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$150 Cultural & Theme Tours

Monticello and Thomas Jefferson Country Day Trip from Washington DC

At Washington DC's Union Station, board your comfortable, air-conditioned coach for the 117-mile (188-km) drive to Charlottesville, Virginia. Along the way, listen to your driver talk about the life of Thomas Jefferson, and watch a video on this founding father and American president. Stop at Michie Tavern for a tour of this rustic, 18th-century landmark and a hearty lunch of southern favorites (own expense) served family style; you may also choose to wait and eat at the cafe at Monticello if you prefer. After leaving Michie Tavern, take a gorgeous drive up an 850-foot (260-meter) mountain to Monticello, Jefferson's lavish plantation home, and spend 3 to 4 hours exploring it on your own. Join a guided tour of the magnificent neoclassical-style mansion, and see the extensive slave quarters on Mulberry Row. Walk around the lush vegetable and flower gardens and pay a visit to Jefferson's grave. Your day trip also includes a drive through the lovely grounds of the University of Virginia, which was founded and designed by Jefferson. Relax on the drive back to Washington DC, and conclude your 11.5-hour day trip at Union Station.

$105 Cultural & Theme Tours

Charlottesville Civil War History Private Half-Day Tour

The 3-hour tour begins when you are picked up from your departure point by a private air-conditioned vehicle. Your tour guide Rick Britton is award-winning historian and he will give you all the facts of the historical sites that you will see. The highlights include the Court Square Slave Block, where infamous slave auctions took place. Continue on to see The University of Virginia, what once was the headquarter of the Confederate General Hospital. Then on to Rio Hill, the site of Albermarle County's only clash of arms. A historian of the Old Dominion, Rick Britton specializes in 18th and 19th-century Virginia history and is a historian of the Old Dominion. His areas of expertise include the American Civil War, the life and times of Thomas Jefferson, and the history of the central Piedmont. He will also teach you how Charlottesville helped the Confederate war efforts during the American Civil War and visit the region’s only Civil War battlefield, and hear of the surrender of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia.

$165 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Virginia Craft Beer 5-Hour Private Tour

On this exciting 5-hour craft beer private tour, you will go behind the scenes for a production tour where you will learn about the brewing process and sample the brewmaster's very own selection. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health” so join in the fun and let the good times roll! You will visit up to 4 craft breweries, based on the brewery availability: Blue Mountain Brewery, Devils Back Bone, Wild Wolf Brewing company, Starr Hill Brewery, and South Street Brewery. Sample of five to ten tasty beers at each brewery that you visit. you will get an exclusive 15 to 20-minute behind the scenes production tour at one of your stops. (based on availability).

$309 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Virginia Private Custom Wine Tour from Charlottesville

Be escorted in comfort and style as you tour and taste some of Virginia’s finest vineyards and wines. Whether you are a couple looking for an intimate getaway, a small group celebrating a special occasion, a bridal party, or a business team looking for a creative outing, this tour package is for you! Experience the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains or the charm of historic Charlottesville as you traverse the scenic countryside for a day of touring and wine tasting. Your vehicle type will depend on your group size. This private custom tour features 3 to 4 winery visits, tasting room recommendations, a picnic lunch or refreshment (depending on choice selected), and an experienced personal Wine Trail guide.

$79 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Charlottesville Evening Delight Food Tour

Starting at the Alley Light - Tasting of Bone Marrow with braised escargot, parsley breadcrumb, greens. Paired with dry Sherry. Moving on to Bebedero – Nachos Black Beans longaniza, house picked hot pepper, with a cheese sauce. Now Whiskey Jar - sit and relax sipping one of their signature Cocktail. Next heading to Commonwealth for a tasting and pairing of wine or beer. Finishing with Tilman's  of cheese and wine. All tasting and drinks are included in one price! How can you beat that? Do you love food? Leaving with full tummies meeting, new friends, learning some history as we walk our way through one of the longest outdoors downtown malls in the nation. This is a new culinary adventure activity that is a “must do”. With a variety of tasting, you will learn the best place to dine while in town.

$1410 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Shenandoah National Park Virginia USA Photo Tour and Workshop

Friday, Nov 8th, 2019: Arrival & Check-in, Meet & Greet, Tour Overview, Q & A, Late afternoon & sunset shoot on and around the Naked Creek or The Point Overlook. Saturday, Nov 9th, 2019: We will meet before sunrise and head to Pinnacles Overlook.  Once we've finished our morning session we will hike the 1.6 mile Stony Man Nature Trail to reach the Stony Man cliffs, the second highest point in the park.  Later in the day we'll venture over to The Limberlost Trail, a gently winding walkway of crushed green stone, passes through the remains of old-growth hemlocks before crossing over Whiteoak Canyon Run on a wooden bridge. We'll wrap up the day with sunset at Crescent Rock Overlook. Sunday, Nov 10th, 2019: This morning our sunrise will be at Bacon Hollow Overlook.  We'll then head over to the Rapidan Camp, a national historic landmark thanks to President Herbert Hoover.  We'll rest up for sunset at The Oaks Overlook.  Monday, Mon 11th, 2019: We’ll complete our workshop with some time on the Appalachian National scenic trail and then over to Dark Hollow Falls.  Once we finish session, we’ll head back to the hotel, pack up, say our goodbyes until the next photographic adventure!