Williamsburg Colonial Christmas
November 30-December 5, 2017 • 6 Days • $1,785
Single Supplements available for $495
We are excited to offer a unique historical program this Christmas season in Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg!
This Christmas Adventure features:
- Walks in Jamestown, Yorktown, Richmond, and Colonial Williamsburg
- 5-night hotel stay near the heart of Colonial Williamsburg, with convenient, complimentary access to the town’s re-created 18th century atmosphere
- The Grand Illumination – an annual Christmas celebration in Colonial Williamsburg full of fireworks, drum and fife performances, and multiple live music and dancing venues
- Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement – England’s first permanent settlement in the New World
- Yorktown Battleground and Victory Center – site of the final major clash of the American Revolution
- Richmond – the heart of the Confederacy during the Civil War
- Shirley Plantation – “Home for the Holidays” tour at Virginia’s oldest plantation, established in 1613
- One-of-a-kind dining experience at a Williamsburg historic tavern
- All land travel as outlined
- Superior tourist-class hotel accommodations: 5 nights in the same hotel near Colonial Williamsburg’s world-renowned historic area
- All breakfasts and 1 dinner as listed (BD)
- 4 AVA-sanctioned walks as listed
- Fees for walking credit
- All tipping for local guides and coach drivers
- WAI guide service throughout
- Single supplements are available: $495
- Colonial Williamsburg
- Jamestown Settlement
- Historic Jamestowne
- Yorktown Battlefield
- Yorktown Victory Center
- Guided historical tour of Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area
- Shirley Plantation tour
- 18th century-style dinner at one of Williamsburg’s historic taverns
- More fun stops than we can list!
Countless holiday programs and musical events available throughout the day and evening in Colonial Williamsburg
Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5
Scott Isom has a passion for the outdoors and serving people. Scott currently lives in Puyallup, Washington, with his wife Debbie and their three girls. Scott loves to hike and backpack, and enjoys athletics of almost any kind. He’s trekked a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail and climbed several of the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade Range peaks. Scott knows how to have a good time, and has spent his career including others in the fun. In addition to filling a role as one of our busiest guides, Scott is one of WAI’s primary on-site Adventure planners. Scott will be leading the Williamsburg Colonial Christmas tour with an assistant.
Day 1-Nov 30: Arrive Williamsburg, VA
Travelers arrive from across the country today into Williamsburg/Newport News, a region known as America’s Historic Triangle. From the Williamsburg Airport (airport code PHF), you can arrange your own transfer to our hotel in nearby Colonial Williamsburg, where we begin 6 days and 5 nights of Christmas celebration that bring to life some of America’s most significant historical eras. Following a get-acquainted orientation this evening, feel free to explore the dazzling Yuletide sights and sounds of Williamsburg’s restored 18th century charms.
Day 2-Dec 1: Activities from Williamsburg (B)
Jamestown Walk – 6 km, rated 1B
We start our morning by traveling over 400 years back in time to the very roots of our nation’s story. With a walk through America’s first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, a newfound appreciation develops for our 17th century forbearers. Following this first of many historic strolls, a short journey ushers us into Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum where our Colonial Christmas guided tour is enhanced by costumed interpreters. Enjoy the Settlement’s outdoor re-creations of a Powahatan Indian village, three 1607 ships, and the colonists’ fort before returning to our hotel for the balance of the afternoon. This evening, feel free to bundle up and explore the holiday scene in Colonial Williamsburg, where various optional activities await you.
Day 3-Dec 2: Activities from Williamsburg (B)
Colonial Williamsburg Walk – 5 km, rated 1A
Yorktown Battlefield Walk – 5 km, rated 2B
The famous decorative doors of Williamsburg await our admiring stares this morning as we savor another Christmas walk. Following lunch, our motor coach transports us along the scenic Colonial Parkway on our way to Yorktown, site of the decisive battle of the Revolutionary War, where George Washington and our French allies forced the British to surrender. At Yorktown Victory Center, envision this momentous event as we listen to historic accounts of Christmas and winter in the Revolutionary War encampments. Then we retrace the footsteps of our first commander-in-chief on the Yorktown Battlefield before we return to our hotel. The remainder of the evening is free for you to enjoy dinner and further explore our charming surroundings.
