Accommodations in centrally-located three-star or four-star hotels. Rooming on a double basis.
Round-trip transportation on scheduled airline. Checked luggage fees apply.
All breakfasts. All dinners.
Tour escort throughout. Special arrangements as noted.
Entrances and activities as noted on itinerary.
passports provides and pays for a Post Departure Travel Protection Plan that includes coverage for Trip Interruption, Trip Delay, Baggage Loss or Delay, Medical Expense and Evacuation and more.
Smithsonian Museums at The Mall
Full-day city sightseeing: Local Guide, Sightseeing stop at the United States Capitol, Supreme Court and Library of Congress, Visit to the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, National Mall, Visit to the National Archives (according to availability), Ford's Theatre and Petersen House, White House Visitor Center
Excursion to Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon Memorial
Illumination Drive and Night Tour
The U.S. glides by under your wide-bodied aircraft as you fly to our nation's capital, Washington, D.C.
Upon arrival,settle in, relax, or, if time allows, set out with your group leader to explore your surroundings.
The capital city is home to the largest museum complex in the world, the Smithsonian Institution. It now oversees nineteen museums and the National Zoo, as well as the "Castle," which houses the Smithsonian Visitor Center and the tomb of James Smithson, the Englishman whose half-million dollar endowment established the Institution, back in 1846.
As time allows, visit one or two of the Smithsonian museums (most are located on the Mall or nearby). They include the American History Museum, the African American History and Culture Museum, the American Indian Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Freer Gallery of Art, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and the S. Dillon Ripley Center.
View important Washington, D.C. landmarks on a tour of the city.
A full-day local guide, well-educated and specially-trained on the history and culture of Washington, D.C., will accompany your group.
Head to Capitol Hill for a close look at the massive dome and at the imposing elegance of the United States Capitol, flanked by the Supreme Court of the United States and by the Library of Congress. Nearby stand Senate and House office buildings.
Get better acquainted with the United States Congress and the Capitol Building at the huge Visitor Center, notably at Exhibition Hall, where historical documents are on display, and television screens show live sessions of the House and Senate.
Focus on the wide expanse, nearly two miles long that's stretched from the United States Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, with the Washington Monument presiding midway, in full view of the White House across the Ellipse.
At the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, you will view the United States of America's Founding Documents: the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Visit the theater where President Lincoln was shot, and the house across the street in which he died. The theater reopened after having been closed for 103 years.
Spend time at the Visitor Center of the executive residence also known as The People's House. See historical artifacts and permanent exhibits, and take an interactive touch-screen tour of the real White House next door.
On a visit to the National Cemetery, you will pause at the Kennedy Gravesite and at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where the Changing of the Guard is held regularly.
Continue to Arlington Ridge Park, adjacent to Arlington Cemetery, to view the Marine Corps War Memorial. Better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, this iconic monument is dedicated to all U.S. Marine Corps personnel who have died defending their country since 1775.
Stop at the monument dedicated to the 184 people who died at the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 on September 11, 2001.
Seek the advice of your tour escort.
In the evening, the monuments light up: see the Capitol Building, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and more.
Most good things must come to an end. Your suitcase full of memorabilia and of photos ready to be processed, get ready for the journey home, eager to share your discoveries with family and friends.
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