• Take in a selection of America’s most prestigious historical architecture, as we journey from Washington DC, the grand capital of the United States, to Jamestown, where English-speaking America began over four centuries ago
• Visit splendid plantation houses along the James River, and take in the quiet elegance of Poplar Forest, Jefferson’s remote villa retreat
• Travel through the wonderful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains
architectural historian and Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings at the RIBA
Tour assembles late afternoon at The Embassy Row Hotel, Washington DC, for two nights.
Morning in Washington DC: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Capitol Hill and Union Station. Afternoon: Washington National Cathedral and Hillwood Mansion (grand collection of European decorative arts assembled by Marjorie Merriweather Post).
Mount Vernon (Washington’s plantation home overlooking Potomac River), Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House (by Frank Lloyd Wright). Transfer to Charlottesville for two nights at Omni Charlottesville Hotel.
Monticello (Jefferson’s hilltop plantation house) and Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center (exhibits on life and work of Jefferson).
Morning: buildings of the University of Virginia (exteriors – visit subject to confirmation) followed by Lexington (Stonewall Jackson’s House Museum and Robert E Lee’s Memorial Chapel). Continue along Blue Ridge Parkway (mountain meadows, farmland and forest) via Natural Bridge to Peaks of Otter Lodge for overnight.
Poplar Forest (Jefferson’s remote private retreat) followed by Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (Civil War surrender site). Continue to Richmond (Capitol designed by Jefferson). Transfer to Williamsburg for four nights at Williamsburg Lodge.
Historical Jamestowne (site of original Jamestown colony), Jamestown Settlement (living history museum of 17th century American history, colonists’ fort, Indian fort) and Battlefield at Yorktown (where the British surrendered to George Washington in 1781).
Plantation houses on James River: Sherwood Forest (owned by 10th president, John Tyler), Westover (beautiful red brick mansion), Berkeley (birthplace of President Harrison), Shirley (Virginia’s oldest plantation).
Historical Williamsburg: William and Mary College (Jefferson’s alma mater), Bruton Church (attended by Jefferson and Washington), Peyton Randolph House (home to Virginia’s representative to London) and the reconstructed Governor’s House (final headquarters of British rule) and Capitol (America’s first representative assembly). Free evening.
Depart for Fredericksburg: Kenmore (plantation house built by Betty Washington Lewis). Continue via Gunston Hall (English Georgian-style plantation house built for George Mason IV) to Washington DC for overnight at The Embassy Row Hotel.
Tour disperses after breakfast or following independent exploration of museums in National Mall area.
8 Jun — 18 Jun 2020
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Tour Director Charles Hind writes: “An American colleague once commented to me that this was the most comprehensive tour of colonial Virginia that he had ever come across. From the first settlement at Jamestown to the establishment of the federal capital in Washington, we explore the first two centuries (and more) of the development of American history and society through its architecture and culture."
The visits on this tour will involve a moderate amount of walking, so a good level of fitness is required, but none are especially strenuous. Please note we will be travelling long distances by coach, with one day including up to four hours’ coach travel, interspersed with visits and stops en route. Our itinerary will also involve several hotel changes.
Cost of £4195 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, nine dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities for group services.
Not included: return travel (this can be arranged by the ACE office at a supplementary cost, subject to availability), ESTA, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £965.