along Massachusetts Ave. After the Great Depression, many of the families who built these homes went broke. Today, the area is known as Embassy Row. Embassies, associations, foundations, and clubs have claimed and restored, these lovely homes.
2:00pm Arrive at the Washington National Cathedral.
2:15pm Tour the Washington National Cathedral. In a city of impressive monuments, memorials, and historic sites, the National Cathedral is unique. Standing higher than the Washington Monument, it is the sixth largest church in the world. This 14th-Century-style Gothic wonder is situated on 57 acres and took 83 years to build. Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson, the only President buried within Washington, DC, are interred here. It is a living symbol of our country's heritage of faith and religious freedom.
3:30pm Tour Hillwood Museum and Gardens where festive décor and the annual Russian Winter Festival add to the Christmas splendor. The mansion is the former home of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and features one of the most comprehensive collections of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian Imperial art outside of Russia, as well as an extensive collection of eighteenth-century French decorative arts. Highlights include a diamond crown worn by Empress Alexandra at her marriage to Nicholas II; Beauvais tapestries designed by François Boucher; two Imperial Easter eggs by Carl Fabergé; La Nuit by William-Adolphe Bouguereau; and a collection of costumes and accessories worn by Mrs. Post or her family. The greenhouse and formal gardens are set among 25 acres of wooded hillsides located in the heart of Washington, D.C.
5:00pm Depart for home with a dinner stop (on own) en route.

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Approximate Returns

10:00 PM - Duncansville
10:15 PM - Tyrone
11:00 PM - State College
11:30 PM - Philipsburg
12:00 AM - Clearfield
12:30 AM - DuBois

Itinerary Notice

Please note itinerary is tentative and subject to change based on availability of various attractions.

FB=Full Breakfast, D=Dinner

Tour Includes:

  • Round Trip Motorcoach Transportation

  • 2 breakfasts

  • 1 dinner

  • most attractions (TBD closer to event)

  • Aaccommodations at the Gaylord National

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Clearfield Clearfield-Walmart Parking Lot
Back end of parking lot on grocery side of store
DuBois DuBois Mall
Sears parking lot across from CNB Bank
Duncansville Fullington School Bus Garage (right side of lot)
240 Patch Way Rd, Hollidaysburg, PA 16635
Phillipsburg Philipsburg - Peebles Parking Lot
near Goodwill Store
State College State College Bus Garage (near Airport)
2101 Alexander Drive, State College PA 16803
Tyrone Tyrone - Bull Pen Restaurant
park away from building please
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