The 2.5 hour tour of homes takes you to three homes in Galena and costs $47.41 for one adult.
Here is my complaint, admission to the three homes without being on the trolley is either $18.50 OR $23.50 if you choose to make the subtly requested $5 donation at the Grant Home.
According to Mapquest the entire distance you travel on the trolley is 1.41 miles. We were given maybe four additional comments by the driver, this is strictly te hme tour, don't mistake it for a tour of Galena.
So, you pay $24 to be driven 1.41 miles.
If you are not able to walk 1.41 miles both the Belvedere Mansion and U.S. Grant home have parking spaces. There's probably room for 6-10 cars at Belvedere and more at the Grant home. I know that doesn't sound like many, but the other thing you should know is that if there are more than 15 people in your tour, it will be too crowded to enjoy.
Dowling House is less than a half a block from Main Street in downtown.
None of these homes are handicap accessible. You will be climbing narrow step staircases. The Dowling House has very, very small rooms. Our group of ten had to take turns shifting positions to see everything.
A tour tat charges this ridiculous amount and essentially gouges people MUST offer something more than just a 1.41 mile ride.
This town desperately depends on tourism. DO NOT let your hotel clerk or anyone else in the tourism trade in Galena tell you that parking is not easily available at the Belvedere or Grant Home. We noticed a lot of interplay among those in the tourism industry.
Bottom line, if you can't walk the 1.41 miles, drive to the Grant Home first, then drive to the Belvedere Mansion, then head downtown, where there are parking spaces and some parking lots.
Personally, the Dowling House is really the least impressive. Save the $6 and go to the Historical Museum on Bench Street, which also has parking. It does cost $8, but has many exhibits that will appeal to all ages.
The trolley company was hired for shuttle service for a wedding. The drivers we're so late that we practically missed the wedding. The drivers didn't know how to get to the wedding location, they were 2 hours late and non-apologetic! I'm sure they're great for historic tours, but if you're considering them for a private event... consider anyone else!
Very interesting tour provided by a retired history teacher. Really felt the $18 price was a bit steep for a one hour tour. Prices are not outlined on their website, and not easily found inside the business either.
Galena Trolley Tours is the best way to see Galena. My husband & I took a tour a few weeks ago on a Monday and it was great. Galena was not to busy, so after a weekend of shopping, we decided to sit back and relax and take a tour of the town. The young woman working in the office was very informative about places to eat, shop and other history related things to do and see in the Galena area! Our tour driver was absolutely wonderful! He was a retired history teacher and he knew his stuff! This tour will be highly recommended to any of my friends coming to the Galena area!
Galena should be proud of the great staff at Galena Trolley Tours!
There is no way you could ask for a more complete, well informed and fun way to find out about the history of Galina for $12. For years I saw these places in historic photographs. I finally got to see these places in person. And I was able to see it all on this tour.
I brought my friends who were visiting from Dallas Tx for the first time to this area. The husband has been a history teacher, so he loved it. His wife had polio as a child and has some difficulty walking so this was perfect for her to sit back and see the sights. I had never been on the trolley myself and I learned things about Galena and Grant that I never knew. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The fellow (retired teacher) who did the tour was great!
Built in 1857 1859 from Nauvoo limestone, this Renaissance Revival building is the second oldest continuously operating post office in
the United States. It was also the first to be named a \"Great American Post Office\" by the Smithsonian. ...
Built in 1826, this is the oldest home in Galena. The home is built of native limestone and served as
both a trading post, and a residence. It is furnished with primitives, and a collection of Galena pottery.
This 22 room, Italianate mansion was built in 1857, for the Ambassador to Belgium. The home is furnished with Victorian
pieces, items from Liberace's estate, and the green drapes from \"Gone With The Wind.\"
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