Once we got to Mt Vernon the tour took a turn for the better...our tour guide/driver was questionable. He wasn't professional however once he dropped us off at Mt Vernon and we were on our own all was good. Mt Vernon is grand there's plenty of history to see and learn about. Oh also, the driver's van was raggedy we weren't sure if it would survive the 5 hour tour. I will give this tour 5 stars because Mt Vernon is worth seeing however the tour guide/driver is another story.
The boat ride from Pier 4 in DC to Mount Vernon provided memorable views of heavily wooded, beautiful Virginia. A host of docents enlightened our group of 22 about the history of and daily living realities at Washington's lovely home. Perhaps the highlight might well have been our visit to the Washington Education Center that houses what we believed the best "museum" that we experienced on our 6 day holiday in the nation's capital. It traces the life of Washington from his boyhood with photos, films, artifacts, quotes and tableaus. All in all, we highly recommend Mount Vernon via Viator.
Great tour. Everyone at Grayline was helpful and pleasant. We had plenty of time to tour the various museum exhibits, but at a busier time of year you may need more time. The house was very interesting and the tour guides at various points around the property were so wonderfully passionate and clearly felt honoured to be there. I even ended up reading Washington's prayer at a daily memorial service at his tomb which was an honour, even as a Brit. He was clearly a great man.
Wonderful bus driver who kept us engaged with his historical stories. The grounds are beautiful. Mt Vernon was not crowded which made the tour all the better. The only negative was there was not enough time to see all the grounds. Perhaps cut the stop in Alexandria so there is more time at Mt Vernon
The tour was ok but the tour driver was not professional. He told crude jokes, used profanity and took numerous personal calls along the way. The experience was not worth the money due to the tour driver.
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,
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