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Tours Description


City Tour

Sunday 22 July 2012, 08:00 – 12:00

USD 60 per person (including pick up and return to the Conference Centre, motor coach transportation, parking fees, admissions, English speaking guide and taxes)

Start the tour with the opportunity to take pictures of the White House and Capitol. Then depart on a driving tour of Embassy Row. Drive past the mansions on Massachusetts Ave., home to Embassies, associations, foundations and clubs. Drive by the Washington National Cathedral. Go inside and walk through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Drive by and see the National World War II Memorial from the coach. Stop and walk through the NEW Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial as well as the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. Enjoy a spectacular view of the Jefferson Memorial from the FDR Memorial. Stop and visit the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Park. Drive by the Air Force Memorial and the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue).

Stop and visit: Kennedy Center, Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Pentagon 9/11 Memorials
Drive by and see from the coach: Embassy Row, National Cathedral, National WWII, Air Force and Marine Corps War Memorials
See: Jefferson Memorial from the Roosevelt Memorial
Stop for a photo but see outside only: White House and Capitol

Meeting Point:
As indicated on the tour voucher

Meeting Time:
Saturday 21 July 2012, 13:45
Sunday 22 July 2012, 07:45



Neighborhoods of DC

Sunday 22 July 2012, 13:00 –17:00

USD 65 per person (including pick up and return to the Conference Centre, motor coach transportation, parking fees, admissions, English speaking guide and taxes)

Depart the conference center on a walking/driving tour of parts of Washington, D.C. neighborhoods, such as Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Greater U Street and Dupont Circle neighborhoods. The Guide will explain the history of each area and stop the coach to walk through parts of each neighborhood as time permits. Stop and visit of the African American Civil War Museum and Memorial. Drive down Pennsylvania Avenue and learn about the Inaugural Parade and Suffrage March. Drive by Ford’s Theatre, the site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, and see the alley where John Wilkes Booth escaped. Drive by Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office and the Willard Hotel. Walk through Lafayette Square and stop to take the opportunity of a picture of the White House.

Walk and/or drive through: Neighborhoods of Washington, D.C.
Go inside: African American Civil War Museum and Memorial
See the outside only: Ford’s Theatre, Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office, Willard Hotel, and White House
Walk through: Lafayette Park

Meeting Point:
As indicated on the tour voucher

Meeting Time:
Sunday 22 July 2012, 12:45



Capitol Hill

Monday 23 July 2012, 08:00 –12:00
Wednesday 25 July 2012, 08:00 –12:00

USD 65 per person (including pick up and return to the Conference Centre, motor coach transportation, parking fees, admissions, English speaking guide and taxes)

Visit the NEW Capitol Visitor’s Center. The Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) welcomes visitors to the seat of the American government. At nearly 580,000 square feet, the CVC is the largest project in the Capitol’s 215-year history and is approximately three quarters the size of the Capitol itself. You will also have the opportunity to visit the United States Library of Congress. Established by an act of Congress in 1800, The Library of Congress is the largest national library in the world with more than 100 million items, distributed in three buildings. You will then have the opportunity to visit The Supreme Court Building. Within the walls of this white marble monument the third branch of government exercises its mandate to protect and interpret the spirit of the Constitution. You will then walk outside The United States Capitol, the most recognized symbol of democratic government in the world, which has housed Congress since 1800 and is one of the most imposing public buildings in the world. The Capitol is where Congress meets to write the laws, and where presidents are inaugurated.

Go inside: Capitol Visitor’s Center, Library of Congress and Supreme Court Building
Possible inside visit or outside only: Capitol

Meeting Point:
As indicated on the tour voucher

Meeting Time:
Monday 23 July 2012, 07:45
Wednesday 25 July 2012, 07:45



Arlington Cemetery and Memorials

Monday 23 July 2012, 13:00 –18:00
Wednesday 25 July 2012, 13:00 –18:00

USD 75 per person (including pick up and return to the Conference Centre, motor coach transportation, parking fees, admissions, English speaking guide and taxes)

Visit The National World War II Memorial, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial, and The Korean War Veterans Memorial. Depart and drive by the Air Force Memorial and The Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue). Stop and get off the coach to visit the Arlington National Cemetery. No land in America is more sacred than this square mile. It is America’s shrine to valor and sacrifice. It is also the final resting place for President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward Moore (Ted) Kennedy, Audie Murphy, prizefighter Joe Louis, and thousands of soldiers from every major U.S. war. The Cemetery is the former plantation and home of Civil War General Robert E. Lee, Arlington House.

