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Explore the Capital Region.

It’s a region that offers the very oldest in America and the newest cutting edge developments. Life has not changed in some places in the Capital Region in the last 200 years. In other locations, the very newest developments in American industry, research entertainment and culture are created every day.

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Take it as you see it or change it to suit. All C.N.A. holidays can be tailored to suit your own tastes & budget.

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Day 1
Baltimore Arrival

Depart London Heathrow – 16:30
Arrive Baltimore – 19:50
Journey Time – 8 hours 25 minutes

Often overshadowed by her more famous political sister, Baltimore is a bustling city built on tradition and community life that continues to evolve while holding on to its age old maritime heritage.  The scenic and popular waterfront, once teeming with longshoremen, is filled with shops, restaurants, and the National Aquarium which welcomes more than 11 million visitors each year.  Over the past two decades, the Inner Harbor has transformed itself into one of the most vibrant, thriving waterfront developments in the world.  It works!  It is also home to the Baltimore Maritime Museum, USS Constellation, Pride of Baltimore, a World War II submarine, and the Top of the World Observation Deck.  For nightlife, the Power Plant Live has dance clubs, a piano bar and comedy club.  It will be hard not to catch the spirit and energy of this place.

Overnight – Baltimore


Day 2
Explore Baltimore

Since you are stay right at the Inner Harbor and have all of those attractions at your fingertips, if you want to venture beyond, Baltimore is home to attractions that range from the American Visionary Museum to Fort McHenry where the Battle of 1812 inspired the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.  The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum tells the story of the first railroad in America.  You’ll learn more of the story at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.  There’s also the Baltimore Museum of Art and Evergreen, a Gilded Age mansion surrounded by 26 acres of gardens.  Port Discovery is a new museum for children.

Overnight – Baltimore


Day 3
Baltimore to Washington DC
(By train – 50 minutes)

This morning take a short taxi ride (taxi not included in prepaid cost) from your hotel to Baltimore Penn Station where we have seats booked for you with Amtrak Rail to take you to the Capital City, Washington DC. This journey will only take approx 40-45 mins.

As soon as you arrive in Washington, you can begin to explore the highlights of America’s capital!  There are many great neighborhoods in this very cosmopolitan city, yet the key museums and historic buildings are concentrated around the US Capitol Building and the National Mall, which is lined with Smithsonian museums.

You can’t help but be inspired and even awed on your first visit to Washington, DC.  It’s like no other place in the world.  Created in a swamp where frogs originally outnumbered residents, the city has gradually emerged as an impressive monument to America’s continuity.  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and architect Pierre L’Enfant, Jefferson’s French friend, laid out the original city, which has kept pace with the fortunes of the country it governs.  Buildings consciously designed to appear monumental have been preserved and renovated, and where applicable, integrated with new architecture.  The massive fabric of monuments and museums peacefully coexists with a bustling, dynamic metropolitan area with world-class entertainment, unique restaurants, and a dynamic arts and cultural community.  There’s always something blooming, adding a dash of color.  Even if you’ve visited before, new monuments are always being added and many museums have recently expanded.

Overnight – Washington DC


Day 4
Explore Washington DC

If this is your first visit to Washington, we recommend you begin at the US Capitol Complex, which includes the Capitol Building, House and Senate Buildings and the US Botanical Gardens.  Standing on the Capitol steps looking west, the expansive two-mile National Mall between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial, stretches out before you, lined with monuments and museums.  The Washington Monument stands in the center, while the cross axis of the Mall is anchored by the White House on one end and the Jefferson Memorial on the other.  You’ll find a number of the wonderful Smithsonian Museums along the Mall, as well as throughout the city.

Overnight – Washington DC


Day 5
Explore Washington DC

The list of museums to choose from in Washington, DC, is extensive: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of African Art, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are all on or near the Mall.

