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Welcome to Washington, DC Legend Tours! We are committed to providing top-quality sightseeing tours of Washington, DC, with guides who are passionate about the history of the Nation's Capitol. We provide sightseeing, specialized, private, and school tours. Our private tours can be provided in English, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian, Amharic, and Spanish. 


We look forward to you being our guest in DC!




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  • Mike Gottesman (Wednesday, July 09 14 03:00 am EDT)

    Good morning Yohannes:

    Hopefully you remember me. My family, along with our exchange student from Austria, took your nighttime Washington DC tour back in April of this year. You and I discovered our common interest in archaeology and you told me about your involvement in some of the major archaeological digs.

    First, I want to apologize for not getting back to you for such a long time. Unfortunately, there were a series of illnesses in our family shortly after our trip to Washington and things are just now getting back to normal. I do want to thank you for what was a truly wonderful experience. Your insight and historical knowledge and perspective went above and beyond our greatest expectations. The tour was quite an educational experience. We have told many of our friends that if they want to take a tour of Washington, you are the only person they should contact. Just so you know, we have another exchange student coming to live with us this year and when we visit Washington DC with her, we will definitely be contacting you to schedule another tour.

    I hope you will recall that you had its mentioned to me that you run tours of archaeological sites because I had expressed an interest. You were going to send me some photographs or contact me the next time you were up here in the New York City area. Please do so as I would most definitely like to pursue the possibility.

    Thank you once again for a most informative and enjoyable evening.

    Very truly yours,

    Mike Gottesman

  • John Connor (Friday, April 25 14 07:46 am EDT)

    Thank you Dr. Zeleke for the amazing night tour of DC. The knowledge and warmth you bring as a tour guide are unparalleled in our experience. This tour was something our family will never forget, and was the highlight of our DC trip. Our groupon number was 2405-BN-185993, and we cannot recommend this tour enough.

    -John, Julie, Colin, Jack & Charlie Connor

  • Neil Ettinger (Monday, April 07 14 11:23 am EDT)

    Just a quick note to thank you for the wonderful Night tour. My family, wife and daughter all enjoyed every aspect of tour. Your tour and info was conveyed that kept all of our attention while keeping the 10yr old thoroughly interested in Washington Dc, and all it has to offer. Would recommend your tour to young or old, novice or advanced visitor to DC....thank you. Perfect getting to know DC for my child's 1st Visit!!!

  • Sylvia bodenman (Thursday, January 30 14 01:35 pm EST)

    Thank you so much for the tour today it was very informative. Our groupon voucher number is 37256467 groupon 2159-au. Redeemed jan 30th please let me know if you need more information . Thanks again for the wonderful tour. Sylvia

  • Timothy (Thursday, January 09 14 04:01 pm EST)

    I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr. Yohannes and the tour. If you want not only to see the monuments but to know what you are looking at, then Dr. Zeleke is who you want. Very knowledgeable and informative. Gives you plenty of time to walk around and ask questions at the sites and never reads from a script. If you go to D.C., a tour with Dr. Zeleke is a must. Thanks for the great experience!

  • Martha and Ken (Sunday, January 05 14 06:14 pm EST)

    What a wonderful adventure with Yohannes, he is the best informed tour guide that we have ever had. His knowledge of the area and the history is amazing. He kept us entertained with some comical asides as well. His educational background and personal inputs makes the tour more informative and creative. I will tell everyone that I know who is visiting in the area to be sure to include a tour with Dr. Zeleke. His tour was the highlight of our trip and an important lesson in history told through the eyes of a gentleman guide. Excellent adventure. Thank you Yohannes.

  • Steve (Thursday, December 05 13 11:40 pm EST)

    This guy rocks! Do you want to learn some stuff? This guy will teach you! He was a history professor for crying out loud! He wants you to be engaged and ask questions. He's funny, knowledgable, and aware of all the landmarks around DC. He not the average tour guide that repeats the same stuff over and over. Ask him about what he thought when Lincoln did that thing on that day and I bet he gives your better answer than a guy driving a run of the mill trolley anyday!

