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Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour with Changing of the Guards

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icon1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

See the moving Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns on a guided walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Be perfectly placed for good views of the moving ceremony, then continue to some of the cemetery's most important gravesites and memorials, including places dedicated to John F. Kennedy, the USS Maine, Second World War soldier Audie Murphy, and more, learning the fascinating history of the cemetery as you walk.
  • Guided Walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns
  • Visit important grave sites from politicians to war heroes, including John F. Kennedy
  • Pass by the former home of Robert E. Lee
  • Group size limited to 15 to ensure personal service
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
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2-Hour Arlington Cemetery Guided Walking Tour in Washington DC
View the ceremonial Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns
Visit some of the cemetery's most important memorials, including the USS Maine Mast Memorial
Visit the grave of John F. Kennedy, as well as Jackie Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Edward Kennedy
See notable sites such as the graves of Civil War Soldiers
Professional Guide
Gratuities
Transportation
Entry to Arlington House
1 Memorial Ave , 1 Memorial Ave, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA

Meet your guide just outside the visitor’s center on the cemetery side after you pass through security.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This is a walking tour, there will be approximately 2 miles of walking and inclines.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Guided Tours DC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the social distancing policy during Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour with Changing of the Guards?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour with Changing of the Guards?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Wear comfy shoes as we covered a lot of ground!" See review
  • "It is well paced as it is hilly and recommend taking water ( there are drinking fountains)." See review
  • "Be prepared - it is a lot of walking but at a good pace for all ages." See review

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History comes alive!
Diane_F
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide, Jim, as significant family history related to Arlington cemetery, and he is an excellent historian. I’ve been on the tram tour at the cemetery two other times, but this was by far the greatest experience. We learned so very much!
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Arlington Cemetery Tour
Merry_P
, Aug 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative! He told us all sorts of interesting facts and history associated with the cemetery and he is even related to many historical figures! All around great tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A great tour guide
Loretta_C
, Aug 2022
While the changing of the guard ceremony was the most memorable, it was Paul, our tour leader, who made the experience unforgettable. His knowledge of Arlington was impressive, but I was especially impressed with his historical knowledge of the entire DC area. He was informative, witty and just generally enjoyable to be with. Paul was a wonderful guide; thanks for a great tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Our tour guide, Paul, was...
Angelica_C
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide, Paul, was excellent! Knowledgeable, polite and even offered us snacks and plenty of water to make sure everyone was ok as it was a very hot and humid day. Thank you!
star-5
Great tour, amaing changing of the guards
cnkdobie
, Aug 2022
Guide was very knowledgeable and personable. The changing of the guards was amazing to watch! Significant amount of uphill walking required, bring water! The guide supplied small bottles of water as well but suggest bringing a bottle with you.
star-4
Hot day for a walking tour
Andrea_B
, Aug 2022
Our guide Paul was great however- the cemetery has a tour that’s on golf cart/trolley things that explain things just as much. It wasn’t our guides fault that it was literally 1000° but that made the walking tour rough…. Especially when this cart tour thing was doing the same thing. Like I said- tour guide was great, just didn’t think tour was as necessary after seeing what the cemetery had to offer
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Great Experience!
Lindsay_J
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide Paul was very knowledgeable and kindly offered water and snacks during the tour. We enjoyed seeing the changing of the guard ceremony and the eternal flame for JFK. It is a lot of walking up hills. It was VERY HOT, so if you go on a hot day bring a lot of water!! It was a great experience visiting a place that honors the military.
star-5
Informative and moving!
Susan_C
, Aug 2022
Very knowledgeable tour guide! (I wish I could remember his name!) It was a stifling hot day and he brought cold drinks and snacks, so thoughtful! He was had so much interesting knowledge of the cemetery and its occupants. I would recommend this tour to anyone!
star-4
Tomb of the unknown soldier.
Ralph_P
, Aug 2022
Changing of the guard. Was a moving experience, I brought my two grandsons in hope of what the public school system don’t teach they could learn here. And understand what great sacrifices were given for our freedoms.
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Arlington Was Great!
Mary_G
, Aug 2022
What a great morning! Paul was amazing and so knowledgeable! Great info, just enough laughter mixed in with respect and honor! Excellent!
star-5
Fantastic experience
DanielleK
, Aug 2022
We had Jim as our tour guide and he was fantastic! The other group didn’t show up so we ended up with a private tour. Jim was very knowledgeable and had tons of stories that added to the experience. He was prepared with extra sunscreen, water and snacks. All around a great experience!
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Amazing 2nd Time Around
Vernon_B
, Aug 2022
Paul was AMAZING!! This was my second tour of Arlington. My first tour, several years ago was a trolley tour. It was moving and informative but this tour exceed that by far; it was so much more “up close” and “hands on”. I felt more like a participant instead of simply a spectator. Paul was friendly, knowledgeable and engaging. I couldn’t recommend this tour any higher. There is a lot of walking but if you are physically able you will find it worth every step.
star-5
Great tour!
Ann_M
, Aug 2022
Jim was a great guide! Very knowledgeable about all of the history of the cemetery! We had a great tour.
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Great tour that really added to the experience
Elaine_P
, Aug 2022
Paul was a fantastic guide! He was so knowledgeable and mixed his facts with an entertaining sense of humor, so we felt that we learned a lot without feeling like we were back at school. We were also impressed that he was carrying bottles of water, susncreen and granola bars - essentials for a hot DC summer's day! We highly recommend taking this tour as we felt it enhanced our understanding and overall experience of Arlington National Cemetery.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Great Tour of Arlington Cemetery
Paul_M
, Aug 2022
Great tour. Our guide did a great job! Gave insights about many buried there. Had a terrific location for viewing the changing of the Guard.
star-5
A unique experience
Amnon_S
, Aug 2022
A very interesting and teaching guided tour The guide - Jim Garret is very familiar with the tour route and taught us a lot
star-5
Worth it!
MarshaGreenberg
, Aug 2022
Paul was very knowledgeable And interesting to listen to as we walked. Paul also paced the walk very well and brought water and granola bars if we needed anything along the way especially in the heat.
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The guide shared a lot of...
Kristi_A
, Aug 2022
The guide shared a lot of info and was able to answer questions that came up along the way. Very glad we went this route rather than trying to tour it on our own.
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Arlington is Special
Daniel_G
, Jul 2022
Jim was a fantastic tour guide and knows Arlington like the back of his hand. He did a great job illuminating the important stories of the brave men and women buried in the park. There are a lot of hidden gems and fascinating stories to be told. The tour is a beautiful walk and a chance to reflect on sacrifices made to ensure we enjoy our everyday freedoms. If Jim is your guide, you’ll have a great experience!
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Knowledge with a Heart
Dawn_N
, Jul 2022
Jim was so knowledgeable. He really cared about what he was doing and took good care of the people in his tour.

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