Washington DC & The Tattoo
Six Day Best of Everything
6 Days | April 29 to May 4, 2022
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
Standing on Pride and Ceremony, we offer American History in Washington with Monuments and Memorials to both known and Unknown Soldiers. Then a Military Review with the pipes and drums at the Virginia International Tattoo, followed by American Planes and Ships with a private air show, and a tour of the Norfolk Naval Station. This tour is filled with awe-inspiring spectacles and luxury hotels. Space is limited.
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Pricing begins at $819 Double at the Gaylord National Resort
Day 1 – Friday – Washington, DC – Museum of the Army – Quantico National Cemetry
Today, you arrive in Washington DC. Start with a visit to the New Museum of the Army in Fort Belvoir, VA. The museum provides the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions. The National Army Museum celebrates the selfless service and sacrifice of over 30 million men and women who have worn the Army uniform since 1775. As the Army’s national landmark, the Museum honors United States Soldiers – past, present, and future – and provide an interactive educational experience explaining the Army’s role in creating and defending our nation, as well as the Army’s social initiatives and contributions for more than 240 years. Enjoy lunch on own while visiting.
Next, visit National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico. Follow in the footsteps of Marines: from the yellow footprints that young recruits must fill at boot camp to the boot prints left in the sands of Pacific island beaches during World War II, in the snow of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, and in the red dirt of Hill 881 South in Vietnam. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum’s soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.
Arrive at the Quantico National Cemetery that includes the burial sites of such notables as four-star general, Lewis William Walt, an original member of Edson’s Raiders; and World War II Marine combat photographer, Louis Lowery, who took the famous picture of the first U.S. flag raising atop Iwo Jima’s Mt. Suribachi in 1945. Here, you will be meet by guide with the Missing in America Project who will guide you through the cemetery and you will have the chance to honor the veteran by placing flags next to their graves.
Then check into the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center for a two night stay. Included your stay is 1 drink voucher per person good for use at the Pose Lounge or Belvedere Bar. Dinner is on your own this evening, but the hotel also offers a scheduled trolley service with stops at MGM Casino, Tanger Outlets and National Harbor Restaurants and shops.
Day 2 – Saturday – Washington, DC – New Law Enforcement Museum – Arlington, Monuments & Memorials – New Eisenhower Memorial
After breakfast, meet your local guide for a tour of DC’s “Must Visit” sites to include: Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial and the 9/11 Memorial.
Todays also includes the newly opened National Law Enforcement Museum. You won’t just see what it’s like to be in law enforcement; you’ll experience it. Prepare to discover the most interactive museum in the Nation’s Capital. You will be able to solve a crime in the “Take the Case” Exhibit. Go undercover with in the “Covert Operations” Exhibit. Make the tough decisions as a 911 dispatcher and test your skills in the immersive training simulator.
You will also visit the New Eisenhower Memorial. Commemorating his military accomplishments, the memorial’s core features heroic-size sculptures of General Eisenhower and paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division before the Battle of Normandy. Behind the sculptures is a bas relief depicting the beach landings on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Enjoy another evening at the Gaylord National Resort. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening. (B,D)
Day 3 – Sunday – Norfolk & Virginia Beach – Virginia International Tattoo
This morning you depart the DC area for Norfolk, VA. Here you will enjoy a luncheon with a visit from 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.
This afternoon, you have premium reserved seats for an International Tattoo matinee performance. This Tattoo – long regarded as the most patriotic of the world’s great tattoos – thrills audiences year after year with an awe-inspiring spectacle of music and might. It’s a spectacle 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 head to Virginia Beach an an Oceanfront Hotel for a three night stay. Enjoy a free evening on the Boardwalk. (B,L)
Day 4 – Monday – Norfolk & Virginia Beach – Miltary Aviation Museum – Liberty Call Luncheon- Private Air Show
This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before you tour the Virginia Military Aviation Museum. It is 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. (B,L)
Day 5 – Tuesday – Norfolk & Virginia Beach – 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 6 – Wednesday – Departure Day
After breakfast, you depart for home. (B)