The epic story of American democracy comes to life in America's capital city. View the extraordinary monuments throughout the National Mall that commemorate the heroes who have shaped America’s past, including the World War II Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial. Wander Mt. Vernon’s beautiful plantation grounds, and tour the beloved home of George Washington. Uncover the gems of the Smithsonian Institution as you explore some of its world-renowned museum collections. Tour Washington National Cathedral and admire the architecture of this magnificent building that took 83 years to complete. On a guided tour, learn about Ford's Theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Join us for this extraordinary exploration of America’s history and culture in Washington, D.C.
- Itinerary Type : Standard
- Activity Level : 3
- Number of Days:6
- Number of Meals:8
- Hotels:Washington Marriott Georgetown (Washington, D.C.)
- Experiences:Peek into the life of America’s first president at Mount Vernon.
Behold the impressive Washington National Cathedral.
Stop at Ford’s Theatre where President Lincoln was assassinated.
- Must Sees:Spend 5 memorable nights in the heart of Washington, D.C.
Tour the iconic and storied U.S. Capitol building.
- Culinaries:Experience international cuisine in local restaurants throughout the city.
Dine by candlelight at historic Gadsby’s Tavern in Old Town Alexandria.
Itinerary (6 days)
Washington, D.C. - Tour Begins
Explore America’s heritage and history during your stay in the capital city of the United States – Washington, D.C.
Your day begins at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center with a guided tour of this historic and storied building. Then, discover the celebrated history of America’s capital on a tour with a local expert. Delight in wonderful views of the White House, National Mall and many monuments and museums. We continue with stops at the moving World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
This morning we visit the White House Visitor Center. Explore the history of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and see artifacts from the White House collection. Then, it’s your choice! Step into the pages of history and uncover some of the treasures of the Smithsonian Institution with a visit to the National Air and Space Museum -OR- the National Museum of American History. Among the National Air and Space Museum’s collection in their location on the National Mall are the famous Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 command module. The National Museum of American History houses an array of American touchstones, including many gowns worn by America’s First Ladies and the Star-Spangled Banner. This afternoon, enjoy free time to continue exploring on your own. Tonight, you may choose to join an optional twilight tour of D.C. including dinner.
Arlington National Cemetery - Mount Vernon, Virginia - Alexandria
Visit Arlington National Cemetery for a narrated tour that takes you to the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Kennedy gravesites. This afternoon, we call on Mount Vernon, the beloved home of the first U.S. president, George Washington. Wander the beautiful plantation grounds he adored and tour the home, filled with 18th-century artifacts. Next, arrive in Old Town Alexandria, a charming community nestled along the Potomac. Enjoy some time to stroll the cobblestone streets, view the historic Colonial architecture, and stop at some of the trendy boutiques. This evening we dine at Gadsby’s Tavern, located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and famous for hosting George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers.
This morning, visit the Washington National Cathedral. This magnificent church took 83 years to complete and has been host to many poignant moments in America’s history such as state funerals, Presidential inaugural masses and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last sermon. Admire the beautiful craftsmanship of the cathedral as you learn more about its history during a docent-led tour. This afternoon, visit Ford’s Theatre* where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on that fateful night in 1865. Tour the theatre and hear about the timeline of events that transpired as John Wilkes Booth’s plan unfolded. Finish your tour with a visit to the neighboring Petersen House, the boarding house to which the fatally injured Lincoln was carried. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner commemorating the end of your historical journey.
Washington, D.C. - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close in Washington, D.C. this morning.
U.S. Capitol Building Tour
Set on top of Capitol Hill and the eastern end of the National Mall, this building is home to the U.S. Congress. First used in November of 1800, the Capitol Building is a symbol of American democracy. Designed by a Scottish-trained physician living in the British West Indies, the building is made up of two rectangular parts with a centralized dome.
World War II Memorial
The National WW II Memorial is dedicated to the 16 million who served in the armed forces, the 400,000 who perished and all those who supported the war effort on the home front. Dedicated in 2004 and designed by architect Friedrich St Florian, the memorial sits in a place of honor on the National Mall. It was the culmination of an 11-year effort, mainly funded with private contributions.
White House Visitor Center
Located on famous Pennsylvania Ave, this Visitor Center allows guests to explore exhibits and films connected to the house of the US Presidents. On view are aspects of the architecture and furnishings of the White House as well as over 90 artifacts from the Executive Mansion.
The largest museum and research complex in the world, the Smithsonian consists of 19 museums/galleries and the National Zoo. British scientist James Smithson left his estate to the US with the express purpose of founding a center of knowledge in Washington, D.C. Today some of the more popular museums include the Air & Space, American History and Natural History museums.
Choice on Tour
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education and research complex. Across 19 museums and the National Zoo, the institution preserves the past and helps shape the future. The National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History are two of the most popular branches. From the Wright Flyer and the Apollo 11 command module to the Star-Spangled Banner, each features some of America’s greatest treasures. It’s a tough choice, but your afternoon also includes free time to explore more on your own.
Arlington National Cemetery
Comprised of land once developed by the grandson of George Washington, Arlington went on to become the home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and later a village for the training and assistance of newly freed slaves. The first military burial took place here in 1864. Today Arlington's white headstones and monuments mark the final resting place of American heroes.
Situated on the banks of the Potomac River, Mount Vernon was the home of 1st U.S. President, George Washington. Explore 21 beautiful rooms spread out over the mansion's three floors or see the outbuildings that housed the important trades which helped to sustain the property. Washington redesigned the grounds of the estate to not only grow provisions but reflect a naturalistic 18th-century landscape.
Old Town Alexandria
Located along the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria is home to historic streets, colonial architecture, and age-old hospitality. You’ll enjoy a dinner in a tavern that is famous for hosting George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Dine in the heart of Old Town Alexandria at Gadsby’s Tavern, famous for hosting George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers.
Washington National Cathedral
Since the moment workmen laid the cornerstone in 1907, the Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul has been America's national worship site for people of all faiths. The church atop Mount Saint Alban overlooking the city has played host to the state funerals of Presidents Dwight D Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan. As well as being the place from which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached his last Sunday sermon in 1968.
A historic theatre in the center of Washington, D.C., Ford's Theatre is used for live performances. But Ford's is most famous as the assassination site of Abraham Lincoln in April of 1865. The President's death during the close of the American Civil War was a bid to revive the cause of the Confederacy and was carried out by a well-known actor, John Wilkes Booth.