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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

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  • Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5042BOSSPI
Veer from the standard Washington, DC, tourist path with this insightful 6.5-hour Mount Vernon cruise and tour. Your Mount Vernon boat tour kicks off with a narrated ride up the scenic Potomac River, taking you to George Washington’s plantation estate in Fairfax, Virginia. When you arrive at the former president’s historic home, you have free time to roam the grounds and tour the house while soaking up its fascinating history.


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • All entrance fees included
Board your Mount Vernon cruise at Pier 4 in Washington, DC, and head to the outdoor decks to enjoy the fresh air and views of famous landmarks along the Potomac River. While you cruise, listen to historical facts from the onboard narrator.

Disembark the boat at Mount Vernon, George Washington's 45-acre (18-hectare) 18th-century Palladian-style estate. You have about three hours to spend here retracing Washington’s footsteps, wandering through the property’s intriguing nooks and crannies. See the intimate study room, the grand dining room, the former slave quarters and the kitchen.

A visit to Mount Vernon is not complete without a stroll around the estate’s four gardens, where it’s easy to see why the beloved home of George and Martha Washington has been declared a National Historic Landmark. Check out the Colonial Revival garden, which once grew vegetables that supplied the president’s meals, or find George and Martha resting peacefully near the river and fruit garden.

If you get hungry, the estate hosts a range of restaurants (own expense). Then enjoy the leisurely boat ride back to DC.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Pier 4, Washington, DC
Departure Time:
8:30am; boarding starts at 8am
6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

  • Admission ticket to Mount Vernon estate and gardens
  • Potomac River cruise
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: kaypierce, September 2015

Four of us traveled to Mount Vernon and totally enjoyed the trip. I gave my voucher and was handed four sets of tickets that carried us through the day. The cruise was nice and peaceful we enjoyed the time and was able to talk and listen to the guide that pointed out places we were passing. Not nearly enough time to see all of Mt. Vernon but gives us a reason to go back.

Reviewed by: Elizabeth Z, September 2015

Great time! Highly recommend.
Boat ride is enjoyable and educational the morning food choices could be expanded a bit. Mount Vernon is lovely to see, don't miss the educational center, we almost did thinking it was something for children It has a lot of historical pieces that are very interesting. Nice lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn as well.

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Tour code: 5042BOSSPI