A new and in-depth look at two of the founding fathers of our nation: JAMES MADISON, father of our Constitution, and THOMAS JEFFERSON, author of our Declaration of Independence. It’s a grand tour with elegant accommodations at the lovely Boar’s Head Inn, Virginia. Join us for this special tour.
Day 4 - CHARLOTTESVILLE/FREDERICKSBURG/HOME
Morning departure takes us north to Fredericksburg, VA for colonial sightseeing followed by lunch at the Park Lane Tavern. Continue home, arriving in the late afternoon. Meals;B,L
TOUR INCLUSIONS: Roundtrip transportation by chartered motorcoach from Independence, Newark, and Wilmington* hotel accommodations for three nights based on double occupancy * a special guided tour of Washington D.C., * docent-led tours of Montpelier and Monticello * meals include 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners * taxes and gratuities for hotels, included meals and guides * luggage handling * services of a Tour Director from 4 Seasons Tours.
Conditions: a deposit of $100 is due with each reservation. Final payment is due October 5, 2017.
Cancellations: After final payment there are no refunds. Trip cancellation insurance is recommended. Applications are available from 4 Seasons Tours. If you have a pre-existing condition for which you are being treated, insurance must be applied for within two weeks of making your deposit.
Responsibility: B & B Travel Inc. d/b/a 4 Seasons Tours and Travel acts only as agent for suppliers in arranging transportation, accommodations and all services included in this tour. 4 Seasons Tours and Travel is not liable for loss, damage, injury or expense caused by delay, failure or accident of any conveyance or service or for any cause whatsoever, whether or not due to or caused by negligence of any company or person. No refunds for any unused portion of the tour.
Day 2 - WASHINGTON, D.C. / MONTPELIER/CHARLOTTESVILLE
We travel south this morning to James Madison’s Montpelier, a plantation he inherited in Virginia and therewith owned hundreds of slaves during his lifetime. He served as the fourth President of the United States from 1809 to 1817 and is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for his role in drafting and promoting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Prior to being President, in 1789 he became a leader in the House of Representative, and is noted for drafting the first ten amendments to the Constitution. His house is of special interest and has been expanded by each generation of Madisons. Our docent led tour will enlighten you about it and about the huge expansion when William duPont purchased the home which he owned until his death in 1928. His daughter Marion inherited it and made many changes to the landscape including the steeple chase track in front of the mansion. In 1983, it was passed on to the National Trust and restoration began in 2004 and was completed in 2009. After our tour and an independent lunch, we’ll check-in at our lovely Inn decorated for the holiday season! Dinner at the Inn this evening. Meals:B,D
BOAR’S HEAD INN
Day 3 - THOMAS JEFFERSON’S MONTICELLO `
Our focus today is on a man of many talents - a leading figure in America’s early development and a man who thought the national government should have a limited role in citizen’s lives. He pursued the nation’s shipping and trade interest against Barbary pirates and aggressive British trade policies. He became the United State Minister to France and subsequently the nation’s first Secretary of State. He believed in expansion of our territory and this was certainly made evident when, as our third President from 1801 to 1809, the U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory. He sent Lewis and Clark to explore this vast, new acquisition which almost doubled the country’s territory. His home, Monticello, was his primary plantation which he began designing and building at age 26 after inheriting land from his father. Situated on a summit of an 850-foot high peak, the name Monticello derives from the Italian for “little mount”. After our visit, we’ll lunch at the historic nearby Mitchie Tavern and then return to the Boar’s Head Inn for an independent dinner. Meals:B,L
BOARS HEAD INN
I T I N E R A R Y
Day 1 - INDEPENDENCE/NEWARK/WILMINGTON/WASHINGTON, D.C.
Morning departure for Washington, D.C. for a visit and docent-led tour of Tudor Place Historic House, one of America’s Historic Landmarks. It was built by a granddaughter of Martha Washington and a son of Robert Peter, a prominent Scottish-born merchant and landowner. The estate remained in the Peter family ownership through six generations spanning 178 years. Opened to the public in 1983 it is now a time capsule of culture including personal items from Martha and George Washington, early American silver, porcelain and ceramics from Europe and Asia, a 1919 automobile and much more! Lunch on your own before a guide joins us for an afternoon tour focused on our early presidents. Check–in at our Washington, D.C. hotel followed by dinner at the Henley Park Hotel. Meals:L,D
HILTON GARDEN INN
A GALA PRESIDENTIAL CHRISTMAS TOUR
Montpelier and Monticello
December 12 - 15, 2017
4 days / 3 nights