1. United States
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Lafayette Square, Washington DC

Washington, DC: Downtown Double Agents - Spies & Scandals

Product ID: 368731
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Learn about spies and double agents from the Civil War to the Cold War and explore the many venues where they plied their trade. Walk in the steps of “Rebel” Rose O’Neal, Karl Koecher, Elizabeth Bentley, and Vitaly Yurchenko in a small group.
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Duration: 2 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn the general history of espionage from the Civil War to the Cold War
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Full description
Join your guide and small group on an informative and entertaining walk through 150 years of espionage in downtown DC and the White House surroundings. Meet your guide at the Organization of American States and begin your walk through the deep, dark history of spying in Washington, DC.  

Explore the spy capital of the world and its cafés, houses, dead drops, bars, hotels, parks, and embassies that served as the “wilderness of mirrors”, the notorious intelligence underbelly of the city. Hear stories of a colorful cast of socialites, businessmen, CIA and FBI agents, government workers, and military personnel. Visit the local haunts where international intrigues were hatched over long, boozy lunches.  

Walk in the steps of infamous spies, like the hoop-skirted “Rebel” Rose O’Neal, “Wild” Bill Donovan, Julia Child, Elizabeth Bentley, Karl Koecher, and Vitaly Yurchenko. Be sure to look out for spies along the way — there’s always one or two in your midst…
Includes
  • Tour guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food or drinks

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Meeting point

Meet your guide on the sidewalk in front of the Organization of American States.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Water
Know before you go
• Please note that taking video recordings of the guide/tour is not permitted
• This tour takes place in a small group of no more than 12
• This is an easy walking tour on flat ground
• You will walk about 1 mile over 2 hours
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Product ID: 368731