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    Washington DC

    It’s not hard to understand why Washington, DC is on so many people’s must-see lists. As the nation’s capital, sightseeing doesn’t get much more impressive – you’ll find world-famous monuments, renowned museums and of course, the White House.

    • White House

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    • Capitol Building

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    • Cherry Blossom, Jefferson Memorial

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    • Adams Morgan District

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    • Lincoln Memorial

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    • Washington National Cathedral

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    • Washington Monument

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    • U Street Shopping

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    • The Phillips Collection

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    • Panda at Smithsonian National Zoo

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    • Smithsonian Castle

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    • Bustling Nightlife at Churchkey

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    • Dupont Circle Farmers Market

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    • Georgetown Harbour at Night

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    • Martin Luther King Memorial

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    • International Spy Museum

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    • Newseum

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    Add to that a stroll along the Potomac River and some of the country’s most acclaimed restaurants and you have a wonderful short break or holiday destination.

    The bright lights of Washington, DC offer much more than sightseeing. The city’s eclectic neighbourhoods, boutique and designer shopping, live music venues showcasing rock, jazz, R&B and reggae, sensational theatre productions and array of eateries attract a young crowd looking for a cosmopolitan experience.

    Known for: Renowned museums, famous monuments, a booming food scene, diverse nightlife and entertainment and an assortment of eclectic neighbourhoods.

    Key neighbourhoods: Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Penn Quarter, Chinatown, U Street.

    Most relaxing activities: Take a leisurely stroll along the National Mall and you’ll discover the major monuments and memorials. Soak in the sun with a paddleboat ride in the Tidal Basin, lounge in one of many parks and gardens, or explore the Georgetown waterfront.

    Active pursuits: Run or bike the trails throughout the city. Rock Creek Park has an 11-mile route and the Capital Crescent Trail follows a former railroad track along the Potomac River. Kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and ice skating are also popular.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Food lovers will be overwhelmed by the choice of restaurants and variety of global cuisines. For great steak, head to Bobby Van's Steakhouse (809 15th Street NW), a favourite of congressmen and visiting dignitaries. If you're looking for a atmospheric lunch, try Gordon Biersch (900 F Street NW) with its own micro-brewery on-site.

    • Top Tip 2

      Parking is very expensive and very limited, so leave your car at the hotel and take advantage of the Metro, which is one of the world’s most convenient, safe and clean subway systems. It is really easy to use - the routes and stops are clearly indicated on station maps and you can choose to purchase a single ticket, unlimited one day ticket or a weekly pass. Be aware that Georgetown doesn't have a Metro stop, the nearest is a pleasant 15 minute walk away.

    • Top Tip 3

      Make sure you include a visit to The Smithsonian institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex boasting 16 museums and galleries. Start at the Visitor Information Center at the Smithsonian Castle where you can map your course - you can see as much or as little as you like and it's all free.

    • Top Tip 4

      Whilst you're in Washington, DC, make a trip to Georgetown. It's the capital's elite region with great boutiques and restaurants. Georgetown also makes a perfect choice for those wanting to enjoy the delights of the city but stay in a more relaxed, slow-paced area. Our favourite hotels in Georgetown are Capella, which has incredible accommodations and offers the utmost in refined, personal service and The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, a converted historic building featuring exposed brickwork and a soaring smokestack.

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      Even if you don't usually enjoy museums, you should include the International Spy Museum, showcasing the shadowy world of espionage and featuring a '50 Years of James Bond' exhibit, and Newseum, offering an in-depth look at the world of journalism.

    • Top Tip 6

      As you would imagine, Washington, DC is filled with amazing nightlife. The different districts house a variety of styles from casual pubs to high-end wine bars. An amazing array of brewery's are being established, and they have spurred a number of 'Brew Tours' being available for real beer lovers.

    • Top Tip 7

      The National Mall isn’t for shopping! Spanning 2.25 miles from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial, it is home to many monuments, memorials and museums. Mainly pedestrianized, the best way to see its many iconic attractions is on either a bike or Segway tour - both of which are tremendous fun!