  • Lisa and Steve Welch (Thursday, December 05 13 09:58 pm EST)

    Johanas is amazing! Best tour guide in DC. Our night tour included all of the great monuments and historical buildings. We learned in depth history of our founding fathers and our country.

  • Barbara Waiters (Tuesday, November 26 13 09:47 am EST)

    I want to thank you so very much for the tour on 11/09/2013. It was the very best tour that I had, and I travel all over the world. The many places you took us to, I had seen them before, but you told us thing which other guides did not tell us. Your knowledge of D C was awesome You also took us to places that were not on other tours. We really did enjoy the tour and wanted to let you know WHAT A GREAT TIME WE HAD. Again thank you so very much.

  • Mark McClain (Tuesday, September 03 13 10:10 am EDT)


    The evening trip we took with you on 8/31 rates AAA+. We've taken many private tours - in Hawaii, Chicago, New York, Boston. Your tour ranks at the top.

    We visited DC to learn a bit more about our country's history, and to visit the places where that history was made. You went above and beyond our expectations. The knowledge you passed on to us was priceless.

    We learned more in the 3-1/2 hours we spent with you than we did during the rest of our 72 hour trip over Labor Day weekend.

    It was a very pleasurable evening - from the time we were picked up in our hotel lobby, until we were returned to the hotel later in the evening.

    Thank you so much.

    Donna, Mark & Family

  • Mitch (Sunday, July 28 13 11:01 pm EDT)

    Awesome tour!! Learned so much! Yohannes was great

  • LORI DUGAY-FRISBIE (Wednesday, July 24 13 08:19 pm EDT)


  • Michael (Saturday, July 20 13 08:06 pm EDT)

    WOW!!!! That's all that needs to be said to describe this tour and our wonderfully pleasant and most excellent tour guide, Dr. Yohannes Zeleke. The knowledge he has of this country's history, both publicly recognized and discretely concealed, is nothing less than astounding! The time (and money) spent falls into the "one of my best investment ever" category! I was VERY impressed with the fact that Dr. Zeleke believes in the goodness of people so much to the point of not requiring any deposits for his tours. That being said, you do NOT want to miss out on a scheduled tour with him! I have already planned to schedule more tours with him for other out of town guests and some in town friends that have never experienced the depth of culture and history available about our nation and her capitol. Well done Dr. Zeleke and I look forward to experiencing your historical tome! If it is anything like your tour, it will be nothing less than epic! Again, thank you, from our group to you, from the bottom of our hearts and souls.

  • Jennifer Parris-Jaime (Tuesday, July 16 13 09:13 am EDT)

    My family took a trip to DC this past weekend and had the pleasure of having Yohannes give us a tour of the area. He was very knowledgeable and accommodating. The vehicle was clean,spacious and comfortable. Yohannes showed great passion in teaching and strived to make the tour educational and enjoyable. Thank you!

  • Rob Dinkel (Wednesday, June 19 13 08:22 am EDT)

    We wanted to take a moment to write a review for the two outstanding tours and service we received. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the tours great fun, while being educational. My family and I took the DC by Night tour, which showed all of the great DC monuments lit up at night. We also took an equally fantastic day tour to see all of the sites DC has to offer. Johannes and his team took great care of us. It was fantastic to see all of the sites, while hearing the history, and not having to worry about anything but taking it all in. We would not hesitate to book more tours with Jerusalem DC Tour Company! It was an excellent experience and one my family and I will cherish for many years to come.

  • Norman Hatter (Saturday, June 01 13 02:10 pm EDT)

    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Washington DC with Yohannes as our guide. Although there were only two couples in the van, the others having canceled at the last minute, Yohannes gave a deeply knowledgeable explanation of the many landmarks. He indeed was a "gentleman and scholar." I would definitely recommend him to others.

