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

Program Number: 20424RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/20/2013 - 10/28/2013;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Pennsylvania/Virginia/Maryland
Price starting at: $4,590.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 23; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

The rivers, islands and towns of Chesapeake Bay are alive with history dating back to the earliest settlements in the United States. Venture through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal to follow the story of America’s creation at Revolutionary and Civil War sites, beautiful Annapolis, mysterious Tangier Island and the stately home of America’s first president.




Activity Particulars

Standing for up to two hours at a time, up to four hours a day. Mobility is essential, as small boats and tenders are sometimes used for disembarkation and re-embarkation.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Philadelphia, Penn, 1 night; aboard Yorktown, 7 nights.



Days 1 - 2: Arrival Philadelphia, Penn. / Embark Yorktown:

Explore the historic city of Philadelphia during an expert led excursion before boarding the Yorktown. Lodging: Comfortable Philadelphia hotel.



Day 3: Chesapeake and Delaware Canal / Annapolis, Maryland:

After sailing through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, arrive at Annapolis, a city of narrow brick street, colonial mansions, and an atmosphere of an old shipping village.



Day 4: St. Michaels:

Arrive in St. Michaels, a quaint waterfront village. Explore the town’s manicured colonial, federal and Victorian homes, art galleries and fascinating maritime history.



Day 5: Tangier Island, Va.:

Learn how the remoteness of this island has preserved the unique English Restoration dialect spoken by the island natives.



Day 6: Hopewell / Richmond / Petersburg:

Recall the Revolutionary and Civil Wars at the site where Patrick Henry famously made his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech and at the American Civil War Center.



Day 7: Yorktown / Colonial Williamsburg:

Colonial history comes alive on an expert-led field trip to Colonial Williamsburg — the nation's premier living museum, showcasing life as it was in the 17th and 18th centuries. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the museum’s streets, which are filled with taverns, bakeries and the restored houses of wheelwrights, coopers and other tradesmen.



Days 8 – 9: Mount Vernon / Alexandria / Disembark Yorktown / Departures:

Sail up the Potomac River to 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. The next day, sail to Alexandria for independent departures.



Yorktown

Built and registered in America and staffed by American officers and crew, the Yorktown is the perfect vessel for exploring America’s great coastal waterways. With a draft of only nine feet, it can sail where larger vessels cannot go, and its American registry allows it to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. Passengers enjoy an informal onboard atmosphere and tend to spend much of their time underway enjoying lectures and concerts in the lounge or reading and relaxing on the sun deck.


Meals and Lodgings
   Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
  Pennsylvania 1 night
   Yorktown
  Yorktown - At Sea 8 nights
 Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing is a high-rise waterfront hotel. The vibrant Old City District and charming Society Hill neighborhood are within walking distance. The hotel is just a few blocks from Philadelphia's historic attractions such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, and the National Constitution Center.
  Contact info: 201 South Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA
phone: 215-928-1234
web: www.pennslanding.hyatt.com
  Room amenities: Each room features a television, telephone, individual climate control, complimentary weekday newspaper, refrigerator, coffee and tea making facilities, wake-up calls, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and Internet access (for a fee).
  Facility amenities: This hotel features an indoor swimming pool and sauna, cafe, restaurant, room service, a bar, safe-deposit box at front desk, dry cleaning and laundry services (for a fee), 24-hour fitness facilities, wireless Internet access (for a fee), and parking (for a fee).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar in Amherst, MA if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights 413-253-9736.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Yorktown
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 and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. With a draft of only 9 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions. Accommodating only 130 guests in 65 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.
  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: Most cabins have large picture windows, and each is furnished with comfortable beds, a writing desk, ample storage, a clock/radio/CD player, and has a private bathroom. Your cabin is the perfect place for peace and quiet and for private rest and reflection.
  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 allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM in the Washington Room, on the third floor of the hotel. You will be staying at Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing that night.
  End of Program:
Disembark Yorktown in Alexandria by 9:00 AM. Independent departures. You will be staying at Yorktown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. TDI Traveler Information Form is required. All participants are required to have a driver's license or a passport in order to embark the Yorktown.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Pennsylvania
  From End of Program
  Location:  Yorktown - At Sea
Travel Details
 

From the Philadelphia International Airport to the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approximately $32
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

approximately 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

9.2 miles

 

