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3 Breakfasts
3 Dinners
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October 18–21, 2019 • 3 NIGHTS • 4 DAYS


Times may be subject to slight change

Day One, Friday, October 18, 2019

6:30 am - Depart Tops Supermarket, 355 Orchard Park Rd., West Seneca NY
7:00 am - Depart Eastern Hills Mall, Rear lot, 4545 Transit Rd., Williamsville, NY
Transportation via luxury lavatory equipped motor coach. We will make pay on own fast food stops en route to our destination along with rest/comfort stop
Afternoon - Arrive to Manassas Battlefield (Virginia)
Tour the Battlefield with first person interpreters.
The battle recreated (10 minutes)
Union strategy, disadvantages with the terrain, fighting uphill, McDowell’s incompetence, lack of intelligence, green troops, misidentification, CSA Battle flag, discipline
Around Henry House (10 minutes)
Role of civilians, picnickers, grave of Mrs. Henry, spies
Walk to Stone House (20 minutes)
Where the battle began, opening strategy, early confrontations, see house, cross highway, Sullivan Ballou letter
5:00pm - Depart.
5:30pm - Enjoy a Historic Happy Hour and tour of Ben Lomond Historic Site built in 1837, the house is a prime example of Federal style architecture. The house sits within five miles of the site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas. The main house was used as a Confederate hospital during and after the Battle of First Manassas. Union soldiers, campaigning through the area in 1862 left graffiti on the walls of the home. Site contains the main house, slave quarter, dairy and smokehouse. There is also an antique Rose Garden containing many rare and historic varieties of roses.
Pre-dinner drinks included.
6:45pm - Depart.
7:15pm - Enjoy dinner included at City Grille Choose one entrée: All Entrees include Baguette (except Lasagna and Spicy Jack Burger). MENU: (1) Steak Greek Salad (2) Gene’s Cut Prime Rib (7 oz), Garden Side Salad, and Vegetable of the Day (3) Cajun Tilapia, Garden Side Salad, and Rice (4) Grilled Pork Chops, Garden Side Salad, and Mashed Potatoes (5) Chicken Picatta with Angel Hair Pasta (6) Beef Lasagna, Garden Side Salad, and Garlic Bread (7) Spicy Jack Burger with Steak Fries. Dessert Selections: Vanilla Ice Cream ~ Junior Hot Fudge Sundae ~ New York Style Cheesecake. Soft Drink or Iced Tea (refills available).
8:30pm - Depart.
9:00pm - Check in to Hilton Dulles (13869 Park Center Road, Herndon, VA 20171 (703) 478-2900). Baggage handling is included.

