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With lots of free attractions and historic sites in a relatively compact area, Washington, D.C., is a tourist's delight. Even so, there's no better way to get to know the nation's capital than with an expert. U.S. News gathered expert recommendations and traveler opinions to create this list of the top tours in Washington. Whether your interests include architecture, history or food, the following tours let you get to know the city like a local.

D.C. By Foot – National Mall Tour

Price: $4 tour reservation fee Duration: 2 hours

D.C. By Foot's National Mall walking tour is a mile-long stroll that includes stories about famous landmarks like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument. Travelers praise the tour, saying it is chock-full of information and that the guides are engaging. D.C. By Foot is a pay-what-you-want tour: it's free, though it is assumed you will tip your licensed, freelance guides.

Tours depart Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Travelers should note reservations are required for this tour and there is a $4 reservation fee per person for tours. The company also conducts a slightly shorter Scavenger Hunt at the Mall tour geared toward kids and a bevy of other tours around the city.

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Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington D.C.

Price: Adults from $44; kids from $33 Duration: 1.5 hours

According to reviewers, this trolley tour provides an educational and relaxing outing, thanks to informative commentary from the friendly onboard guides. This hop-on, hop-off tour option allows travelers to explore Washington at their own pace and check out the monuments, museums and attractions that they are most interested in. Popular stops on the trolley route include the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the International Spy Museum, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Portrait Gallery and more. In total, the trolley makes 15 stops.

Trollies run hourly from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. daily. Old Town Trolley Tours also offers specialized Arlington National Cemetery tours and a Monuments by Moonlight Tour, among others.

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Unlimited Biking DC – Monuments and Memorials Bike Tour

Price: Adults from $65; kids from $55 Duration: 3 hours

A great way to quickly cover a lot of ground is on the Monuments and Memorials Bike Tour from Unlimited Biking DC, which takes you on a guided tour to see the main monuments along the National Mall and the Tidal Basin. What's more, the entire tour takes place on sidewalks, paths and trails, so you never have to worry about navigating city streets. Plus, you can hop off to take photos and explore sites during the roughly 4-mile adventure. Visitors say the tour is perfect for families thanks to the engaging guides and manageable pace of the route.

E-bikes are available for an additional fee. The tour runs at 10 a.m. daily, with an additional 2:30 p.m. tour from April through October. If you can't get enough of the monuments, the company also offers a Monuments at Night Bike Tour as well as cherry blossoms tours, among other options.

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Mangia DC Food Tours – Georgetown Foodie Tour

Price: Adults from $79; kids from $69 Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours

Eating your way through Georgetown – one of D.C.'s wealthiest and most picturesque neighborhoods – with Mangia D.C Food Tours is a delightful way to get acquainted with the area. On the Georgetown Foodie Tour, you'll visit up to five restaurants for tasty samples, plus a cocktail or mocktail pairing. Your guide will give you an overview of the area's cultural and political ties, as well as point out historic landmarks. Foodies say the tour is both filling and educational.

Mangia D.C. limits tours to 14 people, which makes for an intimate group – another point of praise for reviewers. Tours run Friday through Sunday and start at 1 p.m. Looking for more local eats? Mangia also offers an Italian Food Tour in Washington's Dupont Circle neighborhood.

Capital Segway Tours

Price: From $70 Duration: 2 hours

Seeing all of Washington's landmarks on foot is an ambitious goal, but if you swap walking for riding a Segway, you can glide to most of them. Highlights on this tour include the White House, the National Archives, the Washington Monument and the Capitol. Every rider receives a radio headset, which makes it easy to hear the guide's descriptions. Reviewers say the guides are fantastic and the tours provide the perfect overview of the city, which in turn helps visitors decide where they want to spend more time. Many add that they appreciate the guides spending time to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe on the Segway before setting off.

Participants must be 16 or older and weigh at least 100 pounds to ride. Tours are not suitable for those who weigh over 250 pounds or women who are pregnant. Capital Segway Tours requires travelers to arrive 30 minutes prior to tour for orientation and training session. Tours run year-round and are offered several times a day, weather permitting.

Blue Fern Travel – Black Broadway — U Street Food Tour

Price: From $105 Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

This U Street tour run by Blue Fern Travel (formerly Carpe D.C. Food Tours) is purportedly the company's most popular, which makes sense because the U Street neighborhood is one of the liveliest in the city. During the tour, your guide will take you to several locally owned restaurants for hearty samples. As you make your way along U Street, you'll learn about the neighborhood's history, architecture and jazz heritage. Foodies find the history lessons surprising and informative; some love the information almost as much as the food.

Tours depart Thursday through Sunday at 11:30 a.m. year-round; group size is typically around 12 people, according to the company. You can expect to walk about a mile on the tour visiting the different eateries. Tickets cost $105 per person. Blue Fern also offers food tours of Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria.

USA Guided Tours – African American History and Culture Tour

Price: Adults from $89; kids from $79 Duration: 3.5 hours

Travelers heap praise on the guides leading the African American History and Culture Tour, applauding their expertise and storytelling. During the bus ride across D.C., travelers will learn of African American history and perspectives of different D.C. monuments. Sites on the tour include Black Lives Matter Plaza, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the African American Civil War Memorial, among other significant locations. Trips conclude at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, where you will have reserved access to the popular site. (Note: Some stops are guided around monuments, while others are quick pauses for photos.)

Tours run daily at 10 a.m. This tour is also available as a private excursion. USA Guided tours operates a variety of bus and walking tours.

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D.C. Design Tours – Dupont Circle & Embassy Row Tour

Price: Adults from $35; kids from $20 Duration: 2 hours

D.C. Design Tours focuses on Washington's eclectic architecture and design. On the approximately 2-mile Dupont Circle & Embassy Row Tour, you'll explore the area while an experienced guide identifies and describes significant properties, such as The Cosmos Club, the Embassy of Indonesia (Walsh-McLean House) and the Woodrow Wilson House. You'll also hear a good deal of history and some juicy gossip about some of the nation's movers and shakers. Tour-takers rave about the hidden gems and stories the guides share.

Public tours run on Saturdays at 11 a.m. Design Tours also guides visitors through surrounding neighborhoods, such as Capitol Hill and Georgetown.

D.C. Metro Food Tours – Georgetown Food Tour

Price: From $80 Duration: 3.5 hours

During the Georgetown Food Tour, you'll visit up to five local spots in this upscale neighborhood. But you won't just be stopping in for a quick bite. Instead, tour-takers will sit down and be served a specialty of the house – an element foodies love about the tour. Dining highlights might include pie from a family-owned bakery, a Korean dish and Italian-American fare. In addition to tasty cuisine, guides will regale you with stories about local sites and landmarks as you walk between stops.

Tours operate Thursday through Sunday at 3 p.m. D.C. Metro Food Tours offers food tours of other neighborhoods, including Dupont Circle and Virginia's Old Town Alexandria.

City Brew Tours – The DC Signature Brew Tour

Price: From $89 Duration: 3.5 hours

With a motto of "You Drink, We Drive," D.C. Brew Tours sets the stage for a safe yet beer-filled day on its Original Brew Tour. During the outing, you'll be chauffeured around the city in a comfortable van, visit three breweries, get behind-the-scenes tours and enjoy up to 12 local craft beers. This tour also includes a beer-pairing lunch. Participants champion expert guides and excellent beers.

Get your beer fix during the tour, which runs multiple times from Wednesday through Sunday. D.C. Brew Tours limits its excursions to 14 people. The company also offers private tours.

Nonpartisan Pedicab – Smithsonian Museums and Pennsylvania Avenue

Price: $175 per hour Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours

Being chauffeured around town in a private pedicab with Nonpartisan Pedicab is a novel and comfortable way to see the sights in D.C. You can sit back and relax while an expert guide gives you a personalized tour and does the cycling for you. On the company's Smithsonian Museums and Pennsylvania Avenue tour, you'll follow the inaugural route from the Capitol to the White House, passing 24 landmarks along the way. Tour-takers say the guides are excellent and share plenty of fun facts and history during the trip.

Occasionally the company offers discounts and deals on the hourly rate (check its website for details). Nonpartisan Pedicab offers a variety of tours around the city, including a twilight tour of the monuments and an Embassy Row and Georgetown tour, among others.

City Cruises – Monuments and Sightseeing Tour

Price: Adults from $35; kids from $23 Duration: 1 hour

After you've toured the monuments by foot, bike or bus, why not admire them from the water? City Cruises offers one-way and round-trip departures from Alexandria, Virginia and Georgetown. Along the way, you'll see the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington Monument, the Arlington Memorial Bridge and more, all while enjoying prerecorded commentary describing the monuments. Visitors appreciate the narration but note that engine noise sometimes drowns out the recording.

During the warm-weather months, the cruise departs daily. Throughout the rest of the year, cruises usually only operate on the weekends. One-way trips last 45 minutes each way. Round-trip journeys span just under two hours. The company offers several other sightseeing cruises, including one that drops off visitors at Mount Vernon.

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The Old Town Trolley Tour offers a comprehensive experience of the following neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.:

Downtown D.C.: Explore the heart of the nation’s capital, where iconic landmarks such as the White House, National Mall, and Washington Monument are located.

Capitol Hill: Discover the historic neighborhood surrounding the U.S. Capitol, known for its charming row houses, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress.

Lincoln Memorial: Visit this iconic memorial while enjoying scenic views of the Reflecting Pool and the National World War II Memorial.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial: Pay tribute to the civil rights leader in West Potomac Park.

Smithsonian Museums: Explore the area around the National Mall, home to numerous Smithsonian museums, including the National Museum of American History and the National Air and Space Museum.

Tidal Basin: Enjoy the beauty of the Tidal Basin, known for its cherry blossoms and the Jefferson Memorial.

FDR Memorial: Delve into the history of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s era at this memorial, located near the Tidal Basin.

Arlington National Cemetery: Cross the Potomac River to visit this renowned cemetery, where you can witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

These neighborhoods offer a diverse range of attractions and historical significance, making the Old Town Trolley DC Tour an ideal way to explore the nation’s capital.

