A Civil War Christmas - Gettysburg, PA

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019

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
  • 2 nights Best Western Gettysburg
  • Gettysburg Christmas Festival
  • Eisenhower National Historic Site
  • Five Christmases at the Shriver House
  • Battlefield Tour
  • 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 CARRIAGE HOUSE INN where we will be joined by GENERAL & MRS LEE.

Day 2

Enjoy a leisurely morning today at the GETTYSBURG CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL offering a small town holiday experience from beautiful décor that lines the streets to the picturesque storefronts and decorated homes. The entire town comes together to spread holiday cheer offering carriage rides, caroling, visits with Santa and holiday crafts. This afternoon we’ll celebrate Christmas at the EISENHOWER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. See the family’s home decorated as it was during their presidential years in the 1950’s. Walk through the historic halls adorned with poinsettias and boughs of holly, take a peek at the large fir tree surrounded with presents, awe at the dining room set for a traditional holiday meal in the 1950’s and hear the stories about the Eisenhower’s Christmas traditions. Early dinner at the HICKORY BRIDGE FARM 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

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. We head for home this afternoon with warm holiday memories of our time in Gettysburg.

Departure Locations


Depart: 7:00 AM

Return: 9:00 PM

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

West Hartford/New Britain

Depart: 7:30 AM

Return: 8:30 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.









Payment Policy

DEPOSIT: $150 pp due with reservations; FINAL PAYMENT: October 25, 2019

Cancellation Policy

If a passenger cancels from deposit to October 25, 2019 fee of $75.00 pp; October 26, 2019 to November 21, 2019 fee of $200.00 pp; no refunds if canceled on November 22, 2019 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

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