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From its source in West Virginia to where it empties out in Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River is rich in American history; in fact, it's even referred to as "the Nation's River." George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born along the river, and the entirety of Washington DC—the nation's capital city—lies within the watershed.

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Washington DC Premier Dinner Cruise
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Washington DC Premier Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy delicious cuisine and live entertainment with a view of Washington, DC on this 2.5-3 hour dinner cruise along the Potomac River. On board the elegant Odyssey cruise ship, choose from one of three exquisitely decorated glass atrium dining rooms or head to the open-air observation deck to admire the view. Dine on a delicious 3-course meal, then dance the night away or see the famous sites of the nation’s capital — like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Reagan National Airport and much more under a moonlit sky.
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  • 3 hours
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$106.27
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$106.27

Washington DC Premier Brunch Cruise
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Washington DC Premier Brunch Cruise

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Sip champagne onboard a luxurious yacht on a 2-hour brunch cruise along Washington DC’s scenic shoreline. Cast off from Gangplank Marina then enjoy live jazz and a sumptuous brunch buffet. Capture unforgettable images of the DC skyline while relaxing at your private table, then savor coffee or tea as you enjoy views of the capital city’s elegant cityscape.
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  • 2 hours
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$111.79
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Washington DC Signature Scenic Lunch Cruise
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Washington DC Signature Scenic Lunch Cruise

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Enjoy food, fun, and entertainment with a view of Washington DC on this narrated lunch cruise along the Potomac River. Onboard the elegant Spirit of Washington, choose to cruise from three air-conditioned interior decks or the rooftop lounge. Either way, the view is spectacular, there’s a delicious buffet lunch to enjoy and a DJ is spinning the latest Top 40 hits on spacious dance floors. Look and listen as the captain points out DC’s fascinating history while drifting past the Washington Monument, Reagan National Airport and much more.
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  • 2 hours
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$79.67
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$79.67

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC in one day on this guided walking and riding sightseeing tour around the nation’s capital. Visit the city’s historic, iconic landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the United States Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. See and learn about the memorials of famous American leaders who helped shape the United States, like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few. Includes a seasonal Potomac River cruise.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.00
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$84.00

Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

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Explore some of the most famous landmark locations around Washington, DC on this half-day historical sightseeing tour. Travel to Mount Vernon, George Washington's popular plantation in Virginia and one of the nation’s most beloved historic sites. Learn about his life and tour his home of more than 40 years. Then enjoy a bus trip around Old Town Alexandria. See the many historic 17th- and 18th-century homes, hear colorful stories about this founding father and discover little known facts about all the monuments, statues and buildings in the area.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.17
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Washington DC After Dark Sightseeing Night-Time Tour with Stops at 8 Top Sites

Washington DC After Dark Sightseeing Night-Time Tour with Stops at 8 Top Sites

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There's a certain magic to Washington DC that can only be experienced at night. It's a time when the powerful Lincoln Memorial is bathed in soft white light, and the Washington Monument, Capitol, and White House appear even more grandiose. Along with a knowledgeable local guide, take a tour of Washington DC well after the sun has gone down, and feel the buzz, magic, and pulse of America's capital by night.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$59.00
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$59.00

DC in a Day: 10+ Monument Stops, Seasonal Potomac River Cruise & Hotel Pick-Up

DC in a Day: 10+ Monument Stops, Seasonal Potomac River Cruise & Hotel Pick-Up

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Explore the famous landmarks and monuments of Washington DC on this guided 6-hour walking and riding sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the nation’s capital. Stop at the White House and the United States Capitol, plus the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and much more. The full-day tour features more than 30 sites with stops to at least 12 sites. It’s a great way to see many of DC’s popular attractions.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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Half-Day Grand Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC with Stops at 8 Top Sites

Half-Day Grand Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC with Stops at 8 Top Sites

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Get a panoramic look at Washington DC on this 4-hour Half Day sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to the United States capital and its historical and cultural landmarks. Listen to live narration as you see dozens of attractions, such as Lincoln Memorial, the exterior of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian buildings. Tour stops at 8 top Attractions including White House, US Capitol, Franklin Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Nurses Memorial. Bonus: Upgrade option available at checkout for those who would like to extend their half-day city hour into an 8-hour full day guided city tour including a visit to George Washington's Mount Vernon.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$59.00
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$59.00

