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Norfolk: Elizabeth River Candlelit Buffet Lunch Cruise

1. Norfolk: Elizabeth River Candlelit Buffet Lunch Cruise

You are in for a special day on a Spirit of Norfolk Lunch Cruise. Dine and delight in breathtaking views of the Norfolk skyline bathed in sunshine and the United States Navy’s Atlantic Fleet of Ships. Your 2-hour cruise begins as a Shipmate escorts you to your candlelit table. Order drinks, then feel free to explore the ship as the crew cast off on the Elizabeth River. The Shipmates invite you to an attended grand lunch buffet, freshly prepared on-board. Take as much or as little as you like and savor your selections as the sights of Norfolk glide by. After lunch, take your drinks topside and relax on the best outdoor patio deck in the city.  After you have relaxed over coffee and dessert, take a refreshing stroll around the ship's decks and listen to relaxing background music as you take in everything Norfolk has to offer.  Create unforgettable memories on a Spirit of Norfolk Lunch Cruise. SAMPLE MENU Salads Caesar Salad Romain Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables, Potatoes & Pasta Roasted Broccoli Florets Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole Green Chilies | Scallions | Fresh Cilantro Baked Ziti Pasta Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Mozzarella | Cheese Spinach Sauce Mashed Potatoes Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic Entrées Oven Baked Flounder Filet Tomato, Shallot & Caper Sauce Honey & Sesame Chicken Scallions | Fresno Chilies Italian Beef Meatballs Creamy Mushroom Sauce | Italian Parsley Spirit Seasonal Dessert Display *Menu subject to change. Please inform your server if anyone in your party has a food allergy.

Norfolk: Buffet Dinner Cruise

2. Norfolk: Buffet Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a cruise down the Elizabeth River over drinks and dinner. Make your selections from the buffet and eat at a candlelit table while enjoying relaxing background music and marveling at views of Navy vessels. Board the vessel and begin your special evening being escorted to your candlelit table. Order drinks, then feel free to explore the ship while the crew casts off on the Elizabeth River. Be invited by your waiter to the attended Grande Dinner Buffet, with all food freshly prepared. Take as little or as much as you like. Savor your culinary selections over perfectly-paced dinner music and a never-ending view of Norfolk’s breathtaking skyline. See the cruises route and relax over coffee and dessert. Listen to relaxing background music, providing the backdrop for your dinner experience. Stroll under the stars as you take your drinks topside and relax on the largest outdoor patio deck in the city. At the end of your fabulous cruise return to dock. Sample Dinner Menu: Salads Caesar Salad Romain Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables, Potatoes & Pasta Roasted Broccoli Florets Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole Green Chilies | Scallions | Fresh Cilantro Baked Ziti Pasta Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Mozzarella | Cheese Spinach Sauce Mashed Potatoes Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic Entrées Oven Baked Flounder Filet Tomato, Shallot & Caper Sauce Honey & Sesame Chicken Scallions | Fresno Chilies Italian Beef Meatballs Creamy Mushroom Sauce | Italian Parsley Braised Beef Short Ribs Baby Carrots | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce Spirit Seasonal Dessert Display

Alexandria Ghosts Phantoms of the Potomac by USGA

3. Alexandria Ghosts Phantoms of the Potomac by USGA

Take a journey through historic Alexandria’s most spine-chilling haunted locations on this walking tour. Listen to tales of betrayal, murder, and magic as you wind through the shadowy streets of Old Town. Upgrade to an extended tour for even more ghost stories. Meet your guide at the meeting point, then set off on your ghostly walk, armed with a lantern. As you go, hear chilling, first-hand accounts of paranormal activity dating as far back as the 1800s. You might even capture your own evidence. Stand at the gates of the harrowing Carlyle House, where an ancient Scottish tradition has been warding off evil spirits for the last 100 years. Investigate a 19th-century murder in the Wilkes Tunnel, and gather clues about the mysterious dead stranger hanging around Gadsby’s Tavern. At the Schafer House, follow young lovers from their first meeting to their tragic deaths and beyond. Wander the same paths as George Washington, mingle with the ghosts of Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers, and gain insight into the darker side of American history. At the end of the tour, circle back to the meeting point with plenty of spooky tales to entertain friends and family. This isn’t your average tour of Old Town Alexandria: are you brave enough to step into the shadows?

