Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains

Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains

1,364 Views
14 Days
From

$3120

$2852

Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains

14 Days Starting and ending in Washington, DC, USA

Visiting: Washington, Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, Shenandoah National Park, New River Gorge Bridge, Beckley, Charleston, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Hodgenville, Bardstown, Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Asheville, Blue Ridge Parkway, Mount Airy, Virginia, Lake Monticello, Richmond, Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon

Tour operator:

Cosmos

Tour code:

8720-2024

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

25 - 43

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
From:
$3120
$2852 (USD) Operator discount: -$187 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$81
See local operators tour description
- Sign In

This tour is no longer available, please see similar tours below or send an enquiry

Tour Overview

From colonial settlements and Civil War sites to the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains and stunning Great Smoky Mountains, this mid-South U.S. tour features historic sites, spectacular scenery, and fun experiences all along the way. You’ll overnight in the Washington DC area; Gettysburg; Shenandoah National Park; Beckley; Lexington, Kentucky; Gatlinburg; Asheville; Lexington, Virginia; and Williamsburg. History buffs will enjoy visits to the Gettysburg Battlefield, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his immortal speech in 1863; Harper’s Ferry, where John Brown made his ill-fated raid on the U.S. Arsenal in 1859; the Lincoln Museum; Sinking Spring Farm, a reproduction of the one-room cabin where Lincoln was born; the Biltmore Estate; Mount Airy, Andy Griffith’s hometown; Monticello Estate, Thomas Jefferson’s home; Mount Vernon, home of George and Martha Washington; and Colonial Williamsburg, where life in the 18th century is recreated. Throughout this mid-South U.S. tour, you’ll witness fascinating landscapes. Beautiful views await you in Shenandoah National Park, with its 200,000 acres of protected lands. Marvel at the green pastures, white-board fences, and columned estates in Kentucky bluegrass country. Spend two nights in Gatlinburg, a popular mountain retreat, and drive through the center of the Smoky Mountains, with the winding roads, striking wildflowers, and animal diversity. In Virginia, stop at tranquil Mabry Mill, an old water-driven grist mill that is one of the country’s most photographed spots, and visit Natural Bridge, a 215-foot-high limestone arch sculpted by nature in a wooded setting. These are just some of the many highlights of this southern U.S. tour featuring stunning national parks, historic sites, and fun-filled experiences.

Highlights

  • Enjoy visits to the Gettysburg Battlefield, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his immortal speech in 1863 and Harper’s Ferry, where John Brown made his ill-fated raid on the U.S. Arsenal in 1859

  • Visit Lincoln Museum and Sinking Spring Farm, a reproduction of the one-room cabin where Lincoln was born

  • Drive through the center of the Smoky Mountains, with its winding roads, striking wildflowers, and animal diversity

  • Beautiful views await you in Shenandoah National Park, with its 200,000 acres of protected lands

Places You'll See

Hyatt Place Washington Dc/Us Capitol

Quality Inn Gettysburg Battlefield

Skyland Resort

Hampton Inn Beckley

Hampton Inn I-75 Lexington/Hamburg Area

Glenstone Lodge

Hampton Inn Asheville - Tunnel Road

Comfort Inn Williamsburg Gateway

Best Western Lexington Inn

Hyatt Place Washington Dc/Us Capitol

Quality Inn Gettysburg Battlefield

Skyland Resort

Hampton Inn Beckley

Hampton Inn I-75 Lexington/Hamburg Area

Hampton Inn Asheville - Tunnel Road

Glenstone Lodge

Best Western Lexington Inn

Comfort Inn Williamsburg Gateway

Hyatt Place Washington Dc/Us Capitol

Quality Inn Gettysburg Battlefield

Hampton Inn Beckley

Skyland Resort

Hampton Inn I-75 Lexington/Hamburg Area

Hampton Inn Asheville - Tunnel Road

Glenstone Lodge

Best Western Lexington Inn

Comfort Inn Williamsburg Gateway

Hyatt Place Washington Dc/Us Capitol

Quality Inn Gettysburg Battlefield

Skyland Resort

Hampton Inn Beckley

Hampton Inn I-75 Lexington/Hamburg Area

Hampton Inn Asheville - Tunnel Road

Glenstone Lodge

Best Western Lexington Inn

Comfort Inn Williamsburg Gateway

Itinerary

Expand All
Day 1 : Washington Dc Area
Location: Washington
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol
Meals Included: No Meals

Enjoy time at leisure to relax or do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.

