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  • Virginia Beach

    Located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is the perfect destination for a family beach holiday.

    • Virginia Beach Boardwalk

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    • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Museum

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    • Sandbridge Beach

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    • False Cape State Park

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    • Pier at Virginia Beach

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    Just a few hours’ drive from the Nation’s Capital, where the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay meet, Virginia Beach promises visitors a unique chance to “Live the Life.” Nature at its finest, just-caught and just-picked local food, and toes-in-the-sand relaxation combine for a soul-satisfying experience. A world-renowned boardwalk, energetic downtown, abundant parks and waterways and mild weather give rise to an active lifestyle and flourishing local culture. Shoreline may be the defining element of any beach destination, but it’s the uniquely varied coastal culture that truly sets Virginia Beach apart. 

    An excellent starting place: the vibrant Resort Beach. Famous for its iconic three mile boardwalk, this is where you’ll find restaurants, bustling nightlife, live entertainment and year-round events. To the South, not far from the Resort Beach, Sandbridge Beach exudes island-like charm, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The sand dunes house stunning beachfront rental homes, beach comb, paddleboard or feast on freshly caught blue crabs. Heading North to the bay, you’ll find a laid-back Chesapeake Bay Beach, known as waterman’s paradise with the off-the-radar, dockside restaurants and bars locals prefer. Watch the sunset over the water while savouring fresh seafood, embark on an Oyster Farm Boat Tour on the Lynnhaven River. Hike the winding trails of First Landing state Park or climb to the top of the Cape Henry Lighthouse.

    So whether you seek adventure or simply want to relax, Virginia Beach offers a multi-dimensional holiday experience with an abundance of things to do, places to explore and flavours to sample. Everything that gives locals such an intense love for the beach life is yours to experience – all you have to do is immerse yourself. 

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    • Top Tip 1

      Include at least one night staying in Shenandoah National Park because there are lots of lookout points, amphitheatre presentations (including a fabulous one about Birds of Prey) and trails to explore. Skyland Lodge makes a great selection as it has its own stables and offers horse trail rides in the warmer months.

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      Colonial Williamsburg is a brilliantly restored 18th century town where actors, who are dressed in costumes from the era, bring the village to life. Before you travel, book a table at one of the three taverns for dinner. Its very popular, and rightly so, as everyone is in costume and you are entertained by showmen of the day, such as mandolin players and card tricksters. Williamsburg Lodge and Williamsburg Inn are the only hotels close by, located just a 5 minute walk from the town

    • Top Tip 3

      Make sure you include a visit to Luray Caverns on your itinerary, it is a must see! It's incredible that a cavern of such colossal size could be hidden deep underground - it takes almost an hour to walk through and features an underground reflecting lake.

    • Top Tip 4

      If you are visiting Middleburg, make plans to dine at The Red Fox Inn, an old tavern established in 1728 which maintains its historic charm and serves fabulous cuisine. Book ahead as it is always fully-booked!

    • Top Tip 5

      Virginia is becoming known for its fabulous quality wines. There are lots of vineyards dotted around the state, but The Boxwood Winery on the outskirts of Middleburg is one of our favourites, providing tours and sampling

    • Top Tip 6

      Downtown Charlottesville is split into two distinct sections: the town which houses shops and restaurants, and the college campus which is simply a beautiful area to walk, whilst being surrounded by ornate buildings commissioned by Thomas Jefferson. Montecello, the mountaintop home of Jefferson, is located 10 minutes out of town and an integral part of any visit to Charlottesville.

    • Top Tip 7

      If you like being out on the water, why not hire a kayak from Virginia Beach and head out searching for the wild native dolphins.

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  • A Taste of the Capital Region

    Begins in and ends in Washington, DC

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: April to November

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Jefferson Memorial

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    • Adams Morgan District

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    • Fort McHenry

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    • White House, Washington DC

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    • Cambridge, Chesapeake Bay Sunset

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    • St Michaels Sunset at Hooper Strait Lighthouse

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    • Baltimore, Maryland Zoo

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    • Charlottesville Vineyards

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    • Jefferson Memorial in Bloom

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    • Lincoln Memorial, Washington Dc

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    Day 01

    Arrive Washington DC

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Washington, DC. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Loews Madison Hotel

    Day 02 Day 03

    Washington DC

    We’ve allowed two full days for you to experience the vibrant and historical capital city. We suggest visits to the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the Smithsonians many museums, Arlington Cemetery, the Capitol Building and, of course the White House, which is a must on any visit.

    Hotel: Loews Madison Hotel

    41Mi/66Km

    Day 04

    Baltimore

    Next it’s on to Baltimore, affectionately known as ‘Charm City’, which boasts almost three hundred years of history. Take a trip to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, where you can soar 27 storeys into the air at the Top of the World Observation Deck in the World Trade Centre, explore the World War II submarine, Torsk, and visit the National Aquarium.

    Hotel: Hotel Monaco Baltimore

    31Mi/50Km

    Day 05

    Annapolis

    Annapolis has a laid-back, maritime feel and some of the most stunning scenery on the east coast. The city’s narrow streets feature historic homes and restored buildings, such as Hammond-Harwood House from the 18th century and Maryland State House: completed back in 1779.

    Hotel: Loews Annapolis

    51Mi/82Km

    Day 06

    St Michaels

    Today take the short journey to the beautiful Chesapeake Harbour Town of St Michaels. Known as the ‘town that fooled the British’, it is said that the townspeople hung lanterns in the trees during the War of 1812: causing the cannons to overshoot the houses.

