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 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.
Items #1 and #2 below are suspended for the duration of this COVID-19 Pandemic emergency. Reservation requests can be made up to 48-hours before your requested tour time. Requests made within the 48-hour limit are subject to Guide availability. Refer to the following document for details … COVID19 PROCEDURES
During the busy travel months, MAY THROUGH AUGUST tour requests must be made a MINIMUM of FIVE days before the date of your requested tours. We will NOT be able to locate a tour guide with open time on their schedules 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.
There must be room in that vehicle to safely accommodate the guide as well as all members of your party. As explained above the Guide is not permitted to travel in your vehicle during the Pandemic emergency. The Guide will lead you in their personal car. You and your party will follow in your own vehicle.
Upon request, your guide will drive your vehicle 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. Not permitted. Suspended at this time.
5. Name request for a specific guide will be honored when possible. Should the named guide not be available another will be contacted. This will still be honored if possible. Please keep in mind that many Guides have opted to discontinue touring at this time and your requested LBG may not be available.
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.
Updated: March 11, 2021