  • Ryan McCall (Sunday, May 19 13 01:00 pm EDT)

    Hello Yohannes,

    Thank you so very much for taking us on the night tour of the DC monuments. We feel very fortunate that we luckily had you as our guide. Your knowledge, professionalism and personality made this the highlight of our trip. We will highly recommend you to all our friends and look forward to seeing you next year.

    Best wishes,
    Mary, Ryan and Connor McCall

  • Rob, Maureen and Sean (Sunday, May 12 13 03:32 pm EDT)

    What a great tour! My family just completed the half-day tour of DC and had a wonderful time with Yohannes. He is extremly knowledgeable, engaging and considerate. He encourages questions and shares little known facts. This tour is perfect both for folks who live in the area and want to learn more about D.C., as well as visitors to the area. We plan to take the tour again when we have out-of-town guests. Thank you Yohannes for our memorable tour.

  • Rice N.Ireland (Sunday, May 05 13 12:19 pm EDT)

    The night tour was both interesting and extremely informative. The guide (Yohannes) had a tremendous grasp of Washington DC and it's history. It was a revelation to the family and enhanced our enjoyment of Washington DC as a city, even for our Grandchildren. Yohannes picked us up at our hotel and gave us a private tour for our family of 11 people.

  • Anna Baca (Friday, April 26 13 03:59 pm EDT)

    Hello Yohannes!

    My husband and I would like to say a great big thank you! The tour was entertaining and informative at the same time. I would highly recommend (and in fact I have) to anyone interested in the evening tour. Thank you again for providing such a wonderful experience!

  • Al Mamaril (Wednesday, April 17 13 11:23 pm EDT)

    I had a wonderful night tour with Dr. Zeleke on April 8, 2013. The tour was very informative and educational; he was a walking encyclopedia of American History which included many interesting and fun facts about the various monuments and locations we stopped at, or drove by. Great tour! Thank you!

  • Karen Neubauer (Saturday, April 13 13 11:57 am EDT)

    Great tour. Knowledgeable and flexible guide. Amazing history and architecture narrative. Easy to arrange pick up and drop off. Got us on tour the next day.

  • Priya B Bajaj (Friday, April 12 13 05:41 pm EDT)

    I had a wonderful trip to Washington DC along with my husband and grand daughter Anisha during March 2013. Yohannes was excellent in his services and we look forward to another trip in the near future. I would recommend Yohannes as the best as a tour guide.

  • Amanda Dockum (Monday, April 08 13 01:48 pm EDT)

    a group of 10 from our company went to DC for the weekend, and I booked Yohannes for our tour. It was our first visit to the city, and we could not have had a better tour guide. He was informative, funny, and it was all around a great experience. The details he knew about the city and our history was astounding. He worked with our schedule and customized our experience according to our interests. I HIGHLY recommend his tours to anyone who wants to learn while touring the sights of DC and Georgetown. For me, taking this tour should be considered a worthy attraction when visiting DC.

  • Christy Keyes (Friday, March 29 13 02:13 pm EDT)

    I was lucky enough to be a participant on a tour of Washington DC guided by Dr. Yohannes Zeleke. First, he went out of his way to arrange our small group pick up at different hotel locales. Second, from the moment we were in the vehicle he provided commentary, history, humor and gentle guidance to our group. The size of the group was intimate, making it seem so much more personal and offered us the ability to ask questions, take pictures, walk around at locations of our choosing and have probably the best experience of our tourist portion of our trip. I cannot recommend this tour enough! Fabulous from start to finish!

  • Kelly Baran (Sunday, March 10 13 06:11 pm EDT)

    Great tour :)

  • Diane Kelly-Abrams (Thursday, February 21 13 12:51 pm EST)

    Johannes, long time no see. Glad to see you are well.