Day 4-Dec 3: Activities from Williamsburg (B)
Today offers a wonderful opportunity to dive deeper into the Christmas delights, sights, and sounds of Colonial Williamsburg. During the morning, our group is treated to a custom-made guided walking tour of the historic area, with the remainder of the day devoted to choosing your very own holiday adventure. During our stay in Williamsburg, we have unlimited entry to all daytime programs, museums, exhibition sites, and Revolutionary City. A pleasant footpath or a convenient complimentary shuttle that stops at eight different locations provides easy access from our hotel to the historic center of town. What makes this evening even more special is the annual Grand Illumination, a Christmas celebration replete with fireworks, drum and fife performances, and multiple live musical and dance performances. A helpful printed guide to optional programs will be provided to help you maximize your free time in our colonial home away from home.
Day 5-Dec 4: Activities from Williamsburg (BD)
Richmond Capitol Walk – 10 km, rated 2B
A short drive north this morning takes us back to another crucial moment in American history as we walk in Richmond, current capital of Virginia and former capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. While the city has changed a great deal in the last 150 years, many fine buildings and historical markers have survived and re-create for us a sense of this city’s important role in our national story. On our afternoon return trip to Williamsburg, we make a memorable stop at Shirley Plantation, one of the gracious country manor houses of the James River. Revel in a “Home for the Holidays” tour at this oldest of Virginia’s plantations, founded in 1613. Bring a healthy appetite as we close out our evening in style with an included dinner at one of Williamsburg’s historic taverns!
Day 6-Dec 5: Depart Williamsburg (B)
Following breakfast at our hotel, you are free to arrange your transfer back to the Williamsburg/Newport News airport for your flights home. Full of historic holiday memories spanning several centuries, we return home to warmly celebrate our own traditions with family and friends.
How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?
We are now accepting registrations. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call us to save your spot with a $500 registration. A maximum of 30 travelers will be accepted on this tour.
General Tour Conditions and Registration Form
First Time Traveler Savings
In appreciation for joining us for your first Walking Adventure, we offer new travelers a $100 credit on this mini-Adventure!
Group Travel Credit
If you are part of a group, remember that your full deposit of $500 is still required to register for this Adventure. Your group leader is responsible for submitting your name in writing to us before you make your $500 registration payment, qualifying you for the Group Travel Credit. Your Group Travel Credit will be reflected on your final statement.
Check out more information on the Group Travel Program.
How is airfare arranged?
The official start and end point is our hotel in Williamsburg, Virginia. Travelers will fly into the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF). More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be provided in the Adventure Advice flyer, mailed to you after you register for the Adventure. Please do not book your airfare prior to receiving the Adventure Advice flyer!
What about the walks?
We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to over-exertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please contact our office at 1-800-779-0353.
We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system, provided by the American Volkssport Association (AVA), which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:
1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.
A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.
WAI believes strongly in the importance of travel insurance for financial and medical protection from any number of unforeseen circumstances that can arise before departure or during your Adventure. Many travel insurance providers are available for you to consider. Debbi Custer of World Travel Inc. a travel agent who provides air travel services to many WAI travelers, can provide travel insurance options for your WAI tour as well as your airfare. (email firstname.lastname@example.org -OR- call 888-276-0925 / 503-231-9507). For those of you who purchase airfare through Debbi, purchasing your travel insurance from her as well may be the simplest option. As always, do some shopping to ensure you are getting the best value. Using the Insuremytrip.com website can be a good way to compare pricing.
Other options include:
- Travel Guard
- Travel Insured International
We suggest purchasing from a reputable, well-established insurance company (avoid buying insurance from an unknown company found only online). In addition, be aware that some travel insurance policies contain time-sensitive provisions—i.e. some benefits are available only if the policy is purchased within a certain number of days of the purchase of the travel package.
What happens next?
Upon registering for this Adventure, you will receive a welcome letter and initial invoice. The Adventure Advice packet will be sent soon after, with important information about steps to take in the months before your trip. Please do not buy your airline tickets until you receive the Adventure Advice flyer. The final payment for the program is due 90 days before departure, and you will receive a final billing about 2 weeks prior to that point, along with a factsheet of additional information about the Adventure to help you get prepared! Then, about 3 weeks before departure, you will receive a final packet with all the details of the program, including hotel names and contact information, a list of fellow travelers, and a more detailed daily schedule.
We hope you’ll join us and experience Christmastime amidst the lights and sparkling festivity of historic Colonial Williamsburg!