Colonial Williamsburg

CHRISTMASTIME IN COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG
Small-Group (Max 14)

Colonial Williamsburg – Jamestown – Glass House – Shirley Plantation – Busch Gardens Christmas Town

December 9 – 13 (4 nights/5 days)
$2,695 per person double occupancy
$3,495 single occupancy
Airfare not included.

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Contact Liz at liz@tour-monkey.com, 323-383-3216.

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Registration deadline September 30, 2021

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DESCRIPTION

Immerse yourself in centuries-old Christmas traditions in Colonial Williamsburg! For 81 years, Williamsburg served as the capital of the Virginia Colony from 1699 to 1780, and was the center of political events that lead to the American Revolution and the founding of our nation. To preserve its significance, oil tycoon and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller and his wife Abby restored and reconstructed Williamsburg into a living history heritage park, where actors in period costume depict colonial life. During the holiday season, the historic area is decked out with decorations you would find in 18th-century Virginia. 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!

Experience early American history, with guided tours of Jamestown and Williamsburg. Learn how Captain John Smith was instrumental in the survival and success of the 1607 Jamestown settlement, and why Williamsburg displaced Jamestown as the colony’s capital. Understand the history, Christmas traditions, and peoples of Colonial Williamsburg. Tour Virginia’s oldest plantation – Shirley Plantation — which has been in the same family for twelve generations! Dine at authentic 18th-century taverns and delight in an evening performance. For a bit of fun, 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, unique holiday shopping, and a train ride that takes you around the park.

Daily full American breakfast, two lunches and two dinners are included. This festive getaway is limited to 10 – 14 travelers! The activity level is moderate, with travelers able to walk at least 3 miles per day.

  • Small-group tour (minimum of 10 and maximum of 14)
  • Services of Professional Tour Manager, Liz Moran, with enrichment by local guides
  • Roundtrip airport transfers from Newport News-Williamsburg Airport (PHF) to hotel
  • 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, including Sunday Brunch!
  • Transportation via coach and Colonial Williamsburg’s free shuttle service
  • Welcome Reception with complimentary glass of wine
  • Welcome Dinner (D) at an historic tavern within the heritage park
  • Lunch (L) at the historic King’s Arms Tavern, a ‘genteel’ establishment opened in 1772
  • Guided tour of Shirley Plantation, Virginia’s first plantation, founded in 1613
  • Lunch (L) at Upper Shirley Vineyards
  • Guided walking tour of Jamestowne (dependent on weather, Jamestown Settlement may be substituted)
  • Visit to Glass House
  • Guided walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg
  • Admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s historic buildings, including the Governor’s Palace and Capitol Building
  • Admission to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
  • Evening performance (TBA*)
  • Admission to Busch Garden’s Christmas Town
  • Farewell Dinner (TBA Williamsburg Inn or Williamsburg Lodge*) with complimentary glass of wine
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers

* Williamsburg does not release its schedule of events nor allow dinner reservations until mid-August-ish.

  • Airfare to/from destination. Tour Monkey recommends that you fly into Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF). The airport is approximately 25-minutes from the hotel. Please do not book your flight until you receive written notification from Tour Monkey that the tour is a go!
  • Roundtrip transfers to/from your home to the airport.
  • Travel Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase a CFAR (cancel for any reason) policy.
  • 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 9 – ARRIVAL COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG (D)

Plan to arrive at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) by 3:30pm. The hotel is approximately 25 minutes from the airport. Check-in is at 4:00m. If you arrive earlier, luggage can be stored at the bell desk. We meet up for a Welcome Reception with a complimentary glass of wine before our tranfer to an HISTORIC TAVERN for a 4-course Welcome Dinner! With your bellies full, sleep tight, Tour Monkeys. We have a full day tomorrow!

ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights at the 4-star Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection

DAY 2: Friday, December 10 – SHIRLEY PLANTATION – ABBY ALDRICH FOLK ART MUSEUM (B L)

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 12 generations of the Hill Carter family, as well as highlight architectural detail, original family heirlooms and paintings. Just down the road a food-lover’s nirvana of southern specialties awaits us at UPPER SHIRLEY VINEYARDS. Back in Williamsburg, take a self-guided tour of the celebrated ABBY ALDRICH FOLK ART MUSEUM. Abby’s initial collection of 424 item became the basis that now includes more than 7,000 folk art items dating from the 1720s to the present. Take your time browsing the collections of colonial dress, dishes, furniture, art, textiles, toys, among many other treasures … including the beautiful folk art Christmas tree! The museum is a 10-minute walk from our hotel. This evening features a TBA PERFORMANCE at a heritage park venue.* Dinner is on your own.

