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Tour 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
  • All accommodation

Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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