From the fun and whimsy of Hershey Park and its million of twinkling lights to the formal, elegant décor of the Dupont family’s Nemours Mansion and everything you can imagine in between, there is something for absolutely everyone to come home talking about.
This tour is one that will definitely have you in the holiday spirit by the time you return home if you havent already caught it! From the fun and whimsy of Hershey Park and its million of twinkling lights to the formal, elegant décor of the Dupont familys Nemours Mansion and everything you can imagine in between, there is something for absolutely everyone to come home talking about. Stop at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia, set up much like a German Christmas Market where you can find great gifts to bring back home, and with a stop in Lancaster for a show at the Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre. By the time you get back home, youll have Christmas locked down and ready to go!
Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation
On-Board Friendly Host
21 Meals (9B/3L/9D) Including:
- Carillon Brewing Company
- Welcome Dinner in the Green Room Hotel DuPont
- Terracotta Room at Longwood Gardens
- Farewell Dinner at Brandywine Prime Restaurant
- Belsnickel Lunch at Landis Valley Museum
- Dinner at Plain & Fancy Farm Restaurant
Carillon Christmas at Carillon Historical Park
Legendary Christmas Lights of Historic Clifton Mill
Hersheys Chocolate World
Hershey Trolley Works Tour
Welcome Reception & High Tea at Hotel DuPont
Tour of Historic Houses of Philadelphias Fairmount Park
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Jingle Bell Rock Dinner Cruise Aboard The Spirit of Baltimore
Holidays at Nemours Estate
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Tour
Christmas at Longwood Gardens
Brandywine River Museum of Art
Hagley Museum & Library Extended Tour
Landis Valley Museum Tour
Sight & Sound Millenium Theatre - "Queen Esther"
Christmas Journey & Victorian Magic Lantern Show
Oglebay Mansion Museum
Guided Tour of Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights
Oglebay Institute Glass Museum
Lights at Monument Circle
Winterlights at Newfields
Indianapolis Festival of Trees
$2890pp Double / $3675pp Single
Non-members add $25
Deposit & Final Payment:
A $300 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation. Must be paid in full by October 4, 2021. No refunds will be issued after September 10, 2021.
Please call to inquire about travel protection coverages available.
DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021
Join us this morning from the available departure location of your choice, meet your friendly on-board Trailways host, then settle in and get comfortable! Make your way to Dayton, Ohio today for our overnight stay. Enjoy rest and refresh breaks along the way today, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own, before arriving at Carillon Brewing Company in Dayton.
Enjoy an included dinner, where European comfort-food recipes are reproduced, and staff are in period costume. Savor foods that tell the stories of Dayton’s earliest immigrants that shaped the historic brewing industry – English, Germans & Irish. Taste beers from different points in history and see how they have changed from ales of the 1850s through the drinks of Post-Prohibition to today’s craft brews. Watch steam billow from copper kettles, feel the heat of charcoal fires, and smell the malt wafting through the air as each hand-stirred batch of brew is crafted in front of you!
After dinner, take delight in “A Carillon Christmas” where Carillon Historical Park’s 65-acre campus is transformed into a winter wonderland of sparkle, magic, and holiday cheer! The park features The Carillon Tree of Light which circles around a 200-foot-tall historic bell tower brightening the Dayton skyline. It also features Santa’s Toy Shop, Candy Cane Slopes, Letters to Santa, Deeds Carillon Christmas Concerts, Culp’s Christmas Café, Train Rides on the Midnight Express, Roundhouse Café in the Transportation Center, The Tailor of Gloucester Puppet Show, Carillon Card Co. in the 1930s Print Shop, Model Train Displays, Museum Store Shopping, 15 miles of Christmas Lights, Morris and Hetzel Bakery, Gristmill Christmas Village and more!
Then, depart to see the Legendary Christmas Lights of Historic Clifton Mill in Clifton which has a vintage mill, covered bridge, ‘40s-era gas station and a casual American eatery. Over four million lights illuminate the mill, the gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges.
Arrive in Dayton, Ohio later tonight for your overnight stay. It’s been a very full day and you’ll be ready for your head to hit the pillow tonight, but with all the wondrous lights and Christmas displays you just might find “visions of sugar plums dancing in your head” tonight!
DAY 2: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2021
After breakfast at the hotel this morning we depart for Hershey, Pennsylvania. We arrive mid-afternoon to check in to Hershey Lodge before enjoying an included dinner at the Lodge this evening. Experience Hershey’s most festive seasonal event of the year, Hersheypark Christmas Candylane! Experience more than 4 million lights, your favorite rides and coasters, a visit with Santa, and so much more! Have time to explore Hersheypark on your own and return to the lodge via shuttle service that runs every 30-40 minutes.
