Fairfax & DC

Discover the history and culture of Fairfax & D.C. The best food, excursions, and activities await you on this unique exploration of the D.C. area. Visit the stunning Great Falls overlook. View the D.C. memorials and monuments illuminated at night. Learn about history during docent-led museum visits, and enjoy all that Alexandria has to offer. Make sure to bring a camera because you will not want to miss capturing all the amazing experiences you will have.

5 Days /4 Nights

Group size

Estimated Tour Pricing Inclusions: Roundtrip transportation, 4 nights’ accommodation,  baggage handling, 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners, private motor coach transportation throughout, admissions, entrance, and guide fees as stated in the itinerary, including taxes, and gratuity (excluding gratuity for guides and driver, unless requested).
  • The Barns at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
  • Great Falls
  • Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
  • Tyson's Corner Shopping Center
  • National Museum of the United States Army
  • Mount Vernon
  • Water Taxi Down the Potomac River
  • Tall Ship Providence
  • Old Town Alexandria
  • Illuminated Monument Tour
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Winery at Bull Run

Sample Itinerary:
  Day 1 - Arrive & The Barns at Wolf Trap
  • Arrive in DC.
  • Check into your Tyson's Corner Area Hotel.
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Enjoy an intimate show at The Barns at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Built from two restored 18th-century barns, The Barns at Wolf Trap is a popular spot for music lovers in the greater Washington, D.C. area. The intimate 382-seat theater offers audiences a chance to experience superb acoustics and impressive performances from top-notch artists across genres in an intimate setting. You’ll find more than 80 performances annually during a typical season at The Barns between October and May—everything from legendary folk singers to chamber musicians to jazz greats. During the summer months, The Barns is home to Wolf Trap Opera.
  • Return to your hotel for the evening.
Day 2 - Great Falls, Udvar-Hazy Center, & Tyson's Corner
  • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning.
  • Depart for Great Falls – A National Park in the heart of Fairfax, VA as the sun rises and birds take flight. Arrive and take in the views of wildlife and wild rapids just a brief 5-10 minute walk from the Visitor’s Center.
  • Arrive Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center for your docent led tour. The Udvar-Hazy Center provides space for the objects that tell the history of aviation and space flight. Over 335 air and spacecraft will be on display. The displays will include the Space Shuttle Enterprise, an SR-71 Blackbird, Dash 80 prototype of the Boeing 707, the B-17 Flying Fortress, an F-4 Phantom fighter, the B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”, and the de Havilland Chipmunk. Many artifacts will be on display for the first time. Visitors are able to walk among the exhibits and view them from elevated “skyways”. There is an Observation Tower where visitors can watch air traffic at Dulles International Airport. On site there are restaurants, a large theatre, gift shops and more.
  • Arrive at a local restaurant for an included lunch. 
  • Arrive Tyson’s Corner Shopping Center for an afternoon of shopping. Enjoy dinner on your own before returning to your hotel. Located just outside of Washington, DC – Tysons Corner Center is Virginia’s premier shopping destination with stores like Apple, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Lenkersdorfer, and Sephora and restaurants including Barrel & Bushel, Eddie V's, The Capital Grille, Earl's, and Seasons 52. It is also home to AMC Theatres, Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center, and VITA Luxury Apartments.
    Day 3 - The National Museum of the United States Army, Mount Vernon, Tall Ship providence, Old Town Alexandria, & Illuminated Monument Tour
  • Enjoy breakfast, included, at your hotel this morning.
  • Meet your guide in the lobby and depart for The National Museum of the United States Army.
  • Embark on a self-guided or audio tour of the National Museum of the United States Army. The Museum celebrates over 240 years of Army history and honors our nation’s Soldiers – past, present, and future – regular Army, Army Reserves, and the Army National Guard. It provides the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions and offers educational experiences, illustrating the Army’s role in building and defending our nation, as well as humanitarian missions, public contributions, and technological and medical breakthroughs.
  • Depart with your boxed lunch.
  • Arrive at Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington. Here George Washington escaped the rigors of public office and enjoyed the life of a successful Virginia planter. America’s most visited historic house, Mount Vernon sits on a grassy, shaded slope overlooking the Potomac River.  Many of the furnishings are original pieces acquired by Washington himself.  Mount Vernon is both George Washington’s home and final resting-place.  This Southern plantation standing on the banks of the Potomac River details the life of the “Father of Our Country” while providing fascinating insights into Colonial times.
    • Enjoy your specialty tour – The Enslaved People of Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon was a thriving plantation because 318 enslaved people working sunup to sun down in bondage to George Washington. George Washington profited from this system of enslavement throughout his life, and, despite private letters suggesting a shift in attitudes, only arranged to free those he enslaved after his death. In an hour-long tour you will see where Mount Vernon’s enslaved people worked and lived and gain insights into enslaved individuals and their duties such as what they ate, how they were clothed, how they established families, and the penalties for their resistance.
  • Depart on your water Taxi down the Potomac River. Take in the sights of Virginia and Washington DC as you cruise the river and disembark in Old Town Alexandria.
  • Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Pier and explore the Tall Ship Providence. Tall ship Providence provides a living link to our rich maritime, naval, and Revolutionary history. Our Providence is a reproduction of the first ship authorized to serve in the Continental Navy and Captain John Paul Jones’ first American command. Come aboard and get a taste of what life was like aboard an eighteenth-century sloop.
    • Arrive for an early dinner at the Fish Market. Located in the heart of Alexandria’s waterfront district at the corner of King and Union Streets, the Fish Market offers the best and freshest seafood in Northern Virginia!
    • Depart on a driving tour of Old Town Alexandria. A beautifully preserved historic district on the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria is the heart of the city George Washington called home. Today cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks hum with an energy that attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers to some of the best Old Town Alexandria restaurants, arts, shopping, and historic attractions.
    • Continue on your drive tour as you venture into Washington, D.C. for an Illuminated Monument Tour of Washington, D.C. Under a moonlit sky, experience the majestic views of our Nation’s renowned treasures. While impressive during the day, they are stunning at night. See the following and more on your evening cruise through the capitol –
      • Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue)
      • Air Force Memorial, Washington Monument
      • Jefferson Memorial
      • National WWII Memorial.
    • Drop your guide and continue on to your hotel for the evening.
    Day 4 - National Museum of African American History and Culture & The Winery at Bull Run 
  • Enjoy breakfast included at your hotel this morning.
  • Depart for Washington, D.C.
  • Enter the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by an Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts.
  • Arrive for your Farewell Dinner Reception at The Winery at Bull Run. The Winery at Bull Run is a working farm winery focused on crafting fine Virginia wines while paying tribute to the history and preservation of 19th century pastoral Fairfax County. The closest winery to Washington, D.C., they offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of your daily life to a simpler time—where you can relax in the beautiful Virginia countryside with your family and friends and sip delicious, award-winning Virginia wine.
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner surrounded by the beautiful Northern Virginia landscape paired with a wine flight crafted at the winery itself.
  Day 5 - Home
  • Enjoy breakfast included at your hotel this morning.
  • Check out of your hotel and depart for home.
*Base rate does not include motor coach transportation, airfare, airport transfers, driver gratuity, guide gratuity, (student groups exempt) or any upgrades or add-ons unlisted from itinerary as stated. Pricing may vary based on day of arrival or other conditions. Personalized itineraries with custom pricing and/or additional transportation can be created and added based on client needs and upon client’s request. MARS will customize quotes or personalize itineraries for FREE.


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