Cherry Blossom Festival and Homes of the Presidents

Trips & Tours // Mid-Atlantic Gems

Culture/History, Guaranteed Departures, Special Event, Spring Flings


See Washington, DC, during The Cherry Bloom Festival! Witness a riot of pink blooms surrounding the tidal basin, view the parade from premium view seats, enjoy the iconic attractions of our nation's Capital!

Spring in our Nation's Capital is breathtaking, displaying a riot of pink and white flowering trees and brilliant bulb flowers. See the National Cherry Blossom Parade from premium reserved seats and explore the monuments and memorials of our Nation's Capital. Visit the famous places and sites renowned throughout the country and around the globe!

TAP Rating: TAP Exceptional


Highlights include:

  • Thomas Jefferson Home Monticello
  • James and Dolly Madison home Montpelier
  • Virginia State Capitol tour, designed by Thomas Jefferson
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
  • Fredericksburg Virginia Tour including the Mary Washington House, Mother of George Washington
  • Historic Tour of Richmond Virginia
  • Stratford Hall Plantation tour and luncheon, Birthplace of Robert E. Lee
  • Tuckahoe Plantation, boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson
  • Mount Vernon, estate home of George Washington
  • President Lincoln's Cottage
  • Woodrow Wilson House
  • Cherry Blossom Premium View Parade Seats
  • US Capitol Tour
  • DC Monuments and Memorials
  • Smithsonian Institute Museums
  • Arlington National Cemetery

DAY 1  Fly to Dulles, Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum

Fly to Washington Dulles Airport, arriving by 3:00PM   Meet your Tour Manager.  We visit the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum. This Museum provides space for the objects that tell the history of aviation and space flight. Over 335 air and spacecraft will be on display. The displays will included the Space Shuttle Enterprise, an SR-71 Blackbird, Dash 80 prototype of the Boeing 707, the B-17 Flying Fortress, an F-4 Phantom fighter, the B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”, and the de Havilland Chipmunk. Many artifacts will be on display for the first time. Visitors are able to walk among the exhibits and view them from elevated “skyways”. There is an Observation Tower where visitors can watch air traffic at Dulles International Airport. On site there are restaurants, a large theatre, gift shops and more.  We enjoy a welcome dinner at Cldye’s Willow Creek Farm.  Washington Dulles Marriott, Sterling, VA (D)

DAY 2  Visit President Madison Home, Lunch at Michie Tavern, Visit Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, University of VA Rotunda

This morning we drive through the Virginia countryside on our journey to visit James and Dolly Madison's plantation home, Montpelier. Madison was the 4th President of the United States and the Father of the Constitution.  We then enjoy lunch at the Historic Michie Tavern, one of the oldest homesteads remaining in Virginia. The Tavern and outbuildings offer a glimpse of 18th-century life with the handcrafted pre-Revolutionary furniture. We enjoy typical colonial fare served in “The Ordinary”.  After lunch we travel a short distance to visit Monticello, the mountaintop home of Thomas Jefferson.  We can immerse ourselves in everything about Jefferson.  Upon departing, we have a photo stop at the University of Virginia’s Academical Village and Rotunda. Jefferson’s architectural talents are evident in the classic beauty of the University. He Planned the village and Rotunda after the Roman Pantheon.  We continue to our home for the next three nights.  Wyndham at Virginia Crossings, Glen Allen, VA  (B, L)

DAY 3  Tour VA State Capitol, St John’s Church, Virginia War Memorial, Shockoe Slip, Richmond National Park Visitor Center, Monument Avenue, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

After our included breakfast, we depart for our day of local touring.  We meet our local Tour Guide and tour the Virginia State Capitol. Continuing on we visit St. John’s Church which was built in 1741 and was the site of Patrick Henry’s famous ‘Give me liberty or give me death” speech.  We then visit the Virginia War Memorial which honors veterans of World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, the Gulf Wars, the Iraq War and Afghanistan wars. Lunch is on your own at the Shockoe Slip District, located in the heart of the city of Richmond. After lunch we continue to the Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond National Park Visitor Center to see the unique artifacts of the Civil War. We then drive along Monument Avenue which features rows of magnificent mansions.  Later this afternoon we visit the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. We enjoy dinner in an historic tavern this evening.   Wyndham at Virginia Crossings, Glen Allen, VA  (B, D)

DAY 4  Rising Sun Tavern, Mary Washington House, Historic Kenmore Plantation, Stratford Hall Plantation,  George Washington’s Birthplace

