Holiday Tour featuring Brandywine and Philadelphia

December 2-3, 2014

 Trip Highlights

No other place evokes charming images of Currier & Ives more than the Brandywine Valley. Our trip will give you inspiration for special holiday ideas and memories of glorious lights, flower arrangements, and unusual decorations, as we visit Winterthur and Longwood Gardens. The second part of our trip features a tour of the Barnes Foundation, home to the world renowned art collection. Our last stop is Historic Strawberry Mansion in Fairmount Park Philadelphia.

Full payment required with reservation.

Detailed Descriptions

Day 1. Tuesday, December 2

Our coach makes 2 stops; 8:00 at the New Haven RR station and 8:30 at the Westport I95 exit 18 commuter lot where public parking is available.  We arrive at Winterthur, founded by Henry Francis du Pont. Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best. Yuletide at Winterthur has been a tradition for 25 years. You’ll marvel at the annual displays of holiday trees, greenery and flowers as you stroll through a showcase of exquisite rooms dressed with rural and urban settings from the 18th through the 20th century.

An additional treat is in store at Winterthur as we will have the chance to see “Costumes of Downton Abbey” an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Forty historically inspired costumes from the television show are displayed and supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur so visitors have the chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey® and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century.


We will enjoy dinner as a group en-route to our second destination

Next we marvel at  the holiday wonderland at Longwood Gardens. Thousands of poinsettias, towering Christmas trees and fragrant flowers fill the Conservatory’s crystal palace. 400,000 lights glow from outdoor beds in the shape of anemones, azaleas, hyacinths, lilacs, and roses, and  huge snowflakes made of lights appear to fall like stars from the skies, and many-colored lights glow in the trees.  We spend the night at the Hilton garden Inn at Kennett Square central to all our stops.


Day 2. Wednesday December 3  

Today we head to Philadelphia to tour the new home of The Barnes Foundation which was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922. The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin and Maurice Prendergast, Old Master paintings, important examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, American paintings and decorative arts and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia.

We lunch in Philadelphia

Our last stop is Historic Strawberry Mansion which is celebrated as the largest of the Fairmount Park Historic Houses filled with antiques, fine art, and collectible treasures from the 18th and 19th century. Part of a cluster of historic homes in the park, Strawberry Mansion will be fully decorated for the season and we will have an up close glimpse at one of the places our Founding Fathers visited during the early years of our country.


We return to Connecticut in the early evening.


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Notes & Pricing

This engaging experience includes:

  • Roundtrip motor coach transportation
  • 1 night hotel
  • 1 breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • Entrances to the attractions. 


Per person (double occupancy) $ 399

Single Supplement $ 75


Price based on a minimum of 30 people. 




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