The day trip involves a 10 hour bus trip commencing at Union Station Washington DC
The trip to the battlefield takes about 1 1/2 hours but the scenery is quite nice. A film of the battle is also played on the monitors as background to the trip.
First stop was in the town of Gettysburg where further background was provided by local guides dressed in Union, and Confederate costume of the day. These guides provided an insight into the day to day rituals of the individual soldiers. Although a short visit, about 1/2 hour, it was time very well spent.
Off then to the visitor centre where there was a short documentary on the battle followed by a 10 diorama presentation. Again these presentations were well worthwhile.
Finally a two hour tour of the major locations of the three day battle. The local guide was excellent, dramatic and theatrical. He provided insight into the reasons for the battle and some of the decisions taken over those three days, and the repercussions of the battle's outcome. Seemingly a very balance and informed commentary. This was largely a bus trip but there were short photo stops.
Yes, perhaps having an interest in military history makes this visit more worthwhile, but not necessarily.
It is a well balance tour which provides a thought provoking consideration as to the lead up, the battle, and the aftermath which culminated in 51000 casualties over those three days in 1863
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