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Travel to Mount Vernon, George Washington's popular plantation home in Virginia and one of the nation’s most beloved historic sites for this private, guided, 2-hour tour. Learn about his life as a founding father and first president of the United States. Explore his home of more than 40 years, including the 21-room mansion, the Colonial-era buildings, the beautiful gardens, a working distillery and gristmill and the museum and education center. Then take part in a special wreath laying at Washington’s tomb, if desired, to complete this memorable tour.


  • 2-hour private tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon
  • Explore the immaculate garden and grounds with a knowledgeable private guide
  • Gain exclusive access to parts of the mansion generally off-limits to visitors
  • Take part in a special wreath laying at Washington’s tomb
  • Hear informative commentary about the historical sites

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

With a dedicated VIP guide leading the way, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at George Washington’s Mount Vernon that most visitors don't experience.

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: George Washington's Mount Vernon

Your private guide will take you to rarely seen areas of the mansion

Travel approximately 30 minutes from Washington, DC to Mount Vernon, George Washington's beloved plantation home in Virginia. 

Upon arrival, meet the guide at the Ford Orientation Center. This private tour can be customized to meet specific interests right from the outset. Begin with either a special short film that offers an overview of the important events in George Washington’s life or enjoy a narrated history from the tour guide while roaming through the garden and grounds of the estate. Then explore the 21-room mansion, getting an insider’s look at some of the places that are rarely seen on typical tours here.

Learn about the 18th-century, English-style garden, where Washington the landscaper reshaped walks, roads and lawns, cut vistas through the forest and planted hundreds of native trees and shrubs. Optionally, visit the 4-acre Pioneer Farm on the banks of the Potomac near the wharf. This is where Washington tested and implemented his progressive farming practices. Also, learn about the lives of some 100 field slaves who put his ideas into practice here.

See where Washington built a merchant gristmill, capable of producing up to 8,000 pounds of flour and cornmeal a day. And the distillery where he successfully entered the whisky business — so successful that during the year of his death, the distillery produced nearly 11,000 gallons, making it the largest whiskey distillery in America at the time.

At the end of the tour, take part in a special wreath laying at Washington’s tomb, if desired, then visit the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center for a self-guided tour. This building features 23 galleries and theaters where visitors learn about Washington through interactive displays, an action adventure movie, short films produced by the History Channel and more. 

Food is available on site (own expense). Enjoy classic American favorites in a Colonial-inspired setting at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant or grab a quick meal or snack at the Mount Vernon Food Court.

Customer Reviews

Margaret S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We booked a private tour and it was well worth it. Our guide Gail K. was fabulous and we got to see some of the behind the scenes stuff. Also, we got to ride around the property on a golf cart which was good for us due to arthritis. It was a great place to visit on a beautiful day and there were not a lot of tourists. I definitely recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our VIP Tour Guide, John Marshall, was simply the best and I'll be recommending him............

David V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

John did a great job. The whole family really enjoyed the experience. John also took great pictures and engaged the whole family. We stayed at the Embassy Suites in Old Alexandria and the trip down was easy and enjoyable as well. John was witty and made the tour memorable.

Ann L B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our tour was fantastic and our tour guide, Karen was great. We all really enjoyed seeing areas of the house that other people were unable to see. Holding the wreath for the Washington's at their tomb was so special. Well worth the cost!

Rhonda P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was amazing. Well worth every penny. Cant say enough about our guide. She was a true historian! You could tell she loved her job. She was more than amazing!!!!!

Cathryn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was really well done. Our guide was knowledgable and informative, and she was willing to adjust our time to focus on our main interests, which were the gardens and the highlights of the house. We got to go all the way upstairs in the house, which is closed to regular visitors, and we got to lay a wreath right on George Washington's tomb! Mount Vernon is definitely a must see, although you will need to be prepared for lots of school children, especially inside the house. The private guide helps you to navigate this crowd and expands on the commentary by the regular guides inside the house. This was definitely a highlight of our wonderful weekend in DC.

Bruce H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was the best private tour ever! John Marshall was our guide and he was intelligent and you could see that he loved his job. When we use Viator again for DC, we would love to have John.

Victoria G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Terrific tour guide. Great with kids.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The guided tour by Marie was the highlight of the trip to DC. The tour was interesting, informative and paced well for the content and the temperature/terrain. Another plus was the ability to secure expedited access to the mansion. The tour sparked our interest in the Washington Family and in colonial American History. I wish we had 2 days -we could have easily filled 2 days. We missed the Grist Mill and Museum.

Bette S L

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2016

Our tour was wonderful.Viator did a horrible job with the booking and when I got to Mt. Vernon they had no record of the reservation. They have been having problems with the Viator booking co. The Mt. Vernon staff made it right. I will never book with Viator again!

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