Norfolk Itinerary: The Virginia International Tattoo
The Itinerary at a Glance
When the azaleas are in bloom, Norfolk’s spring season is in full swing. As the North American home to NATO, Norfolk celebrates Norfolk’s NATO Festival and Virginia’s International Tattoo with charm and pageantry. Delight in the Grand Parade featuring beautiful flowers, marching bands and floats. The Tattoo is a patriotic display of military splendor, with a cast of over 1,000 performers from drill teams to pipe and drum corps
4 Unique Experience on This Trip
- Norfolk Botanical Garden
- Hampton Roads Naval Museum
- Naval Station Norfolk
- Douglas Macarthur Memorial
Duration: 3 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
Day 1 Friday
P.M. – Discover one of the largest collections of azaleas, camellias, roses and rhododendrons on the East Coast at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Experience 155 glorious acres of gardens with guided tours on foot, tram or by boat. The azaleas are in full bloom, so do not miss such an important part of this annual festival.
P.M. – Enjoy dinner and dancing aboard the Spirit of Norfolk. Savor freshly prepared food in a nautical setting with dynamic professional live entertainment, as you cruise along the Elizabeth River with the Norfolk skyline as your backdrop.
Day 2 Saturday
A.M. – The morning is filled with the excitement of the Festival’s Parade of Nations, featuring international floats, marching bands and specialty units. Special seating is available for groups.
Either before or after the parade, tour Nauticus, Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Battleship Wisconsin. Nauticus is a fun and exciting interactive science and technology center exploring the power of the sea. It features more than 150 exhibits, films and exotic aquatic life. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, located inside of Nauticus, introduces you to over 200 years of naval history in Hampton Roads. Located next to Nauticus is the Battleship Wisconsin, the largest and last battleship ever built by the U.S. Navy.
Lunch – After the colorful floats and splendid bands pass by in the parade, don’t miss the opportunity to explore NATO nations and their diverse cultures at NATOfest. Food, entertainment and ships to tour are just a few of the surprises in store for your guests. Your group can walk to this complimentary outdoor festival, held in Town Point Park, right from their parade seats.
P.M. – Take a bus tour of the world’s largest naval installation, Naval Station Norfolk. A knowledgeable, active duty Navy guide will board your motorcoach and give a narrated tour of the base.
P.M. – Cruise with Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises. Take a two-hour cruise touring the world’s largest naval base by water.
Dinner – Dine at the Freemason Abbey Restaurant & Tavern. The congregation of the Second Presbyterian Church originally dedicated the structure as a church in 1873. In 1988, renovation began on the over 135-year-old church to refurbish the building into the restaurant it is today.
Evening – Enjoy the Virginia International Tattoo which is part parade and part performance, featuring top military bands, precision drill teams, massed pipes and drums with over 800 performers.
Day 3 Sunday
A.M. – Tour the Douglas Macarthur Memorial and discover the life and career of a five-star General of the Army. Located in downtown Norfolk’s restored 1850s City Hall, the complex contains a museum, theater and special exhibit galleries.
Lunch – On your way home, be sure to stop by O’Sullivan’s Wharf for a tasty lunch just along the inlet. A casual atmosphere and delicious seafood make this a local’s favorite in Norfolk.