Spring is Here!
Navigating the Northern Neck
Friday – March 22, 2019
Enjoy a “traffic free” day today as we celebrate the end of winter and venture east to the Northern Neck, where one can truly step back in time and experience the road less traveled. Steeped in history, it’s a land where generations of watermen continue to harvest Blue Crabs from the waters surrounding the peninsula. Today we will start in the southern end in Lancaster County as we tour Historic Christ Church, considered one of America’s most beautiful and authentic colonial churches. This church is both a Virginia and a National Historic Landmark completed circa 1735 by Robert King Carter. Enjoy a crab cake lunch (alternative option available for those that can’t eat crab) at the prestigious Tides Inn. On a private peninsula, surrounded by the splendor of the Chesapeake Bay, the Tides Inn is a timeless Virginia resort with sweeping waterfront views, lush native landscaping, and a full-service marina. Next, travel north into Westmoreland County for a tour of Stratford Plantation, birthplace of Robert E. Lee and one of the great houses of American history. Its magnificent setting on a high bluff above the Potomac River and its bold architectural style set it apart from any other colonial house.
$152 CH: 7:30 AM / 7:30 PM HI: 8:00 AM / 7:00 PM
Celebrate Spring with the Cherry Blossoms
Tuesday – April 2, 2019
A visit to the nation’s capital in the spring is a beautiful sight to behold. Join us for our annual Cherry Blossom tour to DC which includes a visit to the FDR Memorial featuring stunning sculptures (and great location to view the blossoms), followed by a two-hour lunch cruise aboard the 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 prepared daily. Following the cruise, enjoy a guided, riding tour highlighting the history of the Cherry Blossoms. A short walk along the C & O Canal in Georgetown is included. (Please note: Peak bloom for blossoms is subject to mother nature, but this date is, on average, the best time to visit).
$155 CH: 7:30 AM / 7:30 PM HI: 8:00 AM / 7:00 PM
Hospitality, History, and Heritage
Saturday – April 13, 2019
Edenton, North Carolina, is named “One of America’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes.com and also voted by Smithsonian.com as one of the country’s top 20 small towns. Don’t miss their signature spring event, the Pilgrimage Tour of Homes and Countryside. This popular event has been held since 1949. Hosted by the Edenton Women’s Club, you are treated to hospitality, history, heritage, gardens, architecture, antiques, Southern food, music and much, much more! Private homes, plantations and public buildings which are more than 100 years old are open for your perusal. Enjoy the Southern charm of this delightful town with lunch at a local dining establishment!
$132 HI: 7:00 AM / 7:30 PM CH: 7:30 AM / 7:00 PM
Easter Gospel Concert
Rudy Theatre – Selma, NC
Tuesday – April 16, 2019
If you’ve seen their popular Christmas show, you will LOVE the Easter Jubilee. Enjoy the music of spring, the message of Easter and the antics of their very own Homer the Easter Bunny. This is a one-of-a-kind show at the historic Rudy Theatre in “downtown” Selma, NC! As the lights go down and the music comes up, you are transported to a world of fast-paced sound and lights, side-splitting comedy and music you know by heart!! A wonderful Southern-style country buffet is served at the Robbins Nest Restaurant on the “outskirts” of Selma!
$136 HI: 7:00 AM / 7:00 PM CH: 7:30 AM / 6:30 PM
Patriotism at its Best!
VA Military Tattoo Show – Norfolk, VA
Sunday – April 28, 2019
The Virginia Military Tattoo is a crowd favorite and it doesn’t involve any ink! This spectacular exhibition of military bands, massed pipes and drums, military drill teams, dancers, and choirs with more than 1000 performers is a glorious demonstration of patriotism that you won’t want to miss. The cry “Tattoo!” echoed throughout Europe: first as a call to innkeepers to “turn off the taps!” so soldiers would return to their barracks, and then as the name for a grand display of military bands and drill teams. The 2019 Virginia International Tattoo will celebrate the role of women in service to the military and the two historic events which had the greatest impact on women’s role in the military in the United States – WWI and WWII. See the show that the American Bus Association call the very Best of the top 100 Events in North America! Lunch is included en route at the ever-popular Virginia Diner.
