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  • Washington DC: 4-Hour Glass-Top or Open-Top Bus Tour

    1. Washington DC: 4-Hour Glass-Top or Open-Top Bus Tour

    Tour Washington, DC, in a glass-top, convertible Mercedes-Benz Sprinter — the first in the capital of the United States. Hop aboard and catch incredible panoramic views with an expert tour guide as your chauffeur and narrator. Begin by exploring the National Mall to observe the United States Capitol, White House, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and much more while seeing and learning about other significant landmarks. Next, pass through Embassy Row, Georgetown, and Northern Virginia along scenic routes. Your journey will conclude following a stop at the iconic US Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

    Dion was marvelous! He was very knowledgeable and super nice. Had some great stories and many, many facts. The van was fun. Had the top off and the weather was perfect. Good amount of time at stops, hit a happy medium. Highly recommend!!

  • Old Town Alexandria: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

    2. Old Town Alexandria: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

    Experience a great American adventure on this boat trip to the home of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Enjoy a round-trip cruise from Alexandria to Mount Vernon, including entrance to the Mount Vernon estate. Start your tour with a fully narrated cruise down the Potomac River to Mount Vernon. Tour the gardens and grounds of this national historic landmark and learn the history of one of the country's most important leaders. Spend 3 full hours at the estate viewing the gardens, strolling the many trails, visiting the farm, and stopping by the many restaurants and shops, on a tour that allows you to travel back in history to the time of colonial America.

    They need to be more efficient when docking the boat. Especially on an off the boat.

  • Alexandria: Private Walking Tour of Historic Alexandria

    3. Alexandria: Private Walking Tour of Historic Alexandria

    Enjoy an excursion to Alexandria to explore the unique history of the city as out of Alexandria came DC. Enjoy a walking tour with a private historian guide while uncovering the city through stories of notable American figures who called Alexandria home at the forming of the nation. Start the tour with tales of America’s famous founding fathers, and their ties to the town—from Washington and Jefferson to Frenchman Lafayette and founding trustee John Carlyle. Uncover the larger-than-life figure, Washington, by traversing the places which made Alexandria his home. Visit the church where Washington was a member. Walk by the home of his first love and the home of his physician. Then, visit Gadsby’s Tavern and 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. Listen to the providen...

  • Alexandria: Old Town Segway Tour

    4. Alexandria: Old Town Segway Tour

    Experience all the sights of this historic city in a unique and fun way. The experience includes a full training session, and the service of an expert guide to give you the inside track on everything you will see.

    Begin your tour with a short briefing where your expert host will teach you how to ride the self-balancing scooter. Then its off to the streets, and your knowledgeable guide leading you through the city on your Segway adventure.

    Enjoy being able to cover three times as much ground as walking while also taking in the fresh air. Explore the history and architecture of Old Town at a leisurely pace. See sights including City Hall, the Gatsby Tavern, and George Washington House. You'll also encounter other key places like Spite House, Christ Church, and the Swan-Dangerfield House.

    In addition, see the Lyceum, Vowell-Smith House, the Cont...

  • From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

    5. From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

    The first adventure on this historic tour is winding through the streets of Old Town Alexandria - to explore and experience George Washington's hometown - past Robert E. Lee’s boyhood home, the George Washington Masonic Temple, and the Historic Christ Church. Get ready to be wowed as you see this colonial-themed hot spot, consisting of more than 200 restaurants and boutiques! Next, you'll ride along the Potomac River and visit the Mount Vernon Estate - one of the Washington, DC, area’s premier sightseeing attractions. You will explore historic Mount Vernon – from the mansion’s interior where President Washington resided, to his beloved gardens, and final resting place.  After time for lunch at the Mt Vernon Food Court (lunch not included in the tour price), you will have time to learn more about George Washington’s life and legacy in both the Museum and Education Center – home to more ...

    Edgar was a wonderful tour guide! This tour is so well done and full of history. It’s a must see in our book. We will take it again with family when we return. Also, wonderful guide company. I left our bag of souvenirs in the bus after the tour was over. I got back to hotel and realized I left it in the bus. I contacted the company and they brought our bag to the hotel!! Above and beyond wonderful service!