This morning we depart for Fredricksburg. We meet our local Tour Guide and visit Rising Sun Tavern. Built around 1760 as a private residence by George Washington’s youngest brother, it became a tavern in 1792. We enjoy a lively tour given by the “Tavern Wenches”. We then visit the Mary Washington House that was purchased for George Washington’s mother in 1772.  She lived the last 17 years of her life here. Later we arrive at Kenmore Plantation, the home of George Washington. Then, lunch is included before touring Stratford Hall Plantation, birthplace of Robert E Lee and we visit George Washington’s Birthplace in the heart of northern Virginia.  We return to our hotel. Dinner is on our own this evening. Wyndham at Virginia Crossings, Glen Allen, VA  (B, L)

DAY 5  Tuckahoe Plantation, Mount Vernon, Ford Orientation Center & Donald W Reynolds Museum, Driving Tour of Old Town Alexandria

We check out of our hotel this morning. We visit Tuckahoe Plantation which is said to have woodworking that is Colonial artistry at its best. Thomas Jefferson attended class in the tiny schoolhouse nearby. We then travel to Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washingnton. Here, President Washington escaped the rigors of public office and enjoyed the life of a successful Virginia planter. This famous home sits on a frassy, shaded slope overlooking the Potomac River. Many of the furnishings are original pieces acquired by Washington himself. This home is both his home and final resting place. We then visit the Ford Orientation Center & Donal W Reynolds Museum at Mount Vernon. Dinner is included this evening before we enjoy a driving tour of Old Town Alexzndria. Crowne Plaza Tyson’s Corner, McLean, VA  (B, D)

DAY 6  White House Visitor Center, Woodrow Wilson House, Embassy Row, President Lincoln’s Cottage, National Portrait Gallery, Illuminated Monument Driving Tour, National World War II Memorial

This morning we visit the new White House Visitor Center where we can explore an interactive touchscreen tour of the White House. We then drive by the Octagon House designed by the architect of the US Capitol building. Then we tour the Woodrow Wilson House, where President Wilson lived after his retirement at the end of his 2nd term. After his death in 1924, Mrs Wilson dabbled in the occult to try and reach him so we will see her Ouija board and typed transcripts of séance sessions.   We then enjoy a drive down Embassy Row and by the Washington National Cathedral. This afternoon we tour President Lincoln’s Cottage, located on a picturesque hilltop in Washington, DC. This is the most significant historic site associated with Lincoln’s presidency aside from the White House. During the Civil War, President Lincoln and his family resided a quarter of his presidency. Later this afternoon we visit the National Portrait Gallery that is housed in the Old Patent Office Building. Dinner is included this evening before we enjoy a driving tour of the illuminated monuments of DC. Crowne Plaza Tyson’s Corner, McLean, VA  (B, D)

DAY 7  Reserved Seating for the Annual Cherry Blossom Parade, New Capitol Visitors Center, United States Capitol, Library of Congress, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veteran’s Memorial

This morning after our included breakfast our Tour Manager will escort us to our reserved seating for the Annual Cherry Blossom Parade. This yearly Spring Festival marks the celebration of the original gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo in 1912. After the parade, we arrive at the NEW Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill. We enjoy lunch on own here before visiting the US Capitol. This building has housed Congress since 1800 and is one of the most imposing public buildings in the world. We then visit the United States Library of Congress. Our tour then stops at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial before returning to our hotel. Dinner is on our own this evening. Crowne Plaza Tyson’s Corner, McLean, VA  (B)

DAY 8 Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Free Time at Smithsonian Institution Museums, Arlington National Cemetery Visitor’s Center

This morning after our included breakfast our Tour Manager will escort us for our day of touring. We visit the Martin Luther King, Jr National Memorial, The Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial and weather permitting have a chance to photograph the blossoming cherry trees along the Tidal Basin. Lunch is on own as we have free time to explore your choice of the Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall. This afternoon we drive across the river to the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor’s Center. This evening we enjoy a Farewell Dinner.   Crowne Plaza Tyson’s Corner, McLean, VA  (B, D)

DAY 8 Flight home

After our include breakfast, we check out of our hotel. There is time for an additional visit to the Smithsonian.  We depart for Dulles Airport just after lunch on our own.  Our flights are to be scheduled after 4:00PM (B)

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Arrival Instructions

Arrive to IAD DULLES by 3PM via IAD DULLES


Departure Instructions

Depart from IAD DULLES after 4pm via IAD DULLES


Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 250.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 90 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

