• Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Travel to George Washington's popular plantation home in Virginia and one of the nation’s most beloved historic sites for this private, guided, 6.5-hour cruise and tour. Travel along the Potomac River to Mount Vernon, a National Historic Landmark. Learn about Washington’s 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.


  • 6.5-hour Mount Vernon tour from Washington, DC
  • Learn about the Potomac River and its notable landmarks during a leisurely river cruise
  • Explore President George Washington's former home and gardens
  • Enjoy three hours of free time to tour the 45-acre estate

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What You Can Expect

In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

Cruise from DC to Mount Vernon.

Beginning at Pier 4 in Washington, DC, climb aboard the Spirit of Mount Vernon and travel along the historic Potomac River, taking in the view of some of the nation’s greatest landmarks while listening to historical facts and figures from the onboard guide.

Upon arrival at Mount Vernon, explore the grounds and Washington’s 21-room mansion. 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. 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.

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.

The tour ends with a return cruise to Washington, DC.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great self guided tour!

Debra B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was my second time for this excursion and it continues to be one of my favorite trips while in DC. A leisurely cruise to Mt. Vernon, then about 3 hours to explore the estate and have lunch the turkey pot pie is very good.
We learned a bit about what it takes to run an estate of this size back in the 1700s such as spinning thread and weaving fabric to make clothing. We spoke with a young man in the character of General Washington's personal valet who told us of the day to day necessities he provided to his master.
The tour of the main house is very informative but we skipped it this time to allow more time to meander the grounds and gardens. A beautiful day all around and a lazy trip back to our starting point at the pier. If you have the time, this is a wonderful way to spend the day!

david b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Arguably my favorite part of the trip to Washington DC. Taking a nice boat ride down the Potomac, you gaze upon perhaps the most famous residence in the country up on the hill. It was amazing to see how even the rich and famous of that time may be considered poor in our time

Stewart J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Very enjoyable boat ride up the Potomac river
It was great stepping back in time and learning about our forefathers.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

So nice to sit back and watch the beauty of the Potomac River glide past. Our time at Mt. Vernon was sufficient to see the property and thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the history of the area depicted there.

Angela B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great tour. Talk to the actors, they are very knowledgeable

Jessica S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This tour was AMAZING! I can't wait to go back with my fiance! I went with a good friend and we loved walking through the gardens, touring the house and paying our respects to Martha and George Washington along with paying our respects at the slave memorial. When you were there you could feel the history and it gave us goosebumps. This was our favorite purchase that we made for the first part of our trip!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This tour was amazing!

Gary W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This is such a great way to visit Mount Vernon. Coming in from the Potomac is fun and easy and the sights along the way are an extra bonus!

Michael L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

River trip was very relaxing. Suggest bringing water and sandwiches to eat after the tours.

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