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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Guided Bus Tour from Washington DC

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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
Day-Trip to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello from Washington DC
Admission to Monticello - The Home of Third President, Thomas Jefferson
Professional Driver/Guide
Stop at the famous Michie Tavern, which is more than two centuries old
Stop at Highland - The Home of Fifth President, James Monroe
Learn the history of Thomas Jefferson and his home at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center
Lunch (stop available at Michie Tavern)
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure Point

Union Station, Washington, DC 20002, USA

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Stop At:  
Visit the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education center
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
James Monroe's Highland
A historic house museum, the home of the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Michie Tavern
Family-style lunch served here
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • If the wheelchair is collapsible (i.e. can fold up) and the passenger is able to walk onto the bus, the passenger can take this coach tour without making any special arrangements
  • If the passenger is confined to the wheelchair, or it is not collapsible, the passenger or their agent will need to contact the tour operator two weeks prior to the departure of their tour to request a coach with a wheelchair lift
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Any tour may be canceled if fewer than ten (10) full fares are not sold by scheduled departure time.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Grayline Washington (Gold Line/Grayline)

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Guided Bus Tour from Washington DC?
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Take a book or something to do on the long ride." See review


98 Reviews
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My Day Trip
, Jul 2019
The trip to Charlottesville was very nice. The first stop was at James Monroe Highland estate which I enjoyed very much, just wished I had more time to explore his property. The second stop was Michie Tavern the food was good especially the fried chicken. A very nice and clean restaurant. The third and final stop was Thomas Jefferson Monticello. The place was a photographer's feast, I took lots of pictures and video. The garden was very nice and the scenery from his estate was breathtaking. I really enjoyed walking around the property. A good day trip from Washington DC and I lucked out on this particular day because it was only 5 people that did this tour. I recommend going to Monticello.
Monticello was amazing!
, Jun 2019
Bus ride there so, so. Driver was not a tour guide. Take a book or something to do on the long ride.
This was a disappointment. We traveled...
Francie R
, Oct 2016
This was a disappointment. We traveled through some interesting country and I expected some points on what we were seeing. That did not happen. The stop for lunch was okay, the food was good but pricey. The time allowed for being at Mikey's Tavern was way to long. We wished to see Monticello and drive through the University of VA. We did not have enough time at Monticello and no drive through of the University. The drive though was listed on the items when I registered. Sorry, I will not recommend to anyone else.
This was an awesome experience...
, Sep 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.
I have already sent my views of the...
Dorothea M
, Sep 2016
I have already sent my views of the above trip and do not wish to again.
Our trip was full of challenges but the...
Charlotte E
, Sep 2016
Our trip was full of challenges but the bus driver was an angel who helped us enjoy much of the trip. We discovered our wheel chair was minus a back wheel when we departed the taxi.! The bus driver arranged for a wheel chair when we arrived at Monticello and insisted on pushing it up all the hills. Then the people there helped get it up the last hill to the house. The heat was a horrible setback. 97 but felt like 103 and my husband got overheated. The people there stayed with us, called the ER who helped get him cooled off and stayed with us until time for the bus. Then the bus driver came and wheeled him back to the bus. The people we met were wonderful and went all out to help us. I, personally, was only able to tour the home where the docent was very good, but we couldn't hear very much, but his expressions when he spoke were wonderful. So for us personally we shouldn't have taken the trip in the heat, but the response to our needs was outstanding.
Other than it being a very hot day, it...
Luella M M
, Sep 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.
Monticello was so interesting and our...
, Aug 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!
All good but would have preferred...
Ann B
, Aug 2016
All good but would have preferred charlotsville than lunch stop we did. Coming from australia there are not many opportunities to see certain things. Was so looking forward to seeing this town. It was half of what i wanted on the tour. However monticello part was very good. Bus driver a bit hard to understand. Would have liked a choice of days but can see that you only get enough for one day a week.
A total great trip, bus,the stop in the...
George I
, Aug 2016
A total great trip, bus,the stop in the Inn and monticello

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