The Spies of Georgetown - Atlas Obscura Experiences

The Spies of Georgetown

$35 per person
1.5 hours
Up to 10 people
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$35 per person
Washington, D.C.
What We’ll Do

Come learn about some of the Spies that lived in operated in Georgetown in the WWII era. These movers and shakers influenced pre- and post- war policy, and played friend and foe alike to the Soviets. Learn more about the origins of the CIA, the persistent tension between CIA and FBI, and spies who sold U.S. and Soviet secrets. 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, Vitaly Yurchenko, and today's top spies. We'll talk about Cold War-era games of smoke and mirrors between the U.S. and the Soviets. Do these games continue to play out in current U.S. - Russia relations?

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. Hear (cleared) insider stories and discuss other themes like: Becoming a Intelligence Operative; Being Female in the Intelligence World; Teaming with Outside Agencies to Advance a Common Mission and; HUMINT in a Tech-centric World.Other things to noteThis event will take place rain or shine.This event is interactive. Be prepared to participate!

Where We’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.

About Your Host

Hi. I'm Rosanna, a member of the Atlas Obscura community. I'm a 15-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations and bring this experience to bear in my spy-themed offerings. Visitors will be treated to an insider's perspective (and stories!) while exploring and learning more about the espionage history of Washington D.C.'s neighborhoods and landmarks. I'm also a lifelong resident, licensed tour guide, and member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington D.C. I served multiple tours overseas in South Asia, Europe, and Latin America working recruitment and hard target operations. Most notably, I represented CIA in interagency meetings on crime and narcotics issues. I've also supported Agency leadership from the 24-hr Operations Center. Welcome!

For questions about this experience, please contact me directly through Airbnb.

What Else You Should Know

This event will take place rain or shine. This event is interactive. Be prepared to participate!

Group Size

There are 10 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

Guests ages 10 and up can attend.

What to Bring
  • Walking Shoes
  • Water
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing
  • Sun Screen and Bug Repellent
Cancellation Policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

Dates and Availability
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