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  • Location:Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

Experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC in one day on this guided, 6.5-hour, walking and riding sightseeing tour around the nation’s capital. Visit the city’s historic, iconic landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the United States Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Marine Corps War Memorial. See and learn about the memorials of famous American leaders who helped shape the United States, like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few. Includes a seasonal 1-hour Potomac River cruise.


  • Tour of Washington DC's most famous monuments and landmarks by state-of-the-art luxury 30-passenger coach
  • See the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and more from your comfortable coach
  • Hop off for guided walks around the US Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and much more
  • Take a scenic 1-hour Potomac River cruise (March 15 - October 6)
  • Learn about the sights you see from your knowledgeable guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 30 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

There is so much to see in Washington DC, so this tour is a great way to keep you from being overwhelmed. Having the guide accompany you at the stops really sets this tour apart. If you can, visit in the spring to take advantage of the Potomac River cruise!

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What You Can Expect

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

See the US Capitol Building and Other Iconic Sights

Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at the United States Navy Memorial in Marine Park to begin this comprehensive 6-hour tour around and through the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

From the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, drive past the White House, the many Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, Freedom Plaza and much more. Enjoy an entertaining and educational narrative from the expert local guide, with frequent photo op stops of the historic and iconic landmark locations.

Also experience guided walks around the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Marine Corps Memorial (better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial) and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Along the way, learn about the history of these famous monuments and examine them up close.

This tour also features a scenic, seasonal 1-hour boat cruise along the Potomac River (March 15 to October 16). Lunch is available for purchase on board the boat. Outside of those dates, visit the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City for shopping and lunch (own expense).

The tour concludes back at the United States Navy Memorial.

Customer Reviews

magdalena v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The guide did a very good work.

Barry E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Christopher the tour guide was a very knoeldgeable young man with a great sense of humour. Highly recommend this tour

Karen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Christopher the tour guide made the day! He was super knowledgable and engaging!

Harold Freedman F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A little wobbly at the start, as the bus and tour guide were late and the group was standing and wondering what was happening. However, once we were on our way the driver and tour guide were both excellent and the tour provided everything we were promised and again, excellent tour guide Nick???. Very happy to have the river cruise included a week after the end of the season for that. Cheers Harry and Jill Freedman

Robert Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was so hot! The complimentary cold water was greatly appreciated. Our tour guide was wonderful! You must be able to stay with the group or else.

Gerard M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was worth every penny. My wife and I enjoyed every minute. Brian was very informative and I can't say enough to encourage people to book this tour. The junket on the Potomic was the iceing on the cake. :-. G

Jane B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Nick was a fabulous guide and it was a great way to acclimate to the city

James M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our trip was great and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Our guide, Christopher, did an amazing job of sharing not only all of the sites, but great history and detail as well. We had a man separate from the group during the tour and Christopher handled that situation very well until all parties were reunited again. It was truly a great day and way to see lots of the historic sites in Washington DC. Thank you!

Michael K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Andy was very entertaining and informative. Good overview for the limited time we had in DC.

Coco L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

If you have enough time to visit the city in detail, this trip can help you as a very good starting point in order to set the milestones and plan your entire visit otherwise, if you have limited time, this trip is perfect to visit the most important and relevant interest sites of DC. Kudos for Mary and Julio, who made this experience very educational and very funny!! In the underworld they are also known as Bonnie and Clyde

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