Richmond Day Tours

Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms
Washington, DC
April 2, 2020

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A visit to the nation’s capital in the spring is a beautiful sight to behold during the annual Cherry Blossom D.C. tour!  Visit the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, a stunning sculpture honoring our 32nd President of the United States.  It’s also a great vantage point to view the Cherry Blossoms!

Next, enjoy an elegant luncheon cruise aboard the luxurious Odyssey. Its unique design allows for travel beneath the historic bridges spanning the Potomac and its glass atrium dining rooms offer spectacular panoramic views.  Choose from a delightful menu of creative appetizers, entrees, and desserts.  As a special treat in the afternoon, visit the US National Arboretum for a guided tour. Encompassing over 400 acres on the northeast side of DC, they boast 14 different varieties of Cherry Blossoms. Learn about the ongoing research and take a brief walk thru the National Herb Garden. Please Note: Peak bloom for blossoms is subject to Mother Nature, but this date, on average, is the best time to visit.

$165    CH: 7:30am / 8:00pm     HI: 8:00am / 7:30pm


“Bright Star”
Fredericksburg, VA
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NEW DATE: June 24, 2020

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is excited to be one for the first to bring this popular Broadway musical to Virginia.  Inspired by real events and featuring the bluegrass-tinged Grammy-nominated Steven Martin and Edie Brickell score, Bright Star is a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.

Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful. Enjoy great seats and a plated lunch before the matinee begins.

$125     CH: 10:00am / 6:30pm     HI: 10:30am / 6:00pm


The “Greatest Generation”
Norfolk, VA
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NEW DATE: Sunday – April 18, 2021

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, VA restaurant . . . the Virginia Diner.

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


 

Bay Lighthouse Cruiseannapolis
Annapolis, MD
Thursday – September 17, 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.
Will be moved to the fall – date TBD

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


 


Watermen’s Heritage Cruisest-mary-s-county
St. Mary’s City, MD
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Discover the best of Southern, Maryland!  Travel over the Potomac River Bridge into Maryland for a visit to Historic St. Mary’s City, a former colonial town that was Maryland’s first settlement and capital. It is now a large, state-run historic area and reconstruction of the original settlement. It includes a living history area and museum complex.  Enjoy a guided tour and visit to four living history sites.

Lunch is included at the dining hall at nearby St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Next, set sail into the Chesapeake Bay this afternoon for a special Watermen Heritage Tour by Fish the Bay Charters.  During your 1½ hour cruise your captain will give you a better understanding of life on the Chesapeake Bay. Pull and re-bait a few commercial crab pots and hear about the life cycle of blue crabs in our waters. Travel offshore where you see the Point-No-Point Lighthouse. Learn why it was built, and the importance of the lighthouses in the Chesapeake Bay. Return to St. Jerome’s Creek for a dock side demonstration on the traditional methods of shaft tonging oysters and learn about the life cycle of oysters as well as their importance to the Chesapeake Bay’s Eco-system.

$169.00     CH: 7:00am / 8:00pm     HI: 7:30am / 7:30pm


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Norfolk,VA
June 5, 2020


NEW DATE: Friday – June 4, 2021

Norfolk’s 44th Annual Harborfest is the largest, longest-running Maritime Festival in the Nation!  It’s also one of SignaTours most popular summer tours.

The Harborfest celebrates nautical history through a host of events that begin with the incredible . . .  Parade of Sails.  The name says it all as “Tall Ships” from all over the world join a regatta of pleasure boats sailing down the Elizabeth River into downtown Norfolk. Witness this premier event aboard the Spirit of Norfolk.  From the comfort of the Spirit of Norfolk, enjoy unobstructed views along with narration from your captain describing the many different tall ships sailing in the Parade! 

While on the Spirit, enjoy a delicious buffet lunchBack in port, your afternoon is free to take in all the festivities of Harborfest! You may also have an opportunity to tour the “Tall Ships” already docked. (On Your Own & Subject to Availability)

What an exciting way to welcome the summer season!

$145.00    CH:  7:30 AM / 6:30 PM     ES:  8:00 AM / 6:00 PM


 

Be All You Can Be!
National Museum of the United States Army
Fort Belvoir, VA
Thursday – June 18, 2020

Be among the first to see the impressive National Museum of the United States Army opening in early June 2020.

This 185,000 square foot facility is the first and only museum of its kind to showcase the comprehensive history of the Army from the founding of the United States to the present.  It celebrates over 240 years of Army history and honors our nation’s Soldiers – past, present, and future.  It is located on an 84-acre site on Fort Belvoir – located just south of Washington, D.C.

Upon arrival, step inside the 360° theatre offering a multi-dimensional immersive experience designed to introduce you to the American Army.  Then enjoy a Guided Highlights Tour, Lunch, and time to explore on your own. Such galleries include Fighting for the Nation, Army and Society and Soldiers’ Stories.  Visit the cutting-edge simulation gallery that transports visitors into Army experiences through the power of virtual reality and motion platforms.

