05/27/2019 - 06/02/2019

HIGHLIGHTS:    The Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk, Jockey Ridge, Cape Hatteras, Chincoteague Ponies, Tangier Island, Cape May, Philadelphia, & lots more … 10 MEALS

MAY 27 … Our group makes the drive across South Carolina, traveling to the historic coast of North Carolina, for a 2 night stay on this remote finger of land that extends out into the Atlantic.  The Outer Banks consist of a string of narrow islands and peninsulas that lie between the ocean and the sounds along 125 miles of North Carolina coastline.  Through years of storms and shipwrecks, the islands have developed a distinct culture. Rich in history, it was on Roanoke Island that the first English colony was settled in 1585, as Sir Walter Raleigh founded a town on Roanoke Island in 1585.  Our group will check into a hotel in Nags Head for a 2 night stay. (D)

MAY 28  CAPE HATTERAS … Today we explore the Outer Banks with a local guide pointing our many interesting sights.  Jockey Ridge is an imposing site, a sand dune over 100 feet high that is a popular launching point for hang gliders and the tallest dune in the eastern United States.  The Cape Hatteras National Seashore extends 45 square miles along the Outer Banks, and we travel this area of natural and wild beauty to the town of Hatteras, with the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States, standing at 208 feet. Returning to Nags Head, enjoy a delicious dinner on the waterfront at the TALE OF THE WHALE Restaurant. (B,D)

MAY 29CHINCOTEAGUE PONIES … This morning we stop at Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers successfully launched their first flight in 1903. Leaving the Carolinas for Virginia, we approach the Chesapeake Bay and cross the amazing Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, an 18 mile route of one of the world’s most incredible engineering feats. Moving north along this narrow finger of land with the Bay on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other we come to the tiny town of Chincoteague, famous for its wild ponies. Legend has it that horses survived early shipwrecks and swam to land, and their off-spring have become the Chincoteague ponies.  They actually live on Assateague Island with over 300 species of birds.  We continue north into the Eastern Shore of Maryland for a 2 night stay. (B)

MAY 30TANGIER ISLAND … The quaintness of this coastal area is so unique, as we travel to the shores of the Chesapeake to Crisfield. Here our group boards the Steven Thomas for a cruise out to Tangier Island. First settled in 1686 by the English, some of the natives still speak with a slight Elizabethan accent. Lunch on Tangier Island is at Hilda Crockett’s famous Chesapeake House.  "Her crab cakes", some say, "are the best on the Chesapeake Bay".  We enjoy leisure time on the island before returning to the mainland. (B,L) 

MAY 31… VICTORIAN CAPE MAY …Traveling along the coast, we drive along the Atlantic Ocean heading north into Delaware. At Lewes, our group will board a ferry for the 80 minute ride to Cape May, NJ. Upon arrival, the group will board a Trolley for a Tour showcasing Cape May, one of the oldest seashore resorts along the Atlantic coast. During the 1800’s, it was a recreational haven for the “Rich & Famous”, and also Presidents Buchanan, Grant, Harrison, and Lincoln all vacationed here.  The gingerbread of Victorian architecture is everywhere in this village of well-preserved 19th century structures that has been designated a national historic landmark. Overnight in New Jersey. (B)

JUN 1LIBERTY BELL & INDEPENDENCE HALL … Breakfast, and we travel to Philadelphia, a city closely associated with America’s freedoms and the pursuit of “Liberty”.  Your guide will take you to see the Liberty Bell and tour Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. We will visit the home of Betsy Ross, and learn of the history of this colony known as “Penn’s Woods” and the city known for “Brotherly Love”.  You will walk the streets of Ben Franklin and William Penn understand better the beginnings of America. Later we travel south around DC and into Virginia . Farewell Dinner. (B,D)

JUNE 2 … This morning we head home after an exciting trip to the outer coastline areas of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey & the Chesapeake Bay (B)


 PRICE:  $1099 per person, double occupancy

              Single Supplement: $400    

               Travel Protection ... $105

               Deposit Required:  $200 

               Final Payment Due:  APRIL 15, 2019

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