Day Two, Saturday, October 19, 2019

8:00am - Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
9:00am - Depart.
9:30am – Meet GUIDE at Arlington National Cemetery (877-977-8585 -- 1 Memorial Ave, Arlington VA 20011) . No land in American is more sacred than this square mile. It is America’s shrine to valor and sacrifice. This is the final resting place for President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward Moore (Ted) Kennedy, Audie Murphy, prizefighter Joe Louis, and thousands of soldiers from every major U.S. war. The Cemetery is the former plantation and home of Civil War General Robert E. Lee. Arlington House, Space Shuttle Challenger Astronauts’ Memorial, and Monuments to nearly every major sacrifice that affected our country are located within these 624 + acres. The Tomb of the Unknowns speaks of a nation’s debt to the many whose ultimate sacrifice helped make a nation free. Arlington averages 27 to 30 funerals, including interments and inurnments, each weekday, and six to eight services on Saturday. The crews, service members, and groundskeepers follow an elaborate choreography to ensure each funeral feels like it is the only one taking place.
Tram tickets are included for your visit.
If utilizing the transportation system at Arlington National Cemetery - Please be advised!
There are Six (6) stops: President John F. Kennedy gravesite, U.S. Coast Guard Memorial, U.S. Army Gen. John J. Pershing's gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Memorial Amphitheater, Arlington House, and the Ord & Weitzel walking gate to see the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima).
Weekend service also includes stops near Sections 55 and 60, the Columbarium and the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. It is recommended the group only stops at the Kennedy gravesite and the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. Due to tram capacity groups are not able to stay together and should expect to get on different trams while visiting the cemetery. Timing varies from day to day and the entry time for an Arlington Tram Tour is estimated. Waits may be long and trams may be full.
Changing of the Guard: The guard is changed every hour on the hour October 1 to March 31 in an elaborate ritual. From April 1 through September 30, another change is added on the half hour and the cemetery closing time is extended to 7:00 p.m. Plan to be at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 10 minutes prior to the ceremony in order to be seated on the steps.
11:30am Stop and visit the Soldiers and Horses of the Caisson Platoon for Arlington National Cemetery (703-696-3018 -- 201 Jackson Ave., Fort Myers, VA) at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, a special unit of The Old Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment. Hear the story of the Platoon’s legacy. *Bring a Valid ID and Passport.
During a funeral, the silence of the procession is broken only by the rhythmic clip-clop of the seven handsome horses. Astride four of the horses, Soldiers sit ramrod straight. The horses, head erect, bodies taut and controlled seem to imitate the solemn military bearing of the men and women who sit quietly in the saddles. Six of the horses pull a flag draped casket on a black artillery caisson. Both Soldiers and horses are conscious that this is no ordinary ride through a cool, shady country lane. They have the honor of carrying a comrade for his last ride to Arlington National Cemetery, where he will rest in peace with other honored dead.
1:00pm Enjoy lunch on own at Pentagon City Shopping Mall. The skylit Food Court features international specialties from the familiar to the exotic. A scenic glass elevator ride to the Third Level reveals more than 170 fascinating stores and restaurants.
2:00pm Continue. Stop at the Air Force Memorial . The redesigned Memorial is both BOLD and graceful and truly representational of the Air Force. Central to the design are three stainless steel spires which soar skyward. The highest of the spires will ascent 270' above the 3-acre elevated promontory site. Other key elements of the Memorial include a bronze Honor Guard, inscription walls, and an open glass Chamber of Contemplation, all landscaped to create a memorial park and parade ground overlooking the nation’s capital.
3:00pm Visit the National Law Enforcement Museum The 57,000 square foot museum has 3 stories underground and more than 21,000 artifacts from every era of law enforcement! Feel what it's like to walk in the shoes of law enforcement with high tech interactive exhibits, see a bulletproof vest from c.1930 that was used by gangster Al Capone, and learn about the hard-working heroes that keep America safe.
5:00pm Depart.
5:30pm Enjoy dinner included this evening.
7:00pm Continue on an Illuminated Monument Driving Tour. Washington’s grand buildings, memorials, and monuments sparkle and are impressive during the day; but in the evenings they are illuminated, soft, focusing the solid stones and bronzes; fountains and water features shimmer in reflection; shadows darken highlighting the floodlit detail. Impressive during the day – stunning at night!
• Stop at The National World War II Memorial. This memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S. during World War II, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people to the common defense of the nation and to the broader causes of peace and freedom from tyranny throughout the world.
• Travel to the Top of CEB Tower for champagne and enjoy your illuminated monument tour from the highest vantage point in the metro area.
9:00pm GUIDE drops.
9:30pm Return to hotel.

