Philadelphia, Amish Country and Brandywine Valley

Dates: October 8-13, 2023

Join this unique tour that gives a 5 nights in one hotel so we can go in-depth in the "city of brotherly love" and the surrounding areas.  We'll have some US history in Philadelphia and Valley Forge, some beauty as we drive through the Poconos Mountains, tour some elegant mansions and gardens, enjoy a favorite classic....chocolate in Hershey, and the culture of the Amish community. A wonderful mix of experiences!

To request a full brochure – call Lori 319-393-1359 or email: Lori@duagency.com

Sunday, October 8: Arrive in Philadelphia

Arrive in Philadelphia, PA which in Greek translates to ‘the city of brotherly love’. Meet your Tour Director and transfer to your Philadelphia hotel for a 5-night stay. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Drink at the hotel.

Monday, October 9: Philadelphia Sightseeing

Today enjoy a Philadelphia City Tour to see the Most Historic Square Mile in America featuring Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center. Visit Independence Hall, the site where the United States Constitution was debated and adopted & the setting for the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence. Later visit the National Constitution Center, the only museum dedicated to the United States Constitution. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant in Philadelphia. (B,D)

Tuesday, October 10: The Poconos—Jim Thorpe—Valley Forge

This morning travel north through scenic Pennsylvania farmlands and into the Lehigh River Valley before heading into the forested Pocono Mountains referred to as The Poconos. Visit the historic Victorian town named Jim Thorpe after the Native American star athlete of the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. The town is referred to as the ‘Switzerland of the Americas’ for its picturesque mountain scenery and architecture. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch and shopping in the beautifully restored 19th century downtown. Later travel to Valley Forge & tour Valley Forge National Historical Park which preserves our nation’s history and tells the story of the Continental Army during the winter of 1777-78. On December 19, 1777, George Washington led a weary Continental Army into Valley Forge. For the next six months, the divided groups of militiamen came together to form a true army, one capable of taking the fight to their British foes. See the soldier huts built by the militiamen and the original house that was once General Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge (referred to as the Pentagon of the Revolution). (B)

Wednesday, October 11:  Brandywine Valley—Nemours Mansion—Longwood Gardens

Today enjoy a visit to two fantastic DuPont mansions, both elegant estates in their own way. Drive south into Delaware to tour the opulent Nemours Mansion & Gardens, the former estate of Alfred DuPont.

Using his vast fortune from inventing smokeless gunpowder, Alfred built this classical French Chateau in 1910 and filled the 105 rooms with antiques, art and tapestries from the 1700s. Later tour beautiful Longwood Gardens, the former estate of Pierre DuPont who purchased the property to save the arboretum from being sold for lumber in 1906 and made it his private estate into the 1930s. He spared no expense in adding extensively to the property. Today the complex is one of the premier botanical gardens in the US and consists of 1,100 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows in the Brandywine Valley. (B)

Thursday, October 12: Hershey—Amish Country—Amish Dinner

This morning travel west through the beautiful countryside & arrive in Hershey, the town chocolate built. Enjoy a tour Hershey’s Chocolate World. Learn about and smell the delicious transformation from tropical rainforest cocoa bean to Hershey’s famous chocolate. Some chocolate samples will help you decide which Hershey’s goods to bring home in addition to your classic favorites. This afternoon step back in time as you travel into the tranquil heart of Pennsylvania Amish Country where the horse & buggy remains the primary form of transportation and windmills dot the landscape. The Pennsylvania Amish of Lancaster County are America’s oldest Amish settlement, and where thousands still live a centuries-old ‘Plain’ lifestyle. Visit an Amish Farm & House to learn about their faith, culture, distinctive dress and way of life that forbids the use of electricity or telephones in the home. Enjoy a traditional Amish Family Style Farewell Dinner where the great food just keeps coming. Maybe bring home popular Amish goods such as Shoofly Pie or a handmade quilt. Return to Philadelphia after dinner. (B,D)

Friday, October 13: Philadelphia-Flight Home

Today transfer to the airport for your flight home with wonderful memories of your travel experience. (B)

Highlights

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park
  • Philadelphia City Tour
  • Independence Hall & the Liberty Bell
  • National Constitution Center
  • Brandywine Valley
  • Two DuPont Mansions
  • Nemours Mansion
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Hershey’s Chocolate World
  • Pennsylvania Amish Country
  • Amish Farm & House
  • Amish Family Style Dinner


Inclusions

  • Escorted by TLDU’s Lori Nietert
  • 5 Nights Accommodations in one hotel
  • 7 Meals: 5 Breakfasts (B), 2 Dinners (D)
  • Sightseeing per Itinerary
  • Admissions per Itinerary
  • Baggage Handling
  • Transfers airport to hotel, hotel to airport