The Arts in Our Nation’s Capital

May 19-22, 2017


Trip Highlights

Enjoy springtime in our nation’s capital on a custom designed tour. Highlights include:

Engaging Performing arts -  The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center,

“Ragtime” at the historic Ford’s Theatre, “Arabian Nights” at the Constellation Theatre.

Outstanding Collections –  The National Gallery, Newseum plus George Washington’s  Mt. Vernon Estate.

The Theatre Development Fund (tdf) endorses this tour.

Detailed Descriptions

Day One Friday, May 19:   

Meet our expert guide in midtown Manhattan  (30th Street @ 7th Avenue) and depart promptly at 900am to DC.  The trip begins with a tour and lunch at one of Washington’s newest attractions The Newseum, a dynamic, engaging and interactive museum of journalism with state-of-the-art exhibits and hands-on activities. 

Check into the Hilton Hotel in Arlington Va., just a short drive from the heart of our nation’s capital. Tonight we have dinner and tickets for a production of “Ragtime” at the historic Ford’s Theatre.  Based on E.L. Doctorow’s celebrated novel, this epic Tony-winning musical depicts three families striving for the American dream at the turn of the 20th century. (Box Lunch, Dinner)

 Day Two Saturday, May 20:   

Tour one of the nation’s most beloved historic sites, Mount Vernon, for a glimpse into 18th-century plantation life through beautiful gardens and grounds and intriguing museum exhibits. Set on the Potomac banks of Virginia, the 19-room mansion displays George and Martha’s colonial tastes, while the outbuildings and slave quarters show what was needed for the functioning of the estate. 
This immersive program honoring George Washington’s life and legacy culminates in a private wreath laying at General Washington’s Tomb.

Today we will also take a sightseeing cruise on the Potomac to see many of Washington’s iconic monuments and memorials. Tonight we have dinner and tickets to a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The National Symphony Orchestra performs a program of Baroque favorites including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto and Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks.   (B/L/D)

Day Three Sunday, May 21:  

Explore Georgetown’s history on a walking tour of this port city which is lined with quaint cobblestone streets and 18th and 19th century architecture and old-fashioned charm. Visit  Tudor Place, a National Historic Landmark on 5½ landscaped acres in Georgetown and home to six generations of  descendants of Martha Washington. The estate’s collections include more than 15,000 decorative arts. Lunch as a group at Tudor Place.

At 300pm you have tickets at the Constellation Theatre, founded in 1907, and winner of 7 Helen Hayes Awards in 2016. Its 100-person black box venue brings patrons close to the action. See “Arabian Nights” written and directed by Mary Zimmerman, the MacArthur “Genius” grant winner who won a Tony Award for Best Direction for her adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The ancient tales magically transport the audience from a king’s bedroom in Baghdad through markets, harems, and courts and from heights of hilarity to sobering affirmations of shared humanity. Dinner follows the show. (B/L/D)


Day Four Monday, May 22: 

We spend the morning on the National Mall, with a tour the newly expanded East Building of the National Gallery of Art. Two soaring tower galleries and a rooftop terrace for outdoor sculpture have been added. You have lunch in the cafe and free time to visit the other collections in the National Gallery which contains more than 100,000 works.

The Gallery’s outdoor sculpture garden displays post-World War II sculptures by internationally recognized artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg.   The coach departs in the afternoon for  New York where we anticipate arriving around 6:30pm.  (B/L)

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Notes & Pricing

This engaging experience includes:

  • Private coach from New York City
  • Carew Travel tour director
  • 3 nights Hilton Arlington Hotel
  • Breakfast daily, 3 dinners, 4 lunches
  • Tickets for 3 performances:

                 Kennedy Center- National Symphony Orchestra 

                 Ford Theatre- Ragtime

                 Constellation Theatre- Arabian Nights

  • Newseum, National Gallery
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon Mansion and Grounds Tour
  • Georgetown tour, Tudor Place tour and 
  • Potomac cruise


Per person (double occupancy): $1599

(Based on a minimum of 25 people)

Single Supplement: $299

DEPOSIT:  $300 per person due IMMEDIATELY

BALANCE: Due prior to April 15


$300.00 deposit due immediately. Deposit is non-refundable. Final payment due April 15 and is non- refundable after this date.

Insurance is highly recommended


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