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Day 1 – Friday – Washington, DC – Gaylord National Resort
Today, you arrive at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on the Potomac River in National Harbor, MD for a two night stay. Enjoy a free evening in the National Harbor. Your hotel offers shuttle service to the National Harbor with stops at MGM Casino & Resort, Tanger Outlets and at National Harbor Restaurants and shops. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Day 2 – Saturday – Washington, DC – Arlington, The Capitol, Monuments & Memorials
This morning after breakfast, you take the tourmobile through Arlington National Cemetery. This is the final resting place for President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audie Murphy, prizefighter Joe Louis, and thousands of soldiers from every major U.S. war. You will also witness the Changing of the Guard, Arlington House home of Civil War General Robert E. Lee, Space Shuttle Challenger astronaut’s Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknowns are also located on these famous 612 acres.
Next, you visit the Capitol Hill Visitors Center. The entire facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol so as not to detract from the appearance of the Capitol. Features include an exhibition gallery highlighting the House & Senate while in-session, orientation theaters, a 550-seat cafeteria, and gift shops.
Then tour the United States Capitol. The most recognized symbol of democratic government in the world, the U.S. Capitol has housed Congress since 1800 and is one of the most imposing public buildings in the world. The Capitol is where Congress meets to write the laws of our nation, and where presidents are inaugurated. Its ceilings are decorated with historic images, and its halls are lined with statuary and paintings representing great events and people in the nation’s history.
Visit the United States Library of Congress. Established as an act of Congress is 1800, The Library of Congress is the largest national library in the world with more than 100 million items in three buildings. The library has more than 650 miles of bookshelves, and more than 138 million objects in 470 different languages. If for any reason an inside tour is not available or the wait in line is extremely long our guide will conduct a tour outside the buildings.
You then visit the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Browse through the new state-of-the-art gallery that offers a spectacular view of the Star Spangled Banner, and view the exhibits that top the list of must-sees for any visitor with a taste for true Americana. See the flag that flew over Ft. McHenry when Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the Star Spangled Banner, the First Ladies’ inaugural gowns, quilts, cars, locomotives and much, much more.
Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant. Following dinner, you enjoy an Illuminated Monuments & Memorials Tour. Stops to include: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the National World War II Memorial, the Air Force Memorial and more if time allows. (B,D)
Day 3 – Norfolk & Virginia Beach – Virginia International Tattoo
This morning you depart the DC area for Norfolk, VA. Here you will enjoy a luncheon with a visit from 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 Hullabaloo at Norfolk’s Scope Plaza. 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.
This afternoon, you have premium reserved seats for an International Tattoo matinee performance. 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. 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 4 – 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 5 – 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)