Richmond Day Tours

Annual Fall Spectacular
Graves Mountain Lodge
Saturday – October 24, 2020

 

Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful Fall scenery as you travel west towards the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains. Nestled in Virginia’s north-central Piedmont region, Orange and Madison Counties are graced with rolling landscapes and panoramic scenery.  If mother nature cooperates, the kaleidoscope of fall foliage should be at its peak!  Visit Yoder’s Market, to pick up your favorite Virginia grown Apples, arts and crafts, homemade breads and more.  

Lunch is included at Graves Mountain Lodgelocated at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  This lodge attracts people from every corner of the state this time of year. In 1852, an “ordinary” or inn opened along the Blue Ridge Turnpike on the land that is now part of the Shenandoah National Park.  The Graves ordinary was a perfect stopping point for travelers making the 70-mile journey between Gordonsville and New Market.  A few year later the Graves family moved to a new location, which is where the farm and lodge is today. Enjoy views of the rolling hills and fall color during your lunch.   After lunch we will stop at a packing shed for a chance to bring home some delicious Virginia apples. The afternoon will be spent at Prince Michel Winery for a taste of their delicious wines and time to browse their great gift shop.

Departure Locations:        Departs:       Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       8:00 AM      6:30 PM                $125
Embassy Suites                   8:30 AM      6:00 PM

All A-boarrrd!
Walkersville MD Southern Railroad
Friday – October 30, 2020

 

On this historic train ride near Frederick, Maryland, you will travel over track that the Pennsylvania Railroad originally built in 1872. The two-hour, round trip journey takes you through Maryland’s picturesque farm country and across the Monocacy River.

Upon arrival visit the turn of the century railroad station and museum.  Once departing the station, enjoy a three course, hot plated lunch in a vintage 1902’s-era restored dining car held just for our group! Then sit back and enjoy the views!  En route home visit a local orchard for some delicious apples and other farm market favorites!

Departure Locations:        Departs:       Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       7:30 AM      6:30 PM                $170
Embassy Suites                   8:00 AM      6:00 PM

A Colonial “Crafting” Christmas Celebration
Williamsburg, VA
Tuesday – December 1, 2020

 

This morning travel along historic Route 5 to Berkeley Plantation for a Christmas Wreath Workshop and Tour.  Begin with a guided tour of the 1726 manor house, decorated with fresh arrangements and wreaths cut from Berkeley’s boxwood, cedar and holly trees.  Following the tour, gather for a wreath-making workshop creating your own Berkeley wreath to take home and enjoy throughout the holiday season.

Next, travel into Williamsburg for lunch at the popular Chickahominy House Restaurant, followed by a perfect afternoon of holiday shopping at the Yankee Candle. While here we’ve included a “dip a candle” experience for a personalized candle to take home. End the day at the Christmas Mouse for one more opportunity to find that perfect gift!

Departure Locations:        Departs:       Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       8:30 AM      6:00 PM                $145
Embassy Suites                   9:00 AM      5:30 PM

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Washington, D.C.
December 3, 4 or 5, 2020
Sold out for 2020 — Call office to be added to the list for 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 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.  

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$165

“A Riverside Family Christmas”
  Fredericksburg, VA
We
dnesday – December 9, 2020

 

 

Follow your heart home to Riverside Center for the Performing Arts for the holidays. Experience the warmth, traditions, values and messages of Christmas in a show packed with charm, inspiration, and the good will of the season. This wonderful afternoon of holiday entertainment is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!  Enjoy great floor seating and a three-course lunch before the matinee begins.

Departure Locations:        Departs:       Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       10:00 AM      6:30 PM                $130
Embassy Suites                   10:30 AM      6:00 PM

100 Miles of Holiday Lights
Norfolk to Richmond
Saturday – December 12, 2020

 

Celebrate the season with our most popular holiday lights tour! Arrive in Virginia Beach with lunch on the waterfront at Waterman’s Surfside Grille.  Next, will be unique “hands on” experience at the Mermaid Factory, a creative venue where you can bring your own VA Beach Mermaid to life. With paint and glitter in hand and your very own handcrafted mermaid statue, you’ll paint and embellish to your imagination’s content!  It will come back to home with you and perhaps make that perfect gift.   Before departing this area, we have a great shopping stop planned at Shore Gallery and Designs.

As the sun goes down, experience Newport News Celebration in Lights, Virginia’s first drive through holiday lights event with over a half million individual lights. From the comfort of your motorcoach, enjoy the amazing lights display. Upon returning to Richmond, visit one of the best lights displays in Virginia, the Gardenfest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. This one, you will walk through, so dress warmly! Over 500,000 lights are arranged in botanical themes throughout the Gardens. Warm up inside the Conservatory to view their signature Christmas tree and their orchid room!  Definitely don’t forget to visit the wonderful Garden Shop for that unique gift you’ve been seeking.  You’ll have a chance to get a light dinner while here (on your own).

Departure Locations:        Departs:       Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       9:00 AM       10:00 PM                $155
Embassy Suites                   9:30 AM         9:30 PM

 A Jefferson Christmas in Richmond
Richmond, VA
Tuesday – December 15, 2020

 

Today we will visit two Richmond landmarks connected to Thomas Jefferson.  You can find no better holiday dining experience than at The Jefferson Hotel, known not only for its incredible beauty and history, but also for its fine service and culinary expertise.  Your plated lunch will be served in the mezzanine overlooking their signature Christmas tree.  Don’t forget to visit their gift shop and see the impressive gingerbread house.

