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From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

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

Discover the historic Old Town Alexandria on a guided day trip from Washington. Ride along the Potomac River and visit the Mount Vernon Estate, the former residence of George Washington. 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 theater 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

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

Avoid the traffic and see Washington DC from the Potomac River on this cruise from Alexandria's Old Town to Georgetown. Choose from a tour with or without a return trip. View sights from the water like the Lincoln and Jefferson memorial and the Washington Monument. Arrive at the Old Town Alexandria waterfront and simply hop onto the comfortable boat. Sit back and relax on a 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.  Visit Georgetown's historic streets and alleyways, quaint cafes, and high-end boutiques.

Alexandria: Private Tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon

3. 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.

Alexandria: Old Town E-Bike Rental

4. Alexandria: Old Town E-Bike Rental

Explore the historic city of Alexandria, Virginia, by pedaling around town on a state-of-the-art E-bike. Discover its famous Old Town, with brick sidewalks and well-preserved 18th and 19th-century buildings. Begin your adventure by picking up your e-bike at the rental booth. A helmet, bike lock, map, and all necessary safety equipment will be provided to you to ensure a safe ride around town. When you are ready, hop on your bike and set off. There is no better way to get up close and personal with all the great sites of Alexandria. Riding at your own pace, you can stop at your leisure to take in the sights around you. Choose between a 2-hour, 4-hour, or a full-day rental. No matter what your schedule is, you can fit in a ride and see the sights. Admire historic landmarks and beautiful city views as you cycle around town with ease. You must be at least 16 years old to rent an electric bike.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 56 reviews

For a minute won the trip was fantastic. Our Driver/guide, Robert was cheerful extremely knowledgeable and presented his information clearly and often with humor. He was very kind and made all of us feel important and was concerned that we enjoy ourselves. Definitely an asset to the company. The tour itself was wonderful. Enjoyed Mount Vernon very much! Definitely worth the trip. Wear comfortable shoes. If it’s sunny bring an umbrella and or a fan and hat. Walking around the grounds was very warm but the house is air-conditioned which was very comfortable. Beautiful extensive grounds so take your time and enjoy it especially the gardens.

Ken showed our family a wonderful time on our private Mt Vernon tour. He was very knowledgeable and explained and showed us things we would have never known or seen if we were on our own. He even showed us sights in downtown Alexandria and gave us recommendations to have lunch at, which we did, and it was amazing. I would highly recommend this VIP tour if you were planning a trip in the near future.

Edger was so awesome! He is one of the best guides I have ever had on a tour. He was very knowledgeable and went the extra mile to make sure we (tourists) had plenty of water and gave extra information about Mount Vernon and Alexandria than I will ever remember.

The experience was great. We were picked up and taken to Mt Vernon. Ken was great and shared many facts about it with us. He walked at our pace. Great opportunity for you and your family. Go for it!!!

Our guide was a wealth of knowledge and made sure the entire tour was exciting and interesting