Start your journey in Baltimore, a great maritime city, alive with excitement, Colonial history, and a busy harbor scene. Explore the decks of legendary ships and the cobblestone streets of the charming waterfront Inner Harbor. Cruise past Fort McHenry, where the battle that inspired Francis Scott Key‘s " Star-Spangled Banner" was fought.
Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk has enjoyed a dramatic history dating back to 1607, when British settlers first arrived on American shores. Today, the city embraces its colorful past while thriving as a modern metropolis. Tall schooners share the surrounding waters with naval vessels and oystermen. Enjoy tours of historic districts, museums, restored homes, and the Norfolk Naval Station.
Naval Station & MacArthur Memorial Tour
Norfolk is home to the largest Naval Station in the world with its beginnings closely tied to the U.S. entry into World War I. Today, Naval Station Norfolk is the hub of the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet, and home port to dozens of ships, submarines, aircraft, and more. Led by our expert guide, witness aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious assault ships, and learn about the fascinating history of the Naval Base. The tour will also stop at the MacArthur Memorial, a memorial celebrating Army General Douglas MacArthur, one of the most controversial figures in American history.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Learn about the history, legends, and lore of the Outer Banks as you travel to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, NC. Enjoy an introduction by a park ranger and learn about the fascinating history of aviation that took place at this site. After the introduction, tour the Visitor Center where the Wright brothers' story is told through exhibits and reproductions. You may also climb Big Kill Devil Hill for a breathtaking view of the area from sound to sea.
Colonial Williamsburg is the restored 18th-century capital of Britain's largest empire outpost in the New World. Once the political and economic center of the Virginia Colony, today it is the world's premier living history site. Led by our expert guides, stroll along its narrow streets, nearly unchanged since the days of the first English Colonists.
History comes alive at Colonial Williamsburg. As you stroll along its street witness many original 18th-century buildings, as well as those reconstructed to their 18th-century aesthetic. Interact with tradespeople who use real period tools and techniques, many of which have been around since the beginning of our civilization. These skilled men and women are true apprentices, journeymen, and masters, continuing to perfect their skills with the hammer, needle, or plow.
Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown make up what is known as the "Historic Triangle." Explore the port of Yorktown which was the site of the final battle of the American Revolution. Travel back in time at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century American history which tells the story of America's first permanent English colony settled in 1607.
Yorktown Trolley Tour - Complimentary Excursion
The River Walk Landing welcomes you to historic Yorktown. Enjoy complimentary trolley transportation throughout Yorktown with stops at the battlefields, historic buildings, and unique boutiques.Stroll the waterfront, dine at a historic restaurant, and admire the 18th-century architecture of a place known for its current charm and its storied past.
Near the site of the original colony, Jamestown Settlement tells the story of 17th-century Virginia and America’s first permanent English colony. Led by a local expert guide, explore re-creations of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, as well life-size re-creations of the colonists’ fort and a Powhatan village. Along the way, costumed historical interpreters describe and demonstrate daily life in early 17th-century Jamestown.
Washington, DC is our nation’s capital located on the Potomac River, and bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It is characterized by neoclassic monuments and iconic buildings, including the U.S. Capitol, White House, and Supreme Court. It is also home to the Smithsonian Museums and performing-arts venues such as the Kennedy Center.
National Monuments Tour
Explore the capital of the United States on a narrated tour. From its celebrated symbols of patriotism to its undiscovered neighborhoods, the sights and sounds of the U.S. Capitol city inspire millions of visitors every year. View the National Mall, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, World War II Museum, the Old Executive Building, and more.
Let American Cruise Lines help you arrange a visit to any of the Smithsonian Museums including the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Castle, National Air and Space Museum, and National Portrait Gallery, among others.
Mount Vernon is an American landmark and an enduring tribute to our nation’s first President. Originally a one and one-half story house built by his father in 1735, President Washington acquired Mount Vernon in 1754, and over the next 45 years slowly enlarged the home to create the magnificent 21-room residence we see today. George Washington personally supervised each renovation and advised on design, construction, decoration, and landscaping—even during the Revolutionary War.
George Washington's Estate
Situated along the Potomac River, just a few miles from Washington, DC, Mount Vernon is considered the most popular historic estate in the United States. Enjoy a guided tour of the mansion, depicted as it was in 1799, one year before Washington’s death. At the conclusion of the tour, you will have the opportunity for self-guided exploration, at which time you can explore Washington’s Tomb, the inspirational Salve Memorial, lush gardens, and other exhibits located on the estate.
Cambridge is an authentic Chesapeake town known for its rich history, beautiful buildings, and vibrant arts scene. Sail on an authentic skipjack or visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and witness the diverse wildlife and shorebirds that inhabit the area.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center immerses visitors in Tubman’s world through informative, evocative, and emotive exhibits. The many captivating displays illustrate how the Choptank River region shaped her early years and the importance she held for faith, family, and community. The exhibits also feature information about Tubman’s life beginning with her childhood in Maryland, her emancipation from slavery, her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and her continuous advocacy for justice.
Choptank River Lighthouse - Complimentary Excursion
Take a short walk to visit the Choptank River Lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper will greet you upon arrival and speak about the history of this lighthouse, a replica of a historic lighthouse that once guided mariners along the Choptank River. Also featured is a mini-museum for you to explore.
