We have sorted through enough itineraries and information to keep any bureaucrat happy to bring you the best five private tours of Washington DC.
Depending on whose rhetoric you choose to believe, Washington DC is the home of freedom, the ultimate American beacon of hope and dreams; or it’s the swamp, a place of torpid bureaucracy and a scam-artist leadership intent on lining their own pockets. For those proud of their nuanced opinions, it’s an indispensable cornerstone of the great American machine that every once in a while, needs a little maintenance. A trip along the National Mall is a trip through the history of Western democracy and social reform over the last few centuries. Private guided tours, such as the options below, are particularly in vogue in Washington D.C. because there’s so much to see.
Washington, DC private National Mall walking tour
The National Mall of Washington DC has to be one of the most culturally rich two-mile stretches of land in the world. Monuments to great presidents, fallen heroes and civil rights leaders are what you can see, but there are so many more stories of events, protests and inaugurations here too. The Capitol, White House and Smithsonian museums mean there’s a lot to take in. That’s why this private guided tour is the perfect way to focus in on the sights that mean the most to you. Group sizes of up to five people are accommodated at the price listed. From $350 per group.
Arlington National Cemetery walking tour
Across the Potomac River, Washington DC becomes Arlington, Virginia. It is here, beside the Pentagon, that hills and woods are interspersed with neat rows of pristine gravestones at the Arlington National Cemetery. Luminaries, leaders and soldiers have their final resting place in these hallowed grounds. A private walking tour of the site is a great way to pay your respects to the individuals who maybe changed your life for the better, benefitting from the insight of your guide along the way. The price listed is for two people, with gradual increases for additional people. From $350 per group.
Private half-day sightseeing tour of Washington DC
If you are in a group of four people or fewer, with only a limited amount of time to spare, you can customize the itinerary of this four-hour tour to make sure you see as much as interests you while in Washington DC. See the US Capitol, White House and a slew of memorials to those who fell or were injured during various wars, including Vietnam, Korea and World War II. There is even time to get out to George Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation. This tour also caters to children, helping to keep them engaged throughout. From $400 per group.
Washington DC multilingual private SUV tour
If you’re looking for a classy way to explore Washington D.C. and want to do things at your own pace, to your own taste, a private SUV tour is the way to go. With daily departures in both the evening and daytime, you can also choose which version of the city you wish to experience: the lively political cauldron or the laid-back, serene version where the city is lit up at night. Whether exploring solo or as part of a group of up to six adults, the price remains the same. Plus, this tour’s driver-guides are linguistically adept in English, Spanish and Portuguese. From $450 per group.
Customized private guided half-day tour of Washington DC
Whatever the ideal itinerary for your time in Washington DC may be, this extremely popular four-hour excursion will make it happen. Private groups of up to four people can pick from any of the myriad monuments, museums and landmarks of Washington DC. Perhaps you wish to pay your respects at the war memorials along the Mall, or see world-famous highlights like the White House and Washington National Monument. Either way, your driver will offer insight and information as you move between sights. Daily departures. Full-day tours are also available. From $480 per group.