Reservations

Reservations for guide services can be made in up to 48-hours in advance. If you know when you will be visiting the park and desire to guarantee the services of your own personal guide for you or your family, be certain to make arrangements well in advance. The best way to do this is to call the ALBG Reservations line at 717-337-1709. This phone may be answered when someone is working in the guide office but that is rare since most guides are out on the battlefield touring.  We have no full-time office employees but rely on an answering machine.  Please leave a message with the information requested below.  This machine is checked each evening, seven days a week around 5 PM and someone from the Association will be back in touch to finalize your arrangements. generally the same evening you call but certainly within 24 hours of your call. 

DO NOT CALL BACK BEFORE THAT TIME as it will result in duplicate reservations.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING NOTICE BEFORE CALLING:   COVID19 PROCEDURES

If you agree to the COVID19 Procedures then call our reservations number. Please leave your contact information, as well as, what day you are planning on touring and any special requests such as:
1. Length of tour, if longer than the normal two-hour duration.
Note: During the Covid19 Pandemic the ALBG strongly recommends a three-hour tour instead of the “standard” two-hour tour.  The safety rules make it difficult to provide a full Caravan tour in less than three-hours.
2. Special focus – concentrate on specific actions, units, events of the battle.
Note: Not all guides will be working so specific name requests or focus topics MAY not be possible to accommodate.
3. Number of participants.
4. Requested time frame.  
If more or less than the recommended 3-hours.

NOTE: Your guide will meet your party at a pre-arranged place -likely the parking area of the Gettysburg Heritage Center or the National Park Service Visitor Center.  After giving basic instructions on safety and tour logistics, the Guide will drive their own car. You and your party will follow in your car.  At each stop, everyone will get out and meet to hear the story.  The tour has been extended an additional hour to allow for the additional stops required by this tour format. 

Our rates for personal guided tours of the Gettysburg battlefield are set by the Federal Government and are for minimum tour lengths of two (2) hours:

$63 for 1 to 6 people.
$83 for 7 to 15 people.
$132 for 16 people and up.

For the COVID19 – 3-Hour Caravan tour, the fee is pro-rated for account for the additional hour. This specified fee is per car / vehicle and NOT per person. 

$94.50 for 1 to 6 people.
$124.50 for 7 to 15 people.
$198.00 for 16 people and up.

Alternately, the Gettysburg Heritage Center, located at 297 Steinwehr Avenue is also accepting reservations for Guide-led auto tours. You may contact them directly at 717-334-6245.  Guides may be available at the Heritage Center daily from 9 AM until 4 PM on a first-come, first-served basis for “Day Of” walk-in tours.  You may also make a reservation for a car, van, or bus tour through the Gettysburg Foundation at the Museum and Visitor Center. You may contact them directly at 717-338-2346 or through their website at www.gettysburgfoundation.org. 

Other considerations:

1. During the busy travel months MAY THROUGH AUGUST tour requests must be made a MINIMUM of FIVE days before the dat eof your requested tours. We will NOT be able to locate a tour guide with open time on their scheduled anytime within. that short period.

2. During the off-season, SEPTEMBER THROUGH APRIL tour requests can be accepted up to two days before your planned visit.  Requests of less than 48 hours in advance of your requested time will not be accepted.  Arrange to make your reservation as far in advance as possible.

3. Guide reservations are for personal tours in YOUR VEHICLE (Onboard) or by Caravan (your car led by the guide’s car.  If Onboard here must be room in that vehicle to safely accommodate the guide as well as all members of your party. If an “Onboard” tour all occupants in the vehicle MUST wear masks.

4. Upon request, your guide will drive your vehicle, if it is an Onboard tour,  to allow you maximum opportunity to look around and actually see the battlefield without worrying about traffic. There is no additional charge for this service.  

5. Name requests for a specific guide will be honored when possible. Should the named guide not be available another will be contacted. Note – not all guides are working at this time so this may not be possible.

6. Tour fees are established annually by the US Department of the Interior / National Park Service. This fee is payable directly to the individual guide at the time of the tour.  Gratuities are at your discretion. When booking through a third party (Gettysburg Heritage Center, Gettysburg Foundation, etc.) the fee will be collected by those parties.

7. Only officially tested and licensed Guides are legally permitted to conduct paid tours of the battlefield.  All such individuals are required to wear the badge of the LBG (depicted above).  Guides hired through our office OR through the National Park Visitor Center will be wearing this badge.  Other types of private tour companies utilize the NPS uniformed Licensed Battlefield Guide. Other individuals and companies using non-authorized guides are to be taken at your own risk.  They have no relationship with the National Park Service, are not tested and licensed to ensure quality, and are not bound by Park Service regulations. ONLY NPS Licensed Guides wearing the authorized badge are permitted to accept fees for conducting tours of the Gettysburg National Military Park. 

Many of our partner companies listed below are also permitted to resume operations.  Please contact them if interested in inquiring about scheduling their tours. 

Please note that we can ONLY accept reservations for individuals and commercial tour companies desiring personal guides for battlefield tours in cars, vans, or buses. Those desiring guided horse tours, motorcycle tours, bicycle tours, or guided segway tours must make those reservations through the websites of those companies. They do use only NPS-licensed guides but handle their own reservations. As a convenience, you will find links to those below. ALBG bears no responsibility for the actions of these companies or consequences that may arise in your dealing with these organizations.  The links are provided as a convenient courtesy.  Just as you can hire an LBG to give you and your family a tour in your own vehicle, these companies hire our LBG’s to conduct tours using their own unique forms of transportation.

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Updated: March 11, 2021

GETTYSBURG VISITOR’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISKS

In consideration of the services of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides®, their officers,  agents, and members, and/or all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively  referred to as “ALBG”) I agree as follows: 

Although ALBG has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and experienced,  skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, ALBG has informed me this activity is not  without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique  character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique  character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or  in extreme cases, permanent injury, trauma and/ or death. ALBG does not want to frighten me or reduce my  enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to be aware of and to  expect and to be informed of the inherent risks as reasonably as possible. Most programs will be conducted on  the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park (“GNMP”). The following describes some, but not all, of  those risks.

  • Tripping, slipping and/or falling on uneven, slippery and/or brush and/or leaf-covered terrain
  • Exposure to severe weather, including but not limited to: Excessive cold, heat and/or humidity, sun,  heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening and/or high winds 
  • Exposure to stinging insects, poison ivy and/or poison oak 
  • Traffic on GNMP and public roadways adjacent and through GNMP, which may be heavy at times and  may include, but is not limited to: automobiles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, horses, horse-drawn  vehicles, Segways and bicycles 

I am aware that outdoors programs entail risks of injury, trauma and/or death to any participant. I  understand the description of these inherent risks is as complete as is reasonably possible, and that other unknown  or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury, trauma and/or death. I agree to assume and accept full  responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified but may  also occur. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate and I elect to  participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks. 

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than  other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of ALBG [and the  Staff of the Gettysburg National Military Park who are publicly available to all Visitors for information at no  charge] has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the  inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity. 

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full  responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or  loss of personal property [including but not limited to automobiles, other vehicles, pets, etc.] and expenses as a  result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically  identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. 

I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and  acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal  representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.

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