Enjoy the historic charms and scenic beauty of one of America's first states - Virginia - on this leisurely 13 day/12 night self-drive tour.
This tour operates on Thursdays (prices for other dates available on request) between 11 April and 17 October (Virginia's autumn colours are stunning - October/November is usually best for leaf-peeping!).
Day 1. Arrive Washington DC. Upon arrival at Washington's Dulles Airport make you own way to your city centre hotel. Your hotel is well located in the popular Embassy Row district with a great choice of restaurants within walking distance. The excellent Washington subway is only a short walk from the hotel lobby with a quick and easy service to all of the downtown attractions. The White House is approximately 10 minutes walk. Overnight: Courtyard Washington Embassy Row.
Day 1. Arrive Washington DC. Upon arrival at Washington's Dulles Airport make you own way to your city centre hotel. Your hotel is well located in the popular Embassy Row district with a great choice of restaurants within walking distance. The excellent Washington subway is only a short walk from the hotel lobby with a quick and easy service to all of the downtown attractions. The White House is approximately 10 minutes walk.
Overnight: Courtyard Washington Embassy Row.
Days 2, 3 & 4. Washington DC. Three full days to explore the museums, galleries, shopping and diverse nightlife of this lovely city. In fact three days is barely sufficient to get to know Washington. A great way to get your bearings is to take the Open-Top Double-decker sightseeing tour. A two-day pass will allow you to hop-on and hop-off at the many stops on the route while the informative narration gives you plenty of tips, history and guidance about the city. The International Spy Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, the Kennedy Center, Historic Alexandria, The White House, the Capitol Building and much more will leave you wishing you had more time. After a busy day of sightseeing and shopping head back to your hotel for a relaxing swim before exploring the nightlife, restaurants and late night shopping at nearby Georgetown. Overnight: Courtyard Washington Embassy Row. Day 7. Shenandoah National Park to Charlottesville (125 miles). Drive south along the famous Skyline Drive following the mountain ridge and exit close to Charlottesville. Overnight: Omni Charlottesville.
Day 5. Washington DC to Shenandoah National Park (80 miles). After collecting your car, head west through rolling countryside, past the Manassas Natl.Battlefield and through small towns to the Appalachian Mountains and the beautiful Shenandoah National Park. The short, leisurely drive today should allow you plenty of time to explore the region en route to Shenandoah, or give you time to enjoy Shenandoah this afternoon. Overnight: Skyland Lodge.
Day 6. Shenandoah National Park. Enjoy a full day exploring the Valley, visit the Caverns at Luray, historic Front Royal or hike part of the Appalachian Trail. Overnight: Skyland Lodge.
Day 7. Shenandoah National Park to Charlottesville (125 miles). Drive south along the famous Skyline Drive following the mountain ridge and exit close to Charlottesville. Overnight: Omni Charlottesville.
Day 8. Charlottesville. This is Thomas Jefferson Country; the former president lived near Charlottesville and founded the University of Virginia in the town. The house and gardens at Jefferson's home - Monticello - are a Virginia highlight and are well worth a half-day visit at least. Overnight: Omni Charlottesville.
Day 9. Charlottesville to Williamsburg (125 miles). From Charlottesville and en route to Williamsburg, make a stop in the state Capital - Richmond. Visit the historic 'White House of the Confederacy', The Edgar Allen Poe museum, the State Capitol Building and the Richmond Civil War Battlefield. Overnight: Hampton Inn & Suites Williamsburg Historic District, Williamsburg.
Days 10, 11 & 12. Williamsburg. Three full days to enjoy the Williamsburg area. Williamsburg was the capital of the early British colonies in the 18th Century after the Jamestown statehouse burned down in 1698. The historic district was rebuilt and restored over a 30-year period by the Rockerfeller Foundation and today much of the old town is a living museum, with costumed 'in character' guides to explain the life of the early colonists. Nearby Jamestown is well worth a visit to learn just how difficult life was in the early 17th Century for those first British settlers. Of course Pocahontas played her part too, and children will enjoy learning more about this heroine and the area in which she lived. Close to Williamsburg is the Busch Gardens theme park - great fun for all the family; Virginia Beach, and the lovely coastline of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay. Overnight: Hampton Inn & Suites Williamsburg Historic District, Williamsburg.
Day 13. Williamsburg to Washington DC (165 miles). The short drive back to Washington D.C. allows time to choose either the direct route via Fredericksburg and a stop at the Potomac Mills Factory Outlet Mall, or a meandering, scenic journey across Chesapeake Bay and through Maryland and the historic naval town of Annapolis. This would add approx.120 miles to your journey i.e. total 285 miles for the day, and we would recommend an extra night be added to the holiday - at Annapolis.
Just America will be pleased to adapt this tour - we recommend that you consider a few days on the beach at Virginia Beach, or book an extra night/s in Annapolis to enable you to take this route more leisurely.
|2013 Price per adult
Sharing room type
Prices in £'s
|11, 18, 25 Apr||1062||565||395||315|
|02 & 09 May||1125||599||415||332|
|27 Jun & 04 Jul||1075||575||399||319|
|18, 25 Jul & 08, 15 Aug||1075||575||399||319|
|29 Aug & 05 Sep||1015||545||379||302|
Prices include: Children under 12 yrs are free when sharing a room
Not included: Flights, car rental, travel insurance, meals, petrol, national park admissions and personal expenses.
|Washington,DC||4||Courtyard Washington Embassy Row|
|Shenandoah National Park||2||Skyland Lodge|
|Williamsburg||4||Hampton Inn & Suites Williamsburg Historic District|