June 4-6, 2021 Virginia Military Festival Bands, Drill Teams, Parades, Ships and more
Virginia Military Festival
Friday April 16-Sunday April 18, 2021
“Words cannot explain the Virginia International Tattoo other than to say it's the most amazing and inspiring gathering of military bands, drill teams, and performers from the U.S. service branches and from militaries around the world. It gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes. I see why it was chosen to be the best of American Bus Association's Top 100 Events in North America!"
Peter Pantuso, President/ CEO, American Bus Association
Begin your patriotic adventure aboard the Victory Rover Cruising through the bustling Hampton Roads Harbor, one of the largest in the world. Enjoy fascinating and entertaining commentary during the two-hour excursion aboard this naval themed vessel. Take in the sights of aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, guided cruisers and all of the other ships that form the world's most powerful armada. A boxed dinner will be served picnic style during the cruise. The celebration continues on Saturday morning. Following breakfast at the hotel, you will head downtown for an early visit to Nauticus, a nautical museum, where you will learn about the power of the sea, experience ship handling first hand and pet a shark. Visit the museum and then enjoy a self-guided tour of the Battleship Wisconsin—the largest battleship that served in WWII, the Korean War and the Persian Gulf War. Walk the short distance for reserved seating at the Parade of Nations which features marching bands, Tattoo performers, dazzling floats and decorated NATO officials, all representing NATO nations. Walk the short distance to Town Point Park for NATO Fest, a cultural experience of food, drink and entertainment. The 28 NATO countries will showcase unique cultures in a festival-style format. You can take in the sights and sounds while enjoying lunch on your own from the many international offerings. Then it’s off to Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval installation in the world. On your riding tour, pass the historic homes built for the 1907 Jamestown Exposition on “Admiral’s Row” and drive by the military vessels, including the magnificent battleships. An active-duty military personnel will board the motor coach and narrate throughout the base. Depart for hotel for some down time. Prior to the evening excitement you will enjoy dinner at a waterside restaurant. Depart from there for a fun-filled night at The Virginia International Tattoo beginning with Hullabaloo, featuring performances by a variety of musicians, dancers and drill teams. Then it’s on to the main event—the Tattoo, the largest in the United States.
After breakfast and check-out, spend the morning at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in full bloom. Take a trackless tram to explore 155-acres of rare flowers, mature forests and one of the largest collections of azaleas, camellias, and roses on the East Coast. Enjoy a champagne brunch with a live jazz quartet aboard the Spirit of Norfolk. Feast on a sumptuous buffet and enjoy the many fascinating sights as you cruise through the Hampton Roads Harbor. Depart Norfolk with fond memories of your time in Coastal Virginia.
Package includes motor coach transportation, overnight accommodations at Springhill Suites Norfolk, two breakfasts, one brunch cruise and two dinners, guided tours, admissions, driver’s gratuity and trip leader.
Bus departs Jackson 8:15 AM, Target, Brick 9:00 AM approximate 8:00 PM return