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Alexandria, Virginia

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DC: Buffet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise on the Spirit

1. DC: Buffet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise on the Spirit

See the sights of Washington DC from onboard the Spirit of Washington with a lunch or dinner cruise on the Potomac River. Enjoy a buffet dining experience as you sail, and delight in panoramic views. Board your vessel and receive a personal greeting. Have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory before being seated at your private table. Once there, gorge on your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative entrees prepared fresh daily and listen to the onboard music. After your meal, visit any of the three climate-controlled decks as you glide by the sights. LUNCH/DINNER BUFFET SAMPLE MENU SALADS FIELD GREEN SALAD (G*)(VG)Tomatoes | Cucumbers | Carrots | Ranch Dressing | Balsamic Dressing KALE QUINOA SALAD (G*)(VG)(V)Quinoa | Roasted Red Pepper | Spinach | Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette GREEN GODDESS PASTA SALAD (V)Sweet Peas | White Beans | Scallions MAIN HONEY SESAME CHICKEN (G*)Scallions | Fresno Chillies OVEN ROASTED WHITEFISH (G*)Spicy Tomato | White Bean Ragu BAKED ZITI PASTA (V)Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Mozzarella Cheese | Spinach Cream Sauce ROOT VEGETABLE FRICASSEE (G*)(VG)(V)Idaho Potatoes | Broccoli | Grape Tomatoes | Gremolata | Cauliflower Coconut Cream Sauce COMPLEMENTSROASTED BROCCOLI (G*)(VG)(V)Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes GARLIC MASHED POTATOES (G*)(V)Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic DESSERTSIGNATURE DESSERT STATION (V)Cakes | Brownies | Seasonal Fruit | *May Contain Nuts *Menus subject to change

From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

2. From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

Discover the historic Old Town Alexandria on a guided day trip from Washington. Ride along the Potomac River and visit the Mount Vernon Estate, the former residence of George Washington. Enjoy pickup in a luxurious, climate-controlled vehicle while your guide explains the significance of some of the city’s most recognizable monuments. A short drive brings you to the candy-colored architecture of Alexandria, where you can take a tour of some monuments notable to the former president – including the Masonic Temple and Christ Church. Arguably the birthplace of the city itself, George Washington’s former estate is located just 13 miles from the capital’s center. Then, go for an in-depth foray through the mansion, with entrance tickets to the grounds and gardens included. Interactive, historic reenactments bring the founding father’s story to life, while a guided tour of the building helps shine a light on his fascinating story. Next, you'll ride along the Potomac River and visit the Mount Vernon Estate - one of the Washington, DC, area’s premier sightseeing attractions. Explore historic Mount Vernon – from the mansion’s interior where President Washington resided to his beloved gardens, and final resting place.  Take some time for lunch at the Mt Vernon Food Court if you like, then learn more about George Washington’s life and legacy in both the Museum and Education Center – home to more than 700 original objects (including his false teeth) and 25 theaters and galleries. There is even a multi-media theater where it actually snows. After shopping for unique gifts at the Mt Vernon Shops, you will be entertained by your guide as you return back to Washington DC.

Washington, DC: Mt. Vernon Day Trip with Ferry and Breakfast

3. Washington, DC: Mt. Vernon Day Trip with Ferry and Breakfast

Arrive at the wharf where you’ll meet your expert guide, ready to take you on the ferry. You’ll be the first to board, giving you access to the best seats in the house before your guide introduces you to the area and the sights you’re about to see. After a relaxing hour and a half spent soaking up these iconic sights from the water—and enjoying a light breakfast—you’ll arrive at the Mount Vernon ready to continue your exploration. For the most comprehensive tour of the estate and grounds possible, you'll be in the capable hands of your expert Walks guide. According to George Washington himself, “no estate is more pleasantly seated than Mount Vernon” and you'll soon see just what he meant! Your first stop will be the estate’s farm, where Mount Vernon produced food, textiles and more. This was only possible because Mount Vernon, like most of the country’s estates during the time, was run by enslaved persons. You’ll gain an insight into their life on the farm, seeing where they lived, slept, ate, and the forms of resistance they took against the estate owners. Next, you’ll get your first view of Mount Vernon's stately mansion. Get an up-close view of areas like the blacksmith’s shop, the overseer's quarters and the greenhouse (which Washington built himself!). Admire the family portraits adorning the walls, explore George Washington’s private study, and lay your eyes on the bed where he died. Continuing your tour outside, discover the story behind the "haha wall" and the fruit garden where Washington experimented with various produce. Despite reserving a crypt for him in Washington DC, George Washington told Congress he wished instead to be laid to rest at Mount Vernon. See the Old Tomb where he and Martha were buried until 1831 when the new tomb was built. Their final resting place makes for a thoughtful conclusion to your visit. By the end of your tour, you’ll make your way back to the ferry to enjoy the scenic cruise back to the nation's capital. A picnic lunch will be available on the boat for purchase or your guide can provide recommendations on where to eat back in DC. By the end of the tour, you'll have incredible insight into America’s most prolific founding father and be better able to reflect on the man behind the legend.

