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Day 1 – Arrive Norfolk or Virginia Beach
Today, travel to Norfolk, VA where you will be staying for the next three nights. Tonight, a seafood dinner is included at a local restaurant.
Day 2 – Jamestown and Yorktown
Today, you visit the Jamestown Settlement. Thirteen years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, after a four-and-a-half-month voyage to Virginia, a group of 104 English men and boys established a settlement on the banks of the James River. This living history museum is located adjacent to the original site and offers full-scales re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, three 1607 ships and colonial fort.
Learn the REAL story of Pocahontas. A guided tour at Jamestown Settlement is led by a trained guide; highlight each museum’s exhibition galleries and outdoor living –history area. These hands-on, inquiry-oriented based tour encourage participants to handle reproduction objects, interact with costumed historical interpreters, and explore museum galleries and re-created outdoor settings.
Your afternoon is spent next to the battlefield where allied American and French forces won the decisive battle of the American Revolution in 1781. Here, the Yorktown Victory Center chronicles the entire Revolutionary period in a Museum on the American Revolution. You will also find a Continental Army Encampment and a recreated 1780s farm.
Then visit the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center, will be among America’s foremost sites that tell the story of the nation’s founding. Through comprehensive, immersive indoor exhibits and outdoor living history, the new museum will offer a truly national perspective, conveying a sense of the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and the richness and complexity of the country’s Revolutionary heritage.
Tonight enjoy a Colonial Tavern Dinner featuring a traditional meal, sumptuous desserts, and after-dinner cordials in surroundings an 18th century traveler would recognize.
Day 3 – Virginia International Tattoo
After breakfast this morning, your group will spend the morning at the Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum. The collection of WWI & WWII Aircraft is wonderful. Docents will tell you about the Bi-Planes, early fighter jets, and the history of Military Aviation up through Korean and into the Vietnam Years. This is one of the largest private collections of early military aircraft in the world. Each has been beautifully restored to its prior military condition, using original parts whenever possible. Most of the planes are airworthy and are occasionally flown at the museum during flight demonstrations and at air shows throughout the year.
The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the Hullabaloo at Norfolk’s at Scope Plaza. For three hours prior to each Tattoo performance, you can enjoy a variety of tasty foods and craft bears, music, dance and drill performances, photo-ops with performers and even an audience judged piping competition, all on Scope Plaza.
This evening’s highlight is the Virginia International Tattoo Performance where you will have reserved seats. This Tattoo – long regarded as the most patriotic of the world’s great tattoos – thrills audiences year after year with an awe-inspiring spectacle of music and might. It’s a spectacle of military splendor – part parade and part-theater and sometimes part circus. The Tattoo features regimental bands and drill teams, drums and pipes, mass bugle ensembles and fireworks. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Day 4 – Departure – After breakfast, depart for home.