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Washington, D.C.: Underground Donut Tour with Tastings

1. Washington, D.C.: Underground Donut Tour with Tastings

Experience Washington D.C. through its donut scene together with your guide. Enjoy 4 stops with donut tastings and a variety of donuts to choose from as you make your way through the city on this foodie outing. Start your tour from Lafayette Square, just across from the White House. Learn some history about the U.S. and how donuts fit in, both historically, as well as in current D.C. food culture. Visit your first stop, Astro Doughnuts and Chicken. Sample some freshly made donuts and then head to Palmer Alley, to visit an Italian bakery and cafe. Try their bomboloni and have your camera ready for this Instagrammable experience. Make your way to Farmers and Distillers for another batch of freshly made donuts and learn about its unique history. Lastly, end your tour at Toscana Market for some truly decadent donuts from a famous D.C. chef.

Washington DC: Potomac Cruise and Georgetown Walking Tour

2. Washington DC: Potomac Cruise and Georgetown Walking Tour

Gain an in-depth understanding of the U.S. capital on a tour that combines a 45-minute Potomac River cruise with a foray into the past on a walking tour of Georgetown. Explore alongside a local guide and see the area’s past brought back to vivid life before your eyes. Meet your guide at the wharf and step onto the ferry to see DC from the water. Hear about the history of the nation's capital as you pass by the district’s key landmarks.  One of the first sights you’ll see is the Titanic Memorial, organized by U.S. women of high society to honor the men who lost their lives so that women and children could board the limited lifeboats during the ocean liner's tragic sinking.  Further down the channel, lay your eyes on one of the most filmed and photographed statues in the country: the Lincoln Memorial. Your guide will explain the story behind the "Stairs to Nowhere" before seeing Teddy Roosevelt Island, now a lush woodland featuring trails and guided nature walks. A tribute to another influential American president is up next as you pass by the Kennedy Center, a bustling space for the performing arts. See where the Watergate Scandal got its name as you pass by the complex where the infamous incident originally occurred. After you land at Georgetown Port, the second part of your tour begins. Get an introduction to the oldest neighborhood in Washington DC as you head towards C&O Canal. Hear how George Washington himself was instrumental in redesigning the untamed wilderness here, transforming it into a national monument. Stop at a favorite local spot to try a cupcake from a family-run bakery that’s earned the reputation as one of the best in town. Afterward, it’s time to continue to explore the neighborhood of Georgetown. Your guide will invite you into the past with anecdotes behind the sights as you pass.  Learn about the oldest house in DC and the story behind buildings connected to the Kennedy family, including the church where JFK attended his last service before he was assassinated. More riveting stories await when you get to Georgetown University, which counts "The Exorcist" author William Peter Blatty among its alumni. See the "Exorcist Steps" and hear about the true story of an exorcism that inspired him.

U Street Neighborhood Food Tour

3. U Street Neighborhood Food Tour

Step into a neighborhood rich with local DC history. Away from the monuments and the memorials, U Street is not Washington, but the Real DC. Discover DC's diverse culinary roots and history while we stroll and chat about the heyday of “Black Broadway” and the role this area played in during the Jazz Era. You’ll be surprised to learn how many household names had their start in the little clubs along this corridor. Sample quintessential DC flavors while we reveal stories behind tucked away murals, sculptures, and the artists who created them. Learn about the Civil Rights riots that shaped the city and changed its landscape for years to come. Explore the architecture and evolution of this neighborhood as it continues to change today. We will taste a variety of cuisines whose flavor contribute directly to the stories and the history of this authentically DC neighborhood. U Street is an essential spot in DC and is not to be missed! A portion of each ticket is donated to Bread for the City, a charity that provides services to DC locals including providing food, clothing, and legal and medical services.

Washington D.C.: Taste of Georgetown Walking Food Tour

4. Washington D.C.: Taste of Georgetown Walking Food Tour

Taste the diversity of DC’s oldest neighborhood as you learn about its history on this Georgetown food tour. Get a taste of the best eats in the area as you discover the complexity of this ever-changing neighborhood. Enjoy James Beard nominee’s tarts near a canal once used to transport goods to the west. Taste award-winning VPN-style pizza that attracts famous guests from near and far. Savor mouth-watering crème brulée while finding out about the strong influence French cuisine has had on this neighborhood. Once a thriving port, Georgetown is DC’s oldest neighborhood and still reveals glimpses of mule-drawn boats and flour mills. Learn about Georgetown’s transition from a port city to an elite enclave, where people from every continent and many religions lived together and built an eclectic culinary community. More than just a premier shopping destination, Georgetown has a delicious and culturally diverse history that is sure to surprise you. In addition to carefully selected tastings and fascinating history, your experience includes (electronic) photos taken by your guide on tour, as well as a meaningful donation to feed a local person in need.

From Greater DC Area/ Bowie: Maryland Wine Tour with Lunch

5. From Greater DC Area/ Bowie: Maryland Wine Tour with Lunch

Get out of DC and spend a day in the Maryland countryside with this guided tour of the Heritage wine region. Sip on popular wines such as Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Verdot. Meet local winemakers, enjoy snacks and lunch, and go home with a collectible wine glass and bag. Start the tour with a pickup from Bowie Town Center or Show Place Arena. Enjoy the scenic views of Maryland from the bus. Explore 2 wineries with wine tastings and snacks. Listen to winemakers explain the history of Maryland wine, traditional cellar methods, and the process of harvesting grapes. Learn how the cool breezes from the Patuxent and Chesapeake rivers and the unique sandy terroir give a distinctive edge to these wines. Sample the Heritage region’s crispy white wines, like Viognier, and Sauvignon Blanc. Also, try award-winning reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Barbera, Chambourcin, and Cabernet Franc varietals. Savor a picnic lunch with cheese and charcuterie plates or sandwiches. Once the tour ends, get your collectible wine glass and tote bag and return to your pickup location.