Alexandria: Full-Day Bike Tour to Mt Vernon w/ Optional Boat

4. Alexandria: Full-Day Bike Tour to Mt Vernon w/ Optional Boat

Beginning in Alexandria VA, enjoy a full-day bike ride to and from Mount Vernon on the banks of the Potomac River, or rest your legs on the return journey and travel by boat to the Wharf in Washington DC. Meet in Old Town Alexandria to pick -up your bike, helmet and map. Then, cycle along the wooded and well-marked Mount Vernon Trail to George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Spend the day self-exploring the grounds with the aid of an audio tour. See Washington’s gardens, outbuildings, and the working historic farm. Visit the final resting place of George and Martha Washington. Learn about the lives of those who were enslaved at Mount Vernon. Watch the American Revolution come to life in the 4-D theater. If you wish to visit the Mansion interior, which has mostly been restored to the appearance at the time of George and Martha Washington's occupancy, you will need to purchase an additional timed ticket for $2 (link to be found on the voucher). Enter Washington’s study and feel a part of history! Bring your own food or grab a bite at the Food Court located on the grounds which offers many options for breakfast, lunch, and snacks on the go, including: salads, deli sandwiches, hamburgers, and fresh-baked cookies. Then, bike back to Alexandria, or opt to cruise down the Potomac River by boat to the Wharf, Washington DC. Relax on the narrated cruise as you glide to Washington DC. Just lock your bike outside the estate for the local operator to pick up.

Alexandria: Ghosts Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

5. Alexandria: Ghosts Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

Take a sip of liquid courage and delve into the dark shadows of this historic American city. You’ll meet your seasoned US Ghost Adventures guide outside Gadsby’s Tavern, where a mysterious “female stranger” lingers after being abandoned by her husband. From there you’ll wind through this historic streets of Old Town, visiting seven other haunted sites, including three additional bars. Unlock the Scottish secret that protects the Carlyle House from evil. Find out why the ghost of the Athenaeum will never let a British person purchase it. Test your paranormal investigation skills at the Christmas Attic, and keep an eye out for George Washington and his white horse. You’ll head home with a pleasant buzz, a few dozen creepy secrets to tell your friends, and maybe even a new favorite drink.

Alexandria: Phantoms of the Potomac Walking Tour

6. Alexandria: Phantoms of the Potomac Walking Tour

Take a journey through historic Alexandria’s most spine-chilling haunted locations on this walking tour by US Ghost Adventures. Listen to tales of betrayal, murder, and magic as you wind through the shadowy streets of Old Town. Upgrade to an extended tour for even more ghost stories. Meet your guide at the meeting point, then set off on your ghostly walk, armed with a lantern. As you go, hear chilling, first-hand accounts of paranormal activity dating as far back as the 1800s. You might even capture your own evidence. Stand at the gates of the harrowing Carlyle House, where an ancient Scottish tradition has been warding off evil spirits for the last 100 years. Investigate a 19th-century murder in the Wilkes Tunnel, and gather clues about the mysterious dead stranger hanging around Gadsby’s Tavern. At the Schafer House, follow young lovers from their first meeting to their tragic deaths and beyond. Wander the same paths as George Washington, mingle with the ghosts of Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers, and gain insight into the darker side of American history. At the end of the tour, circle back to the meeting point with plenty of spooky tales to entertain friends and family. This isn’t your average tour of Old Town Alexandria: are you brave enough to step into the shadows?

From Washington DC: Mount Vernon Bus & Walking Tour

7. From Washington DC: Mount Vernon Bus & Walking Tour

Your journey will begin from the heart of Washington DC. Enjoy the sights as you venture to Mount Vernon via Old Town Alexandria. Once you arrive, you will get a unique visit to Mt Vernon Estate, the home of George Washington. Once at Mt Vernon, enjoy a narrated tour full of historical facts around the framed landmark. See the 18th & 19th century buildings of Alexandria, including the Masonic Memorial dedicated to the president. Learn all about Washington's life with reenactments of historical life. The tour will complete with transportation back to Washington, DC.

Alexandria: Private Tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon

8. Alexandria: Private Tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon

Discover the most popular historical sites of Alexandria during this half or full-day outing with a local guide. Visit George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Pohick Church, and the US Army Museum on this private tour with entry tickets. Start your day with a 20-minute drive along the Potomac River on the George Washington Parkway. Once you arrive, enjoy a 4-hour tour of the Mount Vernon mansion and grounds including the many outbuildings and gardens, George Washington's tomb, museum, and education center. Throughout the day learn from your guide, a former Mount Vernon history interpreter who lives on land formerly a part of the estate and who is an avid student of George Washington and colonial history. Half-day tours will return to Old Town Alexandria for a driving tour of its colonial homes and sites. Full-day tours may choose to visit George Washington's working grist mill and distillery, George Mason's Gunston Hall, Woodlawn Plantation, Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, and Pohick Church. Don't miss the exciting new Museum of The US Army with amazing artifacts from America's wars since 1775. Witness landing craft from D-Day, a representation of the trenches in World War I, a Sherman tank from World War II, drones from Afghanistan, and a gallery of art painted by soldiers. Return to Old Town Alexandria for a driving tour of one of colonial America's most important ports.

