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Washington, D.C. Blossoms Search Tour Calendar
Featuring a Single-Hotel Stay, Cherry Blossoms, Mt. Vernon, Smithsonian Museums, Local Guides

Tour Dates: April 5 - 10, 2018

6 Day Package
9 Meals Included

$1599 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$1999 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Embark on a journey to our nation’s capital during the time of year when the weather is usually pleasant and the cherry blossom trees are likely in bloom. Our nation’s history and some of it’s most iconic sites and monuments are on full display as we enjoy a leisurely single-hotel stay and enjoy touring our capital city with local guides. 

Tour Highlights:

  • Enjoy a single-hotel for five nights while visiting Washington, D.C. when the weather is favorable and the cherry blossoms are usually in bloom
  • See the most famous sites in Washington, D.C. with a local guide including the White House, Embassy Row, Arlington National Cemetery, and all of the memorials including Lincoln, Vietnam, FDR, Jefferson, MLK, Korean War, World War II, Pentagon 9/11, Iwo Jima and more
  • Go inside of and tour the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, Ford’s Theatre, Peterson House, the Washington National Cathedral, the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, the National Archives and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Tour Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s home and estate overlooking the Potomac River, visit Christ Church (where George Washington and Robert E. Lee prayed) and tour Old Town Alexandria with a colonial guide
  • Two afternoons at leisure to visit the Smithsonian Museums or other sites

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Nights 1-5: Courtyard Crystal City - Arlington, VA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Thursday, 4/5/2018 - Arrive Washington D.C.
Optional transfers from one of our departure points or from home will have us at LAX for our nonstop flight to the Washington-Dulles airport. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air, should arrive at Washington-Dulles by 5:00 p.m. A deluxe motorcoach will transport us to a locals’ favorite for an included dinner this evening. Later we arrive at our hotel conveniently located in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. for a five-night, single-hotel stay here.

Day 2
Friday, 4/6/2018 - Washington D.C.
Following an included breakfast at our hotel, we will join a local guide for a full day of sightseeing in Washington, D.C.  Many memorable visits and picture opportunities will be made today (note that considerable walking is required and entrance to any site is subject to availability and security). We begin with a visit to the Capitol Visitor’s Center and a docent-guided tour inside the Capitol Building. Visit the Library of Congress, with perhaps the most striking interior of any building in Washington and the largest national library in the world with more than 100 million items. Visit the Supreme Court Building and see where the highest court lays down the law. Drive along Embassy Row to see the large mansions originally built by the socially elite after the Civil War. Tour the National Cathedral with a docent-guide. Standing higher than the Washington Monument, it is the sixth largest church in the world. This 14th century-style Gothic wonder is situated on 57 acres on a hill looking down upon the city. Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson, the only President buried within Washington, D.C., are interred here. This afternoon we take a stroll along the Tidal Basin for up-close views of the cherry blossom trees (hopefully in bloom). Then, pay your respects at two of the newest memorials on the Washington Mall, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. An included dinner this evening at a locals’ favorite in Georgetown and an opportunity to see the Watergate Building. This evening on a night illumination tour, we’ll see the White House followed by a visit to the World War II Memorial and a guided walk through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Day 3
Saturday, 4/7/2018 - Alexandria, Arlington
Following an included breakfast at our hotel we’ll travel to Alexandria and visit Christ Church, a beautiful example of Georgian church architecture, dating from 1773. It was here that both George Washington and Robert E. Lee prayed.  We are then joined by a  Colonial Guide as we tour Old Town Alexandria, once a thriving seaport for the young American nation. Today it is a charming historic city with a small-town feel. See Robert E. Lee’s boyhood home as well as other historic homes and shops. Enjoy time for lunch and browsing at your leisure in Old Town Alexandria. This afternoon, a narrated tram tour of Arlington National Cemetery, America’s shrine to valor and sacrifice. Pay your respects at the final resting places of President John F. Kennedy and his family, the Challenger astronauts and thousands of veterans from every major U.S. war. We will see the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a symbol of a nation’s debt to the many whose ultimate sacrifice helped make a nation free. After visiting the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), we’ll enjoy an included dinner at a locals’ favorite.
Day 4
Sunday, 4/8/2018 - Washington, D.C.
After an included breakfast this morning at the hotel, we’ll be joined by a local guide to see the United States Air Force Memorial and then pay our respects at the September 11 Memorial at the Pentagon.  A visit to the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial – all very different in their design yet strikingly similar in their ability to emotionally move you. At the National Archives see our nation’s most precious documents including the original Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights. This afternoon has been set aside to allow you to explore the Smithsonian Institution museums along the National Mall at your leisure with no admission required. The newest museum is the National Museum of African American History & Culture which showcases powerful moments in African American history, culture, and community. At the National Air & Space Museum see the plane flown by the Wright brothers and the Apollo 11 command module. See the Hope Diamond at the National Museum of Natural History. See the actual flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner at the  National Museum of American History. Other museums that may be of interest to you (some requiring a fee) include the The National Portrait Gallery, U.S. Botanic Garden, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of African Art, National Postal Museum, Newseum, International Spy Museum, National Museum of Crime and Punishment, Museum of the Bible, the Holocaust Museum and more. Enjoy an included dinner at a locals’ favorite.
Day 5
Monday, 4/9/2018 - Washington, D.C.
Following an included breakfast at the hotel we visit Ford’s Theatre, restored as it was the night John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln. Across the street we’ll visit the Petersen House and see the bed where Lincoln died.  Then, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to see millions of dollars being printed as you walk along the gallery overlooking the production floor! The visitor center here includes exhibits and currency products for sale. This afternoon we return to the National Mall with additional time for you to explore the Smithsonian Institution museums or other sites and museums at your leisure. Enjoy an included dinner at a locals’ favorite this evening.
Day 6
Tuesday, 4/10/2018 - Mount Vernon, Farewell
This morning after an included breakfast we’ll follow the Potomac River to Mount Vernon, the estate of George and Martha Washington.  Here, Washington escaped the rigors of public office and enjoyed the life of a successful Virginia planter. America’s most visited historic house, Mount Vernon sits on a grassy, shaded slope overlooking the Potomac River. Discover the real George Washington as you tour Washington’s mansion, its outbuildings, and 50 acres of gardens and grounds, which include the tombs of George and Martha Washington. This afternoon, we’ll visit the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center National Air and Space Museum. This extension of the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. opened in 2003 and tells the continuing story of aviation and space flight. Over 335 air and spacecraft are on display here including the Space Shuttle Discovery, an SR-71 Blackbird, the B-17 Flying Fortress, an F-4 Phantom fighter and the actual B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay. Later today we arrive at Dulles Airport for our non-stop return flight to Los Angeles. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air, should depart the Dulles Airport no earlier than 5 p.m. Those with pre-arranged transfers, return to their respective locations.  Fond memories of the spectacular cherry blossoms and our nation’s Capital forever ingrained in our minds.
Tour Inclusions:  
  • 5 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 9 Meals: 4 dinners, 5 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel Tour Director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with local guides using our audio headset system
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of group air)
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:    

  • Join this tour from home or one of the following departure points: CON, FV, LHS, SBL or meet the group at LAX or in Washington, D.C.
  • A deposit of $250 p.p.+ airfare (if purchasing group air) is required to reserve space
  • Balance payment due 60-90 days prior to departure
  • Roundtrip group airfare available from $545 p.p.
  • Optional LAX transfers available from $69 roundtrip (home pickup available call for a quote)
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour Pace: Moderate (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity Level: High (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • To download a detailed color brochure, visit our brochure page
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