Sitting on the Dock of the Bay – An Exploration from the Chesapeake Bay to the Boardwalks of the Atlantic


Duration
8 Days /7 Nights

Group size

Customization
Available!

Tour Pricing Estimated Inclusions: 7 nights' hotel accommodation; 7 breakfasts; 1 lunch; 5 dinners; admissions, entrance, and guide fees as stated in the itinerary, including taxes & gratuity. Except gratuity for guide fees is not included on adult tours unless otherwise requested.


Highlights Include:
  • Spirit of Baltimore Happy Hour Sightseeing Cruise
  • Seafood Dinner
  • Guinness Open Gate Brewery Tasting & Tour
  • Crab Feast
  • Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
  • Narrated Historical Cruise
  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center
  • Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
  • Scenic Pontoon Boat Tour
  • NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Visitor Center
  • Ocean City Waterfront
  • Discoversea Shipwreck Museum
  • Dolphin Cruise
  • Trolley Tour
  • Cape May Fireman’s Museum
  • World War II Lookout Tower - Fort Miles

Day One:
  • Arrive to Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Experience Baltimore’s most iconic sights from the water on a Happy Hour Sightseeing Cruise on board the Spirit of Baltimore. and enjoy engaging narrations and some of the best city views of downtown!
  • Dock and depart for an included dinner at a local seafood restaurant, where you’ll enjoy delicious crab cakes or other seafood favorites.
  • Return to the hotel at your leisure. The Skywalk connects the Inner Harbor and your hotel.
Day Two:
  • Prior to checking out, enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then enjoy a Tour of Baltimore, The Charm City.
  • Return to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor waterfront and enjoy free time on your own to include the McKeldin Fountain and Harbor Place which has numerous stores and restaurants.
  • Enjoy lunch on own. Depart and enjoy 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 are on-site and offer a world-class visitor center, featuring taprooms, food, merchandise, & opportunities to tour the brewery and learn about the storied history of Guinness.
  • Depart and check-in to your hotel. Walk to our Crab Feast Dinner then return to hotel at your leisure.
Day Three:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out.
  • Depart and arrive at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum was founded in 1965 on Navy Point in St. Michaels and is rich in history & 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 which has many restaurants to choose from. Depart on a Narrated Historical Cruise then continue to Cambridge, MD.
  • Tour the New Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center which it 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.
  • Enjoy dinner included at a local favorite. Check-in to your hotel for the evening.
Day Four:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out.
  • Depart with boxed lunches to enjoy later and visit the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. Nestled next to Schumaker Pond in Salisbury, Maryland, 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.
  • Arrive at 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 tour begins by navigating around the southern end of Chincoteague Island and heading to the backside of Assateague Island. We’ll cruise the extensive back bay coastline of the Assateague Island National Wildlife Refuge and visit all the best areas to observe the wild ponies in their native habitat. We’ll also cruise the southern-most tip of Assateague Island, Tom’s Cove, and the Chincoteague Inlet. This is the best area to encounter Atlantic bottlenose dolphins from Mid-summer through late fall.
  • Dock, depart, and arrive at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Visitor Center and meet your GUIDE. The facility offers a unique opportunity to explore the past, present, and future of NASA. 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 launching from Wallops Island.
  • Depart on a Wallops Island Driving Tour then return and tour the Exhibit Hall and Gift Shop. Visit the Chincoteague Island Museum. Included in the museum are 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 telling the story of Chincoteague Island life throughout its’ long and varied existence.
  • Depart for Ocean City, MD, and check-in to your Ocean-front Hotel.
  • Enjoy dinner included before returning to the hotel for the evening.
Day Five:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for a free day to explore the Beach & Boardwalk, visit Ocean Downs Slots & Casino, Outlets Ocean City, or the Ocean City Life Saving Museum.
  • Lunch & Dinner on own today.
Day Six:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out.
  • Depart for the Discoversea Shipwreck Museum, an ever-changing exhibit expanding and diversifying with the acquisitions of new artifacts as they are recovered. Their collection of shipwreck and recovered artifacts is one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic and contains shipwreck artifacts both regional and worldwide. Their 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 your GUIDE, for a tour of Historic Lewes, DE., 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.
  • Tour the new Lewes History Museum, includes Lewes history, maritime adventures, and haunted tales for the season. Take the Cape May Ferry from Lewes, DE 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 to Cape May and check-in to your hotel. Soak up the serene spirit of its seaside setting.
  • Enjoy a sunset Dolphin Cruise with complimentary pizza and hot dogs. See Victorian homes, the 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 habitat all while enjoying the large, comfortable, super cruiser.
  • Dock and return to the hotel for the evening.
Day Seven:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for 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 a tour to include: 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 the 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 and enjoy dinner on own at one of the Victorian Inns.
Day Eight:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out. Depart for home.

*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. Personalized itineraries with custom pricing and/or additional transportation can be created and added based on client needs and upon client’s request. Estimated prices may vary based on day of arrival, time of year, and other conditions. MARS will customize quotes or personalize itineraries for FREE.


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