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The Civil War: A Lesson in History

Tour length: 7 Days


Commemorate this critical chapter in American history by visiting the main battlefields where the Civil War was fought and won. From Bull Run to Gettysburg to Antietam, follow the paths of Civil War soldiers. Then consider how history shaped America when you visit significant sites and monuments in our nation’s capital.


  • Manassas
  • Gettysburg
  • Antietam
  • Fredericksburg
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park
  • Confederate White House
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Day 1: Washington, D.C.

  • Arrive in Washington, D.C.
  • Learn about the Smithsonian Institution during an introduction by your tour director
  • Visit the Smithsonian museum of your choice, which may include:
    • National Air and Space Museum
    • National Museum of Natural History
    • National Museum of African Art
    • National Museum of American History
    • Smithsonian American Art Museum
    • National Portrait Gallery
  • Take a night tour of Washington
    • Lincoln Memorial
    • WWII Memorial
    • Korean War Veterans Memorial
    • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Day 2: Gettysburg and Washington, D.C.

  • Visit Manassas National Battlefield Park, site of the Battle of Bull Run
  • Visit Ford's Theatre and Petersen House
  • Visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
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Day 3: Washington, D.C.

  • Visit Arlington National Cemetery
    • Tomb of the Unkown Soldier
    • Civil War Unknowns Monument
    • Robert E. Lee Memorial
  • Visit Antietam National Battlefield, site of the Civil War’s deadliest single day
  • See the Fields of Freedom movie
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Day 4: Washington, D.C.

  • Enjoy free time in Gettysburg
  • Take a guided tour of Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Visit the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center Visit the Cyclorama Experience
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Day 5: Richmond

  • Visit the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
  • Visit Appomattox Courthouse
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Day 6: Richmond

  • Visit Petersburg National Battlefield
  • Visit the Museum and White House of the Confederacy
  • Visit the Richmond National Battlefield Park
  • Visit Cold Harbor Battle Site
  • Enjoy an evening activity
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Day 7: Washington, D.C.

  • Depart for home
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No matter where you go with EF Explore America, no matter your length of tour, you are guaranteed an all-inclusive experience. All of our tours feature round-trip transportation, hotel accommodations with professional overnight security, breakfast and dinner daily, air-conditioned motorcoach and gratuities.

  • Round-trip transportation
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach while on tour
  • 6 nights hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Full-time Tour Director
  • Sightseeing tour led by a licensed guide
  • Visits to special attractions per itinerary
  • Opportunity to earn high school credit for students
  • Overnight security
  • Gratuities
  • Illness and Accident Coverage

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