Stop and visit: National WWII, Vietnam, Lincoln, and Korean Veterans Memorials
Drive by: Air Force and Marine Corps War Memorials
Stop and visit: Arlington National Cemetery

Meeting Point:
As indicated on the tour voucher

Meeting Time:
Monday 23 July 2012, 12:45
Wednesday 25 July 2012, 12:45



Civil War to Civil Rights

Tuesday 24 July 2012, 08:00 – 12:00

USD 65 per person (including pick up and return to the Conference Centre, motor coach transportation, parking fees, admissions, English speaking guide and taxes)

Depart the conference center on a historic tour which focuses on Civil War to Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. Walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Walt Whitman, and other great Americans whose lives were intertwined with the history of the nation and its capital city. Stop and visit the NEW Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. Drive by the Willard Hotel as well as Freedom Plaza, honoring Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Then drive by Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. Drive by the site of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural ball, now the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Drive by the Ford’s Theatre, site of President Lincoln’s assassination, and see the alley where John Wilkes Booth made his escape. Drive down Pennsylvania Avenue, site of the 1913 suffrage march - the nation’s ceremonial main street, the inaugural route, President Lincoln’s funeral cortege, and a parade of victorious Union troops have all passed down this avenue. Drive by and see the outside only of the Asbury United Methodist Church - founded by free and slave men and women in 1836. By the Civil War, Asbury United was the largest African American church in Washington, D.C. Members include decedents of enslaved men and women who attempted to escape to freedom in 1848 aboard the Pearl. Stop and visit the National Building Museum, house of the Pension Branch which administered thousands of pensions owed to Civil War veteran’s widows and orphans. Walk through Freedom Park, which contains a piece of the Berlin Wall, a fallen statue of Stalin, a cast of the jail door from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s cell in Alabama, and more. Finally, visit the African American Civil War Museum. Walk across the street and stop at the African American Civil War Memorial. Drive by other landmarks such as Ben’s Chili Bowl, Whitelaw Hotel, Bohemian Caverns, and the Thurgood Marshall Center as your guide tells you more about their history and importance.

Stop and visit/ go inside: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, National Building Museum, African American Civil War Museum and Memorial
Walk through: Freedom Park
Drive by and see the outside only: Willard Hotel, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, National Portrait Gallery, Ford’s Theatre, Asbury United Methodist Church, Ben’s Chili Bowl, White law Hotel, Bohemian Caverns and Thurgood Marshall Center

Meeting Point:
As indicated on the tour voucher

Meeting Time:
Tuesday 24 July 2012, 07:45



Foodie Tour

Tuesday 24 July 2012, 13:00–17:30

USD 89 per person (including pick up and return to the Conference Centre, motor coach transportation, parking fees, admissions, English speaking guide and taxes)

First, you are invited to explore the world of sweet possibilities with the visit of the Schakolad Chocolate Factory. Schakolad is an internationally acclaimed brand for fresh, handmade European style chocolates. The signature chocolates are prepared with the finest ingredients and presented in the time-honored traditions of quality, artistry and innovation. At the end of each tour visitors receive a piece of chocolate. Next, visit Ben’s Chili Bowl, with its famous character and rich history curled up under its high-arched ceilings. Built in 1909, the building first housed a silent movie house, the Minnehaha Theater. Later, Harry Beckley, one of D.C.’s first black police detectives, converted it into a pool hall before the Ali’s bought it on 22 August 1958: Ben’s Chili Bowl was born during a time know as “Black Broadway.” Everyone will get to taste Ben’s Chili Bowl’s signature dish, the Bill Cosby’s Original Chili Half-Smoke (originally made famous by Ben’s in 1958 and a favorite of Mr. Cosby’s since the early 60’s): the 1/4lb. half pork and beef smoked sausage is put on a warm steamed bun and topped with mustard, onions and a spicy homemade chili sauce. Last but not least, visit Phillips Seafood, overlooking the Washington Channel on the Southwest Waterfront. Visitors will get to try Phillips’ signature mini crab cakes while enjoying the view of the Potomac river.

