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The American South by Ship: Plantations, Battlefields and Historic Cities

Program Number: 21230RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/24/2013 - 6/4/2013;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Georgia/South Carolina/North Carolina/Virginia
Price starting at: $5,230.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 32; 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

From Virginia to North Carolina, from Charleston to the Lowcountry to Savannah, experience the American South on this voyage along rivers, through the Intracoastal Waterway and down the coast. Joining you are two preeminent Civil War experts: Harold Holzer, a National Humanities Medal-winning Lincoln scholar, and James Robertson, author of more than 20 books including “The Untold Civil War.”

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day; some uneven and hilly terrain. Mobility is essential as small boats and tenders are sometimes used for disembarkation and re-embarkation.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Richmond, Va., 1 night; aboard Yorktown, 10 nights.

Days 1-3: Arrival Richmond, Va. / embark Yorktown:

Expert-led excursions reveal historic Richmond, for four years the capital of the Confederate States of America. Visit the Petersburg National Battlefield to learn about the last major battle of the Civil War. Lodging: Comfortable downtown hotel.

Day 4: Newport News:

Sail to Hampton Roads, the waterway where several rivers meet the Chesapeake Bay. Delve into this area’s deep Civil War history including Monitor vs. Merrimack and Fort Monroe, which remained in Union hands throughout the war.

Days 5-6: Intracoastal Waterway / Morehead City, N.C.:

Take in views from the spacious sun deck as the ship navigates the Intracoastal Waterway. From Morehead City, take a field trip to Fort Macon or nearby New Bern and elegant Tryon Palace.

Day 7: Wilmington:

Explore this port city’s historic district, a veritable open air museum of 19th-century architecture. Enjoy a walking excursion in Airlie Gardens, which boasts acres of formal gardens and the majestic 468-year-old Airlie Oak.

Days 8-9: Charleston, S.C.:

Enjoy two days to experience Charleston, beautifully preserved from its days as a prosperous, cosmopolitan colonial seaport. Included is a field trip to Middleton Place, a grand 18th-century plantation boasting magnificent gardens.

Day 10: Beaufort:

Continue to the South Carolina Lowcountry, an area enriched by King Cotton and a hotbed of the secession movement. Explore Beaufort, a lovely small Southern town of elegant antebellum homes and shady lanes.

Days 11-12: Savannah, Ga. / disembark / departure:

Complete your voyage in lovely Savannah, a planned city that was spared destruction during the Civil War. Its 21 verdant squares brim with azaleas, gardenias, palmettos, giant oaks and other lush vegetation.


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
   Hilton Garden Inn Richmond
  Richmond, VA 1 night
  Yorktown - At Sea 10 nights
 Hilton Garden Inn Richmond
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Situated in the former Miller and Rhoads Department Store building, the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Richmond, Virginia combines historic charm with modern amenities. This hotel is near the airport and within walking distance of Richmond Coliseum, Greater Richmond Convention Center, and Library of Virginia.
  Contact info: 501 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-344-4300
  Room amenities: Each room features a television with premium television channels, coffee and tea making facilities, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, air conditioning, complimentary weekday newspaper, telephone with voice mail, wake up calls, complimentary toiletries, free Wi-Fi and wired high speed Internet access, and an in-room safe.
  Facility amenities: This hotel features a restaurant and bar, business center, valet parking, safe-deposit box at the front desk, indoor swimming poor, dry cleaning and laundry services (for a fee), fitness facilities, free Wi-Fi and wired high speed Internet access, and room service (for a fee).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A To book additional nights, please call the Road Scholar Amherst office (413) 253-9736.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

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
  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:
Richmond, Virginia. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM in the hotel. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Richmond that night.
  End of Program:
Savannah, Georgia. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Yorktown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. The TDI Traveler Information Form is required. All participants are required to have a government issued ID (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to embark the Yorktown.
  Parking availability:
The program starts in Richmond and ends in Savannah, no parking is available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Richmond, VA
  From End of Program
  Location:  Yorktown - At Sea
Travel Details

From the Richmond International Airport to the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Richmond, VA


From Airport






Per Person/One Way:


approximately $36
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15 minutes 