Day 2 : Washington Dc Area,Gettysburg
Location: Washington, Gettysburg
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Quality Inn Gettysburg Battlefield
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today begins with a tour of the nation’s capital with a Local Guide. Highlights include visiting the Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials and seeing Ford’s Theatre where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Afterward, cross the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania, and visit the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Tonight, we offer an optional outing to a local restaurant to enjoy the flavor of the area.

Day 3 : Gettysburg,Harpers Ferry,Shenandoah National Park
Location: Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, Shenandoah National Park
Accommodation: Resort
Accommodation Name: Skyland Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning experience a guided visit to the hallowed Gettysburg Battlefield, site of the decisive Civil War campaign and where Abraham Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address in November 1863. Afterward, head for Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, where, in 1859, John Brown made his ill-fated raid on the U.S. Arsenal. The park shares a part of the 2,178 mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail. En route to Shenandoah, crest the Blue Ridge Mountains for magnificent vistas of the Shenandoah Valley. Overnight in Shenandoah National Park.

Day 4 : Shenandoah National Park,New River Gorge,Beckley
Location: Shenandoah National Park, New River Gorge Bridge, Beckley
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hampton Inn Beckley
Meals Included: No Meals

Travel through lumber and limestone country into wonderfully wild West Virginia. After a lunch break in the pre-Civil-War town of Lewisburg, travel to Fayetteville and stop at New River Gorge Bridge, the world’s third-longest steel-span bridge, rising 876 feet above the river. Then, on to Beckley, the heart of West Virginia’s “smokeless” coal industry, for an overnight stay.

Day 5 : Beckley,Charleston,Kentucky Horse Park,Lexington,Kentucky
Location: Beckley, Charleston, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hampton Inn Beckley
Meals Included: Breakfast

Before entering Kentucky, we stop in the state capital of Charleston, West Virginia, one-time home of American frontiersman Daniel Boone. As you cross the state border, the scenery changes to green pastures, white-board fences, and the columned estates of Kentucky bluegrass country—backdrop for the movie Seabiscuit. Arrive in Lexington, the “Heart of the Bluegrass.” This afternoon, enjoy a fascinating visit to the Kentucky Horse Park, from where legends like Man o’ War and Secretariat conquered the racing world.

Day 6 : Lexington,Hodgenville,Bardstown,Lexington,Ky
Location: Lexington, Hodgenville, Bardstown, Lexington
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hampton Inn I-75 Lexington/Hamburg Area
Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel on the Bluegrass Parkway and stop at Sinking Spring Farm, to see where the nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, was born. A replica of the original log cabin is preserved as a shrine to one of the best-loved American presidents. Visit the Lincoln Museum, dedicated to Lincoln’s life and times. The museum features 12 historically accurate scenes from Lincoln’s life and Civil War memorabilia. Be sure to walk out to the center of Town Square for a photo op in front of the Lincoln Statue and the Lincoln Boy Statue. Afterward, we head to Bardstown to visit an authentic Bourbon Distillery. You’ll learn about the production of the finest Kentucky Straight Bourbon and enjoy a tasting. Return to Lexington, where the evening is free for independent activities.

Day 7 : Lexington,Ky,Gatlinburg
Location: Lexington, Gatlinburg
Accommodation: Lodge
Accommodation Name: Glenstone Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel to Tennessee, with a stop at Corbin for a short visit to Colonel Sanders’ original fried chicken restaurant, which is now a museum. This afternoon, visit the fascinating Museum of Appalachia, with 65 acres of farmland and a number of historic cabins, barns, and other buildings—even a frontier privy! The next two nights are in Gatlinburg at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Day 8 : Gatlinburg
Location: Gatlinburg
Accommodation: Lodge
Accommodation Name: Glenstone Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Continental

As one of America’s most popular mountain retreats, Gatlinburg offers something for everyone. The day is free for independent activities.

Day 9 : Gatlinburg,Great Smoky Mountains National Park,Asheville
Location: Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Asheville
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hampton Inn Asheville - Tunnel Road
Meals Included: Breakfast, Continental

Drive right through the center of the Smokies along the spectacular Newfound Gap Road, peaking at 5,046 feet. Continue into North Carolina and stop at the 8,000-acre grounds of the magnificent Biltmore Estate, built by George Vanderbilt, grandson of railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. Take a self-guided tour of America’s Largest Home® and immerse yourself in the grandeur of days gone by.

