Cape May & Smithville, NJ, New Jersey Holiday BusTour – December 3-4, 2023
Bus Departs Willow St., Lancaster & Gap, PA or meet us on the way
Christmas In Cape May is the Perfect Getaway!
Christmas is truly a magical time to be in Cape May! Are you looking for a respite from the usual hustle and bustle of the season? Christmas in Cape May is the perfect getaway to find rest and relaxation and take in some special holiday events. This seaside town is transformed into a Dickens Village for the holidays with garlands of fragrant greens and twinkling gaslights. Wrap yourself in the warmth of holiday spirit and join Bucket List Tours as we sample a variety of fun tours. https://capemaymac.org/experience/christmas-in-cape-may
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3RD
10:00 AM -12:00 PM Combination Trolley, Physick Family Christmas & Carroll Gallery Exhibit This 1879 Victorian house museum sparkles for the holidays with authentic Victorian decorations that invite you to step back into Christmas past! Visit the Physick Estate for a unique living history experience with member of the Physick Family household of the 1890s. All that Glitters Trolley Tour – Victorians Ring in a New Century The year is 1899. Join a dear friend of the Physick Family who has volunteered to help with the final preparation for the very important New Year’s Day Celebration. She wants to consolidate a shopping trip for the necessities to avoid making numerous trips. Join her and travel through town making plans for this important endeavor. Carroll Gallery Exhibit The Carroll Gallery at the Physick Estate becomes a Christmas wonderland this time of year. It's all about the wonder of Christmas morning with model trains and a Dept. 56 Dickens Village beneath the boughs of a giant tree. You can actually stand under our tree and feel like a kid on Christmas morning!
12:15 -2:15 Lunch at the Lobster House is included. Enjoy lunch at The Lobster House Restaurant serving the freshest seafood available, often from their fleet of commercial boats. Dine in one of their five unique and picturesque dining rooms overlooking Cape May Harbor.1:30 -2:15 Christmas Traditions Presentation While you are finishing your meal, enjoy a Victorian Christmas Lecture. Much of what we associate with the celebration of Christmas comes from the Victorian Era, including Christmas trees, Christmas cards, our image of Santa Claus, and many other features. You will learn how Prince Albert brought these traditions to England from Germany when he married Queen Victoria, and how they then spread to America.
2:30 - 4:30 Free Time on the Washington Street Mall Spend some time shopping at the picturesque Washington Street Mall which serves as Cape May’s town square. Enjoy a variety of unique boutiques, shops, fine dining restaurants, and bars, and enjoy lovely Rotary Park nearby.
4:45 - Check into your hotel for the night the Marquis de Lafayette, 501 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204, phone number 609-884-3500. https://www.marquiscapemay.com
6:00 - Welcome dinner at your hotel is included.
7:30 - Holiday Lights Trolley Board our trolley and enjoy a front row of Cape May’s holiday decorations as our trolley winds its way through town. Listen to your guide and learn about exterior holiday decorations, wassailing/ caroling, the evolution of Santa, traditions of gift-givers, and, the history of Christmas.
Accommodations: Marquis de Lafayette, 501 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204, phone number 609-884-3500.
Meals: L, D
MONDAY, DECEMBER 4TH
6:00 AM - Breakfast starts and is included.
9:15 - Please meet in front of the hotel with your luggage for a 9:30 departure.
10:00 AM-11:30 AM Step-on Guide - Cape May Point Travel on your bus through West Cape May to the tip of Cape May’s peninsula, which is one of the most celebrated bird migratory locations in North America. Entering Cape May Point State Park, you can view our fully restored Lighthouse, built in 1859. Then, it’s on to Sunset Beach where the concrete ship Atlantus is still visible. Enjoy a short shopping stop or search for Cape May Diamonds.
11:30 AM – Depart for Historic Smithville’s Village Greene. Historic Smithville started as a simple, one-room, stagecoach stop. Over the last 50 years, it has blossomed into a wonderful memory-making way to spend a day or two! When entering any of our shops you will feel the hometown, small business feel. Wander along our cobblestone walkways and over our footbridges to discover a village that seems as if it were frozen in time. The carefully manicured grounds and attention to detail make Historic Smithville a breath of fresh air and a place you will want to visit again and again. Historic Smithville is a South Jersey gem just minutes from Atlantic City. Lunch is on your own. https://www.historicsmithville.com
5:00 - Depart for home.
Tour Includes: Round Trip Deluxe Motorcoach, 1 breakfast buffet,1 made-to-order hot sandwich lunch, 1 hot plated dinner, 1-night hotel, combination Trolley, Physick Family Christmas & Carroll Gallery Exhibit, All that glitters trolley tour, Christmas Traditions Presentation, Free time on the Washington Street Mall, Holiday Lights Trolley Tour, Step-on-Guide to Cape May Point, water & snacks on the motorcoach, Experienced and Knowledgeable Tour Representative, and all Taxes.
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