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Spring 2015

Northeast United States Trip

May 17-27, 2015
Join us as we take a guided tour of historic sites with plenty of free time in Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, & NYC! 

For More Information Contact : Megan O'Neill  619.849.2923 | MeganOneill@pointloma.edu

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Trip Itinerary

Sunday, May 17: Arrival in Washington DC

Welcome to the nation’s capitol! Individual shuttle transfers from the airport (Reagan National-DCA or Washington Dulles-IAD) to your hotel are included. The afternoon is free to relax or explore the city. This evening, meet your Tour Director and enjoy a WELCOME DINNER at a local restaurant. After dinner enjoy marvelous nighttime views of the nation’s capitol during your ILLUMINATION TOUR of the monuments and memorials from the comfort of our air conditioned coach. (D)

Monday, May 18: Washington DC

This morning’s sightseeing features many of Washington DC’s famous landmarks, including the LINCOLN, VIETNAM, KOREAN, and WORLD WAR II Memorials. Free time at the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION to explore the world’s largest museum complex: National Air & Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Museum of American History or National Museum of the American Indian. (B)

Tuesday, May 19: Washington DC

Begin the day with a visit to the Capitol. We will then travel to Frederick Douglass’ Home. In the evening, enjoy a play at FORD’S THEATRE or a concert at the KENNEDY CENTER. (B)

Wednesday, May 20: Washington DC - Gettysburg

Today’s excursion will be to MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD National Park. Chief Historian of the U.S. National Park Service and PLNU alumnus, Bob Sutton ('68), will lead our tour of this important Civil War battlefield. Overnight in Gettysburg. (B)

Thursday, May 21: Gettysburg

This tiny town was the site of the most cataclysmic battle in the Civil War. Bob Sutton will again be on hand as you recieve an introduction to life as a soldier during the Civil War, at the Farnsworth House. Visit Gettysburg's new Visitor Center. View the 22-minute introductory film, narrated by Morgan Freeman, and visit the cyclorama, a unique experience featuring a 360-degree painting of the battle's third day, narrated by Marcia Gay Harden. The Visitor Center also has a comprehensive museum that explores the time leading up to the battle of Gettysburg, the battle itself, and the long-lasting effects on the town of Gettysburg long after the war concluded in 1865. The day includes a tour of GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK. This evening, enjoy a Colonial-style candlelight dinner at the elegant DOBBIN HOUSE, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (B,D)

Friday, May 22: Gettysburg - Philadelphia

Depart Gettysburg this morning and travel to the "City of Brotherly Love." Upon arrival we’ll visit the unique READING TERMINAL MARKET. Enjoy a tour of this vibrant market and learn the story behind cheesesteaks, hoagies, pretzels, and other Philly food favorites. Afternoon sightseeing focuses on this historic city, the "Birthplace of the Nation." Visit the LIBERTY BELL and INDEPENDENCE HALL. This evening’s dinner will be at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Saturday, May 23: Philadelphia – Boston

This morning we travel north to Boston - the "Cradle of American Liberty" and one of the oldest cities in the U.S., where you’ll find cobblestone streets and historic sites nestled among world-class restaurants, shops, and cafés. En route today you will see Harvard University. (B)

Sunday, May 24: Boston

A full day at leisure to explore Boston with Ben Cater ('02), PLNU alumnus and Assistant Professor of History at Eastern Nazarene College, who will give us a tour of historic sites this morning. Free time all afternoon and evening.(B)

Monday, May 25: Boston – New York

Depart Boston and head south to the "Big Apple." New York has so much to offer, from the glittering lights of Broadway to the serenity of the Cloisters. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure. Your Tour Director will have plenty of suggestions for dining, sightseeing, and shopping. (B)

Tuesday, May 26: New York

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city’s most famous sights: Times Square, Greenwich Village, the Financial District, Chinatown and the 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial. Tonight, enjoy a DINNER together to celebrate the success of your trip, followed by an unforgettable BROADWAY PERFORMANCE. (B,D)

Wednesday, May 27: New York – Depart for home

Your tour ends today with individual transfers to the airport (LaGuardia-LGA, Joh F Kennedy-JFK or Newark-EWR) based on flight times. (B) Note: For those who opt to stay the day in New York City, hotel check out time is 11am. Bags can generally be stored for the day with the bell desk. If travelers wish a late check-out this can be requested but not guaranteed.

