A Celebration of Masons and Veterans
December 7 – December 9, 2015
Tuesday, December 7th: You will depart today from your chosen departure city (Jacksonville, Orlando or Tampa) and fly to Washington D.C. where you will immediately begin your explorations of our nation’s capitol… Washington, D.C. waits to greet you with all of its history. Your first stop is planned at the House of the Temple*. Also known as the headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasons; it is guarded by two Sphinx inside vast halls with ancient motifs and Masonic symbols — the double-headed eagle, the famous square-and-compass with the letter G (for God and Geometry). The remainder of your afternoon takes you to Arlington National Cemetery*, resting place for so many American heroes. Afterward you will visit the Marine Corps Memorial* (Iwo Jima statue), the Air Force Memorial*, and the Pentagon Memorial*, created because of September 11, 2001.
Wednesday, December 8th: Your day will begin with a visit to the Washington Monument* where you will learn about its Masonic symbolism. Afterward, you will drive by the National Museum of Women in the Arts*, once home to the Grand Lodge of Washington, D.C. Next, you will visit additional memorials dedicated to our nation’s heroes; the National World War II Memorial*, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial* and the Korean War Memorial*. Following dinner, we will continue our memorials tour as we enjoy the Lincoln Memorial* and the Jefferson Memorial* at night.
Thursday, December 9th: The first stop of your final morning will take you outside The White House for a memorable photo opportunity. From the White House, you continue on to the Capitol Hill area which includes a tour of the Capitol Building* and hopefully a chance to meet with a member from our Florida Legislative Delegation. Following a lunch break, you will enjoy a tour of the Eastern Star Headquarters* and a visit to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial*. Your final highlight, prior to boarding your flight home, will take you to Mount Vernon*, George Washington’s estate / home and final resting place. From Mt. Vernon, your transfer to the airport to connect with your return flight home, returning with memories to last a lifetime.
SPECIAL TOUR CONDITIONS: **The tour price for departure from Orlando and Tampa, if payments are made by cash or check, is $1499.00 per person; otherwise, if paying by credit card, the standard non-discounted price is $1599.00 per person. **The tour price for departure from Jacksonville, if payments are made by cash or check, is $1599.00 per person; otherwise, if paying by credit card, the standard non-discounted price is $1699.00 per person. Tour participation is based on double occupancy and includes round trip airfare from Florida, point-to point transportation, all breakfasts and 2 dinners. *Entrance fees and/or transportation marked with an asterisk are included in the tour price, while other items may be offered optionally, are subject to availability, and are not included in the tour price. To tour mason sites you may be required to show a current dues receipt. A guaranteed single room may be available for a supplemental charge of $400.00. Included are estimated applicable governmental ticket taxes, fuel surcharges, security surcharges, and associated fees. If applicable, tax increases will be billed on a supplemental invoice. A minimum number of paying participants may be required to operate the tour. All tour participants must submit their own individual application. A $300.00 initial deposit* per person is requested no later than July 15, 2015 and will reserve your space on this tour. The tour cost, including the initial deposit, is fully refundable if the tour does not operate. You may apply online by visiting www.EAtours.com and “traveler sign up.” The tour number for your group is 216218. A 2nd payment of $500.00 will be due no later than 15 days after your initial payment. Final payments are due no later than 70 days before departure. Updated tour details (hotels, day by day itinerary, train schedule, etc.) will be released approximately four weeks prior to departure.
Please Note: A portion of the tour price ($125.00 per person) will be paid as donation to the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch and the Masonic Youth Association, both of which are the charities favored by Grand Master Steve Boring.