Day 10 : Asheville,Blue Ridge Parkway,Mount Airy,Lexington,Virginia
Location: Asheville, Blue Ridge Parkway, Mount Airy, Lexington
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Best Western Lexington Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast

Blue Ridge Parkway runs from the Great Smokies to Shenandoah National Park without a single traffic light along its 470-mile route. Take in a portion of the parkway today, from Fancy Gap to Roanoke. Visit Mount Airy, North Carolina, Andy Griffith’s hometown. Affectionately known as Mayberry, the town is the inspiration for the setting of The Andy Griffith Show that ran in the 1960s. There is time to stroll Main Street, visit Floyd’s Barber shop and enjoy a taste of the past at Walker’s Soda Fountain. This afternoon, stop at the tranquil setting of Mabry Mill, one of the most photographed spots in the country. Next up: a visit to Natural Bridge, a 215-foot-high arch in a wooded setting, once owned by Thomas Jefferson. George Washington’s initials are still visible on the cliffside, from his work here as a young surveyor.

Day 11 : Lexington,Virginia,Monticello,Richmond,Williamsburg
Location: Virginia, Lake Monticello, Richmond, Williamsburg
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Comfort Inn Williamsburg Gateway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Continental

Visit the graceful home of the third U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson. The Monticello Estate reflects Jefferson’s skills as an artist, architect, and designer. It is the only house in the U.S. that is on the UNESCO World Heritage list of international treasures. Enjoy an orientation tour of Richmond, capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Then, we make our way to Williamsburg, between the James and York Rivers, where the very earliest English settlers established their first colonies.

Day 12: Williamsburg. Excursion To Colonial Williamsburg
Location: Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Comfort Inn Williamsburg Gateway
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is dedicated to Colonial Williamsburg, where American heritage is proudly preserved in the reconstructed buildings and historical displays. Stroll down quaint streets and browse through homes, gardens, taverns, shops, and exhibits. In the House of Burgesses, listen as costumed interpreters debate the controversial steps that led to the Declaration of Independence.

Day 13 : Williamsburg,Mount Vernon,Washington Dc
Location: Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, Washington
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, visit Mount Vernon, the beloved home of George and Martha Washington, overlooking the banks of the Potomac River. Take time to explore the most popular historic estate in America. The final leg of your journey takes you back to Washington DC, where you overnight amidst the ambiance of this quintessential political city. Cap off your memorable adventure on our optional Farewell Dinner followed by an illumination tour of the stately monuments.

Day 14: Washington Dc
Location: Washington
Meals Included: No Meals

Your vacation ends this morning. You may choose to extend your vacation with extra nights and explore the nation’s capital further.

What's Included

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

  • Transport

    Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

UNESCO Sites

Great Smoky Mountains National Park|Monticello

Meals

8 breakfasts, 3 continental breakfasts

Notes

Enjoy the spectacular colors of the Appalachian Mountains on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 7 to September 28 (if Mother Nature permits).

Accommodation

Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol



Feel at home in the vibrant NoMa neighborhood at Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol. Our contemporary hotel offers style and comfort for business and leisure travelers. Relax in spacious rooms with living, sleep and work spaces.





Quality Inn Gettysburg Battlefield



The hotel has a fitness center, hot tub, indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, putting green, guest laundry, lounge, and complimentary continental breakfast. Guestrooms include cable TV, coffeemaker, Internet access, iron/ironing board, and hairdryer.





Skyland Resort



Located inside Shenandoah National Park and along the highest point on Skyline Drive. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley and cool mountain breezes. Approximately 17 miles from Luray, VA. The hotel has a restaurant, gift shop, ranger led programs, horseback riding stables, and children's playground.





Hampton Inn Beckley



The Hampton Inn Beckley hotel is located in the heart of Beckley, WV, minutes from Tamarack, Ace Adventure, Burning Rock Outdoor ATV Park, Exhibition Coal Mine, Hatfield/McCoy ATV trails, Grandview Outdoor Theater, Lake Stephens and Winterplace Ski Resort.





Hampton Inn I-75 Lexington/Hamburg Area



Start your morning with a Free hot breakfast. The Hampton Inn 1-75 Lexinton/Hamburg is close to downtown and Several restaurants are just steps away.





Glenstone Lodge



Attractive Lodge located 1 mile from Great Smoky Mountains National Park.





