Go behind the gates of international embassies as you walk in the footsteps of ambassadors and foreign dignitaries. Be a diplomat for a day with special access to a collection of international embassies, normally closed to the public!
Day 1 – Welcome to The District (D)
Begin with a welcome dinner high above the city in the elegant dining room of the Vantage Point Restaurant, featuring spectacular views of the nation’s capital. After getting to know your fellow travelers, relax at the Holiday Inn Roslyn – your home for the next three nights. Tonight, in the still of the night, join us for a Moonlight Monument Tour. On the first evening, enjoy a narrated driving tour. See the city come to “light” against the night sky. The history, photo ops and serenity will have you saying, “Oh What a Night!”
Day 2 – Cruise the Capital (B, L)
This morning, step into the world of diplomats on a guided driving tour of Embassy Row. See the most notable embassies, hidden-away museums, secret Spanish Steps, Dupont Circle and more!
After lunch, cruise capital on the Potomac River. You’ll have a water’s view of the Jefferson Memorial, the JFK Center, the Washington Monument, Memorial Bridge and DC’s patriotic skyline. After the cruise, explore the quaint Old Town Alexandria with plenty of time for shopping and dinner on your own.
Day 3 – Open the Gates! (B)
Step onto the sovereign land of foreign nations as you are welcomed through the gates of international embassies located in DC. Usually closed to the public, this is a rare glimpse behind the scenes, a unique chance to travel to these countries, no passport required! Select embassies will be opened for today only during this once-a-year event. Embassies visited by The Upper Class will be announced during the tour. A global gateway, you’ll experience the food, art, dance, fashion, music and more of different countries, on display on their respective embassies.
This afternoon, explore the bustling Georgetown for shopping and lunch on your own.
Enhance Your Trip - Madame Butterfly at the Kennedy Center
You’ve seen it on TV, now have the honor of an evening at the Kennedy Center! Witness one of the most prestigious operas on one of the world’s most extraordinary stages. The perfect story for this grand venue, Puccini’s immortal tragedy leads to one of the most legendary final scenes in the history of theater. This optional tour includes dinner prior to the show. $199 per person.
Day 4 – I, too, Sing America (B)
Spend the day exploring the Smithsonian Institutes most celebrated museums, located on the National Mall. E Experience the grand opening year of the new Museum of African American History and Culture, recently inaugurated by President Obama. Or, choose to visit the Natural History Museum, the most visited museum in North America. Feel the patriotism, hope and international character of our capital city, that proves it really is a small world after all.