CHRISTMASTIME IN COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG
Small-Group – Max 12
Colonial Williamsburg – Jamestowne – Shirley Plantation – Busch Garden’s Christmas Town
Get in the Christmas spirit and join Tour Monkey’s Christmastime in Colonial Williamsburg! The entire historical heritage area is decked out for the holidays with decorations you would find in 18th-century colonial Virginia. You won’t find twinkling lights and strands of tinsel. Wreaths, for example, are adorned with everyday items from nature, such as pine cones, fresh and dried fruits, cotton, cinnamon sticks and strands of coffee beans. The decorations are charming … and so creative!
Immerse yourself in early American history, with guided tours of Jamestowne and Williamsburg. Learn how Captain John Smith was instrumental in the survival and success of the 1607 settlement, and why Williamsburg displaced Jamestown as the colony’s capital. Understand the history, Christmas traditions and peoples of Colonial Williamsburg. You’ll tour Virginia’s oldest plantation, which has been in the same family for twelve generations! You’ll dine at authentic 18th-century taverns, and delight in a period holiday concert. For a bit of fun, you’ll experience an over-the-top celebration of all things Christmas at Busch Garden’s Christmas Town. Highlights include strolling carolers, holiday-inspired dining, hot chocolate stands, a maze featuring 500 fresh-cut trees, multi-colored light shows, unique holiday shopping, and a train ride that takes you around the park. Daily full American breakfast, one lunch, wine tasting, and one dinner are included. This festive getaway is limited to 12 travelers! The activity level is moderate, with travelers able to walk at least 3 miles per day.
- Gals only small-group tour with a minimum of 8 and maximum of 12 people
- Services of Professional Tour Manager, Liz Moran, with enrichment by local guides
- 4 nights at the lovely Williamsburg Lodge, 4-star
- Located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg
- Arrival and departure luggage porterage included
- Daily breakfast (B) at hotel
- Transportation via van or mini-coach and Colonial Williamsburg’s free shuttle service
- Welcome Reception with complimentary glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage
- Welcome Dinner (D) at the historic Christiana Campbell’s Tavern, a favorite of George Washington!
- Lunch (L) at the historic King’s Arms Tavern, a ‘genteel’ established opened in 1772
- Guided tour of Shirley Plantation, Virginia’s first plantation, founded in 1613
- Wine tasting at the Upper Shirley Vineyards (WT)
- Guided walking tour of Historic Jamestowne and admission to the award-winning Archaearium Museum
- Guided tour of Glass House
- Guided walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg
- Admission to and interpreter-led tours of Colonial Williamsburg’s historic buildings, including the Governor’s Palace and Capitol Building
- Admission to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
- Evening program TBA (Christmas concert or theatrical performance)
- Admission to Busch Garden’s Christmas Town, with 20-minute train ride around park
- Farewell Reception with complimentary glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage
- Gratuities for guides and drivers
- Airfare to/from destination. Tour Monkey recommends that you fly into Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF). It is a 20-minute drive to the hotel. Please do not book your flight until you receive written notification from Tour Monkey that the tour is a go!
- Airport transfers. Newport News Taxi, Uber and Lyft are available.
- Individual Travel Insurance. We recommend you consult with a travel insurance broker at Travel Insurance Center travelinsurancecenter.com.
- Meals not included in the itinerary.
- Personal expenses, such as room service, snacks and beverages, mini bar, telephone, etc.
- Gratuity to housekeeping staff is at your discretion
Day 1: Thursday, December 11 – ARRIVAL COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG (D)
Plan to arrive at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) by 4:00pm, enough time to transfer on your own to our hotel and relax before you meet your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at the hotel’s bar, Sweet Tea & Barley. Then, we’ll transfer to our 4-course Welcome Dinner at the historic Christiana Campbell’s Tavern, a favorite of George Washington! With your bellies full, sleep tight, Tour Monkeys. We have a full day tomorrow!
ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights at the 4-star Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection
DAY 2: Friday, December 11 – SHIRLEY PLANTATION – JAMESTOWNE – GLASS HOUSE (B)
This morning we embark on a 50-minute journey to Virginia’s oldest plantation and North America’s oldest family-owned business, the Shirley Plantation, established in 1613. Our guide will entertain us with stories of 11 generations of the Hill Carter family, as well as highlight architectural detail, original family heirlooms and paintings. Just down the road lunch on your own awaits us at the Upper Shirley Vineyards. The second half our day features a guided tour of Historic Jamestowne, the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America. Despite the early struggles of harsh weather, the lack of food and water, unforgivable terrain, disease, and Indian attacks, the 1607 settlement survived. We’ll also spend time at the Archaearium, the award-winning museum that contains over 4,000 artifacts unearthed at Jamestowne. Nearby, we’ll make a brief stop at Glasshouse. Glassmaking was the colony’s first industry. We’ll watch costumed craftsmen create period reproductions that you can purchase in the adjacent shop! This evening features a Christmas concert or theatrical performance (the schedule of events is not released until August). Dinner is on your own.
