Washington DC – October 18th – 24th 2019

A powerful place! Washington DC grew up along the banks of the Potomac River, in a central location chosen by George Washington, to satisfy Northern and Southern interests. Pierre Charles L’Enfant fashioned the capital city with grand boulevards and ceremonial spaces. Since that time DC has evolved into a fascinating, lively world!

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Day 1 – Friday October 18th – Home to Arlington VA
Welcome to the Nation’s Capital… You will be directed to the luggage carousel, then out to our luxury motor coach. Our home for the next 6 nights is the Crystal City Courtyard. Enjoy a welcome dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s next to hotel before we say goodnight. Crystal City Courtyard (D)

Day 2 – Saturday October 19th Local Touring, Washington DC
After breakfast we’ll visit the Smithsonian Institution’s museums of your choice… there are many to choose from we will give you a list of them and try to help you find the one that will peak your interest. Please note seasonal hours of operation are posted at each museum entrance. We’ll meet up this afternoon to take a guided tour of the Museum of American History’s complete make-over and renovation! 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, much more. The Hope Diamond and dinosaur fossils and the world’s largest African bush elephant top the amazing natural treasures on display along with a live insect zoo. *The National Gallery of Art houses an outstanding collection of masterpieces that trace the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. The original West Building concentrates primarily on European works from the 13th century, while its contemporary counterpart, the East Building, highlights works of modern artists. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place, located in Georgetown’s Washington Harbor. The restaurant offers sweeping views of the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center, and the beautiful Washington Harbor Fountains. Next, it’s 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 and authorized $23 million to help build what was now known as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Afterwards we’ll take an Illuminated Monument Driving 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! Crystal City Courtyard (B, D)

Day 3 – Sunday October 20th – Local Touring, Washington DC
After Breakfast we’ll visit Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington. If you haven’t been to Mount Vernon since the 2006 opening of the Ford Orientation Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, two facilities with 25 galleries and theaters, it’s time for a visit! Discover the real George Washington with a Hollywood-produced action adventure movie, interactive exhibits, an immersive Revolutionary War “snow” experience, more than 1,000 artifacts, original films, and life-size models of Washington created from a forensic investigation! Visitors may also tour the restored Mansion, its outbuildings, and 50 spacious acres of gardens and grounds, which include the tombs of George and Martha Washington, a memorial to the slaves who worked at Mount Vernon, and a four-acre working farm. And of course there’s the gorgeous view of the Potomac River that can be enjoyed from one of several Windsor chairs on Washington’s piazza! You’ll have some free time for lunch and to browse the antique and specialty shops and boutiques that give Alexandria its quaint, small-town feel. You’ll understand why George Washington chose to live near this once-thriving seaport, years before he chose the site for the nation’s capital. Next, we’ll take a driving tour of Old Town Alexandria. Within Christ Church, a beautiful example of Georgian church architecture, dating from 1773, silver plaques mark the pews of George Washington, who served as a vestryman. Discover Robert E. Lee’s boyhood home- the Georgian townhouse where he lived. Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop, run for five generations by a Quaker family, it was the second oldest drugstore in the nation until it closed in 1933.  It is now open as a museum and gift shop. George Washington Masonic National Memorial offers one of the finest views of Washington, plus an extraordinary collection of Colonial-era treasures. Located on the site proposed for the national capitol building. Arrive at Arlington National Cemetery for a tram tour… no land in American is more sacred than this square mile. It is 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, Audie Murphy, prizefighter Joe Louis, and thousands of soldiers from every major U.S. war. The Cemetery is the former plantation and home of Civil War General Robert E. Lee. Arlington House, Space Shuttle Challenger Astronauts’ Memorial, and Monuments to nearly every major sacrifice that affected our country are located within these 612 acres. The Tomb of the Unknowns speaks of a nation’s debt to the many whose ultimate sacrifice helped make a nation free. Arlington averages 27 funerals a day. The crews, service members, and groundskeepers follow an elaborate choreography to ensure that each funeral feels like it is the only one taking place. Dinner tonight is at the Founding Farmers Restaurant… they strive to work hard and operate with a genuine concern for our land and our community. Crystal City Courtyard (B, D)