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Old Town Trolley Tours of DC operates the city’s largest fleet of sightseeing vehicles, and this allows us to pick up and drop off more frequently than any other trolley company. The frequency of the trolleys depends on the time of the year, as well as traffic and weather conditions.

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1. Old Town Trolley Ticket – Every Old Town Trolley day tour ticket offers a shuttle from the Lincoln Memorial stop to Arlington National Cemetery. Visitors can enter and walk Arlington at their leisure.

2. Old Town Trolley + Arlington Cemetery Tour Package – This package includes guided-tour access to Arlington and 10 unique stops at the most notable landmarks, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the John F. Kennedy gravesite, and Arlington House. A loop gives visitors the chance to hop on and off at a variety of key points of interest.

3. Monuments by Moonlight + Arlington Cemetery Tour Package – This package includes a nighttime tour of DC’s monuments, which offers a unique perspective of the monuments, and a separate ticket for Arlington National Cemetery tours for use at another time. With the Monuments by Moonlight Tour, you can cover many of these sites in one night, and the package allows you to visit Arlington National Cemetery during the day. Take advantage of the package and enjoy a special discounted rate. Transportation to Arlington is not included in the Monuments by Moonlight package.

What is the National Mall, how large is it, and does Old Town Trolley cover it all? + -

Our DC tours cover a majority of the National Mall, with stops at several Smithsonian museums and National Monuments and Memorials, such as the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, and the FDR Memorial.

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It’s important to realize that there is no “best” order to see the monuments in DC. It’s really up to you and what you want to see first. However, if you’re looking for a logical and efficient route, an Old Town Trolley Tour is a fantastic way to see all of the best monuments in Washington. By following the tour, you will be able to see all of the important monuments in a logical order. Start with the National Mall, home to some of the most iconic monuments in DC, such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Continue your monument tour with a visit to the World War II Memorial. This memorial honors the 16 million Americans who served in World War II and the more than 400,000 who gave their lives. It’s a beautiful and moving tribute that will leave you feeling very patriotic.

You can finish up with a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where many of our nation’s heroes are buried, such as John F. Kennedy and the unknown soldiers from various wars.

How long does it take to visit the National Mall? + -

The National Mall is home to several monuments, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, among others.

We suggest deciding which monuments and memorials you want to visit and planning your itinerary accordingly. However, with over 2 miles of history to explore, it can be a daunting task to see everything efficiently. Old Town Trolley Tours has a special package that includes unlimited hop-on, hop-off access to their trolley system for one day. That means visitors can take their time exploring the National Mall at their own pace. The trolleys cover most of the area’s main attractions, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian museums. In total, the trolley route is approximately one hour and 45 minutes long, meaning visitors can take advantage of the unlimited access to create their own itinerary through the National Mall.

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Many monuments on the National Mall are open 24/7, which makes it possible to experience them at any time of the day or night. However, visiting them during the night provides a unique opportunity to see them at rest. The memorials and landmarks are lit up, creating a mesmerizing contrast against the dark sky. The National Mall at night is peaceful and calming and sets an entirely different mood than during the daytime. There are fewer crowds, which makes the experience more intimate and allows you to take your time to appreciate the structures’ details and beauty.

The Monuments by Moonlight Tour will take you on a journey through history and showcase the stunning beauty of the monuments when they are illuminated. Embark on an exciting journey through DC’s historic neighborhoods. Once you reach the National Mall, you will experience the incredible beauty of the monuments at night. You’ll tour famous landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and, as you explore them in the evening, you will get fascinating insights into their history and significance. The monuments and memorials are beautifully illuminated at night, giving them an almost ethereal look, which adds to the experience.

How long does it take to visit Washington? + -

You can experience the best of the city in two days, especially if your group chooses Old Town Trolley for your transportation needs. You’ll be able to see the most popular sites without getting lost or spending too much time figuring out the city layout by yourself. The trolley stops at various landmarks across the city, including the U.S. Capitol and the Smithsonian museums. That way, you get more out of your time and an immersive experience!

What are the most famous attractions in Washington, D.C.? + -

There are a few Washington landmarks that definitely cannot be missed:

1. The National Mall is the first attraction that comes to mind while visiting Washington. It is essentially a walkable park that connects the White House to the Lincoln Memorial. The park is adorned with some of the most impressive monuments and memorials, including the Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the Washington Monument, which serves as the centerpiece of the park.

2. The White House is the official residence of the President of the United States. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and was built in 1800. Visitors can take guided tours of the White House but must secure their bookings months in advance. The White House gardens are open to visitors every day of the year.

3. The 19 Smithsonian museums have something for everybody, from space exhibitions at the Air and Space Museum to the hidden stories of African-American history in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

4. The United States Capitol Building is the home of the U.S. Congress. Visitors can take guided tours of the Capitol that include visits to the House and Senate galleries and an overview of the U.S. Congress’ history and workings. A new addition is the Capitol Visitor Center, which offers interactive displays that showcase the Capitol’s history.

5. Arlington National Cemetery is America’s most famous military cemetery. It was founded during the American Civil War, and several thousand service members and their families have been laid to rest here over the years. The cemetery features exquisite headstones of service members and families, notably the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is guarded by the soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment.

Can you see everything in Washington, D.C. in one day? + -

With so many landmarks, museums, and monuments, it can be overwhelming to see everything D.C. has to offer in just one day. But, don’t worry — we have a solution! Start your day early with a hop-on, hop-off tour of the city. With Old Town Trolley, you’ll have access to the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial, Capitol Hill, and more. Take advantage of this opportunity to immerse yourself in U.S. history, admire iconic buildings, and learn about the city’s vibrant political culture.

Before you hop off the trolley at each stop, make sure to listen to the onboard narration. This will provide you with a wealth of historical and cultural information about the landmark or museum you are visiting. You can always hop back on the next trolley when you’re ready to move on to the next destination.

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As the seat of American democracy, Washington, D.C. abounds with historic landmarks. The city nods to its political heritage with a range of government buildings, shrines to those taken by war, and abodes of president’s past and present. Your journey to America’s capital city will be a civics lesson like no other.

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White House

Built in increments between 1792 and 1829, this site is perhaps one of the most iconic in D.C. Covering an impressive 18+ acres, it’s hard not to feel the power and prestige of this government structure. On a visit to the White House Visitor Center, you’ll get a comprehensive overview of the history of the building and the presidents who resided there.

U.S. Capitol Building

See the site where Congress convenes to discuss, debate and write U.S. law. Take a guided tour here and better acquaint yourself with the inner-workings of representative democracy. Political junkie or not – this storied building will certainly capture your interest while in D.C.

Arlington National Cemetery

Visit this moving cemetery - the final place of rest for more than 400,000 military personnel and their families. Visitors can embark on a narrated tour that includes the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Kennedy gravesites. Reflect on the sacrifice and service of these incredible men and women.

Mount Vernon

Discover the beloved home of the first U.S. president, George Washington, in nearby Mount Vernon, Virginia. Wander the beautiful plantation grounds he adored and tour his residence as you admire several 18th-century artifacts. This is a top historic highlight for many of our guests.

Attractions

Washington, D.C. is a bustling city that captivates history buffs, foodies, art lovers and musicians. The city accommodates a variety of interests and as such, offers visitors several types of enticing attractions. These are some suggested ways to take in even more of D.C.

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Washington National Cathedral

This magnificent church took 83 years to complete and has been host to poignant moments in America’s history like state funerals, presidential inaugural masses and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last sermon. Admire the beautiful craftsmanship of the cathedral as you learn more about its history during a docent-led tour.

Ford’s Theater

This is the infamous site where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on that fateful night in 1865. Tour the theatre and hear about the timeline of events that transpired as John Wilkes Booth’s plan unfolded. Though it is a bit eerie, we think this site is worth a visit.

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Talk to the animals at this 163-acre zoo. See giant pandas, Asian elephants and Sumatran tigers as you sip on the park’s Bird Friendly Coffee (coffee that is shade-grown and non-disruptive to migratory songbirds’ habitat). We think this is a fun way to have a wild afternoon in D.C.

Old Town Alexandria

Head to this charming community nestled along the Potomac River. Enjoy wandering the cobblestone streets, view the historic Colonial architecture, and stop at some of the trendy boutiques. This quaint neighborhood is rich in history and beauty.

One of the biggest selling points for those wanting to visit D.C. is its museums. The Smithsonian provides some of the most impressive collections in the world, and many of the museums have the added benefit of being free. Immerse yourself in D.C. and take a tour of these cultural sites.

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Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum

Catch a glimpse of the famous Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 command module Columbia at this Smithsonian museum. See exhibitions that detail how feats in aviation occurred as you marvel at missiles, aircrafts and lunar modules. Cap your tour here by visiting the gift shop for some astronaut ice cream.

National Museum of American History

Discover artifacts that range from the dresses of the First Ladies to the flag that inspired the national anthem at this history-focused museum. You’ll note that the three floors are thematically organized, which makes the experience less overwhelming and easier to find exactly what interests you. We think this is a great way to become better educated on the American story.

Smithsonian Natural History Museum

This museum is a favorite for youngsters and those young at heart. Featuring amazing artifacts like the Hope Diamond, Easter Island heads and mummies, this cultural site is a must-see. We suggest taking a stroll through the butterfly pavilion to see some of the rarest living butterflies in the world.

National Gallery of Art

See masterpieces from the likes of da Vinci, Monet and Van Gogh at this large gallery. Travel through the underground walkway that connects you to the gallery’s two buildings which house hundreds of exquisite works of art. Collectors and those appreciative of fine artistry will be enchanted by the collections found here.

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15 Best Washington DC Tours

The capital of the United States is a marvelous city to visit and there are a plethora of great things for you to see and do, with the US Capitol Building being just one of many highlights. Washington DC is full of amazing sights and there are lots of memorials scattered about which are dedicated to some of the most famous people to impact the country – Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King… the names roll off the tongue. The city is dripping in history as it is the seat of power for the nation.

With loads of lovely monuments and buildings on hand, as well as a range of fantastic museums, Washington DC will astound visitors with all that it has to offer. To give you an idea of what is available to you, here are some of the best tours that will help you to enjoy the city.

