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Historic Castles & Railroads of Bucks County, PA

Oct 22, 2024 - Oct 24, 2024

Join us as we head to Bucks County, PA located north of Philadelphia. Experience the vibrant hues of autumn amidst the charming landscapes and historic towns.

3 Day(s) | 4 Meals


  • Deluxe Motorcoach
  • 2 nights Hampton Inn Doylestown
  • Pearl S. Buck Home
  • Mercer Museum
  • Fonthill Castle
  • Moravian Pottery & TileWorks
  • New Hope Railroad
  • 4 Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
  • Friendship Tours Escort
  • **IMPORTANT: The historic properties on this tour offer limited accessibility and are not recommended for those with limited mobility, issues with steep stairs, narrow uneven passages, for those who cannot stand for long periods of time or have concerns about small spaces. Please ask us for details.


Day 1

We board our deluxe motorcoach as we head to Bucks County, PA located north of Philadelphia. Experience the vibrant hues of autumn amidst the charming landscapes and historic towns of Bucks County, PA. We begin with a visit to the historic residence of PEARL S. BUCK. This 68-acre estate is where the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author Pearl Buck spent the majority of her life working to ensure the rights of women and children. 2 nights accommodations at the HAMPTON INN DOYLESTOWN. Welcome dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Day 2

Doylestown is home to the impressive belt of historical attractions comprised of FONTHILL MUSEUM, MERCER MUSEUM AND THE TILEWORKS; also known as the Mercer Mile. These three concrete structures celebrate the life, work and collections of Henry Chapman Mercer. Mercer was an American archaeologist, collector, and tile-maker known for founding the Mercer Museum and his innovative work in tile design. FONTHILL CASTLE was the former home of Mercer built between 1908 and 1912 as a 44 room concrete castle decorated with Mercer’s personal collection of ornate handmade tiles. Visit the MORAVIAN POTTERY & TILEWORKS where you can take a step back in time through the “working history” museum that still produces handmade tile and mosaics in the same style of Mercer’s original designs. Explore the MERCER MUSEUM, a castle housing more that 40,000 early American artifacts including a Conestoga wagon, horse-drawn carriages and an antique fire engine suspended overhead in the Central Court Area. Farewell dinner tonight.

Day 3

This morning it’s all aboard the NEW HOPE RAILROAD for our 2 hour scenic ride. Take a glimpse into travel of a bygone era on historic trains traveling over tracks that were laid in 1891 by the North-East Pennsylvania Railroad. We head for home this afternoon after our fall adventure to Bucks County.

Departure Locations


Depart: 7:00 AM

Return: 7:30 PM

Manchester, Park & Ride Commuter Lot, Buckland Street & Pleasant Valley Road


Depart: 7:30 AM

Return: 7:00 PM

Farmington Park & Ride Commuter Lot, 575 Colt Highway (Rte 6) & South Rd, Farmington, CT


Depart: 8:15 AM

Return: 6:30 PM

Chase Parkway Commuter Park & Ride, 709 Chase Parkway, across from Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT


Depart: 9:30 AM

Return: 6:00 PM

Exit 2 off I-84, Commuter Park & Ride on Mill Plain Rd., Danbury









Payment Policy

DEPOSIT: $250 per person with reservations; FINAL PAYMENT: September 10, 2024

Cancellation Policy

If a passenger cancels from deposit to September 10, 2024 fee of $50.00 pp; September 11, 2024 to October 8, 2024 fee of $250.00 pp; no refunds if canceled on October 9, 2024 or later unless a substitute is provided.

Trip Protection Policy

Trip Protection Coverage is strongly recommended. Trip Protection offers coverage for Cancellation for covered medical reasons, Interruption, Emergency Medical, Travel Delay, & more.

The AON/NTA Travel Protection Plan offers 3 levels of insurance: Basic or Enhanced or Enhanced with Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR). The Pre-existing medical condition exclusion can be waived by purchasing the Enhanced Plan within 14 days of your deposit or initial payment. The Enhanced Plan with the add-on of CFAR must be purchased within 14 days of initial deposit. CFAR allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 priors to departure and reimburses up to 75% of your nonrefundable trip cost.

To enroll: https://nta.aontravelprotect.com Tour Operator Location #076068 OR call AON 1-800-388-1470.

Premiums are non-refundable once paid. Terms & Conditions apply. Plan details are available at https://www.friendshiptours.net/protection-plan. Call Friendship Tours 860-243-1630 for assistance in enrolling.

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