Art & Design College Trips & Tours to Washington DC

Spectacular examples of art & design brought to life can be seen in the US capital with dozens of world class museums and galleries to be found here, whilst the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museums are second to none. 

During an art & design study tour to Washington DC, a visit to the Smithsonian Institution to see some of the world’s greatest works of art spread across a number of themed museums and sculpture gardens is a must. For sketching and photography opportunities, the Washington Monument provides great city views and is the perfect place to sketch. In addition to the many galleries, temporary exhibits around Washington DC also bring in exceptional art, giving groups a diverse choice of educational visits.

Prices start from£799pp

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 London & transfer to accommodation. Evening in the Old Post Office Building
2 Guided Walking Tour of the Government Buildings in Washington DC Visit to 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 Evening meal in a local restaurant
4 US Capitol Building tour Transfer to airport for return to London Overnight flight to London
5 Arrive back in London
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Morning Flight from London & transfer to accommodation.
Afternoon
Evening Evening in the Old Post Office Building
Morning Guided Walking Tour of the Government Buildings in Washington DC
Afternoon Visit to 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 Evening meal in a local restaurant
Morning US Capitol Building tour
Afternoon Transfer to airport for return to London
Evening Overnight flight to London
Morning Arrive back in London
Afternoon
Evening

Price Shown includes

  • 3 nights’ room only accommodation
  • Return flights & overseas airport transfers
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

The visits shown in the sample itinerary above are not included in your quoted price unless indicated. If you would like to add any of these activities to your quote price, please get in touch.

Price shown is based on 30 paying passengers departing from a London airport on selected dates and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Airport assistance when you arrive back at your UK airport when you book a coach transfer to take you home

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked and pre-paid public transport tickets

Top visits for college groups in Washington

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, students 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.

 


Study themes

  • Introduction to Art & Design: The World

  • History & Theory of Art