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NORTH AMERICA | Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. | 7 Days / 6 Nights

Washington D.C. and Philadelphia

The Washington Monument at twilight Tombstones, 3 cannons and a statue of a man on a horse at Gettysburg National Military Park A girl signs a huge facsimile of the Declaration of Independence The statue of U.S. soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima The fountain and lawn outside the White House
The Washington Monument at twilight
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Brace yourself for the dramatic beauty of Washington D.C. at night.

Washington D.C. and Philadelphia

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Discover the history of America! Visit the cities, halls and Civil War battlefields that were the center of it all. Tour the Capitol, cruise along the Potomac River, see where the Declaration of Independence was signed and more. With Adventures by Disney providing service and convenience, this fascinating trip becomes an enjoyable family vacation packed with delicious cuisine and fun-filled excursions!

Spirit of America Vacation TipsExpanded

  • Preparing for your AdventureExpanded

    • Required Travel DocumentationExpanded

      U.S. Guests 18 and over are required to present valid and unexpired government-issued photo identification (i.e., driver's license, passport). In addition, Guests 17 years of age or younger may be required to show additional documentation when traveling with a single parent. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please refer to the the U.S Department of State for further details on documentation requirements.

    • What to PackExpanded

      Please limit your baggage to one piece of luggage per person plus one carry-on. With frequent security changes, we recommend that you check with your air carrier as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for current restrictions.

      The following is a list of clothing and other items you may want to bring:

      Clothing
      •     T-shirts (short/long-sleeved)
      •     Collared shirts
      •     Jeans or long pants
      •     Dress/skirt (optional)
      •     Shorts
      •     Lightweight rain jacket
      •     Hat
      •     Swimsuit
      •     Walking shoes
      •     Sandals

      Miscellaneous
      •     Valid Photo ID
      •     Medication
      •     Camera/video camera
      •     Sunglasses
      •     Sunscreen
      •     Umbrella
      •     Extra batteries or charger for camera
      •     National Parks Passports

    • WeatherExpanded

      During the summer months of June through September, temperatures in the day average between 80°F (27°C) and 90°F (32°C) and dip down to 60°F (15.5°C) at night. In the summer, the weather is generally sunny and clear, with the occasional rain shower.

    • Recommended ReadingExpanded

      Discover more about this destination. Longitude Books offers great books and maps to help you get the most of out of your travel. Explore a selection of reading recommendations, especially prepared to enhance your Adventures by Disney vacation.

    • The Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan Expanded

      Protect your vacation investment with coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, reimbursement for trip delays, medical protection, baggage protection and 24-hour assistance. This inclusive Travel Insurance offered by Adventures by Disney is underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company—and is as easy as a phone call to learn more about and then purchase.


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  • En RouteExpanded

    • Arrival/Departure InformationExpanded

      Upon landing at Philadelphia International Airport, you will be met outside the exit area by an Adventures by Disney representative who will direct you to your transportation to the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing. On your departure day, transfers are available from your DC hotel to Dulles International Airport (IAD).

      Day Airport Code Arrival/Departure Time
      Arrival 1 PHL No later than 3:30 PM
      Departure 7 IAD Not prior to 10:00 AM

  • During Your AdventureExpanded

    • CurrencyExpanded

      The unit of currency in the United States is the US Dollar (USD). ATM machines are available in most places along your adventure to obtain cash in the local currency. Most hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards or single-use debit cards in addition to traveler's checks.

    • GratuitiesExpanded

      Adventure Guide Gratuities
      Adventures by Disney has pre-paid certain tips and gratuities for you such as tips for porters, housekeepers, drivers, activity providers, local experts, and dining room staff for included meals.

      Adventure Guide Gratuities: Gratuities for your Adventures Guides are not included. If you feel that your Adventure Guides have provided excellent service, we suggest the following discretionary gratuity: Per Guest/Per Adventure guide/Per Day - $5-$9 USD.

      For example, on an 7-day adventure:
      •  A Guest would tip each Adventure Guide $35-$63 USD.
      •  A family of 4 would tip $140-$252 for 1 Adventure Guide. For 2 Adventure Guides, that would be a total of: $280-$504 USD.

      Adventure Guides accept cash or travelers' checks.

      All Other Gratuities
      Gratuities have been taken care of on your behalf for all services included in the itinerary. There is no need for you to worry about tipping the bellmen, housekeepers, waiters, drivers and local experts.

    • TransportationExpanded

      When spending time on your own, you may choose to visit a site that requires transportation. If this is the case, convenient travel options include requesting taxi service through the hotel or using the public transportation system in Philadelphia or Washington D.C. Your Adventure Guides are happy to assist in arranging additional transportation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSExpanded

  • How do I book my Adventures by Disney vacation?Expanded

    To book your vacation, please call our Reservation Center at (800) 543-0865† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.

