The Colonial Capital of New Bern Day Trip

      New Bern NC

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      352 reviews
      May 25, 2022
      Group size: 30 - 46
      The Colonial Capital of New Bern Day Trip
      New Bern NC

      • Email address verified
      352 reviews

      May 25, 2022
      Group size: 30 - 46

      About this trip

      Join your Compass Pointe friends for a day of history, architectural gems, shopping and dining in the scenic historic riverfront town of New Bern.  The day includes two guided tours, one by trolley and one on foot.  The tour of Tryon Palace and its formal gardens is a living history tour with costumed interpreters.  The narrated Trolly Tour recounts the fascinating historical and architectural details of the former royal capital.  In between tours, there is time for lunch on your own as well as time for exploring unique shops, galleries and enjoying the fiberglass bear sculptures.     New Bern was settled by Swiss and German immigrants who used the name "bern" meaning bear in old German for their new city.  The bear is the city's mascot with bear flags and statues featured throughout town.  You will also have time to sample "Brad's Drink" aka Pepsi at the Birthplace of Pepsi Museum. 

      Proof of Vaccination

      Please note that proof of vaccination is required for this trip.  Following registration you will receive notification of how to provide your vaccine status to Patty.  

      Activity Level

      Walking and standing is required during the 90 minute tour of Tryon Palace

      What’s included

      • Coach transportation
      • Guided tour
        Of Tryon Palace
      • Narrated tour
        90 minute trolley tour of the historic district
      • Extras
        Water and snacks on the bus

      What’s not included

      • Lunch
        Plenty of options for lunch on your own will be provided

      Available Packages

      Trip Price


      Day One
      Historic New Bern NC

      8am - Departure from Compass Pointe

      Approx. 10am - Arrival in New Bern

      Morning trolley tour and Tryon Palace tour - there will be two concurrent tours

      Lunch and shopping on own in Historic District

      Afternoon trolley tour and Tryon Palace tour - repeat of two concurrent tours

      4:30pm - Depart New Bern

      Your Organizer

      352 reviews
      I love to travel so in my partially retired life I decided to adapt my passion for travel along with 25 years of experience in Travel & Tourism to create Trips by Patty. I received a BA in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Not knowing what I was going to do with that degree, I started working as a desk clerk at a hotel in Raleigh. I enjoyed the hotel business and the career path began. Hotel operations and sales, Convention Center operations and marketing, destination marketing with a Convention Visitors Bureau and even a stint as a tour guide. What happened to the history degree? Well, many times when I am escorting my trips I share the history of the destinations we visit. It's a great feeling to take your career skills and adapt them to your own small business. I love what I do and hope you'll join me on a trip one day!


      Super trip! Patty and her bus driver Donny are wonderful! Patty always gives us a great time with snacks on the way, water bottles throughout the day to keep us hydrated. The homes, gardens and historic sites we saw were well worth it. A great day trip. Be sure to see Beaufort, NC.
      By Alice T for Old Homes Tour and More on Jul 04, 2024
      We had a great time! Donny was the best bus driver and Patty was an awesome event organizer! Hope to go on another fabulous bus trip soon!
      By Diana P for Old Homes Tour and More on Jul 01, 2024
      Patty always runs a first class trip. Luxury coach, snack and water; rest area stops on longer trips. Patty provides tons of information in advance on the trip itself and area. Always enjoy her trips!
      By Susan S for Old Homes Tour and More on Jun 30, 2024
      We had a wonderful time. Met some great people from other communities and enjoyed the bus ride, as well as the accommodations, tours and eateries. Patty is a great host with lots of helpful advice, attention to our needs, and tips for travel. We look forward to another trip with Patty in the future!! Deb & Mark Delekto
      By Debra D for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on Jun 19, 2024
      We had a great time. This is my 6th trip with Patty. Another great job!
      By Elaine D for Lion King The Musical on Jun 17, 2024
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