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    Scenic Lunch Cruise

    Experience the nation's capital on a scenic lunch cruise! On this Washington DC cruise, not only will you indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet, but there will also be live entertainment! Enjoy a colorful cast of perfo
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    In the Footsteps of George Washington: Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

    Seeking an activity in Washington DC that offers culture, history, sightseeing and a lot of fun, all in one package? This round-trip cruise from Washington DC to Mount Vernon is an exciting 6.5-hour cruise offering a narrated Potomac River tour and admission to Mount Vernon. Sit back and relax onboard the cruise vessel's outdoor decks and enjoy the fresh breeze and spectacular views along the Potomac River. While sailing, you'll enjoy a narrated tour of the Potomac River and its famous landmarks.Arriving at Mount Vernon you'll be fascinated by the sheer beauty of the grounds and come to understand why the beloved home of George and Martha Washington has been declared a National Historic Landmark. You'll get to retrace the footsteps of George Washington by visiting the main mansion, slave quarters, kitchen, stables and greenhouse.Your Mount Vernon visit will be for three hours so don't forget to stroll the four gardens, hike the Forest Trail, and explore the George Washington Pioneer Farmer site. For your dining pleasure this spectacular estate also hosts a range of restaurants.This day cruise to Mount Vernon is a sightseeing tour from Washington that should not be missed, so book now for a cultural, historical and fun activity!
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    Dinner Cruise

    Come aboard Washington's premier dining ship! This 3-hour dinner cruise takes you along the Potomac River for panoramic views of the nation's greatest monuments as you dine on a freshly prepared 3-course dinner. The boat's unique design allows you to travel beneath the historic bridges spanning the Potomac River, while the glass-atrium dining rooms offer spectacular views.Dressed in your most festive attire, arrive early and enjoy a cocktail. You'll discover the ship's unique elegance is merely a taste of the experience to come. The Captain and crew will greet you as you step aboard, and the ship's photographer will record the moment for your party. Once on deck, your hostess will greet you and escort you to your private table, where your wait staff will introduce themselves and give you the opportunity to decide how you'd like them to pace your service.The boat has three climate-controlled dining rooms, an open-air deck to explore and a distinctive atmosphere that's reminiscent of the European canal ships. Be sure to visit the Captain's bridge, open to all passengers throughout most of the cruise.The menu of creative seasonal starters, entrees and desserts is freshly prepared onboard daily, perfectly complemented by an excellent wine list. With soft piano music, spacious dance floors and live music provided by a five-piece band, the entertainment doesn't end until well after the ship returns to the marina. Dance to everything from classic jazz to contemporary favorites.As you depart, feeling relaxed and refreshed, you'll find your boarding photo ready for purchase. Classic Dinner Menu (subject to change) will include fresh salad (choice of organic mixed greens, organic spinach and kale, or Mediterranean couscous and chickpea), a main course (choice of roast salmon & tilapia, chicken parmesan meatballs, twice cooked beef short ribs, baked ziti, or roast broccoli), and desserts (mini pastries, cookies, brownies, seasonal fruit).
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    Pirate Ship Party Cruise

    Boomerang Tours
    As the sun sets over the Potomac River, let the pillaging and looting begin! Ye land lubbers will be sporting sea legs in no time. On this cruise, you'll soak in Washington DC's famous cityscape from the distance of your pirate party at sea. Walk the plank to the dance floor to find out who surrenders the booty, and when you've worked up a thirst, plunder some grog with the wenches. You can also escape to the top deck to catch up with friends while cruising under the moonlight. Arrgghh you excited?
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    Calm Water Kayaking Tour

    Valley Mill Kayak School
    Enjoy a peaceful tour along the beautiful Potomac River with a professional tour guide by your side to share fun facts and introduce you to the joy of kayaking. As you explore the fourth-largest river along the Atlantic Coast, you'll be amazed at how much natural beauty can be found just minutes from the bustle of D.C. You'll view stunning scenery and glide along calm waters as you take a deep breath of fresh air and reconnect with nature. Keep an eye out for wildlife including wild birds, turtles, and more. New to kayaking? No fear! The Jackson Riviera Kayak you'll be using is easy to paddle, super stable, and the perfect vessel for beginners.
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    DC Duck Tour

