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Pathways of Patriots


Join Clayton as you step back to a tumultuous time in our nation’s history. As you visit the many Civil War sites, battlefields and historic sites of Virginia, it is a time of reflection on the formation of our country. It all comes together with a Parade of Nations and an evening of music at the Virginia International Tattoo. 


  • 2 nights Prince William County – Manassas National Battlefield, Ben Lomond Historic Site, Occoquan, Effingham Manor Winery
  • Quantico National Cemetery, Museum and US Marine Base
  • Richmond – Statehouse, American Civil War Museum, CSA White House
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • 2 nights Norfolk – Virginia International Tattoo, NATOfest Parade of Nations



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

A flight to Dulles International Airport is your gateway to Prince William County, a world away from our Nation’s capitol. A traditional Southern BBQ dinner is served at Effingham Manor Winery where you’ll attend a wine-blending class to create your own beverage for the evening’s meal. (D) Hilton Garden Inn Woodbridge – 2 nights

Day 2

The first major battle of the Civil War happened in the sleepy town of Manassas, known to the Yanks as “Bull Run.” Visit the National Battlefield and Ben Lomond, site of the make-shift field hospital. A display of early medical equipment is chilling. In the Colonial-era town of Occoquan you’ll be shown around by the mayor before a dinner ending with a slice of Michelle Obama’s favorite apple pie. (FB,D)

Day 3

Quantico is a word that immediately brings the long tradition of Marine Corps strength and valor to mind. Spend a peaceful moment on the hallowed ground of Quantico National Cemetery, explore the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and stop at Marine Base Quantico for lunch in one of the base facilities. This afternoon, it is onward to Richmond, capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. (FB,L) Delta Hotel Downtown 

Day 4

Visit the Thomas Jefferson-designed Statehouse which also served as the capitol of the Confederacy; as well as the home of the Davis family during this turbulent time in American history, the Confederate White House. Fully explore the conflict from its Colonial roots through its bloody finish at the American Civil War Museum. So much to see and do, but rest assured you’ll reach Williamsburg in time for the Manager’s Reception – you’ve earned it! (FB,L) Embassy Suites

Day 5

Welcome to Colonial Williamsburg, a community frozen in time. Spend a full day exploring the lives, homes and workplaces; where it’s always the late 18th century. Lunch in a historic tavern will provide a respite from a day of exploration in one of our country’s foremost repositories of architecture and decorative arts. Norfolk is your destination at day’s end, arriving just in time for the Virginia Arts Festival and NATOfest. (FB,L) Norfolk Waterside Marriott – 2 nights

Day 6

Enjoy reserved seating for NATOfest’s Parade of Nations, featuring the bands, dancers and pageantry of the many countries that make up the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. An early dinner is followed by a performance of the Art Festival’s signature event, the Virginia International Tattoo. The largest spectacle of music in the U.S. (but with an unmistakably Scottish drone), the Tattoo offers an astounding display of pipe and drum bands, military bands, drill teams and costumed dancers – over 1000 performers from eight countries! (FB,D)

Day 7

Return home with wonderful memories of your time in the Old Dominion, Virginia! (FB) 

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Monday, April 27, 2020 to Sunday, May 3, 2020

7 Days, 12 Meals

Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners


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