Since it was established in 1969, the Bermuda National Trust has acquired more than 60 historic properties & open-space areas in Bermuda, & is a formidable force in the preservation of this fragile island, characterized by graceful Georgian houses of whitewashed coral limestone, manicured gardens, & sparkling turquoise waters. Discover Bermuda in all its cultural glory with VIP tours of historic monuments, special openings of grand private homes, & exclusive invitations into breathtaking hidden gardens. Taking place during the Bermuda National Trust’s festive “Christmas Walkabout,”.
Thanks to Bermuda’s successful management of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is confident in welcoming visitors back. National Trust travelers will encounter a safer destination that emphasizes wellness and responsible precautions to make your first visit—or your return—memorable for all the right reasons.
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- Trip Type
- Closer to Home, Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Dec 1, 2020 - Dec 6, 2020
Fairmont Southampton Resort
Stay five nights at the luxurious and lushly landscaped Fairmont Southampton, perched on Bermuda’s South Shore with miles of pink sand beaches. The resort offers guest rooms that are appointed with private balconies, walk-in closets, and marble bathrooms, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, and a spa and fitness facility.
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John Meffert, consultant on Heritage Conservation Services, has a long tradition with the National Trust. He has served as the Director for our Southern Office from and was the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest nonprofit organization in the United States, responsible for preserving the historic resources of Charleston, S.C. John has delighted many study tour groups with his lectures and insights on preservation, and receives rave reviews as study leader.
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- day Tue. Dec. 1
Welcome to Historic Bermuda
Arrive at the Bermuda airport and transfer independently to the luxurious and lushly landscaped Fairmont Southampton, located on Bermuda’s stunning south shore, with miles of pink sand beaches. This evening, join study leader John Meffert for an introductory talk about Bermuda and celebrate your first night with a welcome dinner at one of the island’s best local restaurants. (D)
- day Wed. Dec. 2
Carter House & St. George
Set out for St. George, Bermuda’s capital until 1815, and possibly the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the New World. Join a Bermuda National Trust representative on a 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 shipwrecked settlers; and St. Peter’s Church, the oldest Anglican church in continuous use in the western hemisphere. At the 18th-century Tucker House, view Bermudian furniture, portraits, hand-sewn quilts, and silver. Next, drive to a spectacular private home and enjoy lunch with the owners. Proceed to Carter House, one of the oldest buildings on St. David’s Island. An example of early Bermudian vernacular architecture, it was built circa 1640 of stone rather than wood by the descendants of one of two crew members of the shipwrecked Sea Venture who remained in Bermuda when other survivors left for Virginia in 1610. (B, L)
- day Thur. Dec. 3
Estates & Antiques
Drive to Waterville, one of the oldest and most elegant houses on Bermuda, and the Bermuda National Trust’s current headquarters. 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, a unique example of early Georgian architecture built around 1710, which has remained virtually unchanged for 300 years. The museum within features a collection of Bermuda-made cedar furniture, portraits, and English and Chinese porcelain. The gardens contain an assortment of herbs, roses, and fruit trees. Continue to Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital, for an independent lunch followed by a guided stroll including a tour of the Bermuda Historical Society Museum at “Par-la-Ville.” Return to the Fairmont for an evening at leisure. (B)
- day Fri. Dec. 4
Set out for Camden and explore highlights from the 36-acre Bermuda Botanical Gardens, featuring native palmetto trees, rose and hibiscus gardens, and banyan and ficus trees. Enjoy a curator-led tour of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, with a world-class collection 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. Following an afternoon at leisure, return to St. George to take in the festive celebrations of the Bermuda National Trust’s Christmas Walkabout. (B, L)
- day Sat. Dec. 5
Royal Dockyard & Lunch Cruise
Discover the Royal Naval Dockyard on a special walking tour led by the Bermuda National Trust. Visit the National Museum of Bermuda, housed within a large fortress and dedicated to Bermuda’s maritime history. During a private visit to the Commissioner’s House, learn about the largest restoration project ever undertaken in Bermuda. After free time to explore the Royal Naval Dockyard, enjoy a private luncheon cruise back to the Fairmont resort. This evening, bid farewell to Bermuda during a memorable dinner in Bermuda’s finest restaurant. (B, L, D)
- day Sun. Dec. 6
After a morning at leisure, take independent taxis to the airport for return flights to the United States. (B)
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