Deposits are non-refundable after 60 days prior to departure

Includes:
• 15 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners
• 1 Night Marriott Dulles, 3 Nights Wyndham Glen Allen, 4 Nights
   Crowne Plaza, Tyson’s Corner
• Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum
• James Madison’s Montpelier
•  Michie Tavern with Lunch
• Jefferson’s Monticello & Gardens
• University Virginia Rotunda & Academical Village
• Virginia State Capitol 
• St John’s Church
• Virginia War Memorial
• Richmond National Park Visitor Center
• Monument Avenue Drive
• Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
• Rising Sun Tavern
• Mary Washington House
• Kenmore Plantation
• Stratford Hall Plantation
• George Washington Birthplace
• Tuckahoe Plantation
• Washington’s Mount Vernon
• Old Town Alexandria Driving Tour
• White House Visitor Center
• Woodrow Wilson House
• Embassy Row Driving Tour
• President Lincoln’s Cottage
• Illuminated Monument Driving Tour
• Visits to Washington Monuments:
-    National World War II Memorial
-    Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial
-    Korean War Veteran’s Memorial
-    Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial
-    Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial
-    The Jefferson Memorial
-    Reserved Seating for National Cherry Blossom Parade
-    Capitol Visitors Center & US Capitol
-    Library of Congress
-    Smithsonian Institution Museums
-    Visitor’s Center at Arlington National Cemetery

 

Itinerary

DAY 1  Fly to Dulles, Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum

Fly to Washington Dulles Airport, arriving by 3:00PM   Meet your Tour Manager.  We visit the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum. This Museum provides space for the objects that tell the history of aviation and space flight. Over 335 air and spacecraft will be on display. The displays will included the Space Shuttle Enterprise, an SR-71 Blackbird, Dash 80 prototype of the Boeing 707, the B-17 Flying Fortress, an F-4 Phantom fighter, the B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”, and the de Havilland Chipmunk. Many artifacts will be on display for the first time. Visitors are able to walk among the exhibits and view them from elevated “skyways”. There is an Observation Tower where visitors can watch air traffic at Dulles International Airport. On site there are restaurants, a large theatre, gift shops and more.  We enjoy a welcome dinner at Cldye’s Willow Creek Farm.  Washington Dulles Marriott, Sterling, VA (D)

DAY 2  Visit President Madison Home, Lunch at Michie Tavern, Visit Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, University of VA Rotunda

This morning we drive through the Virginia countryside on our journey to visit James and Dolly Madison's plantation home, Montpelier. Madison was the 4th President of the United States and the Father of the Constitution.  We then enjoy lunch at the Historic Michie Tavern, one of the oldest homesteads remaining in Virginia. The Tavern and outbuildings offer a glimpse of 18th-century life with the handcrafted pre-Revolutionary furniture. We enjoy typical colonial fare served in “The Ordinary”.  After lunch we travel a short distance to visit Monticello, the mountaintop home of Thomas Jefferson.  We can immerse ourselves in everything about Jefferson.  Upon departing, we have a photo stop at the University of Virginia’s Academical Village and Rotunda. Jefferson’s architectural talents are evident in the classic beauty of the University. He Planned the village and Rotunda after the Roman Pantheon.  We continue to our home for the next three nights.  Wyndham at Virginia Crossings, Glen Allen, VA  (B, L)

DAY 3  Tour VA State Capitol, St John’s Church, Virginia War Memorial, Shockoe Slip, Richmond National Park Visitor Center, Monument Avenue, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

After our included breakfast, we depart for our day of local touring.  We meet our local Tour Guide and tour the Virginia State Capitol. Continuing on we visit St. John’s Church which was built in 1741 and was the site of Patrick Henry’s famous ‘Give me liberty or give me death” speech.  We then visit the Virginia War Memorial which honors veterans of World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, the Gulf Wars, the Iraq War and Afghanistan wars. Lunch is on your own at the Shockoe Slip District, located in the heart of the city of Richmond. After lunch we continue to the Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond National Park Visitor Center to see the unique artifacts of the Civil War. We then drive along Monument Avenue which features rows of magnificent mansions.  Later this afternoon we visit the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. We enjoy dinner in an historic tavern this evening.   Wyndham at Virginia Crossings, Glen Allen, VA  (B, D)

DAY 4  Rising Sun Tavern, Mary Washington House, Historic Kenmore Plantation, Stratford Hall Plantation,  George Washington’s Birthplace

This morning we depart for Fredricksburg. We meet our local Tour Guide and visit Rising Sun Tavern. Built around 1760 as a private residence by George Washington’s youngest brother, it became a tavern in 1792. We enjoy a lively tour given by the “Tavern Wenches”. We then visit the Mary Washington House that was purchased for George Washington’s mother in 1772.  She lived the last 17 years of her life here. Later we arrive at Kenmore Plantation, the home of George Washington. Then, lunch is included before touring Stratford Hall Plantation, birthplace of Robert E Lee and we visit George Washington’s Birthplace in the heart of northern Virginia.  We return to our hotel. Dinner is on our own this evening. Wyndham at Virginia Crossings, Glen Allen, VA  (B, L)

DAY 5  Tuckahoe Plantation, Mount Vernon, Ford Orientation Center & Donald W Reynolds Museum, Driving Tour of Old Town Alexandria

