- 10 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Witness the site of the largest battle ever fought on US soil on this day trip from Washington DC to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Relax on a picturesque drive through the Maryland and Pennsylvania countryside. Learn all about the Battle of Gettysburg through a show featuring narration and a detailed miniature military diorama, and visit Cemetery Ridge — where President Lincoln delivered his historic Gettysburg Address. Get insights into the civilian experience of the bloody battle by visiting the restored home of George Washington Shriver.
- Fully narrated tour
- Day trip (destination A to B)
- All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
- Professional driver/guide
- Local taxes
- Tour of Gettysburg Battlefield
- Entry/Admission - Gettysburg National Military Park
- Entry/Admission - Shriver House Museum
- Entry/Admission - Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center
- Entry/Admission - Gettysburg Diorama
- Entry/Admission - Gettysburg Battlefield
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Returns to original departure point
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Board your comfortable, air-conditioned coach at Washington DC's Union Station and travel 2.5 hours through the scenic Maryland and Pennsylvania countryside to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Listen to your guide provide historical background on the momentous Battle of Gettysburg during your drive. Fought in 1863, this three-day battle between Confederate and Union troops caused the highest number of casualties of any American Civil War battle — more than 46,000.
Your first stop in Gettysburg is Shriver House Museum, where you'll receive a living history tour which lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Tour the restored house of George Washington Shriver, located in the midst of the fighting during the Battle of Gettysburg. Learn about the harrowing experience of Shriver's family during the battle, visit the home's attic where two Confederate sharpshooters died, and see authentic Civil War bullets discovered in the house more than 100 years after the war.
After this visit, we will depart and enjoy a break for lunch (own expense).
Continue to the Gettysburg Battlefield and enjoy time to explore on your own. At the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, watch a film about the battle narrated by actor Morgan Freeman and see a variety of informational exhibits about the battle commonly considered a turning point in the American Civil War. Admire the Gettysburg Cyclorama, a stunning miniature military diorama that depicts the fierce battle with the help of narration and sound effects. Throughout your visit, expert guides are on hand to answer your questions about the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath.
We will board the coach again at 1:45pm to begin our Battlefield Tour. This portion of the tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
Relax on your drive back to Washington DC, where your 10.5-hour tour concludes at Union Station.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infants must sit on laps
- If the wheelchair is collapsible (i.e. can fold up) and the passenger is able to walk onto the bus, the passenger can take this coach tour without making any special arrangements
- If the passenger is confined to the wheelchair, or it is not collapsible, the passenger or their agent will need to contact the tour operator two weeks prior to the departure of their tour to request a coach with a wheelchair lift. The contact details for the tour operator will be on your voucher once you have a confirmed booking
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Great driver. Marvelous your guide. Well worth the trip. Also visit to Shriver house on tour. Rained but didn't dampen the day!
You can read all the books and watch all the films about Gettysburg but none of that compares to being on the ground, walking the fields, woods and hills that the armies traversed 150 years ago and following the arc of the battle as it moved from west to east through the town. The bus ride was extremely comfortable, the driver was friendly and knowledgeable, and our battlefield guide was so thoroughly versed in the event that the narrative just flowed out of him and he handled every question serenely and securely. We were especially impressed when an elderly gentleman (87) who was in Washington to attend a reunion of Korean War veterans mentioned that he had ancestors who had fought at Gettysburg with the small Florida contingent, and the guide had the driver stop at the Florida regiment monument for a photo opp.
This tour is highly recommended.
Jake was a excellent driver and very informative. He was very helpful with my husbands wheelchair.
This was an amazing tour. A great look into one of the most important events in our history.
A brilliant day. Well worth the time and money. Our driver DAVID aka bear was great and the guide was so knowledgeable. A thought provoking trip into the past. Would of liked some free time to explore town on our own but we've come away from that day with so many photos and memories. Thank you aviator for making it happen.
A great way to see Gettysburg for the first time! Our driver was knowledgeable, courteous, very organized and communicated very clearly. The tour is packed with information and a close-up look at this historical venue. The Gettysburg guide who joined our bus as we toured the battlefields was a true expert and provided so much interesting information! The bus was comfortable and I was happy that I could leave the driving to someone else!
Easily the best battlefield visit I have done. Quite a compact area, so much remaining, the country substantially unchanged - .and we had a quite exceptional guide.
Just visiting the site was the thrill of my life as a civil war buff. The cyclorama buckled my knees and completely boggled my mind.
When I thought it could not get any better our battle field guide got on the bus and gave us the narrative of facts, positions, views,
And my favorite, the what ifs. This man was not only a perfect fit for his position, his passion and delivery was spellbinding.
Extremley satisfied customer.
This is an all day tour but well worth the time and money. We learned so much about Gettysburg and the tour guide at the park was awesome with all his facts and trivia. The bus ride wasn't bad, our driver, Bear, was fun, and we watched the movie, Gettysburg while on the bus, which really helped pass the time quickly. This is a tour everyone should take. It shows what will happen if we, the citizens, don't work together for solutions.
It was amazing to see and experience this historic period in our country's history. The Park Guide who conducted the tour was very knowledgeable and did an amazing job of recreating the battles and timelines of this important battle in keeping our country united.
It was a rainy day but both driver Jay as well Tour Guide Ray delivered one of the most memorable tours in my opinion. They were both professional, courteous as well as highly resourceful with knowledge of the Civil War area. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who would like to extend their next DC trip.
Overall this was a fabulous tour to take!. We had never visited the area. We knew we wanted to go to Gettysburg but not sure where to start on our own. This is the best way to get there and see as much as was possible in just one day. We were short on time and so this was a perfect way to hit the highlights! The bus driver was very helpful and funny. The historian who got on our bus was extremely knowledgable and we thoroughly enjoyed his insights! Great for people who are interested in history!