Private Tour of Washington DC

Private Tour of Washington DC

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Cruise in style through Washington DC—and glimpse many of the city’s most important landmarks—during this private limousine tour of the nation’s capital. Pick a departure time that works best for you, meet your driver at your preferred local address, and hop aboard your luxury vehicle. Then, sit back and relax as you cruise through the city, looking out for highlights like the White House, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and more.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$416.68
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Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return

Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return

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Experience the beauty of the Potomac River and Old Town Alexandria on this independent bike tour along the Mount Vernon Trail. Check out the historic estate, which was once home to George Washington, and wander through the grounds, galleries, and hallways of this stately mansion. Opt for a tour upgrade and kick back for your return trip on a narrated Potomac River cruise to Alexandria. This independent tour offers plenty of flexibility and is one of the best ways to explore Mount Vernon.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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$50.00
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Historic Georgetown Architecture Tour
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Historic Georgetown Architecture Tour

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With elegant mansions, churches, and a world class university, Georgetown is one of DC’s most fashionable neighborhoods. Get your bearings and explore Georgetown architecture on a 2-hour, small-group walking tour with a local guide, who will share Georgetown stories as you visit historic highlights and campus landmarks.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.00
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DC Guided Sightseeing Tour with Arlington Cemetery Entry & Potomac River Cruise
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DC Guided Sightseeing Tour with Arlington Cemetery Entry & Potomac River Cruise

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most famous monuments and memorials around Washington, DC on this guided, full-day sightseeing tour. At Arlington National, witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, then stop at famous landmark locations like the Marine Corps War Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and more. Additionally, see the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many more — even the White House, the United States Capitol and the National Mall.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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$130.00

Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

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Don't worry about long walks or crowded buses: see the best of Washington DC's monuments and memorials without the crowds on this private pedicab tour of the nation's capital. Choose from numerous departure times from morning to evening, and meet your guide directly at your hotel. Then, climb aboard and head off: you'll discover the entire National Mall area, glimpse numerous world-renowned landmarks, and learn about the city's history from your guide.
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$997.00
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DC Full-Day Monuments Tour with 10+ Stops and River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
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DC Full-Day Monuments Tour with 10+ Stops and River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial

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Explore Washington DC’s top landmarks and monuments on a 6-hour tour by deluxe touring coach with full narration from an expert guide. Stop at the White House, Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, US Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, and more. See 30+ sites with time to walk around about 10 of them with your guide, who shares the history and little-known facts about the nation’s capitol. Your guide will take you on an exclusive boat ride along the Potomac River from historic Georgetown from March/April 1st-Mid October. When the boat is operating, you will be taken to Georgetown Washington Harbor to purchase lunch at any of the several restaurants. When the boat is not operating, you will go to Pentagon City Mall for lunch. Top Sites: • The Capitol Building • Martin Luther King Memorial • World War II Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • The White House • FDR Memorial • Vietnam War Memorial • Korean War Memorial • Air Force Memorial • Iwo Jima Memorial • Potomac River Cruise
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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The Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: Capital Savings at 15+ Attractions

The Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: Capital Savings at 15+ Attractions

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See Washington DC your own way with the Washington DC Sightseeing Pass, which lets you choose between 1, 2, or 4 attractions, museums, and tours that you can visit at your own pace over a 7-day period. The pass includes entrance to some of DC's top attractions such as the International Spy Museum, as well as access to niche tours (think ghost walks and historical tours), and discounts at DC restaurants.
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  • 30 days
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Hop-on Hop-off Small Group Night Tour of The National Mall
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Hop-on Hop-off Small Group Night Tour of The National Mall

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This small-group tour is perfect for dramatic views, and memorable photos of the Capital City at night. Our Tours are hosted in a comfortable, climate-controlled, tall-roof van. We meet up / drop off in front of the Washington Grand Hyatt at 11th and H St, NW, on the Starbucks side. Tour stops include: The US Capitol; The White House; Ford’s Theatre; World War II Memorial; Jefferson Memorial; Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial; Lincoln Memorial; Viet Nam Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. The Washington Monument is easily viewed from most of the stops on the Night Tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Washington, D.C. VIP Private Tour.

Washington, D.C. VIP Private Tour.