Day 4 – Monday October 21st – Local Touring, Washington DC
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning. Arrive at the White House Visitor Center… it offers visitors a window into the President’s iconic home. Explore an interactive touchscreen tour, view over 90 artifacts from the White House collection, shop at the Historical Association retail store, and view the 14-minute film, “White House: Reflections From Within”. We will stop for a White House photo op. Next arrive at the Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill. Enjoy lunch on your own… the Capitol Visitor Center welcomes visitors to the seat of American government. At nearly 580,000 square feet, the CVC is 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, a 550-seat cafeteria, gift shops, and more all within a secure public environment that will provide visitors shelter from the unpredictable D.C. weather. It is the most recognized symbol of democratic government in the world, the U.S. Capitol has housed Congress since 1800. The Capitol is where Congress meets to write the laws of our nation, and where presidents are inaugurated. Its ceilings are decorated with historic images, and its halls are lined with paintings representing great events and people. Visit the United States Library of Congress explore, discover and be inspired! The Library of Congress is the largest national library in the world with more than 100 million items in three buildings. The original Library of Congress Building (now called the Thomas Jefferson Building) is perhaps Washington’s most richly ornamented building. Did you know? The library has more than 650 miles of bookshelves, and more than 138 million objects in 470 different languages. We’ll Tour the Supreme Court Building within the walls of this white marble monument the third branch of government exercises its mandate to protect and interpret the spirit of the Constitution. Crystal City Courtyard (B, D)

Day 5 – Tuesday October 22nd – Local Touring, Washington DC
Enjoy Breakfast before our first stop… 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. This privately funded memorial has drawn millions who have come to touch the over 50,000 names, make pencil rubbings and leave flowers, letters, flags and personal mementos.  Next stop… The Lincoln Memorial, overlooking the Reflecting Pool it was patterned on a classic Greek temple. Inside, inscriptions from his Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural Address flank the 19-foot marble statue of our 16th President. Next… The Korean War Veterans Memorial. The triangular field contains nineteen ground troopers, clad in foul weather ponchos, fully equipped for battle. Representing those who supported the ground troops are hundreds of faces etched on a polished granite wall. Visit The National Gallery of Art houses an outstanding collection of masterpieces that trace the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present.  The original West Building concentrates primarily on European works from the 13th century, while its contemporary counterpart, the East Building, highlights works of modern artists. We’ll tour and have dinner at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia including a twenty-minute slide show, a question and answer session, a fashion show with participants modeling traditional Saudi clothes, and distribution of informative educational materials on the Kingdom. Crystal City Courtyard (B, D)

Day 6 – Wednesday October 23rd – Local Touring, Washington DC
After a scrumptious breakfast we’ll tour Hillwood Museum and Gardens.  The mansion is the former home of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and features one of the most comprehensive collections of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian Imperial art outside of Russia, as well as an extensive collection of eighteenth-century French decorative arts. Highlights include a diamond crown worn by Empress Alexandra at her marriage to Nicholas II, Beauvais tapestries designed by François Boucher, two Imperial Easter eggs by Carl Fabergé, La Nuit by William-Adolphe Bouguereau and a collection of costumes and accessories worn by Mrs. Post. The greenhouse and formal gardens are set among 25 acres of wooded hillsides located in the heart of Washington, D.C. After lunch we have a driving tour of the lovely homes in the area. 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. Next a Washington National Cathedral Tour… in a city of impressive monuments, memorials, and historic sites, the National Cathedral is unique. Standing higher than the Washington Monument, it’s the sixth largest church in the world. This 14th-Century-style Gothic wonder is situated on 57 acres and took 83 years to build.  Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson, the only President buried within Washington, DC, are interred here. It is a living symbol of our country’s heritage of faith and religious freedom. Tonight enjoy dinner at the District ChopHouse & Brewery a comfortable throw-back nostalgia coupled with a current menu, generous portions, and an approachable, upscale & contemporary style. Crystal City Courtyard (B, D)

Day 7 – Thursday October 24th – Washington DC to Home
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out. Next, we’ll Board the Odyssey for a lunch cruise along the Potomac River. You will have a little more free time at the Smithsonian Institution’s museums on the National Mall before we make our way to the Airport for our flight home. Join us for an inspiring tour in our Nation’s Capital.  (B, L)

$3,264 Double  $3,724 Single

A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by August 15th, 2019