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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC in one day on this guided walking and riding sightseeing tour around the nation’s capital. Visit the city’s historic, iconic landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the United States Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. See and learn about the memorials of famous American leaders who helped shape the United States, like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few. Includes a seasonal Potomac River cruise.
  • Hop off for guided walks around the US Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial
  • Learn about the sights you see from your knowledgeable guide
  • Travel aboard state-of-the-art luxury 30-passenger coach

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour’s river cruise and guided walking portions provide extra photo ops and insight.
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Transport by state-of-the-art luxury coach
English-Speaking Live Tour Guide (on and off the bus)
On-board narration
Boat Cruise on the Potomac River (seasonal: Apr 1 to Oct 15)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Lunch (available for purchase - approximately $11 USD)

Departure Point

701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at a central meeting point.

From the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, drive past the White House, the many Smithsonian museums, the National Mall and much more. Enjoy an entertaining and educational narrative from the expert local guide, with frequent photo-op stops of the historic and iconic landmark locations.

Also, experience guided walks around the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Along the way, learn about the history of these famous monuments and examine them up close.

This tour also features a scenic, seasonal boat cruise along the Potomac River (March 15 to October 16). Lunch is available for purchase onboard. Outside of those dates, visit the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City for shopping and lunch on own.

The tour concludes back at the original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center
Starts/Ends
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Guided Walking Tour of the U.S. Capitol Building (outside only)
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
White House
Guided Walking Tour of the White House (outside only)
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
National World War II Memorial
Guided Walking Tour of WWII Memorial
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jefferson Memorial
Guided Walking Tour of Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Guided Walking Tour of FDR Memorial
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Guided Walking Tour of MLK Memorial
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Guided Walking Tour of Korean War Veterans Memorial
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lincoln Memorial
Guided Walking Tour of Lincoln Memorial
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Guided Walking Tour of Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
We'll head over to Fashion Centre at Pentagon City for a lunch break, and after this, we re-board the bus to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial - with spectacular views of Arlington Cemetery and the Washington, D.C. landscape.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Potomac River
For a unique experience, this tour offers a leisurely cruise on the Potomac River (Seasonal: April 1 to October 15) with your guide, who will answer any questions you might have.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Small carry-on bags are allowed, however it is recommended that you ravel lightly. Due to security concerns, the tour operator reserves the right to search any bags or purses you bring on board. Many of the attractions in Washington DC are equipped with metal detectors at the entrances. Traveling without bags or purses is recommended.
  • Due to time restrictions, you cannot go inside any of the monuments, however you can spend about 15-20 minutes at each stop to enjoy up-close views
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • To encourage social distancing and to allow for additional space - all tour vehicles are running at 50% of the max allowable capacity
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY USA Guided Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Natalie_Kertes
, Jun 2021
Nick was equally informative and entertaining. He has over 12 years of experience, and it shows. The tour was well-paced and enjoyable throughout.
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star-5
Great experience
T-Panch
, Jun 2021
Amazing tour, great information. Awesome way to learn about and see the nationals capital! Would recommend the night tour!
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star-5
John is a great tour guide!
Catie_S
, Jun 2021
John and Thomas are a great team! John was ver knowledge about all things DC the bus was comfortable, nice air conditioning and fresh cold water bottles.
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Best Tour Ever!
Steve_D
, Jun 2021
I am a native Washingtonian, and my family traveled throughout DC, visiting the sights like tourists, back in the 1960's, so this tour was great - seeing familiar sights and many new additions. The boat tour was an added bonus, seeing things from the water. I didn't want it to end. I photographed every moment. We live in a very beautiful area, and your tour let me see the old and the new of Washington DC. Thank you for a great and wonderful day of celebrating my 40th anniversary with my wife!
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Great Overview of DC
Noriko_M
, Jun 2021
John and Thomas were excellent and professional. Enjoyed inspiring stories along the tours and a nice boat ride.
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To fast for me.
Chris_S
, Jun 2021
Tour guide was great and had lots of knowledge. The tour had a great addenda but it was rushed. Ten to fifteen minutes is not enough time at the sites especially if you want souvenirs. Also being in the open top van was nice but again everything was rushed. With all the trees around when the guide is trying to tell you what the monuments are you can’t even see them and as fast as the vehicle moving the guide points in a direction and tells you the name of a building but which one. The boat ride should be deleted. The boat’s smell like Diesel fuel nasty diesel fuel. It’s a lame tour spend that 45 minutes and slow down the main tour. If someone wants a stinky boat ride they can book it separately.
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Recommend!
Krastina_D
, Jun 2021
Terry the guide and Milton the bus driver were awesome. We had a great time, plenty opportunities to see the sights, very good info and interesting facts. The bus was more of a van, we were 12 people in our group - the cool part was that the van/bus was convertible so we got to enjoy the fresh air during the first part of the trip and then when it started raining, Milton closed the roof (made of plexiglas), so we could still continue the trip and experience the city. Washington is a breathtaking city , if you haven’t visited - GO! And this tour was absolutely the best way to see everything in 6 hours.
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Very good 🙂
Gabriela_J
, Jun 2021
It was such a nice tour, amazed at how much history there is in one place. My favorite was the Dr. Martin Luther Memorial, everything was really neat though. Our tour guide Christopher he was very good at explaining everything and kept the group involved, and laughing with his jokes. I had my two young kids with me, ages 6 and 8 they really enjoyed all the sites as well! Thanks for an amazing memorable tour.
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Fantastic!
Tamika_B
, Jun 2021
What a full day! If you can, request Christopher! Not only was he knowledgeable but he was hilarious and sooo helpful at several stops. It wouldn’t be possible to get that many stops or knowledge on our own. I would recommend the tour to anyone. We had a great time.
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Great tour!
Mike_D
, Jun 2021
Great tour. Our tour guide Christopher and his driver Milton were awesome. Knowledgeable polite and friendly. We definitely recommend.
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