PLANTATIONS ALONG THE JAMES & COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG
Tour Includes: 4 Nights lodging at Hampton Inn & Suites – Richmond, 4 hot breakfast, Dinner at Sine’s Tavern, Lunch at Dockside, Richmond Riverboat Dinner Cruise on the James River, Tour of Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Tour of Berkeley Plantation, Tour of Shirley Plantation, Tour of Richmond, Tour of St John’s Church, Day at Colonial Williamsburg to include a guided tour
Package Price per Person: Single $1079.00 | Double $875.00 | Triple $820.00 | Quad $800.00
Day 1 – Sunday September 10, 2017 – Depart for Richmond, Virginia
Check-in at Hampton Inn & Suites Richmond for a 4-night “hub n spoke” tour.
Day 2 – Monday September 11, 2017 – Tour of Richmond
Enjoy a full breakfast at your hotel, then we will meet our step-on guide for a tour of Richmond to include:
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is an historic Episcopal church in Richmond, Virginia. Located directly across the street from the Virginia State Capitol, it has long been a popular house of worship for political figures, including General Robert E. Lee and Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Other notable people associated with the church are Rev. Dr. Charles Minnigerode who led the church during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. It was here when President Davis was worshiping in April of 1865 was told he needed to flee the city as Petersburg had fallen.
Chimborazo Hospital quickly emerged early in the Civil War as one of the largest, best-organized, and most sophisticated hospitals in the Confederacy. It took its peculiar name from the hill on which it sat—Chimborazo Hill, on the eastern edge of the city of Richmond. The Surgeon General of the Confederate States of America, Dr. Samuel P. Moore, commandeered the buildings for his department and in October 1861 established Chimborazo Hospital.
Lunch On own at Shockoe Slip
Tour of St John’s Church the oldest church in the city of Richmond, Virginia. It was built in 1741 by William Randolph’s son, Colonel Richard Randolph; the Church Hill district was named for it. It was the site of two important conventions in the period leading to the American Revolutionary War, and is famous as the location where Patrick Henry gave his memorable speech at the Second Virginia Convention, closing with the often-quoted demand, “give me liberty, or give me death!” The church is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Edgar Allan Poe Museum Tour, features the life and career of Edgar Allan Poe by documenting his accomplishments with pictures, relics, and verse, and focusing on his many years in Richmond.
Enjoy a delicious Dinner at Sine’s Tavern – entrée options include; Shepherd’s Pie, Fish and Chips, Rosemary Thyme Chicken, Beef Brisket Mac and Cheese, or South Western Black Bean Cakes and for dessert either Bailey’s Irish Chocolate Cake or Banana Fosters Bread Pudding.
Day 3 – Tuesday September 12, 2017 – Plantations Along the James River
Treasures from three centuries can be seen at the James River Plantations along Virginia’s scenic Route 5 in Charles City County, located between the James and Chickahominy Rivers, all privately owned. Its plantations and farms along the James River have survived the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the War Between the States.
After a full breakfast at your hotel, we will depart for Shirley Plantation – The guided tour of the Great House highlights original family furnishings, portraits, silver, and hand-carved woodwork as well as stories of the Hill Carter family, eye witnesses to eleven generations of American history. As one architectural historian contends, “Shirley Plantation is the most intact 18th century estate in Virginia”. Several features such as the “Flying Staircase” and the Queen Anne Forecourt are the only remaining examples in North America of this architectural style. Included on the self-guided grounds tour are formal gardens and eight original colonial outbuildings. Today, Shirley continues to be a working plantation, privately owned National Historic Landmark, a link between the past, the present and future.
Lunch Included at Dockside Restaurant to include soup and sandwich choice; Ham, Turkey, or Chicken Salad with an Apple Cobbler for dessert.
Berkeley Plantation Tour takes you back in time to a bygone era and experience a genteel 18th century life style. Nowhere can you find a more unspoiled and tranquil environment. Our history begins in 1619 when settlers observed the first official Thanksgiving in America. Grounds tours are self-guided and include five terraces of boxwood and flowering gardens leading to the James River.
Tonight enjoy a Dinner Buffet along the James River on Richmond Riverboat Cruises – The “City of Fredericksburg”, a Paddle Wheel Boat, an authentic and pleasurable experience on one of the state’s most beautiful rivers. It features two decks, a full bar, and dance floor. All cruises include an All-U-Can-Eat buffet meal prepared fresh right on board by their friendly staff. Enjoy the feeling of being pampered as you cruise around local points of interest.
Day 4 – Wednesday September 13, 2017 – Colonial Williamsburg
Discover Colonial Williamsburg and become a citizen of the Revolutionary City. Engage with the local community and experience firsthand the daily struggles of wartime. Meet the tradespeople, shopkeepers, political figures, women, and the enslaved that call Williamsburg home. Learn of their hopes, struggles, and fears in these uncertain times. As you explore the challenges of daily life, get caught up in the historic moments taking place around you. Explore a variety of opportunities to shop and dine while in Colonial Williamsburg, and you’ll never want to leave.
Day 5 – Thursday September 14, 2017 – Depart for Home
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