Memorials on or near the Mall include the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, United States Navy Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Overnight – Washington DC


Day 6
Washington DC to Staunton
165 miles

Imagine coming around a corner and suddenly catching your breath as the view opens up to a vast mountain landscape, a larger than life panorama of waves of blue hills.  Stopping at a view point you see a deer and her fawns gently grazing, unaware that there are people around.  Another vista reveals a burst of spring color and still another, a gushing waterfall.  That’s what you’re going to experience as you drive through Shenandoah National Park on your way to Staunton.

After a short drive from Washington, DC through Loudon County and Virginia horse country, you’ll discover historic Winchester, Virginia.  There should be
plenty of time to visit to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to learn about the lives of the hardy pioneers who settled here and just south of town, Belle Grove Mansion, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that is considered one of the finest examples of colonial architecture in the United States.  You can also see George Washington’s first office as a surveyor, incredibly small for a man of his stature and Abram’s Delight, a home that is typical of affluent residents of the region.  At nearby Front Royal, you’ll be at the start of the Skyline Drive, the portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway that traverses Shenandoah National Park.  Also, this will be the day to explore Luray Caverns, the largest constantly changing underground environment on the East Coast.  It is kept at a comfortable and constant 54 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once underground, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled to a netherworld of growing and shrinking stones.  Walking through chambers of clusters of stalactites and stalagmites, you’ll see some that resemble Totem Poles, others that take on the appearance of a Frozen Fountain, and others that are curiously-shaped and look like Fried Eggs.  Perhaps most intriguing is the Stalacpipe Organ, which took 36 years to perfect and plays the musical scale in tune.

En-route between Washington D.C. and Staunton you will find the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlet Mall in Leesburg, VA – why not call in to grab yourself a designer item or three?

Once you reach Staunton, you can explore the downtown with five historic districts and the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson, sitting atop the crest of a hill in Staunton’s Gospel Hill historic district.

Staunton itself is a distinctive and historic town with a lively community feel to it, walking down the main street you in some ways feel transported by in time; all the shops and restaurants are charming independent ventures with none of the big ‘high street’ names you would expect elsewhere.

Charlotte Gill (Account Manager at Complete North America) – “We were treated to some great food, wine (for the girls) and beer (for Roger) at the Mockingbird (Staunton, VA). The ethos behind the restaurant is to provide wholesome locally sourced food and the menu reflects this perfectly. The restaurant also has an adjoining venue where it hosts bands to provide live music which we are assured is well worth a visit – we will have to take their word for it though as we had tickets to see one of Shakespeare’s finest, ‘Taming of the Shrew’ at the American Shakespeare Centre at Blackfriars Playhouse. The Playhouse itself is a char
ming and intimate venue re-creating Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre. It truly reflects the time of Shakespeare with the result that, no matter where your seats are, you are drawn into the performance. The actors were excellent and had us all enthralled and laughing in no time at all. This was a wonderful way to spend an evening and there are currently performances most evenings here. If you are interested in seeing one of the productions during your stay – which we would highly recommend – please speak to one of the team.”

Overnight – Staunton


Day 7
Explore Staunton / Blue Ridge Parkway

Today, you can take a bit of time to drive south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America’s most scenic roads. The Parkway is one of the few roads where e
very season is spectacular in its own right.  In spring, the flowers are out, and leaves are budding on the trees.  Summer boasts a lush strong green. In fall, Mother Nature puts on her best dress and delivers a roadway shrouded in blazing color. In winter, the reds and golds give rise to snow covered mountains, after which the myriad of greens return again. Sometimes, in silence, a newly fallen snow appears like magic.

Overnight – Staunton


Day 8
Staunton to Charlottesville
38 miles

The first stop for everyone in Charlottesville has to be Monticello, one of the most intensely interesting homes on the North American continent.  Thomas
Jefferson’s magnificent mountaintop mansion was designated a World Heritage Treasure by the United Nations.  On the tour, you’ll learn more about the genius of Jefferson’s inventions as well as the role he played in the founding of America as author of the Declaration of Independence and later on, in the opening of the North American continent when he sponsored the Lewis and Clark expedition through the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase.

