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Historic Ports of the South: Monuments, Mansions & Magnolias

Program Number: 21368RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/27/2014 - 11/8/2014;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Virginia/North Carolina/South Carolina/Georgia
Price starting at: $4,785.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 35; 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

From the marble monuments of Washington, DC to the gracious antebellum mansions of Savannah, Georgia, join us on a grand survey of Southern history as you voyage more than 700 miles. Local experts tell the story behind Revolutionary War landmarks, Civil War-era forts and antebellum culture, painting a detailed picture of one of the most beautiful and historically complex regions in America.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day, some on uneven terrain, and unavoidable stairs. 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. There is no elevator on the ship.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Arlington, Va., 1 night; aboard Yorktown, 10 nights; Savannah, Ga., 1 night.



Days 1-3: Arrival Arlington, Va. / Washington, D.C. / embark Yorktown:

Join a local expert for insight into the famous monuments, museums and landmarks of our nation’s capital and surrounding area. Lodging: Clean, comfortable hotel.



Day 4: Yorktown, Va.:

Voyage through the incomparable Chesapeake Bay to Fort Monroe, once the prison for Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Explore the USS Monitor Center to see the famed Iron-clad ship; or visit the largest living history museum in the world at Colonial Williamsburg.



Day 5: Voyaging the Atlantic:

Take in the serene beauty of coastal North Carolina as the Yorktown sails the Atlantic, and enjoy a shipboard lecture on Southern history.



Day 6: Morehead City, N.C.:

Immerse yourself in Civil War history at the History Place and Fort Macon, a Confederate garrison. Or journey inland to learn about historic New Bern, a Union stronghold deep in the South.



Day 7: Wilmington, N.C.:

Explore Wilmington’s historic district, a veritable open-air museum of 19th-century architecture.



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

From the antebellum architecture of its historic district to its role as the cradle of the Civil War, spend two days learning about one of the South’s most unique cities. Then venture outside Charleston to Middleton Place, an 18th-century plantation and National Historic Landmark.



Day 10: Beaufort, S.C. :

In the heart of South Carolina Low Country, the story of elegant Beaufort comes alive with expert-led explorations of magnificent antebellum homes.



Days 11-13: Savannah, Ga.:

In Georgia’s oldest city, explore the renowned Historic District, featuring more than 1,000 Federal and Regency buildings and 21 verdant squares. Lodging: Clean, comfortable hotel in Savannah’s historic district.



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 Arlington
  Arlington, VA 1 night
   Yorktown
  Yorktown - At Sea 10 nights
   Hyatt Regency Savannah
  Savannah, GA 1 night
 Hyatt Arlington
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Just minutes from Washington, DC businesses and attractions and only steps to the Rosslyn Metro, the Hyatt Arlington offers Southern comforts with metropolitan polish. Set within the heart of the Rosslyn business community, this hotel offers a variety of flexible function space, outstanding accommodations, and inventive cuisine.
  Contact info: 1325 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209 USA
phone: 703-525-1234
web: www.arlington.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels
  Room amenities: Each room features a television with premium television channels, air conditioning, a telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, wake-up calls, bathrobes, hair dryer, clock radio, iron and ironing board, wireless Internet access (for a fee), and an in-room safe.
  Facility amenities: This hotel features Internet access (for a fee), complimentary newspapers in lobby, fitness facilities, restaurant, room service, bar/lounge, safe-deposit box at front desk, dry cleaning/laundry services (for a fee), gift shop, and parking (for a fee).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A It is possible to book one additional pre-program night through Road Scholar. To book an additional night, please contact the Road Scholar Amherst office at 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. THERE IS NO ELEVATOR ON THE YORKTOWN. Stairs are unavoidable as there is no elevator on the Yorktown. The Lounge and the Dining Room are on separate decks so participants must be able to navigate stairs multiple times per day.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Hyatt Regency Savannah
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Experience the unmistakable Southern charm of Savannah, Georgia when you choose to stay at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. Uniquely located near the River Front Plaza, this downtown waterfront hotel offers unequalled access to the largest historic district in the United States. Take a leisurely stroll through the fabled neighborhood surrounding the Hyatt Regency Savannah to view stately Georgia homes, landmark architecture, and sights that have made Savannah famous. Board a riverboat or hop on the trolley just outside our front door for a moving tour. Plus, enjoy close proximity to two major interstates, Tybee Island, and Savannah International Airport.
  Contact info: 2 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-238-1234
web: www.hyattregencysavannah.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a television with premium television channels, air conditioning, blackout curtains, telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, hair dryer, iron with ironing board, clock radio, in-room safe, and wireless Internet (for a fee).
  Facility amenities: This hotel has a swimming pool, bar, restaurant, coffee shop, laundry service (for a fee), and wireless Internet access (for a fee).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A It is possible to book one additional post-program night through Road Scholar. To book an additional night, please contact the Road Scholar Amherst office at 413-253-9736.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arlington, Virginia. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM in the hotel. You will be staying at Hyatt Arlington that night.
  End of Program:
Savannah, Georgia. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Hyatt Regency Savannah the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety 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.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Arlington, VA
  From End of Program
  Location:  Savannah, GA
  Nearest airport:  SAV
Travel Details
 

