Philadelphia - Washington DC (139 miles)
Depart from Philadelphia, we will visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. We also visit the Holy Land: Franciscan Monastery. Then head to Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center's amazing ICE! Christmas on the Potomac Indoor Ice Festival. Enjoy more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand carved colorful ice sculptures kept at a chilly 9 degrees, experience two-story ice slides, visitor also can travel through the North Pole, sit inside Santa's sleigh. We will continue to visit the National Christmas Tree in front of the White House south lawn.
The capital of the United States of America sits on the scenic Potomac River. Monuments, museums, and Americana characterize this historic city, which is located in the District of Columbia between the states of Maryland and Virginia.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Built over the course of 41 years, finally completed in 1961, this Roman Catholic basilica was designed in a a predominantly New-Byzantine style.
Opening Hours: Apr 1 - Oct 31 7:00am - 7:00pm, Nov 1 - Mar 31 7:00am - 6:00pm
Mount St. Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery
Located in the Northeast section of Washington, D.C., the city's main Franciscan monastery contains replicas from shrines located in Israeal and Rome, as well as gardens, a library, and the bones of a saint.
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00am - 4:00pm, Sat - Sun 10:00am - 6:00pm
ICE! Sculpture Exhibition
The theme of this ice sculpture festival changes each year, but the level of skill the goes into carving the incredible sculptures does not! The sculptures are illuminated by thousands of small LEDs. THis is fun for the whole family.
Admission (Optional): Adult $47.30; Child (4-11 yrs) $39.60; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $47.30
National Christmas Tree
The National Christmas Tree is lit every year, near the Ellipse by the White House. Surrounding the tree is a walkway lined with smaller trees, called the Pathway of Peace. The tree is decorated with ornaments from all 50 states.
Standard Hotel: Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown or equivalent
Washington D.C. - Lancaster - Kennett Square - Philadelphia (186 miles)
In the morning, we will head to Amish village in Lancaster, PA to learn about this unique culture that shuns modern technology. Then we will visit Longwood Gardens. At last, we will return to Philadelphia.
Lancaster is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania which serves as the seat of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County and one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. The city's primary industries include healthcare, tourism, public administration, manufacturing, and both professional and semi-professional services.
The Amish Farm and House
This authentic Amish farm in Lancaster, PA is more than 300 years old, and an educational experience for the whole family. This 25-acre farm is dedicated to teaching people about the Amish lifestyle in a fun and constructive way.
Admission (Optional): Adult $35; Child (3-12 yrs) $25; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $35|Opening Hours: Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1.
Kennett Square, PA
Kennett Square is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World because mushroom farming in the region produces over a million pounds of mushrooms a day.
This botanical garden in Pennsylvania's Brandywine Creek Valley is one of the most popular and most significant gardens in the United States. In addition to more than 1,000 acres of flora, guests can enjoy classes and performances.
Admission (Optional): Adult $30; Child (5-18 yrs) $16; Senior (Over 62 yrs) $27