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  • A Taste of the Capital Region

    Begins in and ends in Washington, DC

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: April to November

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Jefferson Memorial

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    • Adams Morgan District

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    • Fort McHenry

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    • White House, Washington DC

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    • Cambridge, Chesapeake Bay Sunset

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    • St Michaels Sunset at Hooper Strait Lighthouse

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    • Baltimore, Maryland Zoo

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    • Charlottesville Vineyards

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    • Jefferson Memorial in Bloom

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    • Lincoln Memorial, Washington Dc

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    • Washington Monument

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    Day 01

    Arrive Washington DC

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Washington, DC. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Loews Madison Hotel

    Day 02 Day 03

    Washington DC

    We’ve allowed two full days for you to experience the vibrant and historical capital city. We suggest visits to the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the Smithsonians many museums, Arlington Cemetery, the Capitol Building and, of course the White House, which is a must on any visit.

    Hotel: Loews Madison Hotel

    41Mi/66Km

    Day 04

    Baltimore

    Next it’s on to Baltimore, affectionately known as ‘Charm City’, which boasts almost three hundred years of history. Take a trip to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, where you can soar 27 storeys into the air at the Top of the World Observation Deck in the World Trade Centre, explore the World War II submarine, Torsk, and visit the National Aquarium.

    Hotel: Hotel Monaco Baltimore

    31Mi/50Km

    Day 05

    Annapolis

    Annapolis has a laid-back, maritime feel and some of the most stunning scenery on the east coast. The city’s narrow streets feature historic homes and restored buildings, such as Hammond-Harwood House from the 18th century and Maryland State House: completed back in 1779.

    Hotel: Loews Annapolis

    51Mi/82Km

    Day 06

    St Michaels

    Today take the short journey to the beautiful Chesapeake Harbour Town of St Michaels. Known as the ‘town that fooled the British’, it is said that the townspeople hung lanterns in the trees during the War of 1812: causing the cannons to overshoot the houses.

    Hotel: The Inn at Perry Cabin

    27Mi/44Km

    Day 07 Day 08

    Cambridge

    Heading Southwest today you may wish to visit Tilghman Island, home of Chesapeake Bay’s remaining skipjacks and the small town of Oxford: once a major port and shipbuilding centre. The 1684 port town of Cambridge has many historic homes, buildings and museums.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

    195Mi/313Km

    Day 09

    Virginia Beach

    Travel down the Delmarva Peninsula today to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, where you will travel under and over water! Virginia Beach is the world’s longest beach and, at sunset, it comes alive with people enjoying cocktails and heading to one of the many restaurants for a superb dinner.

    Hotel: Hilton Virginia Beach

    60Mi/96Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg is the most extensively restored 18th century town in the USA, so it’s well worth a visit. You may also choose to stop by Jamestown Island, where America’s first English settlement was established.

    Hotel: Kingsmill Resort

    122Mi/196Km

    Day 12

    Charlottesville

    You may wish to route via Richmond today to see the White House of the Confederacy and Maymount Plantation. Then it's on to Charlottesville, where you’ll find Montecello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Sitting atop a mountain in Albermarle, it is described as one of the country’s foremost architectural masterpieces.

    Hotel: Omni Charlottesville

    62Mi/99Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    Shenandoah National Park

    The most scenic drive of your itinerary, the picture perfect setting of Skyline Drive is quite breathtaking. Shenandoah Valley has over 500 miles of hiking trails, winding through lush forests and valleys filled with wildflowers, trickling streams and waterfalls. Luray Caverns are the largest caverns on the east coast and well worth a trip.

    Hotel: Skyland Lodge

    93Mi/149Km

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Take the short drive back to the capital, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2195 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Colonial America

    Begins in and ends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • George Washingtons Mount Vernon

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    • Abraham Lincoln

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    • Philadelphia Skyline

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    • Annapolis Waterfront

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    • Tall Ships in Baltimore

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    Day 01

    Arrive Philadelphia

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Philadelphia. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Why not start your trip with dinner at one of the traditional taverns?

    Hotel: Loews Philadelphia

    Day 02

    Philadelphia

    Welcome to America’s 'Birthplace of Independence’ where many great attractions such as Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Franklin Court and the Betsy Ross House can be found. Dine in some of the country’s best restaurants and discover another great option in the city; tax free shopping.

    Hotel: Loews Philadelphia

    79Mi/131Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Gettysburg

    Leaving the bright lights of Philadelphia behind you’ll discover Penn Dutch Country today, with visits to Kitchen Kettle Village and perhaps an Amish home. Drive through York to Gettysburg, once a battle site in the American Civil War.

