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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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You've seen DC's main city landmarks — now enjoy an intimate slice of history by touring the first US president's home with the added bonus of cruising down the Potomac.

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What You Can Expect

In the Footsteps of George Washington: 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 November 2016

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.

Amberley W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

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.

David W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was our second visit to Mount Vernon which is a wonderful place. Our previous visit was by car but going there by river boat as they did in George Washington's time made it even better. Excellent day out and excellent value.

Edgar M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was an Excelent tour , the ride down the Potomac was a really nice way to approach Mt Vernon - the house and grounds were lovely and not too crowded.

William J E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful time on the water and an excellent day at Mt Vernon. Of course, the weather was beautiful and not too cold. The crowds even on a fall weekday are astonishing, but the mansion staff know how to get a large number of guests through the building without feeling rushed, and the museum exhibits are very fine and would interest both children and adults. Food service might be a little less than stellar compared to many of the fine museum cafes in Washington, but perfectly adequate. Not to be missed.

Linda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The boat ride was great. Relaxing on a beautiful day. Mt Vernon was interesting and educational. Don't miss it.

Barbara T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent cruise and an adequate time at Mount Vernon!!! A day to remember!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was very nice. Well organized. Good lunch. Good tour guides. good weather. The boat was great. I was impressed by all the knowledge imparted as we traveled along the Potomac.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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.

Gary B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Enjoyable, peaceful. So worth it

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