The tour is great for people who want to visit there but no transportation. My friend and I don't know about american history much. That's why we bought this tour and thought that we would have had a tour guide with us in Mt Vernon. It's not good for foriegners like us, but it's great for people who know very well about American history.
I prefaced this with the fact that it was a very rainy day. That said, good points of the tour:
Mt. Vernon was definitely worthwhile visiting. The various docents inside the mansion were interesting and enthusiastic. Perhaps because it was cold and rainy, certain outside activities were not in evidence.
The credit was due to the Mt Vernon organization and not to the effort of Viator.
Disappointing parts of the tour:
There were only 5 people on the tour. We were driven around in a van. The guide was also the driver. He spoke softly and at times mumbled on. It was almost like listening to one's grandpa rambling along.
The windows in the van were all misted up so it was hard to look outside. We did stop at Christ Church and saw the Spite House in Old Town Alexandria but if we did drive by the other points of interest, they were not pointed out to us clearly.
Conclusions: Not the best tour we have ever taken and would find it hard to recommend this to others.
Footnote: We have been on many tours and are easy going people.
We really enjoyed this tour. It was an early start, but it meant we beat the crowds at Mt Vernon as we arrived there at 9am. We followed our driver's advice and headed straight for the house on arrival and enjoyed a tour of the house without the accompanying crowds. We were able to wander about the grounds and visit the museum at leisure. We had a full 3 hours at Mt Vernon, but it is so interesting we could have spent longer.
The drive through Old Town Alexandria was interesting, but there was no opportunity to stop and explore (apart from the photo stop at the church on the way to Mt Vernon).
I would definitely recommend this tour. Mt Vernon is a must see when visiting Washington.
David Cooper our driver kept us entertained throughout the journey from Union Station to Mount Vernon,with informative information about places we passed through, with a great sense of humour.He also told us the best route to follow on this tour so as not to lose the advantage of being the first group to arrive. We took his advise, he was not wrong and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. First class tour to this historic estate, loved all of it immensely despite it raining!!
The trip to Mt Vernon with our driver was very good - and it was great to see the old town of Alexandria on the way to Mt Vernon. However we only had 2.5 hours at Mt Vernon, which not nearly enough time to see the excellent film, as well as to view the house (there were queues) and the estate, let alone other offerings there.
This for me was aonce in a lifetime visit to Mt Vernon. Unfortunately, I left with a regret at not having time to visit the whole estate even even at a fast trot, let alone in a leisurely manner.
I suggest you make it clear in your promotional material that the actual time at Mt Vernon is only 2.5 hours.
This was an excellent tour. Our guide, Leroy, described the buildings along the way, stopped in Alexandria for us to see Christ Church and the Lee House, and made an extra effort to get us through the mansion in the same group. He was very knowledgeable and helpful.
well worth the early start, a lovely place to visit
Great driver, very friendly and informative. Mt Vernon well worth going to. It was raining when we went but would be great on a sunny day. We missed some things due the weather.
Good tour - probably even better since it was one of the few things we were able to do during the government shut down. Guide did a great job.
Personable and helpful tour guide. He gave our group the option (which we voted on) to cut an hour off of our Mount Vernon visit if we wanted to see the Air Force Memorial. That Memorial was great to visit and something that we would not have done if not for our tour guide,
Enjoyed the day trip.
We went over the Government Shutdown and it was pouring rain the whole day! I had visited the estate before and think it is a beautiful place to visit! I think it was a great place to visit too because the Government doesn't have control over it and couldn't keep the people away from visiting. The boat ride is a great added plus. You see things and hear things you wouldn't find out by driving!
I enjoyed the Mt Vernon site. However, I would have liked to spend more time in Alexandria. Going to one pub frequented by George Washington was not enough. Alexandria is a beautiful area, and I feel I did not get my money's worth there.
My sister and I did not care for the tone of the tour guide who told the group when to take pictures, and generally talked down to us. In addition, the tour did not start on time, and we did not have as much time as we would have liked at Mt. Vernon. The tour guide liked to hear himself talk.
This tour was less than we expected.
The tour said all guests were to meet at a location by Union Station. The tour picked up three guests at another hotel which took time away from our tour. After the mansion tour and a 20 minute lunch there was little time to see the grounds or the museum.
The Loba tour guide told us our tour did not include us being dropped off at our hotel. You advertised tour guests are dropped off at their hotel. The tour guide did eventually drop us off about 3 blocks from our hotel.
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