Since the 1880s, skipjacks - a type of sailboat developed for oyster dredging - have sailed the Chesapeake Bay. There once were as many as 800 of these vessels, but fewer than two dozen of the original dredge boats remain today. Of these, only a handful still dredge for oysters, the last remnant of America's surviving commercial sailing fleet. Visit the skipjack Nathan for a unique opportunity to experience your own skipjack journey on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Sail on the scenic Choptank River, help raise her sails, or take a turn at the helm.
Stroll along the waterfront of St. Michaels, or peruse the charming gift shops and boutiques on tree-lined Talbot Street. Dock at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, once a famed shipbuilding village, and now dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum - Complimentary
This 18-acre waterfront museum is dedicated to furthering the understanding of the maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay area. Featured are 10 exhibit buildings, a historic lighthouse, and a working boatyard. Docking right in the heart of the museum, American Cruise Lines’ passengers will enjoy a private tour of this fascinating site.
The state capital of Maryland, Annapolis was founded in 1649, served briefly as the nation's capital in 1783, and boasts more 18th-century brick buildings than any other city in the country. Travel through the charming historic streets of the 1690s, while your guide introduces you to 350 years of Annapolis' living history, architecture, and folklore. Along the way, visit three of the homes once belonging to the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Annapolis City & Statehouse Tour
Chosen by National Geographic Adventure magazine as one of the country’s “Top Waterfront Towns,” Annapolis is a city steeped in history and maritime culture. Visit homes of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as well as the Statehouse where the Treaty of Paris was ratified in 1784, officially ending the Revolutionary War.
U.S. Naval Academy Tour
The first U.S. Navy ships were launched in 1797 and were aptly named the United States, the Constellation, and the Constitution. In 1825, President John Quincy Adams advised Congress to establish a Naval Academy in order to adequately prepare officers for service. Twenty years later, in 1845, the Naval Academy was formed by George Bancroft, Secretary of the Navy, with a class of 50 midshipmen and seven professors. Tour the Academy's historic grounds with our expert guide and experience "life on the yard." Witness the noon meal formation and take in breathtaking views of the campus.
*Note: Passengers will need a Photo ID in order to take this tour.
With a Colonial history dating back to the 17th century, Chestertown is proud of its maritime heritage, serving as a major port of entry during Colonial times. Today, sailing ships can still be seen coming into port. The Schooner Sultana is an exact replica of an 18th-century ship that served in the British Royal Navy and now operates as an educational vessel. Every Memorial Day, the city hosts The Chestertown Tea Party Festival, which celebrates colonial resistance to British rule, proudly tossing the British tea overboard.
Historic Chestertown Walking Tour
Experience the small town, colonial charm of historic downtown Chestertown during this guided walking tour. A Sultana Education Foundation educator will highlight architectural features and the historical significance of various buildings and landmarks. View the Customs House, the Buck-Bacchus House, the Court House, and the White Swan Tavern, and learn about colonial life and 17th-century trade.
Chestertown Art Walk
Founded in 1706 and once a bustling Royal Port of Entry for the Brits, Chestertown today is a community “Steeped in History and Stirred by Art.” Its rich cultural offerings have earned it status as a certified Maryland Arts & Entertainment District. During the Chestertown Arts Walk, led by John Schratwieser, the multi-talented Kent County Arts Council director, you explore galleries and studios, the historic Prince Theater, a furniture-maker’s workshop, and even a book browser’s paradise.
Revolutionary War & Beyond Walking Tour - Complimentary Excursion
Chestertown’s charming downtown is a National Historic Landmark that boasts a remarkable collection of well-preserved 18th-century buildings. Merchants and prominent citizens once lived and worked in this bustling Royal Port of Entry. As you stroll on the brick sidewalks, experienced guides from the Historical Society of Kent County will point out the architectural and historical features of notable buildings and landmarks. Through stories, they will share how Chestertown was shaped by national events and tastes, from the Revolutionary War to the Vaudeville craze. Of special note will be the Custom House, the Buck-Bacchus House, the Court House, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, and the White Swan Tavern.
Historic Sumner Hall - Complimentary Excursion
Built in 1908 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Sumner Hall serves as a museum, education site, gallery, performance stage, and more. During this tour, learn about the building renovation, historical points of interest, and reflections of community members whose stories give context and relevance to Sumner Hall today. Continue on to the second floor theater to listen to a presentation from Tom McHugh, “The Banjo Man.” His entertaining performance is a combination of humorous song, story, and audience participation, focusing on the watermen, boats, and beauty of the Bay.
Discover the Chesapeake Bay - Complimentary Excursion
Located in historic, downtown Chestertown, the Sultana Education Foundation’s Holt Center provides an in-depth exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about its geological formation, ecology, colonization, Native American inhabitants, and the Captain John Smith expeditions of the Chesapeake. Visit the Wet Lab with aquatic habitats that feature Atlantic blue crabs, Diamondback terrapins, Hogchokers, as well as a variety of freshwater pond turtles and fish.
Your historic journey ends where it began, in the vibrant city of Baltimore. If you choose to extend your stay, a number of great excursions are available, including the Baltimore Aquarium and Civil War Museum. Feel free to call an American Cruise Lines specialist to assist you with your travel arrangements.