$140 HI: 9:30 AM / 7:00 PM CH: 10:00 AM / 6:30 PM
What’s Dismal about the Dismal Swamp?
Saturday – May 4, 2019
The Great Dismal Swamp is a geological wonder. For millions of years before the Swamp was formed, it was undersea. It is viewed by naturalist as one of the best outdoor laboratories in the world! This natural treasure emerged as a landform when the Continental Shelf made its significant shift. And why is it Dismal? Because you don’t want to be there is the summer when mosquitoes and ticks can make your visit very dismal! Travel takes us along Route 460 to Smithfield, VA where we will enjoy a brief tour of this historic town, with time to explore the many quaint shops, followed by lunch at the popular Smithfield Station & Marina, located on the Pagan River. Next, travel south towards Suffolk where we will pick up a Naturalist who will join us as we take a walk (approx. 1 mile) into the Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (along a boardwalk). It is still very wild and as you look into the thick vegetation of trees and plants, you are sure to see many varieties of birds. Learn how the indigenous people utilized the swamp for food, medicine, and shelter and learn how George Washington surveyed and logged this area.
$98 HI: 8:00 AM / 7:00 PM CH: 8:30 AM / 6:30 PM
Mother’s Day Special!
“Bridges of Madison County”
Sunday – May 12, 2019
If you are a mother, blessed to still have your mother or even know a mother . . . Treat her and yourself to the perfect Mother’s Day outing! Board your comfortable motorcoach for a short drive to Waynesboro, Virginia, a charming town located in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. A late morning arrival finds you at the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, an inspiration and imagery of “Pat” stemming from Virginia’s picturesque valley scenery and its people. Next, arrive at the Wayne Theatre, a historic theatre impacting the local community since it first opened its doors as a vaudeville house in 1926. Enjoy a very special “Mother’s Day Lunch” in the theatre’s exhibit gallery, prior to the moving love story . . . “Bridges of Madison County”. Based on the best-selling novel and winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross, leave audiences breathless! This Mother’s Day Special welcomes the men in your life as well, so bring them along!
$132 CH: 9:30 AM / 7:30 PM HI: 10:00 AM / 7:00 PM
Shenandoah Skyline Spectacular
Shenandoah National Park
Saturday – May 18, 2019
Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive is a National Scenic Byway running more than 100 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains starting in the north at Front Royal to Waynesboro on the south end where it meets the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you live in Virginia, this is a “must-do” for sure! Today you will travel along approximately 40 miles of the Drive (from the Swift Run Entrance, traveling north, to the Thornton Gap Entrance). Making this trip more special is our guide, sharing information and pointing out beautiful vistas. Picture taking opportunities are at several popular panoramic views such as The Oaks and Mary’s Rock Tunnel Overlooks. A stop at the Harry F Byrd Visitor Center and lunch at Big Meadows Lodge are included. Enjoy their specialty, Turkey Pot Pie and Blackberry Ice-cream for dessert. What a perfect way to take in the natural beauty of Virginia!
$130 CH 7:30am/7pm HI 8am/6:30pm
“The Pirates of Penzance”
Wednesday – June 5, 2019
Riverside Center for the Performing Arts brings to life the production of The Pirates of Penzance. It is a delightful twist to Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comic operetta and is as appealing today as it was over a century ago. Instead of the rocky coast of Cornwall, we are in Virginia in the late eighteenth century, when King George 1st ruled the colony. The infamous soft-hearted “Picaroons of the Potomac” are endeavoring to plunder along the banks of the famous river. At the same time, the blundering Red Coats of the British army are desperately trying to keep tabs on them, as well as the befuddled Major General George “Boshington,” who resides at Mount Vernon Castle alongside his many delightful daughters. Hilarity ensues as the young apprentice, Frederick leaves the rollicking band of pirates and falls in love with Boshington’s beautiful daughter, Mabel. With marvelous music, humorous patter and glorious singing providing an afternoon full of laughter, fun, and frolic, it promises to be a production to delight all ages. As always, enjoy lunch and great seating for this matinee production.
