Optional Excursions

Welcome to Baltimore
Monday, November 9, 2015, 1:30–5:00 p.m.
 
Experience the city of Baltimore up close in this mixed coach and walking tour. The tour includes a driving tour of Federal Hill where historic federal buildings sit by glorious mansions and old army homes. Federal Hill Park, one of the city’s prime landmarks, provides a spectacular view of the Inner Harbor and downtown skyline. Mt. Vernon, a neighborhood of fashionable brownstones, features the Walter’s Art Gallery, the Engineers Club, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and the Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church. The Cultural Center of Baltimore is home to the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Lyric Opera House, and the Myerhoff Symphony Hall. The tour includes Westminster Cemetery and the grave of Edgar Allan Poe; the Lexington Market; Fells Point; and the Shot Tower, the tallest structure in America until the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, was completed in 1884. The tour ends in Little Italy, a warm and inviting neighborhood that boasts more than 20 of Maryland’s best Italian restaurants.
 
Fee: $55 per person
 

Fort McHenry and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 1:30–5:30 p.m.
 
The first stop on this tour is Fort McHenry National Monument. Fort McHenry played a crucial role in one of the battles in the War of 1812 and is the birthplace of “The Star Spangled Banner.” When a new flag is designed, it flies over Fort McHenry first. It is currently the only site in the United States to be designated as both a national monument and a historic shrine.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has been one of the major seaports of the United States since the 1700s and started blossoming into the cultural center of Baltimore in the 1970s. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the Inner Harbor and the surrounding neighborhoods that offer a variety of fine restaurants and cultural experiences.

Fee: $65 per person