Come with us and explore
March 31, 2017
$199 per person
We’ll depart Raleigh at 8am arriving at Airlie Gardens for a 10:30 tour. This walking tour (.9 mile) is approximately 1 hour over smooth terrain. * The website succinctly articulates what awaits you: “Airlie continues to amaze visitors with its breathtaking combination of formal gardens, wildlife, historic structures, walking trails, sculptures, views of Bradley Creek, 10-acres of freshwater lakes, more than 100,000 azaleas and the grandeur of the 467-year-old Airlie Oak.” Our visit is scheduled one week prior to the annual Azalea Festival. Following our time in the gardens there will be free time to explore the gift shop prior to reboarding the bus to travel to downtown Wilmington for lunch at The City Club, a beautifully restored antebellum home in the historic district overlooking the downtown commercial district and Cape Fear River. A horse-drawn trolley tour through the historic district awaits us after lunch as we continue our exploration of Wilmington. With the accompaniment of our expert local guide we’ll view and learn about the Wilmington Historic District before disembarking at Thalian Hall, one of the oldest theaters in the country (built in 1858). Its architecture and influence on the life and culture of the community is very impressive. Free time for shopping or relaxing before the return to Raleigh completes our adventure to the port city. ETA back in Raleigh is 6:30pm.
- Transportation via deluxe motor coach
- Airlie Gardens guided tour
- Local expert guide
- Lunch in restored antebellum home
- Horse drawn carriage ride
- Guided tour of Thalian Hall
- Refreshments aboard motor coach
- All fees, taxes & gratuities
*Tram service available – pre-registration required
Don’t just see North Carolina. Experience it.