Discover Bermuda’s unique blend of British formality, island nonchalance, and rich architectural heritage, including historic St. George, founded in 1612. This tailor-made program offers VIP tours of historic monuments; special openings of grand, private historic homes; exclusive invitations into breathtaking hidden gardens; and specially arranged, informative talks by representatives from our host, the Bermuda National Trust. Since it was established in 1969, the Bermuda National Trust has acquired more than 60 historic properties and open-space areas in Bermuda, characterized by graceful Georgian houses of whitewashed coral limestone, manicured gardens, and sparkling turquoise waters.
Frequent study leader and historian, John Meffert is a long-time proponent of preservation. As former director of the National Trust’s Southern Office, John now serves as a consultant on heritage conservation services in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, where he has also served as the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston preserving the historic resources of the city.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28
Arrive at the Bermuda airport and transfer independently to the luxurious Fairmont Southampton, located on Bermuda’s stunning south shore, with miles of pink sand beaches. At 6:00 pm, meet study leader John Meffert and enjoy an introductory talk on Bermuda. Celebrate your first night in Bermuda at a welcome dinner in one of Bermuda’s best restaurants. Fairmont Southampton (D)
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Horseshoe Bay & St. George
Set out for Carter House, one of the oldest buildings on St. David’s Island and home to the St. David’s Island Historical Society Museum. The house was constructed circa 1640 by the descendants of Christopher Carter, one of two crew members of Sir George Somers’ shipwrecked Sea Venture who remained in Bermuda when other survivors left for Virginia in 1610. It is a typical example of early Bermudian vernacular architecture and uniquely built of stone rather than wood. Proceed to St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bermuda’s capital until 1815, and possibly the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the New World. Follow a representative from the Bermuda National Trust on a special walking tour along St. George’s narrow streets to see King’s Square; the Town Hall; Deliverance, a replica of one of two ships built by the shipwrecked settlers; and St. Peter’s Church, the oldest Anglican church in continuous use in the western hemisphere. Drive to a spectacular private home and enjoy lunch with the owners. Continue to the Bermuda National Trust Museum housed in the Globe, originally built as a governor’s mansion around 1700. Next, view a notable collection of Bermudian furniture, portraits, hand-sewn quilts, and silver housed in the 18th-century Tucker House. The evening is at leisure. Fairmont Southampton (B, L)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Drive to Waterville, one of the oldest and most elegant houses on Bermuda, currently the headquarters of the Bermuda National Trust. Major renovations were undertaken in 1811, and the house has been restored in that period’s style. The waterfront grounds include the Bermuda Rose Society’s showcase garden of old roses. Continue to one of the most splendid private historic estates in Bermuda, then visit Verdmont, built around 1710. Verdmont is a unique example of early Georgian architecture and has remained virtually unchanged for 300 years. The museum within features an extensive collection of antiques including Bermuda-made cedar furniture, portraits, English and Chinese porcelain, and a child’s nursery. The gardens contain an assortment of herbs, roses, and fruit trees, and the sweeping view of South Shore is spectacular. Continue to Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital, for an independent lunch. Enjoy a guided stroll through Hamilton, including a tour of the Bermuda Historical Society Museum at “Par-la-Ville.” Return to the Fairmont for an evening at leisure. Fairmont Southampton (B)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1
Set out for Camden and explore the 36-acre Bermuda Botanical Gardens, featuring native palmetto trees, rose and hibiscus gardens, banyan and ficus trees, several greenhouses, and an aviary. Enjoy a curator-led tour of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, which boasts a world-class collection of more than 1,200 pieces of art, including works by Henry Moore, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Winslow Homer. Continue to another private home with magnificent gardens, and be treated to lunch hosted by the owner, a sixth-generation Bermudian. En route back to the hotel, stop at Horseshoe Bay, considered Bermuda’s most beautiful beach. Following an afternoon at leisure, return to St. George to take in the festive celebrations of the Bermuda National Trust’s annual Christmas Walkabout. Fairmont Southampton (B, L)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
Drive to the Royal Naval Dockyard for a special walking tour led by the Bermuda Trust. Visit the National Museum of Bermuda, which is housed within a large fortress called The Keep. This fascinating museum is dedicated to Bermuda’s rich maritime history with extensive artifact collections and fine historical exhibitions. Enjoy a private visit to the Commissioner’s House, the largest restoration project ever undertaken in Bermuda. Following free time for exploring the Royal Naval Dockyard, enjoy a private luncheon cruise back to the Fairmont. This evening, bid farewell to Bermuda during a memorable dinner in Bermuda’s finest restaurant. Fairmont Southampton (B, L, D)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3
Following a morning of leisure, take independent taxis to the airport for return flights to the United States.
There are no pre and post tours