Everything Catholic -- churches, monasteries, gardens -- and a Lovely Neighbohood with private guide
The Brookland neighborhood in Washington has the nickname "Little Rome" because of its great concentration of Catholic institutions -- beginning with The Catholic University of America and the beautiful Franciscan Monastery. The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is a colorful jewelbox holding over 50 chapels. Spend half a day on campus and at the Shrine, or half a day visiting the neighborhood with its churches and local sights (including a Civil War fort), or make a full day of it with lunch where the locals eat.
Campus tour: National Shrine (inc interior), general tour of Two half-day tours:
Catholic University campus, passing John Paul II Center, Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 1850s Harewood gatehouse, Mary Garden, and older administration buildings, snacks in the Student Center;
Neighborhood tour: 1830's Brooks Mansion, streets of 1890 - 1930s houses, passing Bishop's House, Augustinian and Jesuit Colleges, Civil War-era Fort Bunker Hill park, Franciscan Monastery (inc interior) and gardens, Holy Name College, Josephat College, Varnum campus, return through Turkey Thicket neighborhood to Brookland, lunch at some local place.
We will be sure that when you are done you have a good idea of the layout of Brookland and can find any other places you plan to visit later, as well as any other areas that interest you. And I'll give you a map!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Brookland Metro stop or your hotel.
End location: Same
Duration: 4 hours
This is set as half-day (four hours) but the tour can be of any length and the cost adjusted.
Guide service (history of sites and neighborhood, interpretation of significance)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 USD - Lunch
You will need money for snacks/lunches, any transportation (metro/taxi), entry tickets if required, and souvenirs.
Don't provide private transportation, but can help arrange this with local companies if desired.
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Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the Shrine. Very happy to have booked him for this tour.