Itinerary: (Subject to change due to local conditions, unforeseen events, or more interesting, as-yet unplanned awesome experiences that become available)
Oceanfront Accommodations in Virginia Beach ~ VIP Seats at The Military Band Performance (Tattoo) in Norfolk ~ Outer Banks ~ Dolphin Nature Cruise
Four Day Tour ~ April 16-19, 2021
Highlights: Three Nights’ Oceanfront Accommodations in the Hampton Inn North, Virginia Beach • VIP Reserved Seating for The Military Tattoo Performance in The Scopes Arena (An Indoor Venue) • The Outer Banks • Wright Brothers National Memorial • Nags Head – Roanoke Island & Manteo, North Carolina • Jockey’s Ridge State Park • Dolphin Nature Cruise • DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum • Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel • Three Breakfasts – Deluxe Continental • Two Lunches • One Dinner • Fully Escorted
You may have seen countless Broadway shows or memorable concerts; however, nothing can prepare you for the spectacular Virginia International Tattoo, the largest Military Band Performance in the United States. Featured is a dynamic cast of about 900 performers that travel here from around the globe. It’s a fabulous mix of pageantry, patriotism, and soul-stirring music featuring marching bands, massed pipes and drums, military drill teams, gymnasts, Scottish dancers and choirs. It’s non-stop, edge-of-your-seat entertainment. You will remember it for years to come. Our accommodations for three nights are in Virginia Beach, where all rooms have private oceanfront balconies. This tour is so spectacular that dozens of our clients have taken this tour four times! Read on and be amazed at all the other exciting things we see and do.
Day 1. Let’s head south of the Mason Dixon Line for some fun in the sunshine. Lunch is included in Dover, Delaware. After a picture stop on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, we continue to our home for the next three evenings. Accommodations are in the Hampton Inn Oceanfront North in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Our hotel features oceanfront rooms, a restaurant and lounge, fitness center and an indoor pool. It is located next to a paved walkway that is lined with many stores, restaurants and hotels and hugs the beautiful sandy beach. With a backyard as big as the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a place we will totally enjoy. Tonight’s dinner is included in the comfort of our hotel. The following two evenings, dinners are on our own. In addition to our hotel’s restaurant and bar, there are many nearby places to dine.
Day 2. Today’s itinerary includes it all! Natural beauty, history, beautiful gardens, browsing, sand, sea and surf are all on our agenda. Welcome to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our first stop is at the Wright Brothers National Memorial where the first heavier than air machine was able to achieve flight. Here we learn about the Wright Brothers’ dramatic achievement and view exhibits in the museum. From here it’s just a few minutes’ drive to Jockey Ridge State Park in Nags Head where we view the tallest sand dunes on the east coast. A few miles to our south is the waterfront village of Manteo on Roanoke Island where we enjoy lunch on our own. After time to explore this charming village we enjoy a scenic drive back to our hotel.
Day 3. This morning we enjoy an unforgettable 90-minute excursion aboard the Atlantic Explorer in search of Virginia’s most common and charismatic marine mammal, bottlenose dolphins! Our trip is highlighted by close-up observations of our marine environment and its inhabitants. Trained aquarium educators provide discussions about incredible natural dolphin behaviors and share what is being done to conserve and protect the species and its habitat. Brown pelicans, bald eagles, and other seabirds are frequently sighted, along with sea turtles. After lunch on our own in the downtown of Norfolk, we witness, from our VIP seats, the Virginia International Tattoo in the Scope Arena, an indoor sports and concert venue. Regarded as the most patriotic of the world’s great tattoos, the show will boast one of its largest casts ever, including many bagpipers and drummers, military bands, drill teams, Celtic dancers, cultural performers, choirs and more. We will fondly remember this show for the rest of our lives!
Day 4. We say goodbye to our waterfront hotel and depart north along the scenic barrier islands of Maryland and Delaware. Lunch is included in Ocean City, Maryland. A highlight of our day is a visit to the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum. This outstanding area gem contains an abundance of priceless artifacts that have been recovered from dozens of nearby shipwrecks. Our museum guide will relay fascinating stories of how many of these items were recovered and add valuable insight into their origins. It’s a place we will remember for years to come. Time passes quickly on our way home, as we reflect on all the wonderful things we have done and seen on this memorable spring getaway.
Departs from Ridgewood (corner of Linwood Avenue and Northern Parkway on the pool side) at 8:00 AM and returns at approximately 6:45 PM. Cars may be parked at this location, at your own risk.
Departs Bloomfield at 8:20 AM and returns at approximately 6:10 PM.
Departs from The South Plainfield High School, at the end of Lane Avenue at 9:00 AM and returns at approximately 5:45 PM. As you enter from Lane Avenue, park down on the left side along the fence near the gate between the two schools.
Price per person is $995.00 Twin & $1,255.00 Single. No reservations accepted without a deposit of $200.00 per person. Make check payable to “Group Tours & Travel” and mail to the address below. Final payment is due February 1, 2021. Deposits are fully refundable if cancellation occurs on or before February 1, 2021. There are no refunds if cancellation occurs after February 1, 2021. Travel protection/cancellation coverage is available and highly recommended (approximately 10% of the total cost of the tour), but not included. One piece of luggage per person and one carry-on is permitted. Group Tours is not responsible for any delays, cancellations, injuries or circumstances beyond its control and reserves the right to change this itinerary. All trip components are subject to change in accordance with Government, State and Local guidelines and/or mandates. This tour will run rain or shine.
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