Mount Vernon & Alexandria: Private Day Trip from Washington DCPrivate Tour

Embark on a private day trip to Mount Vernon and Alexandria from Washington DC and explore the home of America's first president, George Washington, and his hometown famous for its colonial history.

Adults: 2 Children: 0

Things to know


8 hrs


Architecture, Culture, Day Trip, First Time Visitor, History

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Transport Mode:

Driving tour: including a private vehicle throughout the tour

What's included:

A friendly, professional English Speaking tour guide for your own private group, Plenty of time to take photos of your favourite places, Mount Vernon Mansion, Museum and grounds admission tickets, Private transportation including hotel pick-up and drop-off from your centrally located hotel

What's not included:

Food and drink, Gratuities
Meeting points: Your guide will meet you at the entrance to the 7-Eleven located at 908 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, United States

What makes this tour special

Enjoy a private full-day trip to Mount Vernon and Alexandria from Washington DC and discover the home of America's first president, George Washington granted to him by his great-grandfather, John Washington, with a 500-acre estate, and explore his hometown nearby Alexandria, famous for its colonial history and association with the founding fathers.

On this private day trip, you will:

Learn all about the life and revolutionary times of George Washington his achievements, his friends, allies, and enemies, and how he came to be America's first president on this private tour of his home at Mount Vernon, and his hometown of Alexandria - just a short drive from Washington DC.

Meet your guide and driver at your hotel and set off to Mount Vernon, your first stop. Mount Vernon is a sprawling 18th-century palladian mansion set on 500 acres of plantation land. It was purchased by the Washington family in the 1730s and would become the permanent residence of George Washington, a Founding Father, a general and commander of the Continental Army during the Revolution, and the man who would become the first president of the USA.

George Washington lived here with his wife Martha until his death in 1799. It is a large, sprawling Palladian mansion, situated on the banks of the Potomac River in Fairfax County. It is now considered an American landmark and welcomes thousands of visitors every year.

During your tour of the house, you will hear the many stories of Washington's life - how he became an unexpected military success, and how his wife stayed with him at the front.

He considered himself first and foremost a farmer; as an educated man and product of the Enlightenment he believed in the principles of freedom: however, he had a complicated relationship with the Native Americans, and worried about the negative consequences of slavery on the nation.

He and Martha had no biological children, but he had a huge family of siblings and stepchildren and step-grandchildren. A sickly man, he died of a throat infection, having set America on its road to independence.

After a guided tour of the mansion house, enjoy an immersive 4D video experience at the Revolutionary War Theater at the Education Center next door. Learn all about the rise of George Washington and his military and political successes.

After Mount Vernon, it's time to head to the historic town of Alexandria, you will hear about one of America’s earliest cities, where many of the Founding Fathers gathered to discuss their revolutionary ideas, from Washington and Jefferson to Frenchman Lafayette and founding trustee John Carlyle.

After a hearty lunch break, you will explore Alexandria’s historic district, on a fascinating walking tour as you learn all about the build-up to and success of the American Revolution. Visit various sites associated with Washington and his friends including Christ Church and Gadsby’s Tavern, where you will hear of the letters written between other notable past presidents — Thomas Jefferson and John Adams — political opponents who went on to have an epic friendship, carried out largely through their letters.

In the churchyard, you'll find many notable gravestones. You’ll see some of the country’s greatest Georgian architecture, from Carlyle House to the City Hall, and walk along Captain's Row, where the cobblestone roads date back to the early 1700s. You'll learn about the city's inescapable colonial past, and how Alexandria was created, built on the backs of African American slaves for the landed gentry.

Visit the historic Alexandria waterfront, which is always bustling now with water taxis and private craft, and visit the Torpedo Factory Art Center to see the city’s vibrant art scene.

Finally, hop in your private car for your return trip towards DC!

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