Richmond Day Tours

Get Out and Go Series

“Get Out and Go” is an exciting new tour series by SignaTours, creatively designed to discover, explore, and connect with the outdoor beauty of nature.  Exciting new destinations will bring a variety of history, alluring outdoor attractions, and some of Virginia’s most spectacular scenery!  Historical landmarks, guided tours, boat rides, breathtaking views, delicious cuisine, and more, are out there waiting to be discovered!  So “Get Out and Go” with us on any or all these wonderful and exciting new tours. 

Discover Virginia’s State Arboretum

Boyce, Virginia
Thursday – July 22, 2021

Located southeast of Winchester in one of Virginia’s most picturesque areas, you will find the State Arboretum of Virginia, a hidden treasure and home of the Blandy Experimental Farm. The Farm is a research field station for the University of Virginia and home to the largest variety of boxwood cultivars in North America. It also contains half the world’s pine species, a Virginia Native Plant Trail, extensive collections of perennials, and more! A presentation upon your arrival introduces you to the Arboretum’s history. A guided walk through the outdoor gardens completes your visit to the ArboretumLunch follows at Hunter’s Head Tavern, 1700’s home turned British Tavern.  Today’s menu… Shepherd’s Pie or Fish and Chips.

Afterwards, finish the day at Sky Meadows State Park, named after an island in Scotland. An active farm since the 1840’s, Sky Meadows is home to numerous historic buildings dating back to the late 1700’s as well as a year-round site for bird-watching and amateur astronomers. A local Ranger greets you at the Mt. Bleak House for a lesson on the architectural and agricultural significance of the Park. A short walk to a scenic view of the Crooked Run Valley completes your visit. 

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       7:00 AM             7:00 PM Embassy Suites               7:30 AM             6:30 PM

$150

Get Out and Go Series

“Grumpy Old Men: The Musical”

Fredericksburg, VA Wednesday – August 4, 2021

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is excited to be one of the first regional theaters to present this musical adaptation of the 1993 movie starting Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, and Ann Margaret.  Two aging neighbors have been feuding for most of their lives.  Their new beautiful and charming neighbor invigorates their feud and they face-off as romantic rivals until their hilarious shenanigans finally bring about a resolution to their long-standing differences.  This stage adaptation captures the crochety but lovable characters through twinkling humor, great songs, and the affectionate depiction of a small town that feels like home to everyone!  

Enjoy great seats and a plated lunch before the matinee begins.

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       10:00 AM             6:30 PM Embassy Suites               10:30 AM             6:00 PM

$145

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Washington D.C.
Sunday – August 15, 2021

Can you believe the Washington Nationals are celebrating their 17th season this year? It didn’t take nearly that long for the rivalry to form between the Nationals and the Atlanta Braves as these two teams have been battling each other for the top spot in the division since day one! With a 2019 Championship under their belt, the Nationals are looking to do it again! Who will have the better team this year… we guess that depends on the team you like best! Regardless, it’s guaranteed to be an exciting and potentially close game. So, come on out and join us for “America’s Pastime” at its best.

“Infield Box Seating” provides an up close and personal vantage point for the game. Baseball at Nationals Park would not be complete without a hot dog in one hand and an ice-cold beverage in the other. “Best dressed” person in your team’s gear may get a little something extra. We may also have a surprise visitor join us for the day! Approximate time of return depends on the game length.                                       

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       9:00 AM             7:00 PM Embassy Suites                9:30 AM             6:30 PM

$175

A Few Good Men

Quantico, Virginia
Friday- August 27, 2021

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines, past, present, and future. Adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia the Museum’s soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000 square-foot structure. You’ll see world-class exhibits, artifacts, and audio/visual displays that immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.

Be one of the first to see their new expansion covering the Marine Corps story from 1976 through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Your visit includes… We, The Marines in the Medal of Honor Theatre. The movie follows the journey of Marines from boot camp to training, deployment and finally homecoming. A late Buffet Lunch at the Museum is followed by a performance of music and precision marching at the Marine Barracks  Washington, D.C. The Evening Parade, held every Friday in the summer, has become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline, and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. It features “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, “The Commandant’s Own” The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, and Ceremonial Marchers.

