October 28 – November 2, 2019
Day 1: Begin your journey to the past as you travel east toward Coastal Virginia. You will stop for the night in Charlottesville, VA. Lunch and Dinner will be on your own today.
Day 2: Breakfast is included at the hotel. Check out and depart for Yorktown, VA. Upon arrival, take a guided tour at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (formerly the Yorktown Victory Center). Learn anew the story of the nation’s founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution and beyond. You will have free time to explore the various indoor exhibits and outdoor living-history areas, as well as have lunch on your own at the Café. This evening, check in to your hotel and freshen up for dinner at The Whaling Company, an old-school eatery designed like a New England boathouse . (B, D)
Day 3: After breakfast at the hotel, depart for a day at Colonial Williamsburg. Meet your Colonial Guide and begin a tour to include the Capitol and Governor’s Palace. After your tour, you will have free time to explore the 173-acre historic area filled with a variety of restored homes and public buildings, museums, craft shops, taverns and special entertainment. Lunch will be on your own this afternoon. This evening enjoy dinner at the King’s Arms Tavern, an 18th-century Colonial tavern serving hearty American specialties from servers in period costume. (B, D)
Day 4: Breakfast at the hotel and then check-out. Your first stop is at the Jamestown Settlement for a guided tour. The Jamestown Settlement commemorates the first permanent English settlement in the New World. It features full size replicas of the three ships that arrived in 1607. The reconstructed Jamestown Fort is unique and is brought to life with costumed interpreters performing 17th century activities and interacting with the crowds. Don’t miss the Indian village! You will have free time after the tour to explore at your leisure and grab lunch on your own from the Café. After lunch, depart for Richmond, VA. Tour the Capitol of Richmond, the seat of state government of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Honor the memory of all Virginians who gave their lives defending the United States from WWII through today, at the Virginia War Memorial. Visit Historic St. John’s Church (dated 1741), one of America’s most important historic sites, where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other Colonial leaders met and, swayed by Patrick Henry’s Liberty or Death speech, made a decision that changed the course of American history. It was at St. John’s that the American Revolution found its voice. Enjoy a Driving Tour of Richmond, including Monument Avenue Historic District, the nation’s only grand residential boulevard with a series of monumental statues marking its major intersections. Afterwards, depart for Charlottesville, VA to check in to your hotel for the night. Dinner will be included at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 5: Enjoy breakfast before checking out and departing for Monticello, the mountaintop home of Thomas Jefferson. You will be able to take a guided tour of the Mansion designed by Jefferson himself. You will have free time to visit and tour the many exhibits at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center, as well as the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Gallery. You may also take a tour of Gardens & Grounds and/or the Plantation Community, both included with admission. This afternoon, savor a delicious meal immersed in history at Michie Tavern. One of the oldest homesteads remaining in Virginia, the Tavern and its outbuildings offer a glimpse of 18th-century life through the exhibit of handcrafted furnishings and artifacts. After your meal, you will have the opportunity to tour the Tavern Museum and visit the General Store before beginning your journey home. You will stop for the night in Beckley, WV. Dinner will be on your own tonight. (B, L)
Day 6: Breakfast is included at the hotel. Check-out and depart on the final leg of your journey home. There will be comfort stops and a stop for lunch on your own along the way. (B)