The Spies of Georgetown

Washington, United States

Experience hosted by Rosanna

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English
Excellent value
Guests say it's well worth the price.
Expertise and insight
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What you'll do

Enjoy a walk through the scenic Georgetown neighborhood with a former CIA officer. Learn about the role the residents here played in the WWII era. These pre- and post- war influencers played friend and foe alike to the Soviets. Learn more about the origins of the CIA, and the life of an operative shared through curated (and unclassified) real-life stories. We'll visit the former homes of William "Wild Bill" Donovan, William Colby, Roald Dahl, and Alger Hiss and see places linked to the espionage activities of Elizabeth Bentley, and Vitaly Yurchenko.

Along the way, participants will be asked to put on their spy hats and consider the role of surveillance in an operative's daily life.

This tour is great for groups and teams!

Other things to note:
- This event will take place rain or shine. In the event of thunder/lightening, the event will be cancelled and guests will be issued a full refund and be encouraged to reschedule. A determination on cancellation due to thunder/lightning will be made no later than 2 hours prior to the event. Cancellations will be communicated through the app.
- This event is interactive. Be prepared to participate!


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Enjoy a walk through the scenic Georgetown neighborhood with a former CIA officer. Learn about the role the residents here played in the WWII era. These pre- and post- war influencers played friend and foe alike to the Soviets. Learn more about the origins of the CIA, and the life of an operative shared through curated (and unclassified) real-life stories. We'll visit the former homes of William "Wild Bill" Donovan, William Colby, Roald Dahl,…

Meet your Host, Rosanna

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Hi. I'm Rosanna, a member of the Atlas Obscura community, and 15-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations. I give visitors an insider’s perspective on the role of intelligence figures and operations as we explore together the espionage history of Washington D.C.’s neighborhoods and landmarks.

Co-host George is a former Senior National Security Officer with 30 years of experience with the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of State, and as a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army. He served multiple assignments in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and South Asia leading intelligence collection operations. He also led the CIA’s advanced tradecraft school and worked in the CIA’s Counterintelligence Center.
Hi. I'm Rosanna, a member of the Atlas Obscura community, and 15-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations. I give visitors an insider’s perspective on the role of intelligence figures and operations as we explore together the espionage history of Washington D.C.’s neighborhoods and landmarks.

Co-host George is a former Senior National Security Officer with 30 years of experience with the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of State, and as a Mil…
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Join 3 other guests
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From $550 per group
Private groups only
From $550 per group
From $550 per group
Private groups only
From $550 per group

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Where you'll be

This 1.5 hr walking tour begins in northwest Georgetown and crosses over Wisconsin Ave. to northeast Georgetown and then south towards M Street. We spend most of the tour away from the hustle and bustle of Wisconsin Ave. and M Street, in quieter neighborhoods that have remained timeless. Please note we will end at Martin's Tavern on Wisconsin, away from the starting point.

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 81 reviews.

Adeline
October 2021
We had a great time on this tour. It was fascinating to meet an actual former CIA operative. George told us stories of his own as well as stories of well known WWII/Cold war spies and answered all our questions. We recommend this tour!
Stella
September 2021
This tour was a lot of fun! Rosanna is engaging, warm and a great storyteller. Highly recommended if you enjoy history and want to learn more about Georgetown.
Ursula
August 2021
This was a wonderful way to spend 90 minutes in Georgetown learning about intelligence history, key players, and Rosanna! The walk was through a charming neighborhood, and the stories tied the tour together. Would highly recommend for any history fans, DC natives, or tourists hoping to learn more about Georgetown's history.
Jane
August 2021
It was a great walking tour with Rosanna, and a fun way to know more about George Town. Rosanna told many interesting spy stories both me and my son enjoyed.
Morgan
August 2021
Rosanna did a wonderful job of showing us around the Georgetown area and pointing out all of the special spy-related spots. Fun stories and a very engaging host.
Christine
August 2021
Great tour with George. The kids loved the start of the tour and meeting signal. Lots of detail in the stories and appreciated the first hand perspective. Would recommend to those interested in spies and learning how Georgetown played a role in spy history.

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  • Sun, Oct 31
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Join 3 other guests
    $42 per person
  • Tue, Nov 9
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Private groups only
    From $550 per group
  • Fri, Nov 12
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Private groups only
    From $550 per group
  • Sun, Nov 14
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Join 4 other guests
    $42 per person
  • Tue, Nov 16
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Private groups only
    From $550 per group
  • Tue, Nov 23
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Private groups only
    From $550 per group

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 8 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Walking Shoes

Water