Alexandria, Virginia Sightseeing Tours

Alexandria Cruises, Carriage Rides, Ghost and Historic Tours

Old Town Alexandria
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Alexandria, Virginia is an interesting place to explore. There are a variety of fun tours of Alexandria available including cruises on the Potomac River, horse-drawn carriage rides, ghost tours, and historic walking tours. You can also take your own walking tour of Alexandria, but a guided tour will give you some expert insight into the history of this fascinating historic town.

Old Town Alexandria Historic Tour

  • Alexandria Colonial Tours
    Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA (703) 519-1749.

    Old Town Scavenger Hunt -Family-friendly tour geared toward ages 8-11. Discover historic places and learn about George Washington and other patriots.

    On the Trail of the Pirates Treasure- A costumed guide leads a tour for ages 4 to 7 searching for hidden treasure.

    African-American History Tour - A walking tour that leads you from slavery to freedom, exploring the history of African Americans.
     
  • Alexandria's Footsteps to the Past
    Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA (703) 683-3451.
    A 90-minute or 45-minute historic walking tour is available daily. Civil War tours are by appointment only. Sightseeing van service is offered to Mount Vernon, Woodlawn/Pope-Leighey, and Gunston Hall.
     
  • Old Town Experience
    (703) 836-0694. Provides step-on bus guides or a guide for a walking tour. Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. April through November.
     
  • Old Town Alexandria Food Tour
    (800) 979-3370. This walking tour combines local history with stops to sample foods at unique family owned restaurants.

Alexandria Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Alexandria Bike Tours


  • Rent a bike and cruise the George Washington Parkway to Gravelly Point or ride along the Potomac River to tour Historic Mount Vernon.

Alexandria Boat Cruises

  • Dandy Restaurant Cruise Ships
    Zero Prince St., Alexandria, VA (703) 683-6076.
    Enjoy a gourmet meal and live entertainment while cruising past beautiful views of Washington, DC's monuments and back to historic Old Town Alexandria. Excursions available include Breakfast at Midnight®, Brunch, Lunch, Mid-Day, Dinner-Dance, and Midnight-Dance Cruises.
     
  • Potomac Belle Charters
    2412 Belle Haven Meadows Ct., Alexandria, VA (703) 868-5566.
    Custom yacht providing chartered tours for 10-35 people.
     
  • Potomac Riverboat Company
    Alexandria City Marina, Cameron and Union Streets, Alexandria, VA (703) 548-9000.

    Alexandria by Water - A 40-minute, narrated sightseeing cruise aboard the Admiral Tilp.

    Mount Vernon by Water - Cruise from Old Town Alexandria to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. (50 minutes each way) Admission to Mount Vernon included.

    Washington by Water - A 90-minute cruise along the Potomac River cruising past Washington's landmarks aboard the Matthew Hayes. You may get off in Georgetown and take a later cruise back to Alexandria.

    Pirate on the Potomac - The 60-minute cruise around the Alexandria Seaport is perfect for kids with its pirate theme.

    Canine Cruises on the Potomac - A 60-minute local favorite with or without a four-legged friend cruises the Alexandria Seaport.

    Alexandria Ghost Tours

    • Alexandria Colonial Tours
      Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA (703) 519-1749.
      Alexandria's Original Ghost and Graveyard Tour. Tours offered mid March-mid November on Wed, Thur & Sun at 7:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
       
    • Alexandria's Footsteps to the Past
      Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA (703) 683-3451.
      Tours available March - November Sun.-Thur. at 7 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Tours available Dec. - Feb. by appointment for groups of 5 or more.