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

Program Number: 21003RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/14/2013 - 7/19/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Price starting at: $1,195.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 12 - 14 years of age.

Bring to life America's naval and maritime history as you and a grandchild take part in a hands-on learning adventure at the site of the world’s naval base: Norfolk, Va. Join the crew of a tall ship and raise the sails, and explore the decorated Iowa-class battleship USS Wisconsin. Cruise past the U.S. fleet in port at the Norfolk Naval Base and learn the role played by the world’s largest estuary — historic Chesapeake Bay — in the development of our nation's navy.




Highlights

• Come aboard a tall ship to learn how to set the sails, navigate and steer.
• Visit the U.S. Naval Base at Norfolk by land then cruise past the American fleet in harbor to inspect the dozens of battleships and other vessels homeported at the base.
• Explore the ecology and aquatic life of the Chesapeake at the Newport News Mariner Museum and at Nauticus, an interactive science and technology center that explores the power of the sea.



Activity Particulars

Walking and standing two miles per day, moving about on motorized vessels and sailboats underway.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Norfolk

Virginia's second-largest city, bordered by the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay, enjoys a long history as a strategic military position and is home to the world’s largest naval base and the defense headquarters of NATO. Visitors to the Ghent Historic District can admire stately architecture just a short walk from shopping, dining and nightlife.



Accommodations
Exceptional lodging on the Norfolk's waterfront.
Meals and Lodgings
   Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
  Norfolk, Virginia 5 nights
 Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program Registration 3 - 4 p.m. in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on Day 6. You will be staying at Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A photo ID is required for all adults in order to enter the U.S. Naval Station Norfolk.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Norfolk, Virginia
  From End of Program
  Location: Norfolk, Virginia
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Norfolk

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $28 per taxi
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

   

From Norfolk International Airport

 

Norfolk

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 


Oleta Airport Shuttle Service
phone: 757-253-1008
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 per couple, $25 each additional person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

   

Call or reserve online at https://www.oleta.com/secured_airportshuttle.html

 
Driving Directions
  From East Take Interstate 64 East toward Richmond. Just before reaching Richmond, take I-295 South (toward Norfolk, Virginia Beach). Bypass Richmond, then get back onto I-64 East. Continue to I-264 West and take Exit 284A (toward Norfolk). Follow Exit 9 to Waterside Drive. The hotel will be on your left.
  From North Take Interstate 95 South toward Richmond. Just before Richmond, take I-295 South (toward Norfolk, Virginia Beach). Bypass Richmond, then get on I-64 East. Continue to I-264 West and take Exit 284A (toward Norfolk). Follow Exit 9 to Waterside Drive. The hotel will be on your left.
  From South Take Interstate 95 South to Route 58 East (toward Norfolk). Follow Route 58 East to I-264 East (toward Norfolk). Go through the downtown tunnel and over the bridge. Take the Waterside Drive Exit and stay on the left. The hotel will be on your left.
  From West Take Route 58 East (toward Norfolk). Follow 58 East to Interstate 264 East (toward Norfolk). Go through the downtown tunnel and over the bridge. Take the Waterside Drive Exit and stay on the left. The hotel will be on your left.
  Parking Parking options include valet parking at the hotel for a daily fee or self-parking next door at the Dominion Tower Parking Garage for a daily fee. Current rates: Valet Parking, $22.00 a day; Self-Parking (with in and out privileges), $12.00. Prices are subject to change.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals / Welcome and Program Overview
(Sunday, July 14)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hampton Roads Naval Museum “Boot Camp” and the Battleship WISCONSIN
(Monday, July 15)

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.
   
Accommodations: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Tall Ship Sailing, Chesapeake Aquatic Life and Robotics Workshop
(Tuesday, July 16)

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: 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.
 Lunch: Box lunch in the museum.
 Afternoon: 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!
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: An activity will be scheduled.
   
Accommodations: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News
(Wednesday, July 17)

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: An activity will be scheduled.
   
Accommodations: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: General MacArthur and the US Naval Base Hampton Roads by Land and by Sea
(Thursday, July 18)

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.
   
Accommodations: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departures
(Friday, July 19)
   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning:
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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