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Washington DC:Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Cruise on the Odyssey

1. Washington DC:Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Cruise on the Odyssey

Cruise on the Potomac River and see the sights of Washington DC from a luxury boat, The Odyssey. Get a keepsake photo taken by the ship's photographer, then embark on an elegant dining cruise along the Washington DC shoreline. After being seated at your private table, enjoy a brunch or 3-course dinner, with meals prepared fresh daily by your onboard executive chef. Menu items are subject to change. After your meal, relax on any of the 3 climate-controlled decks as you watch the monuments glide by. Sample Brunch MenuEarly Riser:Breakfast pastries Scottish smoked salmonScrambled eggsBreakfast meats Breakfast potatoes French toast Late Risers:Caesar salad Greek salad Sun-dried tomato pasta saladBaked orecchiette pastaBirria-style chicken Chesapeake Bay rockfish Hand-carved tri-tip steak Kid's station Dessert: Individual dessertsIn-season fruit Sample Dinner Menu Starters (choice of one): Caesar salad Lobster soup Main Course (choice of one): Jumbo forest mushroom ravioli Oven-roasted frenched chicken breast with rosemary and thyme Broiled salmon filet Braised beef short rib Pan-seared fresh Pacific cod Desserts (choice of one): New York-style cheesecake Triple chocolate mud pie Duo of sorbet Freshly cut fruit Odyssey signature warm butter cake

Washington DC: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Spirit

2. Washington DC: Buffet 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

Washington, D.C.: History Tour Pub Crawl

3. Washington, D.C.: History Tour Pub Crawl

Enjoy drinks at iconic DC bars with a local guide on this historic pub crawl tour. Uncover the history not taught in social studies class and learn the unknown tales of DC while laughing with fellow travelers and trying local beers. Discover how drinking helped shape the nation’s capital, from George Washington's adventures as a master distiller, to the dark days of Prohibition, and even parties at the White House. Choose from two different ticket options. Pick the Happy Hour to enjoy 4 draft beers of your choice, one at each pub. Go with the Dry Run tour if you want to buy your drinks as you go.

Washington, D.C.: Underground Donut Tour with Tastings

4. Washington, D.C.: Underground Donut Tour with Tastings

Experience Washington D.C. through its donut scene together with your guide. Enjoy 4 stops with donut tastings and a variety of donuts to choose from as you make your way through the city on this foodie outing. Start your tour from Lafayette Square, just across from the White House. Learn some history about the U.S. and how donuts fit in, both historically, as well as in current D.C. food culture. Visit your first stop, Astro Doughnuts and Chicken. Sample some freshly made donuts and then head to Palmer Alley, to visit an Italian bakery and cafe. Try their bomboloni and have your camera ready for this Instagrammable experience. Make your way to Farmers and Distillers for another batch of freshly made donuts and learn about its unique history. Lastly, end your tour at Toscana Market for some truly decadent donuts from a famous D.C. chef.

U Street Neighborhood Food Tour

5. U Street Neighborhood Food Tour

The U Street neighborhood tour begins at Ben's Chili Bowl, directly across from the U Street metro. From there visit the other stops during a 3-hour long leisurely walking tour, that covers approximately 2 miles. During your tour, you will learn about several significant buildings and check out street art and murals that contribute to the story of U St. In addition to the stops at multiple restaurants, where you will enjoy a variety of carefully selected tastings, you will explore the history of the neighborhood. Stay for approximately 20 minutes at each stop and enjoy brief walks in-between. The tour will end close to the Shaw Metro stop at approximately 2:30 PM. A portion of each ticket is donated to Bread for the City, a charity that provides services to DC locals including providing food, clothing, and legal and medical services.

Washington D.C.: Taste of Georgetown Walking Food Tour

6. Washington D.C.: Taste of Georgetown Walking Food Tour

Sample Southern comfort food in a Prohibition-era bar, where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie Bouvier, sip tea near a canal once used to transport goods to the West and taste socially-conscious street food that helps feed refugees. Once a thriving port town, Georgetown is D.C.’s oldest neighborhood and still reveals glimpses of mule-drawn boats and flour mills. Discover Georgetown’s cosmopolitan past, where people from every continent and many religions lived together and built an eclectic culinary community. If you listen closely, you’ll hear melodies from one of the oldest jazz clubs in the country or feel the chill from the spookiest stairs ever used in film history. More than just a premier shopping destination, Georgetown has a delicious and culturally diverse history that might surprise you. A portion of your ticket will be donated to Bread for the City, a local charity that provides DC locals living in poverty with food, clothing, and medical and legal services.

Washington DC: New Year's Day Gourmet Brunch River Cruise

7. Washington DC: New Year's Day Gourmet Brunch River Cruise

Celebrate the New Year on the water with a New Year’s Day gourmet brunch in Washington DC. You and your guests will enjoy a festive brunch buffet freshly prepared by the chef, and full bar service. While onboard, experience exceptional views of Washington DC’s iconic landmarks, DJ entertainment, and festive décor. The crew will happily take care of the details, leaving you to celebrate the holidays on the Potomac River with your friends and family. Sample Brunch Menu LATE RISERSKALE QUINOA SALAD Quinoa | Roasted Red Pepper | Spinach | Lemon Oregano VinaigretteGREEN GODDESS PASTA SALAD (V)Sweet Peas | White Beans | ScallionsCAESAR SALADRomaine Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons | Traditional Caesar DressingOVEN ROASTED WHITEFISH Spicy Tomato | White Bean RaguKID'S STATIONChicken Tenders and French FriesHAND CARVED STRIP LOIN Signature Spice Rub | Horseradish Crème | Au JusHAND CARVED OVEN-ROASTED TURKEY Cranberry Sauce DESSERTSIGNATURE DESSERT STATION Cakes | Brownies | Seasons Fruit **May contain Nuts EARLY RISERBREAKFAST PASTRIESAssorted Muffins and Danishes | *Contains NutsSCRAMBLED EGGS American Cheddar CheeseBREAKFAST MEATS Applewood Smoked Bacon | Pork Sausage LinksBREAKFAST POTATOES Carmelized Onions | Red & Green Bell PeppersFRENCH TOAST Whipped Cream | Maple Syrup Holiday menu subject to change without notice.

Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate with Audio Guide

8. Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate with Audio Guide

Embark on a tour of George Washington’s estate with the aid of an audio guide. Explore the grounds and learn about the life and legacy of America’s first president. Wander the estate’s four gardens and admire the landscape that Washington designed. Learn about the lives of the enslaved community at Mount Vernon. Look inside the outbuildings to see where they made tools, spun textiles, and processed food. Meet heritage-breed farm animals, including sheep, hogs, and oxen. See costumed interpreters demonstrate farming techniques (from April to October), and step inside George Washington’s treading barn. See the final resting place of George and Martha Washington, where wreath-layings are held daily, and visit the slave memorial that commemorates the enslaved people who lived and worked at Mount Vernon. Watch the American Revolution come to life in a 4D theater where it snows every day. Test your leadership skills in the interactive experience that puts you in Washington’s boots during a moment of crisis. Admire artifacts on display including the chair that George Washington used throughout his presidency, portraits of the Washington family, and objects discovered through archaeological research. Visit George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill (only on weekends from April - October) to see where grains from Washington’s farms were ground to create flour and cornmeal, and where Washington’s whiskey is still made today.

Washington DC: Christmas Eve Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Cruise

9. Washington DC: Christmas Eve Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Cruise

Celebrate the magic of the season on the water with a Christmas Eve gourmet brunch or dinner cruise in Washington DC. You and your guests will enjoy a brunch buffet, or a 3-course plated dinner prepared by the chef, and full bar service. While onboard, experience exceptional views of Washington DC’s iconic landmarks, DJ entertainment, and festive décor. The crew will happily take care of the details, leaving you to celebrate the holidays on the Potomac River with your friends and family. Sample Brunch Menu LATE RISERSKALE QUINOA SALAD GREEN GODDESS PASTA SALAD CAESAR SALADRomaine Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons | Traditional Caesar DressingOVEN ROASTED WHITEFISHSpicy Tomato | White Bean RaguKID'S STATIONChicken Tenders and French FriesHAND CARVED STRIP LOIN Signature Spice Rub | Horseradish Crème | Au JusHAND CARVED OVEN-ROASTED TURKEY Cranberry Sauce DESSERTSIGNATURE DESSERT STATION EARLY RISERBREAKFAST PASTRIESAssorted Muffins and Danishes | *Contains NutsSCRAMBLED EGGS American Cheddar CheeseBREAKFAST MEATSApplewood Smoked Bacon | Pork Sausage LinksBREAKFAST POTATOES FRENCH TOAST Whipped Cream | Maple Syrup Sample Dinner Menu STARTER (CHOICE OF ONE - ALL STARTERS ACCOMPANIED BY FRESH BREAD AND BUTTER)BEET & BABY ARUGULA SALAD SIGNATURE SEAFOOD CHOWDER MAIN (CHOICE OF ONE)TURKEY DINNERGarlic Mashed Potato | Traditional Stuffing | Haricot Verts | Turkey Gravy | Cranberry SaucePAN ROASTED CODRock Shrimp | Crispy Couscous | Lemon Beurre BlancBRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS WITH FRESNO PEPPER DEMI GLACE Garlic Mashed Potatoes | Baby Carrots | BroccoliFALL VEGETABLE RAGU Butternut Squash | Brussel Sprouts | Cauliflower | Carrots | White Bean Ragu DESSERTSEASONAL DESSERT STATION

Washington, DC: African American Heritage Walking Tour

10. Washington, DC: African American Heritage Walking Tour

Explore the U Street Corridor, once known as "Black Broadway," with a local guide and learn about African American history and heritage in Washington, D.C. After meeting your guide, set off on your stroll through what was once the heart of Black culture in America, attracting locals and visitors for an unparalleled music and nightlife scene. During your tour, hear about jazz musician Duke Ellington, a celebrated D.C. hero whose birthplace was here, and admire a towering sculpture in reverence to him. Soak up a section of the city that was once home to the largest urban African American community in the United States, and which is still as vibrant as ever, The food in the area is also eclectic and exciting. From soul food to Italian to the world-famous Ben's Chili Bowl and, uniquely, on the eastern end, the area known as “Little Ethiopia” for its concentration of residents from that country, you're sure to find somewhere to stop to eat after your tour.

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I enjoyed this lunch cruise. DJ was great! He played a diverse playlist that kept everyone entertained. The food was good-not 5 star or gourmet but not bad at all. What made it even better was the that all of staff were so nice! You can tell they thoroughly enjoy the work they do and they like people because they were definitely spreading joy! Keep up the great work! You’re appreciated!

The boat was very beautiful and our server was so accommodating and friendly. It was a great experience, though there was some trouble with the tickets and the scanner that they had so I had to walk a few yards to the ticket office and have it printed out. If you come with both the digital and printed you should be fine though.

We had a blast! I took my fiancé on board the dinner cruise for his birthday. They thought it was our anniversary haha but no matter! The food was delicious, the staff were incredibly accommodating and we enjoyed dancing with them all! Super worthwhile!

Such a good time with our amazing guide Jessica enjoying local craft beers in lovely settings. It’s a great way to meet new friends and learn some fun DC history!

I rather wanted to have real soul food than broccoli or green pasta you need to fix the menus