• Polaroid Photo Tour Washington

    Washington DC Highlights Tour

The Highlights Tour

Join Louisa and experience the US capital Washington D.C. from a different angle. Use a vintage Polaroid camera and take home your own unique souvenirs!

Use the calendar below to select your date and book online!


  • Location

    Washington, DC, USA

  • Duration

    180 Minutes

  • Photo Guides

    Local & English Speaking

  • Group Size

    Maximum 8 People

  • Price

    Standard Ticket US$69

  • Booking

    Instant Confirmation

Are you tired of traditional city sightseeing and boring
walking tours?

Then this is the tour for you! 

At the beginning of the tour, your local guide will show you how to use a vintage Polaroid camera.

We then help you find the very best angles to create your own meaningful photo souvenirs! No previous photography knowledge needed!

On your walking tour, you’ll see some of the capital’s most famous sights, like the White House, the Washington Monument, and the Capitol but also a few things that might surprise you about Washington, DC.

You will discover why Polaroid photography is still important in this digital age, when we are used to having endless pictures available at our fingertips.

While many of your photos gather “digital” dust on your phone or camera, with us, you will create tangible souvenirs of your trip.

Slow down and experience the city in a whole new way. Look at the scene in front of you, carefully frame your shot, and capture a meaningful moment on a Polaroid picture.

Check out the tour itinerary for more info



    • Choose your date and time from the tour calendar.
    • Follow the booking process to book and pay your tickets online.
    • The booking and payment is processed by our partner FareHarbor. They charge a small booking fee in addition to the ticket price.
  • Payment options:
    • Credit cards.
    • If you do not own a credit card but want to book a tour, just contact us at booking@instant.tours
  • Cut-Off Times: Tours can be booked online up until 24 hrs. prior the scheduled departure time. If a date has existing bookings it can be be booked up until 4 hours to the departure.
  • Short-Term Inquiries: If you like to join a tour within 24 hrs. to the departure just drop us a line. We try to make it happen: washington@instant.tours
  • Private Tours: You want to book a tour but cannot find a suitable date? Inquire via e-mail and we will try scheduling one.

If you have questions, check out our FAQs, call us at +1 (540) 416 1346 or write an email to washington@instant.tours

We have planned a great tour for you. Exploring Washington, DC, you’ll see:

  • The White House
  • Treasury Building
  • Freedom Plaza
  • The Old Post Office
  • African American History and Culture Museum
  • The Washington Monument
  • The National Mall
  • The Capitol
  • The Smithsonian Castle
  • and a lot more!


  • Standard Ticket includes vintage Polaroid rental camera and one pack of Polaroid Originals instant film with eight pictures worth 19 EUR (about US$ 23)
  • No-Camera Ticket does not include a rental camera nor the instant film. Perfect for someone who wants to use their own camera or accompany someone on the tour

Meeting Point

  • Address: Farragut Square, south side of Admiral Farragut Statue (I St and 17th, NW)
    You can find more info about the meeting point right above.


About 180 minutes including the introduction to the Polaroid camera and the instant film.

Departure Times

Mornings, daily except Saturdays. Please check the tour calendar for details.

Group Size

No minimum group size. Average maximum group size is eight.


The tour is operated in English.


  • Vintage Polaroid 600 Camera for the duration of the trip
  • 1 Pack of Polaroid Originals instant film with eight pictures worth 19 EUR (about US$ 23)
  • Introduction to instant photography
  • English speaking personal photo guide. Your guide is a local who is happy to answer questions you have about Washington, recommend places to eat, give tips on what to see and where to go and much more. But please be aware of the fact that our tours are focusing on experiencing the city through the lens of one of our Polaroid cameras and are not classic sightseeing tours.

Not Included

  • The No-Camera Ticket does not include a rental camera nor the instant film.
  • Gratuities (optional)

Cancellation & Refund

  • Cancellations: If you have to change or cancel a tour please let us know as soon as possible. Just write an email to booking@instant.tours. Within 48 hours prior your booked tours departure, we will refund you with the total amount paid.
  • Short-term cancellations (less than 48 hours before the tour’s departure): We will try to reschedule the tour with you. If we aren’t able to do so, a short-term cancellation will result in full payment of the agreed tour price for the scheduled time.
  • Changes: If you want to change the date and/or time of your trip you must contact us as soon as possible in writing at booking@instant.tours. We will try to reschedule your trip with you, although we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to do this, as changes are subject to availability at the time.
  • Bad Weather: In most cases we meet you at the meeting point. There we will discuss our options, which are: rescheduling the tour, cancelling and refunding or running it anyway. In rare cases we cancel the tour beforehand by informing you via email and/or phone. If the tour you booked got cancelled due to bad weather we will try to reschedule it. In case the suggested options are not viable for you we will give you full refund.
  • For details please view our Terms and Conditions here

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Washington

We meet at the Farragut Square, south side of Admiral Farragut Statue (I St and 17th, NW). This is where you’ll find your guide (having a Polaroid camera around his or her neck).

Address: 912 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA

Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes prior the tour to ensure that we can start in time.

Ending Point

Ending Point Washington

Your tour ends at the Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle), 1000 Jefferson Dr. SW. There, we will review your pictures, answer your questions about what to do in Washington, DC, recommend places to eat, and give tips on what to see and where to go.

Add even more fun to your tour! Choose between one or more of our awesome tour add-ons. Just add them during the checkout. You will receive your purchase at the tour!

Available at this tour:

  • Color 600 Film – Additional Polaroid Originals Color 600 film. 8 exposures per pack
  • Group Picture – Your guide takes a portrait or group picture for you to keep
  • Private Tour – Choose this option to make your tour a private one



“We really had a great time! Our guide led us through a very well thought tour of the city and taking Polaroid pictures was extremely exciting.”
Fabio, Italy

Washington Highlights

“This was, by far, our favorite activity during our time in the city. Loved to show the vintage style pictures to my family and friends!”
Callie, USA

Washington Highlights

“I would highly recommend this tour to everyone. I am a student and found the tour to be exceptionally well priced.“
Cassidy, Ireland

Washington Highlights