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Your Brandywine & Poconos Vacation will charm you with its history, art, antiques, mansions and gardens and a most unique brand of country casual hospitality when you visit the beautiful pastoral scenes of the Brandywine Valley. The valley offers you a taste of American aristocracy and their extravagant lifestyles. Here the DuPonts made their fortunes, built their mansions, and where three generations of Wyeths have lived and painted the landscapes and people of Chadds Ford. Visit Nemours Mansion, the seventy plus room home of Alfred DuPont featuring the Louis XVI style of architecture and Versailles-like gardens. You’ll also visit the famed Longwood Mansion and Gardens, home of Pierre DuPont. Here you’ll walk the beautiful Italianate gardens and enjoy the magnificent marble statuary and impressive fountains. Don’t miss the conservatory with acres of plants, including a room of orchids – sensory perfection.
Day trips are planned to Philadelphia to take in the historical sights of the “City of Brotherly Love,” as well as a visit to Hershey for a day of chocolate immersion, from museums to Chocolate World.
Upon leaving the Brandywine Valley your senses will be treated to spectacular waterfalls, sparkling lakes and rushing rivers as you approach your destination of the historic Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. From this luxury resort you will sojourn through the picturesque Pocono Mountains to the historic Victorian town of Jim Thorpe. Called the “Switzerland of America,” Jim Thorpe boasts quaint scenery, and fantastic architecture. While in Jim Thorpe you will tour the historic 1861 Asa Packer Mansion. Built by the founder of Lehigh University, the three story mansion is noted to be one of the best preserved Italianate Villa homes in the United States.
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|Deposit||$350 per person|
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|Vacation Pace||Moderately Active Pace|
|SAVE $100||Book by May 1st|
*Air departure from Indianapolis included; airfare pricing estimated and subject to change. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Cancellation policy: if travel insurance is not purchased, cancellation charges are: 121 days and earlier: full refund. 120 – 76 days prior to final payment $350 plus the cost of any non-refundable air tickets; 75 and less days prior to departure: no refund.
Day 1: Fly to Philly / Coach to the Brandywine Valley
Fly to Philadelphia and board our motor coach to the Brandywine Valley for 4 nights. The Desmond, Brandywine Valley
Day 2: DuPont Mansions
Today we will visit two fantastic DuPont mansions, both elegant estates in their own ways. First, we drive south into Delaware to tour the opulent Nemours mansion, former home of Alfred du Pont. Using his vast fortune from inventing smokeless gunpowder, Alfred built a classical French chateau country estate in 1910 and filled it with antiques, art and tapestries from the 1700’s. This afternoon, tour incredible Longwood Gardens, the former home of Pierre du Pont. Built between 1907-14, these formal French gardens are filled with fountains, water jets, greenhouses, and a Chime Tower. Return to your hotel and relax prior to your Get Acquainted dinner at a local restaurant. The Desmond, Brandywine Valley (B, D)
Day 3: Hershey / Amish Country
Today, visit the town chocolate built. Tour the Hershey Story, a museum dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of Milton Hershey. Then, enjoy a city tour and see all things Hershey, the 1933 Hershey Hotel, Milton Hershey School, Chocolate World and more. Next, motor to the Penn Dutch Country, home of the Amish and Mennonites. Enjoy a delicious Amish dinner, great tasting comfort food, served family style. The Desmond, Brandywine Valley (B, D)
Day 4: Day trip to Philadelphia
A short drive brings us to the City of Brotherly Love and one of the hotbeds of the American Revolution. Your narrated city tour will include all the highlights: Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, Ben Franklin Post Office, Liberty Bell, Elfreth’s Alley, Christ Church, Penn’s Landing, and the National Constitution Center. Enjoy an included lunch at historic, colonial City Tavern prior to returning to your hotel. The Desmond, Brandywine Valley (B, L)
Day 5: Brandywine to Poconos
This morning, drive orth through scenic Pennsylvania farmlands into the Lehigh River Valley, and the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Arrive outside Stroudsburg at our 1905 secluded riverfront inn for 2 nights. Fred Waring & his band broadcasted from this very hotel in the 1950’s. Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight. Shawnee Inn, Poconos (B, D)
Day 6: Poconos / Jim Thorpe
Take in the view on a circle drive thru the forested mountains of the Poconos. Witness the incredible fall foliage in October, and stop in the historic Victorian town of Jim Thorpe. Named for the American Indian star athlete and Olympic champion who is buried here, this quaint town is home to the famous 1861 Asa Packer mansion. Visit the world’s largest general store before returning to your hotel and relax prior to your Farewell Dinner together. Shawnee Inn, Poconos (B, D)
Day 7: Poconos / Newark / Fly Home
Depart to Nazareth, home of the famous Martin Guitar. Take a tour and learn about their six generations of history, and the musicians, like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, who preferred Martins. Then, coach across New Jersey for your return flight home. (B)
Lodging Note: Lodging available in our National Parks, small towns or remote areas may not be of the same quality as larger cities.