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Day 1 – Norfolk & Virginia Beach – Virginia International Tattoo
Arrive in Norfolk, VA in time for a luncheon with a visit from the Tattoo Entertainers, perhaps a drummer or piper. Historically, tattoos stem from a 17th-century European tradition of military drummers alerting soldiers that it was time to return to their barracks for the evening. After hearing the call of the local regiments’ fifes and drums, the Dutch Low Country innkeepers would call “Doe den tap toe!” – “Turn off the taps!” The “tap too” evolved over time, and the word “tattoo” now refers to a ceremonial performance of military music by massed bands.
Following lunch you have free time to enjoy the afternoon event called “Hullabaloo” at Norfolk’s Scope Plaza. It is there prior to every Tattoo performance, a festival-like atmosphere where 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.
Later this afternoon, you have premium reserved seats for the Virginia International Tattoo – long regarded as the most patriotic of the world’s great tattoos – it thrills audiences year after year with an awe-inspiring spectacle of music and might. It’s a show of military splendor – part parade and part-theater and sometimes part circus. It features regimental bands and drill teams, drums and pipes, and mass bugle ensembles. It offers an astounding display of inspirational military music, majestic massed pipes and drums, show-stopping drill team maneuvers, international bands and dancers, and much more. It’s an annual celebration of patriotism and international goodwill, a must-see of the most exciting events in the world.
After the show, you head to Virginia Beach and the Courtyard Virginia Beach Oceanfront for a two night stay. Where tonight, you have a free evening to enjoy the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. There are many upscale shops lining the Boardwalk as well as street-style vendors, amusement areas, historic museums, an array of sculptures and monuments, a traditional fishing pier, live outdoor entertainment stages and much more. Dinner is on your own this evening. (B,L)
Day 2 – Norfolk & Virginia Beach – Norfolk Naval Station – Private Air Show – Spirit Dinner Cruise
Today’s sightseeing is about America’s Air & Sea might. Beginning with a tour of Naval Station Norfolk which supports the operational readiness of the U S Navy’s 80 ship Atlantic Fleet, this is the world’s largest Naval Station, on your guided tour, lasting about 1 hour, you’ll probably see aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious assault ships, and learn about the history of the Naval Station.
Then you spend the afternoon at the Virginia Military Aviation Museum home to one of the largest private collections of World War I and World War II era military aircraft in the world. Each plane has been beautifully restored to its prior military condition. You will have a guided tour on arrival, and then you are seated for a Liberty Call Luncheon in the one of the Museum’s Hangars. This plated meal is followed by a musical program with a quartet performing the music of WWII. You will be transported back to the era of Big Band music, Jazz harmonies and swinging choreography. Music made famous in the war movies you grew up with, this show includes a grand finale honoring those who served and are currently serving.
Then immediately following lunch, you’ll move outside to your seats on the tarmac for an afternoon air show. Historical Aircraft from WWII and Korea will start their engines, taxi, takeoff, flyby multiple times and land in front of the crowd. There will be historical commentary during the show and you will have a chance to meet the pilots and photograph their planes.
Following the air show return to your hotel and freshen up before tonight’s dinner cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk. This is a two-hour cruise featuring a delicious dinner buffet with freshly prepared entrees, salads and desserts. Plus, spectacular views of the mighty ships and submarines of the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. There is also onboard entertainment with DJ and dance floor. (B,L,D)
Day 3 – Departure Day – Mariners Museum
Following breakfast this morning, you visit the Mariner’s Museum where remains of the ironclad USS Monitor anchor this extensive museum exploring global maritime history. You then enjoy a guided tour of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The museum tells the story of the nation’s founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution and beyond. In the outdoor living-history areas, you see artillery demonstrations, drill with wooden muskets at a re-created Continental Army encampment and explore a Revolution-era farm based on a real-life 18th-century family.
After your tour, depart for home. (B)