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Richmond Plantations 2017

Richmond Plantations 2017

Travel with us as we set out on a journey that dates back three centuries to explore magnificent plantations that are as rich in history as they are in scenic beauty. From the state of Virginia’s first plantation to the birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, discover these glorious treasures along the James River.

Pakcage Includes:


2 Night's Lodging, 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners (Including 1 Dinner Cruise), Tour of Kenmore Plantation, Tour of Berkeley Plantation, Tour of Shirley Plantation, Cruise on the James River, Tour of Richmond, Tour of St. John's Church, Baggage Handling and Transportation.





We begin our journey back in time with a stop in Fredericksburg, VA, a town that has well preserved memories from its glorious colonial & antebellum homes to its historic fields of battle. This afternoon, we begin with a tour of Kenmore Plantation. Built by George Washington's sister and her husband, this beautiful Georgian-style mansion reflects the pre-Revolutionary War wealth and status and was no stranger to war. Famous for its elaborate original colonial plasterwork, the history of the house and its owners comes alive on our guided tour. Take time for a stroll through the terrace gardens filled with plants used during colonial times. After our tour, we will check into Hampton Inn & Suites Richmond/Glenside (804-756-1777) for the next two nights. The hotel features an outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, business center with complimentary internet access, and an onsite convenience store. Your spacious hotel room features a microwave, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and cable television. After a brief time to freshen up, we will depart for dinner included at Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant located in Richmond's historic Shockoe Slip. Modeled after authentic "city pubs" in Ireland, parts of its rustic interior were actually designed and built in the mother country and then transported across the Atlantic. After dinner, we will return to the hotel to retire for the evening.



Breakfast will be included at the hotel before we step back in time to a bygone era and experience a refined 18th century life style with a tour of Berkeley Plantation. Nowhere else can you find a more unspoiled and tranquil environment, and it was here where General Daniel Butterfield composed the familiar tune "Taps," first played by his bugler, O.W. Norton. We will be greeted by a guide in a period costume to tour the mansion, which is furnished with a magnificent collection of 18th century antiques and artifacts. After the mansion tour, we can stroll through the grounds on our own. The grounds include five terraces of boxwood and flowering gardens leading to the James River. Lunch will be included at Dockside Restaurant. (A sandwich selection is required: Sliced Ham, Sliced Turkey, or Chicken Salad on Croissant. Please contact our office at least one month prior to the tour date with your choice). Afterwards, we tour Virginia's first plantation founded in 1613, the Shirley Plantation. Eleven generations of one family, who to this day continue to own, operate and work this grand colonial plantations have made it the oldest family-owned business in North America. Our guided tour of the Great House highlights original family furnishings, portraits, silver and much more. The "Flying Staircase" and the Queen Anne Forecourt are the only remaining examples in North America of this architectural style. Following the tour, we will return to the hotel to freshen up before our relaxing riverboat dinner cruise along the scenic James River. Following the cruise, we will return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening.

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Our last day starts with a tour of Richmond as it was during the Civil War. Our first stop is St. Paul's Episcopal Church, a historic church that was a popular place to worship for political figures such as General Robert E. Lee and Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Next, we will pass by famed Chimborazo Hospital, one of the largest, best-organized, and most sophisticated hospitals in the Confederacy. After time for lunch on our own in Shockoe Slip, we will tour St. John's Church, the famous location where Patrick Henry gave his memorable speech, closing with the often-quoted demand, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" At the conclusion of the tour, we will depart for home with a meal stop en route.




B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Pick up locations can vary by date. Please visit detailed overview tab for tours with multiple dates.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Pick up locations can vary by date. Please visit detailed overview tab for tours with multiple dates.

Name Address Contact Details
Camp Hill Camp Hill Radisson, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Park near Radisson sign across from McDonalds
Carlisle Carlisle Point Mall, 800 East High Street
Park in mall lot across from Pizza Hut
Chambersburg Chambersburg Wal-Mart, 1730 Lincoln Way East
Park in Wal-Mart Lot behind gas station
Hanover Hanover - Staples Shopping Ctr, 440 Eisenhower Dr
Park along grass island in center of lot
York York Four Points Sheraton, 1650 Toronita St.
Go to the right and park in the far corner of lot
York Springs York Springs - Wolf's Terminal
200 Old US Rt. 15 - Park near large sign
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