Features the infamous Pony Swim from Assateague to Chincoteague
Offered By: Park Tours
Bask in the relaxed beauty tucked between the Chesapeake Bay & the Atlantic Ocean.
Operates: Jul 27 2014
Tour Length: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Departs From: Dunbar, WV * Parkersburg, WV * Ripley, WV
Single Room - $678.00
Double Room - $513.00
Triple Room - $458.00
Quad Room - $431.00
Description: Photo by Scott K. Brown courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corp
Tucked away between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean rests a place of relaxed splendor where life moves as slowly as the ebb and flow of the tide. With picturesque villages, quaint harbors and old-fashioned main streets, the area's simplicity, tranquility, natural beauty and wildlife offer a welcomed change of pace. The perfect way to journey into shore time is via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, an engineering marvel. From there, we'll explore historic coastal towns like the Cinderella village of Cape Charles, scout out secluded harbor villages with amazing water views, and sail back in time to islands where the locals speak with an a lingering trace of Elizabethan twang. Get a taste of the local flavor on a visit to Cherrystone Aqua-Farms, producing some of the best shellfish in the country, and Chatham Vineyards, set on a historic farm that dates back four centuries. The highlight of our tour is the infamous Pony Swim, where saltwater cowboys round up the wild ponies and swim them across a channel from Assateague to Chincoteague - a truly remarkable sight. Slow down and enjoy the view with us along Virginia's Eastern Shore.
Sunday, July 27: Tucked away between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is a place of relaxed splendor where life moves as slowly as the ebb and flow of the tide. With picturesque villages, quaint harbors and old-fashioned main streets, the area’s simplicity, tranquility, natural beauty and wildlife offer a welcomed change of pace. The perfect way to journey into shore time is via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, which showcases the mighty surge of the Atlantic Ocean, the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, and the soaring grace of an engineering marvel. So sit back, relax and get ready for the fun as we make our way to Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Rest breaks and meal stops will be made for your convenience.
Wrapped in the natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay shoreline, Aqua restaurant provides breathtaking waterfront dining perched directly on top of the sandy shore line. Every seat in the house is front row to an amazing view of the bay. The Aqua’s unforgettable ambiance, savory dishes and attentive staff deliver an experience that will satisfy you in every way. Following a fabulous dinner, it’s time to check into our hotel for a good night’s rest. (D)
Monday, July 28: Enjoy a pleasant breakfast at the hotel before we begin the day. The Eastern Shore’s chain of seaside barrier islands is mostly deserted now. But the Barrier Islands Center preserves the photos, artifacts, and written accounts of the fascinating stories of those who once called the islands home – Native Americans, farmers, hunting & fishing guides, shopkeepers, hoteliers, and the Lighthouse and Lifesaving Service. The museum is situated on the historic 17 acre "Almshouse Farm," a working farm that contains three historically significant buildings and heirloom gardens. Following a tour, there is free time to stroll the streets of Cape Charles, soak up some sun on the beach, browse the unique shops or toast the good life at one of the delightful restaurants (on own).
Virginia’s Eastern Shore is an enchanting place of family farms, small towns and waterside villages. Watermen still work the tides and farmers plow the fields trailed by sea gulls. This afternoon, we’ll get a taste of the local flavor on a visit to Cherrystone Aqua-Farms, producing some of the best shellfish in the country, and Chatham Vineyards, set on a historic farm that dates back four centuries. We’ll finish out the day in the quaint fishing village of Willis Wharf, where you’ll find beautiful originals by local artist and a number of dining options (on own). (B)
Tuesday, July 29: Be sure to fill up on a tasty breakfast at the hotel, we’ll be taking a long journey back in time to Jaxon’s Old Fashioned 5 & 10. Browse the store’s wide variety of merchandise and pick up some snacks or "penny candy" before we board the Chesapeake Breeze. As we make our way to Tangier Island we will likely pass fishing boats working their nets and island watermen making their living on the Bay. Dubbed the "soft crab capital" of the nation, Tangier offers some of the freshest seafood in the world, be sure to sample a specialty soft-crab sandwich (on own). There is plenty of time to experience life lived in the tranquil rhythm of the tides – take a tour with a local, telling island tales in their unique sing-song Elizabethan twang, peruse the shops, or scout the pristine shores for Native American arrowheads.
Later this afternoon, we’ll take a tour of Ker Place, a magnificent Federal period Georgian style house built in 1799-1803 for prosperous merchant farmer John Shepherd Ker. For approximately 50 years a glass-enclosed cupola adorned the top of the house to view trading vessels coming into Onancock Creek. Our evening meal is hosted by the Island House Restaurant. Designed after the old Parramore Island Life Saving Station, which was built in the 1800’s, the restaurant overlooks the tranquil Wachapreague waterfront and serves up a luscious fare. Have a wonderful night. (B, D)
Wednesday, July 30: Breakfast is served at the hotel before we head out for the highlight of our Virginia tour – the infamous Pony Swim, where saltwater cowboys round up the wild ponies and swim them across a channel from Assateague to Chincoteague. A truly remarkable sight! The swim takes place at "slack tide," a period of about 30 minutes between tides, when there is no current. The first foal to come ashore will be named King or Queen Neptune and will be given away in a raffle drawing at the carnival grounds later in the day. It’s time to depart the laid back island life and return to the real world, but the memories are sure to linger on. Rest breaks and meal stops will be made for your convenience. (B)
Photo by Bill Crabtree courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corp
Includes: Transportation, 3 Nights Lodging, 3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners, Barrier Island Museum, Cape Charles, Cherrystone Aqua-Farm, Chatham Vineyards wine tasting & cheese, Willis Wharf, Jaxson’s Old Fashioned 5 & 10, Cruise to Tangier Island, Kerr House, Pony SwimPlease keep in mind that tour itineraries are prepared up to a year in advance and circumstances can arise that are beyond our control. Although every effort is made to adhere to the published itinerary, Central Cab reserves the right to cancel or alter any portion of this tour if necessary.
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MOTORCOACH CANCELLATION & TRANSFER POLICY:
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Frequent stops will be made to accommodate smokers.