In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

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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 Washington’s plantation estate in Fairfax, Virginia. When you arrive at the former president’s historic home, you have free time to roam the grounds and tour the house while soaking up its fascinating history.
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  • Min price: $54.14
  • Recommended duration of visit: 6.5 hours
  • Departure Point: Pier 4, Washington, DC

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  • Good for:
    • 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
  • Operates: March - OctoberSeasonalTuesday - Sunday, select dates
  • Inclusions:
    • Admission ticket to Mount Vernon estate and gardens
    • Potomac River cruise
  • Exclusions:
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities (optional)
  • Additional info:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
  • Return Details: Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Reviews

  • 5
    - 02 September 2017 -

    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!

  • 5
    - 30 August 2017 -

    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

  • 5
    - 24 August 2017 -

    Very enjoyable boat ride up the Potomac river It was great stepping back in time and learning about our forefathers.

  • 4
    - 19 August 2017 -

    I would certainly do this again. It rained the day we went, can you do something to control the weather?! Thanks

  • 5
    - 07 August 2017 -

    So nice to sit back and watch the beauty of the Potomac River glide past. Our time at Mt. Vernon was sufficient to see the property and thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the history of the area depicted there.

  • 5
    - 05 August 2017 -

    Great tour. Talk to the actors, they are very knowledgeable

  • 5
    - 31 July 2017 -

    This tour was AMAZING! I can't wait to go back with my fiance! I went with a good friend and we loved walking through the gardens, touring the house and paying our respects to Martha and George Washington along with paying our respects at the slave memorial. When you were there you could feel the history and it gave us goosebumps. This was our favorite purchase that we made for the first part of our trip!

  • 3
    - 16 July 2017 -

    Ok, let me start out with the bad and get it over with. This tour had the potential to get five stars, but I can only give it three for one reason - the boat ride back to DC from Mt Vernon. After walking all over Mt Vernon in the heat and humidity we were anxious to board the boat and relax in the air conditioning. After disembarking we noticed it was not very cool at the front of the boat. I assumed that it was due to having the cabin doors open for the passengers to come through and the AC would catch up. It did not. About half way through the trip I notified a ship employee that it was very hot at the front and he replied, yeah, it always is. The AC doesn't work well up there. OK, uh, how about fixing it? Seriously, his reply was basically it is always like that. When we docked I noticed a thermostat at the very front of the boat. It read 90 degrees! The AC was working towards the back but that part was full. I do not think it is asking too much to expect working AC throughout the entire cabin. Compounding this was the fact that so many people moved to the back of the boat that the front rode higher, ensuring that even more heat pooled at the front. This was very disappointing. If I were to do it over again I would take a car Uber or something similar from Mt Vernon back to DC. It is only 15 miles. The ride to Mt Vernon was fine. Informative commentary from the crew on landmarks and history, a comfortable if slightly dated ship, and a great view of DC, Virginia and the Potomac river. The time we spent at Mt Vernon was wonderful. The house is fantastic and the tour is very informative. We did not feel crowded or rushed. You can ask questions and the rooms are well preserved. The cabins and buildings around the property were well done and did much to illuminate what life would have been like back in Washington's day. We ate lunch at the food court and it was good. The ride to Mt Vernon and the tour of the property was great. If the ride back had just been cool I would have given it five stars. Alas, 90 degrees with high humidity and no breeze is hot even by a Texan's standards. A shame. My recommendation: skip the boat ride at least during the summer months fall through spring might be fine but do not skip Mt Vernon itself.

  • 4
    - 09 July 2017 -

    A half day tour which we thoroughly enjoyed and was very informative. Staff all dressed in period costume around the grounds. A worthwhile trip but would be better if the event was a full day as we didn't have time to visit the distillery and gristmill or the original slave cabin and 16 sided barn after visiting the house and grounds.

  • 5
    - 05 July 2017 -

    This tour was amazing!

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