Hampton Inn Asheville - Tunnel Road



Nestled in the Appalachian Mountain, the Asheville Hampton Inn features an indoor pool, fitness center, business center, and free in-room Wi-Fi.





Best Western Lexington Inn



Located in historic Lexington, Best Western Lexington Inn offers complimentary breakfast daily and a convenient location near shopping and dining.





Comfort Inn Williamsburg Gateway



An outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and complimentary breakfast is available at this smoke-free hotel.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    Usually max 43 people

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 5 years or above

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1961

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Cosmos is committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and to reducing dependence on non-renewable resources. In this endeavor, we have implemented policies to support this mission and are working carefully to enhance our products with this mission and our values combined. We are committed to complying with all relevant legislation and/or regulations.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Travel documents, including any air tickets, itineraries, and other information, are available approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payment has been received.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    All guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for travel through February, 2023. Beginning March 1, 2023, while we highly recommend vaccination, we will no longer require it. We ask all guests to comply with airline and destination requirements, which still may apply. To check your destination requirements for your travel dates, view the Latest Travel & Health Restrictions for Travel.

Reviews of this Operator

Mrs Susan Hyland  

We have just returned from a Cosmos…

28-Sep-2022

We have just returned from a Cosmos tour- Gourmet Tuscany. We stayed in Montecatini Terme and traveled from there to many wonderful places, in towns and the fabulous Tuscan countryside. We visit Vineyards for wine tastings, farms for cooking lessons and lunches and dinners in authentic Italian restaurants. All assisted by a friendly, informative tour director. First class holiday

Trustpilot
Rick  

Excellent in every respect

08-Dec-2022

I recently did a 2-week "best of Italy" tour with this company. Our guide, Daniella, was fantastic, the itinerary was excellent and they catered for my rather difficult dietary requirements really well. Really happy and will certainly book with them again

Trustpilot
John Lomanno  

A wonderrful experience

09-Nov-2022

WE saw so much. The tour director Mladin was very knowledgeable and made the experience so enjoyable. The bus driver Paul was so nice and helpful. A couple of the hotels had no refrigerators to keep the water cold. We had to carry our own luggage to and from the rooms. There should have been porters to help us. Over all we had a great time.

Trustpilot
Bruce  

Old South &Florida tour

27-Oct-2022

Great organisation, tour guide(Kris) and driver(Tony) who went extra mile and good group of people from all over world. The hotels were excellent in New Orleans and Nashville and very good in other cities. The itinerary was well thought out with visits to Gracelands and Grande ole Oprey topping the bill. We added 3extra nights in New Orleans (giving us 6nights) which was absolutely fab and would advise anyone doing this tour that they consider some extra nights to see and do as much as you can

Trustpilot
Francine Ramos  

The tour director expertise and…

18-Dec-2022

The tour director expertise and personality made the trip all the more pleasant. No stress. The local guides as well added to the beauty of this trip. They were knowledgeable and personable. I also have to mention the travelers (the group of 21). The people were friendly an accommodating. This is my third trip with this tour company and I will continue to travel with this company due to excellent planning and customer service. Thank you

Trustpilot

Dates & Availability

tourhub Discount Available - Sign In

Saturday - Friday

Jun 08, 2024 - Jun 21, 2024
$3167 $2898 (USD)

Operator discount: -$187 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$82 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Sep 14, 2024 - Sep 27, 2024
$3120 $2852 (USD)

Operator discount: -$187 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$81 (USD)

Book with Confidence

  • Low Deposit

    Cosmos requires a minimum deposit of 200 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of cosmos charges.

    Up to 65 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 64 days before tour starts: Forfeit 20% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

Why book with tourhub?

Safe & Secure

Your money is protected in an external trust until you travel.

pts logo

100% Guaranteed Refunds if your trip is cancelled.


The safest way to make overseas, multi-currency payments.

Guaranteed Best Value

Industry leading discounts, we won't be beaten on price.


No cancellation or amendment fees from tourhub.

(Operator terms may apply)

Expert Knowledge

Reliable & unbiased advice from travel experts.


Direct contact with the tour operator via our messaging service.


Inspiration & advice from a community of 6000+ real travellers, influencers & content creators.

Trusted Service

Official partners & licensed agents of 1000+ tour operators worldwide.


Don't just take our word for it...

"Tourhub: Friendliness, Professionalism & Integrity I would happily give tourhub a 6* review if I could..."

Similar Tours

Travel Guru Features

Our Reviews