Signature Battlefield Series 2013 – Gettysburg and the Battlefields of the Civil War tour

Soldiers on battlefield |“In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field to ponder and dream; And lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls.”

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Speaking at the dedication of the Monument to the 20th Maine
October 3, 1889, Gettysburg, PA

Geek Nation Tours is proud to announce its “Signature Battlefield Tours” series. The first of which will be Gettysburg 2013 the 150th anniversary of that battle. We are happy to offer the tour to this hugely important battlefield along with Antietam, Manassas and Harpers Ferry. Join us as we travel through this hallowed ground and visit some of the most important sites of American history. We will return often to the Battlefields themselves and explore these powerful places. You will find yourself looking across the great breath of the Manassas battlefield, you will stand on an impossibly small cornfield and a tiny bridge where more Americans died than on any other day in the nation’s military history, we will see the town where John Brown made his stand against slavery and we will see the monumental Gettysburg battlefield in detail. We will visit the hill so gallantly defended by Joshua Chamberlain and stare off into the distances on General Robert E Lee’s line where he made the fateful decision to march against Union lines.

Day 1 (July 2nd – Tuesday): Arrive in Washington DC (Dulles) and transfer to Manassas (Staying at the Hampton Inn Manassas)

ManassasDay 2 (July 3rd– Wednesday): Spend the day at Manassas National Battlefield Park. Bring your sneakers as we will be doing some walking tours today. We will discover the battlefield with the help of a park tour guide and get some real insight to the battle. During the mid-day heat we will then leave the Battlefield Park to lunch and visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps. After our visit you will have the option of having some free time or joining us on a walk of the Manassas Battlefield. We will walk from the Henry Hill Visitor Center to the Stone Bridge, Carter Cemetery, Matthews Hill, Stone house and then back to the Visitor Center. The walk will take about 2-3 hours and we will return to the hotel around twilight to have dinner. Night in Manassas. (Staying at the Hampton Inn Manassas)

AntietamDay 3 (July 4th – Thursday): We will leave Manassas and travel to Harper’s Ferry to briefly explore the Bolivar Heights Battlefield (important for the battle of Antietam) and the town of Harper’s Ferry. We will be lead yet again by a local guide who will end the tour at a local restaurant for lunch. From here we will return to our bus to visit Antietam battlefield. A Park Ranger will lead us on a detailed tour of this battlefield. We will visit the Bloody Lane, Brunside’s Bridge, and of course the Cornfield where so many lost their lives. Night in Hagerstown. (Staying at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Hagerstown)

Day 4 (July 5th – Friday): Travel to Gettysburg. Upon arrival we will visit the Gettysburg Diorama. This is the largest Diorama in the US which depicts Gettysburg during the battle of 1863, it displays 6000 acres in miniature and has over 20000 hand-painted HO scale miniatures. Not only that it gives a great overview of the battle and orients us for the afternoon tour. We will then depart the Diorama to visit the Battlefield where our guide will give us a general overview of the battle. We will then lunch and end the day at the “Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center”. Here we will visit the Cyclorama, Museum and bookstore. We will then make our way to the hotel and dine on property. During our stay at the Wyndham Gettysburg we will have the chance to view the “Fields of Freedom” movie for a reduced rate. The theatre is just down the road so be sure to take it in…Night in Gettysburg. (staying at the Wyndham Gettysburg)

Devils DenDay 5 (July 6th – Saturday): In the morning (after breakfast included) we will return to the battlefield for a more detailed look at Devil’s Den, the Wheatfield and the Monument to the 20th Maine on Little Round Top. After visiting the battlefield we will tour the Shriver House for their in-town re-enactment, from then you will have some free time to lunch, explore Gettysburg and then return to the hotel on your own for some down time. Later that evening we will dine at the historic Dobbin House and at twilight we will return to Lee’s Line to get a more detailed look at this section of the battlefield. Night in Gettysburg. (staying at the Wyndham Gettysburg)

ReenactmentDay 6 (July 7th– Sunday): After breakfast (included) we will visit the Gettysburg Re-enactment for the duration of the day. We will see at least two re-enactments and a live Mortar fire demonstration or two. Between re-enactments we will visit the living history tents and military camps. These visits offer a deeper look into the times and give participants a wealth of knowledge about medicine, weaponry and other important aspects of life at the time. After watching the re-enactments you may want to meet a re-enactor and learn about their passions and the tents are the best place to do this. After returning to our hotel for a quick clean up we will return visit the historic Farnsworth House for a period dinner. After dinner we will return to the battlefield for a quick final visit. Night in Gettysburg. (staying at the Wyndham Gettysburg)

Day 7 (July 8th – Monday): We will be transferred to the Washington Dulles Airport for our return home. We will arrive around 10am so please book air travel plans accordingly. Breakfast is included.

