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Charles City: Scenic James River Bike tour with Wine Tasting

Charles City: Scenic James River Bike tour with Wine Tasting

From US$ 139 per person

Based upon the novel, The River Where America Began, this bike tour along the James River recounts the history of the those that inhabited the area and planted the seeds for what would become the USA: Native Americas, Africans, and European Settlers.

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  • Learn the lesser-known history of early colonial days from different perspectives
  • Enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Virginia Capital bike trail along the James River
  • Celebrate at the end of the tour with wine tastings at the picturesque Upper Shirley Vineyards
  • Support a local conservation organization with proceeds from your ticket purchase
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Visit the Charles City County area and its beautiful James River, rightly called The River Where America Began. From the geological formations of the river, to the Native Americans of the Algonquin Nation who called this home some 15,000 years before Englishmen arrived, to the Africans who arrived in chains to carry the cotton and tobacco industries, face the inspiring and sometimes uncomfortable truths of history.  Next, reflect on the VCU’s Rice Rivers Center and their work on water quality and preserving the health of all rivers. Then bike on to Historic Westover Parish Church, established in 1613. From here you will hop back on the trail for your return trip to Shirley Plantation. After your tour along the trail the group will come together at Upper Shirley Vineyard, connecting at the communal table, sharing reflections and stories. You will have wheeled our way through 400 years of history to a modern vineyard for wine tasting with new friends.
  • Comfortable, chic Priority Bicycles fitted with Nantucket Bike Baskets
  • Stylish helmet and signature snack
  • Guided 14 mile bike tour at a leisure pace
  • Wine tasting at Upper Shirley Vineyards
  • Gratuities
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  • People with mobility impairments

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