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Richmond – A Uniquely American City Signature Tour

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  • Apr 28, 2018 - May 02, 2018


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Richmond – A Uniquely American City Signature Tour

This customized Signature Tour highlights the hallowed ground that has played leading roles in the defining moments of our nation’s history—European colonization, the American Revolution, the slave trade, and the American Civil War—and its streets and buildings still harken back to famous speeches, legendary figures, and military victories and defeat. Over this four-night program, we will see how the city’s rich history and passion for the arts has helped to reinvent Richmond as a place where the past and the present coexist.

Richmond Highlights
*Study the preservation and rehabilitation of Richmond’s Church Hill and Jackson Ward neighborhoods. * Dine for lunch at the 18th century Westover Plantation. * Learn about the newest discoveries and excavation work at historic Jamestown. * Spend four nights at the elegant and recently renovated landmark Jefferson Hotel.

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Hotel Accommodations: Four nights at the elegant and recently renovated Jefferson Hotel, a member of Historic Hotels of America dating back to 1895

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Arrivals in Richmond
Take an independent flight to Richmond International Airport (RIC) and transfer independently to the historic Jefferson Hotel. After checking in, gather for a relaxing Southern Afternoon Tea under the magnificent Tiffany stained-glass ceiling of The Jefferson’s Palm Court lobby. This evening, join fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at one of Richmond’s top restaurants. (Afternoon Tea, D)

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018
Jamestown Settlement
After Breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a scenic drive to the historic Jamestown Settlement for a guided visit of the site with a local expert. Weather permitting, you will also be able to see the excavation work that has helped deepen the understanding of the history of Virginia. Lunch will be held at the Westover Plantation, located about 30 miles west of Jamestown, on the edge of the James River. Beautiful views of the waterfront and fascinating stories of the life on the Plantation await you there. Head back to Richmond for an independent evening. (B, L)

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018
Jackson Ward & Monument Avenue
Begin your day in Jackson Ward, a National Historic Landmark neighborhood since 1978, and the focus of current preservation and  revitalization efforts. Architectural styles that range from Federal-style homes to Victorian townhouses attest to the area’s rich history as an important African-American Business community. Tour the former home of Maggie Lena Walker, the first female African-American bank president, and see the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, founded in 1867 and one of the nation’s pioneers in religious historic preservation. Continue on a tour of Monument Avenue, one of the nation’s largest thoroughfares where past and present intersect. Follow the lead of a local expert and step inside exquisite private homes designed by prominent architects. The tour will also highlight the famous and controversial statues of Confederate leaders along the avenue and the 1996 statue of Richmond native and champion tennis player Arthur Ashe flanking the western end. Enjoy lunch at Amuse, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ excellent restaurant, and a beautiful view of works by Henry Moore and Aristide Maillol displayed in the sculpture garden. Walk next door to the Virginia Historical Society and peel back the layers of Richmond’s history with a private viewing of select artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection. On the afternoon drive to Windsor Farms to discover the neighborhood’s Virginia House with its gardens designed by Charles Gillette and the Wilton House Museum with its lovely setting on the James River. Dinner is independent. (B, L)

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018
Main Street Station & Church Hill
Begin your day at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, one of the oldest markets still active today, and trace the evolution of the city’s business and infrastructure development through the railroad. Hear about the city’s newest renovation of Main Street Station. Walk to nearby Randolph Lodge, one of the nation’s oldest Federal-style Masonic lodges. Enjoy lunch at the beautiful boutique Quirk Hotel, formerly a 1916 department store, and hear about the restoration and revitalization of the building by owner Ted Ukrop. Spend the first part of the afternoon touring Church Hill, where Richmond’s preservation movement began. Walk by St. John’s Episcopal Church and Churchyard, a National Historical landmard and stage of Patrick Henry’s 1775 “Give me liberty or give me death.” To end the day, embark on a tour of Hollywood Cemetery and look for names of two American presidents among the memorials of this cemetery that dates back to the 1840s. Enjoy a farewell dinner at one of Richmond’s historic restaurants. (B, L, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer independently to Richmond’s airport (RIC). (B)