Experience the unique culture and beautiful mountain scenery of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Throughout the trip, stay at the famous Stonewall Jackson Hotel and take time to explore the city of Staunton, which is known for its rich heritage and historic sites. Take a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway for incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Travel along the famous 151 Trail, visiting a renowned cidery, a winery and a distillery along the way. Learn about the life of Thomas Jefferson while on a guided tour of Monticello, his plantation home. Watch a performance put on by the American Shakespeare Company at the notable Blackfriars Playhouse. Each day, enjoy traditional southern cuisine with visits to local eateries and popular restaurants.
Individuals will arrive in Staunton on Thursday afternoon or evening.
Note: Activities are subject to change based on availability.
At Experience, we make sure everything is covered – from housing to technology and beyond – to provide the best experience for our travelers.
Three nights at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel with twin occupancy.
The exclusive use of a private bus (or minibus) for Friday and Saturday excursions as stated in the itinerary.
Meals provided as stated in itineraries, featuring local restaurants.
Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.
Meet-and-greet welcome and assistance on arrival day at the hotel.
Tips for bus drivers, guides, Tour Directors and meals.
Exclusive use of the Experience App.
Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting travelers every step of the way.
Experience understands there is a growing concern over the COVID-19 outbreak and travel. We are attentively monitoring the situation and following updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Department of State.
Public health authorities are focusing on prevention efforts and actively testing anyone whose symptoms are compatible with COVID-19. It is important to note that for travel and community settings, the CDC reports a low risk of exposure for those who are in the same environment for a prolonged period of time and without close contact as someone with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. Learn more about the CDC Exposure Risk Categories.
To alleviate any uncertainty, Experience is implementing an Upcoming and Future Travel Policy for 2020. This policy allows our programs to adjust their travel dates and plans to provide more flexibility for travelers and relieve any immediate concerns. As the situation evolves, we will remain in contact with group leaders to keep them informed and adjust any travel plans as needed. We want to assure all group leaders, parents and travelers that we will not send programs to destinations that are deemed unsafe by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) or the U.S. Department of State. The health and safety of our travelers is of the utmost importance and always a main concern on our educational tours. We will continue to stay informed and safely navigate the situation.