Detail Information

Hotels:

  • Washington DC - Doubletree Downtown DC
  • Gettysburg - Quality Inn Gettysburg
  • Philadelphia - Hampton Inn Philadelphia
  • Boston - Comfort Inn Boston
  • New York - Holiday Inn Express Manhattan West Side

Airport Transfers

  • Arrival transfers can be provided from these airports in DC: Reagan National (DCA) or Washington Dulles (IAD)
  • Departure transfers can be provided to the following airports in NYC: LaGuardia (LGA), John F Kennedy (JFK) or Newark (EWR)

Meals:

  • 10 Breakfasts (B)
  • 4 Dinners (D)

Sightseeing:

  • Sightseeing with a Tour Director or Local Guide, inside visits and special features shown in UPPERCASE
  • Arrival transfers can be provided from the following airports: Reagan National (DCA), Washington Dulles (IAD)
  • Departure transfers can be provided to the following airports: LaGuardia (LGA), John F. Kennedy International (JFK), Newark (EWR)

Pricing

Per person price based on double occupancy: $2570 per person
Price includes land tour, sightseeing, meals and accommodations as detailed in the itinerary and the services of a professional Tour Director.
Single Supplement: $994
Triple Reduction: $242

Travel Protection is available for $209 per person. The Travel Protection Plan allows you to cancel your vacation up to 24
hours (or the prior business day, whichever is farther out) before the scheduled departure FOR ANY REASON. Under this
Travel Protection Plan Benefit, Cosmos will reimburse the cancellation penalty amount in travel certificates, minus the plan
cost. Additional terms may apply. Cancelling for a covered reason will result in a cash refund, based on the cancellation
penalties at the time of cancellation, minus insurance premiums.
*Travel Protection rate is based on the land cost of the tour. Rate may vary with additional land services i.e. single
supplements and cabin upgrades.

Cancellations and Cancellation Fees
(If cancellation is received by Cosmos)
119 – 65 days prior to departure: $250 per person cancelled
64 - 22 days prior to departure: 20% of total price
21 - 8 days prior to departure: 30% of total price
7 - 1 days prior to departure: 50% of total price
On departure day and later: 100% of total price

Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including accommodations, independently supplied services
and optional excursions, reserved prior to, during and after the tour.

Terms & Conditions: Please refer to the Cosmos United States and Canada Brochure or visit our web site at
www.cosmos.com for a complete list of all Terms and Conditions that may apply to this tour. Payment of the deposit to
Globus constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Dates, prices and itineraries are subject to change

Tour Code: BJGM 50517

Deposit: $300 per person by January 7, 2015
With travel protection: $509 per person

Please make check payable to PLNU.
Final payment due: March 2, 2015


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Past Trip Information

In May, 2012, PLNU alumni and friends visited the Iberian Peninsula on a wonderful trip through Spain & Portugal.  We crossed the rugged Sierra de Guadarrama, were captivated by the majestic scenery of the Serra da Estrela mountain range, and visited Jeronimos Monastery with the tomb of Vasco da Gama.  See photos on our album on Flickr.

 In May, 2011, PLNU alumni and friends went on a great trip to New York City where they stayed at the phenomenal Millenium Broadway Hotel, watched the Broadway musical Wicked, enjoyed fine dining, and visited many sites including the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, and others!  For more photos, check out our album on Flickr.

Stay tuned for updates on our next trip where you can satiate your craving for travel and catch up with other alumni!