Depending on your view, it is the home of freedom, the ultimate beacon of American hopes and dreams; or it is the swamp, a place of bureaucracy, a place of fraudulent leadership that wants nothing more than to line its own pockets. No matter how you look at it, especially if you have the ability to offer a more nuanced opinion, Washington, D.C. is an indispensable cornerstone of the great American machine. A walk along the shopping plaza could be described as a walk through the history of Western democracy over the centuries, with some important landmarks and monuments along the way, from the White House to the Capitol Building. However, the walking distance is considerable, and a guided tour is a great way to see the city’s best sights with minimal fuss.
Private guides are especially popular in Washington, D.C., because there is so much to see. They are usually done in superb style, especially the SUVs, which give off the vibe of a presidential motorcade. When looking for a private tour in Washington, DC, the best way to do this is to go as a group, which will keep costs down. Therefore, all prices listed below are group rates and the maximum number of passengers that can be accommodated varies depending on the tour. We combed through enough itineraries and information to bring you the best of the five private tours, taking into account the price, quality of transport and reviews from previous guests. This way, gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen.
Private multilingual day trips or evening off-road vehicle trips to Washington, D.C.
From $360 per group
If you’re looking for an elegant way to explore Washington, D.C., and want to do what you love at your own pace and to your own tastes, then a private SUV tour is the way to go. There are shifts every night and day, and you can also choose which side of the city you want to experience: the lively political cauldron, or the laid-back, peaceful nighttime view of the city. Prices start at 2 persons and can be increased slightly when the car is carrying 7 persons. Over the course of the 4-hour cruise, your driver can provide you with basic information about the monument and stop at any central location you wish to visit. Popular attractions include the Lincoln Memorial, the Watergate complex and Arlington Cemetery across the Potomac River. Spanish language guided tours are also available.
Private, customized guided tours of Washington, D.C.
From $439 per group.
Another great value if you’re a four-person group is this four-hour tour, although the transportation may be a little less flashy. The itinerary is entirely up to you and can be negotiated in advance with the chauffeur company so that you can plan your trip accurately and ensure you spend the most money. See the U.S. Capitol, the White House and a string of memorials to those who fell or were wounded in various wars, including Vietnam, Korea and World War II. There’s even time to go to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plantation. Therefore, museums like the Smithsonian that require you to spend a few hours exploring are best saved for another time. This tour is also for kids and is designed to keep them involved throughout the day.
Private Half-Day Tour of Washington, DC
From $384 per tour
What’s your ideal itinerary? Perhaps you’d like to reminisce in front of the many war memorials in Washington, D.C., or visit world-famous sites like the White House and Washington National Monument. Either way, you can learn more about the sights from your driver and then get off the bus at the place you want to take pictures to remember or look closely. At the same time, your driver will take the car away the moment you are ready to go. Hotel transfers within 10 miles of the Washington, DC area are included.
3-hour private jeep tour of Washington, D.C.
From $495 per tour
This open-air jeep tour is a popular choice if you want to take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Washington, D.C., especially in the spring and fall, when you can take advantage of the warm weather. You can customize your itinerary to stop at must-see landmarks and spend a little time at each one, or you can relax in the backseat for the entire three-hour trip and point to landmarks like the Smithsonian as your driver cruises through the city, adding a little background and historical information along the way. Jeeps are customized to your comfort level, and there are audio guides in Chinese or Spanish.
Private 3-hour tour of Washington, D.C.
With so many monuments to great American leaders like Martin Luther King, President Jefferson, President Roosevelt and President Lincoln in Washington, D.C., it’s not easy to go through them all in a few hours. But with this private three-hour tour, you’re at least guaranteed to spend as much time as you want to see in the places you want to see most. And your driver can also make suggestions for other attractions that may be of interest to you, based on their extensive local knowledge. Your driver can also impress you with the history of landmarks like the National Mall, the Capitol, the Watergate complex and other important buildings.