Gettysburg National Military Park: Day Trip from DC

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Gettysburg National Military Park: Day Trip from DC

From US$ 130 per person

Visit Gettysburg, home to one of America's most historic battles. Learn about the Civil War and visit historic sites.

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Duration 10.5 hours
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  • Explore one of America’s most historic battlefields of the Civil War
  • Learn about the battle of Gettysburg and its impact on history
  • See where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address
  • Enjoy a guide tour of Shrivers House, a restored 1860 home
  • Visit the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
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Travel through the picturesque countryside to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a town steeped in history. Spend a day devoted to a tour of the town and its historic battlefield.  At the start of this tour, you’ll see the rolling countryside of Pennsylvania on the way to the battlefield. The day starts off in the Shriver House Museum, which is an 1860 restored house from the Civil War that provides a living history experience. The Shrivers were a family that lived close to the battlefield and this home is dedicated to showing how they lived. The tour then stops for lunch. You may book the lunch on your own option or for added convenience, you may book the lunch included option. This has a buffet-style lunch at General Picketts Restaurant, featuring freshly prepared “comfort food”.  The next part of the tour will take you to the Gettysburg Visitor Center, where you’ll get your orientation for the rest of the day and get ready to step out and learn. This begins with a short film, narrated by top actor Morgan Freeman, which will give you some of the historical backing for the tour. Following the film, you will go upstairs to a one-of-a-kind cyclorama, which offers a full, 360-degree experience of the battlefield. The museum at the Visitor Center is a hidden gem that gives visitors the timeline leading up to the famous battle, and why it came around in such a way. Finally, the most exciting part of the tour is the 2-hour visit to the battlefield, narrated by one of the Visitor Center's award-winning step-on guides. You will board the motor coach and drive around and get off at key landmarks such as: Big and Little Round Top, Devil's Den, the Peach Orchard and more. The motor coach makes the tour more accessible for those that can’t walk around the battlefield, and the guide provides an educational and enjoyable experience. Visitors who want to spend a day steeped in history will certainly enjoy this tour. It’s a comprehensive way to learn everything about the Battle of Gettysburg in a day. The cyclorama is just one of the highlights of the tour, there will be much to see and do while in Gettysburg. It’s an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime and where children can learn important parts of American History in a fun and interactive way.  The Day’s Itinerary:  8:00 AM - Departure from Washington DC’s Union Station. Travel time to Gettysburg is approximately 2 hours 10:00 AM: Shriver House Museum- receive a living history tour (1 hour 15 minutes on average) 11:30 AM: Depart Shriver Museum for lunch (if lunch option is booked, buffet lunch at General Pickett's will be provided. If the lunch option is not booked, lunch will be on your own and is not included) 12:15 PM: Gettysburg Visitor Center (tickets for film and Cyclorama presentation are usually 1:00 PM, giving customers time to go through the on site museum, gift shop and café)  1:45 PM: Board motor coach for Gettysburg Battlefield tour. Tour begins at 2:00 PM and lasts two hours 4:00 PM: Motor coach departs for Union Station. Travel time to Washington DC is approximately 2-2.5 hours depending on traffic
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Round trip transportation from/ Washington DC
  • Admission to Shriver House Museum, Gettysburg Visitor Center, and Gettysburg National Battlefield
  • Lunch (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities (optional)
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Tour begins and ends at Gray Line Terminal at Union Station.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
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  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
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The tour was good. We enjoyed it. The driver/tour guide was well spoken and polite. The battlefields and monuments visited were interesting and sobering. The Park guide was great. The Shriver house was a good beginning prior to seeing the battlefields. Lunch was at a mall food court outside of Gettysburg. I would have preferred lunch at a restaurant in town.

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August 14, 2019

A fascinating insight into the battle, the war and those who were caught up in it. A thoroughly well paced trip with an excellent guide/driver who made the drive to Gettysburg enjoyable in itself. The museum and battlefield were very interesting but particularly enjoyable was Shriver House. The guides really gave an insight into how the war affected the townsfolk. A little disappointing was the venue for the lunch stop. A fast food “food court” in a shopping outlet was not my cup of tea and jarred a little on the historic tour. There were no light bite options such as soup or sandwiches. Free time in Gettysburg town itself would have been preferable. The museum also had a cafe that could have been used. This didn’t detract, however, from a wonderful experience. Well worth the long day and extremely good value for money.

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September 11, 2018

This was an excellent tour!! My wife and I enjoyed the GrayLines driver/tour guide who gave us a "mind-set" of what to expect/think about. The tour guide, joining us, from the Gettysburg Museum was "the best"--informational, well-organized, thoughtful in presentation, gave the main points of interest. Including the Shriver house as part of the day gave wonderful insight as to how the battle was fought and historical perspective. Again the GrayLines driver was excellent, both in terms of narration and driving ability, and friendliness.

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June 17, 2018

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