  • Calvin Martin (Saturday, December 29 12 03:43 pm EST)

    We took the DC by Night Tour with Dr. Yohannes Zeleke as our guide. It was an absolutely phenomenal experience. Dr. Zeleke provided such in depth knowledge of each location that we felt we were experiencing the history as it occurred. Highly recommend the experience and Dr. Zeleke.

  • Joan Lee (Friday, December 07 12 10:33 pm EST)

    I thoroughly enjoyed our tour today. The most informative and interesting tour I have ever been on. Yohannes was extremely knowledgeable and informed us about the people rather than just seeing the sites. Without question, the best tour I have ever been on.

  • Judy Emmett (Friday, December 07 12 10:27 pm EST)

    Yohannes and the Jerusalem Tour company is hands down the best tour I have ever been on. I have been on several tours both inside and outside of the US and I have never been so impressed! Yohannes knowledge is better than anything I have ever seen. If you are looking for a one stop tour this is the one!

  • LtCol D'Anne Spence (Friday, December 07 12 09:31 pm EST)

    Thank you so much for the phenomenal tour of Washington DC today. We had heard great things about your tours but you far exceeded our expectations! Your attention to detail, ability to answer questions was amazing. We learned so much more about the people and the history of the the US and Washington DC rather than just pointing out the sites.

    I will recommend you to all our friends when they want to do tours.

    Thank you forrrr making our trip great!
    D'Anne Spence

  • Mick & Judy Orsburn (Monday, November 26 12 02:26 pm EST)

    Yohannes, Just a note to let you know how much we appreciated our tour of DC over the Labor Day weekend. Normally we would have expected a personal tour of the caliber we received to have been much more expensive. The four of us in our group are still talking about it to our friends and recommending without hesitation that they contact you if they are ever in the DC area and are looking for the best guided tour available. We gave the concierge in our hotel in Tysons Corner rave reviews of Jeusalem DC Tour and even left him with the brochures we had with us.

    There were several items of note that we appreciated. You made an extra effort to pick us up where it was convenient for us. With limited parking in DC this was a nice touch. We also appreciated the small size of the group. It was more like a family outing with friends than a city tour on a crowded, noisy bus. Additionally, we were astounded with your knowledge of our nation's capital and your patient, humorous presentation style. Your tact in dealing with a troublesome passenger was a lesson in diplomacy. It may be a small thing, but we also enjoyed the bottled water you provided. Not everything of note in DC is easily accessible, so that was a refreshing touch after some of the walks we took in the heat of the day. All in all, we had such a good time that it was hard to believe that our "4-hour tour" actually lasted closer to 6 hours. What a pleasant surprise!

    Thank you again for the personal touch. It was time and money well spent and we will continue to recommend Jerusalem DC Tour (and Yohannes Zeleke) to anyone and everyone we know. We would not hesitate to book a tour with you again.

    (On a personal note, you even made me look good, since I was the one that found your website and we would have missed a great time in DC if I hadn't. Thank you.)

    With kind regards,
    Mick & Judy Orsburn

  • Nicholas Damanakis (Monday, November 26 12 04:27 am EST)

    In July 2012 I arrived in Washington DC with my family. Johannes was waiting for us at the hotel. We had an amazing time together. We visited all interesting places. Johannes was very friendly and much explanatory at every monument or place we visited. Thanks a lot Johannes

  • Terri (Sunday, November 04 12 02:43 pm EST)

    One of the best things we did in DC! Yohannes is amazing and the tour is as well. We learned so much and saw all the monuments! Thank you so so much for everything! Meeting us at the metro, making sure my daughter could see over the fence an showing us an amazing city.

  • Michael Carlson (Monday, October 08 12 05:12 pm EDT)

    My wife and I were extremely lucky to have scheduled a tour with Yohannes Zeleke. I am the type of person that likes to find the gems that are a little 'off the beaten path'. Dr. Zeleke's tour was outstanding with his tremendous knowledge and stories to go along with the amazing sights. He made Washington DC come alive! My only regret is we didn't spend days with him instead of hours.