1. Monuments by Moonlight: Washington DC Nighttime Trolley Tour

DC Monuments By Moonlight

One of the most popular tours available, this nighttime excursion takes you past many of Washington DC’s most amazing monuments by trolley. The fantastic sights illuminated in the dark are sure to create lasting memories.

With illustrious monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial for you to gaze upon, this guided tour will teach you a lot about the history of the capital as well as that of the nation itself.

Beautifully lit, the city’s many monuments look just as good – if not better – at night, and this tour will help you to see the capital in a whole new light.

2. Washington D.C. Classic, Premium or Deluxe Hop-on Hop-off

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With three different loops for you to choose from, this great tour will help you see all the main sights in the city. The audio commentary will make sure you learn a great deal.

The city is littered with impressive memorials, museums, monuments and more; with over forty stops on the loops, you’ll certainly see most of what Washington DC has to offer.

You can choose from a variety of different options, which either give you access to Madame Tussauds or include an extra day’s access to the hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tour.

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3. Washington DC: Capitol Building and Capitol Hill Walk

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One of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the whole of Washington DC, Capitol Hill is delightful to wander around and there are many amazing sights for you to check out.

With a professional guide to tell you everything there is to know about the area, the city will come alive before your eyes and there is lots of lovely architecture on display.

Visiting the US Capitol Building is the highlight of the tour. It is amazing to think of all the important decisions that have been made within it and how they have impacted the world in general.

4. Washington, DC 3-Hour Bike Tour

DC 3-Hour Bike Tour

One of the best ways to see as much of Washington DC as possible is to cycle your way around the city; this tour will take you past all the main sights.

Cycling around the capital is great fun; you’ll be astounded at all the incredible monuments and buildings around, with the Vietnam Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial being among the many highlights.

Culminating with a stop at the imperious US Capitol Building, this bike tour will teach you all about the city and you won’t even have to leave your saddle.

5. Smithsonian National Museum of Air & Space: Guided Tour

Smithsonian National Museum of Air & Space

One of the most popular museums in the United States, the Smithsonian is well worth visiting when you’re in DC. The professional guide will provide you with loads of interesting information and insight into the exhibitions.

An expansive place with an extensive collection, your guide will take you to the most interesting parts and you’ll learn a lot about the history of aviation and space exploration.

With items like Buzz Aldrin’s space suit on display and a huge model of the International Space Station to explore, the museum is captivating to visit and your guide will ensure you make the most of your time.

6. Washington, D.C. Day Trip from New York

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Starting off in New York, this day trip will take you around one of the political centers of the world; you’ll come away tired but happy after a jam-packed day of sightseeing.

With stops at the Arlington National Cemetery, the US Capitol, and the White House included on the tour, your time in Washington DC is sure to be a memorable occasion and your professional guide will tell you all about the ins and outs of the city.

A wonderful trip that is both efficient and well-thought-out, this excursion is a great way to see the main sights in just one day and is a very popular choice amongst visitors to DC.

7. Washington, DC: 3-Hour Segway Tour

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Tearing around the city on your segway is a fresh, fun and invigorating way to see the best of Washington DC. It comes highly recommended by people who have been on the tour.

While traveling about town, you’ll see loads of great architecture, as well as numerous monuments and memorials to some of the finest Americans to have impacted the country.

Among the many highlights are the White House, the Navy Memorial, and the Washington Monument, each of which has their own distinctive features and characteristics for you to enjoy.

8. Washington D.C. 6-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour

Sightseeing Bus Tour, Washington DC

With Arlington Cemetery, the White House, and the US Capitol Building included in this tour, this six-hour sightseeing excursion will take you to see many of the capital’s most prominent attractions.

The commentary from your guide is invaluable; at each of the stops, you’ll learn about the history and importance of the monument, memorial or museum in question.

With ample time to take photos, this packed itinerary is a fantastic way to see Washington DC in a day.

9. Old Town Trolley Tour of Washington DC & Arlington Cemetery

Old Town Trolley Tour, DC

Taking a trolley bus around town is a lovely way to see the city. Remarkably, there are over 100 points of interest which you can stop off at and explore at your own leisure.

With two loops for you to choose from, you’ll get to see incredible sights such as the White House, the Smithsonian, and the Supreme Court, among others.

Also included in the combo deal is a visit to the Arlington National Cemetery, which houses the graves of so many famous Americans.

10. African American History Tour

African American History Tour

Washington DC has long been an important center for African-Americans; their history and culture is intricately intertwined with that of the capital.

After visiting the former home of Fredrick Douglass – an abolitionist and famous freed slave – you will head to Howard University, which is the oldest black university in the States.

From then on, you are taken on a whirlwind journey around many important buildings, monuments and museums that document African-American culture and the civil rights movement in the States. It is a fascinating tour and definitely worth checking out.

11. Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

Washington DC Monuments By Night

At night, many of the capital’s most impressive monuments and buildings are spectacularly lit up. This nighttime bike tour will take you past the best of them.

Cycling past the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial, among others, is delightful; they are tastefully illuminated for everyone to enjoy.

An exhilarating experience, this nighttime bicycle ride is a fun way to see the best of what DC has to offer.

12. Washington: Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour

Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour

Perfect for those who like a debate over a cold pint, this tour will teach you about the history of Washington DC and American politics in general.

Your guided tour around the US Capitol is fascinating for the light it sheds on how the political process works. The Library of Congress and the Supreme Court are fascinating to visit.

After that, it’s off to Capitol Hill to explore some of the historic sights before heading to one of the local bars for a chat and the opportunity to discuss past and present American policies.

13. Washington DC: Full-Day Tour and Boat Cruise

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With loads of the city’s most prominent landmarks for you to visit, this full-day tour will take you on a whirlwind journey through the nation’s capital, stopping off at the White House, US Navy Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, among others.

Your guide will inform and entertain you in equal measure and you’ll certainly come away having learned a lot about the city.

The day culminates in a one-hour boat cruise along the Potomac River, the perfect way to end a fantastic tour as the delightful scenery passes by.

14. George Washington’s Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

Mount Vernon Estate

After exploring the streets of Old Town Alexandria with their historic buildings and plethora of restaurants, it’s time to leave George Washington’s hometown and head to Mount Vernon Estate.

One of the most important and popular tourist destinations around Washington DC, the estate is where President Washington used to live. It is a captivating place to visit, full of history.

The Museum and Education Centre offers an interesting look at the great man’s life. You’re sure to return to DC tired but happy and with a greater understanding of one of the people who so impacted the States.

15. Washington DC 8-Hour VIP Tour with US Capitol Priority Entry

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With an expert guide on hand to take you around some of the capital’s most important sights, this VIP tour will help you avoid the crowds and make the most of your time in DC.

Visiting the US Capitol and the National Archives Building is very interesting, and the lovely cruise along the Potomac River is a great way to kick back and relax while enjoying the wonderful scenery.

With visits to the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials also included in the package, this tour will take you around the most important attractions in the city. Your guide will ensure that you come away having learned a lot about the nation’s capital.

15 Best Washington DC Tours:

  • Monuments by Moonlight: Washington DC Nighttime Trolley Tour
  • Washington D.C. Classic, Premium or Deluxe Hop-on Hop-off
  • Washington DC: Capitol Building and Capitol Hill Walk
  • Washington, DC 3-Hour Bike Tour
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Air & Space: Guided Tour
  • Washington, D.C. Day Trip from New York
  • Washington, DC: 3-Hour Segway Tour
  • Washington D.C. 6-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • Old Town Trolley Tour of Washington DC & Arlington Cemetery
  • African American History Tour
  • Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour
  • Washington: Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour
  • Washington DC: Full-Day Tour and Boat Cruise
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour
  • Washington DC 8-Hour VIP Tour with US Capitol Priority Entry

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Jane Unger ( Thursday, May 30 19 03:48 pm EDT )

We had a great time on our all day tour. Yohannes was so knowledgeable and was really nice. Unfortunately, with it being Memorial Day weekend, and Rolling Thunder running through town, most of the downtown streets were closed so we were unable to complete the tour in 1 day. But Yohannes was nice enough to make arrangements for us to finish a few days later. We missed Arlington tour due to the conflict but everything else was wonderful. I would highly recommend this tour to others.

Jennifer Sommer ( Wednesday, May 08 19 02:23 pm EDT )

I ended up on a 6-hour DC tour with Dr. Yohannes after my original tour was canceled due to an emergency. I rode with 3 other visitors on a smaller bus. Water was provided on the bus. I ended up walking about 6 miles on this tour, so plan for that. Also, no official lunch stop is planned, but there are refreshment stands available on some of the stops, and plenty of time to take advantage of them, or bring your own bag lunch. I packed a snack. Also restrooms are available at every stop. Yohannes was extremely knowledgeable and explained concepts in a very accessible manner. He does have an accent in case you are one that has difficulty understanding accents. But a microphone is used on the bus, so there is no trouble hearing. We had 20 minutes or more at each stop, so there was plenty of time to take photos and see everything you wanted to see. I collect the cancellation stamps in the National Park Passport program, and I easily found all the visitor centers to get all the stamps. The only one that required a lot of walking was at the White House. That stamp is on the bottom floor of the White House Visitor Center on Pennsylvania Ave. Yohannes wasn't sure where it was at the time, but he does now. I think he would have stopped for me to run inside since we passed right by it, but we just didn't know at the time. Also, he dropped me close to the metro I needed to return to my hotel. He was very accommodating. The tour included all the major monuments and memorials. We also went to Arlington Cemetery where Yohannes walked us to see JFKs burial site. I was quite tired by the time it ended but it was well worth it.

Carolyn Elizabeth Walchak ( Thursday, March 28 19 03:39 pm EDT )

We had an excellent tour with Yohanes. He is well educated and completely knowledgeable about the history and area and personable. He designed the tour around our wishes and agenda. We highly recommend Legend Tours.

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David and Yi ( Thursday, April 06 17 10:58 pm EDT )

Yohannes was a fantastic guide! We did his tour on the first day we were in DC and he provided a great overview of the city and helped us to plan the rest of our time in Washington. He was very knowledgeable and personable. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a comprehensive and unique tour of the city.