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital      11:30 AM             12:30 AM Embassy Suites             12:30 PM             12:00 AM

$150

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Washington D.C. Wednesday – September 1, 2021

Showing for a limited engagement in our Nation’s Capital… Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is an exhibit bigger than life! Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is more than just art on a wall, it can almost be described as a living and breathing “artistic” display like no one has seen before. You’ll be astounded as the 20,000 square foot exhibit comes to life through a brilliant display of light and sound continuously moving and changing shape while featuring the most compelling works of Van Gogh! The “Experience” includes separate galleries that chronicle his life, technique, and influence through informative panels, and larger than life re-creations. Comfortable seating throughout the galleries allows viewers a chance to admire this spectacle.

Enjoy waterfront dining midday at Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place in Georgetown’s Washington Harbour. Your day continues with an afternoon visit to The Phillips Collection, an internationally recognized, intimate museum, considered America’s first home for Modern and Contemporary Art. This private museum is celebrating its Centennial anniversary this year! Your visit includes a guided one-hour tour of its permanent collection and special exhibitions.                    

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       7:30 AM             7:30 PM Embassy Suites               8:00 AM             7:00 PM

$170

The “Wildlife” Side of Virginia Beach!

VA Beach, Virginia Thursday – September 9, 2021

Arrive at the Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market for a fascinating presentation on the agriculture of Virginia Beach.  Afterwards, enjoy free time to shop and browse the many local merchants throughout the Farmer’s Market. Before leaving, enjoy a Buffet Style Lunch midday in their covered pavilion. Your menu consists of soup, sweet potato biscuits with country ham, a dessert, beverage, and a sample scoop of ice cream!

Next, travel to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center where you’ll board an air-conditioned tram for a two-hour tour into False Cape State Park. This 4,500-acre refuge located south of Virginia Beach, was established in 1938 as a vital place for migratory birds to rest and gather food. It is nestled between the waters of Back Bay to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east and is one of the last remaining undeveloped areas along the Atlantic coast. Your tour includes the False Cape Visitor Center and a scenic stop at the Wash Woods Historic Site. Here, you have a chance to “get out and explore.” Throughout the tour, be on the lookout for wildlife of the winged variety perched in large nests within the park.    

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       7:30 AM             7:00 PM Embassy Suites               8:00 AM             6:30 PM

$135

Get Out and Go Series

A Star-Spangled Banner Tour

Baltimore, Maryland Thursday – September 16, 2021

 A Star-Spangled Banner Day!  Baltimore’s National Aquarium is considered one of the top aquariums in the United States. Its unique design and glass pyramid houses more than 750 species in its aquarium that holds more than two-million gallons of water.  Their award-winning exhibits showcase a Tropical Rain Forest, an Atlantic Coral Reef, an Open Ocean Shark Tank, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums “Best Exhibit…” Australia Wild Extremes. Lunch is included at the Aquarium’s Café.

After your Aquarium visit, meet Francis Scott Key for a Guided, Riding Tour of Baltimore! Points of interest include: Historic Fells Point – Oldest neighborhood in Baltimore, Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, Edgar Allen Poe’s Home, and Federal Hill for breathtaking views of the Inner Harbor and the city skyline.  Last and by no means least, arrive at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the very site where the “Stars and Stripes” flew during the War of 1812, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write the words that would become the United States National Anthem. Your inspirational visit includes a discovery film and free time to spend in the visitor center.                 

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       7:00 AM             8:00 PM Embassy Suites               7:30 AM             7:30 PM

$160

Neptune Festival & Dolphin Watch

Virginia Beach, VA Saturday – September 25, 2021

This year’s Neptune Festival has a new twist with the exciting new additions of a Sightseeing Cruise and Lunch!  Arrive at Rudee’s Inlet for a 90-minute Narrated Sightseeing Cruise.  Your seasoned Captain and Crew are there to answer all your questions and to point out any potential dolphin sightings!  On your return to Rudee’s Inlet, enjoy a delicious Lunch at Rockefellers, one of the area’s most popular dining spots.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy all the festivities of the 47th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival.  The event is ranked 5th out of 200 Fine Art and Design Shows and considered one of the best Oceanfront Festivals on the East Coast!  More than 250 artisans are on hand showcasing their handmade artwork, crafts, and collectibles. The Festival is also home to the International Sand Sculpting Competition, where artisans from around the world showcase their talents in designing world class sand sculptures. These sand-sculpting “works of art” are truly amazing!  Tickets for the Sand Sculptures are included. Sign up right away for an amazing day in Virginia Beach!           

