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Signature City Washington, D.C.

Program Number: 20744RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/13/2012 - 12/18/2012; 3/18/2015 - 3/23/2015; 4/22/2015 - 4/27/2015; 5/27/2015 - 6/1/2015; 9/2/2015 - 9/7/2015; 10/7/2015 - 10/12/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Price starting at: $1,178.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Go beyond the monuments and memorials to discover the most fascinating aspects of Washington’s rich history and dynamic culture. Learn about the gargoyles perched on the Washington National Cathedral, walk in the footsteps of Lincoln and his assassin at Ford's Theatre, and hear tales of D.C.'s most notable and eccentric residents as you wind through the mansions and foreign embassies of Georgetown.


• Discover the iconography of the nation’s most treasured monuments, and delve deep into the history of the United States Capitol as you explore the Capitol Rotunda, Statuary Hall and Crypt.
• Go behind the scenes at the Kennedy Center, learn about the many extraordinary gifts from the governments of more than 60 countries that make this a truly an international destination.
• From counterintelligence to Masonic symbolism, uncover D.C.’s clandestine side with local experts.

Activity Particulars

Walking two miles daily, some standing and uneven surfaces.

Extensive use of public transportation including Metro subway system.

Date Specific Information


Performance at Fords Theatre includes A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.


Attend the Opening Ceremony of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.


Attend a performance of "Freedom's Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War" at the historic Ford's Theatre.


Performance details TBD.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.


From the sophisticated ambiance of Georgetown to the bohemian rush of Adams Morgan, D.C. is a world-class city offering visitors an unparalleled blend of history, politics and culture. One of our nation's magnificent metropolitan creations, it is home to grand monuments, humbling memorials, and some of the country’s most visionary architecture.

Hotel near the Washington Metro, and within walking distance of iconic sites, including the Capitol and Union Station.
Meals and Lodgings
   Club Quarters Washington DC
  Washington, DC 5 nights
 Club Quarters Washington DC
  Description: This is a small, modern, well-located city hotel with small, attractive rooms but without all traditional hotel services. All rooms have attached baths with showers rather than bathtubs. Located just off Farragut Square (with a statue of Admiral Farragut in the center); the hotel lies at the foot of Connecticut Avenue, an important commercial thoroughfare; just off K Street, known as Ground Zero for lobbyists; and just 3 blocks from the White House. In the vicinity and worth a look are — -The White House (Pennsylvania Avenue and 16th Street, NW) -The Renwick Gallery, which is the crafts museum of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (open daily 10:00am-5:30pm; free) -Decatur House, the 1818 home of Commodore Stephen Decatur, designed by Benjamin Latrobe (corner of H Street and Jackson Place, NW, admission $5.00) -Blair House, the official guest house for visiting dignitaries (1650 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW – not open to the public) -St. John’s Episcopal Church Lafayette Square, the church of the presidents, is usually open during the day for visits. -Lafayette Park, designed by Pierre L’Enfant and across from the White House. On many days, you will find demonstrators in Lafayette Park.
  Contact info: 839 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 2006 USA
phone: 202-463-6400
  Facility amenities: Club Quarters Washington has a private Club Room with complimentary coffee, tea, and newspapers, as well as a fitness room and free wireless Internet throughout the hotel. Guest rooms have complimentary wired Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 PM You will be staying at Club Quarters Washington DC that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 PM You will be staying at Club Quarters Washington DC the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Club Quarters is affiliated with Central Parking located on 18th Street between K and L Streets. The cost is $15 for 24 hours (in/out privileges) with validated parking ticket.Have your parking ticket validated at the Reception Desk
To Start of Program
  Location:  Washington, DC
  Nearest city or town:  Alexandria, VA
  Nearest highway: I-66
  Nearest airport:  Reagan National Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Washington, DC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details






Public Transportation
phone: 202-567-3040


The central core of Washington is served by a colorful group of buses known as the “Circulator,” and these red buses run on convenient routes. The circulators run every 10 minutes or so and the fare is $1.00 cash. A flyer with the Circulator routes is enclosed with your program materials. The closest Circulator stop to your hotel is at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue.








