Georgetown Tours

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Few places in the US see past and present commingling so harmoniously as in the historic Georgetown neighborhood in Washington DC. Filled with gorgeous townhomes, glitzy shops, trendy restaurants, picturesque waterfronts, and the renowned Georgetown University, the history and charms of Georgetown are undeniable.

The Basics
The historic district of Georgetown technically predates the nation’s capital: It was founded in 1751, some 50 years before the District of Columbia. The heart of the neighborhood is the intersection of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW, now packed with glamorous storefronts and chef-driven restaurants. All around are multimillion-dollar townhomes, marked by 18th- and 19th-century architecture and tales of famous owners (such as the Kennedys). Then there’s the popular Georgetown Waterfront, home to buzzing outdoor cafés and a scenic Potomac River promenade. 

Georgetown’s historic roots and bespoke charms offer the perfect afternoon excursion for DC visitors. For an in-depth experience of the area and its storied roots, book a guided walking tour; typically these include such sites as the C&O Canal, a bucolic waterway that was once an active center of commerce and transportation, and Georgetown University, which counts Bill Clinton and Bradley Cooper among its illustrious alumni. If you’re limited on time, many private and small-group DC tours stop in the neighborhood as well, as do hop-on hop-off buses.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • History buffs and families alike will appreciate a leisurely afternoon in Georgetown.
  • Many of the sidewalks are made of (sometimes uneven) cobblestones; come prepared with comfy walking shoes.
  • Many cafés, bakeries, and other comfy local establishments offer free Wi-Fi.

How to Get There
Georgetown is accessible by car (there are more than 20 parking garages) and bikeshare service (Capital Bikeshare has eight stations). Public transportation is also available via the DC Metrobus and the DC Circulator bus, which connects tourist destinations within the city. The nearest metro stations are Foggy Bottom-GWU, a 15-minute walk away, and Rosslyn, located just across the Key Bridge from Georgetown; both are on the blue and orange lines.

When to Get There
Temperatures and humidity typically soar during summer in Washington DC, while winter can be cold and damp. Late spring and early fall offer the most pleasant weather. This is also when Georgetown University co-eds are back in school, allowing visitors to experience the neighborhood’s collegiate charms.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
A tour of Georgetown isn’t complete without stopping for a delicious treat from Georgetown Cupcake. The original outpost of the nationwide dessert shop, made famous on TLC network’s DC Cupcakes, sells its signature red velvet cupcake—with a vanilla cream cheese frosting topped with a red fondant heart)—and countless other finger-licking flavors at its store on the corner of M and 33rd streets.
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Private DC Tour with Customized Itinerary

Experience the history and grandeur of the nation’s capital on a private 3-hour tour. Work with your personal guide and driver to curate the ideal tour incorporating your must-see spots or rely on their local expertise to create a fascinating tour. Go inside the House and Senate Galleries and see where the nation’s laws are debated. See the White House, Supreme Court and much more. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for a personalized experience
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$400.00 USD
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See DC Small-Group Half Day Tour

Experience the history and culture of the nation’s capital on this comprehensive, 4-hour, small-group tour. Travel in a comfortable vehicle complete with phone chargers, umbrellas, and a flat screen TV, and see Washington DC’s monuments, museums, and memorials with a guide. See the US Capitol building, the White House, the Mall and more. Avoid the hassles of driving, or navigating public transportation and leave the logistics to your guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$60.00 USD
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Washington DC Georgetown Walking Tour

Georgetown is one of Washington DC's most scenic, historic neighborhoods, and with the help of a licensed DC tour guide on this two hour Georgetown walking tour, you can learn the stories behind the mansions and manicured, tree-lined streets. Hear how the Kennedys famously put Georgetown on the district's political map, and finish the tour by Georgetown's bustling shopping and restaurant scene.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$20.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise

See the very best of Washington, DC with a 6-hour combination tour that takes in the city by bus, on foot and with a sightseeing cruise of the Potomac River (in season). Choose a longer tour for plenty of time to snap photos at the White House and U.S. Capitol Building, explore DC’s presidential memorials and moving war memorials and browse for souvenirs at the Pentagon City Shopping Mall. Finish the day onboard a Potomac River boat, which is the perfect way to get unobstructed views of key sites.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you went to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on three different routes and get to know the city with a combination of both live and audio commentary. The 2-day option includes a night tour for visiting the iconic monuments under the evening sky and admission to Madame Tussaud's Washington DC is included.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$45.00 USD
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Washington DC Night Tour with Hotel Pickup

Explore the monuments, war memorials and famous sites of Washington, DC by the light of night on this guided, 4-hour, small-group sightseeing tour. Enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the US capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of an illuminated Washington Monument, the White House and many other landmark locations. Also, see the Potomac River, Dupont Circle, Washington National Cathedral and much more. This is a truly unique look at Washington, DC by night.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC

Go sightseeing in Washington DC in the comfort of a private luxury vehicle accompanied by your own personal driver. Customize your half-day tour to your interests to take in highlights such as the US Capitol Building, Washington National Monument, Georgetown, a selection of war memorials, or one of the excellent Smithsonian museums. Your driver provides commentary about the sights, but waits with the car while you visit each destination on your own. You can stop for photo ops, or spend more time at favorite destinations—the choice is yours.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$400.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

Explore the famous sites of Washington DC on this private, 4-hour tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then climb aboard a luxury vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining account of the US nation’s capital with a private guide. Travel around and through the plethora of famous war memorials and monuments. See the White House, the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and many other landmark locations. From DC’s residential neighborhoods to Arlington, Virginia and back, experience this comprehensive tour of the city. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$360.50 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

Get a panoramic look at Washington DC on this sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to the United States capital and its historical and cultural landmarks. Listen to live narration as you see dozens of attractions, such as Lincoln Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, the outside of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Watergate building, Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian buildings.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$49.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$49.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

This hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour includes three different loops with live commentary plus a night bus tour and admission to up to five total attractions. Use your 48-hour pass to explore memorials and monuments such as the US Capitol, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. Choose entry to attractions including the International Spy Museum and Madame Tussauds, or select a full-day bike rental.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$69.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Washington DC Legend Daytime Comprehensive Tour

Explore the most famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this comprehensive, guided, full-day sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a mini bus with a small group and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the US capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, Arlington Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many other landmark locations. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$75.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Best of Washington DC E-Bike Tour

Cover more ground in less time on an electric bike tour of Washington D.C. This 5-hour e-bike adventure takes you to the famed monuments and memorials along the National Mall and the Tidal Basin. Then follow your guide across the Potomac River into Arlington and finish at Georgetown.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$79.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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New York to Washington DC Day Trip by Air

Explore Washington D.C.’s highlights with a full day trip from New York City by air, and make the most of your time in America’s capital city. See the region from the air during the 1-hour flight, then touch down for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour from historic Union Station. Experience DC at your own pace; visit the National Archives and the Smithsonian, pause for a two-course lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, then continue to the moving Arlington Cemetery and presidential monuments before boarding your return flight to NYC.
  • Duration: 16 hours
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$629.00 USD
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  • Duration: 16 hours
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