Charms of the Chesapeake

From the air above to the water below and everything in between! Experience both sides of the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, St. Michaels Harbor, Chincoteague Island, Assateague Island, Wallops Island, Ocean City, Rehoboth Beach, and Cape May as you embark on Sightseeing Cruises, ultimate Crab Feasts, a Guinness Tour & Tasting, Guided City Tours, the Harriet Tubman Trail and Visitor Center, NASA Flight Facility, Wild Ponies of Chincoteaque Island, Boardwalks, Shipwrecks, Lighthouses, Dolphin Cruises, and more on your journey to Maryland’s harbors, Rehoboth, Delaware & Cape May, New Jersey!

8 Days /7 Nights

Group size

Tour Inclusions: 7 nights’ accommodation; 7 breakfasts; 1 lunch; 5 dinners; admissions, entrance, and guide fees as stated in the itinerary, including taxes, and gratuity, except gratuity for guide fees is not included on adult tours unless otherwise requested. Based on 35 paying passengers and one (1) comp in double occupancy.
  • Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
  • Spirit of Baltimore Cruise
  • Baltimore City Tour
  • Guinness Open Gate Brewery Taste & Tour
  • Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
  • New Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center
  • Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
  • Chincoteague Island National Seashore
  • Scenic Pontoon Boat Tour
  • NASA Wallops Flight Facility
  • Ocean City
  • DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum
  • Dolphin Cruise
  • Trolley Tour
  • Cape May Fireman’s Museum
  • World War II Lookout Tower
  • Farewell Dinner

Sample Itinerary:
Day 1 - Spirit of Baltimore Cruise & Seafood Dinner
  • Arrive at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.
  • Depart and begin boarding the Spirit of Baltimore. Experience Baltimore’s most iconic sights from the water on a Happy Hour Sightseeing Cruise and enjoy engaging narrations and some of the best city views of downtown Baltimore!
  • Dock and depart for an included dinner with delicious crab cakes & other seafood favorites.
  • Return to the hotel at your leisure. The Skywalk connects the Inner Harbor and your hotel. (Meals: D)

Day 2 - Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Crab Dinner
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out and Touring Baltimore, The Charm City.
  • Return to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor waterfront and enjoy free time & lunch on own.
  • Depart for a tasting & tour at Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House, the first Guinness presence on US soil since 1954, and the first ever purpose-built Guinness brewery in American history. It brews Guinness Blonde American Lager for national sales in the USA and Canada, exciting new beers at a small scale on-site, and offers a world-class visitor center, featuring taprooms, food, merchandise, and opportunities to tour the brewery and learn about the storied history of Guinness.
  • Depart and check-in to your hotel.
  • This evening, walk to your Traditional Crab Feast Dinner and return to hotel afterward. (Meals: B, D)

Day 3 - St. Michaels Harbor & Harriet Tubman Plantation
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out.
  • Depart for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The museum was founded in 1965 on Navy Point in St. Michaels and is rich in history and culture of the Chesapeake Bay. Have fun exploring the working shipyard, the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse and Waterman’s Wharf exhibitions.
  • Enjoy lunch on own along St. Michaels Harbor, with many restaurants to choose from.
  • After lunch, depart on a Narrated Historical Cruise.
  • Continue to Cambridge, MD and arrive at the New Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. The new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center serves as an orientation center and gateway to the larger Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway. The visitor center offers exhibits, a film, restrooms, picnic facilities, and staff to offer further information and guidance to visit other sites along the byway.
  • Explore Brodess Plantation, the actual plantation where Harriet Tubman lived and escaped from a life of slavery.
  • Visit the Bucktown Village Store and Scotts Chapel/Bucktown United Methodist Church.
  • Enjoy dinner included at a local favorite prior to checking in to your hotel for the evening. (Meals: B, D)
Day 4 - Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art & Chincoteague Island
  • Enjoy breakfast included at the hotel prior to checking out. Depart with Boxed Lunches to enjoy later.
  • Visit the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. Nestled next to Schumaker Pond & surrounded by wildlife in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway, the Museum features the world’s largest and finest public collection of decorative and antique decoys.
  • Depart for Chincoteague Island National Seashore for a Scenic Pontoon Boat Tour.
  • See the wild ponies and other wildlife of Chincoteague Island and Assateague Island up close. The cruise has a National Park Service permit, which allows us to operate our tours within the boundary of the Assateague Island National Seashore. This permit allows us to get you up close and personal with the wild ponies and various other wildlife of Assateague Island. The tour begins by navigating around the southern end of Chincoteague Island and heading to the backside of Assateague Island. You may encounter Atlantic bottlenose dolphins from mid-summer through late fall.
  • Next, arrive at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Visitors Center and meet your GUIDE. The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center offers a unique opportunity to explore the past, present, and future of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. The Visitor Center features exhibits about aeronautics, orbital and sub-orbital rockets, scientific balloons, current missions, and the history of Wallops Flight Facility. In addition to exhibits, the Visitor Center also features an auditorium, a Science on the Sphere Theater, and an observation deck. The Visitor Center also serves as the viewing site for rockets that launch from Wallops Island.
  • Depart on a Wallops Island Driving Tour in conjunction with the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Return to the facility and tour the Exhibit Hall and Gift Shop.
  • Visit the Chincoteague Island Museum, see the First Order Fresnel Lens from the Assateague Island Lighthouse, the iconic Chincoteague ponies known as Misty and Stormy, models of vessels that plied the Chincoteague waters long ago, oral histories and artifacts that tell the story of Chincoteague Island life throughout its’ long and varied existence.
  • Depart for Ocean City, MD, and check-in to your hotel. Enjoy dinner included this evening. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 5 - Ocean City Free Day
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to a Free Day to enjoy the beach, boardwalk, or visit: Ocean Downs Slots and Casino, Outlets Ocean City, and/or Ocean City Life Saving Museum. Lunch & dinner on own. (Meals: B)

