For the FIRST TIME EVER, we can combine the fabulous Cherry Blossom Festival with the Virginia International Tattoo (the largest spectacle of military music and might in the United States). Washingtonians herald the departure of winter when the world-famous cherry blossoms cast their characteristic pink petals over the Tidal Basin. Giant colourful balloons, marching bands, and performers will burst down Constitution Avenue in an energy-filled spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Day 1 Sit back and enjoy the scenery today as our luxury coach winds its way through the rolling hills of Pennsylvania and into Maryland. We arrive at our hotel and home for the next 3 nights. Springhill Suites, Gaithersburg, MD.
Day 2 Today we make our way into DC where we’ll watch the Cherry Blossom Parade from our Premium-Preferred Grandstand Seating. Following the parade, a local guide joins us for the remainder of the day. We’ll make our way to the Capitol Visitor Center for lunch on your own and time to tour. This evening we sail down the Potomac Rover on the Pink Cherry Blossom Dinner Cruise. Afterwards we’ll continue with a Pink Stroll and photo opportunity among the Japanese cherry trees along the Tidal Basin. This evening features an Illuminated Monument Driving Tour to see the memorials and monuments shimmer in reflection. (B,D)
Day 3 We’ll meet our local guide and then it’s off to the White House Visitor’s Center where you can explore an interactive touchscreen tour of the White House. This afternoon you can visit your choice of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums. (B)
Day 4 Before heading to the beach we’ll visit Arlington National Cemetery. No land in American is more sacred than this square mile. It is America’s shrine to valor and sacrifice. Join us on our trek to the shore. A vacation on the shores of Virginia Beach comes with a beach bag full of awesome events, unforgettable sightseeing, and blue skies. Whether you’re in search of local flavours at a seaside restaurant, or heading out to the golf course, Virginia Beach has it all! Slide on your sandals, grab your clubs and get this vacation started. Our home for the next 4 nights will be at Oceanfront Inn (all oceanfront rooms), Virginia Beach. (B)
DAY 5 DREAM * EXPLORE * DISCOVER Free Day at the Beach (B)
DAY 6 Tour the Norfolk Naval Station. This is homeport to more than 80 ships of the Atlantic Fleet, and the world’s largest naval installation. The tour is conducted by Navy personnel. Afterwards we will visit the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, with over 60 different gardens to explore, they have something for every season and every taste. Free afternoon back at the beach. (B)
DAY 7 Optional tour to Colonial Williamsburg and become a citizen of the Revolutionary City. Engage with the local community and experience firsthand the daily struggles of wartime. (Approx. $50) Or shop at Williamsburg Premium Outlets. After our included dinner, depart for the amazing International Tattoo and enjoy the show from your premium seats! 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! (B, D)
DAY 8 We haven’t forgotten that you are on vacation and have a treat in store for you. We will spend our last night at the Heritage Hotel, Lancaster, PA (B)
DAY 9 As we begin our return journey home, we’ll make convenience stops along the way and on to the Duty Free, before entering Ontario. (B)
INCLUSIONS Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation, 8 Nights’ Accommodation, 8 Breakfasts (B), 2 Dinners (D), Reserved Seating for Cherry Blossom Parade & Virginia Tattoo, Sightseeing as described, Services of Tour Director, and All Taxes.
COST PER PERSON TWIN $2525 TRIPLE $2425 QUAD $2375 SINGLE $3095
For this tour we are going to offer it as a ‘SMALLER GROUP TOUR’ and planning to have a maximum of 26 travellers on a 56-seat motor coach (leaving an equal amount of empty seats.)