- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Right to Rise; 3rd edition (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1450722075
- ISBN-13: 978-1450722070
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Gettysburg Story: Battlefield Auto Tour Paperback – Audiobook, 2010
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Well, our choices were: $28 per person for 2 hours in a bus (with no hop on/hop off privileges) or a car full (1-5 people) for $55 where you get a private tour guide IN YOUR CAR -- that is, if one happens to show up and be available for you that day (otherwise advance reservations are needed for that).
So, for the price of $30 we bought this package in the visitor center book store. BEST DECISION EVER -- it took us a little over 3 hours (at the price of $7.50 per person ($30) vs. the total of $112 for 4 of us by bus for 2 hours or $55 by car w/guide) to cover the route. We were able to stop when we wanted, absorb what we wanted and move at our own pace (and we each had a window seat). When the hard rains started, we simply "waited it out" and then once again proceeded so we could get out and take pictures in dry weather.
The tape was perfectly timed for the drive from point to point (which was well-marked on the streets). You started at "Day 1" and proceeded through the battles to "Day 3". When you arrived at the clearly marked "auto tour stop" you got even more info with sound effects. If you needed to bypass a section, you simply drove to the next stop (or stop of your preference) and proceeded to click on the coinciding track on the cd). A window clingy also is included for your window so that other cars know you will be making frequent stops (from the sound in the air, we weren't the only ones with this idea of using the cd and creating our own tour).Read more ›
For example, we decided to go through Day 1 of the battle and then break for lunch in downtown Gettysburg and then picked up to where we left off, and it was a breeze doing so. Another, more expensive book/CD combo didn't seem to have the track numbers listed, so it may have been difficult to do this. We also took a ranger walk to Cemetery Ridge, so we skipped over that part in the auto tour to spend more time exploring other areas we were interested in.
My spouse is very knowledgeable in Civil War history and Gettysburg and I'm a novice, just getting into the history and battles in the past couple of years. This tour offered the history and details a newbie like myself would need and also offered some unique stories that my spouse had never heard (human interest pieces that give life and color to those that lived in the area, and details about specific men to help us identify with these individuals better).
Like another reviewer mentioned, there is a guided tour option where a guide does drive your car and does provide stops to get out and talk about the history/interpret it for 2hrs (now $65 for up to 6 people) and a bus option ($30 a person). We did encounter many of these guides and they were very informative and very nice, even to us who didn't purchase this option.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great tour. Slightly higher priced than what it costs at Gettysburg gift shop.Published 6 months ago by Love Amazon
Took a friend to Gettysburg for his first time and the CD's were invaluable information that even I didn't have. Great value!Published 8 months ago by James Cook
Used during our visit to the Gettysburg National Park and really made the visit come alive. Highly recommend.Published 9 months ago by Deborah M.O,
Excellent driving audio tour. We had allowed less than a day to visit Gettysburg and chose this product because it provides for both a two- and a three-hour tour (the two-hour is... Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Davis
Not a dry eye in the car. An extremely well produced guide. Love how they time some of the segments perfectly so you listen as you drive. Gives several options of tour lengths. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Katherine A Schneider
Very informative, great information. Don't forget to take the book. The books adds visuals to the open areas that will assist in understanding troop movements.Published 22 months ago by Craig Crawford