April 8 – 12, 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival & Parade in Washington D.C.- by Air
- Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
- Location: ORMOND BEACH, Florida
- Product code: P5Q0ZU
Tour Includes: Parking in Viera and Ormond Beach, Transportation to Orlando International Airport (Round Trip Flight Included), 4 Nights at the Marriott Fairview Park in Falls Church, VA., 4 Breakfast, 3 Dinners, a 4 Day Motor Coach Land Tour to the Hillwood Estate (Museum & Gardens), Cherry Blossom Parade with Premium Seats, Cherry Blossom Reception, White House Visitors Center & Embassy Row, Washington National Cathedral Capitol Hill Tour featuring (Capitol Visitors Center - US Capitol - Supreme Court Building, exterior), Odyssey III Cherry Blossom Dinner Cruise, Stroll among the Cherry Blossoms & Memorials, Illuminated Monuments Driving Tour, Arlington National Cemetery Tour, The Smithsonian Museums, Ford's Theater and a special day at Mount Vernon, Home of President George Washington, all Taxes and tips to driver and D.C. escort, and of course Stefan will be with you every step of the Tour.
Day 1 Thursday, April 8, 2021
Depart in the am with Complimentary Transportation & Parking from Ormond Beach & Viera to Orlando International Airport r/t., ‘’JOIN THE FUN’’ will coordinate Group Air for this Departure at prevailing cost, TBA. You can also Book your own flights with Miles and still coordinate the departure shuttle to MCO with Stefan. (air not included) Early afternoon arrival in Washington D.C., we will board our motor coach Bus with restroom and escorted Washington D.C. Hostess that will be our guide for the five days, (in additional to Stefan being with you). Our First is the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. The mansion is the former home of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and features one of the most comprehensive collections of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian Imperial art outside of Russia, as well as an extensive collection of eighteenth-century French decorative arts. Highlights include a diamond crown worn by Empress Alexandra at her marriage to Nicholas II; Beauvais tapestries designed by François Boucher; two Imperial Easter eggs by Carl Fabergé; La Nuit by William-Adolphe Bouguereau; and a collection of costumes and accessories worn by Mrs. Post or her family. The greenhouse and formal gardens are set among 25 acres of wooded hillsides located in the heart of Washington. Then the Cherry Blossom Festival Reception at the Gaylord National Harbor for a Rooftop Welcome Reception. Here with a wonderful view of the Potomac and Washington you will find a welcome Pink Drink with hors d'oeurves. You will be greeted by Miss Cherry Blossom, entertained by Miss Sherry Cherry and have pictures Floyd the Fancy Flamingo and others. Following the reception, you have two hours to explore and find dinner on own in restaurants along the National Harbor. Four Nights Marriott Falls Church Afterwards you check into your four-night hotel at the Marriott Fairview Park in Falls Church, VA.
Day 2 Friday, April 9, 2021
White House Visitors Center Starting the day you explore the White House Visitors Center with many artifacts from the White House Collection, you will also see the 14-minute film "White House: Reflections From Within." Embassy Row Tour Next, you drive down Embassy Row. After the Civil War, the powerful and socially elite built large mansions along Massachusetts Ave. After the Great Depression, many of the families who built these homes went broke. Today, the area is known Washington National Cathedral You will also drive by the Washington National Cathedral. In a city of impressive monuments, memorials, and historic sites, the National Cathedral is unique. Standing higher than the Washington Monument, it is the sixth largest church in the world. This 14th-Century-style Gothic wonder is situated on 57 acres and took 83 years to build. Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson, the only President buried within Washington, DC, are interred here. It is a living symbol of our country’s heritage of faith and religious freedom. Visit the Capitol Visitor Center Meet your local guide this morning and start the day with a visit to the Capitol Visitor Center. At nearly 580,000 square feet, the CVC is the largest project in the Capitol’s 215-year history and is approximately three quarters the size of the Capitol itself. The entire facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol so as not to detract from the appearance of the Capitol. Features include an exhibition gallery highlighting the House & Senate while in-session, orientation theaters and a 550-seat cafeteria. as Embassy Row. Embassies, associations, foundations, and clubs have claimed and restored these lovely homes. United States Capitol Then you visit the United States Capitol (pending availability) the most recognized symbol of democratic government in the world. The U. S. Capitol has housed Congress since 1800 and is one of the most imposing public buildings in the world. Tour the Supreme Court Building Next, your guide will lead you on a tour of the Supreme Court Building (outside only). Within the walls of this white marble monument the third branch of government exercises its mandate to protect and interpret the spirit of the Constitution. Eisenhower & WWII Memorials Next you visit the newly completed Eisenhower Memorial followed the WWII Memorial. Dinner at local restaurant Tonight, dinner is included at a local restaurant