DAY 3: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before departing to visit Hershey’s Chocolate World. Learn the fascinating process of chocolate making on a simulated factory tour ride. Guests walk through a tropical jungle where cocoa beans are harvested, then they follow the cocoa bean’s journey to a boat dock where beans are loaded onto ships headed for America. From there, visitors climb aboard the tour ride and enter the simulated factory tour.
After, embark on a Hershey Trolley Works tour of the town’s history and life story of Milton Hershey. Enjoy lunch, on your own, at the food hall while at Hershey’s Chocolate World.
Check in to the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware this afternoon. Hotel DuPont has been welcoming guests since 1913 to one of the grandest hotels in the world located in the heart of downtown Wilmington. We will be greeted with a Welcome Reception and High Tea before settling in to enjoy these luxurious accommodations for the next four nights!
Tonight’s welcome dinner will be hosted in the Green Room, the hotel’s signature restaurant, which has been recognized with the AAA Four-Diamond Award and Forbes Four-Star Award. Known for lavish design elements like fumed oak paneling, a coffered oak-beamed ceiling, gold chandeliers, richly textured draperies, Italian mosaics and original oil paintings, the Green Room brings the elegance and grandeur of the of the Gilded Age into the 21st century. Vibrant ambiance and impeccable service provide the perfect backdrop for savoring cuisine that has earned a AAA Four-Diamond Award for each year for three decades.
After dinner, the rest of the evening is yours to explore this luxury hotel and take in all of their Christmas décor.
DAY 4: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning departing to celebrate the season touring beautiful historic houses of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. After, depart for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, chartered in 1875 for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. It is the cultural heart of the city – the place for creative play, with a surprise around every corner. Enjoy lunch, on your own, after arrival and then take a guided overview tour of the museum.
This afternoon, experience Christmas Village in Philadelphia at the newly renovated LOVE Park of Center City, transformed into an authentic German Christmas market. Over 80 local and international vendors await the visitors in their traditional wooden booths, offering holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, high-quality arts and crafts. Everybody is sure to find unique gifts for their loved ones that can’t be found in a shopping mall! Enjoy European foods, sweets and drinks, such as Bratwurst, Schnitzel and Lebkuchen (gingerbread) or a cup of hot Gluehwein (mulled wine). Watch daily live performances by local bands, dance groups and artists on the Christmas Village stage. Don’t miss: The festive Kaethe Wohlfahrt tent features popular Christmas gifts from Germany, including glass ornaments, music boxes, nutcrackers, Schwibbogen (a candle arch) and incense smokers. A Christmas Village Carousel and more vendors are extended to the City Hall Courtyard.
Later this evening, enjoy an included dinner in a charming, upscale spot for traditional American cuisine such as steaks, crab cakes and scallops at Brandywine Prime Restaurant.
DAY 5: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2021
After a wonderful breakfast at the hotel this morning, enjoy the Holidays at Nemours Estate in Wilmington. Beautiful throughout the year, Nemours Estate is breathtaking during the holiday season. The 77-room mansions, modeled after Marie Antoinette’s Le Petit Trianon, is dressed to the nines. Nemours is aglow with elaborate table settings, spectacular floral displays, and an array of beautiful Christmas trees, garlands, and wreaths. Many of the family’s original ornaments and decorations are evident including a German creche complete with soft ceramic, unglazed, and hand-colored figures dating to the late 19th century.
After touring, depart to enjoy lunch, on your own, at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Winterthur, Delaware. Delight in the museum’s magnificent collection of American decorative arts as you tour the house and exhibition galleries. Enjoy the glorious 60-acre garden and surrounding woodlands and meadows, and play in Enchanted Woods, the award-winning children’s garden. Dine in Winterthur’s cafes and shop the many options in the Museum Stores. After touring the house and gardens, we depart for Christmas at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Enjoy an included dinner in the Terracotta Room at Longwood Gardens before delighting in the holiday lights and festivities, including a sing-along to the sounds of the season played on Longwood’s organ.
After dinner, celebrate the many shapes of the season, inspired by the contours of traditional holiday favorites like ribbons and colorful confectionery, and by the figures of nature from pine cones to snowflakes.
Outdoors, stroll among illuminated trees, glowing orbs, and a shimmering tunnel of lights. Take in a light display choreorgraphed to musc in the Main Fountain Garden and by a large lake.
