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Gettysburg: Horse-Drawn Carriage Battlefield Tour

1. Gettysburg: Horse-Drawn Carriage Battlefield Tour

Experience the Gettysburg Battlefield in a modern horse-drawn carriage. Sit back and relax as an official battlefield guide takes you for a ride at a slow, comfortable pace. Immerse yourself into the history of the Civil War and rest assured that all your questions about the famous battle that took place here will be answered. See the expansive green fields spread out on all sides and take a moment to remember those who fought here. After the tour, leave Gettysburg with a newfound respect and deep understanding of the events that occurred in July of 1863—the tens of thousands of soldiers that lost their lives and the ordinary townsfolk caught between intense fighting. Learn how the town has remained committed to preserving this history for future generations, keeping a close link to its past.

Gettysburg: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour App

2. Gettysburg: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour App

Embark on an immersive, self-guided tour of the iconic Gettysburg Battlefield, tracing the intense three-day conflict of the American Civil War. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Allowing everyone in your group to partake in the historical journey together. As you approach your first stop, absorb a comprehensive overview of the Civil War's origins, leading to the fierce inaugural clash at McPherson Ridge. Witness the site of a critical tactical misstep at the Railway Cut and ponder the restored unity of the nation at the Eternal Light and Peace Memorial. Ascend an Observation Tower for a panoramic view of the storied landscape. Navigate through seminal locations like Seminary Ridge, a makeshift Union hospital turned battlefield, and the dense Pitzer Woods, transitioning into the second day's brutal skirmishes. Drive by Warfield Ridge, the scene of General Longstreet's aggressive maneuver, and the strategic heights of Little Round Top. The tour continues across the foreboding Valley of Death and past the Devil's Den, each name reflecting the grim history of the sites. Witness the toll on civilians at Abraham Trostle Farm and follow the Union's harrowing retreat at Plum Run, leading you to the grand Pennsylvania State Memorial. The narrative brings you along Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill, culminating in the third day's desperate confrontations, including the legendary Pickett's Charge and the High Water Mark of the Confederacy. The tour concludes solemnly at Soldiers' National Cemetery, inviting you to honor the fallen Union soldiers and contemplate Abraham Lincoln's timeless Gettysburg Address. This self-guided experience promises a profound connection with one of America's most pivotal and hallowed grounds.

Gettysburg: Licensed Guided Battlefield Horseback Tour

3. Gettysburg: Licensed Guided Battlefield Horseback Tour

Go back in time and explore the Gettysburg Battlefield on horseback. Discover important details and insights about the Civil War, its soldiers, and local residents. Ride through Gettysburg National Military Park, visit the Virginia Monument, and take in panoramic views at Spangler Farm. Experience the grounds of the Gettysburg Battlefield on horseback, guided by a Civil War expert. Mount your horse and experience the time of 1863 by using this authentic form of transportation. Learn the intricacies of the greatest Civil War battle and its historical importance. Ride through Gettysburg National Military Park and reach the Virginia Monument, where General Robert E. Lee waited for his returning troops after Pickett's Charge. Follow the path to the historic Spangler Farm and revel in panoramic views of the Peach Orchard and Little Round Top in the distance. Cross Emmittsburg Road onto the Union side of the battle and view the Trostle Farm, including the massive cannonball hole in the barn. After learning the detailed history, fully appreciate the terrain and the events that once prevailed there, before finishing the tour.

Gettysburg: Civil War Ghosts Walking Tour

4. Gettysburg: Civil War Ghosts Walking Tour

Step into the shadows of this historic American town, and feel what it was like to be a soldier or citizen during the violent, three-day battle that scarred the land forever. Begin your tour at the iconic Brickhouse Inn/Welty House, where confederate sharpshooters took out union soldiers from the attic. Many believe their spirits are still trapped there. You'll then wind through seven other significant, haunted locations before circling back to the meeting point. Capture evidence of Jennie Wade, the only civilian casualty of the battle, as her spirit moves through her former home — seen through the fatal bullet hole in her door. Feel a chill scurry up your spine as ghostly soldiers surround you in the darkness. Learn little-known, behind-the-scenes information about the reality of war. Choose the 1.5-hour extended tour to visit three additional spooky sites, including Arbor House Publishing, which is famous for its 'floating orbs.

