Tour Overview

  • Charter bus OR flight to Washington, D.C.
  • Private charter bus transportation for the duration of the tour
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Two breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners
  • Visit to the Capitol
  • Visit to Smithsonian Museum of choice
  • Evening Monument tour
  • Visit to Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Admission to Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War
  • Admission to Gettysburg Cyclorama
  • Visit to David Wills House (depending on availability)
  • Admission to Mount Vernon
  • Admission to Spy Museum
  • Free Tour Leaders 1 per 15 paying travelers
  • Zoni Tour Manager

Day 1: Iconic Sites, Museums, and Monuments

Depart school for Washington, D.C., early in the morning.

Arrive in Washington, D.C., ready to begin your journey through the nation's capital.

Meet your tour manager at the White House so you can snap some pictures of the most famous house in the country before heading to the Capitol.

Explore the Capitol Visitor Center (by appointment), gaining insights into the workings of government.

Eat lunch at the Capitol Café.

Move on to the Smithsonian Museum of your choice, exploring fascinating exhibits that highlight art, history, science, and more. You can choose from The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art, the American History Museum, the National Air and Space Museum and more!

Enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow students at a local restaurant.

As the sun sets, embark on an enlightening tour of the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. Learn about the historical significance of each landmark and look out at the glittering city.

After the evening tour, check into your hotel ready for a restful night.

Day 2: Gettysburg Exploration

Begin the day with breakfast at your hotel.

Board the bus to travel to Gettysburg, PA.

Arrive at the Visitor Center and immerse yourself in the Gettysburg Cyclorama, a four-story, one-acre painting that recreates the fury of Pickett's Charge.

Have lunch at the Visitor Center.

Stop by the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War which houses the largest collection of Civil War relics in the world.

Gettysburg is known as the turning point of the Civil War. Here you will tour the Gettysburg National Military Park and retrace the events of the bloodiest battle of the war with a battlefield tour.

If time and the season allows, visit the David Wills House. It was here that President Abraham Lincoln put the finishing touches on the Gettysburg Address. The aftermath of the battle is on display for you to gain greater perspective on the scale and importance of the site.

Gather for dinner, sharing what you've learned about the battle.

Muster up your courage for a ghost tour where you'll learn about the spirits that are said to haunt these fields.

Return to the hotel to rest.

Day 3: Founding Fathers and Civil War Battles

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel, preparing for a day of exploration.

Travel to Virginia where you will explore George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, learning about the life and legacy of the first President and the enslaved workforce that operated the enterprise.

Have lunch on the grounds of Mount Vernon.

Your final stop is the Spy Museum which houses the largest collection of international espionage artifacts on public display.

Return home with new memories of the nation's capital and Gettysburg.

Must Know

Educational Enrichment: This tour offers a comprehensive and immersive educational experience, and aligns with curriculum objectives related to American history, government, and the Civil War, enhancing classroom learning.

Inspiring Learning Opportunities: The tour provides students with a unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of America's Founding Fathers, explore the nation's capital, and gain a deeper understanding of pivotal moments in U.S. history.

Cultural and Historical Immersion: Students will not only learn about history but also immerse themselves in the significance of the places they visit. They'll explore the legacy of figures like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and gain a profound appreciation for the sacrifices made during the Civil War.

Holistic Experience: Beyond academics, this tour offers a holistic experience by promoting critical thinking and personal growth. It encourages students to reflect on the past, appreciate the present, and envision their roles in shaping the future.

  • Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg, PA experience four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid, while winters are relatively cold. Be sure to check the forecast before travelling and pack accordingly.
  • All the sites visited are home to a variety of events and celebrations. Keep this in mind when selecting your travel dates as you might be able to witness reenactments, memorials, or festivals. At the same time, traveling during the off season allows for ease of movement and more time at each stop.

  • Travel time to and from different parts of the country may modify these itineraries.
  • Itineraries are fully customizable.
  • Flexible payment plans are available.

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General Information

General information regarding student tours and field trips.

We offer a wide variety of customized educational itineraries based upon your curriculum requests and budget.

Tour inclusions vary depending on your itinerary, but all include transportation, accommodations, venue admissions, and most meals (as outlined in your proposal).

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Yes. All itineraries are fully customizable based upon your desired destination, curriculum requests, and budget needs.

Because we fully customize every itinerary, we can offer tours to any and every age group.

No, Zoni educational tours are not limited to school students alone. They can be arranged for college students, adult learners, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, language organizations, home-school co-ops, cultural schools/organizations, businesses, or individuals with an interest in acquiring knowledge and exploring new environments.

Absolutely. We cater to various group sizes, including homeschoolers, with fully customizable itineraries.

We require a minimum of ten paying passengers per group. We have no maximum group size.

Planning should begin as soon as possible. International travel is typically planned 12-18 months before departure.

Zoni Educational travel tours have trained Tour Managers and Tour Leaders accompanying the group. For domestic travel there will be one Tour Leader for every 10 students and for international travel, there will be one Tour Leader for every 6 students.

The Tour Leader is a representative from your school. The Tour Manager is affiliated with Zoni Tours and is well versed in the destinations visited.

Yes, for domestic travel we offer one free tour leader per ten paying passengers. For international travel, we offer one free tour leader per six paying passengers.

The itineraries listed on our website include examples of destinations that we travel to, but we are happy to customize a tour of any destination you wish to visit.

While many of our domestic tours are two-night/three-day itineraries, we can customize a tour for any desired length of time.

Your transportation needs will be provided by Zoni Tours, unless otherwise noted in your proposal.

Full names, dates of birth, emergency contacts, dietary restrictions, and any other relevant information needed for your itinerary.

Students and tour leaders will be responsible for securing traveler documents and information. Zoni will keep digital copies of passports and visas for international travel in case of emergency.

All forms are signed at registration along with terms and conditions. Documentation required by your school or organization may vary.

No. Group travel is secured under one booking.

No, seats will be assigned at the time of booking.

While not guaranteed, Zoni Tours will do everything possible to accommodate this request.

Flight changes are available at your own expense, subject to group leaders' approval.

Zoni Tours will accommodate special needs per ADA and section 504. We can secure accommodations in motorcoaches, hotels, and most eateries. However, elements of certain itineraries are not accessible to wheelchairs and other devices. Please make your Educational Group Tour Coordinator aware of any special needs when you begin your travel planning.