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United States of America
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!
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.
United States of ...
Incredibly beautiful and awe inspiring. Love the home tour and the additional tours of the grounds were a pleasant surprise -
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.
David Cooper our guide was superb. Told us about the sights on the way to Monticello. The stop for lunch at Michie Tavern is great. What a historical, fun place along with a terrific buffet.
Well worth the trip, great driver and a great lunch [Southern-style buffet!]. Lots to take in and a good amount of time to explore the site. We went in summer [July], so there were lots of flowers in bloom and the weather was nice.
The whole experience was excellent from departure to return. Coach was an excellent ride, the driver - the one and only Wayne superb! A very pleasant trip. Enjoyed the scenery on the way and the excursions before arrival at Monticello. We can understand why Jefferson built his home where he did as the views were spectacular. The one downside that was outside of the tour operators control was that the house tour was too rushed. We only had 20 minutes inside the home to explore but hours to see outbuildings and gardens. Would have appreciated more time inside. However, a great trip and memorable one. Steffan and Cheryl
Great trip. We first stopped at an old time, Mishers Tavern and went thru all the rooms and out buildings.
We then ate at the on-site, all you can eat restaurant. The cooking was like Grandma used to make, especially the fried chicken and black eyed peas!
We then proceeded to Monticello. We watched a movie first then proceeded up to the house. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, and enjoyed answering all of our questions. It is amazing the ingenuity that was put into this house (along with Washington's Mount Vernon). We went thru many of the rooms on the main house and the out buildings, then had tome to explore on our own.
This tour was great. The drive from DC was beautiful and there was plenty of time to see and do everything at Monticello. I had plenty of time to take the Mulberry Row Tour and walk down to Jefferson's grave. The food at Michie Tavern was fantastic also. I would highly recommend this day trip for an awesome day out of Washington DC.
This was a fantastic tour. I didn't realize Monticello is close to three hours from DC so i was glad not to be driving. The bus driver gave us very nice commentary on our way out of the city then showed us an excellent documentary on Jefferson. this filled up the time and prepared us for tour. You get a ticket that tells you what time your tour of the house will be, then you can spend the rest of the time seeing what you want to see. I could have used a little more time there but I don't see how that could happen given how far Monticello is from DC. The visit to the tavern was unexpectedly interesting and the lunch was very good.
we really enjoyed the whole day, our driver/guide was great and the time at Monticello
was just what we hoped for. Loved the lunch : )
This tour is awesome. Such beautiful country to see on the way to Monticello. David Cooper was our bus driver and he was very informative and funny. Nancy was our guide at Monticello and she was super smart and was full of great information. Everyone should visit!
This was a wonderful tour. Stopped at the University of Virginia. Then we went on to the base of the hill that leads to Monticello and had a delicious lunch at charming Michie Tavern and also got a tour of the house. After lunch we drove up the pretty winding wooded road to Monticello. The view from the house is lovely and the tour of the first floor was very interesting. Rather than take a shuttle back down to the bus, you can walk on an easy half-mile path back and pass the graves of Jefferson and his family. It was a long day and made 20 minutes longer because of people who didn't get back to the bus when they were supposed to be there. We definitely recommend this tour.
Really enjoyed this trip seeing the University of Virginia. Had a lovely meal at the Inn. Monticello is really a lovely place we had a nice time there
Very pleasant driver....uneventful getting there. Monticello was beautiful. Unfortunately the bus broke down before we left and it delayed getting back by about 45 minutes, but we were grateful that there was another bus to pick us up. It was a long day, but well worth it.
Anne Margaret T
Fantastic day out. Was pleasantly surprised by Michie's Tavern, where we stopped for lunch. University of Virginia and Monticello were fantastic. Really beautiful, inside and out. Wonderful gardens and great house. Bus driver was well-informed and entertaining.
ABsolutely the best tour we took. U of VA was beautiful, as was Monticello itself. Guidedriver was knowledgeable, friendly. Bus was clean and comfortable. Lunch at the tavern was good, reasonable, and a great property to visit.
The tour of Monticello was fantastic. Our tour guide was wonderful. He kept us informed and entertained on the long, beautiful drive. He was quite knowledgeable and attentive to our every need. I am a tour guide myself so I appreciate how much the guide can add to the enjoyment of a tour.