Potomac and Tidewaters River Cruise

Eight-Day Chesapeake Bay Cruise
Departing from Philadelphia, PA or Washington, DC

Discover the glorious cities and towns that helped to shape early American history, including some which have served as our nation’s capitol. Your journey begins in Philadelphia, a city boasting centuries of political, economic, social, and cultural achievements and full of historical landmarks. Along the cruise, you'll visit places such as St. Michaels, MD known as the ‘town that fooled the British,’ America’s sailing capital, Annapolis, MD, and Mt. Vernon, VA, the former plantation home of our first president, George Washington. With each port having its own unique history and culture, this cruise is sure to be the perfect way to explore the making of America as we know it today.

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Day 1
Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia River Cruise

Philadelphia is the site where Americans defended their liberty, achieved technological success, and forged the ideals of the American Dream. While visiting, enjoy the legacy of more than three centuries of political, economic, social, and cultural achievements. The city was once the second-largest in the British Empire and the social center of the original 13 American colonies. Philadelphia was the home of many ideas and actions which gave birth to the American Revolution and American independence, making this city a centerpiece of early American history.

Day 2
Havre de Grace

Tidewaters Cruise

During the Revolutionary War, this small hamlet was visited several times by General Lafayette. He commented that the area reminded him of the French seaport of Le Havre, which had originally been named Le Havre-de-Grâce. Inspired by Lafayette's comments, the town was incorporated as Havre de Grace (Harbor of Grace) in 1785. Early industry in this region included oyster and crab harvesting. It was also the southern terminus for the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal, which carried freight up the Susquehanna River to destinations inland. Havre de Grace was also known for duck hunting and a strong cottage industry of decoy making soon sprung up. Today Havre de Grace is the self-proclaimed “Decoy Capital of the World.”

Day 3
Chestertown, MD

Custom House in Chestertown MD

Founded in 1706, Chestertown is located on the banks of the Chester River. A visit to Chestertown offers a blend of history, arts, and shopping. This town provides a link to the maritime heritage of the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay. Second only to Annapolis in its number of 18th century homes, you will explore beautiful brick mansions and townhouses on a stroll along the waterfront. You will also find a delightful Farmers Market in Fountain Park as well as a dozen or more art galleries located throughout the city.

Day 4
St. Michael's, MD

Potomac River Cruise

Located on the eastern shore, St. Michaels is a popular destination with an eclectic mix of history, shops, restaurants, and small town charm. In the nighttime Battle of St. Michaels, the British bombarded the town, but failed to destroy the shipyards. As a result of the town's ruse of dimming the lights and hanging lanterns in the trees beyond the town, Saint Michaels became known as "the town that fooled the British". One of the town's chief attractions is the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, located on land that was formerly part of the historic shipyards, and home to a number of historic bay vessels.

Day 5
Annapolis, MD

Annapolis Statehouse Cruise Excursion

Founded in 1649, Annapolis offers a delightful combination of history and lively residents. Walk along the old brick sidewalks much like George Washington or Thomas Jefferson did in the days when Annapolis was the Capital of the United States. You will also find that Annapolis boasts some of the finest 17th and 18th century buildings in the country, including the homes of all four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence. Stroll along its famed waterfront or sit at City Dock and imagine what Annapolis might have been like during the 1700s, when the City was a bustling seaport with vessels from all over the world. 

Day 6
St. Mary's, MD

Maryland River Cruise

St. Mary's City was founded in 1634 by a group of English settlers. They arrived on the exploration ships Dove and Ark, which were led by Leonard Calvert, who was a part of the Barons Baltimore. St. Mary's City was the site of the fourth permanent settlement in British North America, Maryland's first capital, and the birthplace of religious toleration. It is an exciting mix of colorful living history and fascinating archaeology, all set in a beautiful tidewater landscape. During your stay in St. Mary’s, you can enjoy several attractions such as exploring the Dove, Old Jail Museum, Calvert Marine Museum and the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.

Day 7
Mt. Vernon, VA

Mount Vernon Estate on Potomac Tidewaters Cruise

Located near Alexandria, VA, Mt. Vernon was the plantation home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. Built of wood in a neoclassical Georgian architectural style, this estate is located on the banks of the Potomac River. Mount Vernon was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Day 8
Washington D.C. area (Alexandria, VA)

Washington DC River Cruises

Alexandria's many historic homes, churches, businesses and museums allow visitors to explore the impressive history of this city. The center of Alexandria is known as Old Town, an area lined with high-end boutiques, fine restaurants, antique shops and theaters. Like Old Town, many Alexandria neighborhoods are compact and walkable.

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