Perfectly Pink Perspectives of our Nation's Capital
Venue: Washington, D.C.
COST: $1,039 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes motorcoach transportation, hostess service, 3 Breakfast Buffets, 1 Lunch, 1 Welcome Reception, 2 Dinners, Free Time at the National Museum of American History, Pink Cocktail Receptions with a Signature Pink Drink and hors d’oeuvres, Visit to many of the most iconic memorials in Washington, D.C., Visit to the White House Visitor Center, Drive by of Embassy Row, Guided Tour of the Washington National Cathedral, Visit to Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Admission and Tour of the Artechouse Museum, Illuminated Monument Driving Tour, including a walk-through of the Kennedy Center, Premier Grandstand seating for the Cherry Blossom Parade, Pink Party Exclusive dinner cruise aboard the Odyssey III, Pink Stroll and Photo Opportunity along the Tidal Basin to see the Memorials and Cherry Blossom Trees, Guided Tram Tour of Arlington National Cemetery, 3 Night’s Lodging at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Roundtrip Luggage Service, and all meal, hotel and local guide gratuities.
Triple: $989 pp; Quad $939 pp; Single $1,289 pp
A $200 deposit is due within 3 weeks of making reservations.
Final balance due by February 24, 2022.
Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.
Thursday, April 7
- Depart from Wellsboro, with available pickups: Mansfield, Blossburg, Liberty, Williamsport
- LUNCH is included at a popular restaurant in Gettysburg.
- Arrive in WASHINGTON, DC
- Visit the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY. View the Museum of American History’s complete make-over and renovation! Browse through the state-of-the-art gallery that offers a spectacular view of the Star Spangled Banner and view the exhibits that top the list of must-sees for any visitor with a taste for true Americana. See the First Ladies’ inaugural gowns, quilts, cars, locomotives and much, much more.
- Depart for the GAYLORD NATIONAL RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER. After checking in, celebrate the Cherry Blossom Season with a PINK COCKTAIL RECEPTION with Signature Pink Drinks and hors d’oeuvres at POSE, the Gaylord’s upscale roof-top lounge over-looking the Potomac River while your luggage is delivered to your room. Here, you’ll receive your keepsake Cherry Blossom 2021 Pin and be greeted by Miss Sherry Cherry, passing out chocolate covered cherries; and Miss Cherry Blossom herself, complete with tiara and sash; also in attendance will be Floyd the Fancy Flamingo, always good for a hilarious joke; as well as live musical entertainment!
- After the reception, enjoy plenty of FREE TIME this evening for dinner on your own, explore the resort, and the National Harbor. Or take a free shuttle to Tanger Outlets for some shopping or to the MGM Grand Casino to try your luck on the slots!
Friday, April 8
- BREAKFAST is included at the hotel.
- Depart with our LOCAL TOUR GUIDE for the day.
- Visit the DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER MEMORIAL. Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the memorial encapsulates Eisenhower's legacy in a four-acre urban park at the base of Capitol Hill. The memorial features a one-of-a-kind stainless-steel tapestry depicting beaches of D-Day, heroic-sized bronze sculptures, and stone bas reliefs.
- Depart for the WHITE HOUSE VISITOR’S CENTER. Visitors can explore an interactive touchscreen tour of the White House, view over 90 artifacts from the White House collection, shop at the White House Historical Association retail store, and view the 14-minute film, "White House: Reflections From Within."
- Stop for a PHOTO OPPORTUNITY of the WHITE HOUSE!
- Enjoy lunch on your own at the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SOUTH BUILDING.
- Depart and drive EMBASSY ROW. After the Civil War, the powerful and socially elite built large mansions along Massachusetts Avenue. After the Great Depression, many of the families who built these homes went broke. Today, the area is known as Embassy Row.
- Arrive for a tour at the WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL. Standing higher than the Washington Monument, it is the sixth largest church in the world. This 14th-Century-style Gothic wonder is situated on 57 acres and took 83 years to build.
- Depart for the HILLWOOD ESTATE, MUSEUM AND GARDENS. The mansion is the former home of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and features one of the most comprehensive collections of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian Imperial art outside of Russia, as well as an extensive collection of eighteenth-century French decorative arts. SPECIAL NOTE: Garden Tours are not available until late April.
- Visit and tour ARTECHOUSE. With a mission to inspire, educate, and empower the creation of new, experiential, and exploratory art form, this museum connects audiences to the arts, and stimulates interest in the limitless possibilities of technology, science and creativity.
- DINNER is included at the CEDAR RESTAURANT. A hidden gem in Penn Quarter that recreates the fresh-air feeling from enjoying nature’s wild beauty, Cedar serves up a contemporary take on country fare.
- Depart and continue on with an ILLUMINATED MONUMENT DRIVING TOUR. Washington’s grand buildings, memorials, and monuments sparkle and are impressive during the day; but in the evenings they are illuminated, soft, focusing the solid stones and bronzes; fountains and water features shimmer in reflection; shadows darken highlighting the floodlit detail. Impressive during the day – stunning at night!
- Walk through of the KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. Two months after President Kennedy's assassination in November 1963, Congress designated the National Cultural Center as a "living memorial" to Kennedy, and authorized $23 million to help build what was now known as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
- Stop at THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL, THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL, AND THE KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL. Following that, drive by THE MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL (IWO JIMA STATUE), THE AIR FORCE MEMORIAL, THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT AND THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL.
- Return to the hotel for the evening.
Saturday, April 9
- BREAKFAST is included at the hotel.
- Depart with your LOCAL TOUR GUIDE for the day.
- Arrive and take your seats for the CHERRY BLOSSOM PARADE with PINK POM POMS to cheer on your favorite entertainers! The Parade is the largest public event of the festival and combines some of the festival’s best entertainment into one spectacular show!
- Enjoy lunch on you own in the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY CAFÉ or one of the many restaurants in PENN QUARTER.
- Visit the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY. The gallery tells the diverse story of America through leaders, rebels, artists, entrepreneurs, and other prominent personalities who shaped our culture
- Depart for the ODYSSEY III CRUISE SHIP from the GANGPLANK MARINA. Appropriate dress is business casual attire. No jeans, shorts, tank tops, halter-tops, gym shoes or flip flops are permitted on the Odyssey.
- Enjoy a CHERRY BLOSSOM CRUISE on the Potomac. On board, enjoy a welcome SIGNATURE PINK DRINK, a NARRATIVE CRUISE of the sites along the river, dancing to a LIVE BAND, and a delicious MEAL! Get Your Bloom On! WEAR PINK today to help make this cruise especially festive. There will be prizes for “Best Dressed in Pink.”
- Arrive back at the dock and disembark on a TIDAL BASIN STROLL, including:
- Photo opportunity among the JAPANESE CHERRY TREES along the Tidal Basin.
- Stops at THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. NATIONAL MEMORIAL, THE FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL, and THE JEFFERSON MEMORIAL
- Depart and return to the hotel for the evening.
Sunday, April 10
- BREAKFAST is included at the hotel prior to checking out.
- Depart for ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY for a GUIDED TRAM TOUR. No land in America is more sacred than this square mile. It is America’s shrine to valor and sacrifice. This is 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. Witness the Changing of the Guard, which occurs every half hour during their busy season.
- Depart. Lunch and rest breaks made en route.
- Return home, with breathtaking memories of your Cherry Blossom Festival vacation!
PLEASE NOTE: All trips and itineraries are subject to change, pending the effects of COVID-19.
- From Thursday, 07 April 2022 to Sunday, 10 April 2022