April 30–May 4, 2019 (Tuesday–Saturday)
Join PRESTONWOOD in
Attend the Prestonwood Worship Choir Concert at Constitution Hall
Visit the Amazing New Museum of the Bible
Tour the Jefferson, Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials
Tour the Washington Monument and National Cathedral
Visit Mount Vernon
Enjoy a Lunch Cruise on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and more!
DALLAS – WASHINGTON, D.C. – ARLINGTON
Tuesday, April 30
Scheduled departure from DFW Airport
is at 8:55 a.m. for our nonstop flight to Washington National Airport. Following our scheduled 1:00 p.m. arrival, we’ll claim our luggage, meet our expert guide and driver, and board our private motor coach to Arlington National Cemetery. There, we will visit the Iwo Jima Memorial and the burial sites of John F. Kennedy and John J. Pershing. We will view the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Women in Military Service Memorial.
After a busy afternoon, we’ll check in to our first-class hotel located in nearby Arlington. Our Welcome Dinner is at the hotel this evening.
An optional show “Into the Woods” is available at Ford’s Theater @ 7:30 p.m. after dinner (on your own; tickets run $28 to $64).
Museum of the Bible
Wednesday, May 1
Following breakfast at our hotel, we will visit the Museum of the Bible, a 430,000-sq.-ft. building located just two blocks from the National Mall and three blocks from the Capitol. Opened in November 2017 at a cost of $500 million, the Museum of the Bible documents the narrative, history and impact of the Bible. The Museum of the Bible is an unparalleled experience, using cutting-edge technology to bring the Bible to life. It spans time, space and cultures, inviting everyone to engage with the Bible. With three permanent sections and space for temporary exhibits, there is always something new to explore.
This afternoon you will have a choice to spend more time at the Museum of the Bible or to go with our guide to visit the Capitol and view the White House. Afterward, we will visit the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and World War II Memorial in addition to the Vietnam and Korean memorials.
Dinner is at the hotel this evening. After dinner, an incredible “illumination tour” of Washington, D.C., tops off this exciting day as we see the memorials and monuments, the Capitol and the White House, bathed in floodlights.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – BALTIMORE
Inner Harbor – Lunch Cruise – Fort McHenry – Church of the Harbor
Community Hymn Sing – Evening Cookout
Thursday, May 2
After breakfast at our hotel, we drive south to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, home to the Top of the World Observation Level that offers sweeping views of the city; a collection of historic warships is docked below. The Inner Harbor is also home to many attractions, hotels, restaurants and shops. Then we’ll enjoy a real highlight of our trip—a lunch cruise aboard the Spirit of Baltimore. Our two-hour cruise along the Patapsco River includes incredible views of Baltimore’s historic waterfront while enjoying a lunch buffet with freshly prepared entrées, salads and desserts, and unlimited beverages.
This afternoon we’ll visit Fort McHenry, primarily known for the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812, when American troops stopped a British invasion. The battle inspired Francis Scott Key to pen what would become our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” originally titled “Defence of Fort McHenry.” During the Civil War, the fort served as a military prison.
Later, we will drive to the Church of the Harbor, located in Essex, Md., one of the churches in the Prestonwood Network. We will assist Pastor Jeff Belcher and the church in offering a community-wide Hymn Sing for senior adults, followed by an evening cookout.
Mount Vernon – Constitution Hall
Friday, May 3
After breakfast at our hotel, we will board our motor coach and ride a short distance south to Mount Vernon. No tour of colonial America is complete without a stop at Mount Vernon, the expansive estate of George and Martha Washington. Visit the new Ford Orientation Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum where you will have the chance to experience Washington’s life through movies and exhibitions. Explore his mansion filled with 18th-century treasures and stroll the gardens of this 45-acre estate, taking in the views of the Potomac River from the mansion’s piazza. As we depart Mount Vernon, we will drive through Old Town Alexandria prior to attending the Prestonwood Worship Choir concert at Constitution Hall. Dinner is on your own this evening.
National Cathedral – Smithsonian Institution – Union Station
Saturday, May 4
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the National Cathedral, then enjoy free time and lunch at Union Station prior to spending the afternoon at the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex and research organization. Composed of 16 museums, the exhibits of the Smithsonian offer visitors a glimpse into its vast collection. Numbering more than 142 million objects, the complex includes the Air & Space Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian. Some of the famous exhibitions include Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis and the command module from Apollo 11. Then we transfer to Baltimore’s BWI Airport for our evening nonstop flight back to Dallas-Fort Worth (flight itinerary, 7:05–9:25 p.m.).
