1. United States
  2. Pennsylvania
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Union Station

Gettysburg National Military Park: Day Trip from DC

Product ID: 6749
Visit the location of the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg and learn the history of this area in addition to seeing Cemetery Ridge, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address.
About this activity
Duration: 10.5 hours
Printed voucher required
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Guided tour of this Civil War battlefield
  • Learn about the battle of Gettysburg
  • See where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address
Full description
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 a restored house from the Civil War that provides for 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 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 motorcoach makes the tour more accessible for those that can’t walk around the battlefield, and the guide provides for 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 in a day. The cyclorama is just one of the highlights of the day, with so much to see and do while you are there. It’s an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime and anyone with kids learning about the battle can greatly benefit from the day.


Sites you can hop-off to visit: 
10:00: Shriver House Museum- receive living history tour (1 hour, 15 minutes on average)
11:30: Depart Shriver Museum for lunch 
12:15: Gettysburg Visitor Center (tickets for film and Cyclorama presentation are usually 1:00pm, gives customers time to go through Museum on site, gift shop or the café) 
13:45: Board motorcoach for Gettysburg Battlefield tour. Tour begins at 2:00pm and lasts two hours. 
16:00: Motorcoach departs for Union Station. It takes anywhere between 2 and 2.5 hours depending on traffic
Includes
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Admissions
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

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

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Important information
Know before you go
• Any tour may be canceled if fewer than 10 full fares are not sold before the scheduled departure time. Please call the local supplier directly to verify the operation of the tour.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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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

It was excellent and very organized Great day.

October 1, 2019

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Gray Line DC - Martz Group

Product ID: 6749