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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in St Thomas
Day 2 : Jost Van Dyke / Sopers Hole
Day 3 : Road Town, Tortola
Day 4 : Virgin Gorda
Day 5 : Cooper and Norman Islands
Day 6 : Cruz Bay, St John
Day 7 : Great St James Island / St Thomas
Day 8 : St Thomas / Disembark

Ship

Yorktown

Places Visited

  • Caribbean
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cooper Island
  • Great St. James Island
  • Jost Van Dyke
  • Leeward Islands
  • Lesser Antilles
  • Norman Island
  • St. Thomas
  • Tortola
  • Virgin Gorda
  • Virgin Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hike through meadows and ruins on St. Johns Hike along the picturesque Magens Bay Snorkel the clear, tropical waters Pelicans hanging out in the ocean Wander the white-sand beaches of St. Johns on your Virgin Islands cruise

Day 1 Arrive in St Thomas

Arrive in St. Thomas and transfer to the Crown Bay Marina to embark the Yorktown. Overnight aboard docked at the marina.

Day 2 Jost Van Dyke / Sopers Hole

In the morning, relax aboard as Yorktown cruises through the Sir Francis Drake Channel en route to idyllic Jost Van Dyke, a sparsely populated island that offers some of the finest deserted
beaches and swimming in the Virgin Islands. Land at beautiful White Bay and enjoy the afternoon here before Yorktown sails to nearby Sopers Hole, at the western shore of Tortola, where the ship anchors for the night.

Day 3 Road Town, Tortola

Early in the morning, the Yorktown will dock at Road Town, the main town of Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands. Dutch buccaneers arrived here in 1648, becoming the first European settlers in the island group. About 21 square miles, Tortola’s terrain includes lush rainforest and pristine white-sand beaches. In the morning, explore the Sage Mountain National Park for a hike through the rainforest. Mount Sage rises more than 1,700 feet, the highest point in the British Virgin Islands, and is covered with undisturbed rainforest vegetation, including mahogany and kapok trees, while the pathways are lined with elephant ears, ferns, mountain guava, and other vegetation. The views of the surrounding islands are superb. In the afternoon, explore quaint Road Town on your own, or enjoy swimming and snorkeling at one of the island’s superb beaches.

Day 4 Virgin Gorda

Sail early in the morning from Tortola to make the short crossing to Virgin Gorda, where your destination, the Leverick Bay Marina, is reached through a narrow entrance in Gorda Sound. Explore the island, including The Baths, the showcase of the island, a geological curiosity where enormous granite boulders lay scattered along the beach, with some partially submerged in the tropical waters, to form caves and grottos. Also, enjoy swimming and snorkeling at one of Virgin Gorda’s secluded beaches. For hikers, Virgin Gorda, at only eight square miles, offers good hiking opportunities.

Day 5 Cooper and Norman Islands

In the morning, Yorktown will anchor off Cooper Island’s Manchioneel Bay, with its beautiful beach lined by palm trees, and coral reefs. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling to discover the rich marine world of this small island. Hikers may follow the trail that leads up the ridge from the island’s only hotel. Over lunch, sail to nearby idyllic Norman Island, reputed to be Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Yorktown will anchor at The Caves, an outstanding swimming and snorkeling area, with crystal-clear water, colorful corals, and other marine life.

Day 6 Cruz Bay, St John

Sailing from Norman Island in the early morning, Yorktown will cruise along the coast of St. John and anchor at a remote cove where you may enjoy a refreshing swim. Later, the ship will arrive at Cruz Bay, the island’s miniature, neat, and tidy capital. More than two thirds of this lush island comprises the St. John National Park, which you will explore to discover its rich flora and fauna. Some twenty walking trails cross the park to reveal its unspoiled beauty. In Cruz Bay, relax and shop along the waterfront’s boutiques.

Day 7 Great St James Island / St Thomas

In the morning, call at Great St. James Island, where its lovely Christmas Cove provides excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities. This small island is also known for its wildlife. Over lunch, sail to nearby St. Thomas, where Yorktown will dock at Crown Bay Marina. Spend the afternoon relaxing and exploring Charlotte Amalie, the island’s capital, on your own, or join an excursion to the island’s historic landmarks, including the Estate St. Peter Greathouse & Botanical Gardens, with its 500 varieties of plants. Nestled high on St. Thomas’ peaks, Estate St. Peter offers wonderful views.

Day 8 St Thomas / Disembark

Disembark in the morning and transfer to the airport.

Yorktown

Per person starting at
Yorktown's Category E Cabin.
E
$0
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two portholes, private shower & toilet. Cabins M11-M17
Yorktown's Category C and D Cabins.
D
$0
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins L43-48
Yorktown's Category C and D Cabins.
C
$0
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins P49-P76
Yorktown's Category A and B Cabin.
B
$0
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins M18-M26
Yorktown's Category A and B Cabin.
A
$0
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins L29-L42
Yorktown's Category AA Cabins.
AA
$0
Outside cabins with two lower beds (converts to queen), two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins L27-28, P59-60
Yorktown's Category S Cabin.
S
$0
Superior outside cabins with walk-out balcony, queen bed, private shower & toilet. Cabins S77-S80

Notes

This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

Please note: Cruise fare does not include fuel surcharges.

Program Inclusions:
• 7-night cruise aboard the 138-guest Yorktown
• Complete program of tours and excursions in each port of call
• All meals aboard ship, including complimentary house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
• Enrichment program of lectures and discussions by accompanying naturalists and study leaders
• Professional tour staff
• Complete pre-departure materials
• Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
• Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers

A limited number of cabins for solo travelers are available in Category C-A at a supplement of of $1,295
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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