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Washington, D.C.: Take a world tour during embassies' open-door policy

Want to visit Japan, South Africa, Costa Rica and Australia in a day? Go embassy-hopping in Washington, D.C., on May 3 when more than 50 countries open their doors to visitors.

Travelers who want to choose which ones to visit and be escorted by a guide can sign on to a Diplomat for a Day tour.

Pennsylvania-based Frontiers offers a driver and guide to help you soak up world culture without the hassle. Each embassy to the U.S., many on Embassy Row in Dupont Circle, will showcase their art, food, music and other traditions during the one-day event.

Participating countries include Afghanistan, Bolivia, Botswana, Egypt, Fiji, Korea, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad and Tobago, and more. (Note that European Union nations will open their embassies on May 10.)

Visitors who want a longer stay can customize two- and three-day packages to include other landmarks, such as the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, the former home of General Foods founder Marjorie Merriweather Post.

When: The tour is available 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3 only. (Visitors who want a longer stay can customize two- and three-day packages to include other landmarks.)

Price: $2,250 for a maximum of five guests. It includes transportation in an SUV, tour guide, driver and tips.

Contact: Frontiers, (724) 935-1577

Mary.Forgione@latimes.com
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