$120.00     CH: 7:30am / 6:00pm     HI: 8:00am / 5:30pm


A Unique Treasuretangier
Tangier Island, VA
Saturday – June 20, 2020

In 1608 Captain John Smith sailed up the Chesapeake Bay and landed at a small island he named Tangier.  Tangier was transformed from the hunting and fishing grounds of the Pocomoke Indians to the unique island it is today. Learn how the rich oyster and crab grounds surrounding the Island drew early settlers to Tangier many years ago and continues to draw fishermen today.

Once arriving in Reedville, board the Chesapeake Breeze for a one-and-a-half-hour cruise to Tangier Island.  During your cruise, learn about historic Reedville and other areas of interest.  Tangier Island is a small, largely unspoiled, fishing village which remains the “soft crab capital” of the nation. The people of Tangier, who speak with a lingering trace of Elizabethan accent, are warm, friendly and proud of their heritage.

After arriving at Tangier, enjoy a family style lunch at the Chesapeake House for a fantastic, family-style lunch (including crab cakes and oyster fritters) at this favorite island restaurant.

The Chesapeake Breeze will be docked at Tangier for two and a half hours.  After lunch, stroll along the small roads and visit the unique gift shops or, for a small fee, hop aboard one of the local’s golf carts and take a tour around the island.

$139.00     CH: 7:00am / 7:00pm     HI: 7:30am / 6:30pm


A Father’s Day Special!lgo_mlb_washington_nationals
World Series Champions
Sunday – June 21, 2020

This Father’s Day celebrate the dream of cheering on the World Series Champions – the Washington Nationals – in person!  After a thrilling World Series, this will be the hottest ticket in town!  The rivalry with another Richmond favorite – Atlanta Braves – provides you with a great opportunity to see these two teams battle it out in the gorgeous Nationals Stadium.

Start your summer off with a hot dog in one hand and an ice-cold drink in the other while sitting in this state-of-the-art ballpark. What could be better?!  Your excellent “in the shade seats” give you that perfect view of “America’s Pastime.” Gather your family and friends for an ideal Father’s Day Celebration!

$165.00      CH:  9:00 am / 7:00 pm    HI:  9:30 am / 6:30 pm


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North Carolina State Parks
Friday – July 10, 2020

It’s always good for the soul to get out into nature and explore our nation’s state parks. Travel south and discover two of North Carolina’s State Parks. At Merchant Millpond State Park, find massive bald cypress trees, beech groves, Spanish moss and exotic wildlife. Enjoy a Ranger Lecture in the Visitor Center followed by a short walk along the Cypress Point Trail for a scenic view of the pond.

Spend the afternoon at Dismal Swamp State Park for a ranger led Wagon Ride into the park. Learn some intriguing Swamp history along the way and take in the flora and fauna that make this a unique and remarkable place to visit. After the wagon trip, there will be time to explore the Visitor Center and see a short film about the park and Dismal Swamp Canal. We can’t visit North Carolina without getting a taste of what they are known for – their Barbeque!

We have a delicious lunch planned in Tarheel, NC.  The town might be small, but they are big on pride when it comes to this North Carolina staple!

$125    HI: 8:30am / 7:00pm     CH: 9:00am / 6:30pm

 



A Century of Votes for Women
Washington, D.C.
2 Special Tours

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While any election year finds our nation’s capital abuzz with activity, this year marks an especially important one: August 2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Learn all about this major milestone in a series of exhibitions displayed throughout our nation’s capital – so many great exhibits – we have two tours, each highlighting different aspects of the Suffragettes’ journey for you to take! Walking involved.

“We Shall Not Be Denied!”belmont-paul-NPS-photo
Washington, D.C.
Thursday – August 13, 2020

A Professional Tour Guide will greet us near the White House for a walking tour as we follow history along Pennsylvania Avenue, where thousands of suffragists first marched for equality 100 years ago. The tour will conclude at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, home to the National Women’s Party for nearly 90 years and the epicenter of the struggle for women’s rights.

After lunch mid-day at an area restaurant, our guide will remain with us as we visit the Library of Congress for the special exhibit Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote.   Afterwards, continue to the National Portrait Gallery for their special exhibit Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence.  These exhibits chronicle the largest reform movement in United States history and how its participants believed that securing the vote was essential to achieving women’s economic, social, and political equality.

$155     CH: 7:00am / 7:00pm   HI 7:30am / 6:30pm


Pickets to Prison: Road to Women’s SuffrageDAR headquarters
Washington, D.C.
Thursday – August 27, 2020

Meet your Professional Guide for a “Notable Woman” tour of the Women’s Suffrage movement in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. A stop is included at the Woodrow Wilson House to learn how the then President handled the new tide of woman equality.

