We look forward to welcoming you to our nation’s capital and showing you many of Washington’s special attractions.
Please read all of the information provided below.
You will note that even though the departure times vary, each tour bus will return to the hotel by 12:30 pm.
Be aware that there are increased security measures in place at all attractions. Always carry a photo ID with you. Some sites will not allow entry without one.
In most areas, buses are not allowed to stand longer than necessary to board and discharge passengers. Please be prompt at the designated pick-up points. The buses cannot wait for you. If you miss the bus, you are on your own.
The Metro is the most economic and efficient way to travel around the metropolitan area. Where appropriate, Metro information has been included with each daily tour. This will allow you to plan your trip if you wish to view the sites on your own. Rush hour is 5:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Basic Metro fare = $1.35, rush hour = $1.65. Ask about reduced fares for seniors and children when you buy your tickets.
Water will be available on some tour buses. Bring your photo ID, your Smithsonian guide, your Metro map, and wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sun block. Hopefully, umbrellas will not be necessary.
Please check with the Morning Tours Desk for the latest information about tour schedules. Everything is subject to change. Reservations: email Cecily Kohler at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember that your reservations for the Reception Rooms at the State Department must be completed four weeks in advance.
Arlington Cemetery—Saturday, July 25
Arlington National Cemetery is perhaps the most famous cemetery in the world. It is located on the hills overlooking the capital and the Lincoln Memorial, and is the final resting place for thousands of American military men and women who fought and died in battles from the Revolutionary War to present day. Among the people buried here are: President John F. Kennedy, his widow Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and his brother Sen. Robert Kennedy, prizefighter Joe Louis and astronaut "Gus" Grissom. Also located on the grounds is a memorial to the crew of the space shuttle Challenger, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Arlington House, Robert E. Lee’s former home. You will depart the Marriott at 9:30 am and return at 12:30 pm. The cost is $12. Please click here for more information.
Monumental Tour #1—Sunday, July 26
This is your chance to see three of the most well-known and awe-inspiring monuments in Washington, DC. The Washington Monument is the most prominent structure. It was built in honor of George Washington, who led the country to independence and became our first President. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who served when their Nation called upon them. The designer, Maya Lin, felt that "the politics had eclipsed the veterans, their service and their lives." She kept the design elegantly simple to "allow everyone to respond and remember." The Lincoln Memorial has been a fixture on the National Mall since 1922. This memorial to our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, has been the site of many famous gatherings and speeches, with the most famous one being Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963. You will depart the Marriott at 9:00 am and return at 12:30 pm. The cost is $12. Please click here for more information.
Holocaust Memorial Museum—Monday, July 27
One of the most moving museums in Washington is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Here, the history of the Holocaust is recounted through documentary films, video- and audio-taped oral histories, and artifacts. Your experience begins with the Museum building itself. The architect, James Freed, designed the abstract form to allude to camps, ghettos, and other Holocaust sites. You will depart the Marriott at 9:00 am and return at 12:30 pm The cost is $12. Please click here for more information.
Hillwood Museum—Tuesday, July 28
Hillwood, the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, opened as a public museum in 1977. The 40-room Georgian-style mansion, originally called Arbremont, was built in 1926 and purchased by Post in 1955. Hillwood contains the most comprehensive collection of 18th and 19th century Russian imperial art outside of Russia and one of the world’s most important collections of 18th century French decorative arts.
Our tour of the house and grounds is limited to 50 participants. You will depart the Marriott at 9:00 am and return at 12:30 pm. The cost is $25. Please click here for more information.
US Department of State Reception Rooms—Wednesday, July 29
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Monday, July 27 at 9:30 a.m.
The diplomatic reception rooms are among the most beautiful rooms in the world used for official entertaining. In this setting the Secretary of State, the Vice President and Members of the Cabinet entertain the leaders of the world as well as foreign and American dignitaries. The collection of museum-quality furnishings of the period 1750-1825 is valued at over $90 million. Since 1961 the architecture of the rooms has been transformed from ordinary rooms to masterpieces of 18th and early 19th century architecture. No tax dollars have been used to assemble and preserve the collection. Participation in this tour requires registration four weeks in advance. You must supply your full name, date of birth as well as a copy of your driver’s license either directly to the tours email address or, if you prefer, by mail to: 15 D ST SE, Washington, DC.
There are two tours limited to 30 people per tour. Please specify your preferred time slot. Buses will depart the hotel at 9:00 am or 10:00. The last tour will return to the hotel by 12:30 pm. The cost is $15. Please click here for more information.
Thursday, July 30—Two Tours!
Dupont Circle Walking Tour and Heurich House
Dupont Circle is a cosmopolitan neighborhood with some of Washington, DC’s finest museums, historic homes, and foreign embassies as well as a variety of ethnic restaurants, bookstores, and private art galleries. A local historian will lead you on a walking tour of this beautiful area. After Dupont Circle, you will step back in time in this uniquely intact late-Victorian home of German-American beer Baron Christian Heurich. The Heurich House (Brewmaster’s Castle) is a Washington, DC landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, and is one of the most important local historic sites in the Nation’s capital.
You will depart the Marriott at 9:15 am and return at 12:30 pm. The cost is $20. Please click here for more information.
Monumental Tour #2
Here is an opportunity to see three more impressive memorials in Washington, DC. First, the World War II Memorial, the newest memorial in the area, honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Not too far away is the FDR Memorial, a tribute not only to FDR, but also to the era he represents. This memorial traces twelve years of American History through a sequence of four outdoor “rooms,” each one devoted to one of FDR’s four terms of office. Last but not least, located along the famous Cherry Tree Walk on the Western edge of the Tidal Basin near the National Mall, the Jefferson Memorial evokes a sense of serenity. The words of Thomas Jefferson, some written more than 200 years ago, have shaped American ideals. Today, many of these impressive, stirring words adorn the interior walls of his memorial.
You will depart the Marriott at 9:15 am and return at 12:30 pm. The cost is $12. Please click here for more information.
Georgetown, Tudor House Gardens and Dumbarton House—Friday, July 31
Dumbarton House was constructed to meet the expected demand for housing when Federal law required the Government to move from Philadelphia to the District of Columbia in 1800. This estate, consisting of manor house and 4 acres of gardens, has been beautifully restored to its formal splendor and presents a glimpse of life in Georgetown during the early days of the Republic. It is an outstanding example of emerging Federal architecture in the Palladian style.
What are known today as the Tudor House Gardens are the remaining 5½ acres of the original 8 ½ acres of land purchased by Thomas Peter, a landowner and merchant, and his wife, Martha Custis, granddaughter of Martha Washington, on the outskirts of Georgetown in 1805. Today, this historic garden maintains much of the original Federal period design.
You will depart the Marriott at 9:00 am and return at 12:30 pm. The cost is $25. Please click here for more information.