Small States by the Sea

September 9, 2019 - September 16, 2019
8 days / 13 meals

***Sold Out!*** Please call to be placed on our waitlist. **24 day East Coast Explorer** Featuring visits to US “small states” MD, DE, NJ, RI and CT. Are one of these states on your bucket list?

Day 1: Maryland
Fly into Baltimore and head to the charming coastal city of Annapolis for dinner and a 2-night stay. D

Day 2: Maryland
See where enthusiastic young men and women train in the Navy and Marine Corps at the US Naval Academy. The guided tour includes Bancroft Hall, crypt of John Paul Jones, and more. Watch the noon formation before lunch in the Naval Academy Club, a military Tradition for 100 years. Explore historic Annapolis on a narrated trolley tour including the Maryland State House, the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use. Take free time to explore downtown City Docks this evening. B, L

Day 3: Delaware
Head east into the first state to ratify the US Constitution – Delaware. Arrive in Dover and visit the special Air Mobility Command Museum. Learn how Hangar 1301 was involved in secret rocket development during WWII and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Completed in 1791, a guided tour of the Old State House shares DE’s role in the American Revolution and stories about the patriots who were there. Arrive in Rehoboth Beach for dinner and an overnight stay including time to walk the boardwalk or dip your toes in the ocean. B

Day 4: Delaware/New Jersey
After a leisurely morning, visit Cape Henlopen State Park with a local expert and continue the guided tour to Lewes, DE, a community founded in 1631 as the “first town in the first state”. Board the Cape May Ferry to relax on the sun deck or in the salon area while making our way across the mouth of the Delaware River to New Jersey. Arrive in historic Victorian Cape May and unpack for 2 nights in our ocean front accommodations with easy beach access. After dinner, a personal guide shares tales of local heroes and legends on the drive to Cape May Lighthouse to watch the Sunset Beach Flag Ceremony at dusk. B, D

Day 5: New Jersey
Explore the highlights of Cape May, the quaint seaside resort village, on a narrated trolley tour exploring the treasures and landmarks in the Historic District. Tour the 1879 Emien Physick Estate, Cape May’s Victorian house museum. A delicious lunch is planned at Washington Inn before a unique tour of the Fisherman’s Wharf to learn how this bustling commercial fishing port gets seafood from the sea to the table. Free time this evening is planned to relax or explore the village on your own. B, L

Day 6: Connecticut
Awaken to the smells and sounds of the ocean and take a stroll on the beach! Head northeast on I-95 to Mystic, CT ready to embrace the relaxed New England charm that has made this a popular destination. Enjoy a 4-course meal aboard a 1920’s Pullman Car Train and watch how the rhythm of the rails and service transport you back to the day when rail travel was king! Overnight for 2 nights in downtown Mystic, CT. B, D

Day 7: Rhode Island
At the Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum discover the Charles W. Morgan whaleship, a working preservation shipyard, historic gardens, maritime art gallery and more. Cross into Rhode Island for Narragansett Bay. Learn about the area on a scenic lighthouse cruise showcasing 10 gorgeous lighthouses, multiple islands, and miles of stunning coastline. Feast on a delicious boxed lunch from Mantunuck Oyster Restaurant featuring farm and pond to plate! Embark on an Oyster Farm tour and learn the harvest process of the Potter Pond Estuary. B, L

Day 8: Flight home
Flight home from Hartford or Boston. B

Per person rates*
double $2499
triple/quad $2267
single $3089
* Includes roundtrip airfare from STL

Combine any two consecutive tours of the 24 day series and subtract $500pp, combine all three subtract $1,000pp, plus applicable loyalty discount