Beth Quinn ( Monday, November 07 16 09:33 am EST )

My niece and I were the only occupants of the van on our tour, and we had such a pleasant time! Yohannes is indeed extremely knowledgable, and I learned quite a lot. We covered a lot of ground on our night tour, and it was so wonderful to have the schedule be basically whatever we wanted it to be. I felt comfortable and content with learning an enormous amount about our nation's history in one night.

Georgina ( Friday, July 08 16 07:27 am EDT )

I was only in Washington for 2 days so wanted to see as much as I could, I booked the legends tour as I had read good reviews about the tour guide Yohannes, I wasn’t disappointed. There ended up only being 2 of us on the tour that day, so it was great, felt like we had a completely private tour, Yohannes is very friendly, witty and extremely knowledgeable, every question we could think of he knew the answer to. We started on a tour of the embassies, then on to Washington Cathedral, we were told we could personalise the tour as there were only two of us, so we could see whatever we wanted to. We took a trip out to Arlington (a must see), JFK’s grave then on to the monuments, Lincoln memorial, Washington monument, Vietnam, Iwo Jima, Korea and Air Force memorials, finishing up at Capitol Hill and The White House, we were out for nearly six hours but the time flew by, cannot rate this tour highly enough – definitely book if you are in Washington.

Lisa S. ( Sunday, June 12 16 10:10 am EDT )

We had a fantastic tour by Dr. Yohannes! He is a wealth of knowledge and so personable!! It was almost a private tour with only 2 others with us. We couldn't have had a better time and we felt like we saw so much of the DC area! Thank you for the extra attention to detail. We give the tour an A++.

Brenda Graves ( Saturday, May 07 16 01:50 pm EDT )

The night time tour was one of the best parts of our vacation. Yohannes was very personable and knowledgeable. We had toured the sights during the day on our own, but seeing them at night and having Yohannes telling us the history behind the city and monuments was such a treat. Thank You again Yohannes!

Amanda ( Friday, March 25 16 04:42 pm EDT )

We had a great tour and it was the highlight of our trip. Yohannes was beyond knowledgable and most importantly he was kind and interacted with our children. We could of never seen and done everything we wanted if it wasn't for Yohannes.

Kevin ( Saturday, February 27 16 08:41 am EST )

Thank-you Johannes for another great tour. I enjoy meeting you my friend each trip to DC, and learn something new each time! my colleagues first visit would not have been the same without a night tour of DC area and monuments. The new bus, personalized tour, and insightful topics are the best DC tourism can offer.

Thomas Jenrette ( Wednesday, September 09 15 02:14 pm EDT )

On my recent visit to Washington, D.C., I had the pleasure of having Yohannes Zeleke as my tour guide. Dr. Zeleke's wealth of knowledge of the history and philosophy behind all of the landmarks we visited made this experience the most fascinating and enjoyable of any of the many visits I have made to DC. Additionally, Dr. Zeleke is very personable and entertaining and seems to truly care about sharing the importance of the history of the nation's capitol. I cannot imagine a more excellent guide. Thomas Jenrette, DMA

Barb Taylor ( Wednesday, September 09 15 08:21 am EDT )

Dr. Yohannes Zeleke is a wonderfully informative DC area tour guide. He is incredibly knowledgeable and VERY warm and personable. On our recent trip to Mt. Vernon, Yohannes proved to know as much as the employees! He is a joy to be around and I HIGHLY recommend him and his company as your DC tour guide. He will not disappoint. Thanks Yohannes!

Fred Murai ( Sunday, March 29 15 03:52 pm EDT )

Hey Yohannes!! Thank you for giving us a very informative tour of DC. I loved every single minute of it, its amazing how much you know about the city. I had seen some of the buildings before, but I didn't know and expect that much history from them. You know what?, I would love to do this tour again/I will recommend this tour to anyone and everyone who is touring DC. Yohannes!! I salute you big time..........thanks see you next time I am in DC. Fred from Kenya..

Sandy and Bob Winzenread ( Friday, March 20 15 05:24 pm EDT )

Yohannes you are one of the best memories of our visit to Washington DC. Your knowledge and insight are remarkable. We took your tour our first full day in DC and your introduction helped us plan the rest of our stay. We will not hesitate to recommend your tour to all going to our Nation's Capitol. It is truly a history class with personality!

Rebecca ( Monday, March 16 15 12:05 pm EDT )

Such a great way to discover all of the monuments in Washington, D.C. Yohannes is a wonderful tour guide and full of so much knowledge! Our students greatly appreciate Yohannes and we will return again next year.

Dagmar Dohmen ( Tuesday, February 17 15 01:02 pm EST )

Hello Yohannes, We had a GREAT and UNFORGETTABLE private sightseeing tour in Washington, D.C. You are a walking library and fun to listen to. Not only did we get to know the history of this great city and its famous residents but also historical data and facts which are eye opening in many ways. Thank you for driving us close to all sights so that my parents did not need to walk so much. They loved the tour of D.C. and still talk about it as if it was yesterday. Best regards from Charlotte, NC The Dohmen Family

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  • Mike Gottesman ( Wednesday, July 09 14 03:00 am EDT )

Good morning Yohannes: Hopefully you remember me. My family, along with our exchange student from Austria, took your nighttime Washington DC tour back in April of this year. You and I discovered our common interest in archaeology and you told me about your involvement in some of the major archaeological digs. First, I want to apologize for not getting back to you for such a long time. Unfortunately, there were a series of illnesses in our family shortly after our trip to Washington and things are just now getting back to normal. I do want to thank you for what was a truly wonderful experience. Your insight and historical knowledge and perspective went above and beyond our greatest expectations. The tour was quite an educational experience. We have told many of our friends that if they want to take a tour of Washington, you are the only person they should contact. Just so you know, we have another exchange student coming to live with us this year and when we visit Washington DC with her, we will definitely be contacting you to schedule another tour. I hope you will recall that you had its mentioned to me that you run tours of archaeological sites because I had expressed an interest. You were going to send me some photographs or contact me the next time you were up here in the New York City area. Please do so as I would most definitely like to pursue the possibility. Thank you once again for a most informative and enjoyable evening. Very truly yours, Mike Gottesman

  • John Connor ( Friday, April 25 14 07:46 am EDT )

Thank you Dr. Zeleke for the amazing night tour of DC. The knowledge and warmth you bring as a tour guide are unparalleled in our experience. This tour was something our family will never forget, and was the highlight of our DC trip. Our groupon number was 2405-BN-185993, and we cannot recommend this tour enough. -John, Julie, Colin, Jack & Charlie Connor

  • Neil Ettinger ( Monday, April 07 14 11:23 am EDT )

Just a quick note to thank you for the wonderful Night tour. My family, wife and daughter all enjoyed every aspect of tour. Your tour and info was conveyed that kept all of our attention while keeping the 10yr old thoroughly interested in Washington Dc, and all it has to offer. Would recommend your tour to young or old, novice or advanced visitor to DC....thank you. Perfect getting to know DC for my child's 1st Visit!!!

  • Timothy ( Thursday, January 09 14 04:01 pm EST )

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr. Yohannes and the tour. If you want not only to see the monuments but to know what you are looking at, then Dr. Zeleke is who you want. Very knowledgeable and informative. Gives you plenty of time to walk around and ask questions at the sites and never reads from a script. If you go to D.C., a tour with Dr. Zeleke is a must. Thanks for the great experience!

  • Martha and Ken ( Sunday, January 05 14 06:14 pm EST )

What a wonderful adventure with Yohannes, he is the best informed tour guide that we have ever had. His knowledge of the area and the history is amazing. He kept us entertained with some comical asides as well. His educational background and personal inputs makes the tour more informative and creative. I will tell everyone that I know who is visiting in the area to be sure to include a tour with Dr. Zeleke. His tour was the highlight of our trip and an important lesson in history told through the eyes of a gentleman guide. Excellent adventure. Thank you Yohannes.

  • Steve ( Thursday, December 05 13 11:40 pm EST )

This guy rocks! Do you want to learn some stuff? This guy will teach you! He was a history professor for crying out loud! He wants you to be engaged and ask questions. He's funny, knowledgable, and aware of all the landmarks around DC. He not the average tour guide that repeats the same stuff over and over. Ask him about what he thought when Lincoln did that thing on that day and I bet he gives your better answer than a guy driving a run of the mill trolley anyday!

  • Barbara Waiters ( Tuesday, November 26 13 09:47 am EST )

I want to thank you so very much for the tour on 11/09/2013. It was the very best tour that I had, and I travel all over the world. The many places you took us to, I had seen them before, but you told us thing which other guides did not tell us. Your knowledge of D C was awesome You also took us to places that were not on other tours. We really did enjoy the tour and wanted to let you know WHAT A GREAT TIME WE HAD. Again thank you so very much.

  • Mark McClain ( Tuesday, September 03 13 10:10 am EDT )

Yohannes, The evening trip we took with you on 8/31 rates AAA+. We've taken many private tours - in Hawaii, Chicago, New York, Boston. Your tour ranks at the top. We visited DC to learn a bit more about our country's history, and to visit the places where that history was made. You went above and beyond our expectations. The knowledge you passed on to us was priceless. We learned more in the 3-1/2 hours we spent with you than we did during the rest of our 72 hour trip over Labor Day weekend. It was a very pleasurable evening - from the time we were picked up in our hotel lobby, until we were returned to the hotel later in the evening. Thank you so much. Donna, Mark & Family

Mitch ( Sunday, July 28 13 11:01 pm EDT )

Awesome tour!! Learned so much! Yohannes was great

LORI DUGAY-FRISBIE ( Wednesday, July 24 13 08:19 pm EDT )

LET ME SAY THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST INFORMED TOURS I WAS EVER ON!GREAT TOUR GUY YOHANNES SO INFORMATIVE,TAUGHT OUR GRANDDAUGHTERS ALOT,AND KEEP THEM SO INTERESTED IN THE CITY OF DC,THANK YOU SO MUCH,LORI

Michael ( Saturday, July 20 13 08:06 pm EDT )

WOW!!!! That's all that needs to be said to describe this tour and our wonderfully pleasant and most excellent tour guide, Dr. Yohannes Zeleke. The knowledge he has of this country's history, both publicly recognized and discretely concealed, is nothing less than astounding! The time (and money) spent falls into the "one of my best investment ever" category! I was VERY impressed with the fact that Dr. Zeleke believes in the goodness of people so much to the point of not requiring any deposits for his tours. That being said, you do NOT want to miss out on a scheduled tour with him! I have already planned to schedule more tours with him for other out of town guests and some in town friends that have never experienced the depth of culture and history available about our nation and her capitol. Well done Dr. Zeleke and I look forward to experiencing your historical tome! If it is anything like your tour, it will be nothing less than epic! Again, thank you, from our group to you, from the bottom of our hearts and souls.