Your tour also includes a visit to Jefferson’ s boyhood home, Tuckahoe Plantation, located in the west end of Richmond.  Learn about the home’s rich history as well as colonial Christmas traditions. It will be decorated in the traditional 18th century style. End your day with a special “treat” at Taylor Made Chocolates in Chester.  Tour the facility, learn the history of chocolate, enjoy some yummy “tastings” and take home one of their signature chocolate bars (or two, or three…). They make a great stocking stuffer!

Departure Locations:        Departs:       Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       9:00 AM       5:00 PM                $145
Embassy Suites                   9:30 AM       4:30 PM

2021 Day Tours


“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”
F
redericksburg, VA
Wednesday – February 24, 2021

 

 

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts presents this drama made famous by the 1967 movie starring Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Riverside is excited to have Joyce DeWitt back to the stage (television star from the hit tv show Three’s Company).
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.  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 general, but actually 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.  A plated lunch with your choice of entrée is served before the matinee show. Enjoy great center floor seating!

Departure Locations:        Departs:       Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       10:00 AM       6:30 PM                $135
Embassy Suites                   10:30 AM       6:00 PM

“Bright Star”
Fredericksburg, VA
March 17, 2021

 

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.

Departure Locations:        Departs:       Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       10:00 AM      6:30 PM                $135
Embassy Suites                   10:30 AM      6:00 PM

Country Royalty
Glen Allen, VA
Wednesday – March 24, 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!   $54.00

Event is to be held at the “Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center” in Glen Allen

2880 Mountain Road – Glen Allen, VA  23060         Doors Open at 1:30 PM – Showtime is 2:00 PM


Spring Has Sprung!
Gloucester, VA
Saturday – March 27, 2021

 

Welcome the arrival of spring with this annual festival celebrating the Daffodil industry in Gloucester County, Virginia.  We’ll start the day traveling towards Yorktown and over the York River to Gloucester Point for an included lunch at the York River Oyster Company Restaurant located on the waterfront. Crab Cake Sandwich and Fried Flounder Tacos are some of the choices today!

Next, travel north into the town of Gloucester for a stop at Brent and Becky Bulbs, a 28-acre farm and garden show where you’ll find everything from local artwork and home accessories to books and gardening tools and of course, bulbs and flowers!   Then spend the afternoon at the annual Daffodil Festival, located along Main Street in the heart of Gloucester.  2021 marks the 35th year of this popular festival that represents the arrival of spring! Enjoy this quaint town and many arts, craft and gardening vendors located throughout the festival.

Departure Locations:        Departs:       Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       8:00 AM      6:00 PM                $120
Embassy Suites                   8:30 AM      5:30 PM

Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms
Washington, DC
April 1, 2021

 

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.

Departure Locations:        Departs:           Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       7:30 AM             8:00 PM          $165
Embassy Suites                    8:00 AM            7:30 PM

Two for Tea & Tea for Two
Washington D.C.
April 14, 2021

 

 

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.

Departure Locations:        Departs:         Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       7:30 AM           7:30 PM       $155
Embassy Suites                   8:00 AM           8:00 PM

The “Greatest Generation”tattoo - 2018
Norfolk, VA
April 18, 2021

Marking the 75th 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.

Departure Locations:        Departs:         Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       10:00 AM         6:30 PM      $150
Embassy Suites                    9:30 AM          7:00 PM

Bay Lighthouse Cruiseannapolis
Annapolis, MD
May 20, 2021

 

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!

Departure Locations:        Departs:         Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       7:00 AM         7:30 PM         $169
Embassy Suites                   7:30 AM         7:00 PM

“Nunsense” . . . starting Sally Stuthers!
Frederickburg, VA
Wednesday – May 26, 2021

 

Get ready for an afternoon of laughter as Riverside Center for the Performing Arts presents Nunsense!  The Little Sisters of Hoboken have decided that the best way to raise money is to put on a talent show.  Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring tap and ballet, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. Starring Riverside Center favorite, Sally Struthers, as the Mother Superior!  Enjoy great seats and a plated lunch before the matinee begins.

Departure Locations:        Departs:         Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       10:00 AM          6:30 PM                         $135
Embassy Suites                   10:30 AM          6:00 PM

 

Watermen’s Heritage Cruisest-mary-s-county
St. Mary’s City, MD
June 3, 2021

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 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 dockside 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.

Departure Locations:        Departs:         Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       7:00 AM           8:00 PM                         $169
Embassy Suites                   7:30 AM           7:30 PM

 Annual Harborfestharborfest1
Norfolk,VA
June 11, 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)

Departure Locations:        Departs:         Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       7:30 AM           6:30 PM                 $145
Embassy Suites                   8:00 AM           6:00 PM

A Unique Treasure
Tangier Island, VA
June 19, 2021

 

In 1608 Captain John Smith sailed up the Chesapeake Bay and landed at a small island which 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 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 that 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. Once arriving on Tangier, friendly, and proud of their heritage.

Upon arriving on Tangier, enjoy a family-style lunch at the Chesapeake House with crab cakes and oyster fritters at a 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.

Departure Locations:        Departs:         Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       7:00 AM           7:00 PM       $139
Embassy Suites                   7:30 AM           6:30 PM

Neptune Festival and Dolphin Watchneptune festival
Virginia Beach, VA
September 25, 2021

 

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!

Departure Locations:        Departs:         Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       7:00 AM           6:30 PM       $140
Embassy Suites                   7:30 AM           7:00 PM

Homes, Heritage, & Historymorven park
Leesburg & Waterford, VA
October 1, 2021

 

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

Departure Locations:        Departs:         Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       7:00 AM           7:30 PM        $149
Embassy Suites                   7:30 AM           7:00 PM