The Virginia Presidential Tour

  • Berry Hill Estate
  • Patrick Henry's Red Hill Plantation
  • James River Plantations
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Monticello, Highland, and Montpelier


June 16 – 21, 2025


  • Lovely accommodations: Berry Hill Resort (1); Williamsburg Lodge (2); The Clifton Inn (2)
  • Visits to bucolic estate-homes: Berry Hill, Red Hill, Berkeley, Sherwood Forest, Monticello, Highland, Montpelier, and Barboursville.
  • Williamsburg’s living history, preserved architecture, and decorative arts / folk art museums
  • Beautiful countryside drives
  • Small group ambiance and warmth; local hospitality on display; down time to relax and drink it in

Trip Description

Migrating South . . . Our Seasonal Rite of Passage

This is our annual trek south during the Carolina winter. Discover Thomasville, Georgia, a former Winter Colony, and its lovely historic district, unique museums, and charming small town ambiance. In Apalachicola, Florida, soak in the sunshine and coastal breezes of this once bustling cotton port, alongside its rich history and famed seafood!  Coming and going, enjoy spectacular backroads drives along roads less-traveled: including the lovely Old Florida resort of Wakulla Springs, home to impressive numbers of birds and swamp life, and the St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge.

What's Included

  • Comfortable van transportation
  • Accommodation for 5 nights
  • Breakfast*, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • All activities / admissions per the itinerary
  • Guide and concierge service throughout the trip

Trip Price

$3,996 / person (double occupancy; single supplement, $956)

What's Not Included

Price does not include alcohol, other meals (*excluding breakfast in Williamsburg), or optional trip insurance.

..well-planned, from interesting and fun excursions planned each day, to comfortable lodging and transportation. Our trip leaders, Chumley and Khal, were impressive with their knowledge of each area we explored and gracious in their planning of every aspect of our trips.

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This trip departs from Greenville / Spartanburg, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina. If you live elsewhere, please contact us to discuss travel arrangements, and we will look forward to assisting you!

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