In The Footsteps Of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise To Mount Vernon - Washington D. C.

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Veer from the standard Washington, DC, tourist path with this insightful 6.5-hour Mount Vernon cruise and tour. Your Mount Vernon boat tour kicks off with a narrated ride up the scenic Potomac River, taking you to George Washingtons plantation estate in Fairfax, Virginia. When you arrive at the former presidents historic home, you have free time to roam the grounds and tour the house while soaking up its fascinating history.


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • All entrance fees included

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Board your Mount Vernon cruise at Pier 4 in Washington, DC, and head to the outdoor decks to enjoy the fresh air and views of famous landmarks along the Potomac River. While you cruise, listen to historical facts from the onboard narrator.

Disembark the boat at Mount Vernon, George Washington's 45-acre (18-hectare) 18th-century Palladian-style estate. You have about three hours to spend here retracing Washingtons footsteps, wandering through the propertys intriguing nooks and crannies. See the intimate study room, the grand dining room, the former slave quarters and the kitchen.

A visit to Mount Vernon is not complete without a stroll around the estates four gardens, where its easy to see why the beloved home of George and Martha Washington has been declared a National Historic Landmark. Check out the Colonial Revival garden, which once grew vegetables that supplied the presidents meals, or find George and Martha resting peacefully near the river and fruit garden.

If you get hungry, the estate hosts a range of restaurants (own expense). Then enjoy the leisurely boat ride back to DC.

Inclusions for In The Footsteps Of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise To Mount Vernon

  • Admission ticket to Mount Vernon estate and gardens
  • Potomac River cruise

Exclusions for In The Footsteps Of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise To Mount Vernon

  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • This was a most enjoyable tour! I took it with my 2 grand children 10 and 12 and even they had a great time. It's a beautiful ride along the Potomac River with a a beautiful view along the way. Points of interest are being pointed out along the way. Once at Mt. Vernon we enjoyed the walk through the gardens, visited the house. We went in the summer on a very hot day. So if you go on a hot day, drink plenty of water. Food and refreshments are available for purchase on the boat.

  • It had been years since we last visited Mount Vernon. It seemed more over-run with tourists. Taking the boat was a nice way to get there we were visiting DC without a car, and enough time was allowed to see what was available. I was disappointed with the highly structured Mount Vernon buildings, crowds, and mediocre food/dining options. It seemed oriented to allow huge crowds, and to sell stuff. Now, you can walk through the buildings pretty quickly as the lines behind you are long, but not get as much a feel for what it was like as I got from my visit there 30 years ago. Mount Vernon seems like it is being loved to death.

  • Great self guided tour!

  • This was my second time for this excursion and it continues to be one of my favorite trips while in DC. A leisurely cruise to Mt. Vernon, then about 3 hours to explore the estate and have lunch the turkey pot pie is very good.
    We learned a bit about what it takes to run an estate of this size back in the 1700s such as spinning thread and weaving fabric to make clothing. We spoke with a young man in the character of General Washington's personal valet who told us of the day to day necessities he provided to his master.
    The tour of the main house is very informative but we skipped it this time to allow more time to meander the grounds and gardens. A beautiful day all around and a lazy trip back to our starting point at the pier. If you have the time, this is a wonderful way to spend the day!

  • Arguably my favorite part of the trip to Washington DC. Taking a nice boat ride down the Potomac, you gaze upon perhaps the most famous residence in the country up on the hill. It was amazing to see how even the rich and famous of that time may be considered poor in our time

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