Cherry Blossom Festival – Deluxe
Featuring Preferred Parade Seats
4 Days | April 11-14, 2024
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
Enjoy the pomp and circumstance of the Nation’s Capitol with luxury lodging at the Gaylord National Resort. In the spring when the cherry trees bloom Washington is at it’s most splendid time. Come celebrate the beauty of the season and witness the annual Cherry Blossom Parade.
Day 1 – Thursday, April 11
On arrival in Washington, your group will check-in at the Gaylord Hotel National Harbor for a three night stay. This luxury hotel provides guests with a complimentary cocktail voucher to use in the Rooftop Lounge. You also receive 2 bottles of water per day and free shuttles to and MGM Resort and Casino or the Tanger Outlets, plus a ride on the Capitol Wheel (ferris wheel).
This evening you enjoy The Pink Rooftop Welcome Reception with a wonderful view of the Potomac and Washington you will find a welcome Pink Drink and hors d’oeurves. You will be greeted by Miss Cherry Blossom, entertained by Miss Sherry Cherry and have pictures Floyd the Fancy Flamingo and others. Following the reception you have the rest of the evening to explore and find dinner on own in restaurants along the National Harbor.
Tonight you ride the water taxis to Old Town Alexandria for a Welcome Dinner at the Union Street Public House. (Note: Restaurant is a two block walk from water taxi landing.) After dinner you will have free time to visit to a few shops and boutiques in Old Town. Last Water Taxi back is at 9:00pm.
Day 2 – Friday, April 12
After a Bountiful Breakfast at the Gaylord Resort, depart for a full day with your Local Guide starting at The Hillwood Estate, Mansion & Gardens. This the former residence of breakfast cereal heiress Marjorie Meriweather Post, who decided to turn it into a museum to inspire and educate. It contains the most comprehensive collection of Russian Imperial Art outside of Russia, a distinguished eighteenth-century French decorative art collection, and 25 acres of serene landscaped gardens and woodland.
You will also visit the Washington National Cathedral. In a city of impressive monuments, memorials, and historic sites, the National Cathedral is unique. Standing higher than the Washington Monument, it is the sixth largest church in the world. This 14th-Century-style Gothic wonder is situated on 57 acres and took 83 years to build. Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson, the only President buried within Washington, DC, are interred here. It is a living symbol of our country’s heritage of faith and religious freedom.
Next, drive down Embassy Row. After the Civil War, the powerful and socially elite built large mansions along Massachusetts Ave. After the Great Depression, many of the families who built these homes went broke. Today, the area is known as Embassy Row. Embassies, associations, foundations, and clubs have claimed and restored these lovely homes.
This is followed by a visit to the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima) before returning to the hotel. Enjoy free time this evening to for dinner on own and explore the many amenities of the Gaylord National Hotel as well as the shops, attractions and restaurants of National Harbor. (B)
Day 3 – Saturday, April 13
After another hearty breakfast this morning, enjoy the Cherry Blossom Parade from reserved Grand Stand Seating. The Cherry Blossom Festival marks the celebration of the original gift of the 3,000 cherry trees by the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, DC in 1912. The celebration includes a massive parade, which navigates down Constitution Avenue from 7th Street toward the Tidal Basin where a queen of the festival is crowned. Along with the parade are several free concerts on the Mall, lantern lighting, dances and races.
Following the Parade, escape the crowds for lunch at the Pentagon City Mall and a stop to experience the impressive Air Force Memorial, seemingly stretching forever into the sky above.
Next, board the Odyssey III Cruise Ship for Cherry Blossom Cruise. Enjoy a Welcome Signature Pink Drink, a narrative of sights along the River, dancing to a Live Band and a delicious early dinner. Get your Bloom on, wear pink and enjoy the music and scenery. After docking there is a Cherry Blossom Memorials Stroll, should nature cooperate and Cherry Blossom are at peak bloom this will be a lifelong memory. You will make stops at the The Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, The Jefferson
Memorial. Ending the day you return to the Gaylord Resort for a free evening. (B,D)
Day 4 – Departure
After breakfast you depart for home. (B)
Groups wanting a larger Washington DC experience need only ask. We are happy to customize this trip further adding another day, filled with Monuments, Memorials and Museums.
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