Richmond Day Tours

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Baltimore, MD
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.

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


 

Sweet Island Breezestangier
Tangier Island, VA
September 19, 2020

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


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Virginia Beach, VA
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!

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


“Bright Star”BS+Large+Rectangle
Fredericksburg, VA
September 30, 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.

Departure Locations:        Departs:       Returns:
Chippenham Hospital       10:00 AM      6:30 PM                $125
Embassy Suites                   10:30 AM      6:00 PM


 

“Country Royalty Tribute”  toJason Petty
Hank Williams and Patsy Cline
Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center, Richmond, VA
 November 13, 2020

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      

$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


2021 Day Tours


The Songs of Patsy Cline
Starring Gail Bliss as Patsy Cline

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

 

Country Music artist Gail Bliss is a successful recording artist, actress, and songwriter with deep roots in country and gospel music. Gail caught the musical bug at an early age and could be found singing and performing on stage at schools, churches, festivals, fairs and wherever there was a microphone. Looking forward, Gail has found her passion as a songwriter and country gospel artist. 

Her biggest success in recent years comes from her uncanny ability to emulate one of country music’s legends … Patsy Cline. “Patsy” or Gail that is, can be found performing on stage in nearly every state in the country! Her biggest stage especially with her love for Country and Gospel is of course, The Grand Ol’ Opry, but you might see her performing in New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Memphis, and Myrtle Beach to name a few. Gail can now add Richmond to her list of cities where she performs, 
“The Songs of Patsy Cline!” her resounding tribute to Patsy Cline is simply amazing and nearly everyone who has seen her perform (her own husband included) would swear they were listening to “Patsy” herself. 

Joining Gail on stage in Richmond is her fabulous band who perform regularly in Nashville! You’ll hear the best of Patsy with songs to include: “Walking After Midnight”, “Sweet Dreams of You”, “I Fall to Pieces”, and “Crazy”.

Join us for an afternoon with Patsy Cline but don’t wait to sign up as tickets will sell out fast! 


Celebrate the Cherry Blossomscherry blossoms - 2018
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
Embassy Suites                    8:00 AM            7:30 PM


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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


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


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