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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon provided by Spirit of Washington

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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

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Overview
Traveling to George Washington's Mount Vernon estate by boat means you'll cruise past Potomac River landmarks on your way to the sprawling former plantation, combining two classic DC experiences. Departing from an easy-to-reach location in DC, this narrated cruise to Mount Vernon ensures you have plenty of time to explore Washington's mansion, distillery, gristmill, and gardens, as well as the onsite education center and museum.
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You'll start at
580 Water St SW
580 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USASpirit of Mount Vernon departs from Gangplank Marina off Water Street.
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    Spirit of Washington
    Stop: 6 hours - Admission included
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    Potomac River
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    George Washington's Mount Vernon
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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You'll end at
580 Water St SW
580 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USASpirit of Mount Vernon departs from Gangplank Marina off Water Street.
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Highlights
  • Combine a Potomac River cruise with a day at Mount Vernon
  • Listen to live narration on the river cruise from an onboard guide
  • Explore Mount Vernon at your own pace
  • Enjoy time to see the mansion, gardens, and estate, without being rushed 
  • Spot other key landmarks from a different vantage point—the water
What to Expect
Make your way to Pier 4 to board the Spirit of Mount Vernon, a comfortable riverboat with indoor and outdoor seating. Set out along the Potomac River, pass a series of riverside landmarks on the trip over to Mount Vernon. As you travel, an onboard guide shares historical facts and stories from DC's fascinating past. Upon arrival at Mount Vernon, step into the sprawling estate with free time to explore the grand, 21-room mansion where the Washingtons lived, and walk the winding paths of the English-style gardens. There's a 4-acre (1.6-hectare) Pioneer Farm on the banks of the Potomac and interpreters to help tell the stories of the roughly 100 enslaved people who lived and worked at Mount Vernon. Before catching the boat back to DC, visit the museum to see interactive displays, an action-adventure movie, and a series of 23 exhibit-filled galleries.
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Important Information
Departure Point
580 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
Duration
6h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Potomac River cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Spirit of Washington
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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PaulC wrote a review Mar 2020
Shillelagh, Ireland541 contributions87 helpful votes
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From the moment we stepped on-board, to the end of the cruise, my wife and I felt really looked after and welcome. The staff at the check-in and on the boat were great, friendly and really cheerful - the breakfast buffet was really good, with lots of food on offer - the cruise
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Trek148425 wrote a review Nov 2019
Winston Salem, North Carolina4 contributions
It was a great trip. A nice way to spend the day and learn some history. The river cruise is the way to go!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Rick M wrote a review Nov 2019
Ann Arbor, Michigan51 contributions14 helpful votes
We didn't opt for the breakfast buffet, but it looked quite tasty. The ship offered a wide choice of beverages at reasonable prices. Being a larger vessel the cruise was smooth and nobody got seasick. The crew was friendly and helpful. The narration of the various sights along
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Pat P wrote a review Oct 2019
Taft, California10 contributions1 helpful vote
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It was an easy walk from the Waterfront Metro station to the boat and ticket office! (Walk down 4th street towards M St SW, which is the opposite direction from the Safeway. Turn right on M St. Turn left (South) on 6th street which will curve around and you will see a mini
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Date of experience: October 2019
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pthor89 wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom8 contributions4 helpful votes
We had initially been planning a bus tour to Mount Vernon from D.C. until we stumbled across this cruise. After reading the reviews we decided to go for it, and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. The staff are courteous, the boat is nice and clean, the
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Date of experience: October 2019
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I had been strategically planning my family reunion for over a year in advance and had expressed my interest in Spi
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I was a little hesitant at first because I have been on a dinner cruise before in another city and was not impresse
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Poor DJ
The DJ mainly played one style of music for the entire cruise. He did not consider the other people on the cruise
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Cruising through Washington DC in November!
Absolutely wonderful service. We had a blast ,from the fod to the DJ...superb. Thanks Spirit of Washington team.
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Great Cruise
I was in DC with a group of 35 Seniors, and we took this cruise. It was a beautiful day, and the cruise was deligh
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Saturday Dinner Cruise
It was my husband's 50th Birthday and I surprised him with a this Dinner Cruise. The smile on his face was priceles
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Cruising Anniversary
The food was good, the music was good, and the service was decent. Jasmine the manager was great. The DJ was fun. G
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The staff and food was amazing
Everything was so organized for our group outing, the food, staff, and the music was great. I wish we could have st
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Excellent First Experience
We joined our good friends to celebrate their birthdays, and had a great start to our day. The food was good, but n
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Must experience this relaxing excursion
My wife and I were visiting Washington DC and wanted to spend some time doing something other than a museum. The Br
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Couple ‘s Visit
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary this day. We felt really special when we got on the cruise to have each
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A Must-Do Experience in DC
This was an experience I would highly recommend if you want a chance to take on beautiful scenic views along the Po
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Mt. Vernon cruise with breakfast buffet
My husband and I were interested in visiting Mt. Vernon, and in searching for travel tips, I found this tour. It is
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October Evening to Remember
The food and service were exceptional. Thanks Danyel! It was a clear windless Oct night so the views from the top d
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Senior group tour of DC
The day was picture perfect! We (30+) had a wonderful lunch and the views awesome. The staff and DJ were above and
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  • Duration: 6h 30m
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