Trips & Excursions

Sunday, October 1st from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Join Politics & Prose this fall on a 2.5 hour private guided and interactive tour with a focus on slavery and its legacies at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home.

We’ll begin on the mountaintop with an exploration of the first floor of the house, surrounding grounds and Mulberry Row through the perspectives of enslaved people who lived and worked there.

Afterwards, we’ll visit the Burial Ground for Enslaved People, and participate in a facilitated dialogue on race and the role of slavery in the United States.

Date: Sunday, October 15th 2023, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET

This fall, join Politics and Prose's perennial favorite: the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater! We are leading a trip to the wooded area of western Pennsylvania where you can enjoy the fall foliage, harmonious surroundings and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement and a UNESCO World Heritage site! Sunday, October 15th 2023, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

September 30 to October 9, 2023

Join Politics and Prose instructor, Francis J. Ambrosio, Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and Director of the Georgetown MyDante Project, and Deborah Ross Warin, Director, Renaissance Tours Company, LLC, former Director of Continuing Education and lecturer at Georgetown University, and author of the forthcoming book, Battista Sforza and the Court of Urbino.

Date: Sunday: October 8th at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

White house with collums in the front entry.

Join architect Marty Towles this fall for a local tour of Washington’s Woodley Park neighborhood. We will view structures constructed in 1804 up through 2015, including structures that were, structures that remain, and some unusual structures that might have been. Sunday: October 8th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

October 6-11, 2023

Côte d'Azur trip (October 6-11, 2023) is presently booked. To put your name on the waitlist, please email


Politics & Prose Invites You to Experience Art, Light and Beauty on the French Azure Coast

Sunday, October 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

General Post Office Building, South Portico, 1836-1842, Robert Mills, architect. Photo: Elise Friedland.

Join GW Professor Elise Friedland for a walking tour from the Treasury Building to Judiciary Square to compare D.C. federal architecture to its ancient Greek models. Inspired by the museum exhibition Classical Washington, co-curated by Friedland and on view at the George Washington University Museum through Nov. 18, this tour provides a closer look at downtown D.C. and considers why the art and architecture of our nation’s capital so consciously adopts and adapts these classical models.

Date: Saturday, November 4th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees and several other nature books, for a fall walking tour of the historic and botanically diverse trees of the U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum (the new official name of the site). The visit offers the chance to admire trees in early autumn splendor including several species of maple and magnolia, century-old oaks, pecans, giant sequoia, and the intriguing jujube. Many of the trees, such as oaks, pecans, black walnuts and dogwoods, will be bearing fall fruit, a perfect time to study and appreciate them.

Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Join Andréa Seiger and John Dean, author and photographer of 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss guidebook for a walk in this elegant and peaceful cemetery, the setting of George Saunders prize-winning Lincoln in the Bardo. DATE: Saturday, December 2nd, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

March 1-7, 2024

Novelist Willa Cather visited New Mexico six times between 1912 and 1926, as she was enchanted by the desert Southwest. In 1925, while visiting Santa Fe she bought a biography of a French missionary priest and decided to write a novel based on Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy. She returned the following year to complete the research for the book, which was published in September 1927 as Death Comes for the Archbishop. Six months before she died, Cather called it her “best book.” 

April 10 – 17, 2024 - Sold Out.

April 17 – 24, 2024 - Second week added with availability.

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Join Politics & Prose on an exploration of this unique part of France, Périgord Nord in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, well known for its food specialties (truffles, walnuts, foie gras) and wines (Bruno loves wine!). A highlight of the trip will be spending time with Martin Walker. We’ll spend one whole day in “St. Denis,” tasting wines at Bruno’s favorite wine shop, and then going on to Martin’s house, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch while Martin pours us some favorite wines and regales us with stories about the region. For updates join our mailing list and email

More information and dates to follow.

Join former Howard University and University of Michigan professor Michele L. Simms-Burton for a lively and spirited tour of Black expatriate writers living and writing in Paris, France. Explore Black Parisian culture, stroll the streets and visit the cafes where these writers once walked and wrote, learn about their conflicts and resolutions, discover why they made a go of it in Paris, and examine why Black creatives once expatriated to Paris and continue to do so.


Trip dates: October 21 – October 28, 2024

Note: The trip is presently booked with reservations. To put your name on the waitlist, please email

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Join Eric Denker, Ph.D., author, expert in Venetian art, and a favorite lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, on this exploration of beautiful Venice. Eric will take us to his favorite sites, including the Palazzo Ducale, the Academia art museum, the Scuola Grande San Rocco (where Eric is the first American member), Ca d’Oro historic house, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the islands Murano, Burano and Torcello in the Venetian lagoon.