NOT ENOUGH HISTORY?  Join us on our Arlington/Washington DC tour Extension.  More information below…

Pricing: $1699.00 per person tax included based on double occupancy.

Don’t have a friend to get the double occupancy rate? That is what Geek Nation Tours does.  Book as a double occupancy and we will match you up a roommate… This way you get the best of both worlds – someone to BS about the con with – and more cash to spend!

This tour has a maximum guest space of 42 passengers, so space is limited. Book now to secure your spot.

A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 per person is required to hold space.

Final is due January 1st 2013.

What is included: All Breakfasts, two lunches in Gettysburg, dinner at the hotel on July 5th, dinner at the Dobbin House and dinner at the Farnsworth House. All transfers, hotels and entrance fees. All battlefield tour prices and re-enactment fees.

What is not included: Flights not included. However Geek Nation Tours would be happy to arrange air from anywhere in the world. Include your origin city in the pre-registration and we will send you a quote. Some small local fees may apply.

“This Evening on General Lee’s Lines
The silence is deafening
As fireflies dance”

ARLINGTON AND WASHINGTON DC TOUR EXTENSION:  Geek Nation Tours is proud to continue our exploration of American History and hallowed ground in our Arlington and Washington DC extension.  Continue your tour and visit some of the world’s best memorials and museums…

Day 7 (Monday July 8th – Monday): Today we will leave early to make our way to the Washington Dulles airport to say good bye to our tour participants returning home.  The rest of us however, will be continuing our journey to Arlington National Cemetery. Here we hop on and off the automated bus tour to explore the cemetery at your own pace. We will have a leisurely, but limited, visit before we head off to the Washington National Mall. We will visit this area on day 8 as well, but today we will explore the Lincoln Memorial, Capitol Reflection Pool and Washington Monument as a group. Depending on how much time we have you will be free to wander the grounds or take in some of the other sites as well…

Later we will go to our hotel before having dinner as a group…


Day 8 (Tuesday July 9th – Tuesday): Today we will again explore the National Mall. We will be transferred to and from the Mall and you will have the full day to explore the area as you see fit… You can take some choice photos of the White House and Capitol Hill or spend your time visiting some of the following:

National Mall, White House, Washinton Memorial and Lincoln Memorial

This is the place to take in some of the most famous museums in the world:

National Museum of American History National Museum of Natural History
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden West Building of the National Gallery of Art
East Building of the National Gallery of Art National Museum of the American Indian
National Air and Space Museum Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Arts and Industries Building Smithsonian Institution Building (“The Castle”)
Freer Gallery of Art Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
National Museum of African Art Andrew Jackson Downing Memorial Urn
Joseph Henry Statue Smithsonian Carousel

Of course there are even more monuments to see today including:

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
National World War II Memorial Korean War Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial The Three Soldiers Statue
Vietnam Women’s Memorial Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
District of Columbia War Memorial John Ericsson National Memorial
John Paul Jones Memorial Lock Keeper’s House
James A. Garfield Monument Peace Monument
Sylvan Theater

Or if you would like to stroll the gardens you have these options:

United States Botanic Garden
United States Botanic Garden Constitution Gardens
Mary Livingston Ripley Garden Enid A. Haupt Garden
Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden Butterfly Habitat Garden
Victory Garden at the National
Museum of American History
Heirloom Garden at the National Museum
of American History, Behring Center
Native Landscape at the National
Museum of the American Indian
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

For those that want to venture off the Mall area you can always take in the Spy Museum…

Day 9 (July 10th – Wednesday): We will be transferred to the Washington Dulles Airport for our return home. We will arrive around 10am so please book air travel plans accordingly.

PRICE: $599.00