The Spies of Georgetown

Washington, United States

Experience hosted by Rosanna

90 mins, Hosted in English
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

Enjoy a stroll through the scenic Georgetown neighborhood with a former CIA officer. Learn about the pivotal 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.

Other things to note:
- This event will take place rain or shine.
- This event is interactive. Be prepared to participate!

Not seeing a tour on the calendar that works for your schedule? Submit a request for a new date/time. We'll work with you and do our best to accommodate your needs.
Enjoy a stroll through the scenic Georgetown neighborhood with a former CIA officer. Learn about the pivotal 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, Ro…

Meet your host, Rosanna

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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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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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 67 reviews.

Joe
July 2021
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. George was engaging, and his background and research proved to be very informative. Highly recommend.
Kenya
July 2021
Fun and informative tour with a personable guide. Great way to tour Georgetown while meeting fellow travelers and even a local or two.
Julie
July 2021
Rosanna was an excellent guide. She made the tour fun and added bits of her own experiences. Georgetown was so cool. The old neighborhoods w/cobble streets and gas lamps is amazing. Rosanna gave us a ton of information that we’d never heard about. I highly recommend this tour.
Rosanna was an excellent guide. She made the tour fun and added bits of her own experiences. Georgetown was so cool. The old neighborhoods w/cobble streets and gas lamps is amazing…
Fabio
July 2021
Great walking tour for the family in Georgetown with Rosanna, who is super knowledgeable and provided a fun, fact-filled glimpse into the spy world.
Jeri
June 2021
Warm, knowledgeable and engaging, Rosanna was a wonderful guide! We thoroughly enjoyed her captivating storytelling and would highly recommend this tour on your next visit to D.C.
Carlotta
June 2021
If you are considering taking this tour, don’t hesitate any further, go for it! Georgetown is a lovely place, definitely a must see in Washington, and Rosanna makes it even more special by sharing her stories and her knowledge. She is super friendly and open to talk, we really had a wonderful afternoon. Don’t miss this!
If you are considering taking this tour, don’t hesitate any further, go for it! Georgetown is a lovely place, definitely a must see in Washington, and Rosanna makes it even more sp…

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    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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  • Tue, Aug 17
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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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.