    See Washington DC from the land and water on a unique duck tour! Traveling in an original WWII amphibious vehicle, you'll waddle down to the Mall, where you'll see the awe-inspiring monuments and fabulous Smithsonian Museums. Then at the Potomac River, splash down for a different look at the nation's capital. From the land to the water, you'll travel in the same vehicle! Along the way, your wise-quacking captain will entertain you with anecdotes and well-researched historical facts.
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    Morning Historic Tour

    Signature Tours DC
    Washington, D.C. is a showcase of some of the most majestic monuments and memorials in the country. See them all on this 3-hour tour dedicated to showing you the best of the capital city. Your tour guide will take you on a historic journey through the area's rich heritage as you cruise along the Potomac River, stroll past the Lincoln Memorial, and enjoy views of the National Mall. Other sights include the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Vietnam Memorial, the National Gallery of Art, and many more. You'll be amazed at just how much history can be packed into 3 hours.
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    DC Bus and Boat Tour

    Signature Tours DC
    Washington DC has a lot to offer you, and with so many monuments to visit, sightseeing can be bewildering and almost completely overwhelming. With this bus tour, you will be able to see all the top Washington DC monuments and attractions to the tune of exciting live narration on one convenient bus ride -- talk about saving time and stress! At each stop, your expert local guide will hop off your climate controlled bus with you to provide fascinating and relevant information about each memorial that you may have otherwise missed. Explore Washington DC in a more comprehensive way than you ever thought possible, while skipping the hassle of driving yourself or figuring out public transportation. End your tour on a high note with an exclusive boat ride along the Potomac River from historic Georgetown!
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    Guided Sightseeing Tour

    See the very best of Washington DC in one day! Aboard a state-of-the-art, luxury 30-passenger coach for a narrated 6-hour tour, see the White House, the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums and more, and enjoy guided walks around the US Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial, giving you a more intimate look at DC's most famous landmarks. You'll learn all about the sights you see from your knowledgeable guide. At the US Navy Memorial, step aboard your luxury coach for a narrated 6-hour tour of Washington DC, during which you'll see a variety of monuments, memorials and state buildings, and make plenty of stops for photo opportunities. From your coach, see the White House, the many Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, Freedom Plaza and much more, and enjoy entertaining and informative commentary from your guide about the sights you see. Hop off your coach for guided walks around the US Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima) and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. You'll learn all about the history of these famous landmarks as you explore them up close, and your guide will answer any questions you have. During your tour, you'll have time for a meal. In the spring and summer months (March 15 - October 6), take in the fresh air on a scenic 1-hour cruise on the Potomac River and see Teddy Roosevelt Island, Netherlands Carillon, the Lee Mansion and the Potomac River, with lunches available for purchase on board. In the colder months (October 7 - March 14), stay warm inside an indoor courtyard and enjoy lunch surrounded by history (own expense). Your Washington DC tour ends back at the US Navy Memorial.
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    Mt Vernon Independent Independent Bike Tour

    On this independent bike tour from Old Town Alexandria, enjoy views of the Potomac River as you cycle along the scenic Mt Vernon Trail to historic Mt Vernon Estate, George Washington's famous 18th-century home. Explore the stately mansion, gorgeous gardens and fascinating educational exhibits at your leisure, and hop back on your bike for your return trip back to Alexandria. This is a fun, active and scenic way to experience Mt Vernon! When you pick up your bike at the bike shop in Old Town Alexandria between 10:30am and 11am, you'll be provided with a map and easy directions on how to get to Mt Vernon. Bikes come in all sizes so you can find the right fit for the tour, once you've chosen, you're ready to ride! Take in views of the Potomac River on your easy 9-mile (14.5-km) ride along the historic Mt Vernon Trail. When you arrive at beautiful Mt Vernon Estate, George Washington's famous home, lock up your bike outside the grounds and spend time at your leisure exploring this 18th-century National Historic Landmark, which once spanned 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares) and now features 500 preserved acres (202 hectares). Walk through the restored mansion and admire the stately architecture and lavish décor, and spend time wandering through the lovely gardens. Visit the farm, browse fascinating historical exhibits at the Donald W Reynolds Museum and Education Center, and stop by Washington's tomb, a memorial dedicated to the slaves who lived and worked on the estate. Have lunch at the food court (own expense) before hopping on your bike and returning 9 miles (14.5 km) along the scenic Mt Vernon Trail, arriving at the bike shop in Old Town Alexandria by 5:45pm.
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