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Gettysburg 150th Anniversary

Statue of General Gouverneur K. Warren at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Warren was the Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. The statue is positioned on the boulder from which he spotted the Confederate advance on Little Round Top the afternoon of July 2, 1863.

Statue of General Gouverneur K. Warren at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Warren was the Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. The statue is positioned on the boulder from which he spotted the Confederate advance on Little Round Top the afternoon of July 2, 1863.

Gettysburg is one of those live-changing trips that leaves an indelible impression on your heart as well as your mind.  This small town has preserved so many of the structures that stood on those fateful  days in July 1863.  Many of them have been restored to reflect the period and are open to the public, which allows you to step back in time.  The new Gettysburg Museum & Visitors Center opened in 2008 and is a dynamic storehouse for artifacts and personal items of both Union & Confederate soldiers.  And don’t miss the Cyclorama housed at the Center!  The artist’s rendition of the battle incorporates the stories of many who witnessed all that happened there.  For many Americans, a visit to Pearl Harbor has a profound effect on all who go there.  Gettysburg will leave you with a very similar memory.Gettysburg Virginia Monument

Join us for this memorable trip as we travel to historic Gettysburg.  En route, you will stop at the Flight 93 Memorial, which honors lives lost on September 11, 2001. Suites reminiscent of yesteryear are featured in your modern accommodations at the upscale James Gettys Hotel. We will visit the aforementioned Gettysburg Museum & Visitors Center where you will marvel at the incredible Gettysburg Cyclorama.  Professional historians will guide you through the Gettysburg Battlefield and the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Tour the Shriver Museum and view all four floors of the home – from the Confederate sharpshooter’ nest in the garret to the cellar that housed the saloon.  Enjoy lunch at the Dobbins House Tavern, where renowned historian and Lincoln impersonator, Jim Getty provides an unforgettable experience as he speaks to the history of the period and answers questions about the Civil War.  Enjoy the tour & tasting at the Adams County Winery and dinner at Hickory Bridge Farm.  There is also time for shopping and exploring on your Gettysburg James Gettys Hotelown.

Day 1 – Today you will depart from Cincinnati, Ohio for historic Gettysburg. While in route, you will stop at the Flight 93 Memorial, the site where a common field became a field of honor.  The memorial commemorates the lives lost in the Pennsylvania countryside on September 11, 2001 when the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, thwarted an attack on the U.S. Capitol Building. Later you will check into the upscale James Gettys Hotel in downtown Gettysburg.  This unique property features suites with décor reminiscent of yesteryear and will be your home for three nights.  The evening is open for you to explore this picturesque town and enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many local restaurants. Accommodations at the James Gettys Hotel in Gettysburg, PA.

Day 2 – A delightful breakfast is provided and is available at your leisure in your room..  Afterwards you are off to the Gettysburg Museum & Visitors Center.  Here you will enjoy a narrated film that introduces you to events that led up to the fateful days in July of 1863 and the legendary battle that consumed this simple farming town.  Following the film, you will marvel at the

Gettysburg Cyclorama

Portion of the Cyclorama

Gettysburg Cyclorama, one of the most incredible art works ever to depict the drama that unfolded here.  There will be time to view some of the exhibits at the museum before boarding your motor coach for a battlefield tour with a professional local step-on guide.  Following the two-hour tour, you will return to the Visitors Center for lunch on your own after which you can enjoy the rest of the museum at your leisure.  An optional tour to the Eisenhower National Historic Site is available to you if you choose to visit an additional historic location.  You will return to your hotel to freshen up before departing for the Adams County Winery for a tour and wine tasting.  Dinner this evening is at the beautifully restored Hickory Bridge Farm where you will enjoy appetizers from an antique sleigh before feasting on a family-style meal featuring all of the delicious dishes that are guest favorites, using products grown locally.  Breakfast and dinner are included with accommodations at the James Gettys Hotel in Gettysburg, PA.

 Day 3– Start your day with another scrumptious breakfast in your room before boarding your motor coach for the Shriver Museum.  This historic

Gettysburg Shriver House Museum

Shriver House Museum

property was the home of George Washington Shriver and has been restored to its original 1860’s appearance.  Your tour includes all four floors of the home — from the Confederate sharpshooters nest in the garret to the cellar that housed the Shriver’s Saloon.  Next there is time for shopping before meeting at the Dobbins House Tavern, for a buffet luncheon where you will be greeted by “Abraham Lincoln.” Renown historian and Lincoln impersonator, Jim Getty, provides an unforgettable experience as he speaks to the history of the period and answers questions about the Civil War. This afternoon provides another memorable activity with a tour of the Gettysburg National Cemetery.  Our professional local guide will offer a broad overview of the burial ground that honors many of the fallen soldiers and where President Lincoln delivered his famous address which became one of the most well-known speeches in American history. Afterward, you will return to downtown Gettysburg for more sightseeing, shopping, and dinner on your own. Breakfast and lunch are included with accommodations at the James Gettys Hotel in Gettysburg, PA.

 Day 4 –  Enjoy one more tasty breakfast provided in your room before Gettysburg Battlefieldchecking out of the hotel. We will head for home, taking with us the treasured memories of  the historic events that forever changed the lives of the  citizens of the United States of America. Breakfast is included.

For more information call us at 1-800-875-4569 or visit our website by clicking here, where you can see the full trip offering, pricing and registration.

Darlene Hicks is one of Joy Tour & Travel’s Group Tour coordinators, not only did she provide us with this blog but also planned this great trip to Gettysburg!

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JOY TOUR and TRAVEL has been in operation since 1985. We are fully bonded and insured. We are specialists in many areas of travel. Our staff has traveled extensively to bring you first-hand knowledge of the world. It is our goal to provide quality travel experiences that are of exceptional value to our clients. We are an active member and Co-Owner of Travel Alliance Partners (TAP). This is your assurance that this agency meets the highest standards of financial stability. We have to meet certain criteria to be a member of TAP. TAP is 29 of North America's premier tour operators. We are also a member of Vacation.com (which allows us to get special discounts); the Greater Cincinnati BBB, Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN), which allows us to book international, as well as domestic airline itineraries

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