Day 1 - Home - Baltimore, MD
This morning we depart on our journey through history. Our overnight is at the Days Inn Inner Harbor, Baltimore. After checking into the hotel, the remainder of the day is yours to explore.
Day 2 - Jefferson's Monticello
After breakfast this morning, we depart for Jefferson’s Monticello. The autobiographical masterpiece of Thomas Jefferson, our first Secretary of State, our Second Vice President and the third President. Monticello was the primary plantation built by Thomas Jefferson. This afternoon, we continue our travels south to Poplar Forest, Jefferson’s private retreat and plantation. We will learn about the people, both free and enslaved ‘who labored for his happiness.’ Later we check in for our overnight in Lynchburg, VA. Dinner is included this evening. (B,D)
Day 3 - Shenandoah Valley
This morning after breakfast, we will travel to Washington & Lee University where we tour the Lee Chapel & Museum. Enjoy this piece of American history along with a visit to ‘Stonewall’ Jackson’s Home & Museum. There will be time for lunch, on own, before traveling along Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah Valley. The mountains, the valley below, and the stunning beauty of it all will have you mesmerized. This will make you understand why it is such a special place. We check into our hotel in Harrisonburg before enjoying dinner. (B,D)
Day 4 - Luray Caverns - Washington, D.C.
From breakfast, we find ourselves winding our way through the valley to Luray Caverns. Take in the enormous chambers filled with towering stone columns, shimmering draperies and crystal-clear pools on our guided tour through the caves. This afternoon we travel to our capital, Washington, D.C. We check into the Holiday Inn Capitol, located right on Capitol Hill and have some free time to freshen up before having dinner at Theismann’s. After dinner, our local guide will meet us and take us on an illumination tour of the monuments. (B,D)
Day 5 - Mount Vernon, VA - Home
Breakfast, included again this morning, before we travel to Mount Vernon, the plantation home of George Washington. After acquiring the plantation in 1754, Washington spent the next 45 years working on the expansion of the home to the 21 rooms we see today. Enjoy lunch, on own, in the café, before we start our journey home. (B)