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       7:00 AM             6:30 PM Embassy Suites               7:30 AM             6:00 PM

$140

“Bright Star”

Fredericksburg, VA Wednesday – September 29, 2021

Following numerous changes and cancellations to its schedule last year, the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is so excited to finally bring this Broadway Musical to its stage! Inspired by real events and featuring the bluegrass-tinged Grammy-nominated score, Bright Star is a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920’s and ’40’s. 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.  

 

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       10:00 AM             6:30 PM Embassy Suites               10:30 AM             6:00 PM

$145

Legendary Leesburg & Waterford

Friday – October 1, 2021

Leesburg, Virginia, is a short drive northwest of our Nation’s Capital and is located along the base of Catoctin Mountain and close to the Potomac River.  Its location near D.C. played a major role in history as it was the temporary site for the United States government during the War of 1812. Leesburg is home to Morven Park, a 1,000-acre Estate and Equestrian Center. The estate’s historic Davis Mansion was built in 1780 and most notably served as home to Governors from Maryland and Virginia. The Mansion’s storied 240-year history evolved from a fieldstone farmhouse in the late 1700’s to its present Greek Revival estate appearance of today. Your visit to the Park includes a guided tour of the Davis Mansion and Carriage Museum, which features a unique collection of antique coaches, carriages, and sleds. 

A delicious lunch is included in Historic Leesburg. Afterwards, travel to the village of Waterford, Virginia, a National Historic Landmark, and home to the Waterford Fair, now celebrating its 76th anniversary! 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.

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       7:00 AM             7:30 PM Embassy Suites               7:30 AM             7:00 PM

$149

Gorgeous Glorious Greenbrier!

White Sulphur Springs, WVA
Tuesday – October 19, 2021

Built in 1778, The Greenbrier has beckoned visitors to its West Virginia doors for more than two centuries! Surrounded by the beauty of the Allegheny Mountains, this stately resort with its Georgian architecture and meticulously manicured gardens, is one of America’s premier Resort destinations! Greenbrier’s testimony to grace, elegance, and commitment to exceeding the expectations of its guests, is understandably the reason people from around the world and 26 U.S. presidents have stayed at this mountainside retreat.

Arguably, the best kept secret of the Greenbrier is… its massive underground bunker complex that was meant to serve as an emergency shelter for the United States Congress during the Cold War. Code named “Project Greek Island,” the bunker features dorms, power plant, cafeteria, clinic, House and Senate Chambers, decontamination area and a 25-ton blast door. A hidden secret for more than 30 years! This incredible tour during peak fall foliage includes a Guided Resort Tour, a delicious Buffet Lunch in the Main Dining Room, an afternoon Bunker Tour, and free time at the Resort to browse the many shops.  This tour will sell out quickly, so call right away and reserve your space.  

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       6:30 AM             8:00 PM Embassy Suites               7:00 AM             7:30 PM

$255

Marvelous Middleburg!

Middleburg, VA
Thursday – October 21, 2021

Join us today as we travel northwest to Middleburg, Virginia, a picturesque town surrounded by the rolling hills and farmland, rich in history and charm. After the turn of the century, the town became a popular destination for foxhunting and steeple chasing, earning it a reputation as the “Nation’s Horse and Hunt Capital.” Founded in 1954, the National Sporting Library & Museum, is a world-class research Library, and fine art Museum highlighting the area’s rich heritage and tradition of country pursuits. In addition to its focus on angling, horsemanship, shooting, wildlife, and a dozen other outdoor sporting events, the Museum also houses a “rare books section.” A guided tour of the Library & Museum is followed by free time to explore the quaint downtown area of Middleburg.

Next, enjoy a wonderful Lunch at the Goodstone Inn’s… The Bistro & Conservatory, a hidden treasure and one of the top-rated restaurants in Virginia providing patrons an unparalleled view of the countryside and a farm to table culinary experience. Renowned historian Rich Gillespie joins us after lunch for a fun-filled “History Lesson!” As the coach winds through the beautiful countryside, Rich provides an educated narrative on Middleburg’s storied history. Stops include Mt. Zion Historic Park, site of a Civil War skirmish and church that served as a field hospital (you’ll see Civil War “graffiti” inside), and Aldie Mill, a 200-year-old Grist Mill. Retaining much of its original machinery, it is one of the best-preserved mills in Virginia. Your Mill visit includes a private milling demonstration!     

