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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 08/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
All tours only operate within local allowances and guidelines. Check local restrictions for DC, Arlington National Cemetery, and Arlington, Virginia before planning your trip.
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Updated 08/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Make the most of your trip to Arlington National Cemetery on this walking tour. A guide ensures you don’t get lost in the cemetery’s vast grounds, and points out tombstones that most miss when exploring on their own. On the tour, view the changing of the guard ceremony from the best vantage point and stop at Robert E. Lee’s home.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    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. NOTE: Passport or US Government ID required for entry to Arlington National Cemetery for all travelers over 16
    See address & details
  • 1
    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
    Stop: 10 minutes
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    Pass by
    Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial
  • 2
    Arlington National Cemetery
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    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. NOTE: Passport or US Government ID required for entry to Arlington National Cemetery for all travelers over 16
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Walking tour includes changing of the guard and tour of Robert E. Lee’s home
  • Explore with a guide: The cemetery’s vast size makes it easy to get lost
  • Small group size ensures a tailored experience
  • Choose from morning or afternoon departure times to fit your schedule
What to Expect
Meet your guide outside the main gates of Arlington National Cemetery at the time chosen at checkout. A small group size ensures full attention from your guide. As you pass through green fields dotted with white tombstones, stop at the final resting places of former US presidents. The guide ensures you don’t get lost in the cemetery’s 624 acres, and points out tombstones you might miss if visiting on your own. Next, make your way to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tour is timed so that you are able to view the incredible precision of the hourly changing of the guard ceremony. Afterwards, follow your guide to the former home of Gen. Robert E. Lee and see other gravesites. The tour ends in the cemetery.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1 Memorial Ave, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA
Duration
90–120 minutes
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Arlington National Cemetery
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Passport or US Government ID required for entry to Arlington National Cemetery for all travelers over 16
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Katie P wrote a review 6 May
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Liam was amazing! So knowledgeable and energetic. His walking pace was perfect so we weren’t too fatigued after traversing the hilly landscape. He gave incredible insight into what we were seeing. I had been to Arlington Cemetery before but the tour made it feel like a
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Gaile wrote a review 5 May
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Liam promptly met us at the appointed time. It was a hot and humid day but Liam made the pace acceptable for those of us who were more senior. We reached the tomb of the unknown soldier in time to watch the changing of the guards. Statesmen and hero’s graves were pointed out
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wayneaux112233 wrote a review Oct 2020
Meraux, Louisiana13 contributions1 helpful vote
This is definitely a must see if you’re in the DC area. This will send chills down your spine. The respect these men have for this job is amazing.
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Ian F wrote a review Mar 2020
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom10 contributions3 helpful votes
The Guide was very knowledgable and he gave the group a great deal of information about the National Cemetery. We arrived at the viewing steps for the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier a few minutes early. Seeing this ceremony was the heart of the visit
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from liamgideon, Owner at Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
Responded 23 Mar 2020
Thank you for your feedback, and sorry to hear you were disappointed in your tour, but with all due respect a few clarifications: 1. The laying of wreaths is not part of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Wreath layings are done by the public and arranged privately, therefore there are not always wreath layings. Also, our guided tour of Arlington is about 2 hours, and the wreath layings take approximately 20 minutes, so we typically do not stay for the wreath laying as we would have to remove other portions of our tour. For instance, on this particular tour, a guest was looking for their brother. 2. There are up to 38 funerals per day at Arlington, plus 1-22 wreath layings, and various other ceremonies running continuously at Arlington National Cemetery and the adjacent Fort Myer base, each have trumpet/bugle players performing Taps. We do stop and show respect for nearby funerals and ceremonies, but we cannot stop for all times a bugle is heard in the distance because one is always heard. In this particular instance, we were well away from the Tomb of the Unknown plaza where the bugler was playing, and I do recall the moment you hushed your guide and two other guests was when your guide was pointing out their brothers grave, a former Tomb Guard who was killed in Vietnam. We extend our apologies to these guests for the disruption of an otherwise sacred memory.
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heatherb79 wrote a review Mar 2020
texas15 contributions14 helpful votes
This was a great tour. Liam was our guide. He was very knowledgeable and was easy to listen to. We saw the changing of guard (he knew the perfect place to stand) and he took us by resting places of well known figures. He answered questions very well. Would definitely recommend!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from liamgideon, Owner at Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
Responded 23 Mar 2020
Thanks for extending your recommendations! I am glad you enjoyed your tour.
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Awesome tour and guide
You get a behind the looks working of the Capitol, the tunnels, the Supreme court and the library. Being a small g
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Great tour!
I really enjoyed this tour. Liam was my guide and he was incredibly knowledgeable about all the sites that we visit
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Do not miss a visit to Arlington
Our guide was very knowledgeable and the group was small so we really got more than we could have ever dreamed for.
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A+ Tour
Liam was a great tour guide. Very informative. We learned a lot and would recommend to anyone. You will start at t
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excellent guide
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Outstanding Tour
Greatly enjoyed our tour on Tuesday October 8, 2019 with Josh. Very knowledgeable and loves his profession challeng
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Awesome Liam
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Excellent tour!
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Great morning tour!
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