Gettysburg: Private Tour with Licensed Battlefield Guide

5. Gettysburg: Private Tour with Licensed Battlefield Guide

Optimize your experience of the Gettysburg Battlefield with a private tour with an official licensed guide. Explore the battlefield conveniently and comprehensively in your own vehicle, while stopping discover to some areas up close on foot. During your tour, make the most of a private setting offering you ample opportunity to learn little known facts about the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War, and have all of your questions answered by your expert guide. Your guide will meet you at the Soldier's National Cemetery Parking lot and then drive your vehicle to the Gettysburg Battlefield to conduct the tour. As all guides are licensed and insured by the Department of the Interior, only they are permitted to drive your vehicle through the battlefield.

Gettysburg: Battlefield Self-Guided Audio Tour Bundle

6. Gettysburg: Battlefield Self-Guided Audio Tour Bundle

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: In this bundle, each tour is 30+ mile-long and takes 2-3 hours to complete. Walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers. Relive the battle strategies of Gettysburg generals. Embark on an adventure that brings this historic three-day battle to life. Start by downloading the tour app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Journey through Gettysburg by vehicle and on foot, and learn about the bravery and humanity of individual soldiers. Hear the history of sites like Seminary Ridge. Visit the battlefield and imagine watching the fighting unfold from your vantage point. Let your audio guide make Gettysburg come alive as you walk through the boulder-strewn landscape of Devil’s Den. Feel transported back in time amongst the towering boulders and alien landscape. Imagine soldiers, generals, and cannoneers battling around you. Uncover the history of sites like Little Round Top, as you learn about the frantic maneuvering and raw courage of Union soldiers. Hear too about the ghosts of the battlefield. Uncover the mysterious, inexplicable events which still take place there, as the history of this battle lives on. This Bundle includes: Gettysburg Battlefield Driving Tour Downtown Gettysburg Walking Tour Gettysburg Devil’s Den Walking Tour Gettysburg's Ghosts of the Battlefield Driving Tour Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Walking Tour Antietam Battlefield Driving Tour (Bonus Tour)

Gettysburg: Devil’s Den Self-Guided Walking Tour

7. Gettysburg: Devil’s Den Self-Guided Walking Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Note: This 0.11+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Devil’s Den in 30 minutes. Experience the battle of Gettysburg on this action-packed self-guided tour of the battlefield. Feel the weight of history as you explore the site and hear the powerful accounts and stories of the soldiers who fought. Start your self-guided audio and GPS tour at the parking area outside Devil’s Den before heading towards the battlefield. Meet the commanders: Union General Daniel Sickles, and Confederate General James Longstreet. Step back in time as you enter Devil’s Den and watch the Union bring out their cannons and sharpshooters. Then, follow the route of the inevitable Confederate advance, aided by cannon fire. Next stop: the monument dedicated to the Orange Blossoms regiment. Hear the desperation of the Union and admire the heroism displayed by the soldiers of the 124th New York Regiment. Afterward, visit the monument to the Pennsylvania and Maine soldiers who gave everything to prevent the Confederates from taking Devil’s Den. Hear accounts describing how the struggle broke into chaos with bitter brawls taking place among the boulders. Immerse yourself in the pandemonium and gunsmoke as you follow in their footsteps. Finally, arrive at the end of the path and watch the final results of the conflict unfold. Take time to contemplate the weight of this battle and its place in American history.

Gettysburg: Historic Downtown Food Tour

8. Gettysburg: Historic Downtown Food Tour

Join a guided food tour around Gettysburg and meet fellow food lovers. Enjoy exploring an array of food spots famous amongst the locals, taste historical dishes, and hear all about the Civil War stories from your guide. Meet your guide at the Sweet! The Candy Store, to begin your tour. Marvel at the shop stocked with jawbreakers, bubblegum, fudge, taffy, and many sour sweets to make your tongue twist. Feeling the sugar rush? No worries, you will leave the candy store and head to Blue Gray Bar and Grill. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of german pretzels and the iconic Philly Cheesesteak. Fancy a cold Irish pint? No problem, our next stop is the Garryowen Irish Pub. Learn all about how Irish soldiers beat back Pickett's Charge in the infamous Battle of Gettysburg.  In between food, you will hear all the tales and secrets of the Gettysburg Hotel, the Union Hotel, and the David Wills House, where Abraham Lincoln prepared the iconic Gettysburg Address.  Enjoy an unforgettable tasting adventure with other foodies that you won't forget.

