Itinerary: (Subject to change due to local conditions, unforeseen events, or more interesting, as-yet unplanned awesome experiences that become available)
Highlights of Northern Delaware
Nemours – A Magnificent du Pont Estate ~ Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Scenic Boat Cruise
Two Day Tour ~ May 20-21, 2021
Highlights: Mansion and Garden Tour of The Nemours Estate • Overnight Accommodations in Homewood Suites Wilmington Riverfront • Lunch in Two Historic Taverns • New Castle Court House • Sightseeing in New Castle • Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Scenic Boat Cruise • Wilmington Riverfront • One Breakfast • Two Lunches • Manager’s Reception in The Embassy Suites • Fully Escorted
Day 1. This morning we travel to the historic town of New Castle, Delaware, a treasure trove of stately townhomes and Colonial charm. Our included lunch is in a 345-year-old building that now houses Jessop’s Tavern. There is also time to stroll New Castle’s cobblestone streets and visit The New Castle Court House where the Declaration of Independence was read on its steps. This afternoon we enjoy a scenic river cruise on a portion of the lower Delaware River and The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Highlights include Fort Delaware, Delaware State Park, Pea Patch Island and more. Accommodations this evening are in the Homewood Suites in the Wilmington Riverfront. Spend the evening on your own exploring the Riverfront and finding a lovely restaurant from the many choices for dinner on your own.
Day 2. Our day’s itinerary includes places that resemble a visit to Europe. We begin with a tour of the sprawling Nemours Estate, the 102-room mansion of Alfred I. duPont. Our visit includes a mansion and garden tour of perhaps the finest example of a modified Louis XVI French chateau in North America. The opulence, grandeur and overwhelming elegance of this estate is astounding. Following an extraordinary tour, we are treated to a delicious lunch in an original private residence dating back to 1817 which is now Buckley’s Tavern. Buckley’s was the site of a tollgate where fees were collected from those traveling through Wilmington. The parking lot was once a blacksmith shop, the main road was dirt and stagecoaches stopped where buses now stop, to pick up passengers from the protective covered front porch complete with rocking chairs. Our time here will be memorable as the past mingles with the present while enjoying conversation with old friends and new. Our return to New Jersey passes quickly as we reflect on all the wonderful things we have done and seen on this fun-filled two-day getaway.
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 7:30 AM and returns at approximately 6:30 PM.
Departs from the Chatham Middle School at 480 Main Street at 8:15 AM and returns at approximately 5:45 PM.
Departs from the South Plainfield High School at the end of Lane Avenue at 9:00 AM and returns at approximately 5:00 PM. As you enter from Lane Avenue, park down on the left side along the fence near the gate between the two schools.
Tour cost per person is $445.00 Twin & $525.00 Single. No reservations accepted without a deposit of $150 per person. Make check payable to Group Tours & Travel, and mail to address below. Final payment is due March 15, 2021. Deposits are fully refundable if cancellation occurs on or before March 15, 2021. There are no refunds if cancellation occurs after March 15, 2021. Travel protection/cancellation coverage is available and recommended (approximately 10% of the total cost of the tour), but not included. One piece of luggage per person and one carry-on are permitted. Group Tours is not responsible for any delays, cancellations, injuries or circumstances beyond its control and reserves the right to change this itinerary. All trip components are subject to change in accordance with Government, State and Local guidelines and/or mandates. This tour will run rain or shine.
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