Driving and parking can be difficult downtown; most people in DC choose to take taxis, use the Metro system, or walk. Passengers pay for the Metrorail via farecards available at self-serve machines, and must retain the farecards to exit. A single ride costs less than $5. One-day and multi-day passes are also available. The hotel is above the Farragut West Metro station, and one block from Farragut North Metro station.









Washington is alleged to have more taxis per person than any other city in America, and taxis are readily available within the center of the city. All Washington taxis have meters, and a tip of 10-15% in addition to the meter fare is appropriate. Note that in certain circumstances, passengers share taxis in Washington, so your driver might stop for someone else while you are in a taxi…or might stop for you when he already has another passenger.


TO CLUB QUARTERS FROM Washington Dulles National Airport (IAD)





Public Transportation


-By taxi, appro $65 from the airport to the hotel. -By bus take the Washington Metrobus (city bus) 5-A to Rosslyn, Virginia (Fare $3.10 in cash). Disembark in Rosslyn, Virginia and transfer to the Metro (Subway). Board the Blue Line in the direction of Largo Town Center or the Orange Line in the direction of New Carrolton. Disembark at Farragut West. Take the exit at 17th and I Streets and walk one block east on I Street to the intersection of 17th Street. The rush hour fare is $2.25 or so.


TO CLUB QUARTERS FROM Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)





Public Transportation
Taxi & Subway


- By taxi, approximately $20 from the airport to the hotel. - By Metro (Subway), take the Blue Line from the airport in the direction of “Largo Town Center, and disembark at Farragut West. Take the exit at 17th and I Streets and walk one block east on I Street to the intersection of 17th Street. The rush hour fare is $2.25 or so.


TO CLUB QUARTERS FROM Union Station (AMTRAK), Washington DC





Public Transportation
phone: 180-0US-ARAI xL


-By taxi, approximately $15.00 to the hotel -By Metro, take the Red Line in the direction of Shady Grove and disembark at the Farragut North Station. Take the K Street Exit. You will be at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and K Street. Cross K Street and walk south on 17th Street, along the side of Farragut Square. Cross I Street and the hotel will be on your left.


TO CLUB QUARTERS FROM Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)





Public Transportation


-By taxi, approx $100 -By “Super Shuttle,” locate the Super Shuttle desk in the arrivals area at BWI. approx $48 for the first person in a party and $12 for a second person. -By Bus/Metro, take the Metrobus to Greenbelt, Maryland. At Greenbelt Metro Station (last stop), transfer to the Metro. Green Line in the direction on Branch Avenue to the Gallery Place-Chinatown station. Transfer to the Metro Red Line in the direction of Shady Grove and disembark at the Farragut North Station.