From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to the Hyatt Arlington

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $18
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

4.2 miles

 

From the Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to the Hyatt Arlington

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 26 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

24 miles

 

From the Hyatt Regency Savannah to the Savannah Hilton Head Airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

 
Driving Directions
  From Richmond to the Hyatt Arlington Head North on I-95. Merge onto I-395 North via Exit 170A-B toward Washington / I-495 / Tysons Corner. Merge onto Washington Boulevard / VA-27 North via Exit 8B toward Pentagon / Arlington Cemetery / Rosslyn. Take the ramp toward Pentagon North Parking Entrance. Merge onto VA-110 North / Jefferson Davis Highway. Turn slight left to take the Wilson Boulevard ramp toward Rosslyn. Turn slight left onto Wilson Boulevard. Turn right onto Nash Street. The hotel in Arlington VA is immediately on the right.
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: Welcome Orientation
(Monday, October 27)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive in Washington, DC and transfer to the hotel. Welcome Orientation with the Group Leader in the hotel.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Arlington
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Washington, DC / Embarkation
(Tuesday, October 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a guided excursion through Washington DC.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion. Embark the Yorktown in the afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Alexandria, Virginia
(Wednesday, October 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: The Battle of Fredericksburg was fought in 1862 and is remembered as one of the most one-sided battles in the Civil War. The Fredericksburg Historical District contains over 350 buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Or chose to enjoy Mount Vernon, George Washington’s massive estate and gardens. Explore 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 on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Yorktown, Virginia
(Thursday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: 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. Set out to explore the USS Monitor Center to see the famed Iron-clad ship that fought in the Battle of Hampton Roads. Alternatively, visit the largest living history museum in the world at Colonial Williamsburg. Enjoy a guided excursion of the many buildings including the Governors Palace and dine at an 18th century tavern.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch onboard or at local restaurant, depending on your choice of excursions.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: At Sea
(Friday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Relax on board and attend a shipboard guest lecture as the Yorktown makes its way to Morehead City, North Carolina.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Take in the views 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, North Carolina
(Saturday, November 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Built in the mid-19th century as the terminus of the North Carolina Railroad, Morehead City was home to large encampments by both armies during the Civil War. Visit the History Place, with its exhibits relating to the Civil War, as well as Fort Macon, a Confederate garrison for a period during the war. Alternately, drive to historic New Bern (settled in 1710), which was captured early in the Civil War by Union forces. Despite repeated Confederate attempts to retake the city, New Bern remained in Union hands until the end of the war. The jewel among New Bern’s sites is Tryon Palace and its elegant gardens, which we will visit. Explore the Federal style Dixon House and Georgian John Wright-Stanley House.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Wilmington, North Carolina
(Sunday, November 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Explore Wilmington’s historic district, a veritable open-air museum of 19th-century architecture. Drive to Fort Fisher, a Confederate stronghold that fell to the Union in 1865, after a massive assault by a force of 9,000 men and 56 ships.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Charleston, South Carolina
(Monday, November 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: A prosperous, cosmopolitan seaport from colonial times, it was in here in Charleston’s harbor that Confederate troops first fired upon Fort Sumter, thus starting the Civil War. Today, explore Charleston’s extensive historic district.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Charleston, South Carolina
(Tuesday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Visit historic Middleton Place, an 18th-century plantation that is a National Historic Landmark. Situated on the Ashley River, the property includes the House Museum, and 65 acres of magnificent gardens.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Enjoy time at leisure to explore on your own. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Beaufort, South Carolina
(Wednesday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: South Carolina’s Lowcountry flourished on the cotton trade, making Beaufort one of the wealthiest cities in the country after Independence. Explore this elegant city, with its magnificent antebellum homes and shady lanes.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore Beaufort on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Savannah, Georgia
(Thursday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Explore Georgia’s oldest city, planned by James Oglethorpe in 1733. Explore this renowned Historic District, the largest in the country, which features over 1,000 Federal and Regency buildings and 21 verdant squares.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore the lovely streets and squares.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Farewell cocktail reception on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Disembark / Savannah, Georgia
(Friday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board
 Morning: Disembark. Enjoy a guided excursion through Savannah.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Pink House.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore on your own.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Savannah
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Independent Departures
(Saturday, November 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Independent Departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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South Carolina Map


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