Williamsburg: Haunted Ghosts, Witches, and Pirates Tour

4. Williamsburg: Haunted Ghosts, Witches, and Pirates Tour

Hear the stories of the ghosts who inhabit the town of Williamsburg. Follow your ghostly guide down eerie streets and experience 13 haunted locations on this tour of the most haunted places in town. Discover the 17 spirits of the Peyton Randolph House, known as the most haunted place in Virginia. Learn what happened in the oak panel bedroom and hear what is waiting for you in your jail cell. Learn about the Wagon of Death, the gallows, and what happened to Lucy Ludwell, George Wythe, Ida Jones, and many more. Learn the outcome of the witch trials here and what happened to Williamsburg's most famous witch. Guests often see and hear strange, unexplainable sights and sounds, so you will not want to attend without a camera in hand.

Colonial Williamsburg: Colonial History Guided Walking Tour

5. Colonial Williamsburg: Colonial History Guided Walking Tour

Experience life in eighteenth-century America. In this guided walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg, you’ll hear stories left out of textbooks. Learn about the founding fathers and visit the same buildings they did. Discover unexpected connections between their times and ours. Start your journey from the Capitol Building. From there, visit historical sites including the Raleigh Tavern. At the Silversmith, watch skilled craftspeople work their trade. Imagine yourself back in the 1700s. The costumes worn by the staff are true to the period and add to the atmosphere. Discover colonial-era figures beyond Washington and Jefferson. Hear your guide tell stories about the royal government and the transition to elected officials around the Governor’s Palace. Learn the poignant history of America declaring independence before returning to the Capitol Building.

Washington DC: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Spirit

6. Washington DC: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Spirit

See the sights of Washington DC from onboard the Spirit of Washington with a lunch or dinner cruise on the Potomac River. Enjoy a buffet dining experience as you sail, and delight in panoramic views. Board your vessel and receive a personal greeting. Have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory before being seated at your private table. Once there, gorge on your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative entrees prepared fresh daily and listen to the onboard music. After your meal, visit any of the three climate-controlled decks as you glide by the sights. LUNCH/DINNER BUFFET SAMPLE MENU SALADS FIELD GREEN SALAD (G*)(VG)Tomatoes | Cucumbers | Carrots | Ranch Dressing | Balsamic Dressing KALE QUINOA SALAD (G*)(VG)(V)Quinoa | Roasted Red Pepper | Spinach | Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette GREEN GODDESS PASTA SALAD (V)Sweet Peas | White Beans | Scallions MAIN HONEY SESAME CHICKEN (G*)Scallions | Fresno Chillies OVEN ROASTED WHITEFISH (G*)Spicy Tomato | White Bean Ragu BAKED ZITI PASTA (V)Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Mozzarella Cheese | Spinach Cream Sauce ROOT VEGETABLE FRICASSEE (G*)(VG)(V)Idaho Potatoes | Broccoli | Grape Tomatoes | Gremolata | Cauliflower Coconut Cream Sauce COMPLEMENTSROASTED BROCCOLI (G*)(VG)(V)Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes GARLIC MASHED POTATOES (G*)(V)Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic DESSERTSIGNATURE DESSERT STATION (V)Cakes | Brownies | Seasonal Fruit | *May Contain Nuts *Menus subject to change