Day 3 Saturday, April 10, 2021
Cherry Blossom Parade - Grandstand Seating This morning you enjoy the Cherry Blossom Parade from your reserved Grandstand Seating. The Cherry Blossom Festival marks the celebration of the original gift of the 3,000 cherry trees by the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, DC in 1912. The celebration includes a massive parade, which navigates down Constitution Avenue from 7th Street towards the Tidal Basin where a queen of the festival is crowned. Along with the parade are several free concerts on the Mall, lantern lighting, dances and races. Visit the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Following the parade, you visit the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Experience portraiture beyond the frame. Collections present people of remarkable character and achievement: American artists, politicians, scientists, inventors, activists, presidents, poets, performers, leaders, rebels, artists, visionaries, and entrepreneurs whose prominent personalities shaped our culture and tell the diverse story of America. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Portrait Gallery presents lives that form our national identity. Odyssey III Cherry Blossom Dinner Cruise Next you board the Odyssey III Cruise Ship for Cherry Blossom Cruise. Enjoy a Welcome Signature Pink Drink, a narrative of sights along the River, dancing to a Live Band and a delicious dinner. Get your Bloom on, wear pink and enjoy the music and scenery. Cherry Blossom Memorials Stroll Following dinner is a Cherry Blossom Memorials Stroll, should nature cooperate, and Cherry Blossom are at peak bloom this will be a lifelong memory. You will make stops at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Illuminated Monument Driving Tour Following the after-dinner stroll you will enjoy a drive-by tour, with narration that show many more of Washington's grand buildings, memorials, and monuments that sparkle during the day, but at night are illuminated with beautiful lighting. You will see fountains and water features shimmering in reflection, shadows darken highlighting the floodlit detail. The additional Monuments and Memorials include: Iwo Jima, the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Park, the Air Force Memorial and more
Day 4 Sunday, April 11, 2021
Arlington National Cemetery This morning you enjoy the Tour through Arlington National Cemetery. Visit the final resting place for President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audie Murphy, prizefighter Joe Louis, and thousands of soldiers from every major U.S. War. You will have time to see the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Afternoon at the Smithsonian Museums Next you have time to one of the Smithsonian Museums for touring and lunch. Your Tour Manager will advise. Dinner in Old Town Alexandria Tonight, dinner is included at a restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, the town that George Washington called home. While here you will have free time to visit to a few shops and as you drive into and out of your tour manager will point out Christ Church, the George Washington Masonic Memorial and Robert E Lee's Boyhood Home. Plus, you will have a stop at the Pentagon Memorial 9/11 Memorial Park.
Day 5 Monday, April 12, 2021
Ford's Theater As you prepare to depart DC this afternoon, your diver and guide will show the Air Force Memorial on your way into town to visit Ford's Theater. Afternoon departure from a Washington Airport and back Home.
1st payment $300 pp deposit to book, 2nd payment $300 pp due by Aug 15, 2020,3rd payment $300 pp due by Oct. 15, 2020, 4th payment $300 pp due by Dec 14, 2020, final payment due by Feb 1, 2021, payment by checks are paid to Join the Fun, 146 S. Atlantic Ave, Ormond Beach, FL. 32176. Full or Final Payment can be charged (no fee). For cancellations after booking, a $200 per person Administrative Fee is charged up to day 151 prior to the tour date for any reason by you. Cancellations on tours above 150 – 120 days prior to the tour date a 50% penalty of the tour or deposit Paid; 119 days up to the day of the tour a 100% penalty and no refund of the tour cost (name changes are allowed). Travel Protection is recommended to cover cancellations and penalty fees, call Stefan Shields for a Travel Protection price