Outer Banks, North Carolina

Lighthouses, Beaches, & Wild Horses

  • Date

    June 2-6, 2019 | Sun / Thu – 5 Days

  • Location

    Norfolk | Corolla | Kitty Hawk | Cape Hatteras | Ocracoke Island | Roanoke Island

Overview

Be swept away to the natural beauty of the Outer Banks – America’s first beach. Two hundred miles of barrier islands off of North Carolina invite you to explore the wild landscape, history, and quaint beachside communities. After arriving in Norfolk, you’ll make your way down the most picturesque road where lighthouses protecting sailors for over 100 years still stand, where wild Spanish Colonial Mustangs run free, and where you’ll find beachside towns inviting you to slow down and enjoy the scenery. Not only do the Outer Banks delight adventurers, birders, and shoppers, but maritime history fans as well. See four lighthouses including the tallest, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and the second oldest in the nation, Ocracoke Lighthouse. Tour Nauticus, a modern maritime museum housing the largest and last battleship ever built by the U.S. Navy.Visit the birthplace of aviation in Kitty Hawk and take an unforgettable 4×4 adventure to see wild horses running free along the seaside. Attend a performance of The Lost Colony, which tells the mysterious story of the first English colony that disappeared within three years.  A maritime vacation awaits you among the serene and natural beauty of the Outer Banks.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Take a 4×4 wild horse safari
  • See four of the most popular Outer Banks lighthouses
  • Visit the historic Whalehead Club
  • Ocracoke Island day trip with ferry
  • See the birthplace of aviation at the Wright Brothers Memorial
  • Visit Roanoke Island Festival Park
  • See The Lost Colony at an outdoor amphitheater

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Norfolk, Virginia
  • Escorted
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

Itinerary

Sun, Jun 2: After arriving in Norfolk, Virginia you ship out. Well, not quite, but while touring the Nauticus — a modern maritime museum located in Norfolk’s harbor — you’ll get a chance to explore the six-star, Battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest and last battleships built by the U.S. Navy. After doing battle and earning five stars in World War II, one star for her efforts in the Korean War, and commendation for service during the first Gulf War, Battleship Wisconsin was restored and berthed at Nauticus. Not only can you explore Navy life on board and grab a bite to eat, but you can peruse the museum and its interactive and informative exhibits and shops. Disembark and be swept away to the natural beauty of Outer Banks, North Carolina — America’s first beach. Two-hundred miles of barrier islands offer wild landscape and history for you to explore. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)

Mon, Jun 3: This morning start your exploration in Corolla; that’s “Car-rah-la,” if you want to pronounce it like the locals. Known for its beautiful beaches and small-town beach community, you’ll still find an air of sophistication when touring the 39 acres that is home to the historic Whalehead Club. Learn about the wealthy Pennsylvanian residents that built their home in the 1920’s and how it transformed over the years. Enjoy some free time and grab a bite to eat at one of the many open-air restaurants throughout the charming beachside town. Walk the grounds of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse or challenge yourself to climb to the top of the distinctive, exposed brick lighthouse. Complete the afternoon with a Wild Horse Safari where catching a ride on a 4×4 down the beach allows glimpses of Colonial Spanish Mustangs roaming freely in their seaside environment. Return to the hotel to enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B)

Tue, Jun 4: A scenic drive along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore takes you through marshlands, forests, and of course, graceful dunes and serene oceanfront. Along the way, stop at the Bodie Island Lighthouse and see the black and white horizontal stripes rising 150 feet high and topped with a first-order Fresnel lens. Standing at 208 feet tall and candy-striped in black and white, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is picture perfect while protecting a treacherous part of the Outer Banks. Hop on a ferry to Ocracoke Island for a chance to slow down, watch the birds or sea life, stroll through the village and enjoy some ice cream, and explore the one square mile quaint town and its lighthouse. (B,L)

Wed, Jun 5: On the way to Roanoke Island, stop at the Wright Brothers Monument in Kitty Hawk celebrating the historic accomplishment of Wilbur and Orville Wright in 1903 when they flew inches above the Outer Banks beach. Continue south to the charming and historic village of Manteo for lunch and exploration on your own. Take a jaunt around the historic Roanoke Island Festival Park where examples of early life are seen including the Elizabeth II, a 69‐foot sailing vessel that carried explorers in 1585. After dinner, attend a production of the famous The Lost Colony, which recounts the history of the area and features over 100 actors at an outdoor amphitheater located on the site of the original Roanoke Colony. (B,D)

Thu, Jun 6: Return to Norfolk and depart for Indianapolis. (B)

Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn, Outer Banks

Hilton Garden Inn, Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk.

This cozy, coastal hotel is located just steps from the beach. Enjoy close proximity to restaurants, shops, and the fishing pier. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator, microwave • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • indoor/outdoor pool • fitness center.

PRICING

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $2,449
  • Triple P/P – $2,289
  • Single – $3,019
  • Child (under 12) – $1,699
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $1,909
  • Triple P/P – $1,749
  • Single – $2,479
  • Child (under 12) – $1,159

*Subject to change due to increase in fuel surcharge

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