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Monticello - Thomas Jefferson Country Tour

50 Massachusetts Ave NE Washington, DC 20002
 
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Monticello - Thomas Jefferson Country Tour
Detail The tour is approximately 11.5 hours.
Detail The price includes the tour, transportation, and admission into each location.
Detail Appropriate for All Ages
Detail Handicap Accessible
Detail Both Cameras and Video Cameras are Permitted
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Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, Thomas Jefferson's beautiful mountain home of Monticello is a sight to see for all visitors and you can explore this site and more with this 11.5-hour Monticello historical tour. It includes round-trip transportation via an air-conditioned bus from Washington, making it convenient for visitors who do not know the area or do not want to drive around. 

The home was designed, redesigned, built, rebuilt, and remodeled by Jefferson for over forty years, becoming a famous architectural feat. It was at the house that Jefferson featured his own museum of American natural history, created several different inventions, raised a family, and even collected a personal library of over 6,000 books that were sold to Congress in 1815 as the basis for the Library of Congress. It is also his final resting place.

While you are on this tour of Monticello, you will explore the gardens, grounds, buildings, cabins, and plantation area of the home, which provided a source of food with the vegetable garden as well as a botanical laboratory and gardens of Monticello. Also during the tour, each visitor will be able to explore other parts of Charlottesville Virginia, including the famous Michie Tavern, where you can enjoy lunch and the University of Virginia, which Jefferson conceived and designed.

This fantastic day trip will teach visitors about Jefferson's life and times while you're listening to the expert narration from your knowledgeable driver-guide! Below is the detailed itinerary. 

Detailed Tour Itinerary
STOP 1
Statues at Union Station
 Stop at  Union Station
You will meet your tour in Union Station on the bus level of the parking garage inside the Greyhound Building. Please arrive approximately 30 minutes before your departure time, and get ready for your day trip to Charlottesville, Virginia and beautiful Monticello!
STOP 2
Charlottesville, VA near Washington, DC
 Drive By  Charlottesville, VA
From Union Station, your tour group will travel to beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia, which is best known as the home of U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Jame Monroe. The city is nestled among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is located approximately 100 miles south of D.C. The area offers visitors a thriving community and vanguard of arts and culture that is both innovative and grounded in rich tradition.
STOP 3
University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA
 Drive By  University of Virginia
Conceived and designed by architect and President Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia was established in 1819, and its initial Board of Visitors included former Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe, who owned the farmland on which was built. On your tour, you will drive past this public research university, which is one of the eight original Public Ivy universities and the only university campus in the U.S. that is designated a World Heritage Site.
STOP 4
Outside view of Michie house
 Stop at  Michie Tavern
Next, you will tour the famous Michie Tavern, a Virginia Historic Landmark that was established in 1784. This tavern served as the social center of its community and provided travelers with food, drink, and lodging. Today, you can still purchase a delicious lunch there, and guests on this tour will have the opportunity to sit down and eat lunch at the Michie Tavern after the tour.
STOP 5
Outside view of Monticello and pond
 Stop at  Monticello
After lunch, you will spend your afternoon at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson who was an inventor, surveyor, musician, artist, and architect, in addition to being the third President. You will tour the mountainside home as well as stroll through the main garden systems, where you will see many beautiful flowers, fruit, and vegetables.
STOP 6
View of garden and hillside
 Stop at  Mulberry Row at Monticello
After touring the house and grounds, head over to Mulberry Row, where Jefferson located one set of his slaves' quarters. Situated 300 feet south of the house, Mulberry Row is a 1000-foot road of slave, service, and industrial structures. The slave quarters face the mansion and were occupied by the slaves who worked in the mansion or in Jefferson's manufacturing ventures, and not by those who labored in the fields. Learn about the African-American community at Monticello and the economic operation of the plantation.
STOP 7
Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center at Monticello near Charlottesville, VA
 Stop at  Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center
On the Monticello estate, you will visit the Visitor Center, which stands as a beautiful gateway to Jefferson's timeless mansion and grounds. This group of pavilions house a three-level center, which offers guests fresh perspectives on Monticello and the enduring significance of Jefferson's life and ideas. While you're there, make sure to take a look at one of the many exhibitions available.
STOP 8
Smith Education Center at Monticello near Charlottesville, VA, historical
 Stop at  Smith Education Center
As part of the Visitor Center, the Smith Education Center offers visitors greatly enhanced services and amenities while engaging them in Thomas Jefferson's life, times, and lasting legacies through a new introductory film and a hands-on discovery room. Then, get ready to head back on your bus toward Union Station for a complete trip to and from Monticello near Charlottesville, Virginia.
Stops may change due to traffic, weather, maintenance, etc.

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Gaylen Stirton
CA
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"We very much enjoyed our trip to Monticello."
We very much enjoyed our trip to monticello. Our driver was excellent - a great driver and very informative about pointing out interesting sites along the way to our destination.
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Mark Laurence
Landsdale, Western Australia
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" Very interesting historic tour"
Very interesting historic tour
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Brid Harris
Dublin,
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"Excellent trip"
Excellent trip, well organised. Timings are tight but we were given a time to view the house and this worked well.
Frequently Asked Questions for Monticello - Thomas Jefferson Country Tour:
  • Is the Monticello - Thomas Jefferson Country Tour handicap accessible?
    Yes.
  • Are any meals included?
    Meals are not included but there will be a chance to purchase lunch.
  • What is included in the admission price?
    Includes transportation, guided tours, and admission into each location.
  • Is there any walking involved?
    Yes. The tour includes around 1-2 miles of walking with multiple opportunities to sit to travel to each location.
  • Approximately how long does the Monticello - Thomas Jefferson Country Tour last?
    The tour lasts approximately 11.5 hours.
  • For what ages is the tour appropriate?
    This is appropriate for all ages!
  • What type of dress & footwear are recommended?
    Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
  • Where does the Monticello - Thomas Jefferson Country Tour depart from?
    The tour departs from the Bus Terminal Level at Union Station located at 50 Massachusetts Ave NE Washington, DC 20002
  • Is photography / video recording allowed on the Monticello - Thomas Jefferson Country Tour?
    Both photography and video cameras are permitted.