Driving Directions
  FROM THE EAST (ANNOPOLIS) Follow Route 50 West to Washington. Then follow directions under, "From the North (Baltimore)," Starting with "This short Highway...."
  FROM THE NORTH (Baltimore) Take I-95 South; continue towards Richmond on the Capitol Beltway 495. (I-95 shares 495 as it bypasses DC). Continue approximately 5 exits to 22B, which is the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (also called 295) towards Washington. Follow the parkway 8 miles down to the fork in the road. Stay in the right hand lanes and follow Route 50 West to Washington. This short highway brings you into town via New York Ave. The 1st light you come to is New York Ave and Bladensburg Rd. Follow New York Ave from the NE side of the city to the NW side. (After N Capitol Street, the street numbers start going up from 1st St.) Follow New York Ave. and bear right on Mt. Vernon Place. Turn left on 9th Street and right back onto New York Avenue. Make a left onto 17th Street and Club Quarters is on the left hand side across from Bank of America. Look for a blue awning with CQ logo in gold.
  FROM THE NORTH (FREDRICK) Follow 270 South towards the Capitol Beltway (495 towards Baltimore-Silver Spring). Continue on 270 South as it runs into 495 and go 1 exit down on the beltway to the Connecticut Ave exit towards Washington (South). Continue on Connecticut Ave through NW Washington approximately 12.5 miles to K Street. As you cross over to K Street, it will turn into 17th Street. Go through the next stop light at I Street, and Club Quarters is on the left side across from Nations bank. Look for a blue awning with the CQ logo in gold.
  FROM THE SOUTH Take I-95 North. Continue as it runs into 395 North (Washington). Follow 395 North to the 12th Street exit (Downtown). Follow 12th Street to the 1st light (Constitution Ave.) and make a left at the light. Continue to 17th Street and make a right on 17th Street. Follow 17th St approximately 5 stoplights to 839 17th Street. Club Quarters is on the right side between H and I Streets across from Nations Bank. Look for a blue awning with the CQ logo in gold.
  FROM THE WEST (VIENNA & DULLES) Follow 66 East towards Washington and it will bring you all the way into the city onto Constitution Ave at 23rd St. Continue on Constitution Ave to 17th Street and make a left. Continue north on 17th Street approximately 5 stoplights up. When you pass H Street, Club Quarters will be on the right hand side before you reach the next stoplight. Club Quarters is across from Nations Bank. Look for a blue awning with the CQ logo in gold.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Hotel Check-In/Registration/Orientation/Footsteps of Lincoln Presentation
(Thursday, December 13)
 Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel between 3:00 and 5:00pm. Then, go to the second floor to register with the Group Leader and pick up your Welcome Packets.
 Dinner: Orientation at 5:00pm, followed by Dinner in the Lafayette Room on the second floor.
 Evening: Hear historian/author Anthony Pitch recount the events leading up to Lincoln's assissination. Trace the footsteps of America's most beloved President and most reviled assassin and co-conspirators.
Accommodations: Club Quarters Washington DC
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: National Portrait Gallery/Smithosnian Art Musuem/Free Afternoon/Craft of Espionage Presentation
(Friday, December 14)

Note: Metro Use and periodic standing at museums

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: As of 2006, the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Musuem share a newly renovated historic landmark building in downtown DC. Visit both museums and hear from an expert discuss current exhibtions. This fall, numerous exhibitions will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Your welcome materials will provide a list of current exhibititons showing during your program.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Aftewards, free time to continue exploring the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, or visit nearby sites such as the International Spy Museum. Meet back at the Portrait Gallery and head to Dupont Circle via the Metro for a walking fieldrip down Embassy Row.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Presentation:Discuss the "Craft of Espionage" with retired career inteligence officer, Jon Wiant. Learn how the United States uses human intelligence sources (HUMINT) to protect our national security.
Accommodations: Club Quarters Washington DC
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Masonic D.C./U.S Capitol/FREE AFTERNOON & EVENING
(Saturday, December 15)

Note: Metro Use-The Capitol entrance is approximately 4 blocks slighltly uphill from the Metro Stop. Entrance to the Capitol requires going through a Metal Detector.

 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Lafayette Room at the hotel
 Morning: Discuss DC's Masonic roots with a 33rd degree Mason. Explore the influence Masonic teachings had on our nation's founding fathers, and examine the masonic symbolism imbedded in the city planning by George Washington-commisioned architect, Pierre Charles L'Enfant.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Take the Metro to the United States Capitol for a guided visit through the Rotunda. Afterwards, the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Free Evening
Accommodations: Club Quarters Washington DC
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Gospel Brunch at the Howard Theatre/"U Street Renaissance"/ Fords Theatre Christmas Carol
(Sunday, December 16)