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       7:00 AM             7:30 PM Embassy Suites               7:30 AM             7:00 PM

$165

Annual Fall Spectacular

Peaks of Otter & Natural Bridge
Saturday – October 23, 2021

A kaleidoscope of colors and panoramic views abound each year in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.  It’s one of Virginia’s most popular fall destinations. This spectacle of beauty begins at the Peaks of Otter Lodge, located at Milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Peaks of Otter Lodge is nestled at the base of Sharp Top Mountain and beside the pristine waters of Abbott Lake.  While at the Lodge, enjoy a delicious lunch with gorgeous views overlooking Abbott Lake. Free time follows to explore the grounds or to take a walk around the lake. Your day also includes a visit to a local Apple Orchard for freshly picked “Grown in Virginia” apples, homemade cider, apple butter, jams and jellies and other farm fresh products. 

Later this afternoon scenic views of the Parkway pass by your window as you travel to Natural Bridge State Park.  Here you will see the impressive 215-foot tall Natural Bridge, a limestone gorge carved out by Cedar Creek centuries ago. Natural Bridge became Virginia’s 37th state park in 2016 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark since 1988.   Enjoy time to walk up to the Bridge and to visit the Visitor Center.

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       7:30 AM             7:00 PM Embassy Suites               7:00 AM             7:30 PM

$150

Aww...Shucks!

Urbanna, VA
Friday – November 5, 2021

The town of Urbanna is synonymous with one thing and one thing only…  Oysters, and lots of them!  Celebrating more than six decades of oyster mania, the Urbanna Oyster Festival, is the place to be if you love “Everything Oyster!” A small town of less than 500 residents, Urbanna, named after England’s Queen Anne, grows to more than 60,000 visitors for their two-day event.  The streets are closed for their annual celebration to allow plenty of room for Arts & Crafts, the Oyster Festival Parade, Live Music, Oyster Shucking Contests, Virginia Wine and Craft Brew Tastings and so much more! Since you’ll be here for this edible delight, you’ll be pleased to know you can get your oysters Raw, Steamed, Roasted, Rockefeller, Fried, Stewed, and Frittered!  There’s even Oyster Pot Pie if you can believe it?  If you are with a friend and not an oyster lover, there’s festival food to include Crab Cakes, BBQ, Clams, Grilled and Smoked Meats, and more!  For dessert lovers, try the festival’s “Calorie Free” Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake on a Stick, Fried Oreos, Funnel Cakes and Ice Cream Sandwiches! We may have stretched the truth a little bit on the calorie free desserts.   

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       8:00 AM             4:00 PM Embassy Suites               8:30 AM             4:30 PM

$75

A Salute to our Veterans!

Arlington, VA
Wednesday – November 10, 2021

Veteran’s Day, as some may remember, began as Armistice Day, a day where the major hostilities of World War 1 formally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  The United States Congress passed a resolution in 1938 officially observing November 11 a legal holiday.  Armistice Day was officially renamed Veterans Day at the urging of veteran organizations in 1954. Join us for a special Veteran’s Day celebration that pays tribute to all who served our great Nation. Tour the Arlington National Cemetery, a U.S. military cemetery honoring those who have served our Nation during times of war and peace. This year, the Arlington National Cemetery celebrates the “Centennial Commemoration” of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This revered memorial is dedicated to deceased U.S. service members who remains have not been identified. A Changing of the Guard is a site to behold as a soldier from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as “The Old Guard,” stands watch over the Tomb of the unknown soldiers. It is performed in silence every hour on the hour and should not be missed. Enjoy a delicious Lunch midday at Matchbox American Kitchen.   Next, visit the Military Women’s Memorial, a memorial dedicated to the women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It’s the Nation’s only major national memorial honoring the women who have defended our Country. A guided tour includes the Exhibit Gallery, Register Room, Hall of Honor and the Upper Terrace.  End the day at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, honoring the 184 federal employees, military personnel, civilians and flight crew that were killed on September 11, 2001. A guide will talk about the memorial and share stories of that harrowing day. 

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       7:00 AM             7:30 PM Embassy Suites               7:30 AM             7:00 PM

$155

Country Royalty

Richmond, VA
Monday, November 15, 2021

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 is to be held at:
“The Henrico Theater”
305 East Nine Mile Road
Highland Springs, VA 23075

Doors Open at 1:30 — Showtime is 2:00 PM

$54

Christmas at the White House

Washington, DC
December 2,3,4, 2021

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 Centerlunch 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 regarding the date of the tours.   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 Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       7:00 AM             7:30 PM Embassy Suites               7:30 AM             7:00 PM

$165