    Hotel: Wyndham Gettysburg

    121Mi/205Km

    Day 05 Day 06

    Washington, DC

    Today you will be welcomed into America’s capital! Enjoy the famous monuments, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, Washington Monument and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial which are best viewed on a bike or Segway tour. Explore the Smithsonian’s many museums, visit Arlington Cemetery, the White House, Capitol Building and much more. This evening, choose a fabulous eatery or take in a performance at the Kennedy Centre or Ford’s Theatre.

    Hotel: Loews Madison Hotel

    105Mi/168Km

    Day 07

    Richmond

    Richmond remains one of America's most handsome capital cities. Explore over 400 years of history, from Civil War to Civil Rights, magnificent architecture, world-class museums and monument-lined streets. Visit the Edgar Allan Poe Museum and the Museum and White House of the Confederacy, or indulge in Richmond's diverse shopping and dining scene.

    Hotel: Omni Richmond

    62Mi/100Km

    Day 08 Day 09

    Williamsburg

    Journey to Williamsburg, Virginia along scenic Route 5, and visit one of the many plantations along the way. Don’t miss Colonial Williamsburg, the most extensively restored 18th century town in the United States, or Jamestown Island, where America’s first English settlement was established. Visit exciting Busch Gardens for a day of fun and entertainment, and don’t miss the famous Williamsburg Pottery Outlet. Your accommodation for the next two nights boats a multi-pool complex and two golf courses.

    Hotel: Kingsmill Resort

    59Mi/94Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Virginia Beach

    Visit Newport News’ impressive Mariner’s Museum or the Virginia Living Museum before travelling to Virginia Beach. Experience the Virginia Marine Science Museum where visitors attempt to predict the weather, or enjoy a simulated journey to the bottom of the sea. Visit nearby Norfolk and stroll through the acres of azaleas, camellias and roses.

    Hotel: Hilton Virginia Beach

    217Mi/347Km

    Day 12 Day 13

    Annapolis

    Today your drive takes you north to Annapolis, Maryland’s colonial capital city and now a favourite yachting port. Explore the charming harbour and visit the US Naval Academy.

    Hotel: Loews Annapolis

    30Mi/48Km

    Day 14

    Baltimore

    A short drive brings you to Baltimore, America’s 'Renaissance City’, with its glittering harbour and National Aquarium. Plan a visit to Baltimore’s Inner Harbour for unique shops, live entertainment and diverse eateries.

    Hotel: Hotel Monaco, Baltimore

    91Mi/150Km

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Enjoy the diverse scenery en route back to Philadelphia where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2265 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

  • In Freedom's Footsteps

    Begins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and ends in Washington DC

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: April, May, June, September and October

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    Your Escorted Tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
    • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Capitol Building, Washington DC

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    • Washington Monument

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    • Shenandoah National Park

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    Day 01

    Arrive Philadelphia

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Philadelphia. Upon arrival, a transfer to your hotel, the Sofitel Philadelphia, is included. This evening meet up with your fellow Tauck travellers for a welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Sofitel Philadelphia (Dinner included)

    Day 02

    Philadelphia

    Steeped in history, Philadelphia combines the old with the new. Enjoy a day exploring the many attractions. Tour Independence Hall, ride a horse-drawn carriage along cobblestone streets, see Liberty Bell and visit the National Constitution Centre. 

    Hotel: Sofitel Philadelphia (Breakfast included)

    Day 03

    Amish Country & Gettysburg

    Travel through rolling Pennsylvania farmland to Lancaster County for a guided tour that reveals the cultural traditions of the Amish. Continue on to Gettysburg National Military Park for a visit to the amazing interpretive center and the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War which features 12 exhibit galleries. Following dinner, a storyteller recounts the harrowing experience of civilians trapped in the town of Gettysburg during the ferocious fighting. 

    Hotel: The Gettysburg Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 04

    Harper's Ferry & Shenandoah National Park

    A morning drive with a Gettysburg expert takes you through some of the battlefields, viewing pivotal sites and hearing their stories. Travel on to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where you’ll visit to the site of John Brown’s failed 1859 raid on the town’s federal arsenal. Later, ride the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the gorgeous Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. 

