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From Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

1. From Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

Experience a great American adventure on this boat trip to the home of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Enjoy a round-trip cruise from Washington, D.C. to Mount Vernon, including entrance to the estate of George and Martha Washington. Start your tour with a fully narrated cruise down the Potomac River to Mount Vernon. Tour the gardens and grounds of this national historical landmark and learn the history of one of the country's most important leaders. Spend 3 full hours at the estate viewing the gardens, strolling the many trails, visiting the farm, and stopping by the many restaurants and shops, on a tour that allows you to travel back in history to the time of colonial America.

From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

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

Visit the colorful and historic Old Town Alexandria and the former home of George Washington on this unmissable private tour of the two!\. Walk in the footsteps of Washington with this sensational five-hour excursion from the capital. 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 theatre 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.

Old Town Alexandria: DC Monument River Cruise to Georgetown

3. Old Town Alexandria: DC Monument River Cruise to Georgetown

Avoid the traffic and see Washington, D.C., from the Potomac River. Once you arrive at the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, simply hop on to the boat, sit back, and relax on this 45-minute cruise to Georgetown, one of the district's most historic and fashionable neighborhoods. Make the most of your day and choose either a one-way cruise and return to Old Town Alexandria on your own, or choose a convenient round-trip cruise with 2 hours to explore Georgetown. In either case, you will be able to visit Georgetown's historic streets and alleyways, quaint cafes, and high-end boutiques, making the most of your trip to Washington, D.C.

Mount Vernon Full-Day Bike and Boat Tour

4. Mount Vernon Full-Day Bike and Boat Tour

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! Meet in the Old Town of Alexandria to pick-up your bike and helmet. Then, cycle along the wooded Mount Vernon Trail to George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Lock your bike outside the estate for tour staff to pick up. Then, spend the day self-exploring the grounds and mansion house. The mansion’s interior has mostly been restored to the appearance at the time of George and Martha Washington's occupancy. Enter Washington’s study and feel a part of history! Take time for lunch, and enjoy a leisurely stroll in the gardens and farm. Then, bike back to Alexandria, or opt to return by boat. Climb aboard the Miss Christin for the 2:00 PM departure from Mount Vernon’s dock. Relax on the narrated cruise as you glide back to Alexandria's Old Town.

Alexandria: Private Tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon

5. 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.

DC: Private Day Trip to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate

6. DC: Private Day Trip to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate

Enjoy a private full-day tour from Washington DC to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the beautiful estate and plantation of America’s founding father with a knowledgeable guide. Situated on a hill overlooking the nearby town of Charlottesville, Monticello radiates Jefferson’s personality. Walk through the home, designed by Jefferson himself, taking in the views of fruit and vegetable gardens and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Following your visit to the Monticello estate, enjoy lunch at the historic Michie Tavern (meal not included with purchase). Relax on the return journey to Washington DC, where you'll be dropped off back at your hotel.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Richmond

7. Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Richmond

Looking for a way to turn downtown Richmond into a giant game board? Participate in this scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Richmond. Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in Capitol Square and explores the historic monuments and interesting highlights while unraveling clues to the hidden games. Your Quest continues through the city discovering unique art, monuments and other hidden gems of this great city. The tour requires approximately 1.4 miles (2.25 kilometers) of walking. Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for a bite at one of the many restaurants or explore the city murals… why not, it’s your schedule! Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget. Points of interest include: • State Capitol • Old City Hall • George Washington Monument • Bell Tower • Tidewater Connection Locks • Riverfront walk

From Washington DC: Day Trip to Luray Caverns

8. From Washington DC: Day Trip to Luray Caverns

Start your day with being picked up at your accommodation in Washington DC. Enjoy the ride in a luxury SUV or sprinter van through Virginia's scenic Shenandoah Valley. Arrive at the Luray Caverns, one of the most remarkable natural wonders in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to a guided tour through the Caverns, you will also be able to explore the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum. See classic cars from around the world including an 1897 Mercedes-Benz and a 1925 Rolls-Royce. Roll up your sleeves as you mine for gold and other gems at the Gem Sluice geology experience. Opt to have lunch in the on-site cafeteria or bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. Get lost in the Garden Maze or strap on a harness to tackle the heights in the Rope Adventure Park. After a day of adventure, drive back to DC.

From Washington, DC: Virginia Wine Country Private Day-Trip

9. From Washington, DC: Virginia Wine Country Private Day-Trip

Take pleasure in a complementary hotel pick up (within DC city limits) and transfer to the wineries in Loudoun County, Virginia. Hotel pick-up is at 10:00 AM with approximately an hour's drive to the wineries. Enjoy complimentary individual bottled water and light snacks along the way as you travel in the comfort of a luxurious SUV with a multi-lingual chauffeur. Select three of six wineries for your tour: Doukénie Winery, Sunset Hills and Bluemont Wineries in Purcelville or Fabbiolli Cellars, Hidden Brook and Tarara Winery in Leesburg.  Upon arrival at each winery, their team will provide you with a tour of the winery. Wine tastings are often available for an additional fee. This experience will last roughly nine hours. To wrap up, you will be dropped off at your DC location around 07:00 PM.

Norfolk: Best of Norfolk Guided E-Bike Tour

10. Norfolk: Best of Norfolk Guided E-Bike Tour

Experience the ultimate tour of Norfolk, Virginia on an electric bike. Your friendly guide will lead you downtown along the Elizabeth River Trail, effortlessly winding through Norfolk’s waterfront bike paths and parks. With minimal effort, this tour enables you to hit all the “must see” sights of Norfolk. This electric bike tour takes 2.5 hours and is the perfect way to get up close with Norfolk’s fascinating history. You'll see the city’s best architectural gems and take in the scenery from carefully-chosen viewpoints. You’ll also hear the stories behind Norfolk’s most charming historic sites.  The electric bikes help you safely navigate Norfolk’s riverside terrain, city streets, and picturesque neighborhoods. At the end, your expert local guide will share insider recommendations to help you make the most of your time in Norfolk.

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What people are saying about Virginia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 103 reviews

The boat ride on the Potomac River was very scenic. I get motion sick, so I sat on the top outdoor deck. The speakers were not working, so I heard none of the narration. One suggestion would be the time of the mansion tour should be on the email.

This was a great family day trip. The boat ride was relaxing and there was a drink/snack/bar menu available to purchase for snacks/light fare. The grounds at Mount Vernon are well kept-beautiful views and staff are knowledgeable and informative.

We had an excellent tour with Chris. He was extremely knowledgeable and communicated the life at Mount Vernon very well. We got an extra treat by stopping at Arlington Cemetery to watch the changing of the guard. It was a day well spent.

Had an absolutely great time! Edgar is an absolute treasure and is most passionate in his profession as a tour guide! Would most definitely recommend this to family and friends.

Edgar was a knowledgeable and awesome guide and group photographer.