Great Tours in Williamsburg
From morning glides along nature paths to fiery sunsets on the water to midnight meetings with otherworldly characters, there's a tour and an experience for everyone in Greater Williamsburg.
Visit with Ghosts Past and Present
Spooks and Legends Haunted Tour
This is the ghost tour for the hardcore spectral fan. Guides are in costume and in character. Their stories focus on tales of ghost sightings throughout the historic area at places like the Peyton Randolph House. Choose from the Dead of Night Tour or the Witches of Williamsburg tour. Experience both on the same night for a discount.
Colonial Ghosts Tours
The focus at Colonial Ghosts Tours is on stories – stories of Native American burial grounds, murder, war and betrayal through three centuries of history in haunted Williamsburg. Even though guides are not in costume or character, they tell spooky tales of the unexplained gathered through research and interviews. You can even rent an EMF detector, similar to that used in "Ghostbusters," to find paranormal activity during your walk. Choose from one-hour tours or the 90-minute late-night Ultimate Ghost Tour.
Sail Away Into History
Alliance Tall Ship Cruises
Sail away for a couple of hours on the historic waters of the York River off Yorktown with the 105-foot-long schooner Alliance, and get a feeling for what Capt. John Smith experienced four centuries ago aboard a small vessel. See the Yorktown Battlefield from a new vantage point. Lend a hand to the crew, if you'd like. The Alliance sails at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for sunset cruises.
If you're traveling with a band of ragamuffin junior mateys, check out Captain Mayhem’s School of Piracy aboard the Alliance or its sister schooner Serenity (don't let the name fool you). On these 90-minutes cruises starting at 11 a.m., the kids set the sails, steer the ship and get tattooed.
Williamsburg Charter Sails
Choose from seven theme cruises along the York River, including history, adventure, military (sailing past three bases) and lessons in sailing. Williamsburg Charter Sails depart twice daily from April through November from locations in Yorktown and Gloucester Point for three-hour cruises. Departures typically are at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. but can be adjusted to meet your needs.
Discover the natural beauty and history of the James River on a 28-passenger pontoon boat captained by a native and longtime waterman of Williamsburg. Enjoy the sights and sounds, the wildlife, and the scenic sunsets along the historic river, on the banks of which colonists built the first permanent English settlement in America in 1607. Tours depart from Jamestown Island at 1 p.m. three times a week, in addition to a weekly sunset cruise.
Get A Guide All Your Own
Williamsburg Colonial Tours
Customize your visit through a private tour with Williamsburg Colonial Tours, whether you want to spend a few hours or a couple of days. Guide Charles Fall spins one story after another, breathing life into the buildings and sites you visit. Learn how much you don't know about this pivotal time in American history. Daylight tours explore the history, personalities and lifestyles of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. An entertaining night tour focuses on ghosts as well as folklore. Call to collaborate on your adventure.
Cover More Ground By Standing Still
Patriot Tours & Provisions
Use the newest way to get around to explore history and nature through guided Segway tours. In Yorktown, hop on a Segway with Patriot Tours and immerse yourself in a one- or two-hour excursion covering the waterfront and historic Main Street. Relax, enjoy the views and listen to the guide’s stories of the city's Revolutionary and Civil War battles.
If you need a break from history, Patriot runs tours through New Quarter Park, 545 acres of forests, meadows, ravines and tidal wetlands close to historic Williamsburg. It's off-roading like you've never experienced before.
For an outing that splits the difference between urban and wild, Patriot also offers tours of the sprawling Kingsmill Resort on the James River and the Carters Grove country road for a taste of both nature and history.