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Program Overview for Navy Weather Association Reunion #37

Updated on 3/18/11

Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center

estimated number of guests: 100-125 people

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Riding Tour of Virginia Beach, and Military Aviation Museum of Virginia,

plus Free Time at Town Center

$54.00 per person, with a Boxed lunch included.


Board the motor coach with your tour guide to enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay and learn about the history of Virginia Beach, the largest city in Virginia.  See the historic lighthouses and the First Landing Cross at Cape Henry where the English colonists first came ashore in 1607 and learn about  the famous Battle of the Capes which took place during the Revolutionary War. 
Ride down the resort strip and past the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, a unique structure which pays homage to veterans everywhere.



Enjoy a visit to Virginia Beach's newest attraction, the Military Aviation Museum, located at the Virginia Beach Airport, this museum is home to one of the largest private collections of World War II and Korean War era fighters, bombers, trainers and seaplanes. 

Many aircraft have been fully restored to their World War II condition and are available for flight demonstration, static display or movie production or commercials.  The Fighter Factory in is the aircraft recovery and restoration component of the museum dedicated to the preservation of historical aircraft before they are lost forever. 

Enjoy a guided tour of the galleries as well as a gift shop which is stocked with all things flight related.

A box lunch will be provided en route to the Museum



Visit "downtown" Vi"rginia Beach, the beautiful new Town Center area.  With an eclectic mix of shopping, dining, entertainment and living options covering 17 city blocks, Town Center is fast becoming one of Hampton Roads' hottest destinations. Grab a bite at a local eatery or a national restaurant. Shop at popular brand retailers and upscale boutiques.  Perhaps you will enjoy dinner and a brewery tour and tasting at Gordon Biersch Brewery, or visit Royal Chocolate to taste handmade chocolates made with real Belgium chocolate. 


There are many varied options here, something for everyone. 
There will be plenty of time to browse and shop and pick up an early dinner before heading back to the hotel.
Package Price: $54.00 per person, inclusive.  Lunch included.



Friday, April 29, 2011, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Riding Norfolk Tour, Nauticus, The National Maritime Center, and Battleship Wisconsin

Lunch may be a deli buffet

$35.00 per person, inclusive.



Board the motor coach with your tour guide to learn about Norfolk�s colorful 325 year history as you ride through the lovely historic district and restored areas.  View the stately homes along the Hague, old St. Paul�s Church, the Moses Myers House, the Chrysler Museum of Art, MacArthur Memorial, the historic Freemason District, Nauticus: The National Maritime Center, the Battleship Wisconsin, the restored waterfront area, as well as many other points of interest. 


Downtown Norfolk has undergone a complete transformation in the last decade and features the beautifully renovated Town Point Park with the Armed Forces memorial, brand new $34milliion cruise terminal, waterfront condos and state of the art shopping area.


Visit Norfolk's exciting downtown waterfront TO tour Nauticus, the National Maritime Center.  Nauticus is a unique and thriving campus of visitor attractions that explores the economic, naval, and natural powers of the sea.  Features here include a series of ingenious interactive exhibits, shows, and theaters with various films. 

Also housed here is the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, one of ten museums officially operated by the U.S. Navy.  Highlights of the naval battles and exhibits of detailed ship models, artwork, and memorabilia are showcased in the museum.

Additionally, Nauticus has partnered with NOAA, to promote scientific and environmental literacy and to inform the public about NOAA�s programs and activities. The first NOAA Education Resource Center at Nauticus that opened in June 2005. This one-of-a-kind Center provides educators with curricula, fact sheets, CD-ROMs, and other tools that facilitate their instruction of science disciplines (including weather, oceanography, and Chesapeake Bay ecology). The center also stocks current NOAA program and office information for the general public. A permanent exhibit at Nauticus was unveiled by NOAA in 2005, Science on a Sphere is an innovative system that uses high-speed computers, projectors, and advanced imaging techniques to create the illusion of a six-foot, rotating Earth suspended in mid-air.


A true highlight of your visit to Nauticus will be a tour of the battleship Wisconsin, one of the famous Iowa-class ships.  This great ship saw action in WWII, the Korean War and most recently in the Persian Gulf War.  Wisconsin is permanently berthed beside Nauticus where it is accessed by a connecting walkway.   Explore the main deck and recently opened portions of the interior to learn about this famous ship, those who fought and served on board and the role that this mighty warship has played in the defense of our nation.
Package Price:  $35.00 per person, inclusive.


6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

(Performance times are 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM; guests should be seated by 7:00 PM)

$69.00 per person, inclusive. Premium Center Seats.



Board the coach to visit the Scope Convention Center in downtown Norfolk to enjoy the Virginia International Tattoo. 

Evolving from a 17th Century European tradition, the Virginia International Tattoo is a ceremonial performance of military music by massed bands and is the largest show of its kind in the United States.  Presented annually in Norfolk, the Tattoo is an exhibition of marching bands, massed pipes and drums, drill teams, gymnasts, Scottish dancers, choirs and more. Each year, a cast of over 700 artists from many different countries creates an unforgettable spectacle under one roof for four breathtaking performances.
Package Price: $69.00 per person, inclusive.  Premium Center Seats.


Saturday, April 30, 2011, 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM 

Naval Station Norfolk Tour, Lunch included on Base, Navy Weather Station (Pending Availability and Approval)

$39.00 per person, inclusive. Lunch Included.


Board the motor coach with your guide to tour the Norfolk Naval Base, which is part of Naval Station Norfolk - the largest naval installation in the world.  Home port to 78 ships, ranging in size from aircraft carriers to submarines, 26 aircraft squadrons comprised of 133 aircraft and headquarters of the Atlantic Fleet, this naval complex occupies over 8,000 acres of land and is home to more than 100,000 military personnel. 

Your tour will take you past the 14 piers and through the Naval Air Station.  You will also drive by the historic homes built for the 1907 Jamestown Exposition on "Admiral's Row" which now house the flag officers.


Lunch will be included for your group at one of the clubs on base.



A visit will be arranged to the Navy Weather Station (pending availability and approval).  Or, a visit to an active duty ship may be substituted (pending availability and approval).
Package Price: $39.00 per person, inclusive.  Lunch included.


Motor coach transportation, tour guide service, admissions as listed, meals as listed, taxes and meal gratuities. Gratuities for guide and driver are not included, and are at the discretion of the individual.

Prices are based on a minimum of 35 people per tour.


Please inform all participants who do not show for their tour that they will not be refunded their money.

Last minute participants will be accommodated on a space-available basis only, and ticket prices on site will be an additional $3.00 per person.


All itineraries are subject to change.  Every attempt will be made to include all sites mentioned within

this itinerary.


Boarding times will be fifteen minutes prior to listed departure times in front of the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center.


PLEASE NOTE:  Any guests requiring special arrangements (dietary, physically disabled) must make us aware of their needs in advance, otherwise, we will not be able to guarantee that they will be accommodated.  Those guests with physical disabilities should have someone traveling with them to assist physically.  Phillips DMC staff and motor coach drivers cannot accept responsibility for lifting guests in and out of coaches.