  • Washington, DC: The Original Brew Tour with Tasting & Dinner

    6. Washington, DC: The Original Brew Tour with Tasting & Dinner

    On this all-inclusive tour, explore the beer of our nation’s capital as you learn about beer history and the brewing process. Your guide will take you behind the curtains where the brewmasters work their magic. Pair all that knowledge with a scrumptious beer and food pairing lunch for an unparallelled brew tour experience!   Taste award-winning beers on a 5-hour tour to 4 breweries in the Washington, DC area, which may include:   DC Brau Brewing Co: Brewing the area’s best ales since 1950s, DC Brau has been designated one of the fastest-growing breweries in the USA.   Hellbender Brewing Co: Hellbender (named after the largest salamander in North America!) don’t just brew killer ales; they do it in an environmentally-sound super-efficient way using a hammer mill and mash filter to protect the earth from harsh effects and you from bad beer. See at Hellbender why less is really more.   Righ...

  • Alexandria: Old Town Boutique Food Tour

    7. Alexandria: Old Town Boutique Food Tour

    Meet your guide and the rest of the group at your first restaurant stop where you'll learn what to expect during the tour. After enjoying your first tasting, follow your guide along the tour route, designed to highlight the historical importance of Old Town Alexandria. Make multiple stops at restaurants and between stops, learn about to the evolution of the neighborhood, from the role played during the Revolutionary War, to the Civil Rights Movement, to modern day. End the tour at the last restaurant stop, where your guide will be happy to provide tips about how to spend the rest of your day or assist in helping you find your way to your next activity. A portion of each ticket is donated to bread for the city, a charity that provides services to DC locals including providing food, clothing, and legal and medical services.

  • Alexandria, VA: Bike Rental

    8. Alexandria, VA: Bike Rental

    Alexandria, Virginia is a city on the Potomac River, located just south of Washington, D.C. and known for its Old Town, consisting of brick sidewalks and well-preserved 18th- and 19th-century buildings. Arrive at the office and get kitted out with all you need for your adventure, including a helmet, a color-coded map, a basket/bike bag, and a bike lock. There is no better way to get up close and personal with all the great sites of Alexandria than riding a bike. The local partner's huge inventory of high quality bikes in a wide range of sizes ensure your comfort and safety. All equipment is maintained in-house by professional mechanics. The customer service staff can answer your questions about which type and size of bike is best for your needs, as well as offer tips on good trails, scenic routes, places to eat, and any other cycling info.

  • Alexandria: Old Town E-Bike Rental

    9. Alexandria: Old Town E-Bike Rental

    Explore the historic city of Alexandria, Virginia, by pedaling around town on a state-of-the-art E-bike. Discover its famous Old Town, with brick sidewalks and well-preserved 18th and 19th-century buildings. Begin your adventure by picking up your e-bike at the rental booth. A helmet, bike lock, map, and all necessary safety equipment will be provided to you to ensure a safe ride around town. When you are ready, hop on your bike and set off. There is no better way to get up close and personal with all the great sites of Alexandria. Riding at your own pace, you can stop at your leisure to take in the sights around you. Choose between a 2-hour, 4-hour, or a full-day rental. No matter what your schedule is, you can fit in a ride and see the sights. Admire historic landmarks and beautiful city views as you cycle around town with ease.

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What people are saying about Alexandria, Virginia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 120 reviews

I was visiting DC with my husband and wanted to find something to break up the monotony of walking through museum after museum and found this little gem of a boat tour. These speedy little 2 person cats were the perfect option! My husband did the driving while we zipped across the water baby duck style. It was so fun! Seeing the deer grazing along the shore of Mount Vernon was so beautiful and we even saw a bald Eagle! Both the owner of the company and our tour guide seemed to really love what they do. Thanks guys for being a great part of our East Coast vacation!

By far one of the best thrilling experiences I've had in the DC area! Our guide was great (Suggs) and the staff just made the entire process and learning how to steer the boat incredibly easy! We will definitely be returning soon! Thank you for an amazing time!

It was amazing, I wish I had the time on my trip to do it a second time... Well worth the price an the team there was amazing....

Tons of fun on the catamaran and great instruction on how to drive it!

We had an awesome time! Definitely a unique and exciting excursion!