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Once you’ve experienced some of America’s greatest icons, take this memorable day trip to Gettysburg to explore some of its deepest historical roots, too. Enjoy the comfort of coach bus transport as you make your way through the countryside of Maryland and Pennsylvania. See Cemetery Ridge, where Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, and learn about the largest battle ever fought on American soil during a narrated show and a detailed miniature military diorama. This tour includes a stop at the restored home of George Washington Shriver, too.

Highlights

  • Day trip to the Gettysburg battlefield from Washington DC
  • Learn all about the Battle of Gettysburg from your guide and informative exhibits
  • See Cemetery Ridge, where Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address
  • Visit the home of George Washington Shriver to explore a civilian family's experience of the battle

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What You Can Expect

Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC

Historic battlefield of Gettysburg

Meet your group, guide and driver at Washington, DC’s Union Station, where you’ll board your comfortable coach bus and make your way through the Maryland and Pennsylvania countryside on a 2.5-hour journey during this Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington, DC. Your expert local guide will offer up insight and history on the 1863 battle that remains the largest ever fought on American soil. More than 46,000 people died in this civil war.

Stop at the Farnsworth House for a presentation about the life of Civil War soldiers. Break for lunch (own expense) after seeing where Confederate sharpshooters hid out during the battle.

After a leisurely stop, make your way to the Gettysburg Battlefield where you’ll have time to explore on your own. Watch a film about the battle at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Visitor Center and gain a deeper understanding of why this famed struggle was considered the turning point of the American Civil War. Check out the miniature military diorama depicting war scenes and engage with expert guides who are on site to help bring history to life. 

After exploring the museum, head to the restored home of George Washington Shriver. Wander the Shriver House Museum, which was located in the center of the battlefield, and learn how the family endured during this time of national struggle. See bullets from the Civil War that were discovered in the home and visit the attic, where two sharpshooters lost their lives. 

This 10.5-hour historical tour ends at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

Customer Reviews

Kenneth L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a great experience. It was raining, so this turned out to be a great day for a day trip to Gettysburg. Good guides, good humor, great tour of a private house and battlefield. Could have spent a lot more time at the visitor center, but all in all a great day.

Carole.burles

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A really great day, early start but well worth it. The whole trip was fantastic, driver, tour guide all first class and added plus was the weather was perfect. This trip will stay as one of the highlights of my holiday

Karin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Tour bus driver/guide was excellent both for his knowledge and his personality. Also the guide that boarded the bus with us from the visitor center and took us around the grounds was excellent.

donna M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Best trip of our visit. Just brilliant day. Our driver was brilliant, took us to a lovely place for lunch which allows a little shopping. Guide was amazing too, loved every bit of the day. A beautiful place to visit. Learnt so much about American history. So glad we done it

Thomas R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Informative guides. Visit to the Shriver house was unexpected but much appreciated. An educational day!

Marcia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I booked this Gray Line Tour Grey Hound Buses through Viator under TripAdvisor which had wonderful workers to answer questions 24/7 and great prices caught a limited time sale price. The driver, David Bear don't know if that's how he spells his name, but that's what it sounds like was friendly, informative, kept pointing out sites along the drive, and provided a video of Gettysburg that kept us engaged along the long route. He expertly drove in crowded and congested traffic along the way. He took us to eat lunch with a variety of choices. We stopped at Shriver House with a guide that spelled and said her name like mine : for an informative and riveting account of a civilian in Gettysburg. At the visitor center, the narrated 360 view of the historic painting was amazing! The museum was informative on par with information was given at the Smithsonian Am. History Museum, too and had an impressive display of the weapons. Dave, our wonderful battlefield tour guide, took us to important stops for photos and briefly walk around. As we wandered around, he was available for individual questions and more details, too. He pointed out numerous monuments and memorials. There wasn't enough time for everything! My husband and I enjoyed the experience of being immersed in this historic place with all the detailed explanations. These were great guides and driver-guide, great locations, and time passed quickly--wished here was more time to stop around Gettysburg and the battlefield area!

Steven O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was an awesome tour. I would highly recommend this tour, The Driver did a Great job! He knew the history and kept us well informed on the day's event.

Audrey E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The day trip to Gettysburg was very enjoyable. there is a lot to see and a lot of history to absorb in one
day. I would recommend it to my friends.

Marc R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful tour. History comes alive with excellent bus guide and guides from the National Park.

marypaulah

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This trip was fantastic. The driver was wonderful and the tour guide did an excellent job. I would come back and take this trip again.

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