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Great way to see and get the history about Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery. However, you are on your own for lunch at Mount Vernon, with no options of making reservations at the restaurant there thru Viator. I think that Viator should look into providing that as an option. Other bus groups seemed to have reservations ahead of time and got right in. But if you didn't have reservations, good luck getting in. You could still get lunch, but at a fast food cafeteria. Also, I would advise that the bus leave Mt Vernon about 15 minutes sooner than was scheduled for us, which was 1:30, so you would get to the Cemetery with more time to get to the Changing of the guard ceremony at 3pm. You are at the mercy of the trams to get you there on time, or you miss it, and we did.
Great way to get to Mt Vernon, rather than in a bus or car. Was very smooth sailing down Potomac, bit chilly in the morning so everyone stayed inside, but on return journey sun was out and we had no wind so made the most of top deck to view the mansion from afar. On arrival at Mt Vernon you are given timed entry to the mansion - had a quick stop at Washington's tomb then made way to line for mansion. Whilst it looked like along wait, it was well organised to get people moved through the mansion - had enough time to take in every room in the mansion. Still had plenty of time to see everything on the estate, stop for lunch and some souvenirs and then back to dock for return cruise home.
Fab tour. Loved the boat trip down the Potomac. The grounds of Mount Vernon were lovely and it's an easy walk up to the house. Tour of the house was rather regimented - not able to go at your own pace, but then they did have to manage 100's of people. House much smaller than expected but well worth a visit.
Our driver Wayne was excellent! He went above and beyond to be sure we enjoyed the tour and provided us with so much more than we expected! We highly recommend this tour!
There is so much to do and you will need more than one day to cover everything. I loved the witch trial and enjoyed the participation as a member of the jury. When I was in Williamsburg it was so hot and so I didn't have the energy to cover as much as I would have liked but I still found it worth the effort.
Doing what: Colonial Williamsburg Admission
This was a great way to see Washington with lots of stops and great things to see. the guide gave us lots of information and keep the tour interesting and gave us lots of laughes, no matter if you have lots of time or just a couple of days this is the tour for you, Enjoy
My family and I had a wonderful time!
I really enjoyed my tour. Joe was extremely helpful. I wish the church had been open to tour that morning but it gave us more time to explore Mt Vernon
Very good. Very interesting. The cemetery for the slaves makes one's hair stand on end. All those unmarked graves, so sad.
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour! We went to Mount Vernon and stopped in Alexandria at Christ Church where George Washington worshiped. We had plenty of time in Mount Vernon and enjoyed a great lunch at Mount Vernon Inn. Then the tour at Arlington National Cemetery was excellent. This is a good value. It was nice to see so much and travel in such a comfortable coach.
The tour guide was fantastic. The driver was excellent. My only complaint was the BUS sounded like its axle was going to fall off throughout the entire trip. The bus should not have been in service. Also, the windows on the bus were so dirty that it was difficult to see the sights from many of the seats.
Doing what: Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
Interesting, 2 times tried to post this review and it wouldn't go through no such problems with my higher ranked tours!
Anyway, this was advertised as a bus tour. What we got was a small beat up mini van that the group barely fit into. The driver was a nice guy, but a thick accent made it difficult to understand him. Also, his radio/speaker system was not working so he instead spoke VERY loudly so anyone on the front it was like being screamed at, but the people in the back said they could not hear. Because of the van set up, most couples were split up for the rather long ride, and sitting extremely close to people they did not know. One person had to ride up front in passenger seat alone with driver.
The driver was a bit challenged with talking and driving at the same time - whenever he was talking he would drive very slowly and cars were flying past us. At one point I could see the speedometer and we were 20 miles under the posted speed limit.
Our group stopped at Old Town Alexandria prior to arriving at Mt Vernon. It consisted of about 3 minutes in front of Gadsby's Tavern for photos, and a few minutes at Historic Christ Church which was nice but very brief. Other than that, we didn't see anything other than a couple blocks of the business district.
Arriving at Mt Vernon, the driver got our tour tickets - and we were on our own and didn't see him again until it was time to leave - so most of the day is pretty much self guided. There was a brief film, and then up to the mansion for a tour. The tickets were timed so you had to enter during certain time slots. Unfortunately, we arrived just when a large school group did, with at least 100 kids. Sadly, we did not see one teacher/chaperone in the area, and the kids were pretty loud and disrespectful, making it near impossible to hear the docents as we walked through the home. Once the tour was over, there was still almost 2 hours until it was time to meet the driver. We walked the grounds which are beautiful - but only guidance was a map. Tried to eat lunch at the on site restaurant but the wait for a table was an hour - so went instead to the food court which was terrible. The gifts shops were quite nice - and they had it divided into two separate shops, one with more inexpensive/juvenile items where most of the school groups went and one with more high end stuff that was pretty relaxing.
Ride home was uneventful, but again uncomfortable - poor air temperature control, people jammed into seats and separated. For the price - I would instead rent a car and have more time to explore and see what you wanted. The tour really is only providing transportation and mansion tickets, and the transportation was subpar. Mt Vernon and Old Town are both absolutely worth seeing, but this tour was not the best way to do it.
Our tour guide, Tunda, was wonderful!
The tour of Mount Vernon and the Arlington Cemetery were great.
The driver has been with the company for 25 years and he did an excellent job of
describing things on the way to both places besides telling us extra stories about
Enjoyable, peaceful. So worth it
Really enjoyed this trip. Boat ride was fun there and back. On the initial leg of the trip the captain was very informative about the sights along the way and the return leg was very quiet. There were some drinks and snacks available for purchase on the boat. Mt. Vernon itself was a great experience. Everything was very well preserved and presented. Initially, I thought 3 hours was too long to be there, but certainly could have used another hour or so to take the shuttle to the distillery and grist mill. This is a great trip for children and adults alike and was a real value.
Joe and Bobby gave me a great history lesson. I learned a lot from them. I wished we had time to stop in Alexandria and look at the sites.
Unfortunately it did rain all day but we still had a very interesting day. The driver was excellent with loads of interesting facts and information. Would definitely recommend.
Only wish I'd had more time. So much to see at Mt. Vernon. Don't miss the education building!
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