Virginia & The Tattoo

A World-Class, Military Band Extravaganza

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Apr 14 - Apr 19, 2024
6 days | 5 nights • 13 meals
Starting at $1,777

Take in coastal Virginia this spring along with the renowned Virginia International Military Tattoo - the third largest Tattoo performance in the world. With a blend of history and entertainment, this event hosts bagpipers, military bands, drum corps, and drill teams to make up over 1,000 performers for a musical extravaganza! This vacation also includes four nights oceanside in beautiful Virginia Beach.

Meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in Virginia’s State Capital. D

Explore the Mariner’s Museum, dedicated to people who live, work, and play on our waterways. Then board the Victory Rover for a Norfolk Harbor cruise of the Elizabeth River and Port of Virginia. Afterwards, arrive in Virginia Beach, our home for the next four nights. B, L

Explore the highlights of Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore with our local guide, including crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge -Tunnel, one of the “Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World.” Enjoy a delicious lunch and a visit to First Landing State Park before a free evening in Virginia Beach. B, L

Begin the day at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, a premier horticultural attraction. Next, visit to the Military Aviation Museum, home to one of the world’s largest private collections of vintage WWI and WWII military aircraft. Later, enjoy a delicious dinner along the marina of Virginia Beach. B, L, D

Enjoy free time this morning to stroll the boardwalk, shop for souvenirs, or relax on your balcony. After lunch on own, spend the remainder of the day in Norfolk and see the General Douglas MacArthur’s Memorial. The pre-show excitement for today’s Military Tattoo builds at “Hullabaloo” at the Scope Arena. See dance and drill performances, take photos with performers, and partake in an audience judged piping competition prior to the main event. Finally, it’s time for the main event - the Virginia International Military Tattoo. Sit back and take in this awe-inspiring musical spectacle, which is part parade, part theatre, and sometimes, part circus. B, L, D

This morning we say so long to the ocean and make our way towards Smithfield, VA, the Ham Capital of the World! We will make a stop at the Isle of Wights Museum where we will learn how hams are smoked and cured followed by a time to explore the unique shops lining the streets of Smithfield. We will enjoy a farewell lunch at the Smithfield Inn before returning to Richmond and home. B, L

Quality Accommodations
Night 1:
Sheraton Richmond Airport, Richmond, VA
Nights 2-5:
Spring Hill Suites, Virginia Beach, VA

Apr 14-19, 2024

Price Per Person:
Double $1,777
Single $2,175

Pre-/Post Tour Hotel:

Richmond, VA

Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
Welcome Dinner and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions and meals
Luggage handling at most hotels
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service

Arrival Time
Our Welcome Dinner on Day 1 is at our hotel, Sheraton Richmond Airport, starting at 6:30 p.m. We recommend scheduling your flight to arrive by 4:00 p.m.

Departure Time
Schedule your flight home to depart the Richmond International Airport any time after 4:30 p.m. on Day 6.

Airport Transportation / Vehicle Parking
Our starting hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to/from Richmond International Airport. If you are driving to the starting location, they also offer complimentary parking for the duration of the tour.

Walking Distance
Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will also be on uneven paths. While walking canes are allowed, we are unable to accommodate travelers using other mobility devices, including walkers and wheelchairs.

Average Temps
April – high of 75°, low of 45°

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Hotel Amenities
Each hotel has a hair dryer, iron, ironing boards, swimming pool and Wi-Fi.

Additional Information
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.

Dress on tour is casual. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, visors, and comfortable walking shoes will add to your enjoyment of this tour.

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