Immersive Experiences

Imagine Virginia group tours that emphasize “get out and DO” rather than just “sit and SEE.” Those kinds of jump-right-in experiences in Virginia are what Heart of Virginia Tours is all about. In Richmond, Williamsburg, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg, our experiential group tours provide the best kinds of unforgettable hands-on and “hands-in” experiences in history, art, food and wine, gardens and outdoor adventure. This is Virginia experiential group travel “kicked up a notch” – Get into the “DO” on your next vacation in Virginia.

Culinary

Cider Making at Blue Bee Cidery Richmond

Cider Making 101

American cuisine began right here in Virginia, but the Commonwealth does not rest on its culinary laurels. Esquire Magazine named Virginia “The Food Region of 2014” and with good reason. Virginia is simply filled with great restaurants. Heart of Virginia Tours likes to go beyond simply having a good meal. Tour the farms where your food comes from. Take a fun cooking class with a top Virginia chef. Really get to know wine with our winemakers on barrel room tours and tastings. Go hunting for mushrooms. Learn to make gourmet chocolates. Walk with a master distiller and see how top quality whiskey is made. It’s all part of the Heart of Virginia experience.

 

History and Heritage

Immersive Experience on History Walks Fredericksburg

Dig with Archaeologists

Virginia is home to the first permanent English settlement in the New World. More presidents were born here than in any other state. More Civil War battles were fought here, by far, than anywhere else. Guess you could say Virginia is filled with history. Heart of Virginia Tours serves our history up with some contemporary seasoning. Meet “Dolley Madison” and learn about her influence on early American social customs. Relive Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” speech in the place where it happened. Walk the streets where Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Edgar Allen Poe walked. Let the resident archaeologist show you the latest discoveries at the site of George Washington’s boyhood home. History is boring? Not here in Virginia!

Create your own Art

Create your own Art

Arts and Culture

See world-class touring art exhibits or create some art of your very own. Picasso, Monet, Faberge and Tiffany pieces have all found homes in Virginia’s top art museums, but the local folks are pretty talented, too. Browse local galleries, meet Virginia’s most appealing artists and find the piece that’s just right for your living room mantle. Blow your own glass ornaments or create lovely ceramics to impress your friends with. Enjoy the best in professional performing arts in spectacular vintage opera houses or in a cozy dinner theater. You’ll give it a standing ovation.

Go Ape In the Outdoors in Williamsburg

Go Ape In the Outdoors

Outdoors

When Heart of Virginia Tours says “get out and do it” we really mean “out.” Take a guided nature hike in Shenandoah National Forest. Stroll through an apple orchard, picking your own as you go. Paddle on the historic and beautiful James River. Segway your way through historic districts. Take a cruise on a riverboat or a canal boat. Bicycle on an American Scenic Byway. It’s cool to work up a sweat with Heart of Virginia Tours.

Gardens

Discover historic gardens in Richmond

16th Century Landscapes

Virginia can be considered as America’s motherland of ornamental and sustenance gardens, some dating back more than 200 years. From the boxwood-lined formal gardens of Williamsburg and Fredericksburg to humble vegetable patches of Virginia’s earliest English settlers, Virginia’s historic soil produces delightful garden experiences for groups. Till the soil with your own hands at Jamestown as the settlers of 1607 did or learn about Thomas Jefferson the agronomist at Monticello. Learn how to properly prune ornamental plants guided by a professional gardener. Stroll through magnificent estate gardens reflecting the traditions of centuries gone by or reflect in a Richmond garden created from the works of Edgar Allen Poe.