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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC

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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.
  • 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
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 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 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. 

After a leisurely stop for lunch (own expense), 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. 

Board the bus for your two hour narrated tour of the Battlefield.  From here, we will make our way back to Washington DC.

This full-day historical tour ends at Union Station in Washington, D.C.
Stop At:  
Shriver House Museum
A visit to the Shrivers House, a restored 1860 home that includes an informative tour where you'll learn about the civilian side of the Battle of Gettysburg. And then enjoy a buffet lunch at General Picketts Restaurant.
Duration: 1 hour 
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Stop At:  
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center
Visit will consist of a short film, experience the cyclorama, also visit the museum at the Visitor's center.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gettysburg Battlefield
Experience a two hour visit to the battlefield, narrated by one of the Visitor's Center's award winning step-on-guides.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included

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Crystal M
, Oct 2019
We really enjoyed our trip to Gettysburg. It was a little hard to find the bus terminal though but we made it in time. Al was a very nice bus driver and tried to gives extra tips on what to look for on the route. He even made us reservations to eat at a place he himself enjoyed. He was great. The actual tour guide was a little hard to follow but some of that might be because not everyone is a history buff.
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William H
, Oct 2019
The trip left right on time and our driver, Bob, was excellent. We really enjoyed the tour and stories on the Shriver House and the tour guide for the battlefield, Ray, was awesome. Overall the trip was well worth the price.
, Oct 2019
The trip was rushed. Bus did not turn up until the last second the same when he left us at the Museum. the tour around the battle field was disappointing to me. Some of the places we should have stopped at did not happen. i.e. The place were Lincoln made his address from we just drove past. The cemetery were Confederates and Union lay drove past. I got the feeling the driver was not interested and just wanted to get on the road to get home. His habit of just turning up at the last second gave me the feeling he didn't really want to interact with us. There were only 10 aboard. He wasn't rude or offish I just thought he wanted to be somewhere else. The tour guide was exceptional and very knowledgeable.
Day trip to Gettysburg
, Oct 2019
The sites and tour were great, but be aware that you needed to bring a printed copy of your ticket. This tour was not supported by a mobile app (WTH?!) and it was very inconvenient to find a place to print a ticket as we rented a house with no office equipment.
Awesome Experience!
, Oct 2019
Our driver was great! On time, very punctual and kept us on track. We picked up a tour guide at the Gettysburg museum and he rode with us, giving us full details of the battle. Highly recommended.
Great Tour
, Sep 2019
The tour was really good. The driver did a really great job. The national park has great facilities. Our only criticism is that the tour had too much wasted time so that the return journey hit the worst of rush hour traffic.
Daytrip to Gettysburg
, Aug 2019
I really enjoyed my daytrip from Washington DC to the battlefields of Gettysburg. The trip included comfortable busride , a stop at Gettysburg Visitor center , A vist at the Shriver House and of couse a two hours guided tour of the battlefield. I recommend the tour for all interested in American history. A perfect daytrip out of DC.
Great tour—lunch needs improvement
, Jul 2019
Bus ride was comfortable and our driver was informative. It took 2 hours to get there.We were able to get on and off bus to walk around the different battleground sites and monuments. Another reviewer mentioned lunch choices were not appealing, so I packed a picnic thinking we could set up under a tree somewhere and enjoy the view. Unfortunately, we were driven about 2 miles away to a dismal shopping area with a food court. No choice was given. This needs to be re-evaluated. Gettysburg had a few small restaurants that could have worked (our group was about 16). I would prefer to give my lunch business to a local restaurant owner than a food court chain. Guides were all great. Loved what they did and it showed. Overall great experience, except for lunch.
Great if interest is in USA history and civil war
, Jun 2019
Bus trip long especially as the airconditioner in the 15 seater van wasn't working (on a hot and humid day) and the driver arrived at 8.30 when the written information stated departure was 8am. The driver assured us that he always left at 8.30! He was helpful and gave us some information along the way. The guide at the battle site was excellent, not just in his knowledge but engaging and involving visitors of all ages. We were informed as we arrived at the visitor centre that security wouldn't permit any back packs, food or drink inside the centre. There was no real security check-in and small backpacks didn't seem to be a problem, but we had to eat our pre-purchased lunch outside under a shelter. Exhibits and audio-visual inside were excellent. Well worth the trip if you are interested tro know more about the American Civil War
Day Trip to Gettysburg Battlefield from Washington DC
, May 2019
Very well organised trip, although the joining instructions 'Union Station' could have been more specific for people not from DC - it was actually the Bus Station at the rear of Union Station which I only discovered after 20 minutes. The trip itself was good with a visit to the Shriver house (recreated building in Gettysburg itself), the visitor centre plus a two hour tour of the battlefield with a very well informed guide. The bus driver was also very informative providing background and historical context during the 2.5 hour journey to and from Washington.

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