A short drive from Monticello takes you to the University of Virginia campus, designed by Jefferson, which he could see from his mountain top home.  Downtown, you’ll discover that this quaint little city no longer has a Main Street.  The street was closed to automobiles and bricked as an open walking plaza lined with shops.  The street corner where Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe (who served America for 25 years as the third, fourth and fifth US Presidents) met as friends is not far away.

Overnight – Charlottesville


Day 9
Charlottesville to Richmond
72 miles

One of the most interesting locations in Richmond is the Story of Virginia at the Virginia Historical Society.  With 10,000 square feet and 10,000 artifacts in likely the best museum in Virginia, the Story of Virginia tells the story of the Commonwealth from start to finish.  This is no ordinary museum.  When you walk out of the Virginia Historical Society you’ll be able to put all of your visit in Virginia into context.  The way they tell the story is not stuffy museum material.  The presentations are colorful, the text interesting and the artifacts fascinating.  Enjoy the view of Richmond from your hotel.

Richmond also has the distinction of serving as the Capital of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865.  The White House of the Confederacy attests to that today.

St. John’s Church is the site of Patrick Henry’s “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech  delivered inside the church on March 23rd 1775.  As a result of that speech and the gathering of 100 Virginia colonial leaders, the Revolution began the following month when shots were fired at Lexington and Concord.  The Virginia State Capital was designed by Thomas Jefferson and the new Virginia Visitor’s Center was specifically designed to tell the interesting story of the state.

Overnight – Richmond


Day 10
Richmond to Williamsburg
53 miles

There will be plenty of time to explore Colonial Williamsburg in detail today.  Serving as the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the center of power in the largest and most influential American colony.  During the 150 years following the move of the capital to Richmond, Williamsburg became a quiet college town. In 1926, with the help of John D. Rockefeller, the Foundation acquired 85% of the area of the original colonial capital and began restoration.

Now you can marvel as you walk the streets where Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, George Mason and Patrick Henry sealed the fate of the new nation.  An amazing 88 of the 500 buildings in Colonial Williamsburg are original.  The others have been painstakingly researched, rebuilt and refitted with the authentic accoutrements of the day.  Each of the shops demonstrate their trade and you can ask questions wherever you go.  Reenactments of the political undertakings are ongoing.  Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in conversation with Henry, Jefferson or Washington.  The living history interpreters at Williamsburg are really good!

Overnight – Williamsburg


Day 11
Explore Williamsburg

You can spend more time exploring Colonial Williamsburg today and later in the day still visit the Jamestown Colony, recreated to illustrate the original Virginia settlement of 1607 and the Yorktown Battlefield.  Both are located on the Colonial Parkway National Scenic Byway.

Overnight – Williamsburg


Day 12
Williamsburg to Easton
222 miles

You’ll have the next three days to explore the quaint towns of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Plan to feast on the seafood, enjoy the scenic beauty and respond to the laid back lifestyle of this unique area of the country.  The enchanting coastline varies from historic waterfront towns dotted with marinas of all sizes to stretches of low, rolling farmlands broken only by the tidewater tributaries of the Chesapeake.  Fresh and salt water meet in a veritable haven for fishing and boating enthusiasts, cyclists, birders and nature lovers.

Easton, is a delightful Chesapeake town, where the historical roots date back to 1711. Even though there are shops for all budgets, eclectic art galleries and antiques, fine and casual restaurants and a picture perfect historic town center with colonial and Victorian architecture, Easton, is one of those places that feels like home. Big trees and shady streets surround big porches on block after block of old houses.

Overnight – Easton


Day 13
Explore Easton / Maryland Eastern Shore

The southern portion of Maryland’s Eastern Shore is a bit different from the more northern areas.  You can browse a bit on the historic walking tour in St. Michaels before visiting the three historic houses of the Talbot Historical Society, each interpreted differently. The first was built by a Quaker who chose simplicity, the second by a Quaker, who took the contrasting position of opulence and the third, long thought to be a historic residence that under the research microscope turned out to be a craftsman’s studio.  The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, perhaps the best museum facility on the Eastern Shore illustrates the maritime side of life, with lots of interesting exhibits. After exploring Tilghman Island take the Oxford Bellevue Ferry to Cambridge, perched right on the sparkling Chesapeake Bay.  Here, the waterman’s culture blends with farm life to create an interesting, timeless, lifestyle which moves at a slightly slower pace, soothed by the gently lapping, ever present water.