Jennifer Parris-Jaime ( Tuesday, July 16 13 09:13 am EDT )

My family took a trip to DC this past weekend and had the pleasure of having Yohannes give us a tour of the area. He was very knowledgeable and accommodating. The vehicle was clean,spacious and comfortable. Yohannes showed great passion in teaching and strived to make the tour educational and enjoyable. Thank you!

Rob Dinkel ( Wednesday, June 19 13 08:22 am EDT )

We wanted to take a moment to write a review for the two outstanding tours and service we received. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the tours great fun, while being educational. My family and I took the DC by Night tour, which showed all of the great DC monuments lit up at night. We also took an equally fantastic day tour to see all of the sites DC has to offer. Johannes and his team took great care of us. It was fantastic to see all of the sites, while hearing the history, and not having to worry about anything but taking it all in. We would not hesitate to book more tours with Jerusalem DC Tour Company! It was an excellent experience and one my family and I will cherish for many years to come.

Norman Hatter ( Saturday, June 01 13 02:10 pm EDT )

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Washington DC with Yohannes as our guide. Although there were only two couples in the van, the others having canceled at the last minute, Yohannes gave a deeply knowledgeable explanation of the many landmarks. He indeed was a "gentleman and scholar." I would definitely recommend him to others.

Ryan McCall ( Sunday, May 19 13 01:00 pm EDT )

Hello Yohannes, Thank you so very much for taking us on the night tour of the DC monuments. We feel very fortunate that we luckily had you as our guide. Your knowledge, professionalism and personality made this the highlight of our trip. We will highly recommend you to all our friends and look forward to seeing you next year. Best wishes, Mary, Ryan and Connor McCall

Rob, Maureen and Sean ( Sunday, May 12 13 03:32 pm EDT )

What a great tour! My family just completed the half-day tour of DC and had a wonderful time with Yohannes. He is extremely knowledgeable, engaging and considerate. He encourages questions and shares little known facts. This tour is perfect both for folks who live in the area and want to learn more about D.C., as well as visitors to the area. We plan to take the tour again when we have out-of-town guests. Thank you Yohannes for our memorable tour.

​ Rice N.Ireland ( Sunday, May 05 13 12:19 pm EDT )

The night tour was both interesting and extremely informative. The guide (Yohannes) had a tremendous grasp of Washington DC and it's history. It was a revelation to the family and enhanced our enjoyment of Washington DC as a city, even for our Grandchildren. Yohannes picked us up at our hotel and gave us a private tour for our family of 11 people.

Anna Baca ( Friday, April 26 13 03:59 pm EDT )

Hello Yohannes! My husband and I would like to say a great big thank you! The tour was entertaining and informative at the same time. I would highly recommend (and in fact I have) to anyone interested in the evening tour. Thank you again for providing such a wonderful experience!

Al Mamaril ( Wednesday, April 17 13 11:23 pm EDT )

I had a wonderful night tour with Dr. Zeleke on April 8, 2013. The tour was very informative and educational; he was a walking encyclopedia of American History which included many interesting and fun facts about the various monuments and locations we stopped at, or drove by. Great tour! Thank you!

Karen Neubauer ( Saturday, April 13 13 11:57 am EDT )

Great tour. Knowledgeable and flexible guide. Amazing history and architecture narrative. Easy to arrange pick up and drop off. Got us on tour the next day.

Priya B Bajaj ( Friday, April 12 13 05:41 pm EDT )

I had a wonderful trip to Washington DC along with my husband and grand daughter Anisha during March 2013. Yohannes was excellent in his services and we look forward to another trip in the near future. I would recommend Yohannes as the best as a tour guide.

Amanda Dockum ( Monday, April 08 13 01:48 pm EDT )

a group of 10 from our company went to DC for the weekend, and I booked Yohannes for our tour. It was our first visit to the city, and we could not have had a better tour guide. He was informative, funny, and it was all around a great experience. The details he knew about the city and our history was astounding. He worked with our schedule and customized our experience according to our interests. I HIGHLY recommend his tours to anyone who wants to learn while touring the sights of DC and Georgetown. For me, taking this tour should be considered a worthy attraction when visiting DC.

Christy Keyes ( Friday, March 29 13 02:13 pm EDT )

I was lucky enough to be a participant on a tour of Washington DC guided by Dr. Yohannes Zeleke. First, he went out of his way to arrange our small group pick up at different hotel locales. Second, from the moment we were in the vehicle he provided commentary, history, humor and gentle guidance to our group. The size of the group was intimate, making it seem so much more personal and offered us the ability to ask questions, take pictures, walk around at locations of our choosing and have probably the best experience of our tourist portion of our trip. I cannot recommend this tour enough! Fabulous from start to finish!

Kelly Baran ( Sunday, March 10 13 06:11 pm EDT )

Great tour :)

​ Diane Kelly-Abrams ( Thursday, February 21 13 12:51 pm EST )

Johannes, long time no see. Glad to see you are well. D

Calvin Martin ( Saturday, December 29 12 03:43 pm EST )

We took the DC by Night Tour with Dr. Yohannes Zeleke as our guide. It was an absolutely phenomenal experience. Dr. Zeleke provided such in depth knowledge of each location that we felt we were experiencing the history as it occurred. Highly recommend the experience and Dr. Zeleke.

Joan Lee ( Friday, December 07 12 10:33 pm EST )

I thoroughly enjoyed our tour today. The most informative and interesting tour I have ever been on. Yohannes was extremely knowledgeable and informed us about the people rather than just seeing the sites. Without question, the best tour I have ever been on.

Judy Emmett ( Friday, December 07 12 10:27 pm EST )

Yohannes and the Jerusalem Tour company is hands down the best tour I have ever been on. I have been on several tours both inside and outside of the US and I have never been so impressed! Yohannes knowledge is better than anything I have ever seen. If you are looking for a one stop tour this is the one!

LtCol D'Anne Spence ( Friday, December 07 12 09:31 pm EST )

Yohannes, Thank you so much for the phenomenal tour of Washington DC today. We had heard great things about your tours but you far exceeded our expectations! Your attention to detail, ability to answer questions was amazing. We learned so much more about the people and the history of the the US and Washington DC rather than just pointing out the sites. I will recommend you to all our friends when they want to do tours. Thank you forrrr making our trip great! D'Anne Spence

Mick & Judy Orsburn ( Monday, November 26 12 02:26 pm EST )

Yohannes, Just a note to let you know how much we appreciated our tour of DC over the Labor Day weekend. Normally we would have expected a personal tour of the caliber we received to have been much more expensive. The four of us in our group are still talking about it to our friends and recommending without hesitation that they contact you if they are ever in the DC area and are looking for the best guided tour available. We gave the concierge in our hotel in Tysons Corner rave reviews of Jeusalem DC Tour and even left him with the brochures we had with us. There were several items of note that we appreciated. You made an extra effort to pick us up where it was convenient for us. With limited parking in DC this was a nice touch. We also appreciated the small size of the group. It was more like a family outing with friends than a city tour on a crowded, noisy bus. Additionally, we were astounded with your knowledge of our nation's capital and your patient, humorous presentation style. Your tact in dealing with a troublesome passenger was a lesson in diplomacy. It may be a small thing, but we also enjoyed the bottled water you provided. Not everything of note in DC is easily accessible, so that was a refreshing touch after some of the walks we took in the heat of the day. All in all, we had such a good time that it was hard to believe that our "4-hour tour" actually lasted closer to 6 hours. What a pleasant surprise! Thank you again for the personal touch. It was time and money well spent and we will continue to recommend Jerusalem DC Tour (and Yohannes Zeleke) to anyone and everyone we know. We would not hesitate to book a tour with you again. (On a personal note, you even made me look good, since I was the one that found your website and we would have missed a great time in DC if I hadn't. Thank you.) With kind regards, Mick & Judy Orsburn

Nicholas Damanakis ( Monday, November 26 12 04:27 am EST )

In July 2012 I arrived in Washington DC with my family. Johannes was waiting for us at the hotel. We had an amazing time together. We visited all interesting places. Johannes was very friendly and much explanatory at every monument or place we visited. Thanks a lot Johannes

Terri ( Sunday, November 04 12 02:43 pm EST )

One of the best things we did in DC! Yohannes is amazing and the tour is as well. We learned so much and saw all the monuments! Thank you so so much for everything! Meeting us at the metro, making sure my daughter could see over the fence an showing us an amazing city.

Michael Carlson ( Monday, October 08 12 05:12 pm EDT )

My wife and I were extremely lucky to have scheduled a tour with Yohannes Zeleke. I am the type of person that likes to find the gems that are a little 'off the beaten path'. Dr. Zeleke's tour was outstanding with his tremendous knowledge and stories to go along with the amazing sights. He made Washington DC come alive! My only regret is we didn't spend days with him instead of hours.

Stan G. ( Monday, October 08 12 02:31 pm EDT )

My family and I came to DC in September. we didn't know anyone there. We Googled DC tours and Jerusalem tours came up with amazing reviews. We called Yohannes and he was very helpful and answered all of our questions. We decided to do the day tour. We are soo glad that we did. He picked up from the hotel and showed us all the sights of DC along with the historical significance attached to it. This is a great tour and Yohannes is a great tour guide, very professional and a true gentleman!