Enjoy holiday lights and festivities, including a sing-along to the sounds of the season played on Longwood’s organ. It’ll be a Longwood Christmas to remember!
DAY 6: MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2021
Depart after breakfast this morning for a visit to Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington. Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E.I. du Pont in 1802. It is here that the du Pont family first settled in America, built their first home, and began the black powder manufacturing business that became the foundation for all the other du Pont enterprises in the world.
Stop at the Visitor Center and Worker’s Hill, which shows where the mill workers lived and their children went to school in addition to the DuPont black powder yards, gardens and the grounds of the first DuPont family home in America. Experience the 1803 du Pont ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, decorated for the holidays.
Next, depart for the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Enjoy an included lunch at the Millstone Café. The buffet includes: Turkey and Pepper Jack Cheese on Sourdough, Honey Mustard and Arugula; Black Forest Ham and Meunster Cheese on Rye, Wholegrain Mustard, Mixed Greens; Salami, Spicy Capicola and Cheddar on a Baguette, Red Roasted Pepper Aoli, Mixed Greens; Brandywine Mushroom soup, selection of freshly baked cookies, medley of fresh fruite, coffee, tea, iced tea, and lemonade.
Visit this beautiful campus which houses regional and American art, showcasing the works of Andrew Wyeth, a major American realist painter. A Brandywine Christmas offers visitors of all ages a spectacular holiday experience, with the region’s greatest model train display along with Christmas trees decorated for the season with Critter ornaments made by talented volunteers. The remarkable Brandywine Railroad O-gauge model train display features trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track and includes more than 1,000 pieces, including locomotives, passenger and freight trains, and trolleys that pass through a small town, a farm, factories and even a carnival.
Take some time later this afternoon to rest up and refresh at the hotel before dinner. This evening, board the Spirit of Baltimore for a Jingle Bell Rock Dinner Cruise.
Enjoy Baltimore’s greatest moving experience on the Spirit of Baltimore Dinner Cruise with premium open bar! With so much to offer, including the great sights and sounds of Baltimore’s Harbor and a fantastic buffet dinner, it’s really no wonder why this cruise is one of the city’s top attractions. Please Note: Business casual to semi-formal attire is recommended. Business casual is no blue jeans. Dress slacks and a nice shirt is appropriate.
DAY 7: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2021
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, depart for Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Arrive at the Landis Valley Museum and enjoy a Belsnickel lunch and tour. Celebrate the many classic Christmas traditions handed down to us from the Pennsylvania Germans! Join us for holiday shopping, a wonderful meal and a visit from the Belsnickel! A holiday luncheon is served in the Historic Landis Valley House Hotel.
Mid-afternoon, we drop our luggage off at the Cork Factory Hotel where we’ll be staying tonight. This unique hotel is housed in a renovated old cork factory in Lancaster. After dropping luggage, we enjoy a matinee show. Take seating at Sight and Sound Millennium Theatre in Ronks. Sight and Sound takes theatre to a whole new level! Every show is an epic experience with a meaningful message, where edge-of-your-seat action meets heartfelt drama.
Enjoy the show Queen Esther at Sight and Sound Theatre! Her story is a captivating tale of bravery and beauty. Esther’s ordinary life changed forever when she was taken through the palace doors, entering a new world of royalty and risk. With a crown on her head and a secret in her heart, can she find the courage to trust in God’s plan and believe that she was made for such a time as this? Experience one of the most riveting Bible stories of the Old Testament as it comes to life with magnificent sets, special effects and live animals in this brand-new, original stage production.
Depart after the show for an included dinner at Plain and Fancy Farm Restaurant for all-you-can-eat-family-style platters of Pennsylvania Dutch fare in a kitschy farmhouse setting.
This evening enjoy a Christmas Journey and Victorian Magic Lantern Show. Make new magical Christmas memories! Step back in time and become part of a Victorian family’s traditional Christmas Eve celebration, as Grandpa tells fabulous Christmas stories with the help of the amazing Magic Lantern. Laugh out loud at the “Parade of Toys” and the story of an out-of-control giant snowball, enjoy “The Night Before Christmas,” discover the rarely seen “Gabriel Grubb and the Goblins,” and experience Charles Dickens’ classic “Christmas Carol” as it would have been over a century ago.
Arrive back at the Cork Factory Hotel later this evening. Settle in for the night at this quaint boutique hotel that was converted from a former cork factory.
DAY 8: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out and heading for Wheeling, West Virginia. Arrive at Oglebay and check in to Wilson Lodge before enjoying an included lunch at the Lodge this afternoon.
