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 at Tony & Joe’s Seafood on the bustling Georgetown waterfront. After dinner, see the city by night on a Moonlight Monument Tour. On this narrated driving tour hosted by a local expert, see the city come to “light” with monuments, buildings and more lit up against the night sky. The history, photo opps and serenity will have you saying, “Oh What a Night!” Relax at the Hilton Garden Inn in Arlington – your home for the next three nights.
Day 2 – Open the Gates! (B) Step onto sovereign land as you are welcomed to the European Union Open House, featuring embassies that are usually closed to the public. Through the gates of these international embassies, go behind the scenes to travel to Europe, no passport required! A global gateway, you’ll experience the food, art, dance, fashion, music and more of different countries, on display at their respective embassies. Opened today only, this once-a-year event!
After a globetrotting morning, spend the afternoon exploring Georgetown with plenty of time for shopping, sight-seeing and lunch on your own. Or choose an optional evening at the theater!
Day 3 – Cruise the Capital (B) After breakfast, cruise the capital on the waters of the Potomac River. Known as The Nation’s River, you’ll have a water’s view of the Jefferson Memorial, the Kennedy Center, the Washington Monument, Memorial Bridge and DC’s patriotic skyline.
The cruise follows the river all the way to Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington. Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in the US. Wander the property to see the plantation’s blacksmith, slave quarters, greenhouse and outbuildings. Go inside the mansion to see the family’s library, parlors, dining rooms, study, and the iconic piazza overlooking the river!
Finish the day in the Old Town of Alexandria, a chic city center that combines old world Washington with modern DC.
Day 4 – Out of Many, One (B) Spend the day exploring the Smithsonian Institutes most celebrated museums, located on the National Mall. Experience the recently opened Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum has waiting lists of thousands of people with hours long waits to get inside. The Upper Class has arranged for special, ticketed access, providing easy entrance without the usual lines. 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.