Washington, D.C. - Get an Insider View

Washington, D.C. - Get an Insider View

Save $25 per person if you book by 7/20/2020 and get ready to experience an Insider View of Washington, D.C.

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Save $25 per person if you book by 7/20/2020 and get ready to experience an Insider View of Washington, D.C.

SAVE $25 PER PERSON IF YOU BOOK BY 7/20/2020!

 

Washington D.C. Evenings

See Washington D.C. light up at night on a Monument Illuminated tour.  Washington’s grand buildings, memorials and monuments sparkle and are impressive during the day; but in the evenings they are illuminated, soft focusing the solid stones and bronzes; fountains and water features shimmer in reflection; shadows darken highlighting the floodlit detail.  Impressive during the day-stunning at night!  We’ll walk through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Two months after President Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963, Congress designated the National Cultural Center as a “living memorial” to Kennedy.  We’ll drive past the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue), the Washington Monument, the Air Force Memorial, National WWII Memorial and other memorials and monuments as time permits.  Stop at The National World War II Memorial. This memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S. during World War II, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort from home.  Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people to the common defense of the nation and to the broader causes of peace and freedom from tyranny throughout the world. The Pentagon 9/11 Memorial honors the 184 victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks at The Pentagon.

 

The Insider View

We’ll visit the Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill.  At nearly 580,000 square feet, the CVCis the largest project in the Capitol’s 215-year history and is approximately three quarters the size of the Capitol itself. The entire facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol so it does not detract from the appearance of the Capitol. Features include an exhibition gallery highlighting the House &Senate while in-session, orientation theaters and more.  We’ll see the United States Capitol, the most recognized symbol of democratic government in the world.  The U.S.Capitol has housed congress since 1800 and is one of the most imposing public buildings in the world.  Visit the United States Library of Congress where you can explore, discover and be inspired!  Established as an act of congress in 1800, the Library of Congress is the largest national library in the world with more than 100 million items in three buildings.  We will drive Embassy Row enroute to tour the Washington National Cathedral. After the Civil War, the powerful and socially elite built large mansions along Massachusetts Ave.  After the Great Depression, many of the families who built these homes went broke. Today, the area is known as Embassy Row. Embassies, associations, foundations and clubs have claimed and restored these lovely homes.  Tour the Washington National Cathedral which stands higher than the Washington Monument and is the sixth largest church in the world.  At the Visitor’s Center of Arlington National Cemetery we will see America’s shrine to valor and sacrifice. This is the final resting place for President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward Moore (Ted) Kennedy, and thousands of soldiers from every major U.S. war.  The Tomb of the Unknowns speaks of a nation’s debt to the many whose ultimate sacrifice helped make a nation free. We will be taking a Tram Tour of Arlington National Cemetery to see the Kennedy Grave Sites and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and see the Changing of the Guard.  We will visit the White House Visitor Center which offers visitors a window into the president’s iconic home. Visitors can explore an interactive touch-screen tour of the White House, view over 90 artifacts from the White House collection, shop at the White House Historical Association retail store and view the short film, “White House:  Reflections From Within.”  We will also stop for a photo-opportunity at the White House.  We will take a tour of the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, the former home of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post.  It features one of the most comprehensive collections of 18th and 19th-Century Russian Imperial art outside of Russia, as well as an extensive collection of 18th-Century French decorative arts.  Highlights include a diamond crown worn byEmpress Alexandra at her marriage to Nicholas II, two Imperial Easter Eggs, and much more.  We’ll take a tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage, located on a picturesque hilltop in Washington, DC.  President Lincoln’s Cottage is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln’s presidency aside from the White House.  You will have an afternoon free at the National Mall to visit the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of your choice.  Take your choice of the National Museum of American History, National Air & Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, The National Museum of the American Indian, the NationalGallery of Art, the National Museum of African Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden or the Freer & Sackler Gallery. 

 

Memorials by Day

During our time in Washington D.C. we will stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial which has drawn millions who have come to touch the over 50,000 names, make pencil rubbings and leave flowers, letters, flags and personal mementos.  We will stop at the redesigned Air Force Memorial which is both BOLD and graceful and truly a representation of the Air Force.  Stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial which utilizes landscape elements to powerfully convey three fundamental and recurring themes in Dr. King’s Life: justice, democracy and hope.  The FDR Memorial combines sculpture, water and natural landscape to forge a dramatic setting for recounting the events and terms of office of the Nation’s 32nd President.  Stop at the Jefferson Memorial where the 19-foot statue of the third President stands beneath a rotunda inscribed with passages from the Declaration of Independence. 

 

Flight 93 National Memorial and Tower of Voices

Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted.  A common field one day. A field of honor forever. The Tower of Voices is conceived as a monumental 93-foot tall musical instrument to honor the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93.

Day 1

- Depart Wisconsin
- Welcome Dinner

D

Day 2

- Arrive in Washington D.C.
- Dinner included at Tony & Joe’s
- Monuments Moonlight Illuminated Evening Tour of D.C. includes walk through of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and drive past the Marine Corps Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Washington Memorial, National WWII Memorial and other Memorials and Monuments as time allows

B, D

Day 3

- Tram Tour of Arlington National Cemetery
- Six stops at JFK Gravesite, U.S. Coast Guard Memorial, U.S. Army General Pershing’s Gravesite, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington House, and the Ord & Weitzel
walking gate to see Iwo Jima
- See the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
- Visit the United States Capitol Visitor Center
- Visit the United States Library of Congress
- Dinner included at the Mad Hatter
- Stop at the Illuminated National WWII Memorial

B, D

Day 4

- Visit the White House Visitor’s Center
- Drive past Embassy Row
- Tour the Washington National Cathedral
- Visit Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
- Stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Dinner at the District Chop House & Brewery
- Stop at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Park

B, D

Day 5

- Stop at the Air Force Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr National Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and Jefferson Memorial
- Tour President Lincoln’s Cottage
- Free Afternoon at the National Mall
- Farewell Dinner at Columbia Firehouse

B, D

Day 6

- Visit the National Law Enforcement Museum
- Stop at the Flight 93 Memorial
- Overnight and Farewell Dinner

B, D

Day 7

- Return Home

B

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

SAVE $25 PER PERSON IF YOU BOOK BEFORE 7/20/2020!

 

Tour Includes:  Home pickup (restrictions apply), Breakfast with Bucky (mascot is not present), 12 Meals, 6 Nights of Accommodations, Sightseeing as Listed, Baggage Handling for 1 Suitcase per person at all hotels.

 

Hotel Accommodations

Day One  - Holiday Inn, Independence, OH

Day Two through Five - Courtyard Crystal City, Arlington,VA

Day Six - Hampton InnWest, Youngstown, OH

 

PER PERSON RATE: Double Occupancy $1679, Single Occupancy $2045, Triple Occupancy $1645

 

Final Payment Due 8/19/2020

 

OPTIONAL TRAVEL CANCELLATION PROTECTION PLAN PER PERSON:  Double and Triple Occupancy $136 OR Single Occupancy $168

 

Itinerary is subject to change due to heightened security alerts, closures, weather and traffic. 

Gratuities for the tour director and driver are not included and are at the passengers discretion.

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