Note: The U Street Heritage Trail is composed of 14 illustrated historical markers that will take approximately 90 minutes to explore.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Free Morning
 Lunch: Take the Metro to the Howard Theatre for a Sunday Morning Gospel Brunch. 2012 marks the Grand reopening of one of America's most preeminent Arts Halls for African American's. From Duke Ellington and Ray Charles to Lena Horn and Sammy Davis Jr, the reopening of the "theater of the people", is symbolic of DC's urban restoration over the past decade. In addition to hosting prominent national acts such as Bill Cosby and Aretha Franklin, the theatre's on site kitchen will boast a flavorful menu thanks to the contributions of chef Marcus Samuelsson (Top Chef Masters) whos hospitality group is consulting on the menu for the supper club.
 Afternoon: Explore the city on your own, or go with your Group Leader for an optional excursion on the U Street Heritage Trail. Known as "Black Broadway" during the first half of the 20th century, the U Street Corridor was the center of African American business and culture. After decades of decline, the U Street neighborhood has experienced an urban renaissance. Visit sites such as the first African American YMCA, Ben's Chili Bowl, and the recently restored Lincoln Theatre where Jazz icons such as Duke Ellington, Pearl Bailey and Sarah Vaughn called home.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: Experience a classic Christmas tradition at the historic Ford's Theatre. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the production The Washington Post hailed as musically high-spirited and infectiously jolly.
Accommodations: Club Quarters Washington DC
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: National Cathederal/ Hisorical Homes in Georgetown/Monuments&Memorials Coach Fieldtrip
(Monday, December 17)

Note: Periodic standing at the Cathedral, Tudor Place and House of the Temple

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Fieldtrip to the Washington National Cathederal. See Woodrow Wilson's Tomb, marvel at the ironwork, and learn the history behind the country's "National House of Prayer".
 Lunch: Lunch and tea at Tudor Place in Georgetown. Overlooking the Potomac river, the former residence of Martha Custis, granddaughter of Martha Washington, dates back to 1816. Tour the gardens, and then relax in the homes' historic rooms and enjoy a variety of tea blends accompanying tea sandwiches, scones, and petite deserts.
 Afternoon: Fieldtrip to the House of the Temple Designed by noted architect John Russell Pope (Jefferson Memorial, National Archives) and modeled after the tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus-one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the House of the Temple stands as one of the most remarkable landmarks in DC, and premiere examples of American neoclassicism. Afterwards, round out the program with a guided coach excursion to the National Mall. Discover the nations' most iconic monuments and memorials!
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Club Quarters Washington DC
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap Up/Departures
(Tuesday, December 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Program Wrap Up/ followed by Check out by 12:00pm
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Washington, DC Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery, our nations most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honored dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Free. For additional information, visit
  Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington DC’s oldest art museum presents the art of our times and of times past. The museum is internationally renowned for its collection of American art as well as European paintings and sculpture For additional information, visit
  Ford's Theatre
As a living tribute to Abraham Lincoln's love of the performing arts, Ford's Theatre presents plays and musicals underscoring multi-culturalism and highlighting the eclectic character of American life. For additional information, visit
  George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Explore George Washington's estate overlooking the Potomac River and discover 45 acres of family fun, including hands-on activities, special tours, river cruises, farm animals, shopping, dining, and more. Open every day! For additional information, visit
  National Mall
A splendid green park area extending approximately two miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Lining either side of the park near the Capitol are 200-year-old American elm trees, several of the Smithsonian Institution museums, National Archives, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Gardens. For additional information, visit
  Smithsonian Museums
Explore the many Smithsonian Museums around the National Mall, including the American Indian Museum, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Natural History Museum, and more. For additional information, visit
  Washington Visitor's Bureau
Visit this website to get a full overview of the many activities and cultural opportunities Washington, DC has to offer. For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

"They Have Killed Papa Dead!": The road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance

Author: Pitch, Anthony

The Sacred Geometry of Washington, D.C.

Author: Nicholas R. Mann

1812: A Nation Emerges

Author: Sidney Hart & Rachel L. Penman

Cherry Blossoms, The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Author: Ann McClellan

Frommer's Washington D.C.

Author: Elise H. Ford

Not For Tourists Guide to Washington DC

Author: Jade Floyd

Of Spies and Lies

Author: Sullivan, John

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