Arlington Cemetery: Private Veteran-Guided Tour Experience
27 Ratings
Experience Arlington Cemetery with a private tour guided by a Veteran. Witness the changing of the guard, visit the Kennedy graves, and explore the historic grounds. Book now!
Duration: 4 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Arlington National Cemetery - Sample Itinerary (assuming a 0800 start):

0800: Pick up at lodging or agreed meeting point.

0800-0820: Transit

0820-1130: Arlington Cemetery Tour:
Discover how the cemetery got its start and some not so well known history.
Observe portions of a full military honors funeral.
Experience Arlington with all five senses.
Visit the grave of a favorite notable or loved one.
Tour a not well traveled part of the cemetery and observe silence and serenity.

1130-1200: Transit to agreed drop off point.

More details:

Meeting location: Agreed Location within Alexandria City Limits, Arlington County, or District of Columbia (Washington City).
Most of the tour is out of doors so dress appropriately for the season. Early morning (0800 or 0830) start recommended.
End location: Agreed Location within Alexandria City Limits, Arlington County, or District of Columbia (Washington City).
Location options: Address or Intersection upon Traveler’s request, Airport, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Monument/Building upon Traveler’s request, Rail or Bus Station
Transportation Method: Private SUV (2017 Buick Enclave) to and from the cemetery. There’s an option to employ the public trolley on the cemetery grounds if guests are mobility limited.
We will see more if we tour afoot.
Touring afoot is hilly and about 2.75 miles or 4.4 km.

What's Included
  • On-board WiFi
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Private, personalized tour
  • In-vehicle air conditioning
  • Transportation in a private vehicle
What's Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Gratuity
Additional Information

Take a tour of Arlington Cemetery led by a Veteran guide specializing in military history. Watch the guard replacement ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Explore each of the Kennedy family burial sites. View Robert E. Lee’s mansion located within the property and the garden of his wife, where the cemetery’s first interment occurred. Reflect on the inception of the cemetery in the Civil War era and its development through every national conflict thereafter.

Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery requires a US federal or state government-issued photo ID or a passport.

Arlington National Cemetery
Entrance at Arlington Memorial Bridge,
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(27 Ratings)
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Jul 4, 2023
Extraordinary Tour! - Our family’s in-depth tour of Arlington with veteran Tom Schultz of DC Military Tours was extraordinary!! Tom is down to earth and mellow and made the tour fun and fascinating for all 3 generations of our family. We greatly appreciated the depth of his knowledge regarding little known aspects of history and the way he illuminated the complexities and ironies of Arlington’s history.
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Mar 26, 2023
Top notch! - Excellent tour! Our family of six went on this guided tour of Arlington National Cemetery. We were picked up at our hotel and had a comfortable trip to Arlington. The tour was perfect. He was able to customize it to our interests and we moved at a great pace. He was very knowledgeable and did a great job communicating with the whole group. I would recommend using this guide for any of your DC area tours!
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Mar 18, 2023
Fantastic! - Fantastic highlight of our trip! Our private guide was worth every Penny and provided insight we would have missed on our own.
Review provided by Viator
Dec 23, 2022
Awesome tour - Our tour was on the 22nd Nov Our guide was Jim Garrett. Absolutely brilliant tour guide. Seemed to know everything about everyone. Highly recommend this tour and I couldn’t imagine a better tour guide He was so respectful and knowledgable
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Oct 6, 2022
Ask for Tom! - Our guide,Tom Schultz, did a custom itinerary for us with the prime focus on the Civil War. We were so pleased! My wife recently had 2 knee replacements and Tom always mindful of her safety as we traveled the varied terrain. Tom was THE best guide we have ever ha29d!!!
Review provided by Viator
Jul 3, 2022
Cemetery Tour changing of the Guard - Paul Sullivan lead our group. Fantastic tour filled with historical facts and fun side stories. Highly recommend for all ages.
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May 29, 2022
Arlington National Cemetery - This was one of five experiences we had with Tom Schultz from DC Military Tours. As other reviewers have said, Tom has an extensive knowledge of the National Cemetery and walked my wife and I around, pointing out the key internments and monuments and giving plenty of background and context. The Guard change ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns was as moving as you would expect and Tom's knowledge of the details of the ceremony was excellent. We also stopped at the Marine Corps memorial at the end of the tour. Tom is much more than a tour guide. He is a historian who also has the knowledge and experience of a 20 year Navy veteran. On a practical level he picks up from your accommodation and drops you back at the end of the tour (that said, on this occasion, he kindly dropped us in Georgetown). Tom's knowledge is extensive as you would expect. That said, his superpower, if you like, is the ability to pitch and flex your experience to exactly what you are interested in. In Arlington he will seek out areas or individual burials for you. For us he took us to some of the less visited areas of the cemetery where the Civil War and First War burials are and where the USCT lie. Tom doesn't necessarily follow a set route or script, he's too good for that, and he will 'call an audible' if he thinks a stop somewhere would be interesting for you as his listens to your questions and comments. Tom's enthusiasm for history is obvious and somewhat infectious, and this makes him a perfect guide. We would highly recommend DCMT to anyone.
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May 12, 2022
SuperTour - We thoroughly enjoyed our tour experiences with Tom, beginning with his providing transportation literally from doorstep to tour site and back for our group of 4. He was prompt, polite and cordial in manner. Since these were walking tours, Tom’s “pace” was relaxed; he always made sure we were in great vantage points for viewing and/or sidestepping tour delays from same site crowds. He demonstrated considerable knowledge about each tour, through his painting colorful stories about the people and grounds of each tour in a quite detailed, yet conversational style that was easy to follow. Tom readily responded to our questions(spontaneous, or from Tom’s own requests) in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner. As a result, we learned considerably about the facts and story lines for these particular American histories which we had not previously known, or just barely known. We highly recommend booking a tour with Tom.
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Apr 7, 2022
Arlington away from the crowds - History filled, leisurely stroll around the grounds. Tom, our guide, was very knowledgeable and able to keep us away from the crowds and visit hidden gems within cemetery. He guided us to the best spot to watch the changing of the guard a t the tomb of the unknown. Highly recommend this tour
Review provided by Viator
Mar 29, 2022
An incredible way to see such a special place! - The 3-hour private tour we took with Tom from DC Military Tours was off the charts fantastic. As is usually the case with private tours, we could have NEVER done, seen, and experienced all we did with Tom on our own. No way. Tom knows SO much history. Plus, he knows where everything is in Arlington National Cemetery. EVERYTHING! He’s also great at maneuvering through the school groups and tour buses. Our teen son absolutely loved this tour, and so did my husband and I. We were so very impressed with Tom and DCMT, that we’ve already decided when we do WDC, we will book Tom for as much as we can. Highly recommend this tour. You won’t regret it, and you totally get beyond what you pay for.
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up to 6 guests
April 2024