Pictures from Washington DC

A Pilgrimage to our Nation’s Capital

Faith, Fellowship, History and National Treasures

Led by:

Carol Sedlacek
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
Lebanon, OR

April 27 – May 4, 2011

Trip map

DAY 1, Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - Depart Portland for Washington, D.C.  Upon arrival we will meet our guide, board our waiting motor coach and drive to our hotel to check-in before departing for dinner at Bob Evans.  We return to our hotel in Ashburn, VA for overnight. FD

DAY 2: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - After breakfast our day begins at Arlington National Cemetery which is perhaps the most famous burial site in the world and the final resting place for many American military personnel who have served in conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the present including the final resting place of President John F. Kennedy.  We see the Tomb of the Unknown and continue to the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue) which depicts the raising of the American Flag on Mount Suribachi during World War II.  We have lunch on our own at the Capitol Visitor’s Center Cafeteria and then visit (pending confirmation) The United States Capitol which houses Congress and where presidents are inaugurated.  We visit the United States Library of Congress, established by an act of Congress in 1800 and the largest national library in the world with more than 100 million items in three buildings.  We continue to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial which is also known as “The Wall” and is composed of simple black granite panels embedded in the earth and etched in chronological order with the names of the more than 58,000 Americans who perished in the war.  We move to the Lincoln Memorial where we find the statue of the somber, seated war president. We see the Reflecting Pool, completed in 1922 and modeled after the Parthenon in Athens.  We visit the Korean War Memorial which is dedicated to the 1.5 million United States men and women who served during the Korean War; the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, divided into four outdoor galleries, one for each of FDR’s terms in office; the Jefferson Memorial, a 19 foot high statue of our nation’s third president.  We enjoy a dinner buffet at Harriet’s Family Restaurant before our walk though the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  We return to our hotel for overnight. BD

DAY 3: Friday, April 29, 2011 - Our day begins with a one and a half hour cruise down the Potomac River to Mount Vernon on the Spirit of Washington.  We explore Mount Vernon, the estate and final resting place of our nation’s first president, George Washington.  Time permitting, we tour the restored mansion, its outbuildings, and 50 acres of gardens and grounds including the tombs of George and Martha Washington.  We enjoy a Colonial lunch at Mount Vernon Inn and then visit Christ Church, a beautiful example of Georgian church architecture dating from 1773.  Here silver plaques mark the pews of George Washington who served as a vestryman and of Robert E. Lee.  We continue with a drive through Old Town Alexandria and see the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Robert E. Lee’s Boyhood Home, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop and Carlyle House and Historic Park.  We visit the National Archives (pending availability at the time of confirmation) which contains the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  Dinner this evening will be at Tony and Joe’s on the waterfront in Georgetown.  After dinner we enjoy an Illuminated Monument Driving Tour as we drive by the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, White House, and the Capitol Building.  We return to our hotel for overnight. BLD

DAY 4: Saturday, April 30, 2011 - This morning we visit the Newseum, the only interactive museum of news which features the most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs ever assembled and the largest display of parts of the original Berlin Wall outside of Germany.  We continue to National Place where we can choose anything from burgers, salads, wraps and sub’s to Chinese, Italian, sushi and teriyaki dishes for lunch.  We tour the Franciscan Monastery and the Catacombs.  Franciscan father Godfrey Schilling founded the monastery in 1897 to educate Franciscan missionaries to the Holy Land.  This evening we enjoy a buffet dinner at Phillips Flagship Restaurant overlooking the waters of the Potomac River.  After dinner it’s “Show Time”!  We see Ruined, where, in the war-torn Congo, Mama Nadi keeps the peace between customers on both sides of the civil war by serving everything from cold beers to warm beds.  We return to our hotel for overnight. BD

DAY 5: Sunday, May 1, 2011 - After breakfast we attend Eucharist at the Washington National Cathedral.  Standing higher than the Washington Monument, it is the sixth largest church in the world.  Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson, the only President buried within Washington DC, are interred here.  The rest of the day will be free to explore on our own.  This evening we enjoy dinner at Buca di Beppo.  We return to our hotel for overnight. BD

DAY 6: Monday, May 2, 2011 - We depart for Ford’s Theatre, restored as it was the night John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln and still an active theatre.  We cross 10th street to the Petersen House to see where Lincoln died and then drive along Embassy Row, where, after the Civil War, the powerful and socially elite built large mansions along Massachusetts Ave and where today the area houses many foreign embassies.  We tour Washington National Cathedral before our visit to the White House Visitor’s Center.  We stop for a photo opportunity of the White House before continuing on to the Smithsonian for lunch on our own and to visit museums of our own choosing.  Some of our choices include:  the National Museum of American History; the National Museum of Natural History; the National Gallery of Art; the National Air and Space Museum; the Hirshborn Museum and Sculputre Garden; the National Museum of African Art; and the National Museum of the American Indian. We stop at the Air Force Memorial from which we can see the Pentagon, the world’s largest office building.  We visit the September 11, 2001 Memorial at the Pentagon which commemorates the one hundred eighty four lives that were lost in a single moment at the Pentagon.  We enjoy dinner this evening at King Street Blues before returning to our hotel for overnight. BD

DAY 7: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - Today we travel to downtown Washington, D.C where we will explore on our own.  We may visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, (pending availability and reservation acceptance), the International Spy Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment or visit some of the museums that are a part of the Smithsonian Institution.  Dinner this evening will be at Brio Tuscan Grille which brings the pleasures of the Tuscan country villa to you.  We return to our hotel for overnight. BD

DAY 8: Wednesday, Mat 4, 2011 - After a leisurely breakfast we check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for our return flight home. BF

Price: $2,469.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Portland, OR Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.

Triple reduction $110.00 per pilgrim

Quad reduction $170.00 per pilgrim

* Excludes airline taxes and surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice.  Estimated taxes as of June 8, 2010 $53.49 per person.

$350.00 per person deposit due with registration. Include a Government Issued picture ID that you will be carrying with you on the pilgrimage such as a driver’s license, passport or other official identification.

Final Payment due by January 26, 2011.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until January 26, 2011 - $150.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ January 27, 2011 - March 11, 2011 - $250.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After March 12, 2011:  NO REFUND

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, F Food for purchase on the airline

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.