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Monticello and Thomas Jefferson Country Day Trip from Washington DC

Charlottesville, United States
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11 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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
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.


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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.

, Oct 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.

Dorothea M
, Sep 2016

I have already sent my views of the above trip and do not wish to again.

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.

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.

, 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!

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.

George I
, Aug 2016

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

Gail W
, Aug 2016

The best - period.

Ruth E
, Jul 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.

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