February 3-5, 2021
Coastal Virginia Oyster Trail
Enjoy a sip of your favorite wine in Coastal Virginia. Highlights include, Chatham Vineyards Wine Tasting, a Virginia Beach tour featuring the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, a Whale Watching Cruise and much more!
Booking Deadline: November 30, 2020
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All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 25 full paying passengers. Rate and itinerary are subject to change without notice or compensation.
- Free parking with roundtrip motorcoach transportation
- Two night hotel accommodations
- Baggage handling (1 bag per person)
- Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
- All tours and admissions as listed per itinerary
- Wine tastings as listed per itinerary
- Local Guide Service
- All taxes and gratuities
- Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager
- Barrier Islands Center Museum
- Chatham Vineyards Wine Tasting
- Virginia Beach tour
- Cheasapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Center Tour
- Old Cape Henry Lighthouse
- Virginia Aquarium
- Whale Watching Cruise
- Cherrystone Aqua Farm Tour
Wednesday, February 3: Travel to Coastal Virginia, Barrier Island Center Museum, Chatham Vineyards
5:00AM: Motorcoach will depart from Lancaster, AC Moore store located in Lancaster Shopping Center on the Oregon Pike/Route 272 side of the store.
6:00AM: Depart from Harrisburg, AAA Central Penn, 2301 Paxton Church Rd; travel to Virginia with rest stop enroute.
Afternoon arrival to explore the Barrier Islands Center Museum, housed in a 19th century schoolhouse that chronicles life on the Eastern Shore. After the museum tour, enjoy a wine tasting experience at Chatham Vineyards, a family-owned and operated winery.
Check into the Courtyard by Marriott Oceanfront North on the Boardwalk. You’ll have time to freshen up before departing for the evening, where you’ll taste oysters and enjoy a delicious dinner at Bubba’s Seafood Restaurant, a local laid-back hangout with a rustic vibe on the water. Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott North Virginia Beach, VA. (Dinner)
*Oceanfront rooms are not guaranteed.
Thursday, February 4: Virginia Beach tour, Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, Aquarium, Whale Watching Cruise
After breakfast depart with the local guide for a motorcoach sightseeing tour of Virginia Beach. As you enjoy the beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, learn about the history of Virginia’s largest city, and get the pulse on current day in this resort town. We’ll visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Center, one of the world’s greenest buildings, to learn about their work to restore the health of the bay and its rivers and streams.
A stop will be made at the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark that has guarded the mouth of the bay since 1792. You will have time to climb to the top of the Lighthouse and to browse in the gift shop. Enjoy a boxed lunch enroute to the Virginia Aquarium, where we’ll experience a unique journey through Virginia’s marine environment, featuring 800,000 gallons of aquariums and more than 300 hands-on exhibits. Next, embark on a Whale Watching cruise. We’ll hope to witness close-up observations of the marine environment and its inhabitants as they glide through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Tonight, dinner will be at Rockafeller’s Restaurant. A local favorite with a casual beach vibe in a picturesque setting. (Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner)
Friday, February 5: Cherrystone Aqua Farms, Depart for Central Pennsylvania
After breakfast visit Cherrystone Aqua Farms to explore a piece of Chesapeake Bay’s heritage. View oysters and clams in their natural water habitat as you learn how they are cultivated, harvested and the steps local farmers are taking to protect Virginia’s shellfish population. Next, you’ll head up the coast and relax over a seafood lunch at the waterfront Island House restaurant and enjoy beautiful views of the marsh and barrier islands.
Following lunch depart for Central Pennsylvania with appropriate stops en-route. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Hotel and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation
Tour Activity Level: 2
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.
Two forms of identification are required for this trip. A government-issued photo I.D (such as a driver’s license), along with a secondary form of identification such as a passport, state or local government ID, copy of birth certificate, social security card or Medicare card (required for military base access). Must be 21 years old with a valid I.D. for wine tasting.
$150 per person deposit due at the time of booking to confirm your reservation. Final payment is due to AAA by November 30, 2020.
Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $50
A $25 per person cancellation fee will be charged by Discoveries in addition to any other supplier’s fees. From November 30, 2020 to day of departure no refunds.
For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.
Temperatures for the Virginia region in February average in the 50s. Casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes are recommended; be prepared for potential inclement weather.
For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.
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