*Colonial Williamsburg does not release their calendar of events until mid-August-ish.

DAY 3: Saturday, December 11 – COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG – BUSCH GARDEN’S CHRISTMAS TOWN (B L)

Our day begins with a 3-hour guided WALKING TOUR of COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG, which became Virginia’s colonial capital in 1698. Tour the elegant GOVERNOR’S PALACE, which was marveled at by 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, spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring Colonial Williamsburg, including the charming shops at MERCHANT SQUARE or the College of William Mary founded in 1693. In the evening, board Williamsburg’s complimentary shuttle to a magical Christmas wonderland, BUSCH GARDEN’S CHRISTMAS TOWN! Dinner is on your own.

DAY 4: Sunday, December 12 – JAMESTOWN – GLASS HOUSE – FAREWELL DINNER (B D)

After a scrumptious SUNDAY BRUNCH at our hotel, we transfer to JAMESTOWN* for a guided tour of 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. Nearby, we make a brief stop at GLASS HOUSE. Glassmaking was the colony’s first industry. Watch costumed craftsmen create period reproductions that you can purchase in the adjacent shop! We arrive back at our hotel mid-afternoon. Perhaps cocktails before our TBA FAREWELL DINNER*? It’s a dressy affair!

*Depending on the weather, a visit to Jamestown Settlement may be substituted. Dinner will be at the Williamsburg Lodge or Williamsburg Inn.

DAY 5: Monday, December 13 – DEPARTURES (B)

Transfers to Newport News/Williamsburg Airport will be coordinated. Thank you for joining Monkey’s pre-Christmas get-away! There’s a whole lot of world to see! Cover the Earth before the earth covers you!

FAQ

WHEN DOES THE TOUR BEGIN AND END EXACTLY?

The 4 night/5 day Christmastime in Colonial Williamsburg tour begins on Thursday, December 9 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. The tour ends on departure day, Monday, December 13. We suggest you book an afternoon departure, so that you have additional free time to explore Colonial Williamsburg. 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. For the best selection of flights, Tour Monkey recommends that you fly into Richmond International Airport (RIC). Limited flights 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?

As an optional expense, Tour Monkey will provide shared roundtrip transfers from Richmond International Airport (RIC) on December 9 and December 13. The distance from the airport to the hotel is about an hour. Please choose a flight that considers travel time to the hotel. Check in is at 4pm. Our Welcome Reception at the hotel is at 5:30pm! If you fly into Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, transportation is on your own. Taxi (757-244-1602), Uber and Lyft are available to transfer you to our hotel, which is about 25 minutes away.

If you are arriving prior to December 9 and/or are departing after December 13, please contact us for airport transfer pricing.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP?

The deadline to register for this trip is October 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).

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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 October 1. Reservations made after October 1 (pending availability) must be paid for in full at the time of booking. The balance is due by September 30. Reservations made after September 30 (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 ($78 per person double occupancy and $102 single) to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. Tour Monkey will match cumulative donations up to $500. Please see our website www.tour-monkey.com 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:

  • 71 days (September 30) or earlier: 100% refunded, less $250 administration fee
  • 70 days (October 1) 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?

The hotel has not imposed a single supplement fee, however, solo travelers are paying for the full cost of the room. Whereas, two people sharing a room split the cost of the room per night.

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.

Tour Monkey highly recommends that you purchase TRAVEL INSURANCE. We recommend you consult with a travel insurance broker, such as Travel Insurance Center. Please purchase a CFAR (cancel for any reason) policy. Tour Monkey does not receive a commission for recommending this company. They can compare over 100 plans from more than 20 companies, finding a policy that best suits your needs.

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?

Depending on the size of the group, Tour Monkey will secure a van or coach for our transfers to Shirley Plantation/Upper Shirley Vineyard and Jamestown. 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.

I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION!

Please email liz@tour-monkey.com.