DAY 1: June 12, 2022
Welcome to Detroit
On arrival to Detroit airport, be transferred as a group to your hotel. (Private transfers available at a supplement). Enjoy free time to start exploring and perhaps visit the Charles H. Wright Museum, housing the world’s largest permanent exhibit on African-American culture; and/or the Ford Museum's "With Liberty and Justice for All", where you may explore the proud and often painful evolution of American freedom, from the Revolutionary War through the struggle for civil rights, in this ground-breaking exhibit. This afternoon, join your Travel Director for an orientation of the city before heading to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner.
Meal: Welcome Dinner with wine
Hotel: MGM Grand Detroit or similar
DAY 2: June 13, 2022
Underground Railroad Living Museum
After breakfast this morning we’ll visit the Underground Railroad Living Museum. Experience a real life reenactment of the original Underground Railroad passage with wristbands as shackles and your conductor leading you to freedom. Then after time for lunch on your own we’ll travel to Cincinnati for our next overnight stay.
The Underground Railroad Living Museum Flight to Freedom Tour is a "storytelling" re-enactment of the original Underground Railroad passage that operated between 1840 and 1863. On tour, visitors will be shackled with wrist bands at the entrance of the tour and begin their journey by entering through the"Door of No Return," on Goree Island in Africa. As this journey begins, visitors transform into passengers on the Underground Railroad and are led to freedom by a conductor. Passengers hide from bounty hunters, cross the Ohio "Deep" river, take retreat in a safe house in Indiana, which Abolitionist Levi Coffin owns. Finally, passengers move to "Midnight", the code name for Detroit, and take safe haven at the First Congressional Church of Detroit before moving on to Canada and "Freedom".
Hotel: Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown or similar
DAY 3: June 14, 2022
The Abolitionists Trail
We’ll start our day with a visit to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Learn about modern-day slavery and human trafficking at the Invisible: Slavery Today exhibit. Learn about abolitionists John Parker and John Rankin during the Brothers of the Borderland film. Then it’s off to see the former house of John Parker, a former slave and abolitionist who helped hundreds of escaped slaves as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. See John Rankin’s House who assisted over 2,000 fugitives along the Underground Railroad. Continue to the Harriet Beech Stowe, Slavery to Freedom Museum. It was here that Harriet Beech Stowe witnessed a slave auction which prompted her to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin and she has since left a legacy as an antislavery author. Continue to Pittsburgh for our overnight stay. Dinner is at your hotel tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, Hotel Dinner
Hotel: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel or similar
DAY 4: June 15, 2022
This morning we’ll see many of Pittsburgh African American Historic Sites with our step on Local Expert. See Martin Delany’s house who was an active abolitionist in the 1800s, the first African-American in the Civil War, one of the first African- Americans admitted to Harvard Medical School and publisher of The Mystery, a newspaper for blacks. Stop at Freedom Corner where many rallies, protests and parades took place for the African-American community. With Western Pennsylvania being a major passage for the enslaved we will have an opportunity to see many of the underground railroad sites along our route.
Continue to the Heinz History Center where we’ll visit the award winning exhibit, From Slavery to Freedom. We then continue east to Blairsville where we’ll visit the Underground Railroad history center for a self-guided tour. Continue to Washington D.C. and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Hotel: Fairmont Washington DC Georgetown or similar, 2 nights
DAY 5: June 16, 2022
Historic Washington D.C.
Join your Local Expert this morning to see the historic and monumental sites of African American heritage in this nation’s capital. Stop to see the Stone of Hope at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Along our route we’ll see Duke Ellington’s residence, Howard Theater, George Bell’s School Site, Arena Stage - Club Bali and home to Jazz era icons and the Frederick Douglass Cedar House Residence.
Continue to the National Museum of African American History & Culture for a guided visit and learn about the heritage and history in our nation, from slavery & segregation to culture & arts, to civil rights & activism. Spend some time exploring the museum at your own pace, then enjoy the remainder of the day as you please.
DAY 6: June 17, 2022
Depart Washington, D.C.
A morning group transfer will take you to Dulles International Airport or Reagan National Airport for your flight home. (Private transfers available at a supplement). Alternatively, extend your journey with the Civil Rights Trail add on trip.