Cruises on the Skipjack Nathan, the traditional watercraft for fishermen in the region, leave from the Long Wharf in Cambridge. The Meredith House at LaGrange Plantation and the other museums on the site give you a better glimpse of the history of the region.  Plan to meander the wonderful bird-filled landscapes of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, where the driving tour is open until the sun sets.  This is absolutely the best time of day, other than dawn, to tour the refuge and view the wildlife.

Overnight – Easton


Day 14
Explore Easton / Maryland Eastern Shore

Located on the banks of the Chester River, Chestertown dates back to 1706 when it served as a thriving mid-Atlantic port of entry for the colonial movement into
Maryland.  The County’s court records are the oldest in the State, dating back to the 1640s.  The Chester River curls past grand homes of wealthy merchants from the 18th and 19th centuries which still stand proudly along its banks.  Among the town’s finest historic buildings are the Hynson-Ringgold House, renowned for its unusual antler staircase and hip roof, and Wide Hall, a masterpiece of Georgian architecture built in 1769 by Thomas Smyth, Kent County’s most prosperous merchant and an illustrious Revolutionary War figure. An old Customs House dating from the 1740s stands beside the public dock at the foot of High Street. Its detailed Flemish Bond brickwork is commonplace in many old town residences.  Be sure to take the walking tour of Chestertown.

Overnight – Easton


Day 15
Easton to Washington Dulles Airport
100 miles

We are confident as you get ready to depart for home, you will be thoroughly relaxed from visiting the region’s timeless places.

When the time comes make your way to Washington Dulles Airport to return your rental car and check-in for your flight home to the U.K. with the opportunity to look back on an itinerary offering a really diverse range of memories from rich history to striking landscapes and coastlines.

Depart Washington Dulles – 23:00
Arrive Baltimore – 11:25
Journey Time – 6 hours 25 minutes

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Omni Richmond
 2 Williamsburg, VA
Williamsburg Lodge
 3 Easton, MD
Tidewater Inn

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Our holidays are completely tailored to suit you. We would be happy to help you choose from a vast array of additional experiences that will enhance your North America holiday adventure.

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Historic Eastern Highlights

PRICES FROM £2499

Packed with famous sights, free attractions and some of the best known museums and galleries in the world – this is the perfect trip for an amazing, in depth look into the historic region of Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington DC.

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Wondorous West Virginia

PRICES FROM £2696

Just an hour’s drive from the political heartbeat of Washington, you will find those country roads weaving through mountain backdrops laced with waterfalls, rivers and streams, hidden caverns, covered bridges and more.

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Washington DC & The Southern USA

PRICES FROM £1988

This is a tour that takes you back to the very beginnings of the nation, from colonial times and the revolution, through the Civil War years, right up to 21st century and the latest in cutting edge developments.

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In most circumstances, no visa is required for travel to the USA for any British Citizen passport holder and many other European passport holders, whose countries qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This program permits entry for up to 90 days for business or leisure purposes. Everyone must apply to use the VWP via the online Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA).  Advice states this should be done online at least 72 hours prior to departure. On payment of the $14 fee this system usually issues an electronic confirmation within minutes but this is not guaranteed and there are certain criteria travellers must consider before applying via ESTA to use the Visa Waiver Program. Once granted the VWP authorization is valid for 2 years.

It is essential that everyone who plans to travel to the United States reads the information contained on the following page – Visa Waiver Program

Please note : From 21st January 2016 The United States implemented changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) as part of the Terrorist Travel Protection Act of 2015. One of the major changes implemented in January excludes any British National who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen since March 01st 2011 from using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Full details are contained on the above link but those affected will need to apply for a Visitor Visa with the U.S. Embassy before booking their travel arrangements.

You are advised to complete your ESTA prior to confirming any travel arrangements.

