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Norfolk, United States-port

Norfolk, Virginia is a Southern seaport with a storied past that blends history and heritage with contemporary activities and attractions. Minutes away are the world’s largest naval base, Naval Station Norfolk, and also the white sandy beaches of the Chesapeake Bay. Norfolk is your gateway to Virginia Beach, historic Jamestown or colonial Williamsburg, and Hampton Roads, site of the world’s first battle between iron ships during the Civil War.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Jamestown, Yorktown & the Victory Center
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Norfolk Highlights
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Tall Ship Sailing Adventure
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Williamsburg, Shopping & Winery Visit
    Light Activity /Walking

Jamestown, Yorktown & the Victory Center

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 8 hours

Tour Code: ORF-002

Relive the history of two watershed periods in the founding of America: the establishment of Jamestown and the events leading to Battle of Yorktown.

Your day begins with a one-hour drive to the Jamestown settlement, the first permanent English settlement in America. During your two-hour guided tour conducted by costumed interpreters, you will delve into the lives of the settlers who arrived here in 1607. Step back in time as you see replicas of the sailing ships that brought them to the banks of the James River and tour a life-size re-creation of the colonists' wooden fort. You will also have the opportunity to explore the Powhatan way of life in a re-created Indian village based on archaeological findings and writings by English colonists.

Before leaving Jamestown, you will have some free time to enjoy lunch on your own in the café and browse the shops, before re-boarding your coach for the drive to the Yorktown Victory Center. Here, you will have a glimpse into the historic events that essentially ended the American Revolution. That time is chronicled through enlightening films, exhibits and outdoor living history. See how the war impacted the local residents through their records of the events. Visit a re-created Continental Army encampment and listen to historical interpreters describe life for the soldiers. Meander through a re-created 1780s farm, complete with a house, tobacco barn and crop fields.

En route back to the pier, you will drive through the quaint village of Yorktown and past the Revolutionary War battlefields. During this panoramic portion of your tour, you will also see Surrender Field, where General Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington in 1781.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3.5 hours of moderate walking, some of it over cobblestone surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. As there is a significant amount of walking, the tour may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.