Washington DC Transition Year School Trips & Tours

Chosen as the US capital for its tactical location between the South and the North, Washington DC offers a whole host of experiences for Transition Year school groups. Home to the US Government, many of the nation’s monuments and museums, historic landmarks and memorials to great US presidents of the past, the city’s skyline might be low profile but its attractions certainly aren’t.

This is the ideal Transition Year destination to couple with a trip to New York as many American History themes can be covered within, and between, the two cities too.

Sample itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Flight from Ireland & transfer to accommodation. Check in assistance from local escort Evening in the Old Post Office Building
2 Guided walking tour of the government buildings in Washington DC Visit the Air & Space Museum Evening entertainment in Pentagon City
3 Guided walking tour of the Washington memorials Free time or optional visits to the various museums
4 US Capitol Building tour Transfer to airport Overnight flight to Ireland
5 Arrive Ireland
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Morning Flight from Ireland & transfer to accommodation. Check in assistance from local escort
Afternoon Evening in the Old Post Office Building
Evening
Morning Guided walking tour of the government buildings in Washington DC
Afternoon Visit the Air & Space Museum
Evening Evening entertainment in Pentagon City
Morning Guided walking tour of the Washington memorials
Afternoon Free time or optional visits to the various museums
Evening
Morning US Capitol Building tour
Afternoon Transfer to airport
Evening Overnight flight to Ireland
Morning Arrive Ireland
Afternoon
Evening

Price Shown includes


On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Services of a Local Guide

Accommodation

Popular options in Washington


Top visits

Walking Tour - Political Sites

Half day tour with a local guide covering externally all the major government buildings:

  • Pennsylvania Avenue
  • The US Capitol (the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, Library of Congress)
  • The Mall
  • George Washington Monument

Walking Tour - Historical Sites

Half day tour with a local guide covering all the major historical sites and monuments:

  • Jefferson Memorial
  • FDR Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Memorial
  • WWII Memorial
  • The White House (exterior).

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Explaining the story of the Holocaust in a uniquely and immensely thought provoking manner, pupils will never forget a visit to this museum.

Arlington National Cemetery

The history of this cemetery, the largest military graveyard in the world reflects the conflicts and struggles faced by the American people. Graves here include those from the Civil War, and both World Wars and the eternal flame burning by the grave of JFK.

National Museum of American History

Traces the country’s development in an entertaining and fairly lighthearted manner.

Lincoln Memorial Steps

Stand on the site of Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech during the defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement in America.

FDR Memorial

This park traces 12 years of the history of the US using a sequence of outdoor rooms; one for each of Roosevelt’s terms of office. Sculptures and murals depict scenes from the Depression enabling you to stand in the ‘Breadline’.

The Pentagon

The headquarters of the Department of Defense is one of the world’s largest office buildings. It is possible for groups to have a guided tour around the building which covers highlights of significant moments in history. Tours must be booked direct by the group via your local MP.

The National Archives

Displays the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. Visits to the Public Vaults display original records and new interactive exhibits that allow you to touch and explore interesting documents. Key topics that can be studied here are Civil War, Civil Rights, Cold War, McCarthyism.

National Air & Space Museum

Discover the history of America’s aeronautical industry, from the Wright Brothers’ first flyer in 1903, to the Apollo 11 command module. An ideal visit to cover the Cold War and the Space Race.

Mount Vernon

An ideal visit en route to the airport, from the Mansion House to the Slave Quarters the plantation home of George Washington gives you the opportunity to see how the first President of the United States lived.

Smithsonian Institute

America’s national educational facility with 19 museums including:

  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Portrait Gallery. 

The Smithsonian Institute museums are free.

 


Transport

We offer flights from a variety of departure airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

Flight


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

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