To use ESTA now please only use the following website – Official ESTA Website

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You are advised to apply for your eTA prior to confirming any travel arrangements.

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The incredibly rich history of Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland now peacefully coexists with a patina of sophisticated restaurants, great shopping, world class cultural offerings and more, created not only for visitors, but also for a population with more college education than anywhere else, who work doing the latest research at the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and other cutting edge places.

Day 1
Baltimore Arrival

Depart London Heathrow – 16:30
Arrive Baltimore – 19:50
Journey Time – 8 hours 25 minutes

Often overshadowed by her more famous political sister, Baltimore is a bustling city built on tradition and community life that continues to evolve while holding on to its age old maritime heritage.  The scenic and popular waterfront, once teeming with longshoremen, is filled with shops, restaurants, and the National Aquarium which welcomes more than 11 million visitors each year.  Over the past two decades, the Inner Harbor has transformed itself into one of the most vibrant, thriving waterfront developments in the world.  It works!  It is also home to the Baltimore Maritime Museum, USS Constellation, Pride of Baltimore, a World War II submarine, and the Top of the World Observation Deck.  For nightlife, the Power Plant Live has dance clubs, a piano bar and comedy club.  It will be hard not to catch the spirit and energy of this place.

Overnight – Baltimore


Day 2
Explore Baltimore

Since you are stay right at the Inner Harbor and have all of those attractions at your fingertips, if you want to venture beyond, Baltimore is home to attractions that range from the American Visionary Museum to Fort McHenry where the Battle of 1812 inspired the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.  The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum tells the story of the first railroad in America.  You’ll learn more of the story at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.  There’s also the Baltimore Museum of Art and Evergreen, a Gilded Age mansion surrounded by 26 acres of gardens.  Port Discovery is a new museum for children.

Overnight – Baltimore


Day 3
Baltimore to Washington DC
(By train – 50 minutes)

This morning take a short taxi ride (taxi not included in prepaid cost) from your hotel to Baltimore Penn Station where we have seats booked for you with Amtrak Rail to take you to the Capital City, Washington DC. This journey will only take approx 40-45 mins.

As soon as you arrive in Washington, you can begin to explore the highlights of America’s capital!  There are many great neighborhoods in this very cosmopolitan city, yet the key museums and historic buildings are concentrated around the US Capitol Building and the National Mall, which is lined with Smithsonian museums.

You can’t help but be inspired and even awed on your first visit to Washington, DC.  It’s like no other place in the world.  Created in a swamp where frogs originally outnumbered residents, the city has gradually emerged as an impressive monument to America’s continuity.  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and architect Pierre L’Enfant, Jefferson’s French friend, laid out the original city, which has kept pace with the fortunes of the country it governs.  Buildings consciously designed to appear monumental have been preserved and renovated, and where applicable, integrated with new architecture.  The massive fabric of monuments and museums peacefully coexists with a bustling, dynamic metropolitan area with world-class entertainment, unique restaurants, and a dynamic arts and cultural community.  There’s always something blooming, adding a dash of color.  Even if you’ve visited before, new monuments are always being added and many museums have recently expanded.

Overnight – Washington DC


Day 4
Explore Washington DC

If this is your first visit to Washington, we recommend you begin at the US Capitol Complex, which includes the Capitol Building, House and Senate Buildings and the US Botanical Gardens.  Standing on the Capitol steps looking west, the expansive two-mile National Mall between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial, stretches out before you, lined with monuments and museums.  The Washington Monument stands in the center, while the cross axis of the Mall is anchored by the White House on one end and the Jefferson Memorial on the other.  You’ll find a number of the wonderful Smithsonian Museums along the Mall, as well as throughout the city.

Overnight – Washington DC


Day 5
Explore Washington DC

The list of museums to choose from in Washington, DC, is extensive: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of African Art, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are all on or near the Mall.

Memorials on or near the Mall include the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, United States Navy Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Overnight – Washington DC


Day 6
Washington DC to Staunton
165 miles

Imagine coming around a corner and suddenly catching your breath as the view opens up to a vast mountain landscape, a larger than life panorama of waves of blue hills.  Stopping at a view point you see a deer and her fawns gently grazing, unaware that there are people around.  Another vista reveals a burst of spring color and still another, a gushing waterfall.  That’s what you’re going to experience as you drive through Shenandoah National Park on your way to Staunton.

