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The Christmas holiday season is a great time to visit Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The historic town, known for its three-day battle in 1863, dresses up for the holiday season and offers a wide range of unique events to help you create new Christmas traditions.
Arrive in Gettysburg on Christmas Eve and visit the Gettysburg Heritage Center, home to the largest military diorama in history, before a festive dinner with Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his wife. Take time to remember the fallen on Christmas Day with a guided tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield. Thousands of soldiers rest in the Gettysburg Cemetery, where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Address. Then, enjoy the fellowship of a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.
Paul Philippoteaux’s Gettysburg Cyclorama, a 360° scene of Pickett’s Charge, puts us in the middle of the Civil War on Boxing Day. But we’ll come back to the 21st century for a tour and lunch with Mamie Eisenhower at the National Historic Eisenhower Farmstead. Dinner at the Fairfield Inn, built in 1757 before the Declaration of Independence, and a stop at the Corning Glass Museum to see more than 3500 years of history displayed in glass, round out our Gettysburg Christmas holiday.
• Gettysburg Heritage Centre
• Guided tour of Gettysburg Battlefield
• Christmas Dinner
• Gettysburg Cyclorama
• Eisenhower Farm
• Free time in Gettysburg
• Historic Fairfield Inn dinner
• Corning Glass Museum
• Elmira, NY: Hilton Garden Inn (1 night)
• Gettysburg, PA: Gettysburg Hotel (3 nights)
• Corning, NY: Radisson Hotel Corning (1 night)
Your new Christmas tradition starts when you board the deluxe DeNureTours motorcoach and travel to Elmira, the birthplace of Mark Twain and hang gliding. Watch the snowy landscapes slip by in complete comfort and enjoy our attentive service. During this leg of the journey, make use of our free onboard entertainment options, such as WiFi, movies or radio. Arrive at your hotel and enjoy an included dinner with your fellow travellers.
Stay: Hilton Garden Inn, Elmira
Gettysburg Heritage Centre, Gettysburg
After breakfast start your journey south towards Gettysburg and arrive early afternoon. Visit the Gettysburg Heritage Center, which proudly presents The Battle of Gettysburg in a truly unique Light & Sound show that is fully narrated, and is the largest military diorama in the United States.
Settled in your hotel and then enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers. You may wish to attend a local church service or play cards with fellow guests, the evening is yours to spend as you wish.
Stay: Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg
Meals: B, D
Christmas Day, Gettysburg Battlefield Tour
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel this morning, you may wish to attend one of the local church services, or spend a leisurely morning enjoying the hotel.
After lunch embark on a guided tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War and the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “Gettysburg Address”.
Return to the hotel with time to relax in your room or enjoy the company of fellow travellers before a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.
Meals: B, L, D
Gettysburg Cyclorama, Eisenhower Farm
After breakfast this morning, visit the Gettysburg Cyclorama which depicts Pickett’s Charge, the climactic Confederate attack on the Union forces during the Battle of Gettysburg. The first version of the painting, completed in 1883 was originally exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair.
Your days outing continues with a visit to Eisenhower National Historic Site. This is the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie. The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax at the hotel or take in some of the shops downtown.
This evenings dinner will be at the historic Fairfield Inn. With origins dating to 1757, The Fairfield Inn is one of America’s oldest, continuously operated Inns. Dine where presidents and poets have eaten as old world charm and history surrounds you.
Meals: B, L, D
Corning Glass Museum
After breakfast this morning travel to Williamsport where you will have time for lunch before continuing on your journey to Corning, where you will visit the Corning Glass Museum. You will have the opportunity to see a glass blowing demonstration, tour the many glass exhibits and visit the gift shop.
Settle into your hotel this evening before enjoying a farewell dinner with fellow guests.
Stay: Radisson Hotel Corning, Corning
Meals: B, D
Journey home through New York State, crossing the border in Niagara. Enjoy the scenery of Lake Ontario as you reminisce about your holiday en route home.
Meals: B, L
- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
- Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
- Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.