Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

Why We Love This

  • Family friendly
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Explore the most famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this private, customizable, full-day sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a comfortable van and choose from more than 50 points of interest. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, Arlington Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and many other landmark locations.

What You'll Do

This private, all-day tour begins with a Washington, DC hotel pickup. The tour may be customized to fit specific interests.

Select from more than fifty attractions in DC, including Capitol Hill, the United States Supreme Court, United States Botanical Gardens Conservatory, Smithsonian Institute Museums, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Mount Vernon Estate, and the historical Ford's Theater.

Typically, the day tour includes a 1-hour lunch break (own expense), all the major memorial and DC area institutions, Arlington National Cemetery, and all the war memorials.

Door-to-door service is provided from the specified location in the greater DC area.

Cancellations & Refunds

Can be canceled up to 48hrs in advance


5 to 7 hrs

Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Hotel Pickup Options

Departure Time


Departure Point

Please contact the local service provider and supply the address of hotel/location for pickup and drop-off

Return Details

Location within the Washington metropolitan area

Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Minimum of three people per booking is required


Entrance fees
Food and drinks, unless specified


Hotel pickup and drop-off
Private tour
Transport by private vehicle

Departure Point: Please contact the local service provider and supply the address of hotel/location for pickup and drop-off

"What can I say -..."

February 1, 2018 - 

What can I say - dexter is the man! What s great guy and guide he was. He listened to our requests and did exactly what we wanted. If you have limited time and want to get the most out of your time - make sure you book this tour with dexter. We had a great time with my husband and two boys 18 and 20!

"Seen most of the main..."

January 18, 2018 - 

Seen most of the main landmark, tour guide is informative

"As others note, this must..."

January 7, 2018 - 

As others note, this must be the essential contact for a visit to DC. Totally flexible and a wish to see your requests met - all without a rip-off price-tag. We had very niche sites we wanted to see and Dexter was patience itself. My one piece of advice for anyone visiting DC - contact Dexter!

"The tour was a mix..."

November 13, 2017 - 

The tour was a mix of our choices and the guide's recommendations. we visited all the places on our own wish list and Dexter was expert in organising the route and the visits and fitting them in within the timescale. Dexter was also very knowledgeable and was happy to answer our questions. It was an excellent day in a beautiful city and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Many thanks to Dexter.

"We were extremely pleased being..."

October 25, 2017 - 

We were extremely pleased being dropped off and picked up close to sites. And especially happy with Dexter. He loves his subject Washington, DC and was very knowledgeable. And enthusiastic. And a patriot. He loves the USA as we do.

"There is certainly no better..."

October 15, 2017 - 

There is certainly no better way to see Washington than this tour particularly if you only have a short stay planned. Our guide and driver Dextor happily allowed us to customize and prioritize exactly what we wanted to see without the hassle and time wasted of tagging onto a bigger shared tour. We were interested in going out to the Air and Space Museum at Chantilly - no problems for Dextor who took us out there after showing us through Arlington. We then returned to Washington where he took us out to the National Cathedral, all the monuments / stops we wished to see as well as driving lots of interesting streets in Washington which were too far for us to walk to. We were able to set the pace at each stop and we covered off everything we wanted to do in the 7 hours allocated. Dexter was an excellent and safe driver, professional, kind and extremely knowledgeable. We certainly join with everyone else who have recommended and rated this a 5 star tour!

"Excellent tour tailored to what..."

October 4, 2017 - 

Excellent tour tailored to what we wanted to see. Since wed already been in the Didtrict 5 days before taking the tour, wed already taken in the easystuff. Dexter did a great job of listening and found a days worth of new and interesting places for us to explore. My only very small reservation has to do with with the small amenities water in the van would have been a nice addition and the van itself could have been slightly more comfortable.

"Dexter was a great guide...."

September 14, 2017 - 

Dexter was a great guide. Granddaughter got sick...took her and daughter back to hotel, then continued our tour. After awhile he went back to the hotel and picked them up and seemed glad to do it. He was personable, knowledgeable and gracious. If we're visiting Washington again, he will be the first we will try to hire!

"My husband and I decided..."

July 17, 2017 - 

My husband and I decided to try Viator for the first time. We took took 2 of our grandsons for a day trip to Washington, DC. We tried a private van with a driver to tour specific places we were interested in seeing for 7 hrs. It was perfect. We customized our trip and would highly recommend this company

"Excellent totally excellent. Dexter was..."

April 17, 2017 - 

Excellent totally excellent. Dexter was such a good host of the city of which he is so proud of, and rightly so as he shared so many wonderful sights and interesting facts! Dexter's van was such a comfortable way in which to see so many historic sights. I would highly recommend this sightseeing opportunity around Washington DC!

"Dexter was super helpful and..."

February 23, 2017 - 

Dexter was super helpful and took great of our entire family. Would highly recommend him and the tour.

"Dexter was very nice however..."

February 3, 2017 - 

Dexter was very nice however I requested noon until 7:00 pm and I was told upon my arrival and confirm pick up that he could not do the hours I requested. I had to go 10:30 am until 5:30 pm. If I had of known he could not do the hours I requested I would have chosen a different tour. Again Dexter is nice and full of knowledge.

"Dexter was totally awesome. Very..."

January 2, 2017 - 

Dexter was totally awesome. Very knowledgeable of all the venues we visited as well as best times for being there. With a 12 year old along he was also very patient and accommodating with her gastronomic requirements. All of us thoroughly enjoyed him and his expertise in navigating through and around D.C.