Historic Battlefields Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour Bundle

9. Historic Battlefields Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour Bundle

This bundle includes self-guided, narrated driving tours of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Battle of Shiloh, Antietam, Vicksburg, and the Battle of Yorktown. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: Each tour 20+ miles long covers the essentials. Each tour takes 2-4 hours. Once downloaded, you can begin your tour at any battlefield in the bundle. There will be a GPS-marked starting point for each tour. In Gettysburg, you’ll follow the trajectory of this tide-turning, three-day battle that pushed Union and Confederate forces to the brink. Visit stunning memorials like the State of Pennsylvania Monument and hear about the heroism of the soldiers who fought on this land. See crucial locations from the battle like Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, and the High Water Mark of the Confederacy. Listen to a blow-by-blow account of the battle unfolding across this hallowed ground. Finally, arrive at the Gettysburg National Cemetery and hear a stirring rendition of the Gettysburg Address to conclude your tour. In Antietam, you’ll relive the single deadliest day of the Civil War. Trace the steps of the soldiers on both sides of the conflict at Dunker Church, Bloody Lane, and Burnside's Bridge. Feel the tension in the Cornfield and West Woods, where some fiercest fighting took place, and discover how a misplaced cigar might have started the whole ordeal. Return to where it all started in Yorktown, the site of the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. Tour the fields where George Washington’s army effectively secured American independence from the British Empire and hear how such an unlikely feat was accomplished. Visit the Moore House, where surrender negotiations took place, then look out across Surrender Field, where the British laid down their arms. Plus, hear about the aftermath of this historic struggle at the Yorktown Victory Monument, where your tour concludes. All this is included in one convenient bundle! This bundle includes self-guided narrated driving tours: 1. Gettysburg Battlefield Driving Audio Tour 2. Shiloh Battlefield Driving Audio Tour 3. Antietam Battlefield Driving Audio Tour 4. Vicksburg Battlefield Driving Audio Tour 5. Yorktown Battlefield Driving Audio Tour

Gettysburg: Secrets of Gettysburg Walking History Tour

10. Gettysburg: Secrets of Gettysburg Walking History Tour

So, you’ve toured the battlefield and learned everything there is to know about the Battle of Gettysburg — now what? Join a seasoned local guide for a deep dive into the untold tales of Gettysburg’s past. Explore what happened after the battle, from the Gettysburg Address to the 50th reunion, which drew millions of people to the small town. Investigate the mystery of Lincoln’s stolen chair. Go behind the scenes of the “dark tourism” industry, and hear the tale of “Gettysburg Eddie,” the famous left-handed baseball pitcher. Gettysburg’s story stretches far beyond those three days in July of 1863. Hear all about it from a seasoned local. You may be surprised at what you discover.

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4.6
(1,253 reviews)

We had Jim Fouts and it was an excellent tour. Jim did a great job of keeping two younger children as well as two adults highly engaged. He painted a picture that made you feel like you were there and his dad jokes were pretty good too! This is the way to go versus a bus tour. Glad we did this.

Very knowledgeable guide who obviously loves what he does. He personalized the tour so it was more special for us and answered all of our questions. A wealth of information and a highlight of our trip! He drove our vehicle which worked out perfectly.

We had the best time and the tour guide completely elevated the experience for us with his maps and photos and endless wealth of knowledge. We learned so much and left there in awe. Our guide was on time, funny and so pleasant to be around.

Jim was an amazing tour guide. Wealth of information, excellent delivery and very energetic. My two boys were engaged the entire 2 hours.

Jim was our guide and he did an amazing job. Would definitely recommend