Virginia Beach’s holiday offerings, mild temperatures and miles of coastal charm make the perfect gifts for your group this holiday season. Enjoy the Holiday Lights Merry Mile. Delve into the area’s history on land, air and sea. Experience culinary delights and plenty of holiday shopping opportunities.

Duration: 4 Days

Available: November/December

This Itinerary is Ideal For: Adults

Day 1 – Holiday Lights Merry Mile

Upon arrival, check into your oceanfront accommodations and take your adventurous spirit to the boardwalk. Enjoy the sights, sounds and aroma of the majestic Atlantic. Be on the lookout for King Neptune. For dinner, it’s the local flavor of Rockafeller’s. After dinner, cruise the boardwalk in the comfort of your motorcoach for a magical journey and spectacular view of the Holiday Lights Merry Mile and a gourmet chocolate bar from The Royal Chocolate.

Day 2 – History and Aviation

After breakfast in your hotel, enjoy a windshield tour of Virginia Beach, including stops at Fort Story and the Cape Henry Lighthouses. Visit historic Virginia homes Lynnhaven, one of the most well preserved of early Virginia architecture, Thoroughgood, a National Historic Landmark built in 1719, and Francis Land House, home of a wealthy plantation owner, each decked out for the season.

This afternoon, explore WWI and WWII-era aircraft at the Military Aviation Museum for Swingtime in the Skies. Finish your day dining by the fireplace at Swan Terrace Restaurant. Then stroll through the English gardens at Founder’s Inn, illuminated with more than 100,000 twinkling lights. Visit the Christmas Mouse for those last minute nautical gifts.

Day 3 – In Studio and On the Water

After breakfast, attend a live taping of the 700 Club at the Christian Broadcasting Network, a global nonprofit taking media evangelism to 159 countries and territories. Experience a tour of the studio facility for a behind-the-scenes look. Enjoy an afternoon tea at the Cavalier Hotel. The glamour and elegance of this historic hotel has recently been restored.

Whale breach in Virginia Beach

This afternoon, come nose-to-nose and celebrate the season with Komodo Dragons, Loggerhead Sea Turtles and thousands more at the 800,000-gallon Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Grab lunch at the Aquarium Café before heading out onto the Atlantic for a Whale & Wildlife Boat Trip. Commonly observed species besides whales are dolphins, porpoises and harbor seals. Tonight it’s eat and play at Dave & Buster’s and some last minute holiday shopping at Lynnhaven Mall, the largest mall in Coastal Virginia.

Day 4 – Chesapeake Bay

It’s breakfast and checkout at your hotel. Experience the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. The Old Coast Guard Station’s Surfman Chronicles tell tales of Virginia Beach, including shipwrecks long ago, witch trials and so much more. Depart Virginia Beach with fond memories.

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