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A Civil War Christmas - Gettysburg & Bethlehem PA

Nov 30, 2022 - Dec 2, 2022

Gettysburg offers a small town holiday experience filled with traditions that bring out the best of the season.

3 Day(s) | 4 Meals


  • Deluxe Motorcoach
  • Safe Journeys by Friendship Tours: our commitment to a safe journey protocols will be implemented
  • 2 nights Best Western Gettysburg
  • Five Christmases at the Shriver House
  • Battlefield Tour
  • Dinner with Abe Lincoln
  • 1863 Christmas Traditions
  • Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem
  • 4 Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Friendship Tours Escort


Day 1

Depart aboard our deluxe motorcoach for Gettysburg, PA. The magic of this small town shines especially bright during the holiday season and twinkles with holiday cheer. We begin with a visit to the Gettysburg Heritage Center for 1863 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS. Christmas has long been a time when families come together and celebrate the season and their love for one another. Many of the holiday traditions we currently embrace had their origins in the Victorian era. Learn the impact of the Civil War on the home front as well as on the soldiers in the field. 2 nights accommodations at the brand new BEST WESTERN GETTYSBURG adjacent to the historic battlefields. Welcome dinner tonight at the DOBBIN HOUSE TAVERN, an authentically restored historic home that was once a secret “underground railroad” hideout. We will have a SPECIAL VISIT from PRESIDENT ABE LINCOLN.

Day 2

A visit to Gettysburg would not be complete without a RIDING TOUR OF THE BATTLEFIELD with our local guide. Learn about the largest battle ever fought on the continent, see where Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. Visit the MUSEUM AND VISITORS CENTER at the Gettysburg National Military Park to view the inspiring film “A New Birth of Freedom” and the 1884 Cyclorama, a mammoth painting-in-the-round. Early dinner before our CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS TOUR OF THE SHRIVER HOUSE. Take a step back in time and enter the 19th century home of the Shriver family, one of the wealthiest families in town, and see how the family prepared for the upcoming Christmas holidays and learn the stories of their five Christmases in their home.

Day 3

This morning we head to Bethlehem known as the Christmas City, to visit the CHRISTKINDLMARKT, one of the top holiday markets in the world. Featuring aisles of handmade works by the nation’s finest artisans, live holiday music and delicious food… be sure to bring along your Christmas shopping list to find some unique gifts. We head for home this afternoon with warm holiday memories of our time in Gettysburg and Bethlehem.

Departure Locations


Depart: 7:00 AM

Return: 7:00 PM

Manchester, Park & Ride Commuter Lot, Buckland Street & Pleasant Valley Road

West Hartford/New Britain

Depart: 7:30 AM

Return: 6:30 PM

Commuter Lot across from Target, Village Square Rd & Hartford Rd., New Britain / West Hartford
Please park on the left side of the lot as you enter the driveway.


Depart: 8:15 AM

Return: 6:00 PM

Chase Parkway Commuter Park & Ride across from Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury


Depart: 9:30 AM

Return: 5:30 PM

Exit 2 off I-84, Commuter Park & Ride on Mill Plain Rd., Danbury









Payment Policy

DEPOSIT: $150 per person due with reservations; FINAL PAYMENT: October 19, 2022

Cancellation Policy

If a passenger cancels from deposit to October 19, 2022 fee of $50.00 pp; October 20, 2022 to November 16, 2022 fee of $200.00 pp; no refunds if canceled on November 17, 2022 or later unless a substitute is provided.

Trip Protection Policy

Trip Protection Coverage is strongly recommended. Aon Affinity administers the NTA Travel Protection plan designed specifically for members of the National Tour Association. The Pre-existing medical condition exclusion can be waived by purchasing the Enhanced Plan within 14 days of your deposit or initial payment. Purchase of the plan within this time period also provides eligibility for the Financial Insolvency benefit. Traveling companions / roommates are required to take the same plan (Basic or Enhanced) in order to be properly covered. Premium is non-refundable once paid. Three ways to enroll:

1. Website: https://nta.aontravelprotect.com Tour Operator Location #076068. You can also view plan details on this site.

2. Call Aon 1-800-388-1470. Tour Operator Location #076068. Customer service agents can also answer questions about each plan.

3. Call Friendship Tours / The Ship Shop 860-243-1630 or 800-243-1630

Trip Protection Coverage with CANCEL FOR ANY REASON coverage through Travel Insured International is available when purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit—ask Friendship Tours/The Ship Shop for more information

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