    If you are outside the U.S., please call (866) 983-7872† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.

  • What airport do I fly into and out of?Expanded

    ARRIVAL: On this itinerary, we will pick you up from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) upon your arrival. Your flight should arrive no later than 3:30 PM.
    DEPARTURE: On the final day of the itinerary, we will transfer you to Dulles International Airport (IAD). Your flight should leave between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

  • Are transfers included if I arrive or depart from different locations or at different times from the itinerary?Expanded

    Transfers are only included from the specified arrival airports and hotels. For the Washington D.C. and Philadelphia trip, transfers are included from the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to the hotel on your arrival day. On your departure day, transfers are available from your hotel to Dulles International Airport (IAD).

  • Can I extend my vacation beyond the Adventures by Disney itinerary?Expanded

    Yes, you may stay in Philadelphia before and after our itinerary. Extended stays are available at special rates if booked through Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. in conjunction with a land package and cannot be combined with any other offer. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† for further information.

  • How will our group travel between destinations?Expanded

    During the adventure, transportation is provided by motor coach.

  • How strenuous are the activities?Expanded

    While this adventure is not considered physically strenuous, most days will include 2 or more hours of city walking. Temperatures may be hot and often humid, so wear cool clothing and a hat and drink plenty of water. While nearly all of the trip's featured activities are gentle if examined separately, the full range of activities requires a moderate amount of stamina in order to get the most of your vacation.

  • What ages are appropriate for this adventure?Expanded

    While we welcome children ages 4 and up at the time of travel to discover the stories of the world with us, we recommend that children be at least 5 years old at the time of travel on our Spirit of America trip. This is based on several factors, such as the duration of the vacation and amount of physical activity (e.g., walking) involved. Because each child is different, call a Vacationista to discuss whether this is the right trip for your kids.

  • Is alcohol included with meals?Expanded

    Alcoholic beverages are typically not included with your scheduled meals. However, you may purchase them at your own expense.

  • Can you accommodate special dietary needs?Expanded

    Adventures by Disney will make a reasonable effort to accommodate some special dietary needs at no additional charge. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate all special dietary needs requested. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† in advance of your departure to advise us of your needs.

  • Is this itinerary appropriate for travelers with special needs?Expanded

    Please note that this vacation includes activities that present certain challenges to Guests with special needs. It is strongly recommended that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing assistance. Neither Adventures by Disney nor its suppliers may physically lift or assist Guests onto transportation vehicles. Contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss your needs.

  • What types of meals are served on this Adventures by Disney Trip?Expanded

    Typically, breakfast is served each morning in buffet style and offers a variety of dishes. Dinners and lunches usually include fish, meat, and pasta or rice entrées; vegetables and salad; and desserts and fruit. Some included meals on this trip are served buffet style while others offer a limited-choice menu. Given the nature of group travel, we regret that á la carte menu choices may not always be available. Children-friendly choices are available at all meals. Menu items are subject to change due to the availability and seasonality of foods. In order to allow you and your family time to enjoy meals by yourselves, there are a few meals that are not included in the itinerary. These meals have been planned in locations where you have many dining options available. If you have any questions or concerns about dining at any time during your vacation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.

  • What if Adventures by Disney cancels the adventure prior to departure?Expanded

    We will make every reasonable effort to operate the vacations as advertised; however, we reserve the right to curtail or modify the itinerary, or to substitute activities, hotels, meals or transportation as we deem necessary. We further reserve the right to reduce the number of Adventure Guides to one, and to modify other services to accommodate a smaller group, if a minimum number of Guests is not reached. Similarly, we may marginally exceed the stated group maximum size if necessary to accommodate a family. Please also note that during certain holidays and peak periods, some activities may be disrupted or unavailable. None of these modifications or changes shall affect the land package price. We reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for any reason, such as if there are too few Guests, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of the Guests would, in our opinion, be compromised, such as may result from unforeseen circumstances (acts of God) or other circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If we cancel your trip prior to its commencement because there are too few Guests: (i) we will attempt to re-book you on another departure of the same itinerary, subject to availability, and we will bear any reasonable airline re-booking charges; however, if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full refund of your land package price and Plan (unless you have filed a claim); and (ii) if you booked airfare through us, we will issue a full refund of your airfare; and (iii) if you did not book airfare through us, we will reimburse you for your reasonable out-of-pocket (subject to proof) airline cancellation charges or, in the case of bookings using frequent flier miles, a reasonable cancellation service fee, provided you have exercised best efforts to mitigate such charges/fees; and (iv) the aforesaid payments and/or rebooking by us shall constitute a full settlement.

  • Is travel insurance available?Expanded

    Yes, you can protect your vacation investment by adding the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan to your reservation.

    Get details about the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan.