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Virginia Beach is one of America’s favourites. In April, this stunning venue hosts the Virginia International Military Tattoo, which pulls in 1,500 artists from around the globe. The largest festival of its kind in the United States, it is renowned and long-regarded as one of the most patriotic. Military bands, bagpipers, dancers, and drum corps deliver an epic performance of pomp and pageantry. Your exclusive VIP seats get you close to the heart-pounding action.
There’s so much to do in this decked out destination! Soak up the sun on any of Virginia Beach’s three wide sandy strips (35 miles of beach!), relax by the pool, or shop for souvenirs. Perhaps visit the Military Aviation Museum or the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. There are also nature hike trails, historical home tours, and many other attractions and activities in this sunny locale. Be sure to stroll the 3-mile oceanfront boardwalk at sunset!
On the way home, the peaceful countryside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania gives us a peek into Amish life with an included in-home Amish dinner. Cap off your holiday at the Kitchen Kettle Village, take in a performance at the Sight & Sound Theatre, and enjoy a farewell dinner.
• VIP seating for the Virginia International Tattoo
• Virginia Beach Aquarium or Dolphin cruise
• Tour of Amish countryside in Pennsylvania
• In-home Amish Dinner
• Kitchen Kettle Village
• Sight & Sound Theatre Performance: Jesus
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and HST does not apply.
• Scranton, PA: Hilton (1 night)
• Virginia Beach, VA: Hampton Inn (3 nights)
• Bird-in-Hand, PA: Amish View Inn & Suites (2 nights)
• Syracuse, NY: Embassy Suites by Hilton (1 night)
Begin your exciting vacation to Virginia Beach by boarding our deluxe motorcoach. Make use of the complimentary onboard entertainment, or watch the landscape change as you make your way to your first overnight stop in Pennsylvania. Enjoy an included dinner and get to know your fellow travellers.
Stay: Hilton, Scranton, PA
Virginia Beach, VA
After breakfast at the hotel, it will be time to travel to Virginia Beach! Skirt the outer ring of Philadelphia and travel down the Delmarva Penninsula. Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, designated the 7th Engineering Wonder of the Modern World and arrive in Virginia Beach where you’ll settle into your hotel for the next three nights.
Stay: Hampton Inn, Virginia Beach, VA
Meals: B, D
Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Virginia International Tattoo
Enjoy a free morning to explore and then after lunch head to Norfolk for an evening filled with excitement at the spectacular Virginia International Tattoo. Enjoy the performance from your exclusive VIP seats. More than 800 performing artists take part in the Tattoo each year. Dancers, singers, musicians, military personnel and the Virginia International Tattoo American Pipe Band Championship, all combine for a performance like no other.
Virginia Beach, VA
A leisurely breakfast at the hotel kicks off your full free day in Virginia Beach. Choose to take part in one of our included excursions to either Virginia Beach Aquarium or a Dolphin Cruise, or take the day to explore. Virginia Beach also offers a wide variety of attractions and activities, including nature hikes, historical home tours, the Military Aviation Museum, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and so much more. Ask your tour director for suggestions on how to take advantage of your free time in Virginia Beach.
After breakfast, say farewell to Virginia Beach and travel aboard our deluxe motorcoach to peaceful Lancaster. Arrive late afternoon to your hotel located in the heart of Lancaster’s Amish Country. Dinner will be included at your hotel this evening.
Stay: Amish View Inn & Suites, Bird-in-Hand
Meals: B, D
This morning discover the many interesting things about Amish life while on a guided sightseeing tour of the countryside with a local step on guide. Explore and have lunch on your own at Kitchen Kettle Village, which has specialty shops, restaurants, and a canning kitchen. Learn more about the “plain” Amish lifestyle during an in-home Amish dinner this evening, a guest highlight and sure to be a memorable experience!
Meals: B, D
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then travel to Syracuse this evening and enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel with your fellow travellers.
Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton, Syracuse, NY
Meals: B, D
After breakfast at the hotel, board the motorcoach for the final leg of your journey home.
- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
- Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
- Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.