Day Three, Sunday, October 20, 2019

7:30am Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. 8:30am Depart.
9:00am Meet GUIDE at the White House Visitor’s Center Visitors can explore an interactive touchscreen tour of the White House, view over 90 artifacts from the White House collection, shop at the White House Historical Association retail store, and view the 14 minute film, " White House: Reflections From Within." Do not bring sharp objects into the Visitor’s Center. All bags, purses, etc. are subject to search.
• Stop for a photo opportunity of the White House!
• Stop at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This privately funded memorial has drawn millions who have come to touch the over 50,000 names, make pencil rubbings and leave flowers, letters, flags and personal mementos.
• Stop at The Lincoln Memorial. Overlooking the Reflecting Pool, this memorial was patterned on a classic Greek temple. Inside, inscriptions from his Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural Address flank the 19-foot marble statue of our 16th President.
• Stop at The Korean War Veterans Memorial. The triangular field contains nineteen ground troopers, clad in foul weather ponchos, fully equipped for battle. Representing those who supported the ground troops are hundreds of faces etched on a polished granite wall.
Stop at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Park (301-740-3388 -- 1 N. Rotary Rd, Arlington, VA). The memorial honors the 184 victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks at The Pentagon. At the heart of the memorial, 184 illuminated benches are arranged according to the victim's ages, from 3 to 71. Each Memorial Unit is also specifically positioned in the Memorial to distinguish victims who were in the Pentagon from those who were on board American Airlines Flight 77. At the 125 Memorial Units honoring the victims of the Pentagon, visitors see the victim’s name and the Pentagon in the same view. At the Memorial Units honoring the 59 lives lost on Flight 77, the visitor sees the victim’s name and the direction of the plane’s approach in the same view. Within the Pentagon Memorial, 85 Crape Myrtles are clustered around the Memorial Units, but are not dedicated to any one victim. These trees will grow up to 30 feet to provide a canopy of shade over the Memorial for years to come.
• Stop at The Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. This memorial to FDR combines sculpture, water and natural landscape to forge a dramatic setting for recounting the events and terms of office of the nation’s 32nd President. The FDR is unique among the memorials of Washington, DC. Its shade trees, waterfalls, statuary and quiet alcoves create the feeling of a secluded garden rather than an imposing structure. The memorial is divided into four outdoor galleries, or rooms, one for each of FDR’s terms in office. Water cascades and quiet pools are present throughout.
1:00pm Visit your choice of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums on the National Mall. Please note seasonal hours of operation posted at each museum entrance.
National Museum of American History. This museum enjoyed a complete make-over and renovation! Browse through the new state-of-the-art gallery that offers a spectacular view of the Star Spangled Banner, and view the exhibits that top the list of must-sees for any visitor with a taste for true Americana. See the First Ladies’ inaugural gowns, quilts, cars, locomotives and much, much more.
National Air & Space Museum. This museum allows visitors to experience the history of flight at one of the world’s most visited museums. See the plane flown by the Wright brothers and the Apollo 11 command module. The museum features an incredible collection of aviation and space technology treasures.
National Museum of Natural History. This museum is the home to the Hope Diamond and dinosaur fossils. The world’s largest African bush elephant tops the amazing natural treasures on display along with a live insect zoo.
National Museum of the American Indian. From the American Southwest, Hawaii, Canada, South and Central America you will feel the spirit of these native people. See items from the great American pyramid builders to the beautiful craftsmanship of North, Central, and South America’s indigenous people.
National Gallery of Art houses an outstanding collection of masterpieces that trace the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. The original West Building concentrates primarily on European works from the 13th century, while its contemporary counterpart, the East Building, highlights works of modern artists.
Freer & Sackler Galleries. These boast one of the finest museum collections of Chinese art outside of China, with over ten thousand objects dating from Neolithic times (ca. 700-ca.2000 B.C.E.) to the present. While the sheer number of items is impressive, it is their variety and quality that is truly remarkable, with nearly every medium and category of Chinese art represented.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. This museum is readily identified by its donut-shaped building. The museum boasts a collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and sculptures.
National Museum of African Art. This is the only museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the collection, exhibition and study of the traditional arts of sub-Saharan Africa.
The Smithsonian Institution’s security policy is: All bags, purses, attaches, shopping bags satchels, suitcases, etc. will be hand searched. To expedite this please bring only a small purse or fanny pack. DO NOT bring daypacks, backpacks, or luggage in to the museums. Most locker rooms have been closed. DO NOT bring sharp items into the museums, such as knives (including pocket), screwdrivers, corkscrews, scissors, nail files, etc.
• Enjoy lunch on own while visiting.
• Visit the Museum of the Bible (202-848-1600 – 400 4th St SW, Washington, DC) (pending availability). Tour this amazing new state-of-the-art, 420,000 square foot facility. Discover one of the World’s largest private collections of biblical objects and artifacts which convey the global impact and compelling history of the Bible in a unique and powerful way. (Additional $15pp)
Newseum (202-292-6666– 555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001), the only interactive museum of news. Go behind the scenes and try your hand at being a television news anchor or radio sportscaster. Experience the news of today as it happens on a 126-foot long, 10-½ foot-high Video News Wall displaying today’s news from around the world. Relive the great new stories of the past, from the spoken stories of ancient times to today’s worldwide information explosion. Because the news changes daily, no two visits to the Newseum are ever alike. (This is a last chance before it permanently closes on December 31, 2019!) (Additional $17pp)
Please make choice with reservation. Payment due with final payment.
3:00pm Depart.
3:45pm National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico. Experience what it means to be a Marine! Enter a recruiting station. Step aboard the bus taking you to boot camp. Stand astride the famed “yellow footprints” and hear the roar of your first dreaded drill instructor issuing commands! See American history through the eyes of a marine. Learn how diversified American youngsters are transformed into self-disciplined, courageous, cohesive comrades-in-arms forever woven into the historic fabric of the Marine Corps. You will leave with an understanding of the Marine Corps motto Always Faithful “Semper Fidelis”. Bus parking available
• Experience We, The Marines movie at the Medal of Honor Theatre. We, The Marines is an action-packed, giant screen adventure that immerses audiences in the unparalleled experience of becoming and serving as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Narrated by Academy Award®-winning actor and Marine, Gene Hackman, the film follows the journey of Marines from boot camp to training, deployment and finally homecoming. With footage filmed at Marine Corps Bases across the nation, including Parris Island, Camp Pendleton, Camp Lejeune, Quantico and 29 Palms, it brings to life the often intense experience of what it takes to serve as a Marine.
5:00pm Enjoy a private dinner included inside the Museum of the Marine Corps
7:00pm Depart.
8:00pm Return to hotel.

