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    Thomas Jefferson in Albemarle

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    Thomas Jefferson. He penned the Declaration of Independence. He served as the nation's third president. He traveled through time with talking turkey. One of these statements isn't exactly true. Your only chance to find out? Tag along with historian and author Rick Britton on this informative, four-hour tour! You'll visit historical sites tied to Jefferson and learn eye-opening facts about his public and personal life. Highlights include visits to Charlottesville's Court Square, the University of Virginia, and the former grounds of Albemarle's Monacan Indian Village. Okay. So the turkey didn't talk.
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    Charlottesville's World-Class Statuary

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    The best thing about this four-hour walking and riding tour? All the standing around -- the statues! Get to know some of Charlottesville's sensational statues alongside a local historian and writer. The sculpted figures of this historical city are touted around the world and you'll find out why. Visit Court Square, West Main Street, and The University of Virginia. Civil War legends such as Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, the famous explorers Lewis and Clark, World War pilot Jimmy McConnell, and founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are all featured. Guide Rick Britton is a sought-after speaker and has authored over 200 scholarly articles and several books. Who knows, maybe they'll make a statue commemorating THE BEST STATUE TOUR EVER!
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    Cemeteries of Charlottesville

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    What's lurking six feet under in Charlottesville? The dead are all part of the plot during this three-hour, cemetery tour! You'll explore some of the city's gravest places with a noted historian and author who will give you the dirt on their most fabulous residents! Riverview Cemetery, Maplewood Cemetery, and the University of Virginia Cemetery are all on the itinerary. As you walk, you'll learn about Revolutionary War soldiers, Civil War figures, scholars, authors, politicians, and the founder of the Pony Express. You'll also chat about H.I.H. Princess Anastasia, the famous pretender to Russian royalty! Can you dig it? Tour guide Rick Britton is historian specializing in 18th and 19th-century Virginia history, and has published over 200 articles, and several books. He is also an active lecturer.
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    Hot Air Balloon Experience

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    Tired of living life with your feet firmly planted on the ground? Treat yourself to a flight of fancy with a romantic hot air balloon trip over the Virginia countryside! Hot air balloons operate by being lighter than the air around them, so you can expect a turbulence-free, smooth ride, perfect for an eye-popping surveyal of the world around you. Soar through the air for 60 to 90 minutes depending on wind patterns. This easygoing experience is the perfect way to take some stunning photos and enjoy an intimate experience with a friend or loved one. You'll even enjoy a complimentary Champagne toast, which is perfect since you'll have plenty to cheer about!
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    Charlottesville Winery Guided Bike Tour

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    Looking to put an intimate spin on your Virginia experience? This three-hour, countryside bike ride ought to be quite moving! You'll cruise scenic roads that twist by rolling hills, wineries, and other features of Virginia's countryside. As you ride, your guide will point out various landmarks and clue you into the local history. This leisurely cruise is a great way to get in some light, physical exercise and get to know this remarkable destination! It should be wheely special.
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    Gearhart Chocolate Experience

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    This tantalizing visit to iconic Gearhart's Fine Chocolates offers a sweet opportunity to learn about chocolate! You'll meet Tim Gearhart himself for a hands-on lesson in truffle rolling and learn all about the art of crafting artisan chocolates. Discover how Gearhart's uses a creative and attentive approach in tandem with local sweet cream, pure butter, fruits, nuts, herbs, teas, spices, and liquors to make delicious chocolate! Exploring the facility, learn, and taste delicious chocolates from around the world. Develop your understanding of chocolate profiles and partake in a dipping session featuring delicious ganaches. You'll also leave home with an 8 piece assortment of chocolates and receive exclusive discounts on Gearhart's products! That's the kind of education you can eat up!
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    Vineyard Horseback Riding with VIP Wine Tasting

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    Tired of being so mature? This scenic four-hour tour is all about horsing around! Kick off your experience with a rambling horseback ride as you travel alongside an experienced handler. Breathe in the fresh country air of Albemarle County and take in the beautiful sights as you make your way to a local winery. There, you'll meet up with a wine expert for a private tasting of special vintages, handselected just for you! There'll be no whining on this easygoing tour, just lots of winning -- And maybe some whinnying!
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    Behind The Scene Wine Tour

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    Vino, what? This tour is going to be grape fun! That's because you'll visit up to three local wineries over the course of five, scintillating hours. Let someone else worry about the driving and logistics as you sit back and drink it all in! You'll be guided by a knowledgeable wine expert who will offer insights into winemaking and wine drinking. At each stop along the way, you'll enjoy a delicious tasting experience to get to know the wines of the region and take part in an exclusive tasting of special vintages at one winery. This is a great way for casual wine lovers and experienced connoisseurs alike to get a taste of what winemaking in Virginia is all about!
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    Civil War History Tour

    Cville Tours
    History buff? This three-hour tour covers all the musket-ball points you'll want to know about Charlottesville's role in Civil War! You'll take a walk through time with historian and author Rick Britton. Visit the remains of a slave block, and Rio Hill, the area's only battlefield. You'll also spend some time at the University of Virginia, headquarters of the Charlottesville General Hospital. Learn about the institution's role as a pivotal Confederate Army hospital that cared for more than 22,000 patients. Along the way, you'll pick up other facets of Charlottesville role in the war and its eventual surrender. It should be a bloody good time!
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    Craft Beer Tour

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    Got beer on the brain? This frothy brewery adventure ought to give you plenty to think about -- And drink! You'll visit some of the best breweries in Virginia as you check out local breweries located in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit up to four different craft breweries and taste five to ten beers at each location! At one tour stop, you'll spend some time learning about the brewery process with a behind-the-scenes production tour. With round-trip transportation included, you can let loose without having to worry about finding a designated driver. That means beer for all!
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    The BBQ Experience

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    BBQ lovers will have no beef with this mouthwatering experience, however, there will be lots of pork -- OK, probably some beef too. You'll be joining Chef Craig Hartman at his world-class BBQ joint, The Barbeque Exchange, for a tantalizing taste of some Virginia favorites! Learn all about the art of creating perfect meat rubs, and special cooking methods employed to create perfect pork spare ribs. Pig out on cornbread, pumpkin muffins, and other BBQ favorites! You'll also enjoy round-trip transportation to the Gordonsville restaurant. Bring an appetite for learnin' and eatin'! And maybe some wet wipes.
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