$120 CH 10am/6:30pm HI 10:30am/6pm
Yachts, Boats, and Floats
Harborfest – Norfolk, VA
Friday – June 7, 2019
Norfolk’s 43rd Annual Harborfest is the largest, longest-running Maritime Festival in the Nation! It is 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. An assortment of visiting Tall Ships, military vessels, tug boats, and skipjacks join a regatta of private yachts sailing down the Elizabeth River into downtown Norfolk. We have a treat in store for you – as you will be part of the Parade of Sails aboard the Spirit of Norfolk! Enjoy lunch aboard this popular, two-hour sight-seeing cruise, followed by free time to enjoy the festival.
$135 CH: 7:30 AM / 7:00 PM HI: 8:00 AM / 6:30 PM
Celebrate America on Flag Day
Friday – June 14, 2019
Where better to celebrate Flag Day than at the home of the Star-Spangled Banner? Join us as we travel to Baltimore, Maryland, and Fort McHenry to learn all about the history of the U.S. flag from its first design in 1777 to today. Once arriving in Baltimore, you have approximately three hours to enjoy the Inner Harbor any way you would like. Visit the National Aquarium, take a sightseeing boat cruise, shop or have lunch (on your own) at one of the many trendy restaurants. (Maps and information provided.) In the afternoon enjoy Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (only National Park site with that designation), also known as the birthplace of the American National Anthem. Tour the Visitor Center, see the inspiring film and then enjoy a Ranger talk at the Fort which includes a flag raising program. Learn about the history of the flag, how it was made, how it became famous, and how the stars and stripes have inspired Americans for generations. Enjoy special activities (TBA) planned specifically for Flag Day!
$115 CH 7am/8pm HI 7:30am/7:30pm
Saturday – June15, 2019
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosts the Tony Award®-winning Broadway show Hello, Dolly starring legend Betty Buckley! Critics join in on this universal smash hit… “The best show of the year!” writes NPR. The Washington Post declares… “A gorgeous new production that is making people crazy happy!” Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, Hello, Dolly! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history! Don’t miss out on this perfect summer outing. Enjoy a delicious plated lunch at Clyde’s of Georgetown prior to the show.
$250 CH 8am/7:30pm HI 8:30am/7pm
Secrets, Lies and Detective Eyes
Thursday – June 20, 2019
Be one of the first to see the new home of the International Spy Museum. At more than 140,000 square feet, the new Museum provides more than double the floor space of the existing building and includes a multitude of innovative resources with sweeping views of Washington, D.C. This tour is even more exclusive as SignaTours has secured a private, one-hour discussion with Chris Costa, the museum’s new Executive Director. Chris has an impressive resume that boasts his career as a former intelligence officer and former member of the National Security Council for the White House Administration. He has fascinating stories to tell for sure! There is ample time to explore this fabulous museum and to have lunch (on your own) in the upscale L’Enfant Plaza Food Courts. In the afternoon, visit the new National Law Enforcement Museum. The Museum’s core mission is to introduce visitors to the proud history and many facets of American law enforcement in an experience you can’t find anywhere else. Our “walk in the shoes” experience lets visitors learn what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer through innovative and engaging exhibits, artifacts and programs. Fascinating!
$135 CH 6am/7pm HI 6:30am/6:30pm
Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
Washington’s National Park
Sunday – June 23, 2019
Summer wouldn’t be summer without a hot dog and cracker jacks at a baseball game! We have reserved Infield Box seats located near third base and out of reach of the harsh afternoon sun. The rivalry between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals continues to provide some of the best baseball in the major leagues in a ballpark that is accommodating to fans of all ages! An early arrival gives you plenty of time to grab that hot dog and watch your team warm up before the 1:35 p.m. game time. Come join us for an exciting afternoon of celebrating America’s favorite pastime. And Go Nats!… errr Go Braves!
