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Travel to George Washington's popular plantation home in Virginia and one of the nation’s most beloved historic sites for this private, guided, 6.5-hour cruise and tour. Travel along the Potomac River to Mount Vernon, a National Historic Landmark. Learn about Washington’s life as a founding father and first president of the United States. Explore his home of more than 40 years, including the 21-room mansion, the Colonial-era buildings, the beautiful gardens, a working distillery and gristmill and the museum and education center.


  • 6.5-hour Mount Vernon tour from Washington, DC
  • Learn about the Potomac River and its notable landmarks during a leisurely river cruise
  • Explore President George Washington's former home and gardens
  • Enjoy three hours of free time to tour the 45-acre estate

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You've seen DC's main city landmarks — now enjoy an intimate slice of history by touring the first US president's home with the added bonus of cruising down the Potomac.

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What You Can Expect

In the Footsteps of George Washington: Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

Cruise from DC to Mount Vernon.

Beginning at Pier 4 in Washington, DC, climb aboard the Spirit of Mount Vernon and travel along the historic Potomac River, taking in the view of some of the nation’s greatest landmarks while listening to historical facts and figures from the onboard guide.

Upon arrival at Mount Vernon, explore the grounds and Washington’s 21-room mansion.
Learn about the 18th-century, English-style garden, where Washington the landscaper reshaped walks, roads and lawns, cut vistas through the forest and planted hundreds of native trees and shrubs. Visit the 4-acre Pioneer Farm on the banks of the Potomac near the wharf. This is where Washington tested and implemented his progressive farming practices. Also, learn about the lives of some 100 field slaves who put his ideas into practice here.

Visit the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center for a self-guided tour. This building features 23 galleries and theaters where visitors learn about Washington through interactive displays, an action adventure movie, short films produced by the History Channel and more.

Food is available on site (own expense). Enjoy classic American favorites in a Colonial-inspired setting at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant or grab a quick meal or snack at the Mount Vernon Food Court.

The tour ends with a return cruise to Washington, DC.

Customer Reviews

Richard K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a very nice trip well worth the ticket price. Mount Vernon is a beautiful place to visit. We went on Columbus Day so we were not able see everything of interest during the 3 1/2 hr stay. Staff said non holiday visits are less crowded. The museum is unbelieveable, right down to Washington's dentures. The river is calm with scenic views. Highly recommended.

Philip S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The day cruise down to Mount Vernon was very well done. Just enough info from the crew on what we were passing but still time to carry on a conversation with fellow passengers on the way down and way back to DC. The tour of Mt Vernon itself was good as well. You were given the right amount of time to tour the buildings as well as get a snack if you wanted as well. Got back to the dock in plenty of time for the relaxing sail back to DC. Weather was great for that time of year as well.

Timothy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Absolutely wonderful excursion. Starting with a friendly staff on the river boat cruise to the fantastic home, museum, pioneer farming and exhibitions going on that day. My only negative comment would be that I wish it lasted longer.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very enjoyable day, and the cruise on the river is a great way of seeing something different.

JoAnne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very enjoyable trip and just the right amount of time at Mt. Vernon. Parking is an issue, and snacks on board are a little pricey. But really relaxing, and a great way to get to M. Vernon and back.

Robbin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The cruise was great. I couldn't always hear the narration because people were talking so loud but the parts I could hear was great info. The actual Mt. Vernon experience is one I won't forget. Didn't realize how much walking was involved up and down hills and paths. It was beautiful experience and one I would highly recommend if anyone asked.

Alice H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This cruise was a great way to tour Mount Vernon, so relaxing going to and returning from Mount Vernon. Enjoyed having the points of interest pointed out to us on the way there. The 3 1/2 hours allowed at Mount Vernon was plenty and we had plenty of time to eat lunch while there. I would recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Four of us traveled to Mount Vernon and totally enjoyed the trip. I gave my voucher and was handed four sets of tickets that carried us through the day. The cruise was nice and peaceful we enjoyed the time and was able to talk and listen to the guide that pointed out places we were passing. Not nearly enough time to see all of Mt. Vernon but gives us a reason to go back.

Elizabeth Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great time! Highly recommend.
Boat ride is enjoyable and educational the morning food choices could be expanded a bit. Mount Vernon is lovely to see, don't miss the educational center, we almost did thinking it was something for children It has a lot of historical pieces that are very interesting. Nice lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn as well.

Kathryn L USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved this tour. It was the perfect ending to our DC trip.

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