​ Shari Lautenbach ( Tuesday, September 25 12 02:20 pm EDT )

In August I went to Wash. D.C. with friends. Upon arriving I had a tear to my retina in my left eye. My concierge highly recommended Johannes to us and we ended up with him taking us to all my medical appointments. Along the way he instructed us on all the historic sights. On our last night in town we scheduled the Wash, D.C. tour in the dark. It was awesome! Johannes went over the top to help me in my medical emergency. I not only consider him to be a superb tour guide I consider him my friend! Shari Lautenbach Milwaukee, WI

Bridget & Amber Hinchman ( Monday, September 24 12 10:56 pm EDT )

We came upon Jerusalem Tours via a Groupon just before our trip to DC to get married. We came shortly after the Labor Day holiday and Yohannes emailed and called to confirm a few times before our night tour, which made booking the tour online much more comforting (since we were coming from out of state). As it turned out, the others in our group cancelled, but Yohannes quite honorably kept our reservation even though we were the only couple in a 15 passenger van. We ended up with a private tour of many of the sights listed on the night tour. We were fortunate in the sense that we had walked the sights during the day so Yohannes expanded our tour to include the National Cathedral, Embassy Row, historic Georgetown homes, Arlington Cemetery, and briefly through Chinatown. If I could offer that suggestion to anyone, I would recommend it as the lesser known and visited sights were really quite impressive. He was amazingly well versed in the history of DC well beyond any other tour company that we observed during our week stay in DC. It was a wonderful night during our honeymoon week and it was the most memorable part of the sight seeing for us. We will absolutely be using this service on our anniversary.

Thomas Dorsi ( Thursday, September 20 12 09:29 pm EDT )

We will be in Washington 9/28/12 until 9/30/12. 2 Adults, 1 child 14 yo. How do we book a daytime tour and what are the prices

Jamie Glenn ( Tuesday, September 11 12 01:21 pm EDT )

Thank you so much for the wonderful tour last night. It was so refreshing to do more than just see the memorials. Hearing about the history of each street we drove down really made me appreciate Washington more as a historical site and less as a city of monuments. My only regret was not having you guide us through the FDR memorial. I will save that for next time.

Megan Pashkevich ( Sunday, September 09 12 11:15 pm EDT )

We had a Sunday morning tour with just six people total. I can't imagine seeing the sites any other way; we had such personal attention and got to relax in the van as we saw the entire city and explore some key sites on foot during the many stops along the way. Yohannes' knowledge of the city and its history is really impressive and I agree with previous comments that these tours provide the unique opportunity to interact with the tour guide, take pictures together, etc. We were really pleased to be able to talk about the history of the city with someone who knows it like the back of his hand. I highly recommend this tour!

Terri ( Sunday, August 19 12 11:56 am EDT )

Just booked my tour with my eight year old daughter! We are so excited to see DC!

RDD57 ( Sunday, July 29 12 11:23 am EDT )

“Don't miss this tour” While in Washington DC over Easter weekend, my husband and I asked the hotel activities director for a bus tour of DC at night. Three tours were suggested and we picked Jerusalem as it had more stops, limited to 10 people and would pick us up and drop off off at the hotel. Not only did we luck out and have a PRIVATE tour we were honored to be driven around by Dr. Yohannes Zeleke (archaeologist and anthropologist). His wealth of knowledge about the sites of DC and our country's history were quite impressive. His pleasant and affable manner were refreshing and enjoyable. Dr. Yohannes went so far as to take our pictures with his cell phone when our camera batteries ran out. He e-mailed them to us the next day. The company does all day tours, half day tours as well as airport transfers. We had a fabulous time. Make sure to have him walk with you through the FDR Memorial--his insights are phenomenal. I highly recommend it.

Yvonne Z ( Sunday, July 29 12 11:21 am EDT )

“Hidden gem” This is the best tour we have taken in the USA. Yohannes provides a personalized tour to suit your interests and has an amazing knowledge of the local area and history. We did the night tour after a great deal of walking around the renowned sights. His ability to filter our previous experience with our intended goals (tourist attractions and other worthy sites) was outstanding. I will always consider this a highlight of my trip because we were able to interact with our guide in a way that is impossible on larger tours. This small company also provides transport to and from airports and other deals. I only wish I had heard of them much sooner. This is a must do!

anne4JC ( Sunday, July 29 12 11:20 am EDT )

“DC Crash Course—Have It Your Way” Wow! No other tour even advertised this level of comfort, personalization, and expertise at such a reasonable price. We were picked up and returned to our hotel doorstep and brought right to the entrance of every other attraction we visited. Our tour guide, Yohannes Zeleker PhD., made advance contacts with us (via phone and email) to ensure that our all day tour was exactly what we wanted. He also obtained our passes for the Capitol building. He managed to get us to everything from the monuments, memorials, historical / government buildings to the National Cathedral to sites in Virginia. Drive time was peppered with his extensive knowledge of history and trivia. (He named dozens of unmarked embassies as we traversed Massachusetts Avenue!) Dr. Zeleker even managed to provide assistance to one member of our party who felt ill without interrupting the tour for the rest of our group. Bravo! This perfectly customized and thoroughly professional tour is highly recommended.

onwardho2gether ( Sunday, July 29 12 11:19 am EDT )

“The only way to see DC” We just completed our 6 hour tour with Yohannes and all I can say is FABULOUS. Dr. Zeleker's knowledge of all the major memorials and DC sites was amazing. He gave us facts and trivia I feel certain we never would have received on one of those "cookie cutter" tours. At each stop, our party of four chose to explore, we were dropped off at the entrance and meandered around while Johannes parked. We were then accompanied my him throughout the site while he shared his wealth of knowledge. We were able to see everything we wanted to see and more. I promise you will not be disappointed!

Lisa ( Tuesday, June 26 12 11:43 am EDT )

My group had planned to take an open-bus tour of DC, but due to a mix-up at our hotel, we received a tour with Yoannes. The hotel's mistake was our fortune! I highly recommend this tour. We had adults, a teenager, and an elementary-aged boy on our tour and we all learned something. When in DC, take this tour!

Cheryl Pauley ( Wednesday, May 30 12 01:49 pm EDT )

Dear Yohannes, Thank you so much for the wonderful service you provided for the American Bible Society personnel on May 7-9. I have heard very positive reports from individuals on the care taken to ensure that everything went smoothly. Thank you so much!

Susan Ferguson ( Tuesday, May 29 12 01:47 pm EDT )

Yohannnes Zeleke was recommended to us by The Liaison at Capital Hill Hotel. We were limited on time but wanted to see as much of Washington, DC as we could see. Dr Zeleke took us on a 4 hour tour. It was beyond our expectations. Not only did he take us on the tour, his commentary of the history of each monument, memorials, historic buildings and church was so informative and interesting. He is a kind gentleman and I highly recommend him for a private tour guide...We would use him again next time we go to Washington, DC.

Janice & Kristie Hartmann ( Sunday, May 13 12 08:56 pm EDT )

Yohannes Zeleke was recommended to us by the Hilton Hotel. They promised us an outstanding private tour that we would be happy with 110%, and this tour and his guidance lived up to that expectation. We travelled in comfort in his SUV and he was courteous and friendly. As both of us were women, he was extremely gentlemanly towards us. He always opened the car doors for us and helped us in and out of the car and the train at Arlington every time we hopped on and off. He was extremely well versed in the history of Washington DC and we were impressed that no matter what question we asked, he was ready with an answer. We many more sights than we anticipated and found that we had ample time at each to have a good look around. We recommend this tour to anyone who wishes to see the sights in a more personal and private manner; you will not be disappointed!

Yussuf Mursal ( Thursday, May 10 12 12:47 am EDT )

I booked Jerusalem dc tour through Hilton hotel and fortunately went with Zeleke (phD) and did an outstanding job, the way the professor presented to us about the city and the American History is unbelievable and delivered the excellent job I have never seen before. The hours I was with him was an educational tool that will for ever stay in my heart and recommend people I know to go with him. This tip was an excellent one and Go Bless him for his dedicated work

Rita Dumain, Esq. ( Wednesday, April 11 12 08:08 pm EDT )

Booked with Jerusalem Tours through Washington Hilton. Unbelievable experience!! Dr. Yohannes Zeleke has a wealth of knowledge about our country's rich history. He was very accommodating right down to taking our pictures with his cell phone when our camera battery ran out. The 3 hours we spent with him on the DC by Night tour were fun, educational and pleasant. We lucked out and had a private tour, no less. But he keeps his tours to 10 people or less which maintains a personal touch lost on the "hop on, hop off" tours. If you're in DC, I strongly recommend you taking a tour with Jerusalem DC Tours!!

Jackie Walther ( Wednesday, April 04 12 09:27 am EDT )

This tour is fantastic! Dr Yohannes is extremely knowledgable and very accommodating. If you should make a request to see something, he is more than happy to show you and give details that you would have never known. I would highly recommend this tour!!!

Hugh Barton ( Friday, March 30 12 12:46 pm EDT )

March 27, 2012 TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: As a long time member of the international tourism industry it is my sincere pleasure to introduce and recommend Mr. Yohannes Zeleke, President of Jerusalem DC Tour & Transportation LLC, as a professional in the business who would be a valued member of the tour guide association. I have been involved in the hospitality industry since 1965, beginning in the Hong Kong Tourist Association, and subsequently with the Guam Visitors Bureau, the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau and finally, the Arlington (VA) Convention and Visitors Bureau 1994-2002. My wife and I currently represent a British firm, marketing villas in Tuscany, as well as properties in Ireland. Mr Zeleke has a profound and deep knowledge of the Washington area, which he recently exhibited on a tour he gave a few of his colleagues, some of whom know the D.C. area well and were amazed to learn new facts about the city. Again, it is my pleasure to recommend Mr Zeleke for membership. You may contact me at any time for further comments. Sincerely, Hugh Barton

Pamela Akins ( Thursday, March 29 12 11:24 am EDT )

To Whom It May Concern: It is my pleasure to recommend Yohannes Zeleke. He was our private Washington D.C. tour guide for several days in June, 2011. Yohanness is extremely knowledgeable and professional and did everything he could to cheerfully accommodate our many requests. My husband’s parents were traveling with us. Both of them are in their 80’s, and Yohannes was exceptionally kind and receptive to their needs, as well. Yohannes’s kind personality and expertise made our trip very special and memorable. Very truly yours, Pamela Akins

Jerald Brantley ( Thursday, March 29 12 11:23 am EDT )

December 23, 2011 To Whom It May Concern: My name is Jerald Brantley, I am the C.E.O. of Spectrum Resources located in Des Moines , Iowa. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Zeleke for the first time two years ago. During a business trip to Washington DC, my staff and I had five hours to kill before our flight home, so I asked the concierge if he had any good tour guides or services I could hire and treat my staff and myself for successful trip. He said he had just the person, and it was Dr. Yohannes Zeleke. He was the most knowledgeable guide I have ever had on a tour. Extremely fluent in the history of the area, the different exhibits and not just the sites but he had the deep inside of the city information. He had information on the lesser known sites. It was truly a great experience. Since I frequent the DC area for business and I use his services exclusively and have recommended his services to all of my colleagues who travel to DC. Jerald Brantley, MBA

Irene McDermott ( Tuesday,

“Excellent tour of Washington!”

