Spotlight on Washington, D.
From $2,199* pp | 6-7 Days • 8 – 9 Meals *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
American democracy comes to life in the nation’s capital city on an extraordinary tour of America’s history and culture in Washington, D.C.
- Spend 5 nights in the heart of Washington, D.C.
- Glimpse into the life of America’s first president with a visit to his estate, Mount Vernon.
- Tour the U.S. Capitol building.
American History and Culture
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 our 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 Theatre where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Join us for this extraordinary exploration of America’s history and culture in Washington, D.C.
Day 1. Washington, D.C. – Tour Begins
Explore America’s heritage and history on this in-depth tour of the capital city of the United States – Washington, D.C.
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Your day begins with a stop at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Centre for 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. Later, visit the White House Visitor Centre where you will gain insight into the many transitions this historic residence has undergone. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a special welcome dinner.
Day 3. Mount Vernon, Virginia – Alexandria – Arlington National Cemetery
Visit 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 artefacts. Next, arrive in old town Alexandria, a charming community nestled along the Potomac River. Enjoy time at leisure to wander the cobblestone streets, view the historic Colonial architecture, and stop in to some of the trendy boutiques and restaurants. This afternoon, visit Arlington National Cemetery for a narrated tour including the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Kennedy grave sites.
Day 4. Washington, D.C.
This morning we uncover some of the treasures of the Smithsonian Institution with a visit to your choice of the famed Air and Space Museum or the National Museum of American History. Among the Air and Space Museum’s collection in the location on the National Mall are the famous Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 command module Columbia. The National Museum of American History features artefacts from locomotives to the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the national anthem; to the First Ladies Hall containing many ball gowns worn by America’s First Ladies. The afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring on your own.
This morning, visit the Washington National Cathedral. This magnificent church took 83 years to complete and has been host to such poignant moments in America’s history 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 neighbouring Petersen House, the boarding house to which the fatally injured Lincoln was carried. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a special farewell dinner commemorating the end of a wonderful journey.
Day 6. Washington, D.C. – Tour Ends
Meals as per itinerary
Activities as stated
Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.
Meals not indicated on the itinerary
Comprehensive travel insurance
Items of a personal nature – laundry, telephone, room service
Tips and gratuities
- All states and cities on this tour are 14 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.
- The highest point on this tour is 3,680 feet above sea level.
- The currency in the US is the US Dollar.
- The electricity on this tour is 120 volts.
- Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, upstairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
May 5 – May 10. $2,329
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Jul 28 – Aug 2. $2,199
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