From the Robinson Terminal (VA dock) to the Ronald Reagan Washington Airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approximately $22
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

approximately 16 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 5 miles

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(Sunday, October 20)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals in Philadelphia. Meet in the Washington Room on the third floor of the hotel at 5:00 PM. Welcome Orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner in the Washington Room, on the third floor of the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Embark Yorktown
(Monday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning explore Franklin Court, the site of Benjamin Franklin’s home, and the Second Bank of the U.S. which houses a portrait gallery of many of the country’s Colonial and Federal leaders. On the way to lunch, pass a number of famous historical structures, including Carpenter’s Hall, where the First Continental Congress met in September of 1774.
 Lunch: Take a short walk to lunch at City Tavern, an establishment that dates to 1773.
 Afternoon: Explore Independence Hall on a guided excursion. This building is best known for the debating and signing of the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation, but it actually served as the Pennsylvania State House in the years leading up to our War of Independence. After the guided excursion, discover the Liberty Bell Center. The Liberty Bell was cast in England for the Pennsylvania State House and wasn’t even called the “Liberty Bell” until the 1830’s, when abolitionists, moved by the inscription on the bell, gave it the now-famous moniker. Transfer to Penn's Landing and embark the Yorktown. Late afternoon embarkation briefing, introduction of ship staff, and safety drill.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Annapolis, Maryland
(Tuesday, October 22)

Note: Participants must show a valid government issued photo ID to enter the Naval Academy and Maryland State House.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Arrive in Annapolis in the morning. A morning walking excursion of historic Annapolis includes visits to the U.S. Naval Academy, the William Paca House and Gardens, and the Maryland State House.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon at leisure for independent exploration of Annapolis. Sail from Annapolis in the late afternoon and attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: Arrive at St. Michael’s in the late evening for an overnight in port.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: St. Michaels, Maryland
(Wednesday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: This morning's excursion includes a visit to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and a walking excursion of historic St. Michael’s.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: The afternoon is at leisure to explore St. Michael’s on your own. You may wish to spend more time at the Maritime Museum or stroll the town’s narrow streets filled with restaurants, shops and galleries. Sail from St. Michael’s in the late afternoon. Take in a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Tangier Island, Virginia
(Thursday, October 24)

Note: Tenders will be used at Tangier Island.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Arrive at Tangier Island in the morning. Enjoy the tranquility of this isolated island and learn about its history and people during a visit to its museum.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Sail from Tangier Island in the early afternoon and attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Richmond, Virginia
(Friday, October 25)

Note: Participants must show a valid government issued photo ID to enter the Virginia State Capital.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Sail up the James River and arrive at Richmond in the morning. During a morning field trip, visit the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. Its exhibits illustrate the Union, Confederate and African-American experiences during the Civil War. Explore the Virginia State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1785. Return to the ship for lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: This afternoon choose between four optional excursions. Option 1: Petersburg National Battlefield. Travel approximately 20 minutes outside of Richmond to Petersburg National Battlefield, the site where 60,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died during the 292-day siege of the city by Union forces. Visit the battlefield by motorcoach, stopping at various historic points. Option 2: St. John’s Church and Virginia Historical Society. Continue exploring Richmond including a view of St. John’s Episcopal Church, site of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech and a visit to the Virginia Historical Society to explore its comprehensive collection covering the history of Virginia and its inhabitants from pre-historic times to the present day. Option 3: St. John’s Church and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Continue exploring Richmond including a view of St. John’s Episcopal Church, site of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech and a visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a complex that houses a remarkable collection of art from almost every major world culture, including Modern and Contemporary American art. Option 4: Free time in Richmond. Spend the afternoon on your own visiting the many fascinating historic attractions in Old Richmond.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Yorktown / Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
(Saturday, October 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Arrive in Yorktown in the morning. Depart for a full day field trip beginning with a guided excursion of Colonial Williamsburg.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Shields Tavern.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, there will be free time in Williamsburg, followed by a guided coach excursion of the Yorktown Battlefield. Return to the ship in the late afternoon and set sail for Alexandria. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Alexandria / Mount Vernon, Virginia
(Sunday, October 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Attend a shipboard guest lecture before the ship arrives in Alexandria in the late morning.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon excursion to Mount Vernon to visit George Washington’s estate including the mansion, grounds, and outbuildings. Return to the ship in the late afternoon. Overnight in port aboard ship.
 Dinner: Captain's Farewell Reception and Dinner.
 Evening: In the evening, enjoy a special onboard performance of "1812:Tide of War," a musical and narrative program telling the true stories of the people of the Chesapeake region caught up in the war of 1812.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Alexandria, Virginia / Disembark / Individual Departures
(Monday, October 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark Yorktown in Alexandria by 9:00 AM. Independent departures.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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