Gettysburg - Turning Point of the Civil War April 23-26, 2013
Join Us for this Memorable Trip as We Travel to Historical Gettysburg
Day 1 – Today you will depart for historic Gettysburg. While in route, you will stop at the Flight 93 Memorial, the site where a common field became a field of honor. The memorial commemorates the lives lost in the Pennsylvania countryside on September 11, 2001 when the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, thwarted an attack on the U.S. Capitol Building. Lunch will be on your own. Later you will check into the upscale James Gettys Hotel in downtown Gettysburg. This unique property features suites with décor reminiscent of yesteryear and will be your home for three nights. The evening is open for you to explore this picturesque town and enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many local restaurants.
Day 2 - A delightful breakfast is provided and is available at your leisure in your room.. Afterwards you are off to the Gettysburg Museum & Visitors Center. Here you will enjoy a narrated film that introduces you to events that led up to the fateful days in July of 1863 and the legendary battle that consumed this simple farming town. Following the film, you will marvel at the Gettysburg Cyclorama, one of the most incredible art works ever to depict the drama that unfolded here. There will be time to view some of the exhibits at the museum before boarding your motor coach for a battlefield tour with a professional local step-on guide. Following the two-hour tour, you will return to the Visitors Center for lunch on your own after which you can enjoy the rest of the museum at your leisure. An optional tour to the Eisenhower National Historic Site is available to you if you choose to visit an additional historic location. You will return to your hotel to freshen up before departing for the Adams County Winery for a tour and wine tasting. Dinner this evening is at the beautifully restored Hickory Bridge Farm where you will enjoy appetizers from an antique sleigh before feasting on a family-style meal featuring all of the delicious dishes that are guest favorites, using products grown locally. Then it’s time to return to the James Getty Hotel for a restful night’s sleep. (B, D)
Day 3– Start your day with another scrumptious breakfast in your room before boarding your motor coach for the Shriver Museum. This historic property was the home of George Washington Shriver and has been restored to its original 1860’s appearance. Your tour includes all four floors of the home — from the Confederate sharpshooters nest in the garret to the cellar that housed the Shriver’s Saloon. Next there is time for shopping before meeting at the Dobbins House Tavern, for a buffet luncheon where you will be greeted by “Abraham Lincoln.” Renown historian and Lincoln impersonator, Jim Getty, provides an unforgettable experience as he speaks to the history of the period and answers questions about the Civil War. This afternoon provides another memorable activity with a tour of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Our professional local guide will offer a broad overview of the burial ground that honors many of the fallen soldiers and where President Lincoln delivered his infamous address which became one of the most well-known speeches in American history. Afterward, you will return to downtown Gettysburg for more sightseeing, shopping, and dinner on your own. (B, L)
Day 4 - Enjoy one more tasty breakfast provided in your room before checking out of the hotel. We will head for home, taking with us the treasured memories of the historic events that forever changed the lives of the citizens of the United States of America. (B)
- Prices are per-person, double occupancy with a payment by check discount.