Responding to strong travel demand -and after selling out its inaugural Washington, DC-based Civil War event in just 10 days last year - Tauck reports it is repeating the event this spring and adding a second date in the fall.
This year’s events will begin on May 20 and October 14, and like last year’s event, they will feature an itinerary crafted in cooperation with Ken Burns, Tauck says. The acclaimed filmmaker will once again present the events’ keynote address, and attending guests will have the chance to personally meet Burns.
Tauck notes that Burns’s groundbreaking film, “The Civil War,” has been honored with more than 40 major film and television awards. It remains the highest rated and the most celebrated documentary in the history of public television.
Coinciding with the ongoing 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Tauck/Ken Burns events will be highlighted by Tauck-exclusive experiences, including private access at a number of historic venues.
Each full day of the event will examine a different facet of the Civil War, with attendees splitting into groups of just 15 to 30 to experience a series of private, interactive guided sightseeing modules related to that day’s theme.
Themes to be explored on selected days include “The Meaning of Freedom,” which probes the role of slavery leading up to and through the Civil War in special visits to the Frederick Douglass House and the African-American Museum of the Civil War, and on a walking tour of historic U. Street.
Other themes include “Lincoln’s War,” which examines the 16th president’s remarkable leadership, complex personality and enduring legacy in private tours of Ford’s Theatre, the Library of Congress, and Lincoln’s newly-opened “summer cottage.”
“The Civil War was the central event in America’s history, and as we noted in our film, it was literally fought in ten thousand places from Vermont to New Mexico,” said Burns. “But as far-flung as the war’s physical geography was, the center of the action before, during and after the war was our nation’s capital. There’s simply nowhere else you can so thoroughly and so efficiently explore the places, the people and the events that shaped the Civil War.”
Pricing for the two events is from $3,990 per-person, double occupancy, plus air, Tauck reports. Included in the price are airport transfers, most meals, admission to all sites and attractions, local guides, ground transportation, all evening programs and entertainment, taxes, luggage handling and more.
Guests can select lodging from three historic five-star hotel properties in Washington, DC, including the Willard Intercontinental, which hosted both Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant in the 1860s. Other choices for accommodations include the St. Regis and the Hay-Adams.