3 Nights deluxe accommodations at the 4 star Gaylord National Hotel just minutes out of D.C and overlooking the Potomac River. Your stay will include free shuttle service to the MGM Entertainment Complex and Tanger Outlets, 24 hour fitness center, junior Olympic indoor pool, and more.
3 Meals: Full American Breakfast Buffet each morning
Guided day and night tours of D.C including major D.C. landmarks
Time in the Mall area and Smithsonian Buildings
Free afternoon to explore one of the museums on your own: (Newseum, International Spy Museum, or the new Bible Museum- admission not included/ transportation will be provided). Those wishing can remain at the Smithsonian Institution offering many museum options or go to the Holocaust Museum (admission included)
New for 2020: Potomac Narrated River Cruise for stunning views of the monuments from water
Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building
United Stated Holocaust Memorial Museum (included/optional)
Services of a Professional T & A Tours Manager
Enjoy a three night stay at the stunning Gaylord National Harbor Hotel on the shores of the Potomac River. This stylish resort offers access to the MGM National Harbor with its entertainment and restaurants, 7 hotel restaurants to choose from, free shuttle service to the Tanger Outlets, walking distance to the beloved Capital Wheel and more. In 2020 experience a unique luxurious experience while visiting for the first time or repeating your visit to the Nation’s Capital!
Our travels begin to the Nation’s Capital and home base for three nights, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Orion, Maryland just minutes from Washington, DC. You will have time to settle into your luxurious home for three nights and explore your many dinner options.
The hotel offers 7 restaurants to choose from, a 24 hour spa, indoor pool, free shuttle service to the MGM Entertainment Complex and Tanger Outlets and deluxe accommodations. For those wishing, enjoy a ride on the Capital Wheel right outside your resort with breathtaking views of the Potomac River, Washington Monument, Alexandria, Georgetown and more in their climate controlled gondolas (optional/extra)
Our day begins with a full breakfast before we set out to tour the Nation’s Capital with our local tour guide. Highlights include the Capitol Building, the Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorials, the World War II Memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and more.
After time to enjoy lunch, we will hop onboard the Potomac River Boat. Our narrated Potomac River cruise offers a plethora of famous monuments and landmarks with stunning reflective views of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and more.
Following our cruise, we will return to our hotel to relax and enjoy dinner prior to tonight’s Night Light Tour of the monuments and memorials. (B)
After breakfast we head to the Smithsonian Institution. Visit the National Air & Space Museum’s collection of the famous Wright 2903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis and the Apollo 11 command module. The National Museum of American History showcases national treasures including the many gowns worn by American’s First Ladies. This afternoon you have the option to continue exploring the many museums at the Smithsonian Institute or enjoy one of the following museums.
Transportation will be provided to each of these museums (admissions are not included) *International Spy Museum:
The only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history and continues to have a significant impact on world events. The Spy Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display.
Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, this unique museum increases public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Visitors experience the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment apply to their lives.
*New Bible Museum:
Considered one of the most technologically advanced and engaging museums in the world, the new Bible Museum showcases over 3,500 of history of ancient Bible lands and the impact of the Bible on the world. (advance ticket purchase is recommended)
*United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (included, optional):
On the Washington Mall, the museum serves as a living memorial to the Holocaust, one of the worst tragedies the world has ever seen. Its purpose is to educate its visitors on the dangers of hatred and the atrocities of genocide, and how society can confront challenges to freedom and human dignity.
This evening if free to enjoy the National Harbor, MGM Entertainment complex or our resort. (B)
It's time to pack our bags and begin our journey home. However, before departing DC we will enjoy a guided tour of the Library of Congress the Jefferson Building, the largest library in the world containing over. The outstanding architecture both inside and out will fascinate you as you visit the largest collection of books in the world in over 450 languages. There will be time for lunch before continuing back home with fond memories of our vacation to the Nation’s Capital. (B)
Please note: Government buildings are always subject to the unscheduled suspension of tours. Please bring comfortable walking shoes. Tour participants must be able to do walking on this tour.
Departures: Cromwell, North Haven, Milford, Fairfield, and Westport
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