- Arrive in Williamsburg, VA, Meet your WorldStrides Course Leader and prepare for a trip back in time to visit Colonial America. As you feel the excitement of the city, imagine the hardships and the struggles of gaining independence.
- Bacon’s Castle Take a ferry ride to Surry, VA, where you’ll visit Bacon’s Castle. Tour this 17th century architectural gem that was named after the notorious Nathaniel Bacon and the rebellion he led.
- Return to Williamsburg, VA Dinner and Hotel Check-In
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Your Adventure, Day by Day
- Colonial Williamsburg Enjoy a fast-paced walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg. This hands-on exploration will provide your students with clues leading them to various colonial trade shops. Students will collaborate and think creatively to solve each clue, and then enter the trade shops to participate in reenactments and learn about everyday life in 18th-century Williamsburg.
- Colonial Williamsburg Continue your visit with a stop at the Governor’s Palace, where seven Royal Governors and the first two Governors of Virginia – Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson – resided. Participate in Revolutionary City, an interactive “street theatre,” visit Great Hopes Plantation, a “middling” farm, and experience different aspects of colonial life as you see the jail, Capitol, and post office.
- Evening Program** Experience 18th-century African stories as you and your students participate in a dynamic performance with costumed interpreters.
- Breakfast and depart for Charlottesville, VA.
- Monticello Tour Thomas Jefferson’s plantation home, as well as the grounds and gardens where he cultivated hundreds of different fruits and vegetables.
- Lunch at Michie Tavern Tour this historic tavern built in 1784 and enjoy a meal of traditional 18th-century-style fare. Discuss 18th-century Virginia with costumed guides and servers.
- University of Virginia Explore Jefferson’s Academical Village as you visit the Rotunda and the Lawn.
- Return to Williamsburg, VA.
- Study Visit Spend the remainder of the day exploring Colonial Williamsburg.
- Yorktown Victory Center Learn about life in Virginia during the Revolutionary War by visiting a Continental Army encampment, galleries, and farmstead.
- Yorktown Battlefields Drive to Surrender Field, the location where the British surrendered to General Washington’s army, the most decisive event of the American Revolution. Walk to Cornwallis’ cave on the riverfront and through the town where there are still 18th-century musket balls lodged in some houses.
- Shirley Plantation Tour Virginia’s first plantation, which dates back to 1613. Shirley Plantation offers 11 generations of family history and an intimate study of a way of life spanning three centuries. (Endview Plantation may be substituted)
- Evening Program** Discover what it was like to be in the Continental Army through interactive discussions, weapons demonstrations, and a lesson on 18th-century marching practices.
- Breakfast and Hotel Check-Out Description
- Jamestown Glasshouse and Jamestowne Island (time permitting) Watch glassblowing and then tour the original site of the Jamestown colony at Jamestowne Island.
- Voorhees Archaearium Explore this museum of excavated artifacts and exhibits about our nation’s first permanent English settlement.
- Jamestown Settlement Take a guided tour, where you’ll see a replica of the original Jamestown Colony, a reconstructed Powhatan Indian Village and a replica of the James Fort.
- Dinner and Depart Williamsburg, VA, for Home. *This itinerary may be modified and inclusions and airports substituted depending on your travel dates, arrival and departure times, national holidays, hours of operation, and events beyond WorldStrides’ control. **Evening programs may vary depending on the day and group’s interest.
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