Trip Type : Private Guided

Self-Drive Journey Through Virginia

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
13 days
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Overview

Short Description

Explore Williamsburg's historic colonial buildings and perhaps enjoy an al fresco lunch in Merchants Square. Discover the history of quaint historic towns such as Charlottesville and Annapolis. Drive the stunning Skyline Drive through the lush forest scenery of Shenandoah National Park.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Itinerary

Day 1 : Washington DC

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Washington DC. On arrival in Washington make your own way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

Day 2 : Washington DC

Washington D.C. is a large city with many attractions so there is plenty to explore. Highlights include the White House, the Capitol Building, the Smithsonian Institution and the many monuments and memorials along Washington Mall.

Day 3 : Annapolis

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Day 4 : Annapolis

The day is yours to explore Annapolis. You can walk around the Naval Academy, take a cycle tour of the city, enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many waterfront restaurants or explore the city's rich heritage of old buildings; the Banneker-Douglas Museum is a particular highlight.

Day 5 : Virginia Beach

Drive south along the banks of Chesapeake Bay to Virginia Beach. This is a delightful drive past pretty coastal villages. Be sure to stop en route to sample one of the great fish restaurants along the bay.

Day 6 : Williamsburg

Drive this morning from Virginia Beach to colonial Williamsburg. The remainder of the day is free to step back in time as you explore this historic city with its grand public buildings and pretty gardens. You may also wish to visit the nearby colonial settlement of Jamestown and the site of the 1783 Battle of Yorktown.

Day 7 : Williamsburg

Enjoy a full day stepping back in time in colonial Williamsburg. This interesting city has been well restored and offers an atmospheric insight into life in Colonial America.

Day 8 : Charlottesville

Today your drive takes you through the heart of Virginia's farmland country, past Lake Monticello, to the university city of Charlottesville. You will have time this afternoon to take a stroll and begin to explore the charming surroundings.

Day 9 : Charlottesville

Enjoy a full day exploring the beautiful buildings and leafy squares of Charlottesville. The area posses some of the finest examples of early American architecture in the state, including Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's spectacular mountaintop home.

Day 10 : Shenandoah National Park

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Day 11 : Shenandoah National Park

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Day 12 : International return flight

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Day 13 : International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

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