    Hotel: Big Meadows Lodge/Skyland Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Monticello & Charlottesville

    Today you travel to Charlottesville for a visit to the third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Monticello, hilltop house. After lunch featuring colonial fare and servers in 18th-century period attire, visit the University of Virginia’s landmark Rotunda and Grounds. You’ll end the afternoon with a private presentation on “Slavery, the Plantation and the Civil War” by Dr. Leni Sorensen. 

    Hotel: Omni Charlottesville Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 06

    Richmond & Jamestown

    Meet with Richmond Civil War historian and author Mark Howell, who share insights about the impact of the Civil War in Virginia. Next, you’ll gain further insights into Union, Confederate and African American viewpoints when you visit Historic Tredegar and the Tredegar Iron Works. Following lunch, travel to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. Today’s final destination is Colonial Williamsburg, where you’ll spend the next two nights. 

    Hotel: Williamsburg Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 07

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg is yours to explore as you please. Discover the recreated cobblestone streets which bring a bygone era back to life. Encounter local residents, from artisans and tradespeople to militiamen and ordinary citizens. Visit authentically restored buildings such as the Governor’s Palace, Raleigh Tavern and Bruton Parish Church. 

    Hotel: Williamsburg Lodge (Breakfast included)

    Day 08

    Washington DC

    This morning visit magnificent Mount Vernon, the estate of America’s first president, George Washington. Overlooking the Potomac River; explore the state-of-the-art interactive museum, the 18th-century mansion and landscaped grounds. You’ll have a late afternoon arrival in Washington, DC, and dine at a local restaurant.

    Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 09

    Washington DC

    Today you’ll start with a sightseeing tour of iconic Washington sights, including the White House, Capitol Hill, the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. On a visit to the Lincoln Memorial, you’ll have an opportunity to see the poignant memorials to those who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Then it’s on to Newseum, a captivating museum featuring interactive exhibits about the world of media.

    Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC (Breakfast included)

    Day 10

    Washington DC

    This morning it’s an early admission to the Rotunda of the National Archives for a private viewing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The afternoon is free for you to take in more attractions, or perhaps go shopping. This evening, a memorable week concludes with a farewell reception and dinner.

    Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day 11

    Journey Home

    Time for some last minute shopping before you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3599 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

  • Washington DC Bike Tours

    Washington DC

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    • Washington DC Bike Tour

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    Whether you are travelling alone or with family or friends, there is no better way to see Washington DC than on a bike or segway tour. Easy paths allow you to move freely as you embark on your tour be it during the day or a night. With your tour guide narrating, stop by all the sites Washington DC has to offer and take some memorable photos.

    Capital Sites Tour

    The Capital Sites guided bike tour is the best way to start your visit in Washington, DC. Get up close to the monuments and memorials as you Bike the Sites® of Capitol Hill and the National Mall. While you will stay with your bike for the duration of the tour, frequent stops are made for photo opportunities as your guide shares unique facts and history.

    Duration: 3 Hours

    Monuments Tour

    Monuments guided bike tour is the ultimate Washington DC highlights tour. Spend a few hours exploring the monuments and memorials on The National Mall; your guide will share unique facts and history at each stop before allowing a few minutes for exploration and photos. No other tour in DC will get you an up close look to as many sites in the same amount of time. Those on foot will envy you!

    Duration: 3 Hours

    Sites by Segway

    Explore the National Mall and experience the joy and freedom of riding the most unique vehicle created. After learning how to ride your Segway, you’ll roll right up the center of Pennsylvania Avenue, glide to the monuments and memorials on the National Mall, and visit some fun off-the-mall spots along the way.

    Duration: 2.5 Hours

    Day Bike Rental

    Explore the Washington DC area on wheels, with your own itinerary and schedule. Take your bike to a Smithsonian museum, cycle along the Potomac River, or head to one of the area’s extensive bike trails. Rentals of comfort bikes, kids’ bikes, and trailer tandems are available daily.  

      

     

     

    Prices

    Capital Sites Tour

    From £24 per adult and £18 per child (aged 12 and under)

    Monuments Tour

    From £24 per adult and £18 per child (aged 12 and under)

    Sites by Segway

    From £39 per person

    Day Bike Rental

    From £25 per adult and £16 per child (aged 12 and under)