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RSN Tour was founded in the Washington, D.C. area with the premise that making touring plans should be easy and exciting. Our Washington, D.C. VIP Private Tours are conducted with a luxurious black Suburban that is climate controlled and offers high quality safety, comfort and a fantastic touring experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$740.00
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The Washington DC Sightseeing Day Pass: Save Big at 15+ Monumental Attractions

The Washington DC Sightseeing Day Pass: Save Big at 15+ Monumental Attractions

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Discover the highlights of DC with a sightseeing pass that includes convenient hop-on hop-off bus transportation and the chance to visit more than 15 different attractions. There is so much to see in DC, it can be hard for travelers who are short on time to fit it all in. However, with this pass, you can experience everything without worrying about wasting time getting from one place to the next.
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  • 1 to 3 days
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$91.29
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Self-guided Waterfall Hiking Tour through Great Falls National Park

Self-guided Waterfall Hiking Tour through Great Falls National Park

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Amble along the cliffs overlooking the Potomac River, taking in thundering waterfalls, exciting rock climbing excursions, and the region’s most perilous kayaking spots. On this self-guided audio tour, you’ll have an opportunity to explore a few hidden gems found on the Great Falls Park trails. I’ll also show you one of my favorite, wilder paths at the national park - all guided step-by-step through GPS. You’ll see that there’s much more to Great Falls than its viewing platforms. I’ll point you in the direction of the areas tourists don't know about, including views of hidden waterfalls, the region's best rock climbing and rappelling spots, and a route along the canal and through an abandoned colonial-era city. There are also several opportunities to go off-trail to get up-close with the rapids at the falls and, if you're lucky, you might even see a daredevil kayaker trying their luck. This tour can take up to two hours and, while it’s not especially strenuous, it’s plenty exciting!
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Mount Vernon Historical Walking Tour

Mount Vernon Historical Walking Tour

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Discover the place that President George Washington called home on a 5-hour tour to Mount Vernon. Relax and enjoy the scenery as provided transportation takes you from the capital into the countryside. Take a guided tour inside the mansion, then explore the 500 acre grounds independently and at your own pace. During the return trip to the city, stop at Christ Church in Alexandria, where Washington attended sermons.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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Washington DC Combo: City Bus Tour, Potomac River Cruise, and Arlington Cemetery
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Washington DC Combo: City Bus Tour, Potomac River Cruise, and Arlington Cemetery

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This unforgettable, fun 8.5 hour day starts with a walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery followed by a bus tour around DC's most important monuments, with stops to walk and take pictures in the company of our top-rated live guides.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Washington DC Half-Day Combo with Mount Vernon Entry & Night-Time City Tour

Washington DC Half-Day Combo with Mount Vernon Entry & Night-Time City Tour

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Learn about the life of George Washington, first president of the United States, on this guided tour of Mount Vernon, Washington’s home of more than 40 years. On your visit to this famous historical site, the guide takes you through the mansion, gardens, farms and other buildings that show what colonial life was like on the grand estate. The tour includes a guided bus trip through Old Town Alexandria to see several key historical attractions including places that George Washington visited in his day. Return to DC take a two to three hours dinner brake and continue on the night tour starting and ending at the same spot 400 New jersey ave NW
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.00
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Private Tour of Washington DC

Private Tour of Washington DC

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Ah, Washington DC. The capital of the United States always has something exciting to offer. Whether it’s the bright city lights, amazing shopping, or the historical landmarks, Washington DC is sure to please any traveler. The best way to take in as much of this city as possible is to schedule your own personal Washington DC private tour, courtesy of SLS.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Half-Day Washington DC Guided Bus Tour with 2-Hour Entry to Arlington Cemetery

Half-Day Washington DC Guided Bus Tour with 2-Hour Entry to Arlington Cemetery

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The DC & Arlington in a Half Day is a fast-paced and enjoyable way to see the top sights in one memorable tour. Approximately 4. hours in duration, it starts by meeting your guide outside the Arlington National Cemetery Metro station. Begin with a unique 2 hour walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery with our friendly and knowledgeable guide, where you’ll experience the Eternal Flame at the Grave of President John F. Kennedy and the can’t-miss Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns first-hand. From there you’ll travel with your guide on board our climate-controlled bus to visit such key attractions as the U.S. Capitol Building (exterior), the National Mall, the White House (exterior), the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and many others. The entire tour is led by your experienced and personable tour guide who walks you through each of the sites and narrates on board when riding. Plenty of photo opportunities.
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  • 4 hours
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What people are saying about Potomac-River tours and tickets

