4.5 star rating: Recommended 158 Reviews

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  • Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration:  6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Veer from the standard Washington, DC, tourist path with this insightful 6.5-hour Mount Vernon cruise and tour. Your Mount Vernon boat tour kicks off with a narrated ride up the scenic Potomac River, taking you to George Washington’s plantation estate in Fairfax, Virginia. When you arrive at the former president’s historic home, you have free time to roam the grounds and tour the house while soaking up its fascinating history.


  • 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.

Board your Mount Vernon cruise at Pier 4 in Washington, DC, and head to the outdoor decks to enjoy the fresh air and views of famous landmarks along the Potomac River. While you cruise, listen to historical facts from the onboard narrator.

Disembark the boat at Mount Vernon, George Washington's 45-acre (18-hectare) 18th-century Palladian-style estate. You have about three hours to spend here retracing Washington’s footsteps, wandering through the property’s intriguing nooks and crannies. See the intimate study room, the grand dining room, the former slave quarters and the kitchen.

A visit to Mount Vernon is not complete without a stroll around the estate’s four gardens, where it’s easy to see why the beloved home of George and Martha Washington has been declared a National Historic Landmark. Check out the Colonial Revival garden, which once grew vegetables that supplied the president’s meals, or find George and Martha resting peacefully near the river and fruit garden.

If you get hungry, the estate hosts a range of restaurants (own expense). Then enjoy the leisurely boat ride back to DC.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic day. Cruise boat was large and comfortable. Good toilet facilities and you could buy bagels and toast them for breakfast on boarding. Cruising the Potomac river was very interesting. Timed ticket for the house handed out on disembarking. Mount Vernon was a lovely place to spend a few hours All very well organized as expected from Viator tours. A must do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is a great way to visit Mt. Vernon. The cruise was lovely. Will definitely plan to do this again with out-of-town guests.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Five stars....loved everything...boat, food, personnel. Thanks.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a wonderful tour. The cruise down the Potomac was relaxing as well as informational. There was ample time to tour Mount Vernon before returning to DC. I would recommend this tour to anyone!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was great! The boat ride on the Spirit of Mount Vernon was fantastic and informative although a tad chilly and it was a great way to approach the estate. The grounds at Mount Vernon were spectacular, as was the tour within the house. My only complaint is that I wish we had more time to spend there, not being able to see the Distillery and feeling a bit rushed in the GORGEOUS museum that they have in the visitor's center / food court. Another regret is my choice in footwear all of the paths are gravel/dirt, so sneakers are a must!! I recommend this trip to all, but bring a jacket for the boat ride and do not wear sandals!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Not a single complaint.....well, except the coffee on the boat was really undrinkable. Strangest off taste I have ever encountered--and I am not normally picky about my coffee. Other than that, everything was great. Everything about the trip was well organized and professional.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very nice I loved the boat ride and then the tour.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour and a must see for any vacation in the Washington DC area. The boat cruise on the Potomac River was enjoyable. Once we arrived we had set times for the house tour which allowed plenty of time afterwards to tour different parts of the grounds including a small on-site museum. I found out this large estate and surrounding land is only a fraction of the surrounding land that George Washington owned when he was alive. The tour of home was great and really is a step back in time to the founding days of United States. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was easy to book the tour. We really enjoyed the relaxing river trip combined with visit to Mount Vernon. The views of the river added a new dimension to seeing George Washington's home. Mount Vernon is a wonderful stop all by itself: the house, tour, lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn, the new museum, and a fabulous gift shop.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was great! Wonderful boat. Excellent guides and information. A truly wonderful experience .

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