Mid-afternoon, visit Oglebay Mansion Museum, the elegant estate of Cleveland industrialist Earl W. Oglebay, who purchased the mansion and surrounding acres in 1900 to serve as a summer home. Upon his death in 1926, the millionaire willed his spectacular country estate to the City of Wheeling. Highlights of your visit include exploring 13 period rooms focusing on Wheeling’s earliest settlement through the opulent Edwardian era, plus the Wymer General Store and Sinclair Pharmacy collections. Discover impressive collections of American furniture, china, silver, glass, pewter, toys and textiles.
After, return to the lodge with time to freshen up before having an included dinner at the lodge. Later this evening, enjoy a guided tour of Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights, identified as one of the best Christmas displays in the United States by many travel companies and national publications, with over six miles of lighting amidst 300 dazzling acres.
DAY 9: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2021
After breakfast, visit the Oglebay Institute Glass Museum featuring a collection of glass art and crafts, plus glass-blowing demonstrations. Witness the largest piece of cut lead crystal ever made – The Sweeney Punch Bowl. Standing five feet tall and weighing 225 pounds, this remarkable piece of Victorian artistry is world renowned. Experience over 3,000 examples of Wheeling glass made from 1829-1939 including cut lead crystal, Victorian art glass, peachblow glass, pattern and depression glass, Northwood’s carnival glass, and many other glass examples showcasing Ohio Valley history.
Then, start your journey home with lunch, on your own, en route. Check in to the Courtyard Indianapolis by Marriott and have some time to freshen up before exploring this evening.
Drive by the Lights at Monument Circle, known for lighting up during the holiday season. Long strings of sparkling colors encircle the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Have dinner, included, at the Iron Skillet, a historic home turned eatery that supplies abundant 3-course meals of homestyle fare served-family style since 1953. All dinners begin with a choice of homemade soup or a chilled juice. Also, pickled beets, cottage cheese, apple butter and a wedge of lettuce with their famous house dressing accompany the meal. With your choice of entrees come generous bowls of vegetables, served piping hot and may be refilled if needed. This course includes a bowl of creamy chicken gravy and homemade (from scratch) baking powdered biscuits. Coffee, hot or iced tea is also included. To top off this sumptuous three course meal, the waitress will bring ice cream (or sherbet if you prefer) and an assortment of toppings so you can make your own sundaes.
After dinner, enjoy Winterlights at Newfields. It’s very merry. It’s really bright. Winterlights holiday tradition returns in Central Indiana. Create memories as you stroll through a spectacular Winter Wonderland, sip apple cider or hot chocolate and make s’mores over a fire pit.
Watch lights dance to music on the Lilly House lawn and stop to take photos at the Snowflake Bridge, Frosted Forest and other illuminated displays throughout the grounds. Special glasses will be available that transform every one of the 1.5 million lights into a shimmering snowflake. Guests can also revisit another beloved Newfields tradition, Deck the Halls at the Lilly House, during Winterlights. Each room in the elegant, historic mansions will feature decorative surprises, including beautiful holiday floral arrangements.
DAY 10: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2021
Enjoy breakfast this morning at the hotel prior to checking out and embracing your holiday spirit as we arrive at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis to experience the Festival of trees! Indulge in the joy of the holiday season with several dozen elaborate trees packed into the grand building, creating a winter wonderland to delight people of all ages. There have been upside-down trees, trees made from unconventional materials like balloons, tires and books, and more. You can vote for your favorites, but it will be a tough decision!
We then arrive in Carmel, Indiana in time to have lunch, on your own, and time to shop at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt. The Carmel Christkindlmarkt is where the charm of long-standing European tradition comes to the heart of Carmel. One of the earliest of these markets was the 16th century Christkindlmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany and the wonderful tradition has now spread worldwide. Guests will experience one-of-a-kind, high quality, handmade gifts, German inspired food, drink and ice skating.
Arrive home this evening with wonderful memories made on this wonderful DuPont Legacy Holiday Tour!
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Davenport, Iowa|| 8735 Northwest Blvd - Burlington Trailways Bldg. |
1st right past Blain's Farm & Fleet; on the left
|Ft. Madison, IA|| Ft. Madison Prison Industries Parking Lot |
1st Street & Avenue E
|Mediapolis, IA|| Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods |
111 N. Wapello Rd.
|Muscatine, IA|| Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61 |
|Wapello, IA|| Wapello, Jack N Jill on Hwy 61 |
503 US 61, Wapello, IA
|West Burlington|| West Burlington, IA Westland Mall |
South Lot by AmericInn
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