Join us as we tour some of America’s greatest historical sites and revisit John Winthrop’s famous description of America as a city on a hill. During this 8-day Study Tour, Drs. Steven Lawson and Stephen Nichols will look at the key events and persons that shaped the American Republic in its earliest days and examine the ongoing influence of Christianity in this nation’s history. You will learn more about the history of the founding of the United States, the First Great Awakening, the legacy of Princeton Seminary, and the faith of many of America’s earliest settlers.


April 26 - Day 1

Philadelphia, PA

Guests arrive at Philadelphia International Airport and will be greeted by Sovereign Concierges who will provide assistance as you wait to be transported transported to our official hotel.  Spend the remainder of the day settling into your hotel and enjoying the historic surroundings before attending dinner and opening lecture.

HOTEL:  Four Star Accommodations

MEALS:  Dinner

April 27 - Day 2

Princeton, NJ

After an early breakfast, we will journey to the historic university city of Princeton. Upon arrival, you will visit Nassau Hall.  You will also explore the gravesites of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards, Charles Hodge, Archibald Alexander, Aaron Burr, John Witherspoon, B.B. Warfield, Grover Cleveland and others.  We will visit Miller Chapel, Princeton Seminary, and other key venues.  We will conclude the day in Philadelphia before attending dinner together that evening.

HOTEL:  Four Star Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

April 28 - Day 3

Philadelphia, PA

After a full breakfast, we will visit key sites in Philadelphia to include Independence Hall and surrounding battlefields of the American Revolution.

HOTEL:  Four Star Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast

April 29 - Day 4

Mount Vernon, VA

After a full breakfast, we will depart Philadelphia and head toward George Washington’s beloved home of Mount Vernon, VA.

HOTEL:  Four Star Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast

April 30 - Day 5

Jamestown, VA

After a full breakfast, we will tour the city of Jamestown, home to Captain John Smith and Pocahontas.  Established as England’s first permanent colony by King James I, we will visit the original 1607 Jamestown Island settlement, 1607 Jamestown Church, and other monuments and memorials.

HOTEL:  Four Star Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

May 1 - Day 6

Colonial Williamsburg

After breakfast, we will explore the historical streets of Colonial Williamsburg, visiting such sites as the Governor’s palace, Bruton Parish Church, and the Capitol buildings.  We will also experience a judicial trial as it would have happened in the 18th century.  Following the tour, we will gather for dinner together.

HOTEL:  Four Star Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

May 2 - Day 7

Washington D.C.

After breakfast, we will depart for our Nation’s Capital, Washington DC.  We will spend the afternoon exploring the new Museum of the Bible and the National Archives.  Following the tour, we will gather for dinner and lecture.

HOTEL:  Four Star Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

May 3 - Day 8

Washington D.C.

Following a continental breakfast, you will have the opportunity to continue your stay in Washington DC or a Sovereign representative will assist with your transfers to the DC Airports.

MEALS: Breakfast

*Itinerary and speakers are subject to change*


Steven Lawson

Dr. Steven J. Lawson is founder and president of OnePassion Ministries. He is a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow, director of the doctor of ministry program at The Master’s Seminary, and host of the Institute for Expository Preaching. He has written more than two dozen books, including The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-JonesThe Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield, and John Knox: Fearless Faith. He is on Twitter @DrStevenJLawson.

Stephen Nichols

Dr. Stephen J. Nichols is president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow. He hosts the podcasts 5 Minutes in Church History and Open Book. He is author of numerous books, including For Us and for Our SalvationJonathan Edwards: A Guided Tour of His Life and ThoughtPeace, and A Time for Confidence, and he is coeditor of The Legacy of Luther and Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series. He is on Twitter @DrSteveNichols.

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About Ligonier Tours

One of the best ways you can learn about a person or even an event is being there—to be on site. We can certainly learn from reading and studying. We can even create the scene in our mind’s eye. But nothing brings a person or an event to life like being there. Ligonier Tours takes you to the places where significant events occurred, events that have shaped history. You can literally walk in the footsteps of our heroes of the past, of Luther, of Calvin, of Jonathan Edwards. You will meet these figures in ways you have never met them before.

Ligonier’s teaching fellows and other ministry leaders serve as your guides as you explore these important sites. On these tours, you’ll have time with these trusted teachers over a meal or at the sites along the journey. You will also have rich times of fellowship with your fellow travelers, meeting kindred spirits and making friendships.

Ligonier Tours brings the past to life, they serve to encourage us as disciples in our own day, and they offer us reminders that we are not alone, but that we are on our pilgrim journey together.

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