The Colonial Capital of New Bern Day Trip

      New Bern NC

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

      • Facebook verified
      256 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
      • 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

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      256 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!


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      It was very exciting for me, never went in a bus before. So accommodating and it felt like family. The food was yummy and I can’t wait to go on my next trip
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