Cherry Blossom Season in Washington, D.C.
Exploring America’s Capital
April 9th-14th, 2020
$2,599 Double Occupancy
$450 Single Supplement
Includes Roundtrip Airfare PHX
U.S. Capitol Building Tour, World War II Memorial, White House Visitor Center, Smithsonian Institution, Choice on Tour, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Old Town Alexandria, Gadsby’s Tavern, Washington National Cathedral, Ford’s Theatre
Day 1: Washington, D.C. – Tour Begins
Explore America’s heritage and history during your stay in the capital city of the United States – Washington, D.C.
Day 2: Washington, D.C.- Your day begins at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center with 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. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (B) (D)
Day 3: Washington, D.C.- This morning we visit the White House Visitor Center. Explore the history of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and see artifacts from the White House collection. Then, it’s your choice! Step into the pages of history and uncover some of the treasures of the Smithsonian Institution with a visit to the National Air and Space Museum -OR- the National Museum of American History. Among the National Air and Space Museum’s collection in their location on the National Mall are the famous Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 command module. The National Museum of American History houses an array of American touchstones, including many gowns worn by America’s First Ladies and the Star-Spangled Banner. This afternoon, enjoy free time to continue exploring on your own. Tonight, you may choose to join an optional twilight tour of D.C. including dinner. (B)
Day 4: Washington, D.C.- Arlington National Cemetery – Mount Vernon, Virginia – Alexandria
Visit Arlington National Cemetery for a narrated tour that takes you to the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Kennedy gravesites. This afternoon, we call on 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 artifacts. Next, arrive in Old Town Alexandria, a charming community nestled along the Potomac. Enjoy some time to stroll the cobblestone streets, view the historic Colonial architecture, and stop at some of the trendy boutiques. This evening we dine at Gadsby’s Tavern, located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and famous for hosting George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers. (B) (D)
Day 5: Washington, D.C.- This morning, visit the Washington National Cathedral. This magnificent church took 83 years to complete and has been host to many poignant moments in America’s history such 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 neighboring Petersen House, the boarding house to which the fatally injured Lincoln was carried. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner commemorating the end of your historical journey. (B) (D)