THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017; 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM –
WELCOME TO NORFOLK CITY TOUR!
RIDING HIGHLIGHTS TOUR, NAUTICUS AND BATTLESHIP WITH MEMORIAL SERVICE, MERMAID WINERY LUNCH, MACARTHUR MEMORIAL
PRICE: $86.00 PER PERSON, INCLUSIVE. LUNCH AND WINE TASTING INCLUDED.
A great way to get oriented to the city, board the motor coach with your tour guide to learn about Norfolk’s colorful 340-year history as you ride through the lovely historic district and restored areas. View the stately homes along The Hague, old St. Paul’s Church, the Moses Myers House, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the historic Freemason District and the restored waterfront area, as well as many other points of interest. Downtown Norfolk has undergone a complete transformation in the last decade and features the beautifully renovated Town Point Park with the Armed Forces memorial, a beautiful $34million cruise terminal, waterfront condos and state of the art shopping area.
Visit Nauticus, a unique and thriving campus of visitor attractions that explores the economic, naval, and natural powers of the sea. Features here include a series of interactive exhibits, 3D, high-def films in the 250-person theater, and aquariums of marine life. Also housed here is the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, one of ten museums officially operated by the U.S. Navy. Highlights of the naval battles and exhibits of detailed ship models, artwork, and memorabilia are showcased throughout.
A true highlight of any visit to Nauticus is a self-guided tour of the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the famous Iowa-class ships. This great ship saw action in WWII, the Korean War and most recently in the Persian Gulf War. The Wisconsin is permanently berthed beside Nauticus where it is accessed by a connecting walkway. Explore the main deck and recently opened portions of the interior to learn about this famous ship, those who fought and served on board and the role that this mighty warship has played in the defense of our nation. A Memorial Service, (as planned by reunion committee) will take place on board the battleship.
Next enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at Mermaid Winery, Norfolk’s unique urban winery, located in the charming Ghent neighborhood. Inside the winery’s tasting room, view the winemaking process and sample some of their small production creations. Then enjoy lunch as you relax with a glass of wine.
Following lunch, visit the MacArthur Memorial for a glimpse into our country’s history. View the outstanding collection housed in Norfolk’s historic city hall which traces the life and achievements of five-star General Douglas MacArthur. The General and Mrs. MacArthur are entombed in the rotunda of the memorial. Nine galleries encircle the rotunda and tell the story of the millions of American men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces from the Civil War through the Korean War. A gift shop with unique memorabilia is located on the premises.
FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM –
VIRGINIA BEACH TOUR, THE NAVAL TOUR
VICTORY ROVER HARBOR CRUISE, LUNCH INCLUDED ON CRUISE, CRAFT BREWERY TOUR AND TASTING, DOUMAR’S ICE CREAM
PRICE: $89.00 PER PERSON, INCLUSIVE. LUNCH, BREWERY TASTING AND ICE CREAM TREAT INCLUDED.
Board the motor coach with your guide to enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay as you learn about the history of Virginia’s largest city and get the pulse on current day in Virginia Beach.
See the First Landing Cross at Cape Henry where the English colonists first came ashore in 1607 prior to settling at nearby Jamestown. Walk out on the overlook to see where the bay and the ocean meet, and where the famous Battle of the Capes took place during the Revolutionary War.
Also, view Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, built in 1792, this lighthouse was active until the late 1800’s and is currently a Virginia Historic Landmark. Ride down the resort strip, see the historic Cavalier Hotel as well as the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, a unique structure which pays homage to veterans everywhere.
Next, board the Victory Rover for a narrated cruise 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 the other ships that form the world’s most powerful armada.
A boxed lunch included on cruise.
Following the cruise, explore Norfolk’s growing craft brewery scene with a tour and tasting at a locally- owned and operated brewery. This will be a unique and fun experience for all! Guests will be treated to a private, behind the scenes tour of how these unique beers are brewed, and conclude the tour with several craft beer tastings.
End the day with a stop at Doumar’s, home of the world’s first ice cream cone machine. Abe Doumar created the first ice cream cone at the World’s Fair of 1904 in St. Louis. It was so successful that he designed a four-iron waffle machine that he launched during the Jamestown Exposition of 1907. Today, the family business still bakes cones on the original cone machine. While at Doumar’s, guests will be given an introduction and history and everyone will be treated to an ice cream and cone.
SPIRIT OF NORFOLK DINNER CRUISE
FRIDAY, MAY 19TH, 2017
BOARD: 7:00PM | CRUISE: 7:30PM – 9:30PM | DOCKSIDE PARTY: UNTIL 10:00PM
COST $69 PER PERSON
A two-hour cruise along the Elizabeth River with a 30-minute dockside party. Delicious dinner buffet with freshly prepared entrees, salads and desserts. Unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea and water. Spectacular views of the mighty ships and submarines of the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. Onboard entertainment with DJ music, access to lounge spaces and interactive games.
**please note that the Spirit of Norfolk dinner cruise would be a 5-minute walk from hotel and the only transportation to and from would be for those with wheel chair or severe walking disabilities