Lunch is included mid-day followed by a Tour at the Daughters of American Revolution Headquarters containing impressive “Period Rooms” telling the story of the American home through objects dating from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. Tour several of these rooms and see their special exhibit entitled Ordinary Equality-DAR Member and the Road to Women’s Suffrage 1890-1920.  

The tour concludes at the Workhouse Art Center in Fairfax, VA.  Formerly a prison, it is now home to some of the region’s finest artists. This year, the Lucy Burns Museum has opened on site and tells the compelling story of the suffragists who were imprisoned here in 1917 for demanding the right to vote. Learn how the fight for women’s suffrage was not for the fainthearted.

$155     CH: 7:00am / 7:00pm   HI 7:30am / 6:30pm

 




Take Me Out to the Ball Game!baseball-field-828713_1920
World Series Champions
 Sunday – August 30, 2020

A summer afternoon, the Washington Nationals, the Philadelphia Phillies, and a magnificent stadium, – is the quintessential perfect day! Forget all your worries, settle back into your outstanding shaded seats and cheer on your favorite team.

It didn’t take long for the rivalry to form between the Nationals and the Phillies once the Phillies signed on former Nationals player, Bryce Harper!  Come out and join us for the perfect afternoon where friends and rivals both enjoy America’s greatest entertainment.  Dress up in your team’s gear and cheer them on to victory.  Don’t miss this one – One, Two, Three Strikes, and You are OUT!

$165      CH:  9:00 am / 7:00 pm    HI:  9:30 am / 6:30 pm


From Seahorses to Ships to the Skies!baltimore-inner-harbor-569526_1920
Baltimore, MD
Saturday – September 12, 2020

The Inner Harbor of Baltimore awaits you as it offers a multitude of activities during Fleet Week!

Savor a delectable buffet lunch at the iconic Phillips Seafood. Admission is also included to the National Aquarium, considered to be one of the world’s best aquariums.

There is plenty of time to tour at your own pace before heading out to the Inner Harbor to enjoy Maryland Fleet week, a weeklong celebration of the rich maritime traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the defense of the nation. Honoring the 75th  Anniversary of the end of WWII, this event features public visitation of U.S. Navy and International Ships around Baltimore’s waterfront.

Enjoy a Spectacular Airshow over Baltimore Harbor featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and many other air performances including WWII heritage planes (weather dependent). A festival area will be located at the Inner Harbor featuring WWII history themed exhibits and activities.

Don’t miss this special day that takes you from seeing creatures of the sea to amazing sites in the sky!

$165     CH: 7:30am / 8:00pm   HI 8:00am / 7:30pm


The New & Improved Neptune Festival Tourneptune festival
Virginia Beach, VA
Saturday – September 26, 2020

But, Wait! There’s MORE!  This year’s Neptune Festival is so much more than previous years.  This year we have added a Sightseeing cruise in the morning for an informative “water tour” of the area and a great opportunity to see dolphins!

Lunch is included at Rockefellers at Rudees Inlet.  The afternoon is yours to enjoy at the 47th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival.  Not only is it considered one of the country’s top 100 Oceanfront Festivals on the East Coast, it is also home to the North American Sand Sculpting Competition (ticket included). See amazing world class sand sculptures made on the beach and under a protected tent. They are truly amazing!

Spend the afternoon as you wish along the Boardwalk browsing the artwork, crafts and collectibles, watching volleyball tournaments, or relax on a bench and “people watch”.  The choices are numerous and are up to you!  Sign up today for a day along the Boardwalk!

$140    CH 7:00AM / 6:30PM    HI:  7:30AM / 6:00PM


“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”guess who's coming to dinner
Fredericksburg, VA
Wednesday – September 30, 2020

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts presents this drama made famous by the 1967 movie starring Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

A progressive white couple’s proud liberal sensibilities are put to the test when their daughter brings her black fiancé home to meet them in this fresh and relevant stage adaptation of the iconic film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Blindsided by their daughter’s whirlwind romance and fearful for her future, Matt and Christina Drayton quickly come to realize the difference between supporting a mixed-race couple in your newspaper and welcoming one into your family – especially in 1967. But they’re surprised to find they aren’t the only ones with concerns about the match, and it’s not long before a multi-family clash of racial and generational difference sweeps across the Draytons’ idyllic San Francisco terrace. At the end of the day, will the love between young Joanna and John prevail? With humor and insight, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner begins a conversation sure to continue at dinner tables long after the curtain comes down.

This show has an Added Attraction…. guess who is meeting the cast!  You are!  We’ve added time for you to meet the cast of this wonderful play. Plated lunch with your choice of entrée is served before the show. Enjoy great center floor seating!

