Brandywine Valley Christmas

A du Pont Family Inspired Holiday

  • Date

    December 14-17, 2019 | Sat / Tue – 4 Days

  • Location

    Wilmington | Philadelphia

Overview

Discover the magnificent mansions and elaborate gardens of the Brandywine Valley decorated for the holiday season. This is Delaware’s “chateau country,” lined with rolling hills and horse farms. Three generations of Wyeth’s created iconic American art inspired by the people and landscapes of the region, and the du Pont family built opulent estates and gardens, several of which are now museums that showcase the grandeur and elegance of a bygone era. Visit four of the family properties, each with its own personality and charm: Winterthur, for its expansive gardens and antique collection; Nemours, known for its formal elegance; Hagley, for the story it tells of the du Pont legacy; and Longwood Gardens, one of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this fascinating and culturally rich valley — dressed to the nines for the holidays.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Visit 4 du Pont properties spectacularly decorated for the holidays:
    – Hagley Museum
    – Nemours Estate
    – Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
    – Longwood Gardens
  • Tour Brandywine River Museum of Art, renowned for its works by the Wyeth family of artists
  • See the region’s greatest model train display
  • Holiday dinner show
  • View costumes from the award-winning drama, The Crown

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Escorted
  • 3 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

Itinerary

Sat, Dec 14: Fly to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and transfer to Wilmington, Delaware, in the Brandywine Valley — a picturesque region known for extraordinary contributions to America’s cultural heritage. Visit the Hagley Museum, which lays the groundwork for the history of the area. It is here that the du Pont family first settled in America, built their first home, and began the black powder manufacturing business that became the foundation for all the other du Pont enterprises. Five generations of du Pont family members have lived here since it’s completion in 1803. During the holidays, the elaborate ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will be festooned with holiday decorations representing several generations of du Pont family traditions. Check in to the Hotel du Pont, built by the du Pont family in 1913 and one of the most lavish hotels of America’s Gilded Age. At the Candlelight Theatre, enjoy dinner and a heartwarming celebration of the yuletide season featuring favorite holiday tunes. (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)

Sun, Dec 15: Following breakfast, head out to continue exploring the legacy of the du Pont family. Visit Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, H. F. du Pont’s 175-room former home containing an astounding collection of antiques displayed in stunning interiors. Perhaps the grandest du Pont property in scope and inspiration, three generations of du Pont’s called Winterthur home from 1839 to 1969. A Yuletide Tour recounts ways in which Americans have celebrated the winter holiday season from the 1800s to the present. Breathtaking trees, antique Santas, an 18-room dollhouse fully decorated for Christmas, and other displays recall H. F. du Pont’s family holiday traditions. You’ll also have time to explore the limited engagement exhibit featuring costumes from the award-winning drama, The Crown. Next, visit Nemours Estate, a 47,000 square foot mansion built in 1910 by Alfred I. du Pont. Named after the French town from which the family hailed, Nemours is inspired by Versailles’ Petit Trianon, and its holiday decor includes some of the du Pont’s original decorations, including a German creche (nativity scene) that dates from the late 19th century. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Mon, Dec 16: Enjoy breakfast in the hotels Green Room, an AAA Four-Diamond Award restaurant where Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier dined in 1955.  After an early dinner, Explore Longwood Gardens, where dazzling displays elevate the art of horticulture. In 1906, upon learning that a priceless collection of trees was slated to be cut down for lumber, Pierre S. du Pont bought the farm and transformed it into what is now one of the world’s greatest gardens. In the four-acre indoor conservatory, admire thousands of poinsettias, towering Christmas trees, and fragrant flowers, and carol alongside one of the country’s largest organs. Outdoors, more than half a million lights transform the grounds into a festive night-blooming garden, while colorful dancing fountains perform to holiday music. (B,D)

Tue, Dec 17: Visit The Woodlands at Phillips and learn why Brandywine Valley is the “Mushroom Capital of the World.” Then take a guided tour at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, renowned for its holdings of the Wyeth family of artists. See the highlights of the museum’s collection devoted to American Art with a special focus on landscape paintings that testify to the beauty that drew well-known artists to the area. You’ll also enjoy a delightful holiday experience while viewing the region’s greatest model train display and learning about the creation of thousands of whimsical Critter ornaments displayed on towering trees. Have lunch at the museum before transferring to the airport in Philadelphia to fly home. (B,L)

Hotel

Hotel du Pont, Wilmington, Delaware.

The twelve-story Italian Renaissance building debuted in 1913 and features rich woodwork, mosaic and terrazzo floors, handcrafted chandeliers, and gilded hallways. This AAA Four-Diamond Award hotel showcases original paintings of nationally recognized artists, including three generations of Wyeths, and is a charter member of Historic Hotels of America. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, minibar • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • fitness center.

Pricing

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $1,899
  • Single – $2,159
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $1,429
  • Single – $1,689

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