    Hotel: The Inn at Perry Cabin

    27Mi/44Km

    Day 07 Day 08

    Cambridge

    Heading Southwest today you may wish to visit Tilghman Island, home of Chesapeake Bay’s remaining skipjacks and the small town of Oxford: once a major port and shipbuilding centre. The 1684 port town of Cambridge has many historic homes, buildings and museums.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

    195Mi/313Km

    Day 09

    Virginia Beach

    Travel down the Delmarva Peninsula today to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, where you will travel under and over water! Virginia Beach is the world’s longest beach and, at sunset, it comes alive with people enjoying cocktails and heading to one of the many restaurants for a superb dinner.

    Hotel: Hilton Virginia Beach

    60Mi/96Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg is the most extensively restored 18th century town in the USA, so it’s well worth a visit. You may also choose to stop by Jamestown Island, where America’s first English settlement was established.

    Hotel: Kingsmill Resort

    122Mi/196Km

    Day 12

    Charlottesville

    You may wish to route via Richmond today to see the White House of the Confederacy and Maymount Plantation. Then it's on to Charlottesville, where you’ll find Montecello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Sitting atop a mountain in Albermarle, it is described as one of the country’s foremost architectural masterpieces.

    Hotel: Omni Charlottesville

    62Mi/99Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    Shenandoah National Park

    The most scenic drive of your itinerary, the picture perfect setting of Skyline Drive is quite breathtaking. Shenandoah Valley has over 500 miles of hiking trails, winding through lush forests and valleys filled with wildflowers, trickling streams and waterfalls. Luray Caverns are the largest caverns on the east coast and well worth a trip.

    Hotel: Skyland Lodge

    93Mi/149Km

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Take the short drive back to the capital, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2195 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Colonial America

    Begins in and ends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • George Washingtons Mount Vernon

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    • Abraham Lincoln

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    • Philadelphia Skyline

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    • Annapolis Waterfront

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    • Tall Ships in Baltimore

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    Day 01

    Arrive Philadelphia

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Philadelphia. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Why not start your trip with dinner at one of the traditional taverns?

    Hotel: Loews Philadelphia

    Day 02

    Philadelphia

    Welcome to America’s 'Birthplace of Independence’ where many great attractions such as Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Franklin Court and the Betsy Ross House can be found. Dine in some of the country’s best restaurants and discover another great option in the city; tax free shopping.

    Hotel: Loews Philadelphia

    79Mi/131Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Gettysburg

    Leaving the bright lights of Philadelphia behind you’ll discover Penn Dutch Country today, with visits to Kitchen Kettle Village and perhaps an Amish home. Drive through York to Gettysburg, once a battle site in the American Civil War.

    Hotel: Wyndham Gettysburg

    121Mi/205Km

    Day 05 Day 06

    Washington, DC

    Today you will be welcomed into America’s capital! Enjoy the famous monuments, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, Washington Monument and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial which are best viewed on a bike or Segway tour. Explore the Smithsonian’s many museums, visit Arlington Cemetery, the White House, Capitol Building and much more. This evening, choose a fabulous eatery or take in a performance at the Kennedy Centre or Ford’s Theatre.

    Hotel: Loews Madison Hotel

    105Mi/168Km

    Day 07

    Richmond

    Richmond remains one of America's most handsome capital cities. Explore over 400 years of history, from Civil War to Civil Rights, magnificent architecture, world-class museums and monument-lined streets. Visit the Edgar Allan Poe Museum and the Museum and White House of the Confederacy, or indulge in Richmond's diverse shopping and dining scene.

    Hotel: Omni Richmond

    62Mi/100Km

    Day 08 Day 09

    Williamsburg

    Journey to Williamsburg, Virginia along scenic Route 5, and visit one of the many plantations along the way. Don’t miss Colonial Williamsburg, the most extensively restored 18th century town in the United States, or Jamestown Island, where America’s first English settlement was established. Visit exciting Busch Gardens for a day of fun and entertainment, and don’t miss the famous Williamsburg Pottery Outlet. Your accommodation for the next two nights boats a multi-pool complex and two golf courses.

    Hotel: Kingsmill Resort

    59Mi/94Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Virginia Beach

    Visit Newport News’ impressive Mariner’s Museum or the Virginia Living Museum before travelling to Virginia Beach. Experience the Virginia Marine Science Museum where visitors attempt to predict the weather, or enjoy a simulated journey to the bottom of the sea. Visit nearby Norfolk and stroll through the acres of azaleas, camellias and roses.

    Hotel: Hilton Virginia Beach

    217Mi/347Km

    Day 12 Day 13

    Annapolis

    Today your drive takes you north to Annapolis, Maryland’s colonial capital city and now a favourite yachting port. Explore the charming harbour and visit the US Naval Academy.

    Hotel: Loews Annapolis

    30Mi/48Km

    Day 14

    Baltimore

    A short drive brings you to Baltimore, America’s 'Renaissance City’, with its glittering harbour and National Aquarium. Plan a visit to Baltimore’s Inner Harbour for unique shops, live entertainment and diverse eateries.

    Hotel: Hotel Monaco, Baltimore

    91Mi/150Km

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Enjoy the diverse scenery en route back to Philadelphia where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2265 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

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