From DC: Virginia Wine Country Tour with Tastings

6. From DC: Virginia Wine Country Tour with Tastings

Step away from the big city crowds to spend a relaxed day in the countryside. Join this guided tour departing from Washington DC and travel to two traditional vineyards in the state of Virginia. Learn about the history and production process of each site, and taste their delicious wines. Board a van and take in the views as you leave behind the tall buildings of the city and drive into the lush countryside of Virginia. Visit two wineries, where you'll learn about the local history of wine production and tour their facilities to acquire a better understanding of winemaking. Enjoy fascinating guided tastings and snacks at both locations, with the possibility to purchase lunch if you're feeling hungry.

DC: Guided Craft Brewery Tours with Lunch or Dinner

7. DC: Guided Craft Brewery Tours with Lunch or Dinner

On this all-inclusive tour, taste the beer of the nation’s capital as you learn about beer history and the brewing process. Go behind the curtains where the brewmasters of Washington, DC, work their magic and enjoy scrumptious beer and food pairings for an unparalleled brew tour experience.   On this guided brew tour, visit 4 breweries in Washington, DC, which may include:   • Red Bear Brewing Co: Situated in downtown DC (NOMA), this brewery produces a variety of flavorful beers to sip on. You can enjoy your drink while watching one of their near-daily events.   • Right Proper Brewing Co: This company churns out some of the tastiest beers in the region, starting from a vision of heading to your local pub to grab a fresh glass of beer brewed on-site. • Brookland Pint: This characteristic spot offers a relaxing beer and meal pairing experience. At Brookland Pint, local ingredients are sourced to produce mouth-watering menu items.   • Port City Brewing: Tucked at the westernmost tip of Washington, DC, Port City Brewing is churning out some of the most incredible craft brews. They generously offer tour-goers special samples and beers that are exclusive to the brewery.

DC: Guided Craft Brewery Tours with a Snack

8. DC: Guided Craft Brewery Tours with a Snack

Join an expert beer guide who will entertain and educate you on this beer-filled journey. Learn about the craft beer-making process from start to finish as well as some fun facts about beer history.  Meet your guide in front of the National Portrait Gallery and travel in an air-conditioned van to your first brewery. Itineraries may vary depending on brewery availability, however, each tour will include 3 breweries and up to 12 different beers to sample.  Possible stops include 3 Stars Brewing, who have been pushing the envelope on innovating new drinking experiences since 2009, District Chop House and Brewing, DC's oldest continuously operating brewpub, and Red Bear, an entirely LGBTC-owned brewery.  Whatever the itinerary, you'll be sure to enjoy some delicious local brews, as well as VIP access to the production areas where all the magic happens. Pair your drinks with plenty of beer-inspired pretzel snacks along the way. 

From Washington DC: Wine & Cheese Tasting Tour in Maryland

9. From Washington DC: Wine & Cheese Tasting Tour in Maryland

Discover the wine culture of Maryland on a guided wine-tasting and cheese tour from Washington DC. Visit two famous wineries and sample the best local wines paired with cheese and snacks. After boarding a bus, start your journey towards the winery and admire the scenic views of the mountains. Your first stop will be at Robin Hill Farm & Vineyard, where you will taste Romano’s finest wines paired with local award-winning raw milk artisan cheeses.  The next stop will be at one of southern Prince George's County's local vineyards. You will sample the iconic wines of the estate while listening to knowledgable winemakers who will explain the history of Maryland wine and the process of harvesting the grapes. At the end of this unique tour experience, sit back and relax as you are driven back to your pickup location. 

From Washington, DC: Virginia Wine Country Private Day-Trip

10. From Washington, DC: Virginia Wine Country Private Day-Trip

Take pleasure in a complementary hotel pick up (within DC city limits) and transfer to the wineries in Loudoun County, Virginia. Hotel pick-up is at 10:00 AM with approximately an hour's drive to the wineries. Enjoy complimentary individual bottled water and light snacks along the way as you travel in the comfort of a luxurious SUV with a multi-lingual chauffeur. Select three of six wineries for your tour: Doukénie Winery, Sunset Hills and Bluemont Wineries in Purcelville or Fabbiolli Cellars, Hidden Brook and Tarara Winery in Leesburg.  Upon arrival at each winery, their team will provide you with a tour of the winery. Wine tastings are often available for an additional fee. This experience will last roughly nine hours. To wrap up, you will be dropped off at your DC location around 07:00 PM.

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4.6 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Our guide Anne was excellent! She taught us some Georgetown history while feeding us local based foods. My favorite was the scrumptious falafel and second favorite was a tie between the crème brûlée and meatloaf with a mushroom sauce. Interesting history hearing about Mary Meyer, teacher Mary and visiting the various Kennedy ex-residences. Overall, a fantastic day, thanks to Anne. The weather also cooperated, lol. This is a must do tour

This is a very cool tour with awesome local restaurants and interesting Georgetown history. The tour company owners have a great business model where they support local businesses and give back to the community. The restaurants also are great about also supporting the local community.

Excellent food your! Had a chance to sample a number of different delicious foods and learn about the history of Georgetown. Our guide had lots of great stories and was very knowledgeable!

Jason the tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative. He made the tour enjoyable!

We really enjoyed the tour! We were fed and entertained throughout the trip.