After a short drive from Washington, DC through Loudon County and Virginia horse country, you’ll discover historic Winchester, Virginia.  There should be
plenty of time to visit to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to learn about the lives of the hardy pioneers who settled here and just south of town, Belle Grove Mansion, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that is considered one of the finest examples of colonial architecture in the United States.  You can also see George Washington’s first office as a surveyor, incredibly small for a man of his stature and Abram’s Delight, a home that is typical of affluent residents of the region.  At nearby Front Royal, you’ll be at the start of the Skyline Drive, the portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway that traverses Shenandoah National Park.  Also, this will be the day to explore Luray Caverns, the largest constantly changing underground environment on the East Coast.  It is kept at a comfortable and constant 54 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once underground, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled to a netherworld of growing and shrinking stones.  Walking through chambers of clusters of stalactites and stalagmites, you’ll see some that resemble Totem Poles, others that take on the appearance of a Frozen Fountain, and others that are curiously-shaped and look like Fried Eggs.  Perhaps most intriguing is the Stalacpipe Organ, which took 36 years to perfect and plays the musical scale in tune.

En-route between Washington D.C. and Staunton you will find the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlet Mall in Leesburg, VA – why not call in to grab yourself a designer item or three?

Once you reach Staunton, you can explore the downtown with five historic districts and the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson, sitting atop the crest of a hill in Staunton’s Gospel Hill historic district.

Staunton itself is a distinctive and historic town with a lively community feel to it, walking down the main street you in some ways feel transported by in time; all the shops and restaurants are charming independent ventures with none of the big ‘high street’ names you would expect elsewhere.

Charlotte Gill (Account Manager at Complete North America) – “We were treated to some great food, wine (for the girls) and beer (for Roger) at the Mockingbird (Staunton, VA). The ethos behind the restaurant is to provide wholesome locally sourced food and the menu reflects this perfectly. The restaurant also has an adjoining venue where it hosts bands to provide live music which we are assured is well worth a visit – we will have to take their word for it though as we had tickets to see one of Shakespeare’s finest, ‘Taming of the Shrew’ at the American Shakespeare Centre at Blackfriars Playhouse. The Playhouse itself is a char
ming and intimate venue re-creating Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre. It truly reflects the time of Shakespeare with the result that, no matter where your seats are, you are drawn into the performance. The actors were excellent and had us all enthralled and laughing in no time at all. This was a wonderful way to spend an evening and there are currently performances most evenings here. If you are interested in seeing one of the productions during your stay – which we would highly recommend – please speak to one of the team.”

Overnight – Staunton


Day 7
Explore Staunton / Blue Ridge Parkway

Today, you can take a bit of time to drive south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America’s most scenic roads. The Parkway is one of the few roads where e
very season is spectacular in its own right.  In spring, the flowers are out, and leaves are budding on the trees.  Summer boasts a lush strong green. In fall, Mother Nature puts on her best dress and delivers a roadway shrouded in blazing color. In winter, the reds and golds give rise to snow covered mountains, after which the myriad of greens return again. Sometimes, in silence, a newly fallen snow appears like magic.

Overnight – Staunton


Day 8
Staunton to Charlottesville
38 miles

The first stop for everyone in Charlottesville has to be Monticello, one of the most intensely interesting homes on the North American continent.  Thomas
Jefferson’s magnificent mountaintop mansion was designated a World Heritage Treasure by the United Nations.  On the tour, you’ll learn more about the genius of Jefferson’s inventions as well as the role he played in the founding of America as author of the Declaration of Independence and later on, in the opening of the North American continent when he sponsored the Lewis and Clark expedition through the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase.

A short drive from Monticello takes you to the University of Virginia campus, designed by Jefferson, which he could see from his mountain top home.  Downtown, you’ll discover that this quaint little city no longer has a Main Street.  The street was closed to automobiles and bricked as an open walking plaza lined with shops.  The street corner where Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe (who served America for 25 years as the third, fourth and fifth US Presidents) met as friends is not far away.

