2002 Charms of the Chesapeake

You’re invited to join Fred Theurkauf, on May 22, 2002, as we embark on an American history adventure and bridge holiday touring the Chesapeake Bay area. Our new itinerary includes three nights in Richmond, Virginia, two nights in colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, two nights on Maryland's relaxing eastern shore, 3 nights in Baltimore, Maryland, and 3 nights in Philadelphia. We've included exciting excursions to Charlottesville, Alexandria, Jamestown, and Mount Vernon, as well as St. Michael's & Cambridge, Maryland. The wealth of American history, folklore and patriotism in the area will be evident in everything from the landing of the first settlers at Jamestown to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, from the encampments at Valley Forge to Fort McHenry, from colonial Williamsburg to Independence Hall. Plus we'll enjoy the hospitality of local bridge players in Richmond, Williamsburg, Baltimore and Philadelphia, as well as two sessions with our own group at a bayside resort on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Dates: May 22 to June 4, 2002 - 14 days
Cost: $3,346.00


Tour Schedule
Day 1 Arrive Richmond
  Welcome to Richmond, a city which has been home to four of the eight American Presidents born in Virginia. Upon arrival at the Richmond Airport, you’ll be transferred to the classic Jefferson Hotel. Tonight, you’re invited to join Fred Theurkauf for hosted cocktails and Welcome Dinner at the Jefferson.
Hotel: Jefferson Hotel
Meal(s): , Dinner
Day 2 Richmond
 

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
This morning we depart for the beautiful estate of inventor, founding father and crafter of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson. Enjoy a relaxing stroll in the gardens of Monticello followed by a visit to Charlottesville including a walking tour of the grounds and rotunda (designed by Jefferson) of the University of the Virginia.
Hotel: Jefferson Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 3 Richmond
  This morning, we depart for a tour of historic Richmond, stopping for a bit of Revolutionary history at St. John’s church, site of Patrick Henry’s famous “give me liberty or give me death” speech. Richmond also served as a hotbed of activity during the Civil War, assuming the rank of capital of the Confederacy. This afternoon, we’ll tour the Virginia State Capitol Building, the Executive Mansion and the Confederate White House.
Hotel: Jefferson Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 We’ll join locals in Richmond this evening for dinner and a lively duplicate session.
Day 4 Richmond-Williamsburg
 

Cannon Fire in Colonial Williamsburg
This morning we depart for Williamsburg, stopping en route to enjoy a guided walking tour of the first colonial settlement in America-Jamestown, Virginia. This living history museum will come alive as we stroll through the site where the initial Virginia settlers landed and made their first homes. Continue on to Williamsburg tonight.
Hotel: Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 5 Williamsburg
  This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the town of Williamsburg, a colonial capital kept as it was on the eve of the American Revolution, complete with period furnished homes, formal gardens, colonial trade sites, wigmaker's shops, and much, much more. Your afternoon is free for you to explore further on your own.
Hotel: Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 Enjoy the hospitality of local Williamsburg players tonight as we join them for dinner and a duplicate session.
Day 6 Williamsburg-Cambridge
  We're bound for Maryland's eastern shore today. En route, we'll tour the Norfolk naval base, the largest naval station in the U.S., and one of the largest shipyards in the world. Enjoy the tidelands of Maryland's coastline as we head north to Cambridge.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Spa & Resort
Meal(s): Breakfast

 We'll enjoy a bridge session with our own group tonight at our hotel.
Day 7 Cambridge
 

Hooper Strait Lighthouse in St. Michael's
Today we'll explore the scenic area of St. Michael's. It'll not only be a prime opportunity to learn about the maritime history of the area (Chesapeake Maritime Museum), but you won't want to miss an opportunity to sample fresh crabs and oysters. Stop at the local lighthouse for a lovely view of the Chesapeake Bay before taking a relaxing cruise through the tidal waters of Maryland's eastern shore.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Spa & Resort
Meal(s): Breakfast

 Join Fred the clamdigger for a session of duplicate tonight with just our own crowd.
Day 8 Cambridge-Baltimore
 

Annapolis' Naval Chapel
This morning we depart for the metropolitan harbor city of Baltimore. Annapolis awaits us enroute. After a tour and free time for exploring on your own in this historic city, we'll enjoy a leisurely guided tour through the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy. On to Baltimore this afternoon.
Hotel: Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 9 Baltimore
  Explore Baltimore, the "Star-Spangled City," today. We'll see panoramic views of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, tour the B&O Railroad Museum, and journey to Fort McHenry, the site that inspired the words of Francis Scott Key's national anthem.
Hotel: Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 Join the posh Baltimorians this evening for dinner and bridge.
Day 10 Baltimore
 

George Washington's Mt. Vernon
Today's excursion takes us to Alexandria, an important colonial port that still retains the flavor of American colonial days due to over 2,000 meticulously preserved colonial buildings. This afternoon, visit Mount Vernon for a tour of the well-maintained buildings and grounds of George Washington's 17th century plantation, as well as a brreathtaking view across the Potomac River.
Hotel: Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 11 Baltimore-Philadelphia
  This morning we depart for a full day of “down home” activities in Amish country, including a buggy ride along country roads, a guided tour of a working Amish farm, and a home-cooked supper in an Amish home.
Hotel: Radnor Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 Philadelphia
 

Independence Hall
Today we set out to explore the “most historic square mile in America,” Philadelphia’s Independence National Park. We’ll visit Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall, Carpenter’s Hall, the Second Bank of the United States, and Franklin Court. This afternoon we’ll tour Valley Forge National Park where Washington's forces spent a grueling winter before their ultimate victory over the British.
Hotel: Radnor Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Tonight, we’ll join local Philadelphians for an elegant evening of fine dining and bridge.
Day 13 Philadelphia
  This morning we head for the Brandywine Valley, renowned for its fine gardens and museums, visiting Longwood Gardens and Winterthur Museum and Gardens. Tonight, we’ll enjoy cocktails and our traditional Farewell Dinner where, “anything goes.”
Hotel: Radnor Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14 Depart Philadelphia
  After a relaxing morning, transfer to the Philadelphia airport for your flight home.
Meal(s): Breakfast


Your 14-Day Package Includes

 Carefully selected, four-star accommodations throughout.

 Four evenings of dinner and bridge with local players in Richmond, Williamsburg, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

 Twenty-one meals including 13 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), and 7 dinners (D).

 Two sessions of ACBL sanctioned duplicate with our own group on Maryland's eastern shore.


 Fully guided tours to/in Monticello, Charlottesville, Richmond, Norfolk Naval Base, Jamestown, Williamsburg, St. Michael's, Annapolis' Naval Academy, Mount Vernon, Philadelphia, Valley Forge, Lancaster County's Amish country, and the Brandywine Valley.

 Airport transfers, porterage, and hotel service charges.


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