From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

7. From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

Discover the historic Old Town Alexandria on a guided day trip from Washington. Ride along the Potomac River and visit the Mount Vernon Estate, the former residence of George Washington. Enjoy pickup in a luxurious, climate-controlled vehicle while your guide explains the significance of some of the city’s most recognizable monuments. A short drive brings you to the candy-colored architecture of Alexandria, where you can take a tour of some monuments notable to the former president – including the Masonic Temple and Christ Church. Arguably the birthplace of the city itself, George Washington’s former estate is located just 13 miles from the capital’s center. Then, go for an in-depth foray through the mansion, with entrance tickets to the grounds and gardens included. Interactive, historic reenactments bring the founding father’s story to life, while a guided tour of the building helps shine a light on his fascinating story. Next, you'll ride along the Potomac River and visit the Mount Vernon Estate - one of the Washington, DC, area’s premier sightseeing attractions. Explore historic Mount Vernon – from the mansion’s interior where President Washington resided to his beloved gardens, and final resting place.  Take some time for lunch at the Mt Vernon Food Court if you like, then learn more about George Washington’s life and legacy in both the Museum and Education Center – home to more than 700 original objects (including his false teeth) and 25 theaters and galleries. There is even a multi-media theater where it actually snows. After shopping for unique gifts at the Mt Vernon Shops, you will be entertained by your guide as you return back to Washington DC.

Virginia Beach: Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

8. Virginia Beach: Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

Experience one of the most terrifying cities on the East Coast. Walkthrough this seaside town and learn of the horrific history that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Discover some of the most haunting events in history, from the legendary Blackbeard pirate and his murderous crew to the notorious witch of Pungo. Look for the long-lost souls of shipwrecked sailors that roam the waters for all eternity and uncover their sinister history. Hear horrifying tales of betrayal, murder, and heartbreak. Walk in the footsteps of the tortured spirits that still cling to their watery graves. Get a glimpse of the family that lost their lives aboard one of the earliest ships to sail across the Atlantic. Walk past the monuments and statues that decorate the boardwalk along Virginia Beach and hear a plethora of history that comes with one of the oldest colonial cities in America. Find all the hidden secrets behind each iconic monument on this spooky guided walking tour.

Colonial Williamsburg: Booze and Boos Haunted Pub Crawl

9. Colonial Williamsburg: Booze and Boos Haunted Pub Crawl

Drink like a founding father on this spooky walking tour of Williamsburg with stops at Bruton Parish Church, Peyton Randolph House, Kimball Theatre, and Wythe House. Visit 8 haunted sites, including 4 pubs, and listen to bone-chilling stories from your guide. Meet your guide at a pub to down a pint of liquid courage before delving into the creepiest ghost stories this historic town has to offer. If you're not a drinker, treat yourself to mocktails and other non-alcoholic drinks. Learn about the ghosts of William and Mary and the many tortured spirits who haunt Kimball Theatre. Stand in the shadow of the Public Hospital, where the screams of former patients still echo in the night. Mingle with the spirits of the 325-year-old Wren Building before topping off with a drinking game at DoG Street Pub in Colonial Williamsburg's Merchant Square.

Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

10. Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

Bike to the major sights of Washington, D.C. on a guided tour after dark. Enjoy America’s capital city at night, when the air is cooler, the monuments are crowd-free, and the illuminated views are magnificent. As dusk sweeps the city and the memorials and monuments light up magnificently, your guide will take you through the National Mall and around the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument, the war memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial. Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to learn about each of the sights, and also a few minutes to walk through the memorials and experience them on foot. This 4-mile ride is rated as easy, covering mostly flat terrain. All riders are provided with reflective vests and safety lights.

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I enjoyed this lunch cruise. DJ was great! He played a diverse playlist that kept everyone entertained. The food was good-not 5 star or gourmet but not bad at all. What made it even better was the that all of staff were so nice! You can tell they thoroughly enjoy the work they do and they like people because they were definitely spreading joy! Keep up the great work! You’re appreciated!

This was a lovely tour. The guide, Terri, was extremely knowledgeable and gave us even more than we expected. The driver was excellent and we felt very safe. The Alexandria portion of the tour was delightful and much better than expected. All in all, a very good day!

We had the most amazing, educational and moving Guided Night Bike Monuments Tour with our guide Joe. He was so kind, informative, witty, friendly and insightful. We highly recommend Joe as a tour guide.

Booked this tour as a last minute tour since it was our last day in DC. Tour did not disappoint! Tour guide was awesome and very knowledgeable!

I rather wanted to have real soul food than broccoli or green pasta you need to fix the menus