New tour explores the history of freedom in the USA

In Freedom’s Footsteps, an 11-day tour beginning in Philadelphia

As the American presidential election gathers pace, Tauck and the filmmaker Ken Burns, often described as the David Attenborough of America, have crafted a new itinerary to examine the history and explore the meaning of freedom in the USA.

In Freedom’s Footsteps, an 11-day tour, begins in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American liberty where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed, and it ends with a three-night stay at the historic Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, where Martin Luther King put the finishing touches to his landmark “I Have A Dream” speech.

Announcing the new tour, Ken Burns said he hoped the itinerary would foster contemplation of a topic which was too often overlooked or sanitised. Today, and particularly in the run-up to an election, he said, freedom was a term used blithely – “a throwaway line to rally our worst jingoistic instincts. What I’m thrilled to do with this new Tauck journey is to put America’s complex history of freedom under a magnifying glass and give it the full and respectful consideration it so rightly deserves.”

The new itinerary includes visits to Amish country, Harpers Ferry, Gettysburg and Richmond, as well as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate. The realities of plantation life in the antebellum South will be brought to life during a private lecture by Dr. Leni Sorensen, a scholar and African American Research Historian for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. The itinerary also highlights early American life in Jamestown and Williamsburg, Virginia, and guests will visit Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washington.

While in Washington, Tauck guests will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city’s landmark sites and, by special arrangement, will be able to avoid the crowds with exclusive early-admission to the National Archives. Here they will view America’s founding documents, which assured personal freedoms for some, while denying them to others. A visit to the Newseum, a 250,000-square-foot news and journalism museum, will provide an opportunity for guests to contemplate another freedom – freedom of the press – as they tour its exhibits.

The freedom tour is included in Tauck’s new 2016 USA and Canada brochure, featuring 38 itineraries, including exclusive trips to North America’s national parks which, next year, celebrate their 100th anniversary.

2016 prices are from £3,090 for 11 Days, plus air travel.
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