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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

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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: March 15 to October 16)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Lunch
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW , 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

U.S. Navy Memorial

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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). We'll spend some time at beautiful Georgetown Waterfront Park 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.

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:  
Georgetown Waterfront Park
We'll spend some time at beautiful Georgetown Waterfront Park for a lunch break.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Potomac River
Seasonal: March 15 to October 15. For a unique experience, this tour offers a leisurely cruise on the Potomac River 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
  • No food allowed on buses (snacks are fine!)
  • The boat cruise is seasonal from March 15 to October 15.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY USA Guided Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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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 policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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  • "Be prepared for walking on the tour as many of the monuments requires getting off the coach and getting there by foot." See review

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star-5
Highlights of DC
Frannya512
, Aug 2022
Honestly I wouldn’t do the River cruise again , would much rather do the Marine Memorial or something not really seen! Brittany and Toy were awesome helpful and knowledgeable! Overall a great way to see all the highlights!
star-4
Good one day DC tour!
Dar_M
, Aug 2022
Good tour, hits all the main DC attractions. AC on bus was not working very well thus the 4 stars. Great tour if you only have one day in DC.
star-5
Great tour of DC
Joyce_F
, Aug 2022
Bus driver and tour guide were excellent. Cold Water furnished was a plus. Would recommend to families with children
star-5
Great tour and guide
John_M
, Aug 2022
Very good tour Dian and Thomas are great Bus was a little noisy over bumps so it was hard to hear Dian give he wonderful tour and sometime silly jokes :) I think he did 13 jokes 13 times over the 5+ hours Wow - that adds to 13 - 1+1+3+3+5 So weird It was great - we really enjoyed ourselves!
star-5
Knowledge and fun
Dido_S
, Aug 2022
Coming from Belgium this was our first time in DC. The tour was just exceptional thanks to our tour guide Dion. The guy was amazing and very knowledgeable and funny at the same time. He has lot of stories to tell and made the time fly so quickly. I really recommend this tour to visit the most important places and memorials in the city. Ask for Dion if you want to get the knowledge and the fun!!
star-5
A must to do while in DC
Steven_G
, Aug 2022
Knowledgeable and organized your guide Alicia and driver Calvin! 6 full hours and they didn't miss a beat!
star-5
Awesome tour with Awesome tour guide
Atul_N
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide Josh was awesome and super knowledgeable about each and every area and historical places. Also our driver Tk made sure that we had closest access to all places with minimal walking!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Wonderful, except for the boat ride.
Luz_C
, Aug 2022
Everything was great, from the tour, the people, the attractions, the order, to the guides. Yet there was this part of the tour that we found rather disappointing. The boat ride. There is not enough space inside of the boat for the amount of people that have to get on. The lucky ones get the shade and tables, but if you're not, you'll have to be fully exposed to the dangerous sun, in very uncomfortable chairs. That was our case. Because of that we didn't enjoy that part.
star-5
Great way to see the monuments
Jonetta_P
, Aug 2022
We truly enjoyed our tour. The small group atmosphere was very nice. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and efficient. It was a wonderful time.
star-5
Great tour!
Ann_M
, Aug 2022
Joey and Thomas were a great set of tour guides! We had a great time learning more about the monuments!
star-5
You see it all!
Juli_H
, Aug 2022
This was a very thorough tour, and our guide Ann Marie did a wonderful job (loved her Eleanor Roosevelt story!) The boat ride was very nice because you can see different perspectives of the sites. I enjoyed the FDR memorial because it was not one I was familiar with at all, but it was excellent. My one suggestion is to somehow make the back of bus #30 less squeaky. The noise made it difficult to hear even when the sound system was turned up all the way.
star-5
Great way to hit the DC Must Sees!
Cathy_D
, Jul 2022
Larry and Curtis were a great team. Friendly, informative, helpful and keep the tour on pace. This tour allows you to see the best that DC has to offer in one easy day. The lunch break and relaxing boat ride up the Potomac is a great way to break up the day on this lengthy tour. Highly recommend! We traveled as a family of 5 (kids 12, 10, 7) Tip: Get there 20 minutes early, use the bathroom in the Navy Memorial building, and be sure to finish your coffee before boarding. : )
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you, Cathy_D , for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
The Only Tour of DC You Need!
Kenya_L
, Jul 2022
This was a great tour! The Tour Guide had a lot of energy and a wealth of knowledge about not only the sites you were visiting, but about DC and history in general. I would definitely recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you, Kenya_L, for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Family Fun
Sharon_J
, Jul 2022
Thomas and Deon were awesome on this tour. Deon knows his stuff. Love his humor and interaction with the guests. Great tour that included all the highlights of DC. Thanks guys.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear customer, thank you for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Good time.
Ruben_C
, Jul 2022
The driver and our tour guide is very knowledgeable, of the history of each place we visited. Washington d.c has a lot of history.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you, Ruben_C, for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Our tour guide, Brittany,...
Linda_C
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide, Brittany, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. She gave a lot of history and described buildings as we passed them.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you, Linda_C for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-2
Van was NOT air conditioned during an actual heatwave.
Denise_C
, Jul 2022
We purposely booked this tour because of the air conditioned buses, we knew how hot the weekend would be. Our bus did not have working air conditioning. On top of that we went at a breakneck speed to see all of the sights, even in the heat. The cruise part of the tour was a waste of time, a good portion the "sites" narrated were not visible due to trees. Our guide Terry and driver Edwin were great, none of this is their fault. I am requesting a refund though due to the lack of air conditioned van.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear customer, we regret that your experience has not been entirely good, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and expert and friendly guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
A wonderful day in DC !
Adalberto_O
, Jul 2022
Had great tour! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable! Way to go Drai you are a great guide. We would all do it again👍
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for your comments, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Excellent tour. Jamal...
NESTOR_V
, Jul 2022
Excellent tour. Jamal (Yamal), our tour guide, was knowledgeable and excellent you guide. I recommend this tour as an star when is your first time in Washington.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you, NESTOR, for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Awesome tour
Jayagauri_P
, Jul 2022
Our tour was on 22nd July 2021 . I am 67 and my husband is 73 … when we boarded ..?Thomas the driver of 30 number bus .. welcomed us and helped us to get good seats . Thomus was very very generous and helpful while get in and get out from bus at every stop ❤️ May god bless him . The beautiful lady who is our guide..I think her name was Joie.. very very energetic.. continuously giving information about all known buildings and it’s history ..and of course she told us about the monuments which we visited. Awesome experience.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear customer, thank you for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.

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