$150 CH 9am/7pm HI 9:30am/6:30pm
Saturday – July 27, 2019
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts helps you discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical! From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking pageantry. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. See why audiences and critics agree, Aladdin is “exactly what you wish for!” (NBC-TV). The scenery, music, and costumes are incredibly spectacular bringing this legend to life in an on-stage production sure to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. As always, a delicious lunch is planned at a popular D.C. restaurant before the excitement begins!
$225 CH 8am/7:30pm HI 8:30am/7pm
Wednesday – August 7, 2019
Set against the dramatic background of an idyllic South Pacific island during WWII, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific intertwines the themes of romance, duty, and prejudice to create a story that is all at once hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. Based on the anecdotes of a real-life U.S. Navy commander stationed on an island, the musical follows two intercultural love stories: Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with Emile, a French plantation owner on the island who has two children from his late Polynesian wife; at the same time, U.S. Lieutenant Cable falls for a beautiful island native named Liat. Both Americans find themselves struggling to reconcile their own cultural prejudices with their amorous feelings, all the while under the dark cloud of a war that is coming ever closer to their island paradise. Enjoy lyrical favorites “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “There is Nothing Like a Dame,” and many more in this Broadway classic.
$120 CH 10am/6:30pm HI 10:30am/6pm
“Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jacks”
Washington National Park
Sunday – September 15, 2019
Heading into the playoff season is always an exciting time for baseball fans everywhere as each game takes on an extra measure of importance. Before the game, you have time to enjoy the amenities of Nationals Park, grab a bite to eat and watch your favorite team warm-up. We have again reserved your favorite Infield Box seats located near third base and out of reach of the harsh afternoon sun. It’s been two months since the Braves have taken on Nationals and at the time of this writing, we’re not sure which team is playing to repeat the win again, but I know the team I’m pulling for and I bet you do too! Let’s fill the coach again to watch these two National League team rivals battle it out one last time this season. Bring a friend with you to enjoy America’s favorite pastime!
$150 CH 9am/7pm HI 9:30am/6:30pm
October 2, 2019
Unlike most of the other children at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage, little orphan Annie believes that her parents are still alive and will one day return to claim her. So, when billionaire Oliver Warbucks offers to adopt her, she asks him to help find her real mom and dad instead. Warbucks agrees, and his whopping reward for Annie’s parents attracts the attention of con artists Rooster, Lily and the wicked Miss Hannigan, who hatch a plot to kidnap Annie and take the reward. But don’t fret: This classic family musical has a happy ending for Annie, Daddy Warbucks and the whole gang. **Starring Sally Struthers reprising her role as Miss Hannigan from the 20th Anniversary Annie Broadway revival and National Tour**
$120 CH 10am/6:30pm HI 10:30am/6pm
“Riverside Christmas Spectacular”
December 5, 2019
Back by popular demand and updated for 2019! Experience the excitement, memories, and joy of Christmas as our spectacular cast of singers and dancers present the heart and essence of the holiday season in this pageant of your favorite songs and music. Escape the hustle and stress and rekindle your Christmas spirit at Riverside Center with this glittering celebration of everything that makes this “the most wonderful time of the year”!
$120 CH 10am/6:30pm HI 10:30am/6pm
Christmas at the White House – Washington, DC
December 5, 6 or 7, 2019
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 and experience firsthand, the beautiful trees and decorations of this holiday season. After a morning at 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. PLEASE NOTE: For the best chance of seeing the White House, we recommend signing up immediately. $75 of tour cost is non-refundable if canceled after names have been submitted to the White House at the end of August. Once names are submitted there are no substitutions, additions or changes. Please, No Phone Calls. SignaTours will notify you immediately upon notification by the White House in late November. Again, Do Not Call for Dates. 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.