Virginia International Tattoo
and Military Air Show
4 Days | May 2-5, 2021
Starting At $569.00
Our three-night Patriotic Festival is filled with awe-inspiring spectacles. The Virginia International Tattoo comes first, is a Military Review Show with the precision drill teams, bagpipes and drums from many different countries. It’s followed by a Private Military Air Show only available to our groups, It doesn’t get any better than this. Space is limited – Book Early.
Patriotism, Precision Drill Teams, International Pride
This Air Show is Exclusively produced by:
Mid-Atlantic Receptive Services (MARS) & US Tours
Pricing begins at $569 Double with moderate oceanfront hotel
Upgrade to the luxurious Marriott, Va Beach for $130 more per person to $699 Double
Groups can add the Spring Garden Gala at The Cavalier hotel for an additional $100 per person
Price can also vary with U S Tours Flexible Pricing:
- Customizable Comps
- Commissionable or Net Rates
- Luxury or First Class Hotels & Meals
- Motorcoach Transportation & Professional Tours Managers are available
Whatever you want, U S Tours will be happy to structure tour prices to match your needs. Just let us know!
Day 1 – Norfolk & Virginia Beach – Luncheon – Virginia International Tattoo
Arrive in Norfolk, VA in time for a luncheon with a visit from the Tattoo Entertainers, perhaps a drummer or piper. Historically, tattoos stem from a 17th-century European tradition of military drummers alerting soldiers that it was time to return to their barracks for the evening. After hearing the call of the local regiments’ fifes and drums, the Dutch Low Country innkeepers would call “Doe den tap toe!” – “Turn off the taps!” The “tap too” evolved over time, and the word “tattoo” now refers to a ceremonial performance of military music by massed bands.
Later this afternoon, you have premium reserved seats for the Virginia International Tattoo – long regarded as the most patriotic of the world’s great tattoos – it thrills audiences year after year with an awe-inspiring spectacle of music and might. It’s a show of military splendor – part parade and part-theater and sometimes part circus. It features regimental bands and drill teams, drums and pipes, and mass bugle ensembles. It offers an astounding display of inspirational military music, majestic massed pipes and drums, show-stopping drill team maneuvers, international bands and dancers, and much more. It’s an annual celebration of patriotism and international goodwill, a must-see of the most exciting events in the world.
After the show, you travel to Virginia Beach, and a two night stay at an Oceanfront Hotel. Enjoy a free evening.
Groups can add an optional Spring Garden Gala at the nearby historic Cavalier Hotel for an additional $100 per person. Enjoy an elegant indoor and outdoor reception with cash bar and piano entertainment. Followed by gourmet dinner in the Grand Ballroom.
The Cavalier Hotel was once a popular venue for big band entertainment that showcased every major big band leader of the era including Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Glenn Miller and Lawrence Welk. The Jeffersonian architecture was designed in the spirit of Monticello, with nods to locations such as Woodlawn and The Lawn at the University of Virginia. Famous guests included F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald, Will Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, many U.S. Presidents, Muhammad Ali, Bette David, July Garland, Elizabeth Taylor and Doris Day. (B,L)
Day 2 – Military Aviation Museum – Liberty Call Luncheon – Private Air Show
This morning, you tour the Virginia Military Aviation Museum home to one of the largest private collections of World War I and World War II era military aircraft in the world. Each plane has been beautifully restored to its prior military condition. You will have a guided tour on arrival, and then you are seated for a Liberty Call Luncheon in the one of the Museum’s Hangars.
This plated meal is followed by a musical program with a quartet performing the music of WWII. You will be transported back to the era of Big Band music, Jazz harmonies and swinging choreography. Music made famous in the war movies you grew up with, this show includes a grand finale honoring those who served and are currently serving.
Then immediately following lunch, you’ll move outside to your seats on the tarmac for an afternoon air show. Historical Aircraft from WWII and Korea will start their engines, taxi, takeoff, flyby multiple times and land in front of the crowd. There will be historical commentary during the show and you will have a chance to meet the pilots and photograph their planes. Returning to your hotel this afternoon, you enjoy some free time at the Boardwalk or on the beach.
Return to the hotel this evening and enjoy free time on the Boardwalk and dinner on own. (B,L)
Day 3 – Leisurely Morning at Hotel – Norfolk Naval Base – Norfolk Botanical Gardens Tram Ride – Spirit of Norfolk Dinner Cruise
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a leisurely morning at the beach or relax at the hotel. This afternoon you head to Norfolk and tour the Naval Base. This is homeport to more than 80 ships of the Atlantic Fleet and the world’s largest naval installation. This narrated tour will pass by Atlantic Fleet training centers, aircraft carriers, cruisers and destroyers, amphibious assault vessels and sleek submarines. A strip of preserved historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition is included on the tour.
Then you take the tram ride through the Spring Blooms at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. This 155 acre garden has one of the largest collections of azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons on the East Coast.
This evening, board the Spirit of Norfolk for a dinner cruise. Sail on the Elizabeth River and enjoy dining, dancing, entertainment and breathtaking views the historic downtown waterfront. (B,D)
Day 4 – Depart for Home
After breakfast, you depart for home. (B)