2016 Cross-Cultural Trip: Washington, D.C.

ISSS and International Student Association Council (ISAC) at GSU downtown coordinate trips for students, scholars, and their guests.  Examples of previous trips include a 5-day trip to Washington, D.C., day trip to the Georgia State Fair, and weekend trips to Savannah, GA and Asheville, NC. The trips provide great opportunities to explore the sites and history of U.S. culture and to have fun! Travel beyond Atlanta and create memories you will never forget.


May 3-7, 2016. Right after Spring finals and before May-mester.

What’s Included?

Transportation and Lodging:

  • 3 nights in shared room at Hotel Harrington in the center of the city.*
  • Round-trip transportation via chartered private coach.**
  • Snacks and bottled water on the bus.

*Rooms are shared by 4 same gender roommates.  Double beds are shared by 2 roommates. Exceptions permitted for dependents. Consider roommate requests carefully. We try to honor requests, but cannot make guarantees. You’ll spend very little time in your room.

** We sleep on the bus Tuesday night and begin touring upon arrival in DC Wednesday morning. We don’t check-in to hotel until 3pm, Wednesday.

Guided tours of: 

  • US Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Pentagon
  • Thomas Jefferson’s home & gardens at Monticello

Non Guided Visits to: 

  • White House, National Cathedral, Arlington Cemetery, and Historic Georgetown
  • Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin Delano Rooselvelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorials. These are within easy walking distance of the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials also.
  • Optional – Washington Monument. Free elevator passes are available.

Free Time:  

  • To visit your choice of 19 national museums of the Smithsonian Institution  (free)
  • To visit the National Zoo (free)
  • To visit your country’s Embassy if needed (transportation not provided)
  • To explore on your own.

Low Cost

  • $220 – GSU students early bird discount –  if registered and paid in full by April 1, 2017
  • $230 – GSU students – after April 1, 2016
  • $260 – GSU staff/faculty
  • $260 – Non-GSU participants, spouse and children (must be 16 years or older)
  • No meals are included, so you’ll need to budget 4 days’ food on your own. En route, we take breaks at typical fast food stops. Restaurants in DC are more expensive. Estimate: $100-150 total.


The 2016 complete itinerary is available here for reference only.