Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.
Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a buffet dinner with multiple choices including salad, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. Scheduled free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile; beach and boardwalk.
Breakfast: At the hotel, our daily breakfast buffet includes hot dishes, cereal, toast, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We will be joined by a local college historian who will discuss the native Americans encountered by English settlers in 1607, why Princess Anne was described as Virginia's "least known, least visited county" prior to the Civil War; how oceanfront tourism was born after the war but the county remained isolated; and how after World War II Virginia Beach was variously described as "The Fastest Growing City in America" and "The World's Largest Resort City."
Lunch: At the hotel, enjoy a deli lunch buffet plus coffee, iced tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: With a local historian/expert, we will take a walking field trip to explore the boardwalk and beach. Learn the fascinating history of this boardwalk and oceanfront resort.
Dinner: Plated Dinner at the hotel this evening - you will pre select your choices prior to arrival
Evening: We will be joined by a local historian who will talk about tourism in Virginia Beach.
Activity note: Photo ID required to enter the Military Aviation Museum
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll be joined by a local military pilot who will discuss the field of aviation in Virginia Beach. Home to Oceana Naval Station which is a United States Navy Master Jet Base. Next, we’ll be greeted by a member of the Military Aviation Museum staff who will join us on the motorcoach for our field trip to the museum.
Lunch: A Picnic Lunch will be served at the Museum to include choice of sandwiches, chips, dessert and beverage. You will pre select your choice prior to arrival.
Afternoon: Led by an expert, we’ll explore the Military Aviation Museum, home to one of the largest private collections of World War I and World War II era military aircraft in the world. Each has been restored to its prior condition, using original parts whenever possible. After a walk through the hangars, we’ll observe one of the museum’s vintage aircraft in a flight demonstration (weather permitting).
Dinner: At an area restaurant, enjoy a 3-course dinner featuring local cuisine plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: We’ll be joined by a local expert who will talk on the Virginia Beach Eco System. She has been a resident of Virginia Beach since 1979 and will be our guide for the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge tour later in the week.
Activity note: Photo ID is required to enter the Naval Base. Also, if you have stints, pacemaker or metal replacement parts (hips, knees, etc.) you will need to notify security upon arrival. It is necessary to climb 75 steps up to the lighthouse (dunes) and then you may elect to climb to the top of the lighthouse
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: This morning we travel to the Norfolk Naval Base. The Naval Station is the world's largest naval station supporting 75 ships and 134 aircraft alongside 14 piers and 11 aircraft hangars. The base houses the largest concentration of U.S. Naval forces, with Air Operations conducting 275 flights per day or one every six seconds. Here we will be joined by an active duty sailor who will board our bus for a fully narrated and guided tour of the base. Next, we’ll travel to the Cape Henry Lighthouse located on Fort Story and meet with a local historian who will talk about this fantastic landmark. Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the house and adjoining land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public. Today, visitors to the Cape Henry Lighthouse can climb to the top of the tower for spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic
Lunch: A Picnic lunch will be served at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center to include choice of sandwiches, chips, dessert and beverage. You will pre select your choices prior to arrival.
Afternoon: This afternoon we will climb on board with Dolphin Cruises Each trip offers close-up observations of our marine environment and its inhabitants. When resources allow, we use a hydrophone (an underwater microphone) to listen for dolphins and whales. Trained Aquarium educators provide discussions about incredible natural dolphin behaviors, and share what is being done to conserve and protect the species and its habitat. Brown pelicans, bald eagles, and other seabirds are frequently sighted, along with sea turtles.Aquarium educators will discuss the wildlife we observe — from dolphins and whales to bald eagles, brown pelicans and other seabirds, and occasional sea turtles — as well as what is being done to conserve and protect these species and their habitats. The study cruise is aboard a USCG inspected 65-foot catamaran, specially outfitted for dolphin watching, whale watching, and other educational sea adventures. The vessel is operated by a licensed captain and crew and has onboard restroom facilities.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles including a 1-mile hike; boardwalks and beaches. There is a tram through the Wildlife Refuge that may be a little bumpy. The USCG station is NOT handicap accessible - there are steps up into the building and then steps between the floors/exhibits
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll head by motorcoach to the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge where we meet our wildlife expert for a tram exploration that provides access to False Cape with an opportunity to view the array of wildlife found in the area, from birds to reptiles. You may choose to hike a mile (round trip) to the historic Wash Woods cemetery located within False Cape State Park or there's plenty to see if you aren't up for the adventure. Don't forget your binoculars and camera!
Lunch: At the Virginia Farmer's Market as part of the "Taste of the Market" tour.
Afternoon: Open year round, the Farmers Market features a variety of shops and vendors that offer fresh seasonal produce and other products. We’ll have a “taste of the market” experience to sample fare from a baker, a butcher, and an ice-cream maker. Next we travel to the Old Coast Guard Station. The Old Coast Guard Station honors and preserves the history of Virginia's coastal communities and maritime heritage. The scope of the Station's exhibits begins with the Virginia Beach Community and extends to subjects related to Virginia's oceanfront, coastal and water related heritage. The museum's two galleries depict the history of the United States Life-Saving and Coast Guard Services and shipwrecks on the Virginia Coast. The Old Coast Guard Station is housed in the most important artifact in the museum's collection: the 1903 Life-Saving Station. It houses a collection of 1,800 artifacts and over 1,000 photographic images of the United States Life-Saving and Coast Guard Services, and the resort community of Virginia Beach. There is also an on-site research library containing books, papers and oral histories. The museum overlooks the Atlantic Ocean along the Boardwalk at 24th Street within the popular resort city of Virginia Beach, Virginia. This historic Life-Saving/Coast Guard Station is a Virginia Historic Landmark also on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a farewell dinner with choice of entrée, dessert, and beverage amid the camaraderie of new Road Scholar friends. You will pre select your choices prior to your arrival.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for departure after our final activity in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: In our final session, we’ll learn about other aspects of fascinating, historic, beautiful Virginia Beach from a member of the Visitor Bureau. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!