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Washington DC: VIP Tour with US Capitol & National Archives

Product ID: 73185
Tour Washington DC like a VIP with priority access inside 2 sought-after attractions: the U.S. Capitol Building and the National Archives Building. An expert guide will help you explore the best of DC’s monuments and buildings by bus, on foot and by boat.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • See all the major sites of the US capital on a sightseeing tour of Washington DC
  • Delight in priority entrance to 2 of DC’s most sought-after attractions – the US Capitol Building and National Archives Building
  • Cruise down the Potomac River on a boat and enjoy a boxed lunch as you cruise (Seasonal)
  • Enjoy guided walking tours of the major monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and the key War Memorials
  • Be entertained and informed by a personal licensed DC Tour guide who will accompany you throughout the day
Full description
Your VIP experience begins at the Neptune Fountain, outside the Library of Congress, where you'll meet your tour guide. You will be escorted across the street, to begin your reserved entry into the US Capitol Building and take a guided walking tour of the home of the Senate and House of Representatives. Watch a film about the history of government in the United States of America, and learn about the nation's legislature. See highlights such as the Crypt, Rotunda and National Statuary Hall.

Next, board a comfortable shuttle for a guided tour of DC’s most famous landmarks, including the facade of the White House. See iconic memorials, such as the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Iwo Jima Statue, Korean War Veterans Memorial and US Navy Memorial. Spend approximately 10 to 15 minutes at each stop to learn interesting facts from your guide. 

Then, cruise down the Potomac River with your guide, and enjoy an optional box lunch along the way. Get priority entrance to the National Archives Building at the end of your tour, and look at historic documents, including the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.
  • Priority access into the U.S. Capitol Building and the National Archives Building
  • Guided walking tours of DC’s main monuments with live tour guided narrative
  • Photo op outside the White House
  • Transportation with luxury tour bus and professional driver.
  • Boat cruise on the Potomac River (March 15 to October 15)
  • Licensed D.C. Tour Guide
  • Bottled water on buses
  • Lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuity
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Library of Congress, Jefferson Building at Neptune Fountain: 68 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20004

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• During peak season, security lines are long - as such, please arrive at the meeting point no later than 8:15 AM for check-in
• In off-season, in lieu of boat cruise, guests visit Pentagon City Mall for shopping and lunch (lunch included in the tour price)
• The US Capitol Building can be closed to the public without notice. If this happens the tour will visit the Library of Congress
• Please note that the live tour narration is in English only
• For Spanish and Mandarin languages, you must download our Tour Buddy App
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 145 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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I would have been rated 5 stars if only we completed 8hrs as detailed when i booked it. We started on time but we ended 2 hrs early. I know its raining at that time but we took this tour for us to make memories like taking photos. Much appreciated Of course for the history provided. Worth the money we paid.

December 21, 2019

This was a very informative tour that covered the monuments, the Capitol, and the National Archives. The web site said to arrive between 8:30-8:45. I arrived at 8:32 and the group had already left. After waiting, and then a phone call, they were able to give me directions so that I could meet up with the group that left early. The tour was supposed to include VIP entrance into both of the buildings and we were simply dropped off in front of the archives without a tour. Our guide, Christopher, was excellent.

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December 7, 2019

Amazing tour!

I decided to take the tour because I was travelling to Washington DC by myself and I can definitely say that I don't regret my choice! Nick is an exceptional super entertaining guide and I loved all the funny moments when he tried to talk about history using some jokes as well! Our driver Thomas was so friendly and helpful and his presence was a plus for our experience! We have visited so many places and received so much information without feeling exhausting. I even made a friend during the tour with whom I went out afterwards. Overall, I appreciated the staff, their help and the facilities provided to us! I highly recommend the company and the tour and I will definitely be their customer in the near future!

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August 23, 2019

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Product ID: 73185