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The Shores of Civil War History

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In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the Yorktown embarks on a one-of-a-kind voyage to cities and cites that resonate with echoes of the Civil War. This late-autumn cruise travels from Alexandria to Savannah, calling at historically significant locations such as Fredricksburg, Fort Sumpter, Mount Vernon, and Colonial Williamsburg. Rich and genteel colonial and antebellum history come alive in the plantations, homes, gardens, and Civil War sites along this unique 11-day voyage.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Alexandria, Virginia / Embark
Day 2 : Alexandria, Virginia
Day 3 : Yorktown, Virginia
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Morehead CIty, North Carolina
Day 6 : Wilmington, North Carolina
Days 7-8 : Charleston, North Carolina
Day 9 : Beaufort, South Carolina
Day 10 : Savannah, Georgia
Day 11 : Savannah, Georgia / Disembark



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Day 1 Alexandria, Virginia / Embark

Arrive in Alexandria to embark Yorktown. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew. Overnight aboard ship docked in Alexandria.

Day 2 Alexandria, Virginia

From port in the historic city of Alexandria, choose to explore Fredricksburg or Mount Vernon. The Battle of Fredricksburg was fought in 1862 and is remembered among the most one-sided battles in the Civil War. The Fredricksburg Historical District contains over 350 buildings that date from the 18th and 19th centuries.Visit the Fredricksbug and Spotsylvania Ntional Military Park. Alternatively, choose to visit Mount Vernon, George Washington's massive estate and gardens. Tour the sweeping grounds including the mansion, museum, slaves' quarters, and the gardens. Also visit the recently opened distillery, a reconstruction of Washington's original whiskey distillery.

Day 3 Yorktown, Virginia

Call in Yorktown. From here choose from two excursions to visit either Fort Monroe or Colonial Williamsburg. Fort Monroe has guarded the Chesapeake Bay from 1834 until is was decommissioned in 2011, when it was named a National Monument. Tour the fort and Casement Museum where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned from 1865-67. Set out to explore the USS Monitor Center to see the famed Iron-clad ship that fought in the Battle of Hampton Roads. Alternatively, visit Colonial Williamsburg. The capital of the Virginia colony from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg is the nation’s premier living museum, offering visitors a glimpse of life as it was in the 17th and 18th centuries. Enjoy a guided tour of the many buildings including the Governor's Palace and dine at an 18th century tavern.

Day 4 At Sea

Relax aboard the Yorktown while you cruise the open ocean. Enjoy the stunning views from deck, attend an informative lecture, take advantage of the ship's amenities, or settle in with a good book while you prepare for the next leg of your journey.

Day 5 Morehead CIty, North Carolina

Visit the History Place, with exhibits relating to the Civil War, as well as Fort Macon, a Confederate garrison during the Civil War. Alternatively, visit Tryon Palace and Gardens. Explore the Federal-style Dixon House and Georgian-style John Wright-Stanley House.

Day 6 Wilmington, North Carolina

Tour Wilmington's historic district, a veritable open-air museum of 19th-centiru architecture. Drive to Fort Fischer, a Confederate stronghold that fell to the Union in 1865 after a massive assault by a force of 9,000 men and 56 ships.

Day 7-8 Charleston, North Carolina

A prosperous, cosmopolitan seaport from colonial times, it was here in Charleston's harbor that Confederate troops first fired upon Fort Sumpter, thus initiating the Civil War. During your two days in this enchanting city, tour Charleston's extensive historic district. Visit the striking Middleton Place, an 18th-century plantation that is now a National Historic Landmark. Situated on the Ashley River, the property includes the House Museum and 65 acres of magnificent gardens. Enjoy plenty of time to explore at your leisure.

Day 9 Beaufort, South Carolina

South Carolina's Lowcountry flourished on the cotton trade, making Beaufort one of the wealthiest cities in the country after Independence. Tour this elegant city, with its magnificent antebellum homes and shady lanes.

Day 10 Savannah, Georgia

Tour Georgia's oldest city, planned by James Oglethorpe in 1733. Explore this renowned Historic District, the largest in the country, which features over 1,000 Federal and Regency buildings and 21 verdant squares. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the lovely streets and squares. Overnight aboard ship.

Day 11 Savannah, Georgia / Disembark

Following an early breakfast on board, disembark the Yorktown in Savannah. Transfer to airport to continue your travels.


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Yorktown's Category E Cabin.
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Outside cabins with two lower beds, two portholes, private shower & toilet. Cabins M11-M17
Yorktown's Category C and D Cabins.
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Outside cabins with two lower beds, two windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins L43-48
Yorktown's Category C and D Cabins.
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Outside cabins with two lower beds, two windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins P49-P76
Yorktown's Category A and B Cabin.
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Outside cabins with two lower beds, two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins M18-M26
Yorktown's Category A and B Cabin.
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Outside cabins with two lower beds, two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins L29-L42
Yorktown's Category AA Cabins.
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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.
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Superior outside cabins with walk-out balcony, queen bed, private shower & toilet. Cabins S77-S80


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Please note: Cruise fare does not include fuel surcharges.

• 10-night cruise aboard the 130-guest Yorktown
• Complete program of tours and excursions
• Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
• All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders
• Professional tour staff
• Complete pre-departure materials
• Gratuities to guides and drivers
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