We check out of our hotel this morning. We visit Tuckahoe Plantation which is said to have woodworking that is Colonial artistry at its best. Thomas Jefferson attended class in the tiny schoolhouse nearby. We then travel to Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washingnton. Here, President Washington escaped the rigors of public office and enjoyed the life of a successful Virginia planter. This famous home sits on a frassy, shaded slope overlooking the Potomac River. Many of the furnishings are original pieces acquired by Washington himself. This home is both his home and final resting place. We then visit the Ford Orientation Center & Donal W Reynolds Museum at Mount Vernon. Dinner is included this evening before we enjoy a driving tour of Old Town Alexzndria. Crowne Plaza Tyson’s Corner, McLean, VA  (B, D)

DAY 6  White House Visitor Center, Woodrow Wilson House, Embassy Row, President Lincoln’s Cottage, National Portrait Gallery, Illuminated Monument Driving Tour, National World War II Memorial

This morning we visit the new White House Visitor Center where we can explore an interactive touchscreen tour of the White House. We then drive by the Octagon House designed by the architect of the US Capitol building. Then we tour the Woodrow Wilson House, where President Wilson lived after his retirement at the end of his 2nd term. After his death in 1924, Mrs Wilson dabbled in the occult to try and reach him so we will see her Ouija board and typed transcripts of séance sessions.   We then enjoy a drive down Embassy Row and by the Washington National Cathedral. This afternoon we tour President Lincoln’s Cottage, located on a picturesque hilltop in Washington, DC. This is the most significant historic site associated with Lincoln’s presidency aside from the White House. During the Civil War, President Lincoln and his family resided a quarter of his presidency. Later this afternoon we visit the National Portrait Gallery that is housed in the Old Patent Office Building. Dinner is included this evening before we enjoy a driving tour of the illuminated monuments of DC. Crowne Plaza Tyson’s Corner, McLean, VA  (B, D)

DAY 7  Reserved Seating for the Annual Cherry Blossom Parade, New Capitol Visitors Center, United States Capitol, Library of Congress, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veteran’s Memorial

This morning after our included breakfast our Tour Manager will escort us to our reserved seating for the Annual Cherry Blossom Parade. This yearly Spring Festival marks the celebration of the original gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo in 1912. After the parade, we arrive at the NEW Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill. We enjoy lunch on own here before visiting the US Capitol. This building has housed Congress since 1800 and is one of the most imposing public buildings in the world. We then visit the United States Library of Congress. Our tour then stops at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial before returning to our hotel. Dinner is on our own this evening. Crowne Plaza Tyson’s Corner, McLean, VA  (B)

DAY 8 Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Free Time at Smithsonian Institution Museums, Arlington National Cemetery Visitor’s Center

This morning after our included breakfast our Tour Manager will escort us for our day of touring. We visit the Martin Luther King, Jr National Memorial, The Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial and weather permitting have a chance to photograph the blossoming cherry trees along the Tidal Basin. Lunch is on own as we have free time to explore your choice of the Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall. This afternoon we drive across the river to the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor’s Center. This evening we enjoy a Farewell Dinner.   Crowne Plaza Tyson’s Corner, McLean, VA  (B, D)

DAY 8 Flight home

After our include breakfast, we check out of our hotel. There is time for an additional visit to the Smithsonian.  We depart for Dulles Airport just after lunch on our own.  Our flights are to be scheduled after 4:00PM (B)

Pricing & Availability

Inclusions

Includes:
• 15 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners
• 1 Night Marriott Dulles, 3 Nights Wyndham Glen Allen, 4 Nights
   Crowne Plaza, Tyson’s Corner
• Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum
• James Madison’s Montpelier
•  Michie Tavern with Lunch
• Jefferson’s Monticello & Gardens
• University Virginia Rotunda & Academical Village
• Virginia State Capitol 
• St John’s Church
• Virginia War Memorial
• Richmond National Park Visitor Center
• Monument Avenue Drive
• Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
• Rising Sun Tavern
• Mary Washington House
• Kenmore Plantation
• Stratford Hall Plantation
• George Washington Birthplace
• Tuckahoe Plantation
• Washington’s Mount Vernon
• Old Town Alexandria Driving Tour
• White House Visitor Center
• Woodrow Wilson House
• Embassy Row Driving Tour
• President Lincoln’s Cottage
• Illuminated Monument Driving Tour
• Visits to Washington Monuments:
-    National World War II Memorial
-    Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial
-    Korean War Veteran’s Memorial
-    Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial
-    Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial
-    The Jefferson Memorial
-    Reserved Seating for National Cherry Blossom Parade
-    Capitol Visitors Center & US Capitol
-    Library of Congress
-    Smithsonian Institution Museums
-    Visitor’s Center at Arlington National Cemetery

 



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