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Get to know Thomas Jefferson and travel to his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, on this guided, educational, full-day tour from Washington, DC. Learn about the history of Jefferson as not only the third President and a founding father of the United States, but also as a surveyor, a musician and an artist. Stop at the historic Michie Tavern in Charlottesville for a tour and lunch. Then explore his Monticello home, a stately 1769 mansion and plantation with a museum full of exhibits, galleries and more. 


  • Day trip to Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, from Washington DC
  • Tour Monticello and learn about Jefferson's life from informative exhibits
  • Visit Mulberry Row, where Monticello slaves once lived, and learn about the operation of the plantation
  • Drive past the University of Virginia, which was founded and designed by Jefferson

What You Can Expect

Monticello and Thomas Jefferson Country Day Trip from Washington DC


This full-day Monticello tour begins from Union Station in Washington, DC. Climb on board a luxury motor coach for a historical sightseeing adventure to Charlottesville, Virginia, home of US President and founding father Thomas Jefferson. Enjoy the scenic, 2.5-hour drive southwest, watching an educational video about Jefferson’s life along the way.

Upon arrival in Charlottesville, stop for lunch (own expense, if desired) and a tour of Michie Tavern, a Virginia Historic Landmark and family style eatery with a menu full of southern favorites. Afterward, drive to Monticello, Jefferson’s lavish mansion and plantation home, as well as the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center, for several hours of self-guided touring. Discover Jefferson's life, times and lasting legacies through an introductory film, four innovative exhibits and a hands-on discovery room. The Café at Monticello is also available for a snack or beverage (again, own expense), if desired.

The day concludes with a drive around the campus of the University of Virginia, which was founded and designed by Jefferson, followed by a return trip to Union Station in DC.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was an awesome experience! Especially the docents that gave the tour inside Jefferson's home. They were so knowledgable and able to give us a glimpse inside the life of our 3rd President. The gardens were wonderful and good to see that they are still maintained, even today. Loved the trip and would highly recommend it to any of my friends.

Luella M M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Other than it being a very hot day, it was a fabulous trip. The countryside was beautiful and the drive was a joy. Monticello is an amazing place! Lunch at Michie's tavern was also quite special.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Monticello was so interesting and our guide was informative and answered questions directed to him knowledgably. The outdoor quides were a nice addition. What a view!

George I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A total great trip, bus,the stop in the Inn and monticello

Gail W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The best - period.

Ruth E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I learned so much about Thomas Jefferson! The guide was interesting and informative. The tour was fascinating. I'd also recommend the slavery tour. We stopped for lunch at a historic tavern and ate a traditional feast of that day. The only confusing part was where the tour started and the fact that we had to look for Gray Line DC, not Viator.

Larry G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Zoila F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful trip!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very good tour. Excellent driver. Monticello is amazing and as beautiful as I remembered from my last visit in 1982! Michie Tavern is a good stop although we did not have lunch there as it was too early for us to eat. More time for shopping! The house tour is very informative.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was awesome!

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