Day 6 - Discoversea Shipwreck Museum & Dolphin Cruise
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out.
  • Depart and arrive at the Discoversea Shipwreck Museum. DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is an ever-changing exhibit that expands and diversifies with the acquisitions of new artifacts as they are recovered. The collection of shipwreck and recovered artifacts is one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic and contains shipwreck artifacts both regional and worldwide. The current location houses about 10,000 artifacts at all times, while the other 80% are rotated throughout museum exhibits around the world.
  • Enjoy lunch on own along Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Meet GUIDE, for tour of Historic Lewes, the “First Town in the First State”.  Lewes was originally discovered by Henry Hudson, in 1609, and settled in 1631 when members of a Dutch Company sought to establish a whaling station where the Bay met the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Take the Cape May Ferry from Lewes, to North Cape May, New Jersey. Sit back and relax while you cruise past historic lighthouses, picturesque harbors, and local wildlife. You may even have your very own dolphin pod or whale escort.
  • Arrive in Cape May and check-in to your hotel. Enjoy a sunset Dolphin Cruise with complimentary pizza and hot dogs. See Victorian homes, Cape May Lighthouse, and many other points of interest as your Captain narrates the tour with historical facts provided by the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities. See local dolphins in their pristine environment and learn about their habits and habitat all while enjoying the large, comfortable super cruiser. (Meals: B, D)

Day 7 - Trolley Tour, Cape May Fireman’s Museum, & WWII Lookout Tower
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Depart on a Trolley Tour of Cape May, the best way to get acquainted with Victorian Cape May. Knowledgeable guides present entertaining and educational stories about the nation's oldest seashore resort.
  • Visit the Emlen Physick Estate, a Victorian house museum where you can step back in time to the Victorian lifestyle.
  • Enjoy lunch on own while exploring Cape May. Stop at Cape May Fireman’s Museum where the antique 1928 American La France fire engine is housed.
  • Meet your GUIDE from Mid-Atlantic Center of the Arts for an Angel of the Sea House Tour, experience the elegance, romance, and beach-front views of this 27-room Victorian mansion converted into a bed & breakfast.
  • See Cape May Lighthouse, built in 1859, located at the tip of Cape May in Lower Township’s Cape May Point State Park. See the World War II Lookout Tower, a former military tower with views from the top and a boardwalk featuring interpretive panels. Built in 1942, it is New Jersey’s last remaining restorable World War II tower, part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles, playing a major part in coastal defenses. Return to hotel.
  • Enjoy a Farewell Dinner included, set in a Victorian inn, this waterfront eatery serves upscale American cuisine in an elegant space. (Meals: B, D)

Day 8 - Breakfast & Depart
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out. Depart for home. (Meals: B)

Base rate does not include motor coach transportation, airfare, airport transfers, driver gratuity, guide gratuity, (student groups exempt) or any upgrades or add-ons unlisted from itinerary as stated. Pricing may vary based on day of arrival or other conditions. Personalized itineraries with custom pricing and/or additional transportation can be created and added based on client needs and upon client’s request. MARS will customize quotes or personalize itineraries for FREE.

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