The Arts in Our Nation’s Capital

This tour has been Rescheduled for Oct 1-4, 2020

(Original dates:May 21-24, 2020)

Trip Highlights

Enjoy a spring getaway to our nation’s capital on this custom designed tour. Highlights include:

Engaging Performing Arts: The Washington National Opera’s “Porgy and Bess” at the Kennedy Center, “Eurydice” at the Constellation Theatre and “Refuge Plays” at the McCarter Theatre.

Outstanding Collections: The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Hillwood and the National Museum for African American History and Culture. Plus, a bonus stop in historic Princeton.

This trip is offered by Carew Travel with the Theatre Development Fund, our travel partner for over 25 years.

Day One Thursday, May 21:   

Board the coach and meet your Carew Travel tour director in the central midtown Manhattan location (342 7th Avenue) at 8:30am.

We dine as a group and then enjoy a tour at the National Portrait Gallery where docents share the faces and stories of inspiring Americans. Experience portraiture beyond the frame—artists, politicians, scientists, inventors, activists, and performers—form our national identity. Highlights include portraits of President and Mrs. Obama installed in 2018 to much fanfare.

Next, we tour The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation’s first art collection, an unparalleled record of the American experience from the colonial period to today. The museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Highlights are images of the American West, WPA murals, impressionism, folk art, photography, video and media art, works by African American and Latino artists, and modern and contemporary art.

Check into the Hilton Hotel in Arlington VA, a short drive from the heart of our nation’s capital.

Following a group dinner, enjoy your first performance “Eurydice” at the Constellation Theatre. This fresh reimagining of the classic Orpheus myth is told through the eyes of its heroine. Brimming with lyrical beauty, original music and wit, Eurydice is a visceral and surrealist meditation on love worth grieving for.

Day Two Friday, May 22:   

This morning we have a guided tour of Hillwood, the D.C. estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post. At her estate, Mrs. Post endowed the country with the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside its home country including stunning Fabergé Eggs. There is also a distinguished 18th-century French decorative art collection and an equally exquisite jewelry and apparel collection.

Following Lunch on-site we take a guided tour of the serene landscaped gardens.

Tonight at the Kennedy Center we dine first and then enjoy the Washington National Opera’s performance of “Porgy and Bess.” Francesca Zambello’s adaptation of Gershwin’s beloved “folk opera” returns after playing to critical acclaim across renowned opera stages.

Often considered the first great American opera, Porgy and Bess soars with original music melding jazz, gospel, and folk styles, from the gentle duet “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” to the instantly recognizable “Summertime” lullaby.

                                                                                                                 Day Three Saturday, May 23:

In the morning you visit National Museum of African American History & Culture the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of its African American citizens. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts.

Dine on Site at the NMAAHC café. The afternoon is yours to explore the varied museums and monuments on the National Mall.

The coach will take you on a highlights tour of the Monuments and then on to our farewell dinner.

Day Four Sunday, May 24

After breakfast we check out of the hotel and head to Princeton NJ for a full day starting with a tour of the historic campus and town. Lunch follows and then we finish our trip with a matinee performance at the renowned McCarter Theatre of “Refuge Tales.” Gail, Joy, Ha-Ha, and Grandma Early share a home, speak their minds—and store their secrets—in this compassionate and funny mystical drama. Award-winning playwright Nathan Alan Davis explores the need for connection and love when, despite a complex past, family and forgiveness can still prevail.

The coach returns to Manhattan at approximately 8pm.

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– Roundtrip private coach with transportation throughout
– DC Monuments Driving Tour
– 3 nights at the Hilton Arlington
– Princeton Tour
– Tour of Portrait Gallery
– Constellation Theatre “Eurydice”
– Tour of Smithsonian American Art Museum
– Kennedy Center “Porgy and Bess”
– Visit to Nat’l Museum of African American History & Culture
– McCarter Theatre “Refuge Tales”


Per person (double occupancy): $1615

(Based on a minimum of 25 people)

Single Supplement: $300

DEPOSIT:  $300 per person due August 1, 2020

BALANCE: Due prior to August 25, 2020


$300.00 deposit due August 1. Deposit is non-refundable. Final payment due August 25 and is non- refundable after this date.

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