  • Stan G. (Monday, October 08 12 02:31 pm EDT)

    My family and I came to DC in September. we didn't know anyone there. We Googled DC tours and Jerusalem tours came up with amazing reviews. We called Yohannes and he was very helpful and answered all of our questions. We decided to do the day tour. We are soo glad that we did. He picked up from the hotel and showed us all the sights of DC along with the historical significance attached to it. This is a great tour and Yohannes is a great tour guide, very professional and a true gentleman!

  • shari Lautenbach (Tuesday, September 25 12 02:20 pm EDT)

    In August I went to Wash. D.C. with friends. Upon arriving I had a tear to my retina in my left eye. My concierge highly recommended Johannes to us and we ended up with him taking us to all my medical appointments. Along the way he instructed us on all the historic sights. On our last night in town we scheduled the Wash, D.C. tour in the dark. It was awesome!
    Johannes went over the top to help me in my medical emergency. I not only consider him to be a superb tour guide I consider him my friend!
    Shari Lautenbach
    Milwaukee, WI

  • Bridget & Amber Hinchman (Monday, September 24 12 10:56 pm EDT)

    We came upon Jerusalem Tours via a Groupon just before our trip to DC to get married. We came shortly after the Labor Day holiday and Yohannes emailed and called to confirm a few times before our night tour, which made booking the tour online much more comforting (since we were coming from out of state). As it turned out, the others in our group cancelled, but Yohannes quite honorably kept our reservation even though we were the only couple in a 15 passenger van. We ended up with a private tour of many of the sights listed on the night tour. We were fortunate in the sense that we had walked the sights during the day so Yohannes expanded our tour to include the National Cathedral, Embassy Row, historic Georgetown homes, Arlington Cemetery, and briefly through Chinatown. If I could offer that suggestion to anyone, I would recommend it as the lesser known and visited sights were really quite impressive. He was amazingly well versed in the history of DC well beyond any other tour company that we observed during our week stay in DC. It was a wonderful night during our honeymoon week and it was the most memorable part of the sight seeing for us. We will absolutely be using this service on our anniversary.

  • Thomas Dorsi (Thursday, September 20 12 09:29 pm EDT)

    We will be in Washington 9/28/12 until 9/30/12. 2 Adults, 1 child 14 yo. How do we book a daytime tour and what are the prices

  • Jamie Glenn (Tuesday, September 11 12 01:21 pm EDT)

    Thank you so much for the wonderful tour last night. It was so refreshing to do more than just see the memorials. Hearing about the history of each street we drove down really made me appreciate Washington more as a historical site and less as a city of monuments. My only regret was not having you guide us through the FDR memorial. I will save that for next time.

  • Megan Pashkevich (Sunday, September 09 12 11:15 pm EDT)

    We had a Sunday morning tour with just six people total. I can't imagine seeing the sites any other way; we had such personal attention and got to relax in the van as we saw the entire city and explore some key sites on foot during the many stops along the way. Yohannes' knowledge of the city and its history is really impressive and I agree with previous comments that these tours provide the unique opportunity to interact with the tour guide, take pictures together, etc. We were really pleased to be able to talk about the history of the city with someone who knows it like the back of his hand. I highly recommend this tour!

  • Ann Petrone (Monday, September 03 12 02:59 pm EDT)

    there are four of us visiting washington on 12/13 to 12/15. Please forward information on your tour.
    Pricing, times, etc.
    thank you,
    Ann Petrone

  • Terri (Sunday, August 19 12 11:56 am EDT)

    Just booked my tour with my eight year old daughter! We are so excited to see DC!