Reviewed May 1, 2014

We had only a couple days in the Capitol and I checked on Groupon for a tour or something to do in Washington and found this company offer a tour at 45% discount. We purchased the Groupon, called the company and made arrangement where to be picked up ( we were staying outside the DC area otherwise they would have picked us up at our Washington Hotel) We arrived at pick up point to find out there was only one other couple on the tour with us, our tour guide was great! He said seeing how there were only the four of us, we would get a very personable tour with lots of times to get out and walk around. It was great to be in a 9 passenger bus and NOT a 40-50 passenger bus. We actually felt sorry for all the BIG bus tour passengers, they spent their whole tie climbing o and off the bus and no time to see the attraction. Our guide was SO informative and put me to shame with the history he knows of our great country, he has only lived here 8 years and I have never heard a more proud citizen speak of the US as his passion. I wish I could remember all the history I learned from the 3 , 4 and 5th grade that he knew. He was very clear to understand, very informative, did not rush us at all, had a great sense of humor. I can not recommend this company enough. Skip the big bus tours, you won't see nearly 1/4th of all that we saw and learned about.

Visited April 2014

“Can you show me the cherry trees?” I asked Dr. Yohannes Zeleke at the start of our tour into the heart of Washington, D.C. My plane was leaving back to Los Angeles that afternoon; I had this final morning after my conference to see the town. Dr. Zeleke, archeologist, dug into the past of Washington D.C. as he escorted me first to all the city’s monuments I hadn’t seen and then finally to the glorious cherry trees that line the Tidal Basin. A breeze stirred the trees; the pink petals swirled around us like snow.

Dr. Zeleke framed United States history in a framework that I had never heard before. His commentary was fascinating! I recommend his personalized tours not only for seeing the sights but for understanding the story of our country in a new way. His tours are history revealed! --Irene McDermott Librarian

“Highlight of our DC trip - Don't Miss”

Reviewed April 25, 2014

My wife and three sons (6, 8 & 13) had a fantastic and entertaining tour with Dr. Yohannes Zeleke for four hours. We wish we could have spent four days with him. We arranged the tour through Groupon and had no problem coordinating with him to get started. The depth and breadth of his knowledge, coupled with his humor and warmth, made the tour unique and remarkable compared to the other tours we took in DC during this trip. I wish that more tour guides had the education and passion of Dr. Zeleke. If you only can take one tour of DC, this should be the one.

Visited April 2014 “An Archaeologist's Perspective on DC”

Reviewed September 7, 2013

We connected with the Jerusalem DC Tour through Abe (Concierge at the Hilton in Washington). We were very impressed with our guide who had a PhD in Archaeology and a wonderful narrative of the area that brought it to life for a group of Australian tourists. There would be no way that we could have seen and learned so much in four hours without the tour. It was highly informative and really enjoyable. In my opinion it was far superior than just taking a hop-on bus route.

Visited September 2013 “Amazing Time”

Reviewed July 26, 2013

Just this past Monday I went on the Night Tour of DC. Our guide was Yohannes Zeleke and he was amazing! He was so knowledgeable and entertaining. There were 9 of us in tour group and were chauffeured around town via a motor coach. It was a great way to see all the sites in an air-conditioned ride! I highly recommend this tour!

Visited July 2013

“A great evening tour”

Reviewed July 22, 2013

The tour was a perfect overview for our first evening in the Capitol. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful and even the history aficionados in the group said they learned a few new details. The evening was hot and muggy... we appreciated the air conditioned van as we passed other tour groups in open trolleys. The itinerary was timed well so we got oriented to the city by daylight and visited the lighted monuments by dusk and dark. Four of us... all relatives from different states, return visitors to Washington and world travelers... were positively impressed. I'd recommend this to friends.

Reviewed July 20, 2013

That's all that needs to be said to describe this tour and our wonderfully pleasant and most excellent tour guide, Dr. Yohannes Zeleke. The knowledge he has of this country's history, both publicly recognized and discretely concealed, is nothing less than astounding! The time (and money) spent falls into the "one of my best investment ever" category! I was VERY impressed with the fact that Dr. Zeleke believes in the goodness of people so much to the point of not requiring any deposits for his tours. That being said, you do NOT want to miss out on a scheduled tour with him! I have already planned to schedule more tours with him for other out of town guests and some in town friends that have never experienced the depth of culture and history available about our nation and her capitol. Well done Dr. Zeleke and I look forward to experiencing your historical tome! If it is anything like your tour, it will be nothing less than epic! Again, thank you, from our group to you, from the bottom of our hearts and souls.

“Fascinating information!”

Reviewed May 24, 2013

I have been living in DC for eight months and have seen most of the highlights. Yohannes' tour was extremely educational. He seems to know everything there is to know about every building, monument, statue and embassy in the District. His knowledge of American history amazed me. I didn't want the tour to end. I get the feeling I could take a tour with him again and he would have a full days' worth of completely different sights and information to share with me.

Visited April 2013

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“Super fascinating!”

Reviewed May 7, 2013

Yohannes is a great tour guide--he knows everything! There is so much history to this city, so much more than I ever imagined. So many important people to American history were here. And taking the tour gave me a new feel and a new respect for America and the dream this country was laid upon. Add to that the city... More

Yohannes is a great tour guide--he knows everything! There is so much history to this city, so much more than I ever imagined. So many important people to American history were here. And taking the tour gave me a new feel and a new respect for America and the dream this country was laid upon. Add to that the city is really pretty, incredible architecture--and trees and flowers everywhere! You can see that people living here are proud. Yohannes himself is a great tour guide--and a great humor! I loved every ounce of the tour.

“Excellent night tour”

Reviewed May 5, 2013

The tour was both interesting and extremely informative. The guide (Yohannes) had a tremendous grasp of Washington DC and it's history. It was a revelation to the family and enhanced our enjoyment of Washington DC as a city, even for our Grandchildren. Yohannes picked us up at our hotel and gave us a private tour for our family of 11 people.

“Fantastic tour”

Reviewed April 29, 2013

What an educational twilight tour of all the highlights of DC. Our guide was full of relevant and excellent US history. A great experience for those of all ages. Delightful.

Redlands, California

“Unexpected Gems”

Reviewed April 26, 2013

I learned so much I didn't know that I didn't know about D.C. The history is fascinating from the smallest trivia, such as why D.C. residential neighborhoods have adjacent buildings with totally differing architecture and colors, to the grandiose, as in how we came to build a National Cathedral welcoming all religions. I won't ever see D.C. the same after...

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

I learned so much I didn't know that I didn't know about D.C. The history is fascinating from the smallest trivia, such as why D.C. residential neighborhoods have adjacent buildings with totally differing architecture and colors, to the grandiose, as in how we came to build a National Cathedral welcoming all religions. I won't ever see D.C. the same after this tour.

“What a fascinating introduction to DC!”

Yohannes is a phenomenal tour guide who answered all of our questions patiently and knew a tremendous amount about the history of DC and even the international institutions in it. He is like a vessel of fascinating DC trivia! He is also, personally, an incredibly kind, warm and honest individual. I would highly encourage you to take his tour. It will make you look at DC through an entirely new and educated set of eyes.

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“A Treasure Not To Miss”

I took this tour with my wife and a portion of our extended family - ten of us in all - on 24 Apr 2013. I should mention that this is my 10th tour of DC, so I speak with a humble portion of experience. With the exception of one other gentleman (Hi to Dennis!), we monopolized the tour van.... 

I took this tour with my wife and a portion of our extended family - ten of us in all - on 24 Apr 2013. I should mention that this is my 10th tour of DC, so I speak with a humble portion of experience. With the exception of one other gentleman (Hi to Dennis!), we monopolized the tour van. (Which meant the normal default to quiet "sit and listen" social behaviour was abandoned in favor of more raucus natural-to-us behaviour. The odds against him, Dr. Yohannes Zeleke (!) nonetheless captured everyone's attention and held it for the entire four hour odyssey. Dr. Zeleke's conversational and oration skills have this magic ability to allow the listener to soak up what he says and not feel overwhelmed by it at all. He is Extremely knowledgeable and thorough, while at once approachable and warm. I also want to point out that it seems Dr. Zeleke has some sort of magical way to circumvent the big crowds, to drive as close as possible to the hot spots, and to do so while maintaining a very cozy, meandering pace that somehow kept my wife's hair-trigger motion sickness as a memory from a bygone era. I hate hyperbole, so when I say "this is the best possible tour of DC, no matter what, and there can be no better guide for it than the amazing Dr. Zeleke," I mean exactly that. You would be foolish to read these words and then choose any other tour operator.

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“Marvelous Tour”

Reviewed March 21, 2013

We were lucky to book a tour of the city "after dark." Yohannes was a delightful and engaging guide, full of stories, interesting history and fun facts about the city. The pace was very comfortable and he encouraged questions (as any professor would)! He was not simply reciting the facts, but doing it in an engaging manner that was filled... 

