See modern and vintage war machines in pristine working condition, and attend events celebrating America's military might by air and sea. Whether you're a veteran or a military buff, this tour is sure to delight.
1 & 2 Depart for Virginia
Begin with a welcome dinner and overnight in Ohio before arriving in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Meals: D, B
3 Military Aviation Museum & Virginia Beach
Arrive in Virginia Beach, the state’s largest city which boasts the world’s longest boardwalk flanking miles of pristine, sandy beaches. Apart from the waterfront, the region has much more to offer. Pay a visit to the Military Aviation Museum, home to one of the world’s largest private collection of vintage WWI and WWII military aircraft. Each have been beautifully restored to their original condition and many are still flown during flight demonstrations. Meals: B, D
4 Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Virginia International Tattoo
We begin the day at the Norfolk Botanical Garden and climb aboard the tram for a narrated tour of Coastal Virginia’s premier horticultural attraction. After lunch on own, the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial tells the story of the man and also pays tribute to the many men and women who served with him.
Attend the “Hullabaloo,” a pre-Tattoo event with tasty foods, craft beers, music, dance and drill performances, photo-ops and an audience-judged piping competition. Tonight we have reserved seats to the Virginia International Tattoo. This awe-inspiring musical spectacle is part parade, part theatre and sometimes, part circus. It is highly regarded as one of the world’s great tattoos.
5 Nauticus National Maritime Center, NATO Parade of Nations & Norfolk Naval Base
Begin the day at Nauticus National Maritime Center, a premier maritime science museum to learn about undersea life and ocean exploration. You can also take a self-guided tour of the battleship Wisconsin
, the largest and last battleship built by the U.S. Navy.
Walk the huge, expansive main deck and explore the second deck to see the berthing units, post office and dental office. Just steps away from Nauticus
are our reserved seats for the Norfolk NATO Parade of Nations. This annual event features high school bands, U.S. and international military bands and colorful floats which represent each of the 28 NATO Member nations.
This afternoon, we board the Victory Rover for a Norfolk Harbor cruise which is your front row seat to the naval fleet! See destroyers, submarines, and other vessels while taking in the sights of the harbor.
Meals: B, L
6 Begin the Journey Home
Bid farewell to the Atlantic coast today as you begin the journey home. Tonight, gather with your traveling companions for a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Manager. Meals: B, D
7 Arrive Home
Arrive home today with fond memories of your Virginia International Tattoo vacation.Meal: B