Day One, Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Late afternoon arrive at the NEW National United States Army Museum, it reveals the Army’s story and honors the accomplishments, sacrifices and commitment of American Soldiers. Be sure not to miss out on their film, “Of Noble Deeds” in their immersive high-tech theatre featuring a 300-degree screen.
Enjoy dinner included at Hanover Tavern, a truly unique dining experience where you can expect culinary excellence from scratch-made, delivered with gracious hospitality in a warm, historic setting.
Check in to Hampton Inn Richmond-North/Ashland – Baggage handling is included. Meals: D.
Day Two, Thursday, March 25, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and depart traveling further south to Beaufort, South Carolina – it is the second-oldest city in South Carolina, behind Charleston. Tucked into winding, historic Antebellum streets framed by natural foliage and centuries-old, moss-draped live oak trees, Beaufort is more than a hidden Lowcountry gem—it’s a transformative destination that has charmed visitors since 1512.
Check in to the Best Western Sea Island Inn and later enjoy a Welcome Reception from a Victorian Porch (Rhett House) overlooking the Beaufort River and an amazing sunset! You will be greeted with a glass of wine, light hors d’oeuvres and great company for an enjoyable southern social. Meals: B.
Day Three, Friday, March 26, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure then we’re off to CATCH THE SPIRIT OF The Islands onboard our Convertible Sprinters with 360-degree unobstructed panoramic views. Travel the beaches and backroads inaccessible on a full-sized motorcoach while we discover what makes this area so unique. Roll back the retractable roof once we pull off the main roads. Smell the earthy marsh and salty tidal air, soak in the sunlight, and enjoy the fresh air breezes.
This morning we “Journey from Slavery to Freedom” catching the spirit of island life and its unique history and heritage.
- VISIT THE PRAISE HOUSE, PAT CONROY GRAVE, SLAVE CEMETARY and Penn Center. SEE THE PLANTATION HOUSE from the impressive AVENUE OF OAKS.
- Next, we are off to do a little beachcombing at an undisturbed and beautiful barrier Island. See the lighthouse, learn its history and climb, if you dare! Walk the beach while learning about the unique eco-systems of this area, an Audubon and turtle preserve. Explore this Island that was the location of the Viet Nam Beach Scene where Forrest Gump carried Bubba to safety.
- LUNCH today is a Low Country Shrimp Boil, AKA Frogmore Stew, served at the SEA ISLAND CENTER where you will “Hear the Story” from a local storyteller and historical interpreter.
- Next, we will visit the Shrimp Docks, where your shrimp was harvested for our Low Country Boil! Owned by a local shrimper, see how they catch from the sea with their nets, boats and docks. Get a close-up experience of low country life and the history of shrimping on the island. Visit the docks and learn the history, heritage, and traditions of the commercial shrimping in the low country. See the boats and docks where Forrest Gump was depicted.
- Visit a local Oyster Farm.
Return to hotel for an evening at your leisure. Dinner on Own along Beaufort’s “Front Porch” offering many unique, locally owned restaurants. Meals: B, L
Day Four, Saturday, March 27, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then Journey with your GUIDE to enjoy a unique tour of Savannah in our convertible mini bus! This is the best way to view the historic beauty of Savannah! Enjoy expansive 360 degree panoramic views from this vehicle with a fully retractable glass top. See Historic steeples, Spanish moss and South Carolina sunshine as we enjoy a 90-minute driving tour of the Historic District before we venture off to discover the best of the Low Country!
- Tour an Historic Savannah Home
- Enjoy a Walking Tour of Bonaventure Cemetery.
Next, visit a 100-year old Gullah Geechee Community quietly isolated on the banks of Moon River (Yes, THAT Moon River!), and learn about the unique aspects of their oyster and crab aquaculture practiced for over a century. Here we will enjoy a BBQ lunch served by the regional cook off BBQ Master! Lunch is served on the deck surrounded by incredible Marsh views!
After lunch, we will see one of the largest rows of Live Oaks and Spanish moss in the U.S. Colonial interpreters will tell the story of the Estate of Noble Jones (1702-1775). Try your hand at Cricket on the original grass Cricket lawn located here.
Before returning to our hotel, enjoy a lovely sunset and a cold beer or glass of wine from a porch nestled in the heart of Sandfly, offering panoramic views of the tidal inlet. Move inside for window view seating and a dinner of locally sourced, fresh food and oyster appetizers. Meals: B, L, D.
Day Five, Sunday, March 28, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure before departing for a morning visit to the Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center, where we will experience, discover, explore, and connect with these waters, some of the most pristine in the country. Enjoy Dynamic exhibits that dive into the ecology, history, culture, art and recreation that help define the Sound. See amazing animals, including many species of fish in our 3,000-gallon aquarium.
- Next, board boats with our naturalist guides who will take us through the very unique waterways and eco-systems of the sound. This unique system is created by the daily large inflow of fresh water from the ACE Basin.
- Explore downtown Beaufort with free time for lunch on own and shopping unique boutiques and artisan shops, a very walkable downtown with no chain retail shops or restaurants.
- Take a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride and learn about Beaufort’s history, see Hollywood movie sets, see gorgeous gardens, ancient churches and many Civil War era Antebellum homes.
Tonight, enjoy appetizers and drinks on an Antebellum porch. Followed by dinner included with water views inside the Historic Antebellum house! Meals: B, D
Day Six, Monday, March 29, 2021
Enjoy breakfast and pack up, we will be checking out of this lovely Inn and saying Good-bye! Board our coach and depart for a very unique tour of the Kazoo Factory. You’ll learn all about how the kazoo was invented and how it has come to be America’s most beloved musical instrument.
After our tour we begin to retrace our travel returning north with a stop enroute for dinner included at Cracker Barrel before checking in to Hampton Inn & Suites Fredericksburg, VA. Meals: B, D.
Day Seven, Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out and begin our journey home with stops along the way.
- Arrive at Quantico National Cemetery where you will be greeted by a volunteer from the Missing in America Project who will guide you through the cemetery. You will see the perfectly aligned rows and learn about the two types of gravestones used. At Section 22, you’ll receive an in-depth explanation of the MIAP non-profit organization and their mission to honor veterans who are no longer forgotten heroes. You will have the chance to honor those veterans by placing flags next to their graves, and there will be opportunity to ask questions.
- Next, visit to the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico. Experience what it means to be a Marine – See American history through the eyes of a marine. Here you will enjoy the movie We, The Marines, an action-packed, giant screen adventure that immerses audiences in the unparalleled experience of becoming and serving as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. The film follows the journey of Marines from boot camp to training, deployment and finally homecoming, bringing to life what it takes to serve as a Marine! Enjoy lunch on own while at the museum. Depart for Home Meals:
Cost per person based on double occupancy $1,750.00 includes: 6-nights’ accommodation, baggage handling, 6-breakfasts, 2-lunches, 4-dinners, admissions, and guide service as stated in the itinerary.