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NORFOLK, VIRGINIA

Tall Ship to Battleship: An Intergenerational Exploration of Naval and Maritime History

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jun 23 — Jun 28, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel boasts an enviable location on the Norfolk’s waterfront, on the Elizabeth River, in the heart of downtown Norfolk. The hotel was fully renovated in 2008.

Contact info:
777 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510 USA
phone: 757-622-6664
web: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=171

Room amenities: 468 rooms with air-conditioning, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed, data port for High-Speed Internet access ($9.95 per day fee) cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, room service, in-room safe, daily newspaper, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Wi-Fi Internet access in lobby, concierge desk, business center, laundry service, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 23 - Arrivals / Welcome and Program Overview
Afternoon: 3-4:00 p.m. Program Registration. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.Program overview and Welcome.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner in the hotel

Evening: A neighborhood walk introduces you to the area around the hotel.

Lodging: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel boasts an enviable location on the Norfolk’s waterfront, on the Elizabeth River, in the heart of downtown Norfolk. The hotel was fully renovated in 2008.

Contact info:
777 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510 USA
phone: 757-622-6664
web: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=171

Room amenities: 468 rooms with air-conditioning, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed, data port for High-Speed Internet access ($9.95 per day fee) cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, room service, in-room safe, daily newspaper, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Wi-Fi Internet access in lobby, concierge desk, business center, laundry service, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 24 - Hampton Roads Naval Museum “Boot Camp” and the Ba...
Note: The Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Nauticus complex is situated along the waterfront, less than one-half mile from the hotel via a pedestrian walkway. Access to and from the museum is on foot.

Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: At Hampton Roads Naval Museum, sail through 236 years of Naval history while you do hands-on activities that include learning knot-tying, maritime traditions and skills for life at sea including the use of semaphore flags. Take part in a museum scavenger hunt.

Lunch: Box lunch in the museum.

Afternoon: Try your hand at shipbuilding with Legos, and play a life-size game of “Battleship” with people on a giant game board. Explore the battleship Wisconsin to learn about the daily life of a sailor. Visit the galley, enlisted berthing, doughnut shop and more. Take some time to wander the expanse of the main deck.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Lodging: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel boasts an enviable location on the Norfolk’s waterfront, on the Elizabeth River, in the heart of downtown Norfolk. The hotel was fully renovated in 2008.

Contact info:
777 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510 USA
phone: 757-622-6664
web: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=171

Room amenities: 468 rooms with air-conditioning, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed, data port for High-Speed Internet access ($9.95 per day fee) cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, room service, in-room safe, daily newspaper, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Wi-Fi Internet access in lobby, concierge desk, business center, laundry service, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 25 - Tall Ship Sailing, Chesapeake Aquatic Life and Ro...
Note: The American Rover and Nauticus complex is situated along the waterfront, less than one-half mile from the hotel via a pedestrian walkway. Access to and from the museum is on foot. Sailing aboard a tall ship.

Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Learn about the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay during explorations of Nauticus’ aquariums and live creatures displays. View the Academy Award-nominated “Living Seas” film in the large screen Nauticus theater. In a Robotics Workshop, learn how remotely-operated vehicles use cutting-edge technology to explore the ocean, build your own and test it out!

Lunch: Box lunch in the museum.

Afternoon: On a 2-hour educational sail aboard the tall ship American Rover, learn how to set the sails, navigate and steer the ship and hear stories of mariner history and what life was like on board.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: An activity will be scheduled.

Lodging: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel boasts an enviable location on the Norfolk’s waterfront, on the Elizabeth River, in the heart of downtown Norfolk. The hotel was fully renovated in 2008.

Contact info:
777 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510 USA
phone: 757-622-6664
web: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=171

Room amenities: 468 rooms with air-conditioning, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed, data port for High-Speed Internet access ($9.95 per day fee) cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, room service, in-room safe, daily newspaper, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Wi-Fi Internet access in lobby, concierge desk, business center, laundry service, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 26 - The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News
Note: The drive from Norfolk to Newport News is approximately 45 minutes. Travel by private motorcoach.

Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Depart on a full-day field trip to the Mariner Museum in Newport News. Learn what life was like hundreds of years ago in a discussion with a costumed re-enactor. Study the natural science of local waters with a hands-on water testing activity on the James River and Lake Maury, to test the water for dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, nitrates/phosphates and temperature. Discuss your findings versus what the early explorers and first settlers would have seen.

Lunch: Box lunch in the museum.

Afternoon: Grandchildren participate in a museum scavenger hunt, while grandparents explore the variety of museum exhibits. Return to Norfolk.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy watching the Minor Leagues baseball team, the Norfolk Tides, at a home game. (Actual date may vary according to ticket availability.)

Lodging: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel boasts an enviable location on the Norfolk’s waterfront, on the Elizabeth River, in the heart of downtown Norfolk. The hotel was fully renovated in 2008.

Contact info:
777 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510 USA
phone: 757-622-6664
web: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=171

Room amenities: 468 rooms with air-conditioning, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed, data port for High-Speed Internet access ($9.95 per day fee) cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, room service, in-room safe, daily newspaper, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Wi-Fi Internet access in lobby, concierge desk, business center, laundry service, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 27 - General MacArthur and the US Naval Base Hampton R...
General MacArthur and the US Naval Base Hampton Roads by Land and by Sea

Note: The Victory Rover and Nauticus is situated along the waterfront, less than one-half mile from the hotel via a pedestrian walkway. Access to and from the boat is on foot. Two-hour cruise aboard a motorized boat with enclosed and open-air seating areas.

Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Learn about daily life on a motorcoach visit through the largest U.S. Navy base in the country. Conducted by Naval personnel, view aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious assault ships and one of the busiest airfields in the country. Drive through the residential streets that feature historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition. At the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial, an introductory film describes MacArthur’s life from 1880-1964, and shows the importance of the Navy in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Explore the museum and examine naval artifacts from their collection.

Lunch: Box lunch in the museum.

Afternoon: Cruise the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor on the M.V. Victory Rover, to gain the best perspectives of the entire U.S. Navy fleet ships currently in port.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Lodging: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 28 - Departures
Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.

Morning:

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Field trips
12 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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