Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.
March 21, 2024 thru March 27, 2024
Washington, D.C. is a city of treasures – some that we all know about, like the Smithsonian Museums, the monuments, the Capitol Building, and the White House. Others will surprise us as we become familiar with this historic city. Our hotel is conveniently located a stone’s throw from the Capitol Building and Smithsonian Museums. Our nation’s history comes to life on this fascinating tour.
Roundtrip air transportation from Albuquerque to DC
7 days, 6 nights
Activity Level 4
8 meals (6 breakfasts, 2 dinners) included
- National Cathedral
- Presidential Memorials
- WWII, Korean, & Vietnam War Memorials
- Ford’s Theatre
- Air Force & Marine Corps War Memorials
- Library of Congress
- Roundtrip airfare from ABQ to Washington, D.C. area (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- 6 nights’ lodging at the Holiday Inn – Capitol
- Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
- 8 meals (6 breakfasts, 2 dinners)
- Admissions to listed attractions
- Your SUN TOURS Tour Director
- All taxes and gratuities for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Day 1 - Fly to Washington
We fly to Washington, D.C., where we lodge for six nights at the Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol. It is located in the heart of our nation’s capital, just steps away from the National Mall.
Day 2 – Memorials and more!
The day begins visiting memorials with our local guide. We’ll go to Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Then, we have a free afternoon with lunch on your own. Later, we enjoy a dinner to welcome us to the city with our fellow SUN TOURS Travelers.
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 3 – Ford's Theater and City Touring
Today starts with a visit to Ford’s Theater, where your ticket includes the museum, One Destiny, Peterson House, and the Center for Education and Leadership. Enjoy an independent lunch at the L’Enfant Plaza. In the afternoon, our local guide meets us again to visit the Lincoln, Vietnam, WWII, and Korean Memorials.
Meals included: (B)
Day 4 – Free Day (Smithsonian Museums)
Today is your free day to explore from our hotel’s central location. The Smithsonian Museums are a few blocks away and can be reached on foot, by cab, or by the Metro. Choose from the National Gallery of Art, Museum of the American Indian, Air & Space Museum, American History Museum, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Arts and Industries Museum, Natural History Museum, Freer Gallery of Art, and many more. In addition, scores of other attractions near the city center are just a short cab ride away.
Meals included: (B)
Day 5 - Air Force Memorial and Mount Vernon
Our first stop this morning is at the Air Force Memorial. When then make our way to the US Marine Corps Memorial and Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon was George Washington’s impressive home on the Potomac River for 45 years. There are a dozen outbuildings, Washington’s tomb, and the Museum & Educational Center. Still enjoying Mount Vernon, we watch a movie titled “We Fight to be Free” in the Ford Orientation Center. As the finale of the day, we tour the mansion before we head back to our hotel.
Meals included: (B)
Day 6 - Arlington Cemetery and Memorials
We begin our day with a tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Here we can visit the Women in Military Service Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and JFK’s grave site. There is also time to visit the Air Force & Iwo Jima Memorials. Next, we have a guided tour of the US Capitol and its Visitor Center for independent lunch and shopping. Next stop is the Library of Congress, the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States, afterwards, we relish a group dinner.
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 7 - White House Visitors Center and Return Home
On our final day in D.C., we head to the Smithsonian Institution Building (known as “The Castle”), and then go to the White House Visitors Center. Next, we arrive in Georgetown for an independent lunch before we begin a guided tour of the Washington National Cathedral. And finally, we return to Albuquerque.
Meals included: (B)
Itinerary subject to change.
The Capitol building was not designed by an American.
William Thornton was a British doctor.
The National Cathedral has lots of wacky gargoyles and grotesques.
One of them is Darth Vader.
Holiday Inn - Capitol
$3,175 per person
$4,175 per person
Final Payment Due:
December 19, 2023
• Roundtrip airfare from ABQ to Washington, D.C. area (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
• Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
• 6 nights’ lodging at the Holiday Inn - Capitol
• Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
• 8 meals (6 breakfasts, 2 dinners)
• Admissions to listed attractions
• Your SUN TOURS Tour Director
• All taxes and gratuities for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: December 19, 2023
- None through December 19, 2023
- $200 December 20, 2023 – January 16, 2024
- $1,900 January 17 – February 13, 2024
- 100% after February 13, 2024
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 4: Active
Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.
Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page for full information on the ratings system.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Sunport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On our preferred airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
The average daytime high temperatures during our stay in Washington, D.C. in March should be pleasant and mild but may be rainy. We advise you to check the forecast as we get closer to the tour date. Please be sure to bring a light jacket, sweater, along with good walking shoes, a hat and gloves. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.
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