8 miles


From the Savannah Port to the Savannah Airport


To Airport






Per Person/One Way:


approximately $24
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


approximately 21 minutes 




approximately 10 miles

Driving Directions
  From the Richmond International Airport to the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Richmond, VA Take 64 West to the Downtown Exit (#190). After four blocks, the hotel will be on the left.
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Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome Orientation
(Friday, May 24)
 Afternoon: Arrive in Richmond, VA and transfer to the hotel. Welcome Orientation with the Group Leader in the hotel at 5:00 PM.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at hotel.
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Richmond
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Richmond, Virginia / Embarkation
(Saturday, May 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: For four dramatic years, Richmond was the proud, embattled capital of a new nation, and the fascinating tale of that star-crossed nation awaits you. Enjoy excursions to the Virginia State Capitol and adjoining Grounds, site of the Confederate Congress during the war; Gaines’ Mill Battlefield, NPS, where Robert E. Lee had his first battlefield victory shortly after taking command of the Army of Northern Virginia; St. Paul’s Church, known for its magnificent Tiffany stained-glass windows and where Confederate President Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee worshipped; and Monument Avenue, built as a tribute to Southern Heroes and one of America’s most beautiful boulevards.
 Lunch: Lunch is at historic Hanover Tavern, an 18th-century ordinary and site of Civil War skirmishes.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, meet a Civil War Soldier, who with a full display of Civil War artifacts, will educate and entertain us as we learn about the life of the common soldier. Embark the Yorktown in the afternoon at 4:00 PM. Embarkation briefing and safety drill.
 Dinner: Dinner on board and Road Scholar champagne toast.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Richmond, Virginia
(Sunday, May 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning choose between two optional excursions. Option 1: Depart the ship and drive to Petersburg, a critical gateway for supplies to Richmond during the Civil War. Take a ranger-led field trip to the Petersburg National Battlefield where in 1865 the city endured nine months under siege and 70,000 men were lost in the conquest of Richmond. Also explore the Siege Museum and its collection of documents and artifacts depicting life before, during and after the Civil War. Option 2: Visit and explore the gardens of Westover Plantation situated on the James River and featuring a rare clairvoyee capped with icons of virtue. Continue to the Berkeley Plantation, designed and built in the Georgian Style for Benjamin Harrison, signer of the Declaration of Independence and father of William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States. explore the historic home then visit the terraced gardens leading down to the James River.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: After lunch on board, take a driving excursion of historic Richmond including visits to the Museum of the Confederacy and the American Civil War Museum located in the Tredegar Ironworks Building. Finish the excursion of these many splendid national treasures with a visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts featuring an astonishing collection of twenty-three thousand pieces from around the world. Later, attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Yorktown, Virginia
(Monday, May 27)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: The Yorktown arrives alongside at the port of Yorktown in the early morning. Choose between two optional excursions today. Option 1: After breakfast, depart and drive to nearby Hampton. Built on 565 acres, Fort Monroe has guarded the Chesapeake Bay from 1834 until it was decommissioned in 2011 when it was named a National Monument. Explore the fort and Casement Museum where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned from 1865-67. Following a brief return to the ship for lunch, set out to explore the USS Monitor Center to see the famed Iron-clad ship that fought in the Battle of Hampton Roads, in sight of Fort Monroe. Option 2: Alternatively, step through the past and enter the largest living history museum in the world at Colonial Williamsburg. This restored and reconstructed 18th century capital of the colony of Virginia includes taverns, bakeries, houses and an army of costumed interpreters demonstrating life in a revolutionary center of commerce and culture. Enjoy a guided excursion of the many buildings including the Governors Palace and dine at an 18th century tavern.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or at an 18th century tavern, depending on which excursion you choose.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway
(Tuesday, May 28)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Relax on board and attend shipboard guest lectures as the Yorktown navigates the Intracoastal Waterway en route to Morehead City, NC.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Take in the views of the Intracoastal Waterway from the large sun deck of the Yorktown. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morehead City, / New Bern, North Carolina
