Prices Per Person
$509 Triple . . . $489 Quad . . . $769 Single
Day 1 – Washington DC & Gaylord National Resort – “Christmas on the Potomac”
Arrive in Washington DC and check into the Gaylord National Resort for a three night stay. While at the Gaylord National Resort, enjoy Christmas on the Potomac, the region’s most beautiful Christmas decorations with 1,000’s of twinkling lights and a 55-foot tall Starlight Christmas tree suspended over the indoor garden atrium. You can also ride on the Capital Wheel; enjoy the nightly indoor snowfall and Sights & Sounds of the Season Laser Show. You will also have unlimited access to ICE! Gaylord’s signature holiday attraction.
Tonight, enjoy a free evening in National Harbor. The hotel offers a shuttle with ongoing stops at MGM Casino & Resort, Tanger Outlets & National Harbor Restaurants & Shops. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Day 2 – Museum of the Bible, US Botanic Gardens & Russian Christmas – National Cathedral Choir Performance
This morning you Visit the Museum of the Bible. Tour this amazing new state-of-the-art, 420,000 square foot facility. Discover one of the World’s largest private collections of biblical objects and artifacts which convey the global impact and compelling history of the Bible in a unique and powerful way.
Next, you tour the US Botanic Gardens, a living plant museum. Established by Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. Here you will see the Poinsettias displayed for the season at the Botanic Garden. There is also a Model Train Exhibit.
This afternoon, you visit the Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens and experience a Russian Christmas. Celebrate Sviatki, the festive winter season, in traditional Russian style! You will meet Grandfather Frost, Russia’s Santa Claus, and his granddaughter, the Snow Maiden in a fun family play, based on traditional Russian stories, produced by Flying V Theatre.
While here, you create and wear your own kokoshnik (lady’s headdress) or Russian gentleman’s winter hat to dress in the style of boyars (old Russian nobles). There will also be the playful antics of mummers parading in animal costumes and you discover what the New Year has in store from fortunetellers strolling through the estate, presented by Happenstance Theater. Enjoy lively music performed by Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble and festive dances performed by Kalinka Dance Ensemble.
You then head to the Washington National Cathedral and enjoy Evensong Choir Performance (weekdays only). In a city of impressive monuments, memorials, and historic sites, the National Cathedral is unique. 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 and took 83 years to build. Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson, the only President buried within Washington, DC, are interred here. It is a living symbol of our country’s heritage of faith and religious freedom.
Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant. Following dinner, you experience Watkins Regional Park Winter Festival of Lights. The event boasts of over a million lights in displays large and small that bring a sense of wonder to the child in everyone. Many would claim that Watkins Park has the best winter festival of lights in DC. (B,D)
Day 3 – Mount Vernon, “Pageant of Peace” & Illuminated Monuments Tour – Start the day with a tour of Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington. Here George 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. Many of the furnishings are original pieces acquired by Washington himself. Mount Vernon is both George Washington’s home and final resting-place.
You also visit the Ford Orientation Center & Donald W Reynolds Museum and Education Center. The center contain sculptures, paintings, portraits, models, photos, films, documents and diverse artifacts, with succinct descriptions and pithy quotations describing the life, times and accomplishments of our nation’s first president. With 25 state-of-the-art galleries, the museum displays many objects shown at Mount Vernon for the first time.
The holidays are full of delight at George Washington’s estate. See chocolate making demonstrations over an open fire. The American Heritage Chocolate Program uses an authentic colonial recipe and costumed chocolatiers to reproduce the distinct flavors of the 18th century.
Tour the third floor of the Mansion where Lady Washington lived after her beloved husband died. She never returned to their shared room and instead lived the rest of her years in a garret chamber, which was just refurbished three years ago. The third floor is only open during “Christmas at Mount Vernon.” This is also you chance to meet “Lady Washington” herself! The popular hostess presents a charming program and takes questions in the Little Theater.
Meet George Washington’s Christmas Camel, Aladdin! Washington was fond of unusual animals and plants, and he paid 18 shillings in 1787 for a camel to temporarily live at Mount Vernon for his guests during Christmas. You may want to try your hand and feet at the Virginia reel or just watch and enjoy the ambiance as costumed actors demonstrate dances that were popular in the 18th century. Demonstrations are offered in the greenhouse.
Enjoy free time this afternoon for holiday shopping and lunch on own in Old Town Alexandria. A beautifully preserved historic district on the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria is the heart of the city George Washington called home. Today, cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks hum with an energy that attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers to some of the best Old Town Alexandria restaurants, arts, events, shopping and historic attractions.
You don’t want to miss the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a naval munitions factory that was converted into an art center on the banks of the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. It houses more than 82 artists’ studios, 7 galleries and two workshops, with some 165 professional visual artists who produce a diversity of artwork, ranging from painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, stained glass, fiber, printmaking, and sculpture.
Next, stop at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History to see the Tree Display. Browse through the new state-of-the-art gallery that offers a spectacular view of the Star Spangled Banner; see the First Ladies’ inaugural gowns, quilts, cars, locomotives and much, much more.
Then you will attend Pageant of Peace in Ellipse Park across from the White House. This is the site of nightly choral performances, a Nativity scene, a burning Yule log, the National Christmas Tree and a spectacular display of lighted Christmas trees representing each state and territory of the United States. Next, you head to the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for its daily 6:00pm performance.
Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant. Following dinner, you enjoy an Illuminated Monuments & Memorials Tour. Some the monuments and memorials you will see include: the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima), the Air Force Memorial, the Washington Monument, the National World War II Memorial and more if time allows. (B,D)
Day 4 – Depart for Home – After breakfast, enjoy a morning of leisure at the hotel before departing for home. (B)