Day 3: Saturday, December 12 – COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG – BUSCH GARDEN’S CHRISTMAS TOWN (B L)
7:00am: Breakfast begins
Our day begins with a 3-hour guided walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg, which became Virginia’s colonial capital in 1698. We’ll tour the elegant Governor’s Palace, which was marveled at my colonial Virginians. Thomas Jefferson was the last governor to live in the palace before the government was moved to Richmond. With the seat of the government removed, Williamsburg slid into a period of decay. In the 1920s, with the financial assistance of John D Rockefeller and his wife, the area was preserved to restore Virginia’s colonial history. With the aid of period illustrations, written descriptions, and preservationist deductions, the Governor’s Palace and Capitol building were reconstructed. Surrounding buildings post 1790 were demolished, while earlier ones were saved. The project evolved into the living history park it is today, complete with carriages, costumed characters, and trades and craftspeople bringing to life 18th century Williamsburg. After lunch at King’s Arms Tavern, you’ll have ample to time to explore Colonial Williamsburg on your own, including the charming shops at Merchant Square. Carve out time to visit the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fold Art Museum, a personal favorite and a 10-minute walk from our hotel! Their folk art Christmas tree is a must-see! We’ll meet up later for a Farewell Drink at the hotel. But the day isn’t over yet! You have a ticket to Busch Garden’s Christmas Town! A free shuttle service will transfer you to a magical Christmas wonderland. Your ticket includes a 20-minute train ride around the park. Dinner is on your own.
Day 4: Sunday, December 13 – BRUNCH & DEPARTURE (B)
Sunday Brunch at our hotel begins at 7:00am. Transfer to the airport is on your own. We will coordinate departures times. We know you will enjoy Tour Monkey’s pre-Christmas get-away. There’s a whole lot of world to see! Cover the Earth before the earth covers you!
WHEN DOES THE TOUR BEGIN AND END EXACTLY?
The 3 night/4 day Christmastime in Colonial Williamsburg tour begins on Thursday, December 10 at the Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection at 310 S England St, Williamsburg, VA 23185, (757) 220-7976. Hotel check-in begins at 4:00pm. If you arrive early, your luggage can be stored at the bell desk. Please arrive by 5:00pm. The tour ends on departure day, Sunday, December 13. We suggest you book an afternoon departure, so that you have additional free time to explore Colonial Williamsburg and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Luggage can be stored at the bell desk. Please let us know if you require extra pre- or post-tour nights at the Williamsburg Lodge.
WILL TOUR MONKEY BOOK MY FLIGHTS?
No. You are responsible for purchasing roundtrip airfare. Tour Monkey recommends that you fly into Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF). Group tickets can be arranged upon request. Please DO NOT book your flights until you receive written notification from Tour Monkey that the trip is a go!
DO YOU PROVIDE AIRPORT TRANSFERS?
No. Newport News Taxi (757-244-1602), Uber and Lyft are available to transfer you to our hotel, which is about 25 minutes away.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP?
The deadline to register for this trip is September 1. Please click the Book Now button! You will need to fill out a registration page before securing your spot with a deposit (see below).
WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY FOR MY TRIP?
A deposit of $250 per person is due at the time of reservation. The balance is due by September 9. Reservations made after September 9 (pending availability) must be paid for in full at the time of booking. Please know that a 2.9% credit card fee is included in the price of the tour. If you choose to pay via a free bank transfer from your checking account, we will donate the fee amount ($76 per person) to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. Tour Monkey will match the collective donation up to $500. Please see our website for more information about this worthwhile organization.
WILL I GET A REFUND IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
In the event that it is necessary for you to cancel, a refund is as follows:
- 91 days (September 9) or earlier: 100% refunded, less $250 administration fee
- 90 days (September 10) to 0 prior to arrival date: No refund!
All cancellations must be in writing and confirmed by email from Tour Monkey. Please see the Terms & Conditions clause Tour Monkey sent you for a more detailed explanation.
IS THERE A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FEE FOR SOLO TRAVELERS?
No! The hotel has not imposed a single supplement fee!
CAN A SOLO TRAVELER BE MATCHED WITH A ROOMMATE?
If solo travelers wish to be matched, Tour Monkey will provide traveler contact information. Tour Monkey suggests you meet in person or video chat to determine if you are compatible.
I RESERVED MY SPOT, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
You will also be sent via email a MEDICAL FORM that must be completed and returned. We know this information is personal; however, please be assured that it is only for Tour Monkey and will not be shared with anyone else. In the unlikely event that you are injured during the trip, your medical information may be needed by medical professionals.
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WHAT KIND OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS REQUIRED?
The tour is designed for active travelers, who can easily walk a minimum of 3 miles per day.
WHAT KIND OF VEHICLE WILL WE BE TOURING IN?
On Day 2, we will transfer to the Shirley Plantation, Upper Shirley Vineyard and Historic Jamestowne in a van or mini-coach, depending on the number of travelers booked on the tour. The other days we use Colonial Williamsburg’s free shuttle system and/or walk.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN DECEMBER IN WILLIAMSBURG?
The average temperature in December is a high of 53°F and a low of 33°F. Dress in layers and check the weather forecast before you depart! A warm jacket, hat, scarf and gloves may also be needed! If you live in warm climates and are not used to chilly weather, invest in long johns to keep you toasty!
WHAT TYPE OF GRATUITIES SHOULD I BE AWARE OF?
Thanks for asking! Arrival and departure luggage porterage is included in the price of your tour. All gratuities for drivers and guides has been included in the price of your tour.
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