Stop and visit: Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Ben’s Chili Bowl and Phillips Flagship
Each person will be able to eat: A piece of chocolate, Half Smoke and Crab Cake

Meeting Point:
As indicated on the tour voucher

Meeting Time:
Tuesday 24 July 2012, 12:45



Mount Vernon and Alexandria

Friday 27 July 2012, 08:00 –12:30
Saturday 28 July, 08:00 – 12:30

USD 79 per person (including pick up and return to the Conference Centre, motor coach transportation, parking fees, admissions, English speaking guide and taxes)

Visit Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington. Guests will be able to go inside the house and the Ford Orientation Center, as well as Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center at Mount Vernon. Next, enjoy a walking tour of Old Town Alexandria. Browse the antique and specialty shops and boutiques that give Alexandria its quaint, small-town feel. You’ll understand why George Washington chose to live near this once-thriving seaport, years before he chose the site for the nation’s capital. Go inside Christ Church, a beautiful example of Georgian church architecture, dating from 1773. Silver plaques mark the pews of George Washington, who served as a vestryman, and of Robert E. Lee.
Disclaimer: Christ Church may close at any time without notice due to weddings/funerals for the members of the Parish.
See the outside only of Robert E. Lee’s Boyhood Home, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop, and Carlyle House and Historic Park. The guide will show other sites as time permits.

Visit and go inside: Mount Vernon, the Ford Orientation Center & Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, and Christ Church
See the outside only: Robert E. Lee’s Boyhood Home, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop, and Carlyle House and Historic Park

Meeting Point:
As indicated on the tour voucher

Meeting Time:
Friday 27 July 2012, 07:45
Saturday 28 July 2012, 07:45



Baltimore

Friday 27 July 2012, 13:00 –19:00

USD 79 per person (including pick up and return to the Conference Centre, motor coach transportation, parking fees, admissions and English speaking guide and taxes)

Enjoy a driving tour of Baltimore and its neighborhoods. One of America’s oldest cities, Baltimore grew up around its seaport. Its rich diversity of culture can be seen from the decks of historic ships, or on the streets surrounding the waterfront. Attractions ring the Waterfront promenade and are accessible either by foot or by water taxi. Stop and visit Ft. McHenry, the star-shaped fort was the site of the British naval bombardment during the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner. Drive through Baltimore’s neighborhoods as your guide tells you more about them: Fell’s Point, Little Italy, Mount Vernon Place Historic District, Federal Hill and see other sites. In the afternoon enjoy some free time at The Inner Harbor of Baltimore. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has been nationally acclaimed for its extraordinary waterfront development. Stroll through Harborplace, a twin glass pavilion, offering some of the finest shopping and food in the city. Free time is allocated for shopping and visiting attractions on your own.

Drive through: Neighborhoods of Baltimore
Stop and go inside: Fort McHenry
Free time: Inner Harbor to visit e.g. the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center’s, the Baltimore Maritime Museum, the Sevenfoot Knoll Lighthouse, the Gallery at Harborplace, or the USS Constellation along Pier 1. Admission/entrance fees are not included

Meeting Point:
As indicated on the tour voucher

Meeting Time:
Friday 27 July 2012, 12:45



Evening Monumental Tour

Monday 23 July 2012, 19:00 –22:00
Thursday 26 July 2012, 19:00 –22:00

USD 60 per person (including pick up and return to the Conference Centre, motor coach transportation, parking fees, admissions and English speaking guide and taxes)

Drive by the White House, Capitol, Washington Monument, The National World War II Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial, Air Force Memorial, and The Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue). Stop at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Park, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The NEW Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial, and The Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. Enjoy a spectacular view of The Jefferson Memorial from the FDR Memorial.

Meeting Point:
As indicated on the tour voucher

Meeting Time:
Monday 23 July 2012, 18:45
Thursday 26 July 2012, 18:45



Day Tour Annapolis and Baltimore

Thursday 26 July 2012, 08:00 – 19:00

USD 159 per person (including pick up and return to the Conference Centre, motor coach transportation, parking fees, 1 lunch cruise, admissions and English speaking guide and taxes)

Enjoy a walking tour of Annapolis, Maryland’s Capital city and home to more surviving Colonial buildings than any other place in the country. You can still walk through the streets colonists designed and be sure to take in the view from the foot of City Dock.
Comfortable shoes are a must – this is a six block walking tour.

