WASHINGTON, D.C. and the CHERRY BLOSSOMS

posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:38 PM by Sheila Weber   [ updated 7 minutes ago ]

INCLUSIONS:

Kobussen motor coach, specific tour experienced driver • tour managers with 60+ (total) years experience in D.C. • 5 D.C. nights at the spectacular Hilton-Alexandria • 17 meals • site of United Flight 93 • Eisenhower Farm tour • narrated tour of Gettysburg battlefield • United States Capital (with included lunch) • White House (exterior) • Lafayette Park •  Supreme Court •  Library of Congress • WWII Memorial • Arlington National Cemetery (narrated tour includes Kennedy Gravesites and the Changing of the Guard) • Washington Monument • Viet Nam Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • Korean War Memorial • Jefferson Memorial • FDR Memorial • Iwo Jima (Marine) Memorial • Air Force Memorial • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial • Pentagon Memorial • Tidal Basin walk among the cherry blossoms • Navy Memorial • one-half day at Smithsonian (you pick the buildings) • Law Enforcement Memorial • National Building Memorial • Union Station • Ford’s Theater • Peterson House • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts  • Kennedy Center • Shrine of the Immaculate Conception • National Cathedral • Mt. Vernon • Alexandria • Christ’s Church • Embassy Row • Air Force Ones for Truman, FDR, Eisenhower and JFK at Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.  Baggage handling for one suitcase (per-person) at all lodging.  Note: Taxes are included on all included features.

Note:  All times and inclusions are subject to change due to weather, crowds, traffic, etc.

Price per-person:

Double: $1,660.00         Triple: $1,640.00     Quad: $1,610.00     Single: 2,150.00


WASHINGTON D.C. and the CHERRY BLOSSOMS

Monday, March 28 – Wednesday, April 6

Monday, March 28

Pack your bag, put a few leftover Easter eggs in the carry on and head for one of our convenient departure points in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Our first day’s destination is South Bend.  We’ll have a quick look at the campus of Notre Dame before we check into our accommodations and enjoy our included buffet dinner.

Tuesday, March 29

Bags out and breakfast included.  A bit of Indiana and all of Ohio to cover as we make our way to the new Memorial at United 93 (9/11) near Shanksville, PA.  The new visitor center just opened in the fall of 2015.  Dinner is included at Ed’s Steakhouse in Bedford, just across the parking lot from the Fairfield Inn.

Wednesday, March 30

Bags out and breakfast included.  We’re off and running early today with Gettysburg as our mid-morning destination.  The Eisenhower farm is our first attraction, followed by the 360° mural, Cyclorama and the museum to the battle.  Following lunch, our favorite Gettysburg guides join us for a driving tour of the Battlefield.  We’ve got several stops to make with emphasis on Minnesota and Wisconsin’s roll in the “turning point of the Civil War”.  The site of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address concludes our tour.  We’re on to our accommodations for the next 5 nights, the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, just across the Potomac from D.C.  Dinner included!

Thursday, March 31

Breakfast included.  Our local guides, Brooks and George, join us each morning for breakfast and our short ride into the city – they’re with us for four full days in your capital city.  Please be aware that crowds, weather, appointments, etc., may change the order of our inclusions.  I will add; “there is no other tour offered that is as inclusive as Home Spun’s”.  Today we begin at the WWII Memorial, continue to the Washington Monument, Ford’s Theater and the Peterson House before an included lunch and tour of the Capitol.  The Library of Congress and Supreme Court (exterior) take us to an early dinner followed by the Pentagon and Air Force Memorials.

Friday, April 1

Breakfast included.  We begin with the White House, Oval Office, old Executive Office Building and the Blair House (all exterior) and a walk thru Lafayette Park. Next up in order: the Korean, Lincoln and Viet Nam Memorials.  Late morning finds us at your choice of Smithsonian buildings for lunch (on your own) and about 4 hours to enjoy the Smithsonian.  (Note:  You might also visit the Holocaust Museum during this time).  The largest Catholic Church, the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (your jaw will drop at the beauty), Martin Luther King, Jr. and FDR Memorials round out our day.  We’ll return to the Hilton for dinner on our own.

NOTE TO ALL:  By now you should have realized there is a bit of walking in D. C. – Doesn’t matter whose tour it is – you walk!  Some folks decide to skip an attraction and stay on the bus – no problem.  Comfortable shoes are a must.

Saturday, April 2

Breakfast included!  We’ll begin at the Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima) and then board Home Spun’s chartered tram for our tour of Arlington National Cemetery.  The Kennedy grave sites, amphitheater, Audie Murphy grave, Challenger Memorial and, of course, the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns are all stops.  George Washington and Robert E. Lee worshipped at Christ’s Church in Alexandria – you’ll have a photo op in their pews on our visit.  Lunch is included at the Mt. Vernon Inn, followed by the introductory movie and the narrated tour of Washington’s home, Mt. Vernon (grounds tour is self-guided).  A driving tour of historic Alexandria gets us to shopping and dining on your own in the historic district along the waterfront – then to the hotel.

Sunday, April 3

Breakfast included.  The Tidal Basin is ringed with those famous cherry trees; the Jefferson Memorial is on the Tidal Basin and is our first stop.  More blossoms on our drive to Haines Point.  The Navy, National Law Enforcement and Building Memorials precede our lunch (on your own) at historic Union Station.  Walk off lunch at the Kennedy Center then follow Wisconsin Avenue thru Georgetown to the National Cathedral for their organ and chimes service (this is special).  Back to the Hilton for dinner on your own (and packing).

Monday, April 4

Bags out and breakfast included!  Finally you get to sit down and stay there as we head into the mountains of West Virginia and our lunch stop in Morgantown.  The Drury Inn in Dayton, Ohio has “Kick Back” from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – complimentary cocktails with hot and cold food – enjoy, you’ve earned it!

Tuesday, April 5

Home Spun started visiting the Air Force Museum in Dayton some 20+ years ago (my uncle Bob was a docent).  We’re here to walk thru the early Air Force One’s of FDR, Truman, Eisenhower and the plane that brought JFK’s body back from Dallas.  You’ll also have time for the rest of the museum (lunch and gift shop are on your own).  We’ll turn north at Indianapolis, headed for the Hyatt on Chicago’s north side.  Cocktails and dinner are included at your leisure.

Wednesday, April 6

Bags out and breakfast included.  Now, aren’t you glad you went?  I’ll bet you had no idea how interesting and beautiful your nation’s capital (and capitol) really are.  Breaks and lunch will get you comfortably home today.