Washington city break

Stopover packages
Duration (in days): 5

From: Washington DC

To: Washington DC

From

£595

Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Explore the historical and political hub of America with this 5 day Washington city break. Start in the Smithsonian, where you can learn about America’s natural and racial history by exploring these world class museums before heading to the White House and the US Capitol to dive into some politics. When you’ve had your fill of museums and monuments, go and see Capitol Steps for some political satire or pack a picnic and head to the tidal basin where you can sit beneath bright pink cherry tree blossoms in spring. Wander through the quaint streets of Georgetown before taking a trip to Gettysburg to learn about the American Civil War and the lives of soldiers. Stopping over in Washington DC is a great way to learn about the rest of this intriguing country! 

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

 

Highlights

  • Explore the history of the US at the Smithsonian Museum
  • Wander through the pretty streets of Georgetown
  • Take a tour to Gettysburg and learn about the US Civil War
  • Walk the length of the mall, from Lincoln’s Memorial to the US Capitol Building
  • Try a bowl of Ben’s Chili, a classic DC institution
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Washington DC

On arrival in Washington DC, you’ll make your own way into the city where you’ll check into your hotel for four nights.


Days 2 & 3: Washington DC  

With two days to explore the city you’ll need to make a plan beforehand of where you definitely don’t want to miss! We recommend starting on the Mall, where you can gaze at the wise face of Abraham Lincoln before strolling past the reflecting pool, taking in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the Constitution Gardens as you make your way towards the Washington Monument. From here you’ll need to decide which parts of the Smithsonian Institution you want to visit – whether you’re interested in African American history, Native American history or even the National Archives, this huge museum spread over several buildings will keep you busy for hours.

On your second day, you could take in some more of the hits – the White House and the US Capitol before grabbing lunch at Ben’s Chili Bowl, a DC landmark that has been serving chili to the country’s lawmakers since 1958. In the afternoon take a stroll through the pretty streets of Georgetown or wander along the Tidal Basin under the cherry trees. In the evening why not find an Ethiopian restaurant for dinner – DC has the largest population of Ethiopians and their delicious cuisine is represented in lots of restaurants throughout the city.


Day 4: Gettysburg

Today we’ve included a day tour to Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, where you will learn about this bloody battle and learn about the daily life of soldiers in the Civil War. You’ll visit the site where Lincoln gave his famous address and gain insight into the war that split America and still has ramifications today. The tour will last all day but why not venture out in the evening for dinner and drinks in a quiet bar in Georgetown to celebrate your time in DC.


Day 5: Depart Washington DC

Your time in Washington DC has come to an end, so today you’ll make your own way to the airport in time to catch your onwards flight.


 

Info

The East Coast of the USA has four distinct seasons, freezing winters with snow, cool springs with bright days and showers, hot and sticky summers with pleasant, crunchy autumns. These cities don’t really have an off season but May and September are often recommended times to visit due to mild temperatures and slightly fewer crowds, although Washington DC gets expensive and busy when the cherry blossom blooms.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • Accommodation for 4 nights
  • Gettysburg Day Tour

Not included: 

  • Meals
  • Transfers
  • Anything not mentioned above
Accommodation

4 nights in 3* standard accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Holiday Inn Washington Capitol

 

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