Washington & Tattoo Combo
Features Two Evening Galas
6 Days | May 1-6, 2020
Starting At $1,029.00
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.
Prices Per Person
This Air Show is Exclusively produced by:
Mid-Atlantic Receptive Services (MARS) & US Tours
Pricing begins at $1,029 Double with moderate hotel
$1,179 Double with new luxurious Marriott, Va Beach
Groups can also save $75 by omitting the Spring Garden Gala at The Cavalier hotel.
Day 1 – Friday – Washington, DC – Law Enforcement Museum – Illuminated Monuments & Memorials Tour
Today, you arrive in Washington DC. Start with a visit to 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 Nations Capitol. 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. Late this afternoon, check into your hotel for a two night stay. This evening, dinner is included at a local restaurant followed by an Illuminated Monuments & Memorials Tour. See famous site such as the WWII Memorial and Iwo Jima plus more as time allows. (D)
Day 2 – Saturday – Washington, DC – Arlington, Monuments & Memorials, Exclusive at Museum of the Marine Corps
This morning 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. This evening, you will be treated to an exclusive and private dinner inside the Museum of the Marine Corps. 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. (B,D)
Day 3 – Norfolk & Virginia Beach – Virginia International Tattoo – Spring Garden Gala
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. After you have had time to freshen up, you head over to the nearby historic Cavalier Hotel for a Spring Garden Gala. 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,D)
Day 4 – Norfolk & Virginia Beach – Miltary Aviation Museum – Liberty Call Luncheon- Private Air Show – Salute to America Dinner
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.
Tonight is the Salute to American Dinner at the Marriott Oceanfront Hotel Ballroom. Enjoy an evening of Patriotic décor and dance the night away with hit songs throughout the ages presented in a variety of genres. (B,L,D)
Day 5 – 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 – Departure Day
After breakfast, you depart for home. (B)