Walking approx. 1.5 miles; about 2 hours, with periods of standing; some stairs. Scenic boat cruise through Norfolk's Naval Yard. Please wear comfortable and non-slip shoes for the boat. Driving approximately 2.5 miles; about 1/2 hour for the day, with stops. School buses are not equipped with air-conditioning.
At the hotel, we’ll have a breakfast buffet featuring a variety of hot and cold items, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
For our morning field trip we will be transported via school bus a short distance and board the cruise vessel, Victory Rover, for a morning of amazing sights along the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor. This is one of the world’s busiest seaports with the world’s largest naval base, home of America’s Atlantic Fleet. The main cabin has large picture windows and comfortable seating with more seating and views up top. As we go, the captain will give fascinating and entertaining commentary about what we’re seeing. Next we make a short walk to our next stop, Nauticus, Home of the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus is an interactive science and technology center that explores the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea, with exhibits that range from the anatomy of a battleship to secrets of the deep. This field trip will be free for independent exploration, giving us the opportunity to see and do what interests each of us most. There will also be docents around the facility to answer any questions you may have.
Each participant will receive $15 voucher to be used at participating Waterside restaurants for lunch on their own.
We have left this afternoon open so that you can explore the Norfolk area at your own leisure. Your Group Leader will have a list of activities and suggestions for things to do on your own including: a visit to the Hermitage Museum & Gardens, a visit to the Hunter House Victorian Mansion, a stop at Doumar's for a tasty homemade waffle cone, a stop at the Mermaid factory where you can paint your own mermaid or dolphin souvenir, a guided tour of the interior of the Battleship Wisconsin or a walk with your Group Leader to the Pagoda and Oriental Gardens and a stop at Hummingbird Macarons.
We will make a short trip to Stripers Waterside Restaurant where we enjoy a delicious preselected meal with salad, entrée, dessert, coffee/tea and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.
We'll return to the hotel this evening to enjoy a private performance just for our Road Scholar group by members of the Virginia Coast Chorus (VCC), an award-winning women’s show chorus. The group has members from all walks of life and specializes in the close harmonies of a capella “barbershop” singing. The VCC is an affiliate of the highly respected organization Sweet Adelines International that extends over five continents. .