Overnight – Charlottesville


Day 9
Charlottesville to Richmond
72 miles

One of the most interesting locations in Richmond is the Story of Virginia at the Virginia Historical Society.  With 10,000 square feet and 10,000 artifacts in likely the best museum in Virginia, the Story of Virginia tells the story of the Commonwealth from start to finish.  This is no ordinary museum.  When you walk out of the Virginia Historical Society you’ll be able to put all of your visit in Virginia into context.  The way they tell the story is not stuffy museum material.  The presentations are colorful, the text interesting and the artifacts fascinating.  Enjoy the view of Richmond from your hotel.

Richmond also has the distinction of serving as the Capital of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865.  The White House of the Confederacy attests to that today.

St. John’s Church is the site of Patrick Henry’s “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech  delivered inside the church on March 23rd 1775.  As a result of that speech and the gathering of 100 Virginia colonial leaders, the Revolution began the following month when shots were fired at Lexington and Concord.  The Virginia State Capital was designed by Thomas Jefferson and the new Virginia Visitor’s Center was specifically designed to tell the interesting story of the state.

Overnight – Richmond


Day 10
Richmond to Williamsburg
53 miles

There will be plenty of time to explore Colonial Williamsburg in detail today.  Serving as the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the center of power in the largest and most influential American colony.  During the 150 years following the move of the capital to Richmond, Williamsburg became a quiet college town. In 1926, with the help of John D. Rockefeller, the Foundation acquired 85% of the area of the original colonial capital and began restoration.

Now you can marvel as you walk the streets where Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, George Mason and Patrick Henry sealed the fate of the new nation.  An amazing 88 of the 500 buildings in Colonial Williamsburg are original.  The others have been painstakingly researched, rebuilt and refitted with the authentic accoutrements of the day.  Each of the shops demonstrate their trade and you can ask questions wherever you go.  Reenactments of the political undertakings are ongoing.  Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in conversation with Henry, Jefferson or Washington.  The living history interpreters at Williamsburg are really good!

Overnight – Williamsburg


Day 11
Explore Williamsburg

You can spend more time exploring Colonial Williamsburg today and later in the day still visit the Jamestown Colony, recreated to illustrate the original Virginia settlement of 1607 and the Yorktown Battlefield.  Both are located on the Colonial Parkway National Scenic Byway.

Overnight – Williamsburg


Day 12
Williamsburg to Easton
222 miles

You’ll have the next three days to explore the quaint towns of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Plan to feast on the seafood, enjoy the scenic beauty and respond to the laid back lifestyle of this unique area of the country.  The enchanting coastline varies from historic waterfront towns dotted with marinas of all sizes to stretches of low, rolling farmlands broken only by the tidewater tributaries of the Chesapeake.  Fresh and salt water meet in a veritable haven for fishing and boating enthusiasts, cyclists, birders and nature lovers.

Easton, is a delightful Chesapeake town, where the historical roots date back to 1711. Even though there are shops for all budgets, eclectic art galleries and antiques, fine and casual restaurants and a picture perfect historic town center with colonial and Victorian architecture, Easton, is one of those places that feels like home. Big trees and shady streets surround big porches on block after block of old houses.

Overnight – Easton


Day 13
Explore Easton / Maryland Eastern Shore

The southern portion of Maryland’s Eastern Shore is a bit different from the more northern areas.  You can browse a bit on the historic walking tour in St. Michaels before visiting the three historic houses of the Talbot Historical Society, each interpreted differently. The first was built by a Quaker who chose simplicity, the second by a Quaker, who took the contrasting position of opulence and the third, long thought to be a historic residence that under the research microscope turned out to be a craftsman’s studio.  The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, perhaps the best museum facility on the Eastern Shore illustrates the maritime side of life, with lots of interesting exhibits. After exploring Tilghman Island take the Oxford Bellevue Ferry to Cambridge, perched right on the sparkling Chesapeake Bay.  Here, the waterman’s culture blends with farm life to create an interesting, timeless, lifestyle which moves at a slightly slower pace, soothed by the gently lapping, ever present water.

