Colonial Williamsburg

Projected Dates: May 6-11, 2021 • 6 Days • Price TBA**

This Virginia vacation will bring to life some of America’s most significant historical eras with educational and engaging walks in Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, and the capital city of Richmond.

**Traveler Rewards Program: Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. Check out our Traveler Rewards page for more details.

Now accepting Early Bird deposits on this potential 2021 tour! An Early Bird is a $50 deposit that holds your spot during the planning stages of a trip, when we don’t have a set itinerary or dates. Early Birds are always refundable!

We explore this tapestry of timeless treasures all from the comfort of our hotel in Williamsburg, so you can unpack and unwind as we travel over 400 years back in time to the very roots of our nation’s story. In Jamestown, we stroll through America’s first permanent English settlement and enjoy a living history museum that not only focuses on the English settlers but also on the native Powhatan Indians (the people of Pocahontas). In Colonial Williamsburg, an amazing array of costumed interpreters and actors bring to life the tense scene shortly before we declared independence from Great Britain. With a featured walk, guided tour, and an entirely free day here, you’ll have ample opportunity to explore Williamsburg’s many living history museums and take advantage of excellent optional activities. In Yorktown, set foot on the historic battlefield where George Washington defeated Cornwallis and essentially won our independence. Finally, in Richmond, re-live some of the pivotal moments of the Civil War as we walk through the former capital of the Confederacy and the current capital of Virginia. This exciting 6-day adventure will leave you with wonderful memories and a renewed appreciation for our shared history as Americans!

Highlights:

  • 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
  • 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 – a visit to Virginia’s oldest plantation, established in 1613
  • One-of-a-kind dining experience at a Williamsburg historic tavern

This is a draft itinerary. Revisions will be made, and an updated itinerary with finalized dates and pricing will be made available!

Including:

Pricing is based on double occupancy.

  • All land travel as outlined
  • 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 walks with AVA Credit for those collecting stamps
  • Fees for walking credit
  • All tipping for local guides, group meals and coach drivers
  • WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy; single accommodations will be available for a fee. We will also provide a roommate matching service.

Activities/Entrance Fees:

  • 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!

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

Approximately 24-28 travelers

Hotels

Includes 5 nights at same hotel near Colonial Williamsburg’s world-renowned historic area

Meals

Breakfasts included with 1 Dinner as listed. Letters BD indicate which meals are included.

Airfare

Not included. Travelers fly into Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) in Virginia and will be met at our hotel.

Transportation

Included. We use motorcoaches with a seating capacity of 40+ seats.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Your Guides

Scott IsomScott Isom has had a passion for the outdoors ever since his childhood days spent exploring the waterfalls and outstanding hiking trails of the Columbia River Gorge with his family. Scott has led tours on all 7 continents and is one of WAI’s busiest guides and on-site Adventure planners. Scott will be leading our Colonial Williamsburg Adventure along with a WAI Assistant.

Itinerary

This is a draft itinerary. Revisions will be made, and an updated itinerary with finalized dates and pricing will be made available!

Click on each day to reveal more details. BD refers to meals included, Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 1: 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 walks and activities that bring to life some of America’s most significant historical eras. Following a get-acquainted orientation this evening, feel free to explore the bustling sights and sounds of Williamsburg’s restored 18th century charms.

Day 2: 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 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 get out and explore the historic scenes in Colonial Williamsburg, where various optional activities await you.

Day 3: Activities from Williamsburg (B)

Colonial Williamsburg Walk – 5 km, rated 1A
Yorktown Battlefield Walk – 5 km, rated 2B

A brisk morning walk gives us additional appreciation and insight into this historic area! 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 life 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: Activities from Williamsburg (B)

Today offers a wonderful opportunity to dive deeper into the 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 historic 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. 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: 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. Enjoy an excellent guided 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: 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 memories spanning several centuries, we return home to modern life.

More Details

Click on each heading for more details.

How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

Call or mail in your refundable Early Bird ($50) to save your spot! We’ll take approximately 24-28 travelers on this tour, accompanied by 2 Walking Adventures guides, offering a guide to travel ratio of 1:14.

What’s an Early Bird? Early Bird deposits are refundable $50 deposits which serve to hold your spot on a tour until dates and pricing have been confirmed. Once all details on a tour have been finalized, travelers can then register with an additional $450 deposit to bring their total on a tour up to $500.

Traveler Rewards Program

Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. Check out our Traveler Rewards page for more details.

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 available after this tour has been finalized.

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 which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:

INCLINE

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.

TERRAIN

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.

What happens next?

We are currently developing the itinerary for this Adventure. Once the itinerary is released, we will accept registration deposits ($500) to save space.

If you have Early Birded with a refundable $50 deposit, your spot on the tour will be held for 2 weeks after the itinerary is published while you make a decision on whether or not you’d like to register with an additional $450 deposit, bringing your total on the tour up to $500. If you decide not to join us for this tour, your Early Bird can be refunded or transferred to another tour.