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On your next educational tour to Washington, D.C., you will be at the epicenter of power and influence. The nation's capitol evokes so many memories both of our own and yesteryear, such as the photo of JFK on his telephone during the peak of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Nixon waving from the helicopter as he left office, and King’s “I have a dream” speech. The city offers far more than a living history of political theater and an opportunity to learn about the evolution of our system of government. D.C. student tours can be crafted towards a wide range of topics such as American history, arts, sciences, zoology, architecture. Tours focused on government can include a retrospective on the origins of Democracy in Greece, and the impact that Thomas Jefferson’s  philosopher friends, such as John Locke and Francis Bacon, had on his vision for the Constitution. The Smithsonian is a confederation of numerous museums such as Air and Space, American History, American Art, National Zoo, American Indian, and Natural History. Culture can be infused with science, such as learning about the origin of dyes and paints extracted from plants while touring the American Indian Museum. The zoo, of the world’s best, offers a respite from the concrete jungle, and is home to approximately 2,000 animals representing nearly 400 species, such as giant pandas, Asian elephants,  western lowland gorillas, Sumatran tigers, and cheetahs. For students who are scientifically inclined or otherwise have a passion for gadgets other than their iPhone, the International Spy Museum offers a chance to learn about spy techniques such as invisible ink, bugs, microdots, buttonhole cameras, submarine recording systems, and disguises developed by Hollywood for the CIA. Such intrigue can help enliven and place in context the sometimes tedious chore of memorizing names and dates in the classroom. Arlington Cemetery also hosts Robert E. Lee’s home before the outbreak of the Civil War, and tours are available. The cemetery used to be Lee’s back yard and was created as a reprisal to Lee, burying Union soldiers there to “send a message” and discourage him from returning. The tactic was effective. Ford’s Theatre, where Lincoln was assassinated, still to this day offers both day and night theater performances at times, can be toured, and has a museum that includes John Wilkes Booth’s derringer and the clothing Lincoln wore the night he was assassinated. There is also a walking tour and reenactment available whose theme is based on Detective James McDevitt, who was on duty the night of the assassination. The 1.4 mile tour makes at least eight stops during the performance, from Ford’s Theatre to the White House. The National Mall, where cattle once grazed at a time when any citizen could walk into the White House and request a meeting with the president, is referred to as “America’s front yard” and is an obligatory site to see, studded with cherry trees donated by Japan in 1912. 5 Go Educational Tours
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What's Included

Per student price is based on a minimum of :

  • 48 paying students ( in quad occ.) (12 rooms)

  • 4 complimentary teachers/ chaperones (in dbl. occ.) (2 rooms)


  • Deluxe Return Motor Coach transportation from your school*

  • Lodging (option(s) indicated on the right

  • Sites and attractions in DC - any paying attractions are supplments

  • a GO Leader for the duration of your trip

  • all breakfasts

  • all taxes and gratuities

  • Overnight security (6 hours per night )

  • * Must be within approximately 450 miles from the destination - overnight coach travel can be arranged but additional costs may be incurred.

  • * All GO itineraries conform with DOT motor coach driving and rest rules.

Qualifies for GO Travel Scholarship

Exclusions: flights and personal expenses


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Trip Highlights

 Customize your trip today

Day One

  • Morning departure from your city
  • Arrival at the airport and transfer to the city  ( or arrive by motor coach )
  • Once in DC and stretch out those legs...the best way still is to walk the Mall - from the White House to get a great view of north and south side and for a great group photo.
  • Then on to the Washington Monument for an up close view of this key monument.
  • Lunch at the Old Post office Pavilion
  • In the afternoon visit the U.S. Capitol/Visitor’s Center , the Supreme Court building and Library of Congress
  • Dinner at Union Station - Pizzeria UNO (if meal plan selected)
  • Evening  tour of the Memorials : here the students will do some of the most striking monuments and memorials- the first night will feature the Lincoln, Jefferson, MLK and FDR memorials.
  • Check-in to your hotel : downtown or suburbs
  • Overnight security at the hotel

Day Two

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit Arlington National Cemetery - including Changing of the Guard and a wreath-laying (request must be submitted early) ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier
  • A stop at the Pentagon 911 Memoriall
  • Lunch
  • Smithsonian Institution Museums: from the Air and Space to American History to the Natural History Museum
  • Dinner at Pizzeria UNO (if meal plan selected)
  • Memorials tour part II - the Vietnam, Korean, WWII memorials
  • Overnight security at the hotel

  Day Three

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out of hotel - if 3 day program
  • Visit the National Zoo and see the Pandas
  • or visit the Udvar Hazy wing of the Air and Space Museum.
  • Lunch
  • Drive down Embassy Row
  • Visit of Mount Vernon
  • Visit Ford’s theater
  • Depart for your school or airport -  if  3 Day program
  • Dinner at Medieval Times and Tournament (optional)

Day Four 

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out of hotel
  • See the Iwo Jima Memorial
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Visit the Holocaust Museum
  • Depart for your school or airport

Optional Activities or add-ons:

  • Gettysburg day trip with the Gettysburg Museum, Cyclorama and Battlefield Tour
  • Frederick Douglass House
  • Mount Vernon
  • Shear Madness


Pricing Per Paying Student


3 days and 2 nights
Wingate Chantilly or similar $237

Optional Meal Plan

2 Lunches and 2 Dinners


Meal Plan Includes: Dave and Busters w $10 Play Card, Pizzeria UNO, Olive Garden dinners- Lunches at Union Station and Old Post Office Make one of your dinners the Medieval Times and Tournament- add $24 per student
GO Educational Tours promotes healthy and nutritious menus over fast food options in all its menu offerings when possible.