(Wednesday, May 29)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Choose between two optional excursions today. Option 1: Depart the port and drive to New Bern for a field trip to Tryon Palace and Gardens. Now organized as a living museum, the estate exhibits demonstrations of period quilting, printing and smithing by costumed interpreters. Explore the Federal style Dixon House and Georgian John Wright-Stanley House. Option 2: Civil War enthusiasts can explore Fort Macon, a five-sided stone and brick fortification built to guard the deep water Beaufort Inlet. In 1816, the US Congress appropriated funds toward a seacoast defense known as the Third System, resulting in 42 forts plus many more batteries. Fort Macon was finally taken during the Civil War but only after 11 hours of horrific siege from Union gun boats and the employment of the new rifled cannon recently proven in the siege of Fort Pulaski. Explore the fort and is brick vaulted casements, cisterns and visitors center. Enroute to the ship enjoy a brief stop at History Place for a glimpse of local history.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend shipboard guest lectures.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Wilmington, North Carolina
(Thursday, May 30)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Choose between two optional excursions today. Option 1: Today explore Airlie Gardens; established in 1901 on 67 acres including formal and woodland gardens and featuring a 462 year old live oak. After lunch on board depart on a field trip to Historic Wilmington including the Burgwin-Wright House; a 1770 Georgian style home built for John Burgwin, merchant, planter and treasurer of the colony of Carolina. Seven walled gardens have been restored and feature 18th century native Carolina species. Option 2: Explore Fort Fisher an important Civil War stronghold that supported the blockade runners allowing much needed supplies to reach the Confederate Army. By 1865 Fort Fisher was the last remaining bastion for supplies and became the focus of an incredible siege. Over two and a half days Union ships bombarded the fort on two sides followed by an infantry assault by 3,300 ground troops culminating in fierce hand-to-hand combat. When night fell, so did the fort and shortly afterward, Wilmington was taken as well, choking off all supplies to the Confederate forces.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore on your own. In the early evening, take in a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Charleston, South Carolina
(Friday, May 31)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Choose between two optional excursions. Option 1: Depart to Liberty Square to view an exhibit of Civil War artifacts then board the ferry for transfer across Charleston Harbor to Fort Sumter. Commissioned as a component of the Third System, construction on the fort was still incomplete in 1861 when the first shots were fired upon it by the new Confederate Army, ultimately giving the South its first victory in the Civil War. Explore the fort and Museum before returning to the M/V Yorktown for an evening in port. Option 2: Depart the ship and drive to Middleton-Place Plantation, a National Historic Landmark. Explore the house and stables and spend time in the graceful gardens which are the oldest landscape gardens in America. Return to the Yorktown and overnight in port.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Charleston, South Carolina
(Saturday, June 1)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Enjoy a morning field trip by bus and on foot of historic Charleston. Visit the 18th century Heyward-Washington house filled with Charleston-made antiques of the period and St. Michaels Church. Continue to the Citadel to visit the campus and Summerall Chapel.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: After lunch on board depart on an excursion to Drayton Hall, one of the oldest pre-revolutionary houses in existence. Enjoy a special Connoisseur’s Tour of this historic building, its gardens and outbuildings. Alternatively visit the Lasch Conservation Center to view the USS Hunley, a Civil War Era submarine.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Beaufort, South Carolina
(Sunday, June 2)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Arrive in the morning at Beaufort, an important cultural center of South Carolina’s lowcountry. Though the city has recently celebrated its tercentennial, human habitation in the area has existed for more than 4,000 years. Join a guided walking field trip to learn more about the history, culture and commerce.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, welcome aboard a troupe of storytellers, dancers, and singers who retell the rich history of the founders, planters, and Gullah slaves through diaries, dance, and folk tales. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Savannah, Georgia
(Monday, June 3)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Depart the ship in the morning and transfer by bus to historic Forsyth Park. Stroll through the park to view the live oaks, gardens and iconic White Fountain in the heart of the Historic District. Continue on a guided walking excursion and visit the houses and gardens at the Mercer-Williams House and the Andrew-Low House.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or depart for a visit to Fort Pulaski. Another fort of the Third System, Fort Pulaski included many structural improvements over the current defense system and was thought to be impenetrable. One million dollars and two million bricks were employed in the construction of this stronghold set on an island to guard the Savannah River. In April of 1862 after 30hours of bombardment from the Union batteries on Tybee Island the fort was breached. Although the breach was repaired, evidence of the siege and the effectiveness of the Union rifled cannon can be seen in the pocked outer walls.
 Dinner: Captain's Dinner on board.
 Evening: Farewell cocktail reception on board.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Disembark in Savannah, Georgia
(Tuesday, June 4)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board
 Morning: Disembark in the morning for transfers to the airport.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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