Wild Horses – NASA & The Tattoo

Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk & Va Beach

4 Days  |  April 24-27, 2018

Starting At $499.00
A rollicking good time this new trip features the Chincoteague Island Wild Pony Cruise, a Tour of the NASA Facility that services the International Space Station, oceanfront lodging, lots of seafood, a Military Aircraft Museum and the the most patriotic of all the world’s great military tattoos - The Virginia International Tattoo. Chincoteague Island Wild Pony Cruise

Wild Horses – NASA & The Tattoo

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  • Chincoteague Wild Pony Cruise
  • NASA Wallops Island Flight Center
  • Blue Crab Bay Co
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
  • Military Aviation Museum
  • Afternoon at the Hullabaloo
  • Virginia International Tattoo
  • Three Nights First Class Lodging
  • Three Hotel Breakfasts
  • Two Dinners
  • All Taxes & Tips
  • Luggage Handling
  • One Free with Every 16 Paid

 

Prices Per Person

$499 Double

$439 Triple . . . $399 Quad . . . $699 Single

Day 1 – Chincoteague, VA

Today you travel to the remote and serene strip of land bounded by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  This is the Southern neck of the Del-Mar-Va Peninsula (shared by three States).   Here you enjoy a modern franchise hotel (Fairfield Inn or similar) and a dinner at a locally owned seafood restaurant that has wonderful atmosphere.  (D)

Day 2 – NASA – Wild Horses & Virginia Beach

This morning is the Chincoteague Wild Pony Cruise.  You set sail on a scenic voyage that gets you close to the wildlife and unspoiled nature of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Wild Ponies, Dolphins, Bald Eagles are often the highlights of this trip.

Next you learn about mans reach for the stars at the NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility.  Did you know they have been launched more than 16,000 rockets here since 1945?  This island is home to the NASA launch range, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport and several U.S. Navy facilities.  They resupply the International Space Station, they do scientific balloon research and they have been involved in Lunar Landings.  The Visitor’s Center and tour are fascinating and serve as a great surprise to most people who are unaware this facility even exists.

Late afternoon you start toward Virginia Beach with a stop scheduled at the Blue Crab Bay Co. Here you will find a warm welcome and a sampling room filled with dips, snacks and mixers.    Blue Crab  manufactures and sell Herbs & Seasonings, Grilling Sauces & Dips, Sea Salt Nuts, Sting Ray Bloody Mary Mixers, Apparel, Coastal Gift Baskets and Blue Crab Stoneware.

The last stop before the beach is on the 17 mile-long Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.  After crossing over and under the open waters between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, you stop for dinner at The Chesapeake Grill, on Sea Gull Island 3 ½ miles out in the Bay.  You enjoy a great meal and may see both Navy and commercial ocean-going ships glide gracefully through one of the world’s busiest shipping channels.

Then as the sunsets you drive back on land at Virginia Beach and arrive at lovely Boardwalk Hotel (Hampton Inn or similar).  (B,D)

Day 3 – Military Aviation Museum – Norfolk International Tattoo

After breakfast this morning, your group will spend the morning at the Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum.  Their collection of WWI & WWII Aircraft is wonderful.  Docents will tell you about the Bi-Planes, the 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.

Following this visit you will join 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 beers, 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. (B)

Day 4 – Departure Day  

After breakfast, depart for home.  (B)

We are happy to extend your tour and add additional sightseeing in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.  perhaps you would like to visit the US Naval Base, the MacArthur Memorial, Nauticus and the USS Wisconsin or the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg or any of the other unique attractions in the area.