May 2020 – RIC

The “Greatest Generation”
Norfolk, VAtattoo - 2018
Sunday – May 3, 2020

Marking the75th Anniversary of the end of World War II and honoring the courage and sacrifice of the Greatest Generation, this year’s Virginia International Military Tattoo Show held at the Norfolk Scope Arena, offers an astounding display of inspirational military music, majestic massed pipes and drums, show-stopping drill team maneuvers, colorful and elegant dancers, and much more.  The 24th annual Tattoo features over 1,000 performers from eight countries and promises to be one of the most moving ever, as they commemorate, remember, and celebrate the men and women who changed the course of history, not only for the United States but for the world. The displays of stirring music, historic photos and video, tributes from military bands, and special appearances by veterans make this an event beyond comparison. Lunch is included en route at everyone’s favorite Wakefield, VArestaurant . . . the Virginia Diner.

$150    HI: 9:30am / 7:00pm     CH: 10:00am / 6:30pm


From Dinosaurs to Da Vincinational museum of natural history
Washington, D.C.
Thursday – May 7, 2020

 

Celebrate the return of the Dinosaurs at the National Museum of Natural History on the National Mall. 

Having been closed for 5 years to undergo renovations, the new, 31,000-square-foot fossil hall invites you to explore the epic story of how Earth’s distant past is connected to the present.  This museum, administered by the Smithsonian Institution, is the most visited natural history museum in the world.

Opened in 1910, located on the National Mall, the museum’s collections contain over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts. The hardest decision with this portion of today is deciding in what part of the museum to spend your time.

This afternoon, view some of the world’s most important works of art in the renowned National Gallery of Art.   Its collection of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, and decorative arts traces the development of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the present, including the only paintings by Leonardo da Vinci on display in the US.

Enjoy a plated lunch at the beautiful Garden Café followed by a guided highlights tour.

$135.00     CH: 7:00am / 7:30pm     HI: 7:30am / 7:00pm


Bay Lighthouse Cruiseannapolis
Annapolis, MD
Thursday – May 14, 2020

Come aboard for a three-hour Annapolis cruise that includes three Chesapeake Bay Lighthouses and spectacular views of the lovely waterfront.

Pass under the twin spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a unique and stunning experience, and cruise by Sandy Point Shoal, Baltimore Harbor, and Thomas Point Lighthouses.

Entertaining narration is given by a historically attired Lighthouse keeper as you cruise close to these lighthouses.  The views are picturesque, and the cruising vessel is comfortable and climate controlled.

A box lunch will be served during the cruise. Once returning to the docks, in the heart of Annapolis, there is free time to explore all the unique shops or find a bench along the water, enjoy a cup of coffee and watch the boats sail by.  For those interested, walk a short distance to the US Naval Academy Visitor Center. Their Gift Shop is worth the visit!

$169.00     CH: 7:00am / 7:30pm     HI: 7:30am / 7:00pm


Two for Tea & Tea for Two….cathedral-72542_1280
Washington D.C.
Wednesday – May 20, 2020

In a city of impressive monuments, memorials, and historic sites, Washington’s National Cathedral is most unique.

Standing higher than the Washington Monument, the Cathedral crowns 57 acres at the city’s highest point, a living symbol of our country’s heritage of religious freedom and faith.

The Cathedral is the world’s sixth largest cathedral and was designed and built in the Gothic style. Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral Tour followed by a traditional English Tea with sandwiches and scones. It is served in the Pilgrim Observation Gallery which offers scenic views of Washington, D.C.

Your day also includes a tour at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, one of the hidden gems of Washington, DC. Designated as a National Shrine, it sustains the 800-year mission of the Franciscan Friars and serves as “Little Jerusalem.”

The breathtaking architecture, paintings and shrines surround you with the peace of the monastery. Join us for this day of beauty and inspiration.

$155.00     CH: 7:30am / 7:30pm     HI: 8:00am / 7:00pm


Remembering All Who Have Fallenparade-1489325_1920
Washington, D.C.
Monday – May 25, 2020

The National Memorial Day Parade, held annually along Constitution Avenue in our nation’s capital, shares the story of American honor and sacrifice from across the generations.

The parade, commemorating its fifteenth year, is our nation’s largest Memorial Day event. It pays tribute to those who have served, are serving, and most importantly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country. It draws on the tradition of Memorial Day parades, going back to the beginning of the holiday just after the Civil War, to create a family-friendly event aimed at calling attention to the true meaning of Memorial Day – honoring our fallen heroes. We have reserved seats for you for the parade!

The day will start at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, for time to explore and a chance to see their new 40-minute film entitled “We, the Marines” in their impressive, giant screen Medal of Honor Theatre.

A box lunch will be served en route to Washington with plenty of time to get seated for the afternoon parade.  Make this Memorial Day a memorable one!

$160.00     CH: 7:30am / 7:30pm     HI: 8:00am / 7:00pm


CRUISES


 

Sail to Bermuda!
Aboard Royal Caribbean’s . . . “Grandeur of the Seas”
May 9 – 14, 2020

Bermuda is a British island territory located in the North Atlantic off the eastern coast of the United States. Both untamed and cultured, the island is best known for its distinctive blend of British and American culture and its pink-sand beaches. While docked in Bermuda, you’ll have all the time you need to discover the hidden and not so hidden treasures of the island!Exquisite beaches and turquoise water give way to beautiful parks, nature trails, and amazing underground caves. And no matter where you are on the island, you are never too far from its museums, forts, historical sites, art, history, and culture of Bermuda. This beautiful island oasis is the perfect spring getaway! It’s the perfect gift to yourself, family or friend!

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