National Historic Districts

One of America’s most historic cities is also one of its most modern and trendy. Washington, Jefferson and even Lincoln and Queen Elizabeth II have walked the streets of a city recently ranked by Travel + Leisure magazine as #3 on their list of 50 Best Places to Travel in the world for 2016. This up-and-coming destination is also high on the list of best new food towns. With so many cool things to do and great places to eat, Richmond group tours can include an array of experiences – from fine dining to urban whitewater rafting. It is an ideal destination for hands-on tours, with opportunities to create art, make chocolate, pair wine and foods, learn to cook with herbs, tour wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries and learn to dance the Virginia Reel. And about that Richmond history – Heart of Virginia Tours serves it up with dynamic and entertaining historians guiding your group and presenting stories of the city that entrance your clients. It was here (not Boston or Philadelphia) that Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty – or give me death!” Your group can stand right where he did right here in Richmond and participate in a reenactment of that famous event. History is boring? Not in Richmond!

Chocolate By Kelly Workshops

Fabulous Food:

There’s a lot cooking in Richmond. Enjoy a finger-licking-good chocolate workshop with Chocolates by Kelly. See how today’s hard cider is made at Blue Bee Cider. Taste and tour in the barrel room with the winemaker at New Kent Winery. Hunt for mushrooms and take part in an 18th century hearth cooking demonstration at Tuckahoe Plantation. Dine at celebrated restaurants that have made Richmond one of the South’s hottest food towns. Connect with your inner “Foodie” with this tour!

History and Heritage:

Every corner has a story to tell in Richmond. Enjoy a boat excursion through Richmond’s historic canals surveyed by George Washington. Relive Patrick Henry’s Give Me Liberty! speech where it happened at historic St. John’s Church. At the Edgar Allen Poe Museum sit on a jury to determine the fate of the protagonist in The Tell-Tale Heart. Trek famous Civil War battlefields with top historians. Walk in the footsteps of Jefferson, Lincoln and Queen Elizabeth II at the Virginia State Capitol. Discover the story of Richmond’s Jewish Community and the life of Thomas Jefferson on these tours.

Crossroads Arts Pottery Class

Arts and Culture:

Blow your own glass ornament at Glass Spot Studio. Immerse yourself in Richmond’s two eclectic art districts. See the latest worldwide traveling exhibit and go on an art scavenger hunt at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Take a class in pottery or mosaic at Crossroads Art Center or create a canvas at a Wine and Painting Party at Spirited Art. See top professional talent in national touring companies at the Virginia Repertory Theater. Tap into your creative side on this Richmond art tour.

Get Out!:

Get your feet wet as a paddler on the scenic James River. Hoist your binoculars and look for bald eagles, ospreys, falcons and hawks. Take a downtown walking tour with a local insider. Get a bird’s eye view at the Metro Zoo’s Treetop ZooFari Zip line. Enjoy a Segway tour of Richmond with your choice of topics: art, history, or discovering the neighborhoods.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardening Workshops

Gardens to view, prune and plant:

Get your fingers dirty at a gardening workshop. Learn how to make an herbal wreath at Lavender Fields. Stroll the 50 acres of Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens’ gorgeous landscapes. Tour the historic gardens of Agecroft Hall with an expert at your elbow.  Try this gardening tour on for size!