Start your Spies, Lies and Assassins Tour with a visit to the FBI headquarters – home to the nation’s most fiercely protected secrets. Your English speaking guide will take you for a walk around the exterior of the J. Edgar Hoover building since interior visits have been cancelled due to security reasons. During the course of the tour, the guide will talk in detail about FBI’s way of working and narrate stories about some of world’s most famous confirmed and suspected spies, double agents and secret missions.
Next, you will head to the site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 by the actor John Wilkes Booth. The Ford’s Theatre is one of the most visited sites in Washington DC. You will head straight for the historical front steps of the theatre where your guide will make sure that you get a good idea of what actually happened on the night when President Lincoln died by re-enacting the series of the events. You will also visit the museum inside Ford’s Theatre that has articles and artifacts related to the assassination like the.44 caliber pistol Booth used to kill Lincoln, and Mrs Lincoln’s opera glasses.
The best attraction of the tour is saved for the end when you visit Washington DC’s most popular museum, the International Spy Museum. Opened in 2002, the museum explores the craft, practice and history of espionage with the largest collection of international espionage artifacts currently on public display. Explore the vast collection of weapons, bugs, cameras and vehicles, while your guide will share stories of famous spies and some of the world’s most unlikely undercover agents. You will also learn about the various ways spies conceal their weapons.
Currently, the museum is hosting an exhibition on ‘50 years of Bond Villains’, a tribute to the books and the films that brought Ian Fleming’s mastermind and his nemeses into life.