We have selected descriptions of our favorite Washington DC tours (soon to be your favorite tours!) for you to view. For more information, please contact us with the name of your group, your address, phone/fax numbers, estimated number of attendees, and dates of your event.
Welcome to Washington; the Nation’s capital, the city that belongs to all Americans. The core of the city is found in its beautiful and impressive monuments and memorials, a reflection of the ongoing city planning which has contributed to making Washington one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Our afternoon begins with a stop at one of the highest points in the city, Mt. Saint Albans, for a visit to the Washington Cathedral. Here the group will have a guided tour of the interior of this magnificent, Gothic structure, modeled after the great Cathedrals of Notre Dame, Chartres and Milan. Next, we travel along beautiful Embassy Row. In no other area of the city will you see so many magnificent dwellings, now the setting for Washington’s diplomatic life. We continue on with a stop at the exterior of the White House for a photo-op. Learn about the life and lifestyles of the famous occupants of this famous building throughout our nation’s history and this unique area of the capital city, which includes the Old Executive Office Building, (which houses the white house staff and office of the Vice President.) We go on to view Blair House, the official guest house of our nation. Then its on to visit Capitol Hill to view the exterior of the US Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and the US Capitol, including the Senate and House of Representatives Office Buildings. A stop will be made at the exterior of the West Front of the Capital. A highlight of this day is at Washington’s last great Victorian showplace, The Library of Congress. Amid a profusion of fresco paintings, statues, bronzes, arches, pillars and mosaics of every imaginable hue, is 600 miles of shelves and 20 million bound volumes.
When the sun goes down, Washington lights up, exposing an elegant and entirely different city from the one you have come to know by day. Enjoy a friendly and professional narration by our expert tour guide as our luxury deluxe motor coach escorts you past many of the magnificent monuments bathed in spotlights. You will see the spectacular White House, the splendor of the Capitol’s dome, the Washington Monument and the reflecting pool…all beautifully illuminated.
Our tour begins with a visit to Union Station. Following a two year restoration project, this site has indeed been recognized as one of the grandest train stations in the country. Designed in the Beaux Arts style, this magnificent building boast 96 ft. high ceilings, decorated in gold leaf, statues of Roman legionnaires and Greek marble floors throughout. Time will be allowed for dinner on your own at this site. Next, we stop at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Located directly across from the world famous Tidal Basin, the memorial features a park of granite walls, waterfalls and bronze sculptures that depict Roosevelt’s presidency from 1933-1945.
The evening continues on with a memorable visit to the nation’s newest monuments to American bravery; the Lincoln Memorial, honoring the man who saved the Union; the Vietnam Memorial; a symbol of the honor and recognition bestowed on the men and women of the armed forces who made the supreme sacrifice during the longest war in our nation’s history; and the Korean War Memorial, honoring those Americans who fought the war to push North Korean forces back above the 38th parallel.
Our day begins with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery is a walk through our American heritage, with quiet, landscaped hillsides overlooking the Potomac River. We go on to witness the “changing of the guard” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, an inspirational and moving sight. The tour then stops at the gravesite of the Kennedy family, with its eternal flame.
Next, we tour the Jefferson Memorial, the memorial to our third president and the drafter of the Declaration of Independence. Dedicated in 1943, the four interior walls set forth excerpts from Jefferson’s writings on freedom, his view on slavery, Va. Stature on religious freedom and a 1789 letter to James Madison. This will be followed by a visit to the National Air and Space Museum for an introduction to the magic “world of flight.” Here you can touch a piece of the moon or sit in the cockpit of an airplane and actually work the instruments. You may enjoy “lunch on your own” in the cafeteria of the museum. The afternoon concludes on with a visit to Capitol Hill to view the exterior of the US Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and the US Capitol, including the Senate and House of Representatives Office Buildings. A stop will be made at West front of the capital for photos.
NOTE: This tour will conclude at Capitol Hill. For those participants who may not choose to return to the Marriott at this time, they can be dropped off at the Federal Mall, to explore the many other museums in the Smithsonian complex on their own and return to the hotel via metro.
When the sun goes down, Washington lights up, exposing an elegant and entirely different city from the one you have come to know by day. Enjoy a friendly and professional narration by our expert tour guide as our luxury deluxe motor coach escorts you past many of the magnificent monuments bathed in spotlights.
Our evening begins with a visit to Union Station with time for dinner on your own. This will be followed with stops at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial,; the Lincoln, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials. (See Tour #2 for descriptions.)
Continuing on our coach takes us across Memorial Bridge into Virginia with a visit to the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Marine Corps War Statue depicting five Marines and a sailor which comprises the largest bronze statue ever cast. The evening concludes with a stop at the exterior of the White House for a photo-op. Learn about the life and lifestyles of the famous occupants of this famous building throughout our nation’s history. Learn about the influence of Jacqueline Kennedy in preserving Lafayette Park and this unique area of the capital city, which includes the Old Executive Office Building, (which houses the white house staff and office of the Vice President.) We go on to view Blair House, the official guest house of our nation.
The morning begins as we return to the era of George and Martha Washington. The ordered walks, lawns, splendid trees and gardens all reflect the care and planning which Washington lavished on his beloved estate, Mount Vernon. The Georgian mansion has received meticulous attention in restoration and is very close to the form in which Washington left it.
Then, via the beautiful George Washington Memorial Parkway, we travel to Old Towne, Alexandria a which George Washington helped to survey and which he considered his home town. Here in Old Towne, you will have an introductory riding tour covering such sites as Gadsbys Tavern, Carlyle House, Ramsay House, Captain’s Row and the Lee Boyhood Home.
Lunch on your own may be enjoyed at one of the many of the local restaurants and time will be allowed to enjoy the waterfront area of this historic town along with enjoying Alexandria’s famous shops featuring import and specialty items from around the world.
Annapolis has been called “the most perfect example of a colonial town existing today in America.” Surprisingly little has changed since Maryland’s capital was laid out in 1695. In fact, Annapolis has the greatest concentration of 18th- century architecture to be found anywhere in the United States. In downtown Annapolis, which is designated a National Historic District, shops and stores occupy many of the city’s landmarks. Others are occupied by people living grandly in great, 18th-century mansions or modestly in hidden-away cottages.
Upon arrival in Annapolis, a costumed guide, dressed in the period of early colonial times, will escort our coach throughout the streets of this historic area, highlighting many of the government buildings and homes of many of Maryland’s patriots and signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Our stops will include the State House, the oldest capital building in the nation, still fulfilling its original legislative purpose, (dating back to 1695,) the United States Naval Academy, (the undergraduate college of the US Navy, established 150 years. The piece de resistance of any visit to Annapolis is the City Dock, with the Market House and the many restaurants surrounding the dock area. Here you can make your selection and indulge yourself in some of Maryland’s famous delicacies. You will have an opportunity to explore the quaint streets and shops, either with our guide or on your own.
NOTE: PICTURE ID REQUIRED TO ENTER THE NAVAL ACADEMY