$137     CH: 9:00am / 6:30pm   HI 9:30am / 6:00pm


Homes, Heritage, & Historymorven park
Leesburg & Waterford, VA
Friday – October 2, 2020

Spend the morning at one of northern Virginia’s most historic homes.  In its 240-year history, Morven Park’s Mansion transformed from a modest fieldstone house into the impressive Greek Revival building we see today. From 1903 – 1942, the mansion was home to Westmoreland Davis, Governor of Virginia.

Enjoy a guided tour through the home, followed by time to visit the adjacent Carriage Museum, featuring a unique collection of antique coaches, carriages and sleds.  Morven Park is also a 1000-acre Equestrian Center, and the week of our visit they are hosting an International Horse Competition; there is a good chance to see horses in action!

Enjoy lunch in Historic Leesburg, followed by travel to quaint Waterford, Virginia, a National Landmark Village, for their famous Waterford Fair, celebrating 76 years! The landmark designation was made in recognition of the town’s well-preserved 18th and 19th-century architecture and landscape.

Tour many historic homes, only open during the Fair, and explore the wealth of traditional arts and crafts that will be on display throughout the village.  Walking involved

$149     CH: 7:00am / 7:30pm   HI 7:30am / 7:00pm


“Country Royalty Tribute”  to
Hank Williams and Patsy Cline
Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center, Richmond, VA
NEW DATE: Friday, November 13, 2020

Foreword . . . By David Davenport

Having witnessed Jason Petty, the “Star of “Country Royalty,” perform for us the first time six years ago, I was an immediate fan.  I can’t say I was a big fan of Hank Williams or Country Music for that matter, but after Jason’s performance, I was sold on Hank and Country Music!  Jason delivered the most passionate and awe-inspiring performance I have ever seen, and I’ve seen many. I don’t quite know how or when it happened, but I was mesmerized by his every word and like a “deer in the headlights,” I couldn’t move! I was hooked in the moment waiting for his next word; I was transfixed on a story I had never heard before.  Was it his singing, his mastery of the guitar, his delivery, his acting?  I honestly can’t say exactly what is was, but I do know I wanted more! Larger than life, Jason, for that moment in time, was Hank Williams!  True to his words . . .  Jason puts it like this – “I treat the stage like my front porch, so let’s all gather ‘round and do some singing and storytelling and have a night of it.”  I couldn’t agree more!

Join us for an afternoon of “Country Royalty” as two of the largest legends of country music perform together on stage . . .  Hank Williams and Patsy Cline!  Jason Petty, star of “Hank Williams Lost Highway” and 2003 Obie Award winner, re-creates the role he has become famous for, while vocalist Gail Bliss, star of “Just a Closer Walk with Patsy Cline,” gives her jaw-dropping performance as Patsy! Between the two, they’ve performed on Broadway, the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and many other great venues around the country!  “Country Royalty” features a live band as Jason and Gail perform over 20 of Hank and Patsy’s chart-topping hits like: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Walkin’ After Midnight, Your Cheatin’ Heart, Crazy, Hey Good Lookin, I Fall To Pieces, Move it on Over, Leavin’ On Your Mind, Lost Highway, Sweet Dreams, and more!  Spend a thrilling afternoon of song as they honor the legendary performers that helped make Country Music great!  Event to be held at the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen – 2880 Mountain Road – Glen Allen, VA  23060

Doors Open at 1:30 PM – Showtime is 2:00 PM                                                  Cost $49

 

 


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Washington, D.C.
December 3, 4 or 5, 2020

Visiting the White House in Washington D.C. is a time honored and treasured holiday tradition.  The custom of placing a decorated tree in the White House began in 1889 on Christmas morning during the Presidency of Benjamin Harrison.  What began as a family gathering has become a national tradition.

Stroll through America’s most prestigious and honored house. Experience firsthand this historic tradition while viewing the beautiful trees and decorations.  After touring the White House and White House Visitor Center, lunch will be included at a popular area restaurant as well as an additional attraction in the afternoon.

Details will be announced once the date is finalized.  This is a high demand tour with extremely limited availability.  Sign up immediately to increase your chance of going! 

 PLEASE NOTE:  For the best chance of touring the White House, we recommend signing up immediately.  $75.00 of the tour cost is non-refundable if cancelled after names have been submitted to the White House.  Once names are submitted there are no substitutions, additions or changes.  SignaTours will notify you immediately upon notification by the White House in late November. Please, No Phone Calls.   The White House makes all decisions on appointments. SignaTours has no say in the decision-making process.  The White House Tour is a “Guaranteed Departure” and will run as planned. In the unlikely event your tour is denied entry into the White House, an optional tour will be planned in its place, most likely a tour of the United States Capitol.                                                      

Departure and Return Times depend on the White House appointment schedule.  

$165