Enjoy getting acquainted with this historical city and some of its most well-known attractions on this mostly panoramic tour.
Due to its strategic location at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and an extensive deep-water harbor, Norfolk was the main American port for trade with England and the West Indies until the mid-18th century. Today, it is the second largest commercial port on the East Coast of the United States and a bustling city teeming with sights honoring its history. Norfolk is also home of the world's largest naval base.
Start off by learning about Norfolk's colorful 330 year history as you ride through the lovely historic district and restored areas. As you make your way throughout the city, you'll view the stately homes along the Hague, old St. Paul's Church - which still has a cannonball embedded in an outer wall from the British bombardment of 1776 - , the Moses Myers House, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the historic Freemason District, the restored waterfront area, and several other points of interest. Downtown Norfolk has undergone a complete transformation in the last decade and features the beautifully renovated Town Point Park with the Armed Forces memorial, a brand new $34 milliion cruise terminal, waterfront condos and a state of the art shopping area.
Continuing on, you'll enjoy a panoramic tour from your coach of Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval installation in the world. Home port to over 100 ships, 26 aircraft squadrons and headquarters of the Atlantic Fleet, the base occupies over 8,000 acres of land and is home to more than 100,000 military personnel. Your tour will take you past the piers, where you will see submarines and aircraft carriers, and numerous other types of vessels. You'll also drive through the Naval Air Station, home of the Navy's E2C Hawkeyes, and past the beautifully landscaped historic homes built for the 1907 Jamestown Exposition on "Admiral's Row" which now house the flag officers.
At the conclusion of the tour, you will have the option of being dropped off in downtown Norfolk at the MacArthur Center for some free time for shopping, or return directly to pier. For those who elect to remain in town, it's a brief five minute walk back to the pier from the MacArthur Center.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mostly at the guests' discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. All tour participants over the age of 16 must have a photo ID with them (drivers' license or passport). Any guests with a surgically implanted device that prevents them from going through a security scanner (i.e. pacemaker, metal stent, etc.), must have their medical card with them. Weapons of any kind, pocket knives or sharp nail files are strictly prohibited. Due to heightened security, all events on military installations are subject to change.