  • RDD57 (Sunday, July 29 12 11:23 am EDT)

    “Don't miss this tour”

    While in Washington DC over Easter weekend, my husband and I asked the hotel activities director for a bus tour of DC at night. Three tours were suggested and we picked Jerusalem as it had more stops, limited to 10 people and would pick us up and drop off off at the hotel. Not only did we luck out and have a PRIVATE tour we were honored to be driven around by Dr. Yohannes Zeleke (archaeologist and anthropologist). His wealth of knowledge about the sites of DC and our country's history were quite impressive. His pleasant and affable manner were refreshing and enjoyable. Dr. Yohannes went so far as to take our pictures with his cell phone when our camera batteries ran out. He e-mailed them to us the next day. The company does all day tours, half day tours as well as airport transfers. We had a fabulous time. Make sure to have him walk with you through the FDR Memorial--his insights are phenomenal. I highly recommend it.

  • Yvonne Z (Sunday, July 29 12 11:21 am EDT)

    “Hidden gem”

    This is the best tour we have taken in the USA. Yohannes provides a personalized tour to suit your interests and has an amazing knowledge of the local area and history. We did the night tour after a great deal of walking around the renowned sights. His ability to filter our previous experience with our intended goals (tourist attractions and other worthy sites) was outstanding. I will always consider this a highlight of my trip because we were able to interact with our guide in a way that is impossible on larger tours. This small company also provides transport to and from airports and other deals. I only wish I had heard of them much sooner. This is a must do!

  • anne4JC (Sunday, July 29 12 11:20 am EDT)

    “DC Crash Course—Have It Your Way”

    Wow! No other tour even advertised this level of comfort, personalization, and expertise at such a reasonable price. We were picked up and returned to our hotel doorstep and brought right to the entrance of every other attraction we visited. Our tour guide, Yohannes Zeleker PhD., made advance contacts with us (via phone and email) to ensure that our all day tour was exactly what we wanted. He also obtained our passes for the Capitol building. He managed to get us to everything from the monuments, memorials, historical / government buildings to the National Cathedral to sites in Virginia. Drive time was peppered with his extensive knowledge of history and trivia. (He named dozens of unmarked embassies as we traversed Massachusetts Avenue!) Dr. Zeleker even managed to provide assistance to one member of our party who felt ill without interrupting the tour for the rest of our group. Bravo! This perfectly customized and thoroughly professional tour is highly recommended.

  • onwardho2gether (Sunday, July 29 12 11:19 am EDT)

    “The only way to see DC”

    We just completed our 6 hour tour with Yohannes and all I can say is FABULOUS. Dr. Zeleker's knowledge of all the major memorials and DC sites was amazing. He gave us facts and trivia I feel certain we never would have received on one of those "cookie cutter" tours. At each stop, our party of four chose to explore, we were dropped off at the entrance and meandered around while Johannes parked. We were then accompanied my him throughout the site while he shared his wealth of knowledge. We were able to see everything we wanted to see and more. I promise you will not be disappointed!

  • Lisa (Tuesday, June 26 12 11:43 am EDT)

    My group had planned to take an open-bus tour of DC, but due to a mix-up at our hotel, we received a tour with Yoannes. The hotel's mistake was our fortune! I highly recommend this tour. We had adults, a teenager, and an elementary-aged boy on our tour and we all learned something. When in DC, take this tour!

  • Cheryl Pauley (Wednesday, May 30 12 01:49 pm EDT)

    Dear Yohannes,
    Thank you so much for the wonderful service you provided for the American Bible Society personnel on May 7-9. I have heard very positive reports from individuals on the care taken to ensure that everything went smoothly. Thank you so much!

  • Susan Ferguson (Tuesday, May 29 12 01:47 pm EDT)

    Yohannnes Zeleke was recommended to us by The Liaison at Capital Hill Hotel. We were limited on time but wanted to see as much of Washington, DC as we could see. Dr Zeleke took us on a 4 hour tour. It was beyond our expectations. Not only did he take us on the tour, his commentary of the history of each monument, memorials, historic buildings and church was so informative and interesting. He is a kind gentleman and I highly recommend him for a private tour guide...We would use him again next time we go to Washington, DC.

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