Visit the Maryland State House, the oldest U.S. State House in continuous legislative use. In the restored Old Senate Chamber, George Washington resigned his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and the Treaty of Paris was ratified ending the Revolutionary War. Exhibits depict life in Annapolis in colonial times. Visit the U.S. Naval Academy (mainly outside walking tour of the campus but some inside stops will be included). While walking the scenic grounds of the United States Naval Academy, known as the Yard, the contrasts in architecture reflect the long and colorful history of the academy. On this National Historic Site, the academy’s tree-shaded monuments commemorate the courageous graduates and their contributions to naval history. Echoes of marching midshipmen from the 1800’s still resound through the steps of new students. Located beneath the chapel is the crypt of John Paul Jones, naval hero of the American Revolution, whose battle cry “I have not yet begun to fight” has become a part of U.S. Naval tradition.
All persons 16 years and older going on the tour must bring picture identification to enter the Naval Academy and the Maryland State House. There are no exceptions.

For lunch you will dine and enjoy entertainment aboard the Spirit of Baltimore. Cruise Baltimore's Inner Harbor for a unique tour out on the water, with its bountiful buffets, lively performances from their talented staff, festive decor, vibrant ambience and of course spectacular views of Baltimore's historic Inner Harbor. In the afternoon you will visit Ft. McHenry. This late 18th century star-shaped fort is world famous as the birthplace of the United States' national anthem. It was also the site of the British naval bombardment during the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner.” Afterwards enjoy some free time at The Inner Harbor of Baltimore. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has been nationally acclaimed for its extraordinary waterfront development. Stroll through Harborplace, a twin glass pavilion, offering some of the finest shopping and food in the city. Free time is allocated for shopping and visiting attractions on your own.

Walking tour of Annapolis: Historic downtown area and the Naval Academy
Visit and go inside: The Maryland State House and Fort McHenry
Lunch cruise: On the Spirit of Baltimore
Free time: Inner Harbor to visit e.g. the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center’s, the Baltimore Maritime Museum, the Sevenfoot Knoll Lighthouse, the Gallery at Harborplace, or the USS Constellation along Pier 1. Admission/entrance fees are not included

Meeting Point:
As indicated on the tour voucher

Meeting Time:
Thursday 26 July 2012, 07:45



Two day Post-Conference Tour: New York

Saturday 28 July 2012 - Sunday, 29 July 2012

USD 680 per person in a single room, USD 539 per person in a double room, including:


NEW YORK - DAY 1

7:30     Meeting at the Conference Centre; you will be guided to the motor coach.

12:30     Arrive in New York. Check in for a sightseeing cruise.

13:00     Depart on a 75 minute sightseeing cruise. Hear about the majestic Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the historic immigration center, and the World Financial Center. Stare up at the awesome skyscrapers that make our fabulous skyline come alive. A gourmet boxed lunch will be served while on tour.

14:15     Dock

14:30     Depart on a tour of Manhattan.    
  • Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United.
  • See St. Paul’s Chapel and Trinity Church (exterior only).
  • Enjoy a driving tour of the Financial District including Wall Street.
  • See the Charging Bull, sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull.
  • Enjoy a driving tour of Chinatown, SoHo, Little Italy and more.
  • Visit the National September 11 Memorial, a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.
    Note: the memorial requires timed entry tickets to visit the site. Tickets are pending availability at time of contracting.


18:30     Enjoy family-style dinner at La Mela Ristorante, NYC.

20:00     Depart.

20:30     Check-in at a 4 star hotel downtown.


NEW YORK - DAY 2

7:00     Enjoy breakfast prior to checking out.

8:00     Depart with GUIDE.

8:30     Visit New York's famous Empire State Building.

9:30     Depart and stop for a photo opportunity at the Visitor’s Plaza of The United Nations Building; the site of some of the most significant events in recent history, from the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 to the unprecedented Millennium Summit in September 2000 that brought together about 150 heads of State and Government.

Enjoy a tour of Harlem.
  • See the Duke Ellington monument which depicts the composer, pianist and bandleader standing beside a concert grand, supported by nine latter-day caryatid figures.
  • See the Apollo theatre (exterior)
  • See the Big Apple Jazz Center (exterior)
  • See the Lafayette Theatre where legends like Bill “Bogangles” Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers used to perform.
  • See the Harlem Market.
  • See The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (exterior)-, a national research library devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.
  • See the Cotton Club (exterior).
Midday: Enjoy a soul food lunch served family style at one of Harlem’s popular restaurants.

13:30     Depart and enjoy a driving/walking tour of the most famous city park in America, Central Park, covering 6% of Manhattan.

15:00     Depart

20:00     Return to Washington, D.C.


Meeting point:
As indicated on the tours voucher

Meeting Time:
Saturday 28 July 2012, 07:30