Cruises on the Skipjack Nathan, the traditional watercraft for fishermen in the region, leave from the Long Wharf in Cambridge. The Meredith House at LaGrange Plantation and the other museums on the site give you a better glimpse of the history of the region.  Plan to meander the wonderful bird-filled landscapes of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, where the driving tour is open until the sun sets.  This is absolutely the best time of day, other than dawn, to tour the refuge and view the wildlife.

Overnight – Easton


Day 14
Explore Easton / Maryland Eastern Shore

Located on the banks of the Chester River, Chestertown dates back to 1706 when it served as a thriving mid-Atlantic port of entry for the colonial movement into
Maryland.  The County’s court records are the oldest in the State, dating back to the 1640s.  The Chester River curls past grand homes of wealthy merchants from the 18th and 19th centuries which still stand proudly along its banks.  Among the town’s finest historic buildings are the Hynson-Ringgold House, renowned for its unusual antler staircase and hip roof, and Wide Hall, a masterpiece of Georgian architecture built in 1769 by Thomas Smyth, Kent County’s most prosperous merchant and an illustrious Revolutionary War figure. An old Customs House dating from the 1740s stands beside the public dock at the foot of High Street. Its detailed Flemish Bond brickwork is commonplace in many old town residences.  Be sure to take the walking tour of Chestertown.

Overnight – Easton


Day 15
Easton to Washington Dulles Airport
100 miles

We are confident as you get ready to depart for home, you will be thoroughly relaxed from visiting the region’s timeless places.

When the time comes make your way to Washington Dulles Airport to return your rental car and check-in for your flight home to the U.K. with the opportunity to look back on an itinerary offering a really diverse range of memories from rich history to striking landscapes and coastlines.

Depart Washington Dulles – 23:00
Arrive Baltimore – 11:25
Journey Time – 6 hours 25 minutes

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  • Compact car rental based on Alamo ‘Gold Rate’ – 14 day rental.
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Our holidays are completely tailored to suit you. We would be happy to help you choose from a vast array of additional experiences that will enhance your North America holiday adventure.

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Do I need a visa to travel to the usa?

In most circumstances, no visa is required for travel to the USA for any British Citizen passport holder and many other European passport holders, whose countries qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This program permits entry for up to 90 days for business or leisure purposes. Everyone must apply to use the VWP via the online Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA).  Advice states this should be done online at least 72 hours prior to departure. On payment of the $14 fee this system usually issues an electronic confirmation within minutes but this is not guaranteed and there are certain criteria travellers must consider before applying via ESTA to use the Visa Waiver Program. Once granted the VWP authorization is valid for 2 years.

It is essential that everyone who plans to travel to the United States reads the information contained on the following page – Visa Waiver Program

Please note : From 21st January 2016 The United States implemented changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) as part of the Terrorist Travel Protection Act of 2015. One of the major changes implemented in January excludes any British National who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen since March 01st 2011 from using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Full details are contained on the above link but those affected will need to apply for a Visitor Visa with the U.S. Embassy before booking their travel arrangements.

You are advised to complete your ESTA prior to confirming any travel arrangements.

To use ESTA now please only use the following website – Official ESTA Website

Complete North America Limited cannot be held responsible for cancellation charges incurred by travellers who have booked travel and are subsequently unable to travel as part of the VWP or who are unable to obtain a Visitor Visa. If you have any questions after reading the information supplied above please speak to a member of our team.

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British Nationals and travellers from other European countries can enjoy visa-exempt travel to and via Canada but must first use the online Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) at a cost of CA$7.00 per person. Most online applications are approved with minutes by email but the process can take longer particularly if supporting documentation is requested. An eTA is valid for 5 years and allows you to travel for up to 6 months on any one visit.

You are advised to apply for your eTA prior to confirming any travel arrangements.

For applications and full information on the scheme please only visit – Official Canadian Government eTA Website

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