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Private Tour: George Washington's Mount Vernon

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Mount Vernon, United States
Private Tour: George Washington's Mount Vernon

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Travel to Mount Vernon, George Washington's popular plantation home in Virginia and one of the nation’s most beloved historic sites for this private tour. Learn about his life as a founding father and first president of the United States. Explore his home of more than 40 years, including the 21-room mansion, the Colonial-era buildings, the beautiful gardens, a working distillery and gristmill, and the museum and education center.
  • Private tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon
  • Explore the immaculate garden and grounds with a knowledgeable private guide
  • Gain exclusive access to parts of the mansion generally off-limits to visitors
  • Tour gristmill and distillery to see how rye whiskey is produced
  • Hear informative commentary about the historical sites

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A private tour gets you into closed areas of the estate with more in-depth commentary.
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Private guide
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Departure Point

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121, USA

Departure Point: Mount Vernon Ford Orientation Center Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Hwy Mt Vernon, VA 22121 Dates: Daily

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Travel to Mount Vernon, George Washington's beloved plantation home in Virginia, from Washington, DC.

Upon arrival, meet the guide at the Ford Orientation Center. This private tour can be customized to meet specific interests right from the outset. Begin with either a special short film that offers an overview of the important events in George Washington’s life or enjoy a narrated history from the tour guide while roaming through the garden and grounds of the estate. Then explore the 21-room mansion, getting an insider’s look at some of the places that are rarely seen on typical tours here.

Learn about the 18th-century, English-style garden, where Washington the landscaper reshaped walks, roads, and lawns, cut vistas through the forest and planted hundreds of native trees and shrubs. Optionally, visit the 4-acre Pioneer Farm on the banks of the Potomac near the wharf. This is where Washington tested and implemented his progressive farming practices. Also, learn about the lives of some 100 field slaves who put his ideas into practice here.

See where Washington built a merchant gristmill, capable of producing up to 8,000 pounds of flour and cornmeal a day. And the distillery where he successfully entered the whiskey business—so successful that during the year of his death, the distillery produced nearly 11,000 gallons, making it the largest whiskey distillery in America at the time.

Then visit the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center for a self-guided tour. This building features 23 galleries and theaters where visitors learn about Washington through interactive displays, an action-adventure movie, short films produced by the History Channel and more. 

Food is available on site (own expense). Enjoy classic American favorites in a Colonial-inspired setting at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant or grab a quick meal or snack at the Mount Vernon Food Court.
Stop At:  
George Washington's Mount Vernon
Tour George Washington's beloved home, gardens, and learn about his remarkable life. After your hour-long guided tour, you may explore the rest of the estate, museum, and education center on your own and at your leisure.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill
See a re-creation of George Washington's gristmill and his reconstructed distillery, where rye whiskey is produced today according to Washington's original mash bill.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY George Washington's Mount Vernon
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Not a good value; make sure all areas are open!
, Apr 2021
Looking for the opportunity to tour the mansion - the add-on tickets were sold out for our preferred day - I booked this tour. Pricey for just 3 of us but since none of us have been out in the past year and limited time to visit, we plunged in. It wasn’t much different than the regular tour except we got a quick walk through the basement (not part of the regular tour). The 2nd floor was closed due to unexpected issues. Would I recommend this 1 hour tour? No. Just didn’t feel a bang for the bucks. But for our purposes and feeling a bit frivolous, it met our needs. The tour leader is one of the Mt Vernon tour staff and was very knowledgeable. Maybe once all areas are open then maybe I’d give it 4 stars.
This was an absolutely stellar tour...
, Oct 2017
This was an absolutely stellar tour. When you have someone as friendly, well-informed and articulate as Karen Menatti you are insured a memorable tour. Karen was also able to answer any questions we had. We left wishing we had more time to learn about other aspects of the estate and the Washingtons. We felt we knew much more about George Washington, the farmer and land owner, and about Martha Washington, the hostess and household manager. Thank you for offering such a wonderful learning experience. .
Pay the extra money and take the...
Anne D
, Jan 2017
Pay the extra money and take the private tour. It's so worth it. My daughter was able to lay a wreath at Washington's tomb, we didn't have to wait in line, we were able to go into the basement of the home, and we were able to see the top cuppola. Our guide was so passionate about the history and the man who was George Washington. I cannot say enough about this tour. It was amazing.
We booked a private tour and it was...
Margaret S
, Aug 2016
We booked a private tour and it was well worth it. Our guide Gail K. was fabulous and we got to see some of the behind the scenes stuff. Also, we got to ride around the property on a golf cart which was good for us due to arthritis. It was a great place to visit on a beautiful day and there were not a lot of tourists. I definitely recommend this tour!
John did a great job. The whole...
David V
, Jun 2016
John did a great job. The whole family really enjoyed the experience. John also took great pictures and engaged the whole family. We stayed at the Embassy Suites in Old Alexandria and the trip down was easy and enjoyable as well. John was witty and made the tour memorable.
Our tour was wonderful.Viator did a...
Bette S L
, Jun 2016
Our tour was wonderful.Viator did a horrible job with the booking and when I got to Mt. Vernon they had no record of the reservation. They have been having problems with the Viator booking co. The Mt. Vernon staff made it right. I will never book with Viator again!
Our tour was fantastic and our tour...
Ann L B
, Mar 2016
Our tour was fantastic and our tour guide, Karen was great. We all really enjoyed seeing areas of the house that other people were unable to see. Holding the wreath for the Washington's at their tomb was so special. Well worth the cost!
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This was amazing. Well worth every...
Rhonda P
, Mar 2016
This was amazing. Well worth every penny. Cant say enough about our guide. She was a true historian! You could tell she loved her job. She was more than amazing!!!!!
This tour was really well done. Our...
Cathryn S
, Nov 2015
This tour was really well done. Our guide was knowledgable and informative, and she was willing to adjust our time to focus on our main interests, which were the gardens and the highlights of the house. We got to go all the way upstairs in the house, which is closed to regular visitors, and we got to lay a wreath right on George Washington's tomb! Mount Vernon is definitely a must see, although you will need to be prepared for lots of school children, especially inside the house. The private guide helps you to navigate this crowd and expands on the commentary by the regular guides inside the house. This was definitely a highlight of our wonderful weekend in DC.
This was the best private tour ever...
Bruce H
, Nov 2015
This was the best private tour ever! John Marshall was our guide and he was intelligent and you could see that he loved his job. When we use Viator again for DC, we would love to have John.

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