Make your way to Union Station in Washington DC for an 8am departure to Gettysburg, then learn about the history of the three-day Battle of Gettysburg during the 2.5-hour drive across Maryland and Pennsylvania.
The first stop of the day is the Farnsworth House, where you’ll see a presentation on daily life for Civil War soldiers, and find the hiding spots where Confederate sharpshooters concealed themselves during the battle. After visiting the Farnsworth house, take a break for lunch (own expense).
Continue to the Gettysburg National Military Park, then visit the Gettysburg Battlefield on your own (guides will be on hand to answer questions throughout the day). Head to the visitor center to watch a film about the battle, or take in the Gettysburg Cyclorama depicting the fierce fighting in miniature. The nearby Shriver House Museum explores the civilian experience of the Civil War in the restored home of a Civil War soldier.
Board the bus for the return trip to Washington DC’s Union Station, where you’ll have a short break before the evening tour. After meeting back up with the group, find a comfortable seat on a coach (or an open-top, double-decker bus if the weather permits). You’ll follow a route past a series of memorials to presidents and the armed services, as well as the US Capitol Building, the White House, and the Washington Monument. This full-day tour concludes back at Union Station.