Upon arrival in our nation's capital, you'll meet your Tour Manager and head to the National Zoo. Here you'll have a chance to explore this 163 acre zoological park that is home to more than 400 species of animals. The Panda exhibit is always a big hit!
After the zoo, you'll go on a memorial bus tour going to FDR Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
After lunch, you'll explore one of the newest Smithsonian museums, the Museum of African American History and Culture. The Museum will tell the story of the African American experience, and will be a place of meaning, of memory, of reflection, of laughter, and of hope with it's artifacts and archival documents.
In the afternooon, you will learn about the assassination of President Lincoln as you visit Ford's Theatre and the Petersen House. If available, you will attend a park ranger lecture inside the theatre and see where the President was shot. You will learn the story of John Wilkes Booth and why he shot the President. Then you will continue to the Petersen House where President Lincoln was taken and eventually passed away. You may also visit the Museum at Ford's Theatre and the Center for Education and Leadership adjacent to the Petersen House.
After dinner, you'll see the famous bronze Einstein Memorial with Albert Einstein seated with manuscript papers in his hands..
This evening you will continue your memorial bus tour visiting the World War II Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. You will have free time to walk around the memorials.
After the memorial tour, you'll head for a selfie at the White House on your way back to the hotel. The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States and it was first occupied by John Adams in 1800. You will have a chance to see the North Front of the White House from Lafayette Park where you can take photos and enjoy the view.
After breakfast, you will visit Mt. Vernon, the estate and gardens of our first president, George Washington. You will have time to see a film at the visitor center, tour his home and explore the grounds.
After lunch, you'll visit with your requested congressman (if available).
This afternoon you'll see visit the Supreme Court. If time permits and lectures are available, you may see a 25 minute docent lecture in the court room about the judicial branch of our government and the role of the Supreme Court.
Next, you'll enter one of the most magnificent buildings in Washington as you visit the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill. You'll have some time to admire the architecture and peek into the main reading room.
It's time to visit the iconic Capitol Building! Here, you'll see the visitors center and exhibits about the legislative branch of our government. You'll then see a short film about the Capitol before taking a guided tour into the rotunda.
You'll then visit the National Air & Space Museum with time to explore the exhibits. The Museum has thousands of objects on display, including the 1903 Wright Flyer, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, and a lunar rock you can touch.
This evening, you'll take a dinner/dancing cruise on the Potomac River offering beautiful views of the city.
After breakfast this morning, you'll visit the Newseum. This fascinating museum is dedicated to educating the public about the value of a free press in society. It tells the stories of important world events in unique and engaging ways using up-to-the-second technology.
After lunch, you'll visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This is America's national institution for the documentation, study and interpretation of Holocaust History and it serves as our country's memorial to the millions murdered during the Holocaust.
In the afternoon, you'll visit Arlington National Cemetery, the largest military cemetery in our nation. Here you will take a tour and see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the Challenger Memorial and the Kennedy Grave Sites. You will have the opportunity to partake in the wreath laying ceremony in Arlington.
After completing your tour of our nation's capital, you'll board your bus and return home.