Battleships, Beaches and Busch Gardens

Packages Available: Spring and Summer

Tour Length: 5 Days/4 Nights

From Busch Gardens to beaches, this school trip is packed with fun. Ride the waves on roller coasters and on the beach and, the educational opportunities abound. Get a look below the surface in Virginia’s largest aquarium and view wildlife in its natural habitat while you explore the ocean! This has the best balance of entertainment and education.

Day One:

Arrive at your hotel in Williamsburg, Virginia this evening. After you check-in enjoy a pizza and soda party at the hotel.

Day Two:

Busch GardensAfter a continental breakfast in the hotel, you checkout and depart for Busch Gardens Europe. Enjoy the thrill of an entire day in America’s loveliest theme park. Nationally ranked as two of the top 10 rollercoasters in the U.S., are the Loch Ness Monster and Alpengeist. Watch out for the Big Bad Wolf and don’t forget Apollo’s Chariot. Shows and rides of all kinds fill the park’s European-themed villages.

Check out this extreme ride! Set amid a French village, Griffon carries riders up 205 feet, then hurtles them 90 degrees straight down at 70 mph. Griffin evokes the power and speed of a mythical bird that is part eagle and part lion. It plunges, twists and turns, giving riders an adrenaline-pumping adventure that’s unlike any coaster experience in the world!

While visiting the park, enjoy lunch on your own at one of the concessions. A voucher for dinner in the park is included in the package.

You depart at approximately and travel to an oceanfront hotel.

Day Three:

Wake up to the sound of ocean waves and enjoy a continental breakfast in the hotel.

AquariumVisit the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. One of the top marine science museums in the country, Virginia’s largest aquarium recently tripled in size. Become immersed in marine environment through live animal habitats, interactive exhibits and The Fox Family Channel IMAX 3D Theater. Enjoy exhibits such as a 300,000-gallon ocean aquarium housing sharks and other large fish, a 70,000-gallon sea turtle aquarium, outdoor harbor seal and river otter habitats, a salt marsh preserve and trail system, sting ray touch tank and “Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly.”

While at the Aquarium, enjoy a tour of Owl’s Creek aboard the 50-pasenger-pontoon boat, the Coastal Explorer. The tour will give you a glimpse of the last underdeveloped salt marsh in Virginia Beach. Museum educators narrate the natural dramas of the creek as they unfold. See marsh life, from osprey to herons up close and personal. Enjoy lunch on your own at the Osprey Café.

Return to the hotel and enjoy free time at the beach, featuring 35 miles of breathtaking ocean vistas. The Virginia Beach oceanfront boardwalk is nearly 3 miles long and ideal for strolling and biking.

Dinner this evening is at an ocean side restaurant on the boardwalk. After dinner enjoy free time along the boardwalk. You may rent a bike (cost is on own) or return to the hotel.

Day Four:

Following breakfast in the hotel, you will tour the Norfolk Naval Station, homeport to more than 80 ships of the Atlantic Fleet and the world’s largest naval installation. Pass by training centers, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, amphibious assault vessels and sleek submarines. A viewing of historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition is included in the tour.

An early lunch on your own will be at the Waterside Festival Marketplace featuring many specialty shops and eateries.

After lunch, tour the Nauticus, an exciting science and technology center that explores the power of the sea. This virtual reality museum allows you to explore the rich life of the ocean realm, human uses of the sea through shipping and the role the port of Hampton Roads has played in world maritime affairs. You’ll also visit the Battleship USS Wisconsin, one of the largest battleships ever built.

Late afternoon, return to the hotel for more free time on the beach. Have fun building sand castles and looking for shells. This evening have a dinner cruise with live entertainment.

Day Five:

Check out of your hotel after breakfast. There’s time for one last quick walk on the beach to find that perfect treasure, before heading home.

Details

Packages Available: Spring and Summer

Tour Length: 5 Days/4 Nights

Your Package Includes:

  • 4 Nights accommodation
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • Admission to Busch Gardens
  • Admission to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
  • Ride a pontoon boat around the Virginia marshlands
  • Visit the Norfolk Naval Station
  • Tour the Nauticus
  • Free time on the beach
  • Fully Escorted by a professional Tour Manager
  • Roundtrip motor coach transportation
  • Accommodations and breakfast for the coach driver
  • Taxes and Gratuities (NOTE: Gratuities for the tour manager, coach driver and local guide are not included and are at your discretion based on service. Gratuities may be included upon request.)

 

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