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  • Location:Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration:11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Monticello and Thomas Jefferson Country Day Trip from Washington DC

Travel from Washington DC to Charlottesville, Virginia, to explore Monticello, the home of President Thomas Jefferson. On this full-day tour, learn all about Jefferson's professional accomplishments and personal life as you tour Monticello, including Mulberry Row — where some of the slaves who worked on the plantation lived. Also, drive by the University of Virginia, which was founded and designed by Jefferson. This highly informative tour provides a detailed look at the impact of America's third president.


  • Day trip to Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, from Washington DC
  • Tour Monticello and learn about Jefferson's life from informative exhibits
  • Visit Mulberry Row, where Monticello slaves once lived, and learn about the operation of the plantation
  • Drive past the University of Virginia, which was founded and designed by Jefferson

What You Can Expect

Monticello and Thomas Jefferson Country Day Trip from Washington DC


At Washington DC's Union Station, board your comfortable, air-conditioned coach for the 117-mile (188-km) drive to Charlottesville, Virginia. Along the way, listen to your driver talk about the life of Thomas Jefferson, and watch a video on this founding father and American president.

Stop at Michie Tavern for a tour of this rustic, 18th-century landmark and a hearty lunch of southern favorites (own expense) served family style; you may also choose to wait and eat at the cafe at Monticello if you prefer. After leaving Michie Tavern, take a gorgeous drive up an 850-foot (260-meter) mountain to Monticello, Jefferson's lavish plantation home, and spend 3 to 4 hours exploring it on your own. Join a guided tour of the magnificent neoclassical-style mansion, and see the extensive slave quarters on Mulberry Row. Walk around the lush vegetable and flower gardens and pay a visit to Jefferson's grave.

Your day trip also includes a drive through the lovely grounds of the University of Virginia, which was founded and designed by Jefferson. Relax on the drive back to Washington DC, and conclude your 11.5-hour day trip at Union Station.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A great trip and most fabulous experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent trip .... the driver was outstanding, especially in troubleshooting and fixing a problem with the bus ... the film of Jefferson was excellent prep for the visit ... plenty of time to walk around and explore ... the movie shown on the return trip was stupid faux history and way too loud .... lunch at the Inn was fun ...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very enjoyable tour. My complaint is that there just isn't enough time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was exceptional. The tour bus was comfortable, and the video during the ride was very informative. Once we arrived at Montecello, the docents on site were great.

United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour and day trip! I've always wanted to visit Monticello and glad I finally did. I read the reviews on Viator prior to booking and now I am paying it forward. The bus ride was comfortable with a friendly bus driver. The drive there featured a DVD on Thomas Jefferson and the ride back featured a movie. The tour of Jefferson's house was awesome and the tour guide was very informative. The Monticello grounds and surrounding views are amazing. I was able to catch most of one of the two free tours of different parts of the grounds. While we were given several hours at Monticello, I personally could have used a bit more time...but then again I am a history buff and tend to take a while soaking everything in. In summary, it was a great day trip and tour. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our driver was very professional, friendly, and courteous. Enjoyed both the tavern good guide tour, and excellent meal. Montecello was lovely good guide, and I have a renewed appreciation for this truly unique, conflicted, and intelligent man. I am proud to call Thomas Jefferson one of our founding fathers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015


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5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Incredibly beautiful and awe inspiring. Love the home tour and the additional tours of the grounds were a pleasant surprise -

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Although we were not lucky with the weather, it was a great trip. Always a pleasure to visit Monticello and witness the greatness of Jefferson. I feel strongly that every one, no matter how old, but not too young, should visit this part of our history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

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