Enjoy the Capitol at the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Enjoy the regions most beautiful Christmas decorations with 1,000s of twinkling lights and a 55-foot tall starlight Christmas tree suspended over the indoor garden atrium. Well head over to the Plaza Stage for a group photo at the Harbor Holiday Tree, followed by an included ride on the Capital Wheel. Then you will have time to enjoy the National Harbor as you would like. There is a nightly indoor snowfall, the Sights & Sounds of the Season Laser Show, and we have included unlimited access to ICE! which features many hand-carved winter wonderland sculptures and scenes that delight the young and the young at heart. If you want to venture out for a while, the Gaylord National has shuttle service to the MGM Casino, Tanger Outlets, Harbor stops and restaurants.
Visit the United States Botanic Garden, a living plant museum. Exhibits interpret the role of plants in supporting earths diverse and fragile ecosystems and in enriching human life. Established by Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. Well even see the Poinsettias displayed for the Holiday Season at the Botanic Gardens. Well take in the timeless story of Charles Dickens Christmas Carol in the historic Fords Theatre. Well take a walk through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to see the amazing views from the terrace and the famous bronze bust of John F. Kennedy in the grand foyer. Two months after President Kennedys assassination in November 1963, Congress designated the National Cultural Center as a living memorial to Kennedy, and authorized $23 million to help build what is now known as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Stop by the Pageant of Peace in Ellipse Park across from the White House. This is the site of a nightly choral performance, a Nativity scene, a burning Yule log, the National Christmas Tree and a spectacular display of lighted Christmas trees representing each state and territory of the United States. Visit Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington that is joyfully decked for Christmas. Themed decorations, including 12 Christmas trees, and historical chocolate making demonstrations will be offered. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. During Christmas at Mount Vernon, visitors can meet a camel on the grounds. Inside the mansion is where George Washington escaped the rigors of public office and enjoyed the life of a successful Virginia planter. Americas most visited historic house, Mount Vernon sits on a grassy, shaded slope overlooking the Potomac River. Many of the furnishings are original pieces acquired by Washington himself. Mount Vernon is both George Washingtons home and final resting-place.
Well take a guided tour of Washington, D.C. and stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the National World War II Memorial. Visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception, the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States and in North America. As a matter of fact, it is one of the ten largest churches in the world. Arrive at the Visitors Center at Arlington National Park, where we will board a tram for a tour of the Arlington National Cemetery. This is the final resting place for President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audie Murphy, prizefighter Joe Louis, and thousands of soldiers from every major U.S. war. Arlington House, home of Civil War General Robert E. Lee, Space Shuttle Challenger astronauts Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknowns are also located on these famous 612 acres. The Capitol Visitor Center welcomes visitors to the seat of American government. At nearly 580,000 square feet, it is the largest project in the Capitols 215-year history and is approximately three quarters the size of the Capitol itself. It features an exhibition gallery highlighting the House and Senate while in-session, orientation theaters, gift shops, and more. Take a tour of the United States Capitol that has housed Congress since 1800 and is one of the most imposing public buildings in the world. Visit the United States Library of Congress, established as an act of Congress in 1800, it is the largest national library in the world with more than 100 million items in three buildings. Visit the White House Visitor Center which offers a window into the presidents iconic home. Visitors can explore an interactive touchscreen tour of the White House, view over 90 artifacts from the White House collection, shop at the retail store and view a 14 minute film. Visit the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, the former mansion of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and features one of the most comprehensive collections of 18th and 19th century Russian Imperial art outside of Russia. Plus, during the holiday you will experience cultural traditions from Old Russia! Visit the National Museum of American Historys complete make over and restoration. Browse through the new state-of-the-art gallery that offers a spectacular view of the Star Spangled Banner, and view the exhibits that top the list of must-sees for any visitor with a taste for true Americana. See the First Ladies inaugural gowns, quilts, cars, locomotives and much more. Well take an illuminated driving tour of Washingtons grand buildings, memorials and monuments as they are illuminated, soft focusing on the solid stones and bronzes; fountains and water features shimmer in reflection. Well make stops at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial, the Air Force Memorial and drive by the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue), the Washington Monument, the WWII Memorial and other memorials and monuments.
You will have an afternoon free on the National Mall to explore the Smithsonian Institutes museum of your choice. Choose from the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Air & Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Air & Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American Indian, National Gallery of Art, Freer & Sackler Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Museum of African Art. (The National Museum of African American History and Culture is extremely popular. Timed entry tickets are required. Visit https://nmaahc.si.edu/visit/passes for more information).
- Arrive in Washington, D.C. where you will be transferred to check-in at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center where Christmas on the Potomac is held
- We’ll proceed to the Plaza Stage for a group photo at the Harbor Holiday Tree
- Enjoy a ride on the Capital Wheel
- Enjoy a free evening to enjoy all that the National Harbor has to offer like the nightly indoor snowfall, Sights & Sounds of the Season Laser Show and access to ICE! is included
- Guided Tour of Washington, D.C.
- Stops at the Vietnam Veterans, Lincoln, Korean War Veterans & WWII Memorials
- Visit the United States Botanic Garden
- Visit the Smithsonian Institution Museum of your choice on the National Mall
- Visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception
- Dinner is included this evening at Cafe Deluxe Bethesda
- Visit Washington D.C.’s Temple Visitor’s Center Festival of Lights
- Visit the Visitors Center at Arlington National Cemetery
- Tram tour of the Arlington National Cemetery
- Visit the NEW Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill
- VIP Capitol Tours
- Visit the United States Library of Congress
- Tour the Supreme Court Building
- Dinner at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
- Enjoy a performance of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol at historic Ford’s Theatre
- Visit the White House Visitor Center
- Visit the Society of the Cincinnati National Headquarters - Anderson House
- Tour the Washington National Cathedral
- Tour Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
- Visit the National Museum of American History
- Dinner at Tony & Joes on the waterfront
- Walk through the Kennedy Center and see the National Christmas Tree
- Illuminated Washington, D.C. Monument Tour
- Tour George Washington’s Mount Vernon joyfully decked for Christmas
- Lunch is included at Carluccio’s
- Free time to explore Old Town Alexandria
- Return flight home
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Day One - Four - Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Oxon Hill, MD
Roundtrip airfare from Milwaukee is included. Please call for other departure cities.
For Passenger Travel Protection Plans, please call Travel Guard at 1-800-826-1300 or visit their website at www.travelguard.com and they will be able to assist you with finding a plan to best fit your travel needs. Please note that air taxes are subject to change without notice and airline baggage fees are not included. All items in Washington, D.C. are subject to last minute cancellation or rescheduling due to security concerns or situations that are beyond our control. All passengers must have a valid photo i.d. with them at all times while on this tour. Gratuities for the tour director an driver are not included and are at a passengers discretion.
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