April 24, 2018 - May 1, 2018
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Your package includes deluxe transportation and accommodations, all listed tour fees, and 10 meals.Now, I don’t want to disappoint anybody, but this festival really has nothing to do with ink and needles. Sorry. But every April in Norfolk, Virginia, something incredible happens: the azaleas bloom and Norfolk folks celebrate! During this time, the citizens of Norfolk honor the NATO Armed Forces with an unforgettable multi-day festival known as the Virginia International Tattoo. For those of you who don’t know, Norfolk is the largest naval base in the world, and people from all over the world gather to share in their celebration. Over 900 performers from 8 nations come together for a military pageant honoring the service, patriotism, commitment, and valor of the men and women who bravely defend their nations. The Tattoo itself is the largest spectacle of music and might in the United States of America, offering an outstanding display of inspirational military music, show stopping drill team maneuvers, colorful and elegant dancers, and much more. So, come with us as we celebrate our veterans and honor their sacrifices!
Let’s go make some memories together as we hop on board and head east to experience the charm and pageantry of the International Tattoo Festival. Be sure to take the time today to meet your fellow travelers and see how many veterans are here with us. Our hotel for tonight will be in Mount Vernon, IL.
To help us get into the American spirit for the upcoming festival, we’ll be stopping this morning to check out one of America’s greatest heroes. In Fort Knox, KY lies a museum dedicated to a military colossus: George Patton. At this museum, you can explore the history of the U.S. Army through personal stories, artifacts, and film, while viewing the foremost collection of Patton artifacts in the world. Leaving here, we continue on our way to the East Coast, stopping for our overnight in Charleston, WV.
Our third day together sees us reaching our destination. We arrive in the afternoon at our ocean front hotel in Virginia Beach where we will be staying 3 nights. So, spend the afternoon and evening relaxing and getting settled in. Be sure to get a good night’s rest because we’ve got an exciting day in store for everybody tomorrow!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kicking off our first morning here in Norfolk, we next make our way to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Hop up on the tram to discover a variety of plants from the cultivated to the wild. The Norfolk Botanical Garden’s professional staff will be on-hand to share their knowledge and answer any question. Our day is just getting started as we head over to the Norfolk Naval Base for a guided tour. On this incredible tour, you’ll see aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious assault ships, and learn about the history of Naval Station Norfolk. From Naval Station Norfolk, we go back in history by visiting the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse. Built in 1792, this is one of the oldest lighthouses in the U.S. The building of this lighthouse was commissioned by George Washington, and it stands near the landing site where English settlers first arrived in 1607. Now, it is time for the actual International Tattoo performance! Words cannot explain the Virginia International Tattoo. It\\\'s the most amazing and inspiring gathering of military bands, drill teams, and performers from the U.S. service branches and from militaries around the world.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
We’ll be starting off today by heading downtown for the Parade of Nations, the only Parade in the United States honoring NATO. The parade features over 100 Parade Units with local and visiting high school bands, US and International Military bands, and colorful floats representing each of the 28 NATO Member Nations! Also on our agenda for today, a trip to the Nauticus. Nauticus is a museum located in Norfolk\\\'s harbor that showcases global maritime commerce and the world\\\'s largest Navy. But the Nauticus is far more than a museum. It is also home to the Battleship Wisconsin, and we’re going to be going onboard for a tour to see how the sailors lived! If that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will. Once we leave here, where should we go next? The answer seems clear. We’re in the city with the largest naval base in the world, so we should go see the final resting place of America’s greatest naval commander. The Douglas MacArthur Memorial honors the memory of this great man and his men, ensuring their bravery will never be forgotten.
We say goodbye to Norfolk today, but we start our morning drive off with something a little unexpected. A Dolphin Sightseeing Trip! Dolphins jumping, splashing, and playing in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. What a way to make memories! After our adventure this morning, we’ll start heading west and back towards home, stopping for our overnight tonight in Roanoke, VA.
Today takes us closer home, so use this time to marvel at all the memories of spectacular performances you’ve seen and remember all the heroes whose sacrifices made our country what it is. As we get nearer to home, we’ll be overnighting in Kuttawa, KY.
Well, it’s time to say goodbye to all our new friends as we all go our separate ways. We are so glad you came to travel with us on our adventure to honor the American military and all those who have served. We hope you’ll come with us again sometime, and God Bless!