"Doing this tour with Dexter..."

December 8, 2016 - 

Doing this tour with Dexter was definitely a good idea! He knows a lot about Washington and he only spoke as much or as little as required. Note that usually he does not accompany you inside the monuments, but will leave you in one place and then collect you later. This said, he gives a full explanation beforehand, so you get the right context. This tour is perfect for people who want maximum freedom of choice, yet prefer to have a guide and driver.

"Very pleased. Great tour guide..."

November 27, 2016 - 

Very pleased. Great tour guide and experience. One of the highlights of our trip

"Dexter tailed made our trip..."

October 16, 2016 - 

Dexter tailed made our trip to perfection. We saw everything we wanted to see and he was extremely knowledgeable. He even returned my coat the next day that I had forgotten on the van. Definitely a five star tour.

"Our tour guide Dexter was..."

October 10, 2016 - 

Our tour guide Dexter was professional, personable and knowledgeable. We completed all our objectives, and we had plenty of time to see the sites we were interested in, have lunch and so on. I highly recommend this tour and Dexter as the guide.
As a professional travel consultant, I will request Dexter for my clients when they go to DC. I know they'll be in good hands.

"Wow. That about sums it..."

September 12, 2016 - 

Wow. That about sums it up. We got into the tour van and had a list of sights we wanted to see, prioritized. We went over it with our tour guide Dexter, who was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. He added to our list along the way so that we could maximize our intake without wasting time driving back and forth. We cannot imagine having taken this tour without Dexter. He shared facts about the monuments with us, that gave us chills. We saw just about everything there is to see on this tour. We can't recommend it enough! If you only have a day to see DC, this is the tour for you.

"We strongly recommend this tour...."

August 22, 2016 - 

We strongly recommend this tour. Dexter is a great guide and very informative. My party really enjoyed the tour around Washington DC.

"Wonderful tour...."

August 7, 2016 - 

Wonderful tour.

"It was a great group...."

July 30, 2016 - 

It was a great group. Our Tour Guide, Dexter was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Great Tour.

"Very informative customized private tour...."

July 24, 2016 - 

Very informative customized private tour. Did everything we wanted and more. Highly recommend this tour group and operator Dexter.

"Our tour guide Dexter was..."

July 17, 2016 - 

Our tour guide Dexter was very knowledgeable of the city history and attractions and knew his way around very well. He made suggestions and listened to our needs as well. He was very laid back and allowed us as much time as we needed at each place. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

"Dexter was a wonderful guide!..."

July 12, 2016 - 

Dexter was a wonderful guide! He walked with us and gave us great information about the memorials and monuments! He remembered what we wanted to see. He even remembered that our granddaughter wanted a picture of Einstein! Our DC vacation was very memorable thanks in a great part to our tour with Dexter! Thank you!

"We had 5 adults and..."

July 11, 2016 - 

We had 5 adults and 3 pre-teens who wanted to see sights around DC, such as Mount Vernon and Alexandria, while avoiding tour buses. Dexter Harrison gave us the flexibility and personalized treatment that far exceeded our expectations! His voice even reminded us of Morgan Freeman!

"Dexter is a fabulous tour..."

July 11, 2016 - 

Dexter is a fabulous tour guide with depth of knowledge of DC. He is fun, engaging and charming. Part of our memories will be the time we spent with Dexter.


"We were disappointed with this..."

July 3, 2016 - 

We were disappointed with this tour. We were the only two on the tour and it seemed to make Dexter uncomfortable. It started good, but quickly turned into a drop off/pick up service. He would take us to a place, give us a little bit of information about it, and then just drop us off and have us text him when we were done. It really just turned into an expensive chauffeur service. That, plus Dexter ended the tour 4 hours early. On Viator it said that the tour was from 8am-8pm and Dexter ended the tour at 4pm.

"Enjoy the tour every minutes...."

June 27, 2016 - 

Enjoy the tour every minutes. Very friendly.
You saw what we want in DC.

"We cannot say enough good..."

June 25, 2016 - 

We cannot say enough good about our tour and time with Dexter. He is a very kind, knowledgeable and accommodating person who made our time with him most productive and enjoyable. His van was comfortable and clean and we felt safe and secure. His knowledge about Washington D. C. and the surrounding area is extensive and he was most helpful in giving us pointers about what we should do for the rest of our stay. He dropped us off and picked us up at points of interest smoothy and seamlessly and it was so nice to be on our own schedule!

"Amazing tour, Dexter is very..."

June 16, 2016 - 

Amazing tour, Dexter is very knowledgable of the area and history. My family and I booked this tour to ease the stress of driving and locating all the historic artifacts in the area. Dexter was very prompt and on time, he picked us up at the hotel and gave us a great history lesson!!!!

"This tour was excellent value..."

May 28, 2016 - 

This tour was excellent value even though we paid for the minimum of 3 people when there were only two of us. Dexter the guide/driver took you to all the main monuments and anywhere else you wanted to see. He also stopped at any locations you wanted for a closer look. It was a great overview of the city and also allowed us to cross off some of the further out attractions that we wanted to visit. This is a small business so communication before the day wasn't perfect but the tour itself was superb.

"Great tour. Well worth the..."

April 23, 2016 - 

Great tour. Well worth the money. Dexter, our guide, provided a lot of information and additionally a few little known facts.

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