Boardwalk, Beaches, and Bravado

Experience the Magnificent Military Pageantry of the International Tattoo with a Mermaid Beach Bash, featuring live music by The Original Rondels!

April 27-30, 2025

Enjoy exclusive VIP events and join others as we celebrate and in Virginia Beach during the International Tattoo! Stay in oceanfront accommodations. Watch more than 1,000 performers from countries around the globe at this Military Pageantry, including Bagpipers, Military Bands, Precision Drill teams, and Performing Ensembles. Attend a party complete with live mermaids, butler passed hors d'oeuvres, bountiful coastal feast with landlubber selections, 2 drink coupons, a cash bar, and live entertainment from The Original Rondels.

3 Days /2 Nights

Group size

  • Oceanfront Hotel
  • International Tattoo Performance
  • Norfolk Botanical Gardens
  • Military Aviation Museum
  • Exclusive VIP Mermaid Beach Bash
  • Nauticus, The National Maritime Center
  • Battleship USS Wisconsin

Sample Itinerary:

3 Night / 4 Day Option - April 27-30, 2025

Estimated Tour Pricing Inclusions: 3 nights’ luxury accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 Mermaid Beach Bash Dinner, admissions, entrance, and guide fees as stated in the itinerary, including taxes, and gratuity. Except gratuity for guide fees is not included on adult tours unless otherwise requested.

Day 1 - Sunday, April 27, 2025 - International Tattoo Festival 
  • Arrive in Norfolk, VA, and enjoy a Pre-Tattoo Luncheon and Meet & Greet with actual Tattoo Performers entertaining your group at lunch.
  • Experience Military Pageantry like no other! Enjoy the amazing International Tattoo Performance from your Premium View Seats! This awe inspiring show is filled with “Music & Might” inspiring audiences around the world. Enjoy precision drill teams, resplendent militia bands, and a host of performers sure to thrill. This is the largest spectacle of military music and might in the United States featuring an astounding display of inspirational music, majestic massed Pipes and Drums, show stopping Drill Team maneuvers, elegant dancers in colorful costumes, and more!
  • Check-in to your Oceanfront Hotel.
  • Enjoy dinner on own along the boardwalk and explore the beach this evening.
Day 2 - Monday, April 28, 2025 - Military Aviation Museum & Mermaid Beach Bash
  • A leisurely breakfast is served with time to enjoy the beach and boardwalk.
  • Tour the Military Aviation Museum. Arrive at the home of one of the largest collections of war birds in flying condition. Learn about the history of WWI & WWII Aircraft. Each plane tells a unique story about the men and women who designed, flew, and died in them in order to literally save the world 75 years ago. Tours are led by knowledgeable docents, many of whom are veteran pilots. Next, enjoy an included luncheon complete with themed entertainment surrounded by vintage WWI and WWII era military aircraft. Following lunch, they’ll open the hangar for a spectacular Narrated Private Vintage Aircraft Flight Demonstration (aircraft demonstration pending availability).
  • Return to your hotel to freshen-up for the evening.
  • Arrive to dance the night away at our VIP Exclusive Event Mermaid Beach Bash featuring Mermaids (of course); a Dinner Feast including Coastal Harvest Favorites & Land-lover Choices; and a performance by The Original Rondels.
  Day 3 - Tuesday, April 29, 2025 -  Botanical Gardens, Nauticus, & Chrysler Museum of Art
  • A leisurely breakfast is served with time to enjoy the beach and boardwalk.
  • Embark on a Tram Ride among the blooms at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. The garden has one of the largest collections of azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons on the East Coast in a 155-acre garden with canal boats, trackless train tours, and unique special theme gardens
  • Enjoy free time and lunch on own at Norfolk’s Waterside District with expansive patio seating and direct views of the Elizabeth River.
  • Explore Nauticus, The National Maritime Center, an exciting science and technology center exploring the power of the sea. Visit the Battleship USS Wisconsin, one of the largest Battleships ever built. This mighty ship was used during the Korean Conflict, World War II, and the Gulf War. Venture around the museum to view additional small crafts from around the world, view maritime art, handcrafted ship models and rare figureheads, and experience a 3D film in the Explorers Theater!
  • Arrive at Chrysler Museum of Art. Explore fifty galleries, a collection of over 30,000 objects, and the only glass making studio of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
  • Enjoy dinner on your own along the boardwalk.

Day 4 - Wednesday, April 30, 2025 - Fort Monroe & Mariner's Museum & Park
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning prior to checking out of your hotel.
  • Tour Fort Monroe National Monument which has a diverse history spanning the American story from American Indian presence, Captain John Smith's journeys, first arrival of enslaved Africans in English North America, a safe haven for freedom seekers during the American Civil War, and a bastion of defense for the Chesapeake Bay through the 21st Century. Visit and witness the on-going preservation work in action.
  • Discover the Mariner's Museum and Park. The Museum is filled with fascinating stories, captured in priceless artifacts that celebrate the spirit of the open sea. Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, The Mariners’ Museum is one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime museums in the world. Through the stories told in the Museum’s world-class collection, guests are encouraged to explore their own history and discover their story to see how we are all connected to the water.
  • Depart for home.

Base rate does not include motor coach transportation, airfare, airport transfers, driver gratuity, guide gratuity, (student groups exempt) or any upgrades or add-ons unlisted from itinerary as stated. Pricing may vary based on day of arrival or other conditions. Personalized itineraries with custom pricing and/or additional transportation can be created and added based on client needs and upon client’s request. MARS will customize quotes or personalize itineraries for FREE.
*Additional add-ons available including Jamestown / Yorktown, Colonial Williamsburg, The National Museum of the United States Army, the Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico, Washington, DC, touring, and much more.
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