May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Washington, D.C. Tours

January 2017 Volume LII Number 1

We are proud to offer a variety of tours that will let you experience everything Washington, D.C., has to offer through unique interactive activities. Visit to register now! All tours include transportation.

Illuminated Washington Tour
Thursday, May 25
7 – 11 PM
Price per person: $50

The magical feeling of this illuminated city will give you an entirely new perspective of the nation’s capital.

Washington is resplendent at night when the monuments shine in the dark- ness. See the Smithsonian Museums, specifically the Castle, shine with a divine silhouette against the evening sky. From this vantage point the beautifully lit Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol Building offer incredible photo opportunities. The Jefferson Memorial is a grand homage to the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and one of our founding fathers.

Next, guests will have the chance to view the National World War II Memo- rial, which pays tribute to those who served in the last great war. Stroll through the National Mall to visit the Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Veterans Memorials. The Lincoln Memorial is magnifi- cent at night, shimmering in the National Reflecting Pool. See the black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial glow and reflect the etched names of over 58,000 men and women to whom it is dedicated.

Time permitting, the group will have the opportunity to visit the newest memo- rial in our nation’s capital, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Welcome to Washington Tour
Friday, May 26
8:30 AM – NOON
Price per person: $50

Washington, D.C., located at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, is one of only three planned federal capitals. George Washington chose this site in 1790, as it lies at the historic mid-point between the northern and southern colonies. Pierre Charles L’Enfant was selected to design the city as the capital for the new United States. That city plan has evolved into a beautiful and exciting showplace for the federal government, with world-class museums, gardens and monuments to this nation’s notable history.
Guests will be introduced to the history and architecture of D.C., with stories, facts and trivia as you explore monuments, memorials and notable buildings (by coach) such as The White House, the Inaugural Parade Route, Smithsonian Institution Complex and the Washington Monument.

Next, stop at one of the most visited areas of the city, the National Mall: a treasured park that boasts some of the most recognizable buildings in the world. Guests will visit the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Reflecting Pool and the World War II Memorial.

This is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, which you will enjoy even more in the company of your storytelling guide!

National Mall Shuttle
Friday, May 26 & Saturday, May 27
10 AM—4 PM
Price per person: $45

Shuttle service to/from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center and The National Mall.

Departures from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center will leave from the Woodrow Wilson entrance every two hours between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Departures from The National Mall

will leave from the Madison Drive entrance of the National Museum of American History every two hours between 11a.m. – 3 p.m.

Capital Collection Tour
Saturday, May 27
8:30 AM – NOON
Price per person: $165

Set atop Jenkins Hill, overlooking the city of Washington, D.C., sits the United States Capitol. Its cast iron dome is the most imposing architectural structure in the city and the chief icon of the nation’s identity as a federal republic and that of the legislative branch. Enjoy a private tour of this hallowed building and you will be awed by the Rotunda, the symbolic center of the Capitol and of the city itself. Visit the Statuary Hall (the original House chamber), the Old Senate chamber and the Crypt, which was intended to be the final resting place of George Washington.

The final stop will be the Library of Congress—Thomas Jefferson Building, an elegant neoclassical building lavishly decorated in the spirit of the Gilded Age. The building holds the world’s largest library and is home to Jefferson’s handwritten draft of the Declaration of Independence.

Hillwood Museum & Gardens
Saturday, May 27
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Price per person: $70

Today guests will travel to the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post for a firsthand look at the opulent lifestyle and aristocratic luxury of her 25-acre estate, known as Hillwood. Post was the heiress of the Post cereal fortune, the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first ambassador to the Soviet Union and mother of famous actress Dina Merrill. She furnished her 40-room Georgian-Style Mansion with a comprehensive collection of 18th and 19th century Russian and French decorative art, including a marvelous collection of Fabergé eggs, Russian Imperial icons, rare tapestries and priceless objects d’art. Art highlights include period pieces from the reign of Catherine the Great and the nuptial crown worn by Empress Alexandra at her wedding to Nicolas II in 1894.

As if the house isn’t enough to take your breath away, a lavish stroll through the gardens and greenhouse will be equally as charming. Assisted by prominent land- scape architects and garden designers of the time, Post conceived of outdoor rooms, bounded by hedges or large plants. The elaborately landscaped grounds include an authentic Japanese garden, a delightful Russian dacha (summer house) and green- house which shelters a stunning display of 5,000 orchids, as well as other lush foliage used to decorate the home.

D.C. Neighborhood Gems
Saturday, May 27
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Price per person: $70

Guests will begin with a tour of Washington National Cathedral. Since the celebrated moment in 1907 when workmen laid the foundation stone of Washington National Cathedral, the majestic structure has played a vital role in our nation’s history. The Cathedral has long served as the grand spiritual center where Americans unite to worship and pray, mourn the passing of world leaders, and confront the pressing moral and social issues of the day.

Of Neo-Gothic design closely modeled on English Gothic style of the late fourteenth century, it is the sixth-largest cathedral in the world, the second-largest in the United States, as well as the forth- tallest structure in Washington, D.C. The Cathedral is known for its stunning architecture and stained glass but also its numerous quirky gargoyles, ranging from faux security cameras to Darth Vader.

Next, guests will embark on a tour of Georgetown, one of Washington D.C.’s gem neighborhoods, complete with history, culture, grand estates, fine restaurants and world-class shopping. From the beautiful canals and waterfront history, to the amazing architecture and political intrigue, this famous neighborhood has many stories.

After guests view highlights of the neighborhood, they will have some time to explore the area on their own to experience the fabulous boutiques and shops of Georgetown; featuring specialty shops, top designers, and every brand in between.

Washington Nationals Game
Saturday, May 27
Price per person: $125

Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres (Time TBD)

Magic of Mount Vernon
Sunday, May 28
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Price per person: $75

George Washington wrote of his beloved Mount Vernon, "No estate is more pleasantly situated than this." Today guests will enjoy the same breathtaking view across the Potomac River that enamored President Washington all those years ago.
The buildings and beautiful grounds, part of one of the nation’s oldest historic preservation projects, are as meticulously preserved as they were in 1799. These historic grounds reveal Washington’s skill as one of the foremost agriculturists of his day, his discerning taste in his home and its furnishings, and his love of the outdoors.

On this special tour guests can pay respects at the tomb of George and Martha Washington, and see the innovative Pioneer Farmer site (a working 4-acre farm and re-creation of Washington’s 16 treading sided barn). Visit the inspirational Slave Memorial, interesting outbuildings of the mansion, and the lush gardens and panoramic views. See the $110 million Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, heralded as one of the most comprehensive and spectacular facilities in the nation.

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