Retreat to Coastal Virginia and enjoy some of the best seafood the Chesapeake Bay offers. Hear ghostly tales on an evening lantern tour of Historic Fort Monroe. Take a harbor tour and see the world’s largest Naval Base. View a moon rock at the Virginia Air & Space Center. Learn of the battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. Walk among nature at the Virginia Living Museum. Then savor the small town charm of Smithfield, of course ham is included! “Sea, Stars, Safari and a smidgeon of Smithfield Ham” is a memorable tour. See for yourself as you discover Hampton, Newport News & Smithfield.
Day 1- Check in to one of Hampton's luxurious accommodations then treat yourself to an evening at historic Fort Monroe National Monument, the largest stone fort built in America and home of the Casemate Museum. Dinner awaits you at the Historic Chamberlin followed by ghostly tales of the old hotel and of the historic fort.
Day 2- Discover 400 years of history at the Hampton History Museum before boarding the Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruise and enjoying lunch from the onboard galley. Afterward, travel to the neighboring city of Newport News and see creatures from all over the world at the Virginia Living Museum. Venture down the road to tour The Mariners’ Museum and the USS Monitor Center. Enjoy one of the city's weekly entertainment options, such as the festival setting of “Thursdays by the Lake” at The Mariners' Museum. Depart for your Hampton hotel as the party winds down.
Day 3- Start your morning with an “out of this world experience” at the Virginia Air & Space Center. Take a spin on the 1920 Hampton Carousel before departing for a riding tour of Newport News and the Lee Hall Mansion. Enjoy lunch with water views at The Crab Shack on the James River. Travel across the James River Bridge to Smithfield the “Ham Capitol of the World,” stopping at Historic St. Luke’s Church, the oldest existing church of English foundation in America. Visit the Historic Smithfield 50 buildings of exceptional architecture and stroll the streets lined with specialty shops and galleries for that unique find. You can’t leave Smithfield and Isle of Wight County without sampling its wonderful ham and peanuts. A dinner waits that is sure to please!