Gettysburg Battlefield Tours offers two types of tours. The dramatized audio tour on Double Decker buses \"brings ... More
Gettysburg Battlefield Tours
Gettysburg Battlefield Tours offers two types of tours. The dramatized audio tour on Double Decker buses \"brings you into battle as the drama unfolds in living stereo.\" The two-hour licensed guide bus tour with a National Military Park licensed guide on an air-conditioned coach bus departs from the Main Gettysburg Tour Center at 778 Baltimore Street, across from the National Cemetery.
My wife and I made a last minute trip out of DC to Gettysburg. We didn't know what to expect, and it had been quite a long time since either of us had studied the war. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Because we arrived later in the day (2:10), there wasn't a lot of time to do the museum, cyclorama, and a tour; so we opted for the tour only. John, the surgeon, was our tour guide. I have never been so spoiled! He drove my wife and I around in our rental car and shared a wealth of knowledge. I learned more during the tour than I had in 10 years of high school/college! The tour was set to be 2 hours; John asked if we had extra time, and extended the personal tour for another 1 hour 15 minutes! The US Parks Service has hit a home run! Thank you so much for the wonderful treat!
Grandson and I had the first ride of the morning. Both of us enjoyed the tour and we learned a few things. Planning on going back next year and doing it again. Hope we get the same driver. He was very knowledgeable and easy to ask questions to when we stopped at different places. Well worth the money.
Many 1st time visitors to Gettysburg attempt to understand this complex battle on their own...hit a Do Not Enter area or a one-way street & then give up. How sad. The audio tour provides a great overview & when complete leaves the visitor confident to wander on their own & understand where they are & what took place there in 1863. It only makes sense to take advantage of this tour to help with the overall Gettysburg Experience. Those who expect a 2 hour tour of a 3 day battlefield to provide more than 2 stops....expect too much.
In case you did not know battlefield bus tours cost 22.95 for an adult on the double decker audio bus tours, and 24.95 for an adult on the coach bus with a guide. This is a very expensive way to tour the battlefield if you have a family. Also, the bus only stops once on the battlefield.
You have other options to tour the battlefield.
All of the rest are in your own vehicle.
1. Pick up the map off the counter at the visitors center FREE!!
2. Purchase an audio CD and have an audio tour that tells you where to turn and has sound effects and the like, about 20.00.
3. HIRE A PRIVATE GUIDE, these guides are the exact same guides that are on the battlefield bus, they will drive your car, and show you what you want to see, tailor your tour to your knowledge level of the battlefield, and this takes 2 hours for 45.00 for the entire vehicle.
WITH ALL OF THESE OPTIONS YOU CAN STOP ANYWHERE YOU WANT ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND GET OUT AND EXPLORE!!!
we are frequent visitors to gettysburg, and
have taken both the bus tour and the double-decker tour. both are great tours, very
informative. we took the double-decker tour
with our grandaughter, this is a great tour
enjoyed sitting on the top deck, this tour
is well worth it, as it takes you on different places on the battlefield, that
you probably wouldn't have an opportunity
to visit. would recomend this tour to anyone, pricey but well worth it.
We chose the enclosed air-conditioned bus for our tour. July is too hot to enjoy the open air bus. The tour was informative with a lot stories but hurried, which is needed to keep to their schedule. A lot of things were missed because of time. It gave us a starting place for our own personal tour using the tapes we bought at the souvenir shop. Even though the bus tour was okay, we enjoyed the personal auto tour better since we could see everything that wasn't included on the bus tour (which we found was a lot), and we could take our time.
I have been to Gettysburg 5 times and every time I go I take this tour. This tour will put everything in perspective for you and will give you a great layout of the battlefields themselves.
It will give you an idea of what you really want to see and where you want to spend more time at.
I have done it in the rain or when its scorching hot out and I've loved it everytime. You can sit on top out in the open or downstairs where it is enclosed.
The people who drive are always knowledgeable an friendly. Price is reasonable.
If you have never been to Gettysburg before I reccommend taking a bus tour to get familar with the battlefield. I have taken both the tour bus, and the double decker. I have taken the tour bus 3 times, each with a different guide, and each were guide was able to bring different bits of info about the battle. The double decker had an audio taped tour guide, and went on a slightly different route. Its been a year since I took that tour, and I'm still peeling from the sunburn I got. My 12 year old daughter loved sitting on the top, and went through 3 disposable cameras, so I guess it was worth it!
Overall they are great for an overview, but at around $20 a ticket, the cost can add up if you have a family with you.
I enjoyed the commentary and the audio information that they provided on this trip; however, I felt like they didn't stop enough to see certain sites, they give you a great overview of the battle on all three days, but again you don't get to stop enough to see the big sites or to get pictures.
The ease of the bus though is good because you can get a good idea of where you are and what you are doing so if you want to go on your own later, you can do so and not get lost.
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