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Washington DC Premier Dinner Cruise
"Great ride and tour of DC, Virginia, and Maryland top sites along the shoreline. Enjoyed the DJ and entertainment."..."
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Washington DC Premier Brunch Cruise
"Great friendly service. Also, enjoyed the food and music very much. Smooth and pleasant river cruise"..."
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Washington DC Signature Scenic Lunch Cruise
"Wonderful experience love it and the music and dancing.. celebrated my Birthday it was amazing!!!!!!"..."
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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour
"Loved whole tour and Dre did a fabulous job..also Ali as driver. Would highly recommend...the Potomac river cruise was a highlight as well as eating at Nick's Riverside Grill"..."
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Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
"We loved the driver he gave a lot of information about Washington that we didn't know. He was great. My only issue was that I think the van could have been a little cleaner."..."
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Washington DC After Dark Sightseeing Night-Time Tour with Stops at 8 Top Sites
"Excellent and well worth it. Minimal crowds and lovely way to see the city. Shame Covid has dimmed the lights on so many monuments but will worthwhile."..."
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DC in a Day: 10+ Monument Stops, Seasonal Potomac River Cruise & Hotel Pick-Up
"We were able to see many places in one trip and took many pictures to enjoy. The cruise to Potomac river is an added attraction."..."
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Half-Day Grand Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC with Stops at 8 Top Sites
"The tour was very organized and helpful! Our guide Paul was amazing! I would recommend to anyone to take this tour!"..."
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Private Tour of Washington DC
"Great private tour!! We were here for a business trip and wanted to see all the landmarks but we had a time crunch so we reached out to set this up! Did not disappoint, we seen everything we wanted and still made it on time for our dinner reservations!"..."
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Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return
"The E-bikes were awesome, my first time on one. The weather was great. The trail was excellent with two way traffic. Thank you"..."
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Historic Georgetown Architecture Tour
"Excellent tour. Our tour guide was great! She was friendly, knowledgeable, funny, and extremely informative."..."
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DC Guided Sightseeing Tour with Arlington Cemetery Entry & Potomac River Cruise
"Tyrone was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. Chris is a wonderful driver and each time you would get back on the bus he was there to greet you."..."
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Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour
"Amazing tour on a beautiful day with all the cherry blossoms fully blooming! We felt so lucky and our tour guide was amazing! We lucked out with an American history teacher! We literally had time to see every monument and grab a quick bite to eat for lunch. What a beautiful day and a terrific education for my teenager."..."
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DC Full-Day Monuments Tour with 10+ Stops and River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
"Sally is a wealth of knowledge. She made the tour experience wonderful! We had a fantastic time! Thank you!"..."
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The Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: Capital Savings at 15+ Attractions
"Such a great experience with the Sightseeing Pass. Big Bus was awesome, we also went to Madame Tussauds and Newseum.|The process was easy and we enjoyed DC with the pass and saved money too."..."
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Hop-on Hop-off Small Group Night Tour of The National Mall
"Tour guide was great. Lives there he knew lots of additional information! Believe his name was Ramon. Extremely knowledgeable and checked on everyone. Offered water and phone charging."..."
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Washington, D.C. VIP Private Tour.
"Hands down - this is the best DC tour! Not only did we see all of the amazing sites, along with an extra monument not on the tour, but Regis, is undoubtedly the most knowledgeable tour guide out there. I learned more about American history in the 4.5 hours on this tour, than I ever did in school. Regis not only knows his stuff, but he conveys a genuine passion for his job. We went to DC to see the cherry blossoms, but this tour was definitely the highlight of our trip! Thank you, Regis!"..."
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Self-guided Waterfall Hiking Tour through Great Falls National Park
"Highly recommend - Lots of fun. We saw kayakers go down the biggest waterfall ! Just enough adventure and "off-road" feel to be exciting but not unsafe. The audio tour breaks up the trail with interesting background on the sites. Great Falls is always a fun visit, and this tour added a new dimension by showing us the less touristy trails. Download the app before you arrive (app: Voicemap). Cell phone service was not great (no pun intended) once in the park, and we wasted 5 minutes trying to get the app to download until we had service again. They give you a tour code to enter, and that gives you access to the tour. We took our 1 year old - carried him in a backpack style carrier. Not stroller friendly. Also saw lots of dogs, so definitely dog friendly."..."
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Washington DC Half-Day Combo with Mount Vernon Entry & Night-Time City Tour
"It was the most amazing tour. We took the 8 hour tour to Mt. VERON THEN THE NIGHT TOUR, Robert was very knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend it."..."
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Private Tour of Washington DC
"Everything went according to the plan. Driver was the best. Car was clean. Had a very nice experience throughout the tour. Thanks for everything"..."
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Half-Day Washington DC Guided Bus Tour with 2-Hour Entry to Arlington Cemetery
"Tyrone was a fantastic guide, was very knowledgeable, very friendly. Would definitely recommend. Bus was comfortable."..."
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