Day Four, Monday, October 21, 2019

7:00am Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out. Baggage handling is included. 8:00am Depart.
10:00am Arrive at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor’s Center View one of the world’s largest collections of artifacts and memorabilia from the American Civil War.
• While at the Museum watch the film, A New Birth of Freedom.
• See the Cyclorama Center at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The center features a breath-taking panorama of Picketts charge measuring 356 by 26 feet. A sound and light program recreates scenes of the fighting.
11:30pm Meet our Licensed Battlefield GUIDE at the Visitor’s Center. Gettysburg Battlefield is America’s largest Civil War Battlefield, containing more than 40 miles of scenic avenues. Over 1600 monuments and cannon dot the landscape in memory of those who fought and died here. The Northern and Southern armies met here in July 1863, and in three days of battle left 51,000 causalities. President Lincoln dedicated the national cemetery on the battlefield in November 1863.
1:30pm Enjoy lunch on own at the Visitor Center while visiting.
2:30pm Continue home.
We will make a pay on own dinner stop en route as well as comfort stops.

Tour price per person:
Double occupancy $765.00
Triple occupancy $735.00
Single occupancy $925.00

Please note meal choice when booking along with add on attraction should you wish to book. Please note that tour order of events are subject to change slightly.

Trip protection is optional but highly suggested. Please note that price is below and must be presented with $100.00 per person deposit. Final payment due August 15, 2019. Trip is non-refundable after 8/15/19

Trip Protection Cost: Double/ Triple: $44.00 Single: $52.00

Costs not included: Gratuities for driver, any step on guides and tour hostess. Suggestion is $5.00 per person per day and will be included with final documents.


Trip Code:

$765 DBL
$735 TPL
$925 SGL


{EH} Eastern Hills Mall
    4545 Transit Rd. Williamsville NY 14221 new pickup map

Behind mall, by food court entrance, next to Sears, halfway to back of lot, near 2nd stop sign.

{TP} Tops in West Seneca
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  355 Orchard Park Road West Seneca NY 14224

Formerly the Seneca Mall. Accessible from Slade or Orchard Park Rd near Thruway Exit 55 E.
Park at the far end of Tops near the poles with the letters 'I' or 'F'

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