TOUR PRICE DETAILS
Total trip price – $1,645 per person (based on double occupancy)
Single Supplement – $440
Initial Deposit – $400 per person (due at signup)
Final Payment – $1,245 per person (due by March 1, 2019)
Nonstop air from DFW to DCA and BWI to DFW (American Airlines)
Four nights first-class hotel accommodation
Private deluxe charter motor coach with professional driver daily
Entertainment as specifically noted in the itinerary
Buffet breakfast daily (4)
Lunch Cruise (1)
Private round-trip transfers from airport to hotel
All touring, sightseeing and entrances as specifically noted in the itinerary
Baggage handling at hotel
Air taxes, hotel tax and fuel surcharges
Driver and guide gratuities are at each traveler’s voluntary discretion.
(Suggested – $5 tip per day for driver; $3 per half-day for guide)
GROUP AIR ITINERARY
AA 2695 TUE 30APR DFWDCA 855A 1259P
AA 1185 SAT 04MAY BWIDFW 705P 925P
91 days or more before departure – No penalty
90 days to 61 days – $400 penalty (deposit amount)
60 days to 35 days – $800 penalty
34 days or less before departure – No Refund
Because of the strict cancellation penalties relating to our trip, we recommend that you consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance. Check with your insurance agent for advice. You can also go online and purchase trip cancellation insurance through Insuremytrip.com
ABRAMS TRAVEL & TOURS – TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This agreement contains the terms and conditions by which, Abrams Travel & Tours, in consideration of a Participant’s payment, agrees to provide a custom group tour during the dates of April 30–May 4, 2019. Details, inclusions and tour descriptions of the trip are noted in the trip brochure above.
RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY: Abrams Travel & Tours (Tour Operator) agrees to arrange for all of the services and accommodations offered in connection with the tour itinerary described above. The Tour Operator and/or its agents act only in the capacity as an agent for the passenger(s) in all matters connected with hotels, sightseeing tours and transportation, whether by motor coach, aircraft or any other means; and is not liable for any damage from any cause. The Tour Operator and/or its agents are not responsible for any damage, expense or inconvenience caused by late departures, change of schedule, strikes or other conditions. The Tour Operator is not liable for any wrongful, negligent, or unauthorized acts or omissions of any travel personnel or representative handling the tour. The Tour Operator cannot be held responsible for errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. The Tour Operator does not own or operate, nor is an agent for any of the suppliers which will provide goods and services for the trip or for any option which may be available in connection with the trip and the Tour Operator has not priced the trip to allow the Tour Operator to guarantee against failure of any such suppliers. Accordingly, Participants agree to seek remedies directly with the supplier and not hold the Tour Operator liable, in the absence of its negligence, for any loss, injury, delay or expense which results directly or indirectly from any action or omission, whether negligent, criminal or otherwise, of any entity providing goods or services for the trip or any available option (e.g., without limitation, the quality of services, cleanliness of a hotel, hotel overbooking or any flight delay). Participants also agree not to hold Tour Operator liable for circumstances beyond its control (e.g., force majeure).
Participants acknowledge that neither the Tour Operator nor its agents have made any representation or promises with respect to the tour described herein except as expressly set forth in the tour literature.
Abrams Travel & Tours WILL NOT BE responsible for: (a) flight schedule changes, mechanical breakdowns, government actions, weather, acts of God, acts of war or aggression, whether declared or undeclared, hijackings, or other circumstances beyond its control, including flights that may be missed as a result thereof; (b) the failure to follow instructions, including but not limited to check-in and check-out times and baggage handling; and, (c) charges incurred relating to single room requirements either by the passengers themselves or their assigned roommates. Payment of the deposit or any partial or full payment for a reservation constitutes consent to all provisions listed in this brochure. Passengers do have a right to cancel their reservation under strict conditions. The Trip Cancellation and Refund Policy is noted in the trip brochure above.
HOTELS, ACCOMMODATIONS & TRANSPORTATION
The Tour Operator reserves the right to substitute other hotels than those listed on the itinerary pages. If a change becomes necessary for any reason, including alternate hotels for additional departures on the same date, or hotel location changes within or outside itinerary cities, the hotel substituted will be of equivalent quality to those shown. No refunds are provided for hotel changes; full cancellation penalties, as noted above, apply.
If you miss part of a tour, claims for refunds should be made within 10 days of the tour’s end and must be verified by the Tour Leader. Refunds cannot be made for unused transportation involving group tickets, events not attended, motor coaches, or for sightseeing and meals not taken. Refunds for unused hotel accommodations are at the discretion of the hotel. All refunds are based on the actual cost of service not used are not on a per day basis.
The Tour Operator contracts both twin-bedded rooms and double-bedded rooms with each hotel. Bedding types may be requested but are never guaranteed since the hotel has the final say. Single supplements ensure your own room, not necessarily a twin or double-bedded room.
LUGGAGE: Due to space limitations, each passenger is limited to one piece of checked luggage
(50 pounds max) plus one personal item small enough to be placed under an airline seat and above a motor coach seat. Luggage travels at the risk of the Participant and luggage insurance is recommended for those who are concerned.