Washington, DC

Washington, DC: A Nation's Past, Present & Future
Experience the beauty of Washington DC’s monuments and buildings as they light up the night sky during your evening tour of the city, then delve into history with a visit to Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Museum, and the Holocaust Museum.
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Day 1 Hello Washington
Meet your tour director
Dinner
Washington, D.C. evening guided sightseeing tour
World War II MemorialLincoln MemorialVietnam Veterans MemorialKorean War MemorialNational MallTidal BasinMartin Luther King MemorialFDR MemorialJefferson MemorialWashington MonumentWhite House
Details: Washington, D.C. evening guided sightseeing tour
Night is the perfect time to see the capital, when white marble monuments and silvery pools glow in the floodlights. See the geometric memorials of the Mall—the imposing rectangular Lincoln Memorial, and the line of the Washington Monument bisecting the sky—as well as the innovative and moving monuments to the veterans of the Vietnam and Korean Wars.
Day 2 Washington, D.C. landmarks
Breakfast
Optional  Evening ghost tour  $17
Dinner
Details: Mount Vernon excursion
George Washington so liked his estate at Mount Vernon that he placed the capital nearby so he didn’t have to move when elected president. Tour his gardens and mansion, where George and Martha lived from 1761 until his death in 1799. Don’t look for any cherry tree stumps in the garden, though—Washington never actually chopped down the tree as a lad. (We hate to ruin the story, but we cannot tell a lie!)
Details: U.S. Capitol guided tour
Go on a guided tour of the building where the men and women who have been chosen to represent the citizens of the United States convene to discuss and decide on important legislature.
Details: Supreme Court visit
Walk the halls where some of the most influential Americans have walked and see the courtrooms where some of the most defining decisions in American history have been made.
Details: Holocaust Museum visit
With more than 900 artifacts, 70 video monitors, and four theaters screening historic film footage and eyewitness testimonies, the Holocaust Museum provides a comprehensive—and moving—account of the Nazi persecution of Europe's Jewish communities and others during the 1930s and 40s. See newspapers and newsreels from the period, recreations of ghettos and concentration camp barracks, and a room filled shoes stolen from deported Jews that helps make real the sheer number of people killed during this tragedy.
Day 3 Washington, D.C.
Breakfast
Smithsonian Museums visit
Options include the National Air and Space MuseumNational Museum of Natural HistoryNational Museum of American HistoryNational Portrait GalleryNational Museum of the American IndianSmithsonian American Art Museum
Travel home
Details: Arlington National Cemetery & Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) visit
Created on the former estate of the family of Robert E. Lee’s wife Mary Anna Custis Lee (herself a descendant of Martha Washington), the Arlington National Cemetery contains the remains of more than 245,000 persons, mainly comprised of veterans and military casualties from every military incursion—from the American Revolution to the Iraq War. At the cemetery, make sure to visit the Tomb of Unknowns. Comprised of Yule marble quarried in Colorado, the tomb weighs more than 75 tons. And see the eternal flame that marks the grave of President John F. Kennedy.
Details: Smithsonian Museums visit
Choose between visiting the Air & Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the American History Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the American Indian Museum or the American Art Museum. In a tomb in the Smithsonian Castle lie the remains of John Smithson, an Englishman who left his fortune to the U.S. government in 1829 for the establishment of a museum in his name. (The government was a bit at a loss, given that Smithson had never visited the U.S., had no connections to the U.S., and never told anyone why he was leaving his money to the U.S.) Since then, the Smithsonian Institution has grown into 16 museums, covering everything from art to zoology. See the giant squid and the insect zoo in the National Museum of Natural History, check out the Wright Brothers’ plane in the National Air and Space Museum, or venture with your Tour Director into the further reaches of this world-class institution.

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  • Day 3 Start extension in Washington, D.C.
    Breakfast
    Smithsonian Museums visit
    Options include the National Air and Space MuseumNational Museum of Natural HistoryNational Museum of American HistoryNational Portrait GalleryNational Museum of the American IndianSmithsonian American Art Museum
    Dinner
    Details: Arlington National Cemetery & Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) visit
    Created on the former estate of the family of Robert E. Lee’s wife Mary Anna Custis Lee (herself a descendant of Martha Washington), the Arlington National Cemetery contains the remains of more than 245,000 persons, mainly comprised of veterans and military casualties from every military incursion—from the American Revolution to the Iraq War. At the cemetery, make sure to visit the Tomb of Unknowns. Comprised of Yule marble quarried in Colorado, the tomb weighs more than 75 tons. And see the eternal flame that marks the grave of President John F. Kennedy.
    Details: Smithsonian Museums visit
    Choose between visiting the Air & Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the American History Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the American Indian Museum or the American Art Museum. In a tomb in the Smithsonian Castle lie the remains of John Smithson, an Englishman who left his fortune to the U.S. government in 1829 for the establishment of a museum in his name. (The government was a bit at a loss, given that Smithson had never visited the U.S., had no connections to the U.S., and never told anyone why he was leaving his money to the U.S.) Since then, the Smithsonian Institution has grown into 16 museums, covering everything from art to zoology. See the giant squid and the insect zoo in the National Museum of Natural History, check out the Wright Brothers’ plane in the National Air and Space Museum, or venture with your Tour Director into the further reaches of this world-class institution.
    Details: National Archives visit
    Visit the building that houses the most important documents in the history of the United States, including the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.
    Details: Ford's Theatre visit
    Ford’s Theatre may not be the best place to visit if you’re in government—not only was Lincoln assassinated here in 1865, but 22 War Department clerks were also killed when the floor collapsed in 1893. Tour the infamous theater and see how John Wilkes Booth crept up behind the president’s private box, shot him point blank, and leapt down to the stage below (breaking his leg in the process).
    Day 4 End tour
    Breakfast
    Travel home
    Details: International Spy Museum visit
    Think you have what it takes to be the next 007? Prove it during a visit to the International Spy Museum. Pick your weapon of choice in exhibits full of spy gadgets and gizmos, get professional intelligence training at the “school for spies”, travel back in time to the “secret history of histories” exhibit and discover the roles spies have played in the World Wars.
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    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip transportation
    • 2 overnight stays (3 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Breakfast daily (except arrival day)
    • Dinner daily (except departure day)
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Overnight security chaperone
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.

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