The Senior Trip is an important experience for our Seniors. You, the members of the Class of 2022, will travel with your fellow classmates, experiencing a wider bit of the world together. Next year you will be stepping into new cities alone as you head off to college—what a treat to travel with your friends, binding yourselves together on this adventure, as a step toward that goal.

Update 1/24/22: The Senior Trip is still a “go” for those who have signed up! The tour company, Education Travel Tours, is watching the situation closely and adapting the trip to current Covid restrictions. We will stay in a hotel in Virginia where there are currently no mandates.

Destination: Washington, DC

Trip Dates: March 13-17, 2022

Tour Company: Education Travel Adventures

Trip Leader: Ms. Pauletti, Dean (Rachel.Pauletti@GreatHeartsIrving.org)

 

Sample Trip Itinerary

Day 1

  • You’ll depart on your flight.
  • You will meet your tour manager.
  • Your bus will pick you up and you’ll continue your trip.
  • You will have a cash allotment or voucher for lunch.
  • You’ll arrive at your hotel and check in.
  • You’ll have free time to explore the Smithsonian Museums of your choice such as the National Air & Space Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of American History and the American Art Museum.
  • You will have dinner.
  • You will take a guided tour of the Memorials including visits to the World War II Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.
  • A uniformed security guard will be at the hotel to monitor the hallways during the night.

Day 2

  • You’ll have breakfast.
  • You will meet in front of the Capitol Building for a professional group photo. A copy of the photo will be given to each person on the trip.
  • You will enter one of the most magnificent buildings in Washington as you visit the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill. You will have some time to admire the architecture and peek into the main reading room.
  • You will visit the Supreme Court. If time permits and lectures are available, you may see a 25 minute docent lecture in the courtroom about the judicial branch of our government and the role of the Supreme Court.
  • You will have a cash allotment or voucher for lunch.
  • You will visit The United States Capitol, a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world. Your tour will begin with a short introductory film and include stops at the Rotunda and National Statuary Hall.
  • You will visit Arlington National Cemetery where you will take a tour and see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the Challenger Memorial and the Kennedy Gravesites.
  • You will have dinner.
  • You will take a guided tour of the Memorials including visits to the FDR Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

Day 3

  • You’ll have breakfast.
  • You will visit the estate and gardens of our first president, George Washington. You will have time to see a film at the visitor center, tour his home and explore the grounds.
  • You will have a cash allotment or voucher for lunch.
  • The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States, first occupied by John Adams in 1800. You will have a chance to see the North Front of the White House from Lafayette Park where you can take photos and enjoy the view.
  • You will visit the National Archives and see the rotunda where some of our most important documents are stored. You will see an original copy of the U.S. Constitution and an original copy of the Declaration of Independence as well as many other important documents.
  • You will learn about the assassination of President Lincoln as you visit Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House. If available, you will attend a park ranger lecture inside the theatre and see where the President was shot. You will learn the story about John Wilkes Booth and why he shot the President. Then you will continue to the Petersen House where President Lincoln was taken and eventually passed away. You may also visit the Museum at Ford’s Theatre and the Center for Education and Leadership adjacent to the Petersen House. Reservations for these sites are required and subject to availability.
  • You will visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This is America’s national institution for the documentation, study and interpretation of Holocaust History and it serves as our country’s memorial to the millions murdered during the Holocaust. Reservations will be requested for your visit. If they are not confirmed you may either wait in line for tickets on the morning of your visit or you may see the Daniel’s Story exhibit which does not require reservations or tickets.
  • You will have dinner.
  • You’ll visit the Air Force Memorial, since its formal dedication on October 14, 2006, the Memorial has been a place of pride and honor for all the men and women who served and continue to serve the United States Air Force and its heritage organizations.
  • You’ll visit the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon.

Day 4

  • You’ll have breakfast.
  • You’ll visit the Museum of the Bible which will provide an immersive and personalized experience as you explore the history, narrative and impact of the Bible.
  • You will have free time to explore the neighborhood of Georgetown. The beauty of Georgetown’s cobblestone sidewalks, grand homes and peaceful C&O Canal are part of the draw to this tree-lined historic neighborhood. It is home to some of the city’s top shops and tastiest restaurants including the always bustling Georgetown Cupcakes. Georgetown is also home to the main campus of Georgetown University.
  • You will have a cash allotment or voucher for lunch.
  • You’ll visit the National Zoo where you’ll have a chance to explore this 163-acre zoological park that is home to more than 400 species of animals. The Panda exhibit is always a big hit here!
  • You will have dinner.

Day 5

  • You’ll have breakfast.
  • You’ll check out of your hotel room.
  • You’ll visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a place of meaning, of memory, of reflection, of laughter, and of hope with its artifacts and archival documents.
  • You will have a cash allotment or voucher for lunch.
  • You’ll head to the airport for your return trip home.
  • You will arrive at the airport and check in for your flight.