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We were lucky to book a tour of the city "after dark." Yohannes was a delightful and engaging guide, full of stories, interesting history and fun facts about the city. The pace was very comfortable and he encouraged questions (as any professor would)! He was not simply reciting the facts, but doing it in an engaging manner that was filled with fascinating stories. I highly recommend Jerusalem DC Tours to anyone who wants to experience an out-of-the-ordinary sightseeing trip.

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“Informative, Knowledgeable, and FUN!”

Reviewed March 14, 2013

There we were -- 10 of us from WA State -- all prepared to pay $70/person for a "night light tour of DC." Then Abe, the concierge @ the WA Hilton, suggested Yohannes with Jerusalem DC Tours -- for 35% less. Abe spoke very highly of Yohannes and enthusiastically suggested we would have a great time and nearly guaranteed we'd... 

There we were -- 10 of us from WA State -- all prepared to pay $70/person for a "night light tour of DC." Then Abe, the concierge @ the WA Hilton, suggested Yohannes with Jerusalem DC Tours -- for 35% less. Abe spoke very highly of Yohannes and enthusiastically suggested we would have a great time and nearly guaranteed we'd get more for our money. We met about this decision for about three minutes ... from that moment to the end, 3+ hours later, Yohannes kept us engaged w/interesting stories and little know facts of the sites. We had a truly enjoyable time and I highly recommend Yohannes and Jerusalem DC Tours!

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Beckley, West Virginia

“Best part of our trip!”

Reviewed December 30, 2012

My mother, husband, and I were honored to get to tour with Yohannes. His expertise in DC and US history was fascinating. I kept wanting to interrupt to ask questions that his facts brought up in my mind; although I didn't want to miss out on any of his informative tour. I have to say it was his kindness, charm,... More

My mother, husband, and I were honored to get to tour with Yohannes. His expertise in DC and US history was fascinating. I kept wanting to interrupt to ask questions that his facts brought up in my mind; although I didn't want to miss out on any of his informative tour. I have to say it was his kindness, charm, and lovely Ethiopian accent that really elevated the day! By the end, he felt like family and I was disappointed that we would be without him for the remainder of our trip. The tour was so affordable and since no one else had scheduled that day, it became a private tour. Also, it was wonderful to be dropped at all the sites (I had been a little worried about how well my mother would get around). Some we just drove up to. At some, Yohannes parked and walked with us to discuss what we were seeing, which was extremely valuable. And at some, he would drop us as closely as possible, give us plenty of time, and then pick us up on the opposite side, which was extremely convenient. Can't thank him enough for the perfect day.

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Oxford, Ohio

8 attraction reviews

13 helpful votes

“DC After Dark”

Reviewed November 13, 2012

Maddy was our tour guide for the DC After Dark tour, he was EXTREMELY knowledgeable and fun. Thanks!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia

“Great Half-Day DC Tour!”

Reviewed October 28, 2012

We live in DC, but my husband's parents were in town for the weekend and we thought it would be nice to go on an organized tour. We scheduled a morning half-day city tour with Jerusalem DC Tours, and it greatly exceeded our expectations. It is a small operation, so it took a little longer to book than one of... More

We live in DC, but my husband's parents were in town for the weekend and we thought it would be nice to go on an organized tour. We scheduled a morning half-day city tour with Jerusalem DC Tours, and it greatly exceeded our expectations. It is a small operation, so it took a little longer to book than one of the big tours, but it was well worth the extra few minutes on the phone. Yohannes Zeleke's knowledge of the city and historical context of all its monuments and major buildings made him an excellent guide. We saw many of the embassies, monuments, Georgetown, Arlington, and Chinatown all in 4 hours, which is practically impossible with any other tour. We also had a many opportunities to get out of the van and take pictures. My husband’s parents had a great time, and my husband and I learned a lot of new things about the city even after taking another tour recently. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone looking to learn more about the history of the sites. We would certainly book with him again next time we have family in town.

Visited October 2012

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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“A Grand Tour of DC”

Reviewed October 26, 2012

My sister in law and I were fortunate enough to take a 4 hour tour of DC with Yohannes Zeleke this past Monday. We saw everything we wanted to see, spending quality time at our favorite memorials. Johannes also took us to Georgetown, and he showed us lots of foreign embassies as well as historical homes. We really enjoyed all... More

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My sister in law and I were fortunate enough to take a 4 hour tour of DC with Yohannes Zeleke this past Monday. We saw everything we wanted to see, spending quality time at our favorite memorials. Johannes also took us to Georgetown, and he showed us lots of foreign embassies as well as historical homes. We really enjoyed all the historical facts that he shared with us about each site. We both would recommend Jerusalem DC Tour to everyone.

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Mesa, Arizona

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“Night tour was a great way to start our visit.”

Reviewed October 25, 2012

Our family of four (two teens) were just in DC for a week over fall break. This first thing we did was this tour. It was a great way to start our vacation as we had four hours of getting to see all the monuments (truly fabulous to see them at night). We were please that he allowed time at... More

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Our family of four (two teens) were just in DC for a week over fall break. This first thing we did was this tour. It was a great way to start our vacation as we had four hours of getting to see all the monuments (truly fabulous to see them at night). We were please that he allowed time at each site for us to get out and enjoy them for any where from 10-20 mins each. From this we were about to decide which ones we wanted to go back and see again during the day! Beleive me they look way better in the evening with the lighting and the reflection of the Washington Monument in the reflecting pool was just spectular as there was no wind and the water was so still. Mr Zeleke was super friendly and made the tour fun for everyone. Because the tour was in a van he was able to manouver through the back streets of Georgetown (something that would not have been possible to do in a large bus tour!) We had a Groupon special - well worth the deal. (Good to know: Half way through the tour he stops at a monument that has very nice rest room facilities)

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Vista, California

3 helpful votes

“Jerusalem DC Tour = Excellence in Service”

Reviewed October 9, 2012

My wife and I were extremely lucky to have scheduled a tour with Yohannes Zeleke. I am the type of person that likes to find the gems that are a little 'off the beaten path'. Dr. Zeleke's tour was outstanding with his tremendous knowledge and stories to go along with the amazing sights. He made Washington DC come alive! My... More

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​ “Excellent tour of Washington!”

Visited March 2013

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I learned so much I didn't know that I didn't know about D.C. The history is fascinating from the smallest trivia, such as why D.C. residential neighborhoods have adjacent buildings with totally differing architecture and colors, to the grandiose, as in how we came to build a National Cathedral welcoming all religions. I won't ever see D.C. the same after... More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I took this tour with my wife and a portion of our extended family - ten of us in all - on 24 Apr 2013. I should mention that this is my 10th tour of DC, so I speak with a humble portion of experience. With the exception of one other gentleman (Hi to Dennis!), we monopolized the tour van.... More

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North Central Florida

10 attraction reviews

42 helpful votes

We were lucky to book a tour of the city "after dark." Yohannes was a delightful and engaging guide, full of stories, interesting history and fun facts about the city. The pace was very comfortable and he encouraged questions (as any professor would)! He was not simply reciting the facts, but doing it in an engaging manner that was filled... More

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Vancouver, WA

There we were -- 10 of us from WA State -- all prepared to pay $70/person for a "night light tour of DC." Then Abe, the concierge @ the WA Hilton, suggested Yohannes with Jerusalem DC Tours -- for 35% less. Abe spoke very highly of Yohannes and enthusiastically suggested we would have a great time and nearly guaranteed we'd... More

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Roglic crashes near finish of stage won by Girmay on Tour de France

Primoz Roglic lost more than two minutes to his rival Tour de France contenders after crashing near the finish where the new king of sprints, Biniam Girmay, completed a hat trick of stage wins on Thursday

VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT, France — Primoz Roglic lost more than two minutes to his rival Tour de France contenders after crashing near the finish where the new king of sprints, Biniam Girmay, completed a hat trick of stage wins on Thursday.

Roglic hit the tarmac with some 12 kilometers left after a rider in front of him hit road furniture and lost control of his bike. Roglic could not avoid the crash and went down with several others.

It was the second accident in 24 hours for Roglic, a four-time Grand Tour champion. He got back on his bike but struggled at the back and was helped to the stage finish by his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates. He crossed 2 minutes, 27 seconds after the winner according to provisional results and dropped to sixth place overall.

Girmay, who became the first Black rider to ever win a Tour stage this month, edged Wout van Aert, who was boxed on the right side of the road, and Arnaud Demare to extend his lead at the top of the rankings for the best sprinter’s green jersey. Demare later was demoted from second to 67th for having pushed Van Aert to the barriers, with Pascal Ackermann promoted to third place.

Two-time Tour champion Tadej Pogacar kept the yellow jersey. He said he was “devastated” when he found out that Roglic, his fellow Slovenian, had crashed.

“It’s really sad to see him crash today. I hope he is fine. Normally he is a big fighter, maybe he bounces back and wins some stages.”

Pogacar has a lead of 1:06 over Remco Evenepoel, with two-time defending champion Jonas Vingegaard in third place, 1:14 off the pace. Roglic dropped behind Joao Almeida and Carlos Rodriguez, lagging 4:42 behind Pogacar.

The crash disturbed preparations for the final sprint, with Matthieu Van der Poel also missing from the main group and unable to lead out teammate Jasper Philipsen .

Girmay had Mike Teunissen with him, and his Intermarche-Wanty teammate did an amazing job to guide him through traffic. Girmay jumped into Teunissen’s wheel and was perfectly set up before he unleashed his raw power in the final 200 meters.

“First of all I would say thanks God giving me a lot of strength and power,” Girmay said. “Without God we cannot do anything so I’m super happy. The last 600 meters I found Mike and then he did a super good job, he took me from 15th to top 3 and from there I just knew I could deliver.”

Stage 12 took riders on a 204-kilometer (126-mile) route from Aurillac to Villeneuve-sur-Lot in southwestern France without major difficulty. There were 167 riders on the start line after Michael Morkov tested positive for coronavirus and the Astana-Qazaqstan team’s medical staff withdrew him from the Tour.

There was an early breakaway but Jonas Abrahamsen, Quentin Pacher and Valentin Madouas were caught after 162 kilometers.

Friday’s Stage 13 is another flat trek in southwestern France from Agen to Pau.

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