A Capital Celebration of Christmas
Washington, DC 3 Days / 2 Nights
Arrive in Washington DC and stop for lunch on own and free time to explore and photo the beautiful holiday decorations in the grand Beaux Arts Union Station. Meet our guide at Union Station and depart to see the Poinsettia Display at the U.S. Botanic Gardens. Continue with a tour of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States. See a holiday performance on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Afterwards tour the Kennedy Center and take in the view of the city lights from the rooftop terrace. Enjoy dinner this evening at a favorite local restaurant. After dinner visit the National Christmas Tree at the Pageant of Peace on the Ellipse—south lawn of The White House. Depart to check in to our local hotel for the night. Baggage handling included at the hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before meeting our guide and departing to drive along Embassy Row. Tour the huge gothic Washington National Cathedral, the largest church in the United States and the six largest church in the world. Enjoy lunch on your own and free time to visit the museums of the Smithsonian Institution on the National Mall. Be sure to visit the National Museum of American History for their Christmas displays. Enjoy dinner this evening at a popular restaurant. After dinner depart for the Washington DC’s Temple Visitor Center’s Festival of Lights to see a live nativity scene, listen to live Holiday Musical Performances and experience over 250,000 lights and tree displays from around the world. Enjoy a live holiday performance in the auditorium while at the Temple Visitor Center.
After breakfast at the hotel and checking out depart for a tour of Mount Vernon at Christmas. See the home of George and Martha Washington as the Washington’s would have celebrated the holidays. Sometimes during the holidays visitor’s get a rare chance to visit the third floor of the house (not guaranteed-at the discretion of Mount Vernon). Continue to Old Town Alexandria for lunch on own and free time to explore, browse, and shop among the many boutiques, shops, restaurants, and cafés in Old Town. Later this afternoon we’ll depart for home with fond memories of A Capital Christmas.