Day 1 – Charlottesville, Virginia – Today we drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains, over the Virginia line and into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Crimson barns, lush orchards, and quaint towns dot Shenandoah, a patchwork of greens and golds. Our hotel accommodations will be in Charlottesville.
Day 2 – Jamestown Settlement – Yorktown – American Revolution Museum – This morning we depart our hotel and travel to Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English-speaking colony in North America. We’ll experience life as it was in the old days of the colony and have a chance to board the ships in which the colonists braved the open seas – the “Susan Constant,” “Godspeed,” and “Discovery.” Next, we visit the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, which celebrates the American victory over the British that ended the Revolutionary War. This museum depicts the history of the war from the Boston Tea Party to the British surrender at Yorktown. After our tour, we check into our hotel for the next two nights in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Day 3 – Colonial Williamsburg – After an included breakfast, we will tour Colonial Williamsburg. The historic area includes 88 original buildings, shops, and homes, which have been meticulously preserved and restored. Your admission to Colonial Williamsburg includes shuttle transportation which will allow you to take your time and get on and off the shuttle bus at will. You will be able to tour the homes, church, and capital, and browse through the stores in Merchants Square. Overnight same hotel.
Day 4 – Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello – Charlottesville, Virginia – After an included breakfast, we travel to Charlottesville. This afternoon, we visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home from 1770 until his death. The tour includes the principal rooms of the house, which contain the statesman’s furniture and personal effects. We overnight in Charlottesville. Day 5 – Home – After an included breakfast, we make our way homeward, remembering the things we have seen on our trip that truly make our country great.
Meals: 4B, 1D