Savannah: Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

9. Savannah: Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Note: This 8+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Savannah in 2-3 hours. Once downloaded, your Historic Savannah tour begins at the Savannah Visitor Center. Your first stop is the Ships of the Sea museum, dedicated to how maritime trade shaped the city. Next, you’ll arrive at the riverfront and walk the cobbled streets as you dig into the city’s history. You’ll pause at Factor’s Walk, once a huge export hub for cotton. Then, admire the Olde Pink House, dating back to 1771. The next stop is even older: Johnson Square, established 1734! After that is a market with a long history, followed by the oldest art museum in the South. The Owens-Thomas House, up next, demonstrates Savannah’s striking historic architecture. That’s followed by the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts! Next up is a jaw-dropping Greek Revival structure, then a historic park best known as a filming location for Forrest Gump! Savannah Theatre is your next stop, where performances have been held since 1818! Then, see Savannah’s first Roman Catholic church. Madison Square follows, where you’ll revisit a battle that unfolded in 1779. Then there’s the sprawling Sorrel Weed House, perfect for a photo op, followed by the childhood home of author Flannery O’Connor! Learn the dark history of Calhoun Square next before pausing for a picnic in the city’s oldest, lushest park. Then see the site of an infamous murder immortalized in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Your tour concludes at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. Your ghost tour of Savannah begins at Reynolds Square. It also leads to the Olde Pink House, the site of mysterious orb sightings. Next, you’ll visit the site of the Pulaski Hotel, supposedly haunted by a 19th century child. Then there’s the former City Hotel, so haunted it has appeared on TV more than once! On the riverfront, you’ll find the Shrimp Factory, where employees report hair-raising events after hours. Next is the Hampton-Lillibridge House, which hides a history of mysterious accidents. Beyond that is the Marshall House, where century-old human remains were uncovered during renovations. Wright Square is next, where tragic executions have left behind a lingering presence. After that is Colonial Park Cemetery, home to thousands of unmarked graves. Then, stop by Battlefield Park, site of a major clash during the Revolutionary War. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, site of numerous eerie sightings after dark. Your tour concludes here. This Bundle Includes: • Savannah City Walking Tour • Savannah Ghost Walking Tour • Atlanta Walking Tour ( Bonus Tour )

Alexandria: American Revolution Guided Walking Tour

10. Alexandria: American Revolution Guided Walking Tour

The only tour in Old Town focused on Alexandria's unique Revolutionary War history. We walk through the streets where some of the most prominent heroes of the Revolutionary War lived, worked, and worshipped. On this tour, we will also discuss Alexandria's connection to the Declaration of Independence and the US Bill of Rights. Twenty years before the first shots of the war, events in Alexandria were beginning to push the colonies in that direction. Over the next twenty years, many of Alexandria's most prominent citizens would take hard stands against British taxation policies. We will include many George Washington stops and discuss Washington's connections to Alexandria. We will also walk to some of the most iconic businesses and homes where members of Washington's "military family" worked and lived in Alexandria. This tour will also take visitors to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution and discuss the history of it. We will also see where the Marquis de Lafayette addressed the citizens of Alexandria in 1824. Finally, we will visit multiple historic churches that pre-date the Revolutionary War. We will stop at Washington's church where he famously discussed taking up arms on behalf of American independence!

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What people are saying about Alexandria, Virginia

Overall rating

4.5
(441 reviews)

This tour was incredible. It was personalized and perfect for our group. Mike, the driver and Debbie the tour guide were knowledgeable and professional. Mike arrived early and was patient with us while we gathered our group. Debbie helped us with group photos, answered our random questions and made sure we all got what we wanted out of the tour. Mike and Debbie felt like part of our crew during the evening. They helped us get perfect photo ops for the night tour too! I highly recommend booking this as it gave us the freedom to see what we wanted and go at our own pace. They provided us with cold water and a snack too! The best part was that they picked us up at our hotel and dropped us off there which made for a smooth and easy experience for a group of 13 of us! Thanks Mike and Debbie! We will see you on our next DC trip!

My Vernon was great and I learned lots of American history from our tour guide Tim. Our driver, Theo was awesome. There was a marathon in Old Town Alexandria, and we got stuck at a road block. Theo performed amazing driving skills in order to reverse up a narrow street

I’m glad we did this. The boat ride was good. Loved being first group on and off the boat. Our guide, Jana, was very personable and informative. Having breakfast and lunch was good, too. Highly recommend!

Great tour all around. Our guide Deonne (hope I’m spelling that correctly) was very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. Well worth the time spent in DC.

Our guide Dana was amazing. She was very engaging and funny. She had tons of enthusiasm which made the tour awesome.