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Adventures Afloat: Historic Towns and Landmarks of the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware, James and Potomac Rivers

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Program #20424RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Nov 1 — Nov 8, 2012

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Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day One: Thursday, November 01 - Arrivals / Embark Yorktown / Welcome Orientation
Afternoon: Arrivals in Alexandria, Virginia. Embark Yorktown at 4:00 PM. Embarkation Briefing and Introductions at 5:00 PM onboard the ship. The Road Scholar group will meet after dinner at approximately 9:00 PM for orientation and introductions.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner.

Evening: Meet your Road Scholar group and Group Leader after dinner at approximately 9:00 PM for orientation and introductions in the Lounge.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Friday, November 02 - Mount Vernon
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Today Yorktown sails the Potomac River to reach Mount Vernon, George Washington's massive estate and gardens. Spend the day exploring the sweeping grounds including the mansion, museum, slaves' quarters, and the gardens. Also visit the recently opened distillery, a reconstruction of Washington's original whiskey distillery.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Also enjoy a short walking excursion of Old Town Alexandria. Sail from Alexandria in the late afternoon and attend a shipboard guest lecture.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Saturday, November 03 - Yorktown, Virginia / Colonial Williamsburg
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: From the port of Yorktown, our excursion leads to historic Colonial Williamsburg. The capital of the Virginia colony from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg is the nation's premier living museum, offering visitors a glimpse of life as it was in the 17th and 18th centuries. A guided field trip leads along the Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg's main thoroughfare, past the Capitol, the courthouse, the Governor's Palace and the historic Bruton Parish Church, which has held Episcopal services here since 1715.

Lunch: Lunch at Shield's Tavern, a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy time at leisure to explore the museums and side streets, which are filled with taverns, bakeries, and the restored houses of wheelwrights, coopers, apothecaries, and other tradesmen. After your free time, enjoy an excursion, with commentary, of the Yorktown Battlefield. Attend an early evening, shipboard, guest lecture.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Sunday, November 04 - Hopewell / Richmond / Petersburg, Virginia
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Dock in Hopewell on the James River and travel to Virginia's historical capital of Richmond, which also served as the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. The city is filled with many interesting Revolutionary and Civil War sites and museums. Visit St. John's Episcopal Church, the site from where Patrick Henry famously made his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech during the Revolutionary War. Also visit the interactive American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, which tells the story of the Civil War from the perspectives of the Confederacy, the Union, and the slaves.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: This afternoon choose from two optional excursions. Option 1: St. John’s Church and Virginia Historical Society OR Option 2: Petersburg National Battlefield. You will find the optional excursion sign-up sheet at the back of this booklet. After returning to the ship, attend a late afternoon, shipboard, guest lecture.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Monday, November 05 - Tangier Island, Virginia
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Arrive in Tangier Island, located on the Lower Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay. This island's fascinating history begins with its original inhabitants, the Choctaw Indians, whose arrowheads are still found throughout the area. European colonists, including John Smith, settled on the island in the 17th century, and during the War of 1812 the British used it as a staging area. Today, the island is home to a number of residents, but it remains relatively isolated from the mainland, creating a pleasant sense of tranquility. Its remoteness has perhaps also contributed to the unique English Restoration era dialect spoken by island natives. Enjoy the tranquility of this isolated island and learn about its history and people during a visit to its museum.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Tuesday, November 06 - St. Michaels, Maryland
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: This morning includes a historic walking excursion of St. Michael’s and a visit to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Oysters are in high season in November and the museum will be celebrating them with OysterFest on this day. The event features harvesting displays, cooking demonstrations, an oyster stew competition among local chefs, Chesapeake Bay Retriever demonstrations, music, and more.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: This afternoon choose from two options. Option 1: Easton. This excursion travels to nearby Easton, a town with well-preserved buildings dating from Colonial through Victorian times. Visit the Academy Art Museum’s collection of works by American and European artists including Whistler, Rauschenberg, Bonnard and many others. Also take a short walking excursion and visit historic homes, authentically furnished in 17th though 19th century styles and browse the galleries and antique shops. Option 2: Free time in St. Michael’s. Spend the afternoon exploring St. Michael’s on your own. You may wish to further explore the Maritime Museum and the Oysterfest or stroll the town’s narrow streets filled with restaurants, shops, and galleries. Return to the ship and attend a shipboard guest lecture.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Wednesday, November 07 - Annapolis, Maryland
Note: Participants will be required to show a government issued photo ID in order to enter the Navel Academy and the Maryland State House.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Arrive in Annapolis, a city of narrow brick streets, colonial mansions, and an atmosphere of an old shipping village. Our excursion will include the Maryland State House (the oldest U.S. capitol in continuous legislative use where the Treaty of Paris was ratified), the William Paca House and Garden (the expansive estate of a former governor of Maryland), and the historic U.S. Naval Academy.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to stroll through the historic neighborhoods of Annapolis. After returning to the ship, attend two shipboard guest lectures. One of these lectures will be by your Group Leader.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Thursday, November 08 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Disembark / Departur...
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Disembark Yorktown in Philadelphia at Penn's Landing.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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