Presidential Virginia & Shenandoah Valley

Stately Mansions and Scenic Valleys

  • Date

    September 27-October 1, 2020 | Sun / Thu – 5 Days

  • Location

    Monticello | Highland | Montpelier | Shenandoah National Park | Staunton | Charlottesville

Ambassadair Trip #8100

Overview

Tour the stately homes of three presidents: Jefferson’s Monticello, Monroe’s Highland, and Madison’s Montpelier. All are located near the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, which provides a stunning backdrop to these historic properties. Spend a day driving along Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway in Shenandoah National Park. Visit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum and discover Staunton, considered one of America’s greatest Main Streets. Tour the University of Virginia, which was founded by Jefferson. Enjoy lunch at the historic 18th-century Michie Tavern, visit small mountain towns, and learn about the historical significance of this part of Virginia.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Visit 3 presidential homes: Monticello, Montpelier, and Highland
  • Guided drive through Shenandoah National Park
  • Visit Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum
  • Tour the University of Virginia
  • Lunch at the historic Michie Tavern
  • Explore the mountain town of Staunton, Virginia

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • Escorted
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 2 dinner
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches, especially in historic areas.

Sun, Sep 27: Depart Indianapolis for Charlottesville, Virginia via motorcoach. Upon arrival, relax and enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. (Meal: Dinner)

Mon, Sep 28: Begin your presidential home trek through Virginia with a visit to Highland, the official residence of the fifth president, James Monroe, who served from 1799 to 1823. Discover the fascinating life of the tireless public servant who fought and bled in the American Revolution and successfully negotiated the Louisiana Purchase. Monroe personally knew and corresponded with all the founding presidents: George Washington, John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Excerpts from their letters reveals the friendships that influenced politics during the founding era. Travel a few miles down the road to the historic 18th-century Michie Tavern for lunch featuring an authentic Southern-style buffet. Continue on to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for a tour of the beautiful home and gardens of the third president of the United States. Learn about Jefferson’s pursuit of happiness through architecture, botany, philosophy, and family and hear the stories of the free and enslaved people who lived at Monticello. Return to the hotel and explore the restaurants on the Historic Pedestrian Mall, right outside the hotel. (B,L)

Tue, Sep 29: Today, take in the stunning views of Skyline Drive inShenandoah National Park. A local guide will narrate as you travel through the park and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery. After lunch, continue to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum and explore our 28th president’s early years and his eventful presidency, as well as suffrage, prohibition, and World War I. In the mountain town of Staunton, considered one of America’s greatest Main Streets, meander through the quaint shops and restaurants before returning to Charlottesville. (B,L)

Wed, Sep 30: This morning, tour the University of Virginia, located in Charlottesville. Thomas Jefferson founded UVA with a vision to establish an academic village close to his Monticello estate. In his attempt to reinvent higher education in America, Jefferson allowed professors self-governance and freedom to push boundaries. Faculty and students lived in close proximity to one another, which allowed for a free exchange of ideas. This afternoon, visit James Madison’s Montpelier. Madison, the fourth president of the United States, is considered the Father of the Constitution, and this is evident during a tour of the home. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening. (B,D)

Thu, Oct 1: Return to Indianapolis. (B)

Omni Charlottesville Hotel, Charlottesville, Virginia
Located in downtown Charlottesville, the resort offers an array of on-site recreational amenities and is within walking distance to the shopping and restaurant district. Highlights: complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access • restaurant and coffee shop • indoor/outdoor heated swimming pools • whirlpool • sauna • fitness.

PRICING

  • Complete Package
  • Double P/P – $1,549
  • Triple P/P – $1,449
  • Single – $1,939

* Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge

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