22 August 2022

Norfolk and Virginia Beach Group Tours

If you’re searching for a group tour that combines beautiful beaches, fascinating history, vibrant culture and delicious cuisine, you’re in luck. The neighboring cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach are a combined destination for beachgoers, history lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and foodies who can appreciate top-notch cuisine. Here are some ideas for group tour activities in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Day One

Naval History and Historic dining in Norfolk, VA

Nauticus and Battleship Wisconsin

Spend the morning at Nauticus, a fun, exciting and interactive maritime discovery center, to explore the power of the sea. Discover the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, where you will be introduced to over 200 years of naval activity in Hampton Roads. Walk the teak decks of Battleship Wisconsin, one of the last and largest battleships built by the U.S. Navy. Stand beneath her 16-inch guns and feel the excitement of being aboard a historic warship.

Experience the life of a sailor on a tour of Naval Station Norfolk. Experience the most popular way to see the world’s largest naval base and the Port of Virginia. Two-hour cruises depart daily from Nauticus, home of the Battleship Wisconsin, in Downtown Norfolk. Cruise past the vessels that ensure our freedom—destroyers, cruisers, submarines, aircraft carriers and more. A fascinating fact and fun-filled narration is provided.

Enjoy dinner at Freemason Abbey, a restaurant located in a renovated church built in 1873 in the Historic Freemason neighborhood of Norfolk. The menu offers a wide variety of foods including she crab soup, pasta, fish, seafood and choice prime rib. End the evening with a famous waffle cone from Doumar’s. Abe Doumar invented this sweet novelty by rolling a waffle into a cone shape, to which he added ice cream. Doumar’s still bakes cones on the original cone machines.

Day Two

Nature, shopping, Cruising and Brewery Hopping in Norfolk, VA

Take a fun-filled boat ride at the Norfolk Botanical Garden and explore the waterways or stroll the garden’s paths to discover a variety of plants from the cultivated to the wild. Stop for lunch and shopping at Norfolk Premium Outlets. Great deals are made to be found for the perfect outfit, accessory or souvenir to take home.

American Rover. Image courtesy of Jennifer Collins Photography.

Set sail for an afternoon cruise aboard the American Rover Sailing Cruise orCity Cruises by Hornblower. Both cruises sail down the Elizabeth River with a guided tour of the waterfront where passengers can discover maritime history up close.

Savor dinner at the historic Omar’s Carriage House, whose original patrons were horses! Omar’s specializes in American-Mediterranean fusion plates, and their Moroccan Mondays are a cultural gem of a dining experience.

Cap off the evening at a local brewery. Bold Mariner Brewing Company is a veteran-owned and -operated brewery with a unique spin on traditional style ales. Or try Norfolk’s Rip Rap Brewing Company owned and operated by two Coast Guard sailors.

Day three

Art, Military Aviation and Seafood in Virginia Beach, VA

Enjoy an old-fashioned breakfast at Doc Taylor’s, inside a 1920s beach cottage featuring classic breakfast offerings in a comfy diner. Open your mind to new creations and ideas with a tour of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art where you’ll experience ever-changing exhibitions featuring locally relevant and nationally resonate contemporary art that’s exceptional.

Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia Beach

Then have a guided tour aboard the motorcoach for an overview of the area’s history including Fort Story and the Cape Henry Lighthouse, the oldest government-built lighthouse in America.

Then head over to the Military Aviation Museum to enjoy the sights, sounds and even the smell of the glory days of military aviation. You can experience one of the world’s largest collections of warbirds in flying condition. Each plane has been beautifully restored to its prior military condition, using original parts whenever possible.

Enjoy dinner at Waterman’s Surfside Grille, known for its sustainably sourced  seafood and seriously good orange crushes. You may run into the Doorway Singers for a musical trip back to the 1940s, while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Day Four

Pancakes, Museums and Dolphin- and Whale-watching Tours in Virginia Beach, VA

Start the day with a fluffy pancake breakfast at Pocahontas Pancake House & Waffle Shop. Then stop in for the Surfman Chronicles at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, or visit the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, an 1895 beach cottage and the oldest remaining structure on the oceanfront.

Don’t leave without an unforgettable dolphin- or whale-watching tour via Rudee Tours. These excursions take you offshore where dolphins splash in the warmer months, and whales’ migration path follows in the cooler weather. Back at the marina, enjoy a waterfront lunch at Rockafeller’s.

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