18354
Norfolk
The Virginia International Tattoo at the Virginia Arts Festival
Discover the Virginia Arts Festival and witness America’s largest tattoo — a ceremony of military music — where you’ll enjoy dance, music and bands in a grand display of culture.
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Program No. 18354RJ
Length
4 days
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4 days
3 nights
9 meals
3 B 3 L 3 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Norfolk, VA
D
Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel

Afternoon: CHECK IN: Park in the Main Street Garage which is located across from the hotel on Atlantic Street. There is a connecting bridge located on the 3rd floor of the hotel to the garage. If guests park in a different garage (ie. Waterside Garage) we will not be able to validate your parking tickets. Please arrive at the Hotel to register between 3:00- 5:00 pm. Check into your room (Some Rooms May Not Be Available) until after 3:00 PM and then register with Program staff in the Main lobby.

Dinner: A Buffet Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening.

Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will have our Orientaion. This will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. We will ask participants introduce themselves to the group. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions. We will have a representative from Norfolk to welcome us to the area.

DAY
2
Parade of Nations, Tattoo Performance, Chrysler Museum
Norfolk, VA
B,L,D
Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel

Activity note: Walking today to the Parade and through the museum.

Breakfast: A breakfast buffet is served including both cold and hot items. Includes juice, coffee and water.

Morning: Enjoy a short walk to the Parade of Nations and our Reserved seating. Take your reserved seat at the Parade of Nations. Witness this fabulous parade of bands, floats and marching units from all member NATO nations. WE HAVE RESERVED SEATS BUT THEY ARE NOT COVERED. Bring an umbrella in case of rain. Following the parade we board our bus for a very short ride to the Chrysler Museum.

Lunch: Today a picnic lunch is served at the Museum where you will have a choice of different sandwiches, chips, fruit, cookie and drink. Choices will be preselected via the attachment form in your program materials.

Afternoon: We visit the Chrysler Museum of Art. The Museum is an art museum on the border between downtown and the Ghent district of Norfolk, Virginia. The museum was originally founded in 1933 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences. Next we travel to the Scope Arena where we will enjoy a Behind the Scenes look at the Tattoo Event with the staff of the event. We return to the hotel following.

Dinner: A Buffet Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: The beat of the drums, the call of the trumpets, the roar of the crowds-the mighty sounds of the Virginia International Tattoo return to Norfolk in May! The Tattoo is sure to set hearts racing with more than 850 performers from several countries joining forces, including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Germany and the Czech Republic. It was awarded the American Bus Association's prestigious "Internationally Known Event" designation as one of the "Top 100 Events in North America". The Tattoo thrills with music, majesty, and might. You have to see it to believe it! Reserved seating at the Scope Arena. (Indoors)

DAY
3
MacArthur Memorial, Drumline, Nauticus, VA Chorus
Norfolk, VA
B,L,D
Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel

Breakfast: All breakfasts will be at the hotel. They serve a variety of plated options. Breakfasts may also be served as a buffet. TBD

Morning: We start our day with a presentation from a local historian and resident or Norfolk. We board our bus and travel to the MacArthur Memorial. The Memorial pays tribute to General MacArthur and the millions of Americans who served the nation during the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the occupation of Japan and the Korean War.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own (Stipend Included) at the Scope Plaza while you enjoy performances and a Drumline Competition. Many different food vendors available. You will have to leave the area by 1:30 PM. Weather Permitting. Outdoors, no seating.

Afternoon: This afternoon we travel to Nauticus. Nauticus inspires and educates with engaging & interactive experiences that celebrate our connections with today's maritime world. Nauticus is a contemporary museum that uses the natural setting of Norfolk's harbor to showcase global maritime commerce and the world's largest Navy. Programs may be on river ecology, science or other subjects.

Dinner: A plated Farewell dinner will be served at the hotel this evening. Dinner choices will be chosen prior to arrival via the attachment form in your program materials.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: Tonight we enjoy a performance by the Virginia Coast Chorus. They are a membership organization of female singers, who meet regularly to practice, perform, socialize, and have fun. The Virginia Coast Chorus (VCC) was founded in 1986. We range in age from teens to 80s - we are nurses, teachers, government employees, administrative assistants, homemakers, students, retirees - everyday women just like you. We have varied music backgrounds from degrees in music to "can't read a note!" We currently have approximately 40 members from all parts of the Greater Tidewater area. Virginia Coast Chorus loves to get out and sing for our community. We sing at annual shows, a number of community events, and at annual competitions. We are available to sing at your next function or event. If you're looking for a unique musical experience to liven up your event, please check out our Hire Us section. Education In addition to sharing our music with others, another great passion of ours is learning more about the art of a Capella singing. Vocal instruction is a regular part of chorus rehearsals, and a very important component of the chorus experience. A couple of times a year, we will get coaching from a visiting master in the art of barbershop, where we learn many fabulous tricks of the trade. Private performance at the hotel.

DAY
4
Victory Rover Cruise at Nauticus, Program Concludes
Norfolk, VA
B,L

Activity note: The Victory Rover cruise will end at 10:30 AM with box lunch pickup. Please do not book any flights prior to 2:00 PM - you will need to allow ample time to travel to the airport.

Breakfast: All breakfasts will be at the hotel. They serve a variety of plated options. Breakfasts may also be served as a buffet. TBD

Morning: This morning we travel to the Victory Rover. The Victory Rover offers 2 hour long narrated naval base cruises daily from Nauticus, home of the Battleship Wisconsin. Their professional captains provide a fascinating and entertaining commentary as we cruise the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor. Thrill to the sight of Aircraft Carriers, Nuclear Submarines, Guided Missile Cruisers, and all of the other ships that form the World's most powerful Armada.

Lunch: A Boxed Lunch will be available for pick up to take home with you. Several types of sandwiches with chips, dessert and a beverage. Choices will be made in advance via the attachment form in your program materials.