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Beat the long entrance lines and experience some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC like an insider on this full-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy priority entry into the United States Capitol, the home of Congress. Then visit the National Archives Building, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display. In between, see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more. Lunch and a seasonal 1-hour Potomac River cruise are included.

Highlights

  • Enjoy reserved, priority entrance to two of Washington DC's most sought-after attractions
  • Tour the US Capitol Building and get a look at original historic documents at the National Archives Building
  • See Washington DC’s major sites on a coach tour with guided walks for photo opportunities
  • Visit the outside of the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and more
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Potomac River (March 15 to Oct 6); lunch is included
  • This Viator exclusive isn't available anywhere else

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is the only tour on Viator that provides reserved entry to the US Capitol Building (Rotunda will be closed throughout August 2016) and the National Archives Building, saving you up to three hours of waiting around the city!

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Best of DC Including US Capitol and National Archives Reserved Access, the White House and Lincoln Memorial

Visit the Lincoln Memorial

Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at the US Capitol Visitor Center to begin this Viator VIP tour — a full-day tour of the US Capitol, a National Archives tour and a best of DC tour rolled into one.

**The rotunda for the US Capitol will be closed for the month of August 2016 and will not be able to be visited.**

Enjoy reserved entry into the United States Capitol for a guided walking tour of this historic building, home to the Senate and the House of Representatives. Watch a film on the history of government in the US, then continue exploring the building to learn about the country’s legislature. Along the way, see the Crypt, the large circular area on the first floor that supports the Rotunda, as well as National Statuary Hall, a chamber devoted to sculptures of prominent Americans and more.

Then return to the shuttle to look around and through the nation’s capital. See the outside of the United States Capitol and the White House, with stops at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial, the US Navy Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Along the way, hear the historic stories and facts that make the city of Washington, DC one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

This tour also features a scenic, seasonal 1-hour boat cruise along the Potomac River (March 15 to October 16). Lunch is available for purchase on board the boat. Outside of those dates, visit the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City for shopping and lunch (own expense).

At the end of the tour, gain priority entrance into the National Archives Building for an up-close look at the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. These historic documents are housed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. Also, enjoy access to the Public Vaults, a permanent exhibit gallery with fascinating original records, like Abraham Lincoln's telegrams to his generals, and much more.

The tour concludes at the National Archives Building. See lunch options below and specify your desired selection at checkout. All lunch options include a beverage and chips.

Itinerary

  • Roasted turkey and provolone cheese on hero roll 
  • Honey ham and cheddar cheese on kaiser roll 
  • Homemade tuna salad on kaiser roll 
  • Roasted chicken on hero roll
  • Roasted vegetable wrap with hummus on flour tortilla
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich 
  • Seasonal kale salad with carrots, cucumbers, dried cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Classic chicken caesar salad 

Customer Reviews

Amy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Nick was an awesome tour guide! so knowledgeable and fun! Viator was a good choice again

Marilyn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We did the VIP tour of Washington which included most of the monuments, the capital and the national archives. Nick was the guide on the tour bus and was excellent. He was informative, articulate and entertaining. The tour of the capital was not very good. Nick actually gave us a lot more information than that guide did. We thought it was very worthwhile and would recommend it

Lisa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic tour. Amazing sites, friendly and extremely knowledgable guide and just a brilliant insight into the US capital. Will recommend.

Adrienne D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

In all I'd give this tour an A rating. We had a visitor from Italy that we took on the tour. The tour covered a lot of ground and was very enjoyable. It was especially nice because we did walking, bus and boat which broke up the day. The tour guides are very informative and try to make it fun. Note, you will be handed off to different guides throughout the day. There isn't much time at each stop just enough to take a photo and move on. Remember to order your lunch at the check out screen in the special instructions box. There are no prompts and I did have to call to get our lunch ordered after the tour was confirmed. It was very hot the day we toured and there was plenty of water bottles on the bus.

Jessica P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a great tour of the high points of Washington DC, I really enjoyed the fast paced atmosphere. You get to see lots of different parts of the city throughout the day, wear good walking shoes! However, if you want to spend more time visiting different locations, for example in the Capital Building, this is not the tour for you.

sonja s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

John our tour guide was amazing as was our driver but a word to the wise - please do not do this tour during a heat wave! While they did everything to keep us hydrated and comfortable they could not control the weather and it got so hot 110f that one wonders if it was safe to be out walking around in that heat??
Otherwise - the tour was lovely and John was very knowledgeable !

Joe M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Not cheap but this tour packs in a number of great sites that would almost certainly be missed in any self explored visit of Washington especially the memorials which were surprisingly good / interesting. The boat trip provides a useful point to relax - the light lunch and drink were also welcome. Tour guide was both informative and entertaining - great balance.

Juanita A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had an excellent guide. He was very nice and entertaining. We did everything we were promised. The White House was blocked and he tried three times to get us there and succeeded the third time. I would highly recommend this tour.

Jennie O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The excellent tour guide, Christopher, made this tour very interesting and enjoyable for both us and my kids aged 14 and 11. He was informative and entertaining, ably assisted by the driver, Derek. Overall a good tour but I would recommend that you wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in.

GEOFFREY B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very good tour with knowledgeable guides. More time at the Capitol would have been good and the river trip needed a better lunch and a live narrative rather than a recording but overall a good experience to be recommended

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