This unique tour of beautiful gardens and plantations is the perfect way to welcome in the spring season.
As you step through the gates of these historic plantations you may feel as though you have traveled back in time a time when stately manor houses and spectacular gardens dotted Virginias countryside.
Kenmore Plantation & Gardens
Mary Washington House
Richmond Riverfront Canal Cruise
Hanover Tavern Dinner Theater
Maymont House & Gardens
Virginia Museum of Fine Art
Agecroft Hall & Virginia House
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Belmont: Gari Melchers Home, Studio & Gardens
8 Meals Included
Requires Extended Amounts of Walking
This morning we depart for Fredericksburg, VA. After lunch on your own in Downtown Fredericksburg, we will visit Kenmore Plantation & Gardens. This Georgian-style mansion was the home of George Washington's sister Betty and her husband. It is famous for its plastered ceilings, some of the finest surviving examples from America's colonial period. The gardens are based on a popular Colonial design, a foursquare edged in boxwoods. A short Wilderness Walk features native Virginia plants. We will also visit the Mary Washington House, home to George Washington's mother, Mary Ball Washington. After dinner at The Alpine Chef, an outstanding German Restaurant located in Fredericksburg's historic train station, we will check-in to our Ashland hotel.
Today, after breakfast, we will visit Berkeley Plantation. The 1726 Georgian mansion is the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison V, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and William Henry Harrison, ninth president of the United States. During the Civil War the plantation was occupied by Union troops and the famous bugle call 'Taps' was written here. The house is furnished with 18th century pieces and the gardens are comprised of five terraces of boxwoods and flowering gardens. An informative tour of Virginia's first plantation, Shirley Plantation, showcases the lifestyles of Virginia's Gentry Class. Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson and Letitia Tyler, three future first ladies, grew up nearby as part of this elite class and experienced a lifestyle very similar to the ladies of Shirley. After lunch we depart for Richmond, Virginia. In the 1700s a canal system was envisioned that reached from the fall line at Richmond all the way inland to the Ohio River. George Washington surveyed and laid out much of the Virginia portion of that canal. We will ride on a modern-day canal boat and follow the course of that historic waterway in Richmond. We will then enjoy dinner and a show at Hanover Tavern Dinner Theater. Since 1733 a tavern on this site has fed and entertained visitors, among which are Patrick Henry, George Washington, Lord Cornwallis and the Marquis de Lafayette. Tonight, we'll dine in the 18th-century tavern and then be treated to a performance by the Virginia Repertory Theater.
Today, after breakfast, we will visit Maymont House & Gardens. The fabulous Maymont Estate was left to the city of Richmond by its owners in 1925. We'll get a tour of the Gilded Age mansion followed by a special guided tour of the gardens led by Maymont's horticulturalist. The gardens date to the early 1900s and include a spectacular Japanese garden, an Italian garden and an arboretum. They are among the finest such gardens on the East Coast. We will visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Art - Faberge Egg exhibit. We'll get an up-close look at these egg-cellent pieces! We will also visit Agecroft Hall, a centuries-old English manor home purchased and moved across the Atlantic to Richmond. A guided tour of the home reveals the lives of the landed gentry of Tudor England. The expansive gardens were designed by Charles Gillette and include a fragrance garden of blooming aromatics, a sunken garden full of annuals and knot garden of clipped herbs. After dinner at a local restaurant, we will return to our hotel.
This morning, after breakfast, we will visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, named one of the 'Best North American Gardens Worth Traveling For' by BBC Travel and one of the 'Best Botanical Gardens in the US' by the Travel Channel. There's lots to see, including more than a dozen gardens. Enjoy this beautiful facility at your own pace and don't forget to shop in the lovely Garden Store. This afternoon we will visit Belmont: Gari Melchers' Home, Studio & Gardens. Gari Melchers was one of the most successful painters of his time, sought out by the rich and famous. She was a beautiful young art student - and his biggest fan. They fell in love on an ocean liner and spent their lives sharing their love for art and each other. More than 100 years later, the story of Gari and Corinne Melchers lives on in their 18th century home, Belmont. The gardens are of Georgian design, noted for symmetry and geometry. Boxwoods are everywhere. With a mid-afternoon departure, and a stop for dinner en route home, our arrival home is scheduled for later this evening.B
Our intention is to run each tour as originally planned and published. However, if deemed necessary to do so, Perkiomen Tours reserves the right to make changes to tour components, schedules or itineraries without prior notification.
Tips for Perkiomen motorcoach drivers and tour escorts are not included in the price of this tour. We feel that these gratuities should be extended on an individual basis and dictated by the level of service provided.
Motorcoach seating is assigned at the time of reservation but can not be guaranteed. Although we do our best to keep each traveler in the seat assigned at the time of reservation, there are times that it is necessary to move seat locations. Please be sure to verify your final seat number(s) with the driver at the time of boarding. Daily seat rotation is practiced on most multi-day tours. Seat rotation will be explained by your driver or tour escort.
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To fully participate in this tour may require extended amounts of walking. There may be steps, inclines, uneven surfaces or extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitation should take this into consideration.
B=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Allentown - Motorcoach|| Calvary Temple Church |
3436 Winchester Rd., Allentown, PA 18104
|Easton - Shuttle|| William Penn Hwy Park & Ride, near pole A-10 |
Rt 33, Easton, PA
|Montgomeryville - Shuttle|| Quality Inn |
678 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA 18936
|Pennsburg - Motorcoach|| Perkiomen Tours Office |
875 Main St, Pennsburg, PA 18073
|Reading - Shuttle|| Homewood Suites |
2801 Papermill Rd, Reading, PA 19610
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