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Self-Drive Journey Through Virginia

13 days from €2,865pp

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Itinerary highlights

  • Explore Williamsburg's historic colonial buildings and perhaps enjoy an al fresco lunch in Merchants Square.

  • Discover the history of quaint historic towns such as Charlottesville and Annapolis.

  • Drive the stunning Skyline Drive through the lush forest scenery of Shenandoah National Park.

  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Virginia Beach.

  • Visit the White House, Capitol Building and national museums in Washington D.C.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
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  • Washington DC
  • Annapolis
  • Virginia Beach
  • Williamsburg
  • Charlottesville
  • Shenandoah National Park

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 Washington DC

International outbound flight , Washington DC

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Washington DC. On arrival in Washington make your own way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

Day 2 Washington DC

Washington DC

Washington D.C. is a large city with many attractions so there is plenty to explore. Highlights include the White House, the Capitol Building, the Smithsonian Institution and the many monuments and memorials along Washington Mall.

Day 3 Annapolis

Washington DC , Annapolis

The morning is free to take in more of Washington D.C.'s many attractions. Afterwards, collect your hire car and drive east out of the city to Annapolis.


Day 4 Annapolis


The day is yours to explore Annapolis. You can walk around the Naval Academy, take a cycle tour of the city, enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many waterfront restaurants or explore the city's rich heritage of old buildings; the Banneker-Douglas Museum is a particular highlight.


Day 5 Virginia Beach

Annapolis , Virginia Beach

Drive south along the banks of Chesapeake Bay to Virginia Beach. This is a delightful drive past pretty coastal villages. Be sure to stop en route to sample one of the great fish restaurants along the bay.

Day 6 Williamsburg

Virginia Beach , Williamsburg

Drive this morning from Virginia Beach to colonial Williamsburg. The remainder of the day is free to step back in time as you explore this historic city with its grand public buildings and pretty gardens. You may also wish to visit the nearby colonial settlement of Jamestown and the site of the 1783 Battle of Yorktown.

Day 7 Williamsburg


Enjoy a full day stepping back in time in colonial Williamsburg. This interesting city has been well restored and offers an atmospheric insight into life in Colonial America.

Day 8 Charlottesville

Williamsburg , Charlottesville

Today your drive takes you through the heart of Virginia's farmland country, past Lake Monticello, to the university city of Charlottesville. You will have time this afternoon to take a stroll and begin to explore the charming surroundings.

Day 9 Charlottesville


Enjoy a full day exploring the beautiful buildings and leafy squares of Charlottesville. The area posses some of the finest examples of early American architecture in the state, including Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's spectacular mountaintop home.

Day 10 Shenandoah National Park

Charlottesville , Shenandoah National Park

Drive from Charlottesville to Shenandoah National Park, taking in the spectacular views along Skyline Drive en route. Spend the afternoon exploring more of the park or settling into your scenic lodging.


Day 11 Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

Today you have a full day in Shenandoah National Park. You may wish to do some hiking on the famous Appalachian Trail or one of the more remote hiking paths. Be sure to keep your eyes open for wildlife as well.


Day 12 International return flight

Shenandoah National Park , International return flight

Drive back to Washington D.C. at the end of your trip.

Day 13 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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