57 reviews of In the Footsteps of George Washington: Day Cruise to Mount Vernon
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Reviewed by ehb, August 2011
We enjoyed it very much. Lovely way to see the river and its shores
Reviewed by Dan M, July 2011
Excellent! The only negative is that there was not enough seats on the boat unless you went inside. This wasn't really a healthy option- there was a strong odor of mold in the inner cabin.
Note from Viator: Thanks for your comment about the mold. We appreciate your feedback and are following up with our local supplier.
Reviewed by pilgrim, United Kingdom, November 2010
Reviewed by THERESA M, August 2012
Everyone on the boat was extremely nice. The trip was relaxing in the midst of a very, very busy week in DC. I was not as pleased with "Mount Vernon". I felt we were rushed through the mansion, and given very little information. Our self-guided tour around the grounds was better.
Reviewed by David S, July 2012
The trip was fine, though more info on shuttles to Mt. Vernon once the boat docked would have been nice as it is a 1/2 mile walk up 6 degree upslope gravel covered road to Mt Vernon awaits you. Also, the boat upon boarding to return to Washington DC was extremely warm as the air conditioning was insufficient for a 100 degree day.
Reviewed by katmac338, June 2012
The boat ride was a lovely way to get there. My only complaint is that we got 3 hours to spend there and it was not enough time. If you want to see everything, take a tour, eat lunch, walk the grounds, go through the museums, watch the movies, read the exibits and shop in the enormous gift shop, it will take you at least 4 hours. We decided to stay and not go back on the boat. We just didn't want to rush back. Instead we took a bus to Old Town in Alexandria which has a free shuttle that runs up and town the main street from the metro station to the water front. We shopped, had dinner and took the Metro back to DC around 9pm. Great day indeed!
Reviewed by BUFORD J, September 2011
Comfortable and interesting way to get to Mt. Vernon. Narrated tour up the Potomac, pointing out sights along the way. 1-1/2 hour each way, leaving 3 hours to visit Mt. Vernon. Seems like a lot, but they were having activities on the property the day we were there (a Sunday) and there were many things to see. Had to be back to the boat at a certain time, and I was wishing I had another hour at least to enjoy my visit. Felt shortchanged on that score. That's why the 3 stars: not enough time on the property.
Reviewed by Denise N, August 2011
I hadn't been to Mount Vernon since the '70s. I really enjoyed the new museum and food court. The cruise was great on the way there, but I didn't enjoy the trip back very much. I felt it was a little long, looking at the same things again.
Reviewed by Hazel K, United Kingdom, July 2011
This tour began very early we had to arrive at the dock for 8am. It was gone 9.30am when we finally left for Mount Vernon.
We docked at Mount Vernon about 10.15am and collected our pass to see the house at 10.55. By the time we had walked from the boat to the house it was time look at the house. We then had to rush around looking at the the rest of Mount Vernon estate. We had to miss the all of the story about George Washington and the exhibition rooms.
This could have been an very good day tour but we had to get back for the return journey as the boat brought in the afternoon visitors.
It was a described as a day tour when infact it turned out to be a half day tour.
We feel we now need to go back for another half day to see all the things we missed.
We recommend you hire a car and drive yourself then spend the whole day there.
Reviewed by Carroll S, June 2011
Cruise was ok - if we had known we woud not be on the top deck for good view, we would not have booked the trip. We did enjoy Mt. Vernon.
Reviewed by Ilana G, April 2012
Would have liked to have had more narration on the boat. Only had a smattering of sites along the way pointed out. I had expected it to have been more interesting, such as including some history of the Potomac river we were traveling on. Mount Vernon was great, though we could have gotten there on our own
Reviewed by Mark H, United States of America, September 2010
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