Bermuda: A Winter Getaway
Relax on the exclusive island of Bermuda and go behind the scenes of its most elegant homes
- Insights from the West of Ireland
- Fabulous shots from Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter
- Visiting Mount Fuji, by way of rural Japan
- Saturday in Pamplona
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- March 9, 2015
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Characterized by graceful Georgian houses of whitewashed coral limestone, manicured gardens, and sparkling turquoise waters, Bermuda holds a special charm for cultural enthusiasts. Escape the winter months and join us for this exclusive respite showcasing special treasures that most visitors never see. Go behind the scenes on fascinating visits and enjoy a warm welcome as distinguished hosts open some of the island’s most elegant historic homes to you.
Gain special access to Bermuda’s finest museums and cultural institutions, such as the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, the Bermuda Maritime Museum, and St. George’s Historical Society Museum, and meet curators, head gardeners, and preservationists during private tours. During a memorable cruise aboard a privately chartered boat, you’ll gain a new perspective of the island as you glide through the Great Sound. Throughout your journey, our expert will provide insight into Bermuda’s rich past and cultural heritage, as well as its shared history with the United States. Relax amid luxurious accommodations at the Fairmont Southampton, with ample down time to golf, relax at the spa, or enjoy the beach or pool. Plus, savor delicious island food in waterfront cafés, fabulous restaurants, and private homes. Limited to 30 participants.
March 9 — U.S., Bermuda
Fly from the United States to Bermuda and transfer independently to the Fairmont Southampton. Meet study leader Tim Rogers for an introductory talk on Bermuda. (D)
March 10 — St. George
Set out for Carter House, circa 1640, a typical example of early Bermudian vernacular architecture. Continue to St. George, a World Heritage site and possibly the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the New World. See Deliverance, a replica of one of two ships built by the shipwrecked settlers; St. Peter’s Church, the oldest Anglican church in continuous use in the western hemisphere; the Globe, originally built as a governor's mansion around 1700; and a notable collection of Bermudian furniture and antiques in the 18th-century Tucker House. (B, L)
March 11 — Hamilton Environs
Drive to Waterville, restored to its 1811 condition, and see the Bermuda Rose Society’s showcase garden. Visit one of Bermuda’s most splendid private historical estates. Next visit Verdmont, a graceful early Georgian house that has remained virtually unchanged for 300 years and home to fine antiques, furniture, portraits, porcelain, and a child's nursery. Lunch in a private home with the owner, a sixth generation Bermudian. Learn about Bermudian flora at the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a curator-led tour of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. (B, L)
March 12 — Royal Naval Dockyard, Southampton
Drive to the Royal Naval Dockyard for a private visit to the Commissioner’s House. At the National Museum of Bermuda learn about Bermuda's rich maritime history. Enjoy a cruise on a private boat with lunch and cocktails served on board. Late in the afternoon enjoy free time followed by a festive farewell dinner.(B, L, D)
March 13 — Bermuda, U.S.
Independent transfers to the airport for return flights to the United States. (B)