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Steam into History Train with Historic Gettysburg - August 8 - 10, 2014
Offered By: Butler Motor Transit
Last year in 2013, Gettysburg celebrated its 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg…and what a celebration it was. To help commemorate that remarkable event in our history, a brand new train ride attraction opened, called the “Steam Into History Train” where you will ride along the same rails that carried President Lincoln from Washington, DC to Gettysburg where he delivered one of the gr

Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 3 Days/2 Nights
Departs From: Butler, PA * Kittanning, PA * Natrona Heights, PA * Monroeville, PA

Double Room - $465.00
Single Room - $585.00
Triple Room - $465.00

Last year in 2013, Gettysburg celebrated its 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg…and what a celebration it was. To help commemorate that remarkable event in our history, a brand new train ride attraction opened, called the “Steam Into History Train” where you will ride along the same rails that carried President Lincoln from Washington, DC to Gettysburg where he delivered one of the greatest speeches in American History ! In addition, you will have the unique experience of dining in three different historic taverns, each with its own remarkable tales through history. This three day vacation package is filled with history and fun all wrapped into one!

Tour itinerary:

August 8 – We start out our fabulous historic journey with a stop for lunch at the Jean Bonnet Tavern near Bedford, and be welcomed to a yesteryear experience of old tavern charm. This tavern was destined to play in several historical roles through time including an important haven for early settlers and travelers and was built on the only road connecting eastern PA with the Ohio River and territories beyond. In October 1794, troops summoned by President George Washington camped here. We will enjoy a rich and delicious lunch and hear a fascinating overview about this historic landmark tavern. As we head further east, we will arrive this afternoon at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitors Center. Here, we will spend some time experiencing one of the largest and most important Civil War collections brought to life through three inspiring venues with sights and sounds of the Battle of Gettysburg and Civil War. This center features relics of the Battle of Gettysburg and personalities who served in the Civil War, interactive exhibits and multi-media presentations that cover the conflict from beginning to end. You will view the movie “New Birth of Freedom” (which is narrated by award winning actor, Morgan Freeman), a state of the art feature film shown exclusively here. You will experience the restored Gettysburg Cyclorama painting with a light and sound show which surrounds visitors in the final fury of Gettysburg and Pickett’s Charge. We will then check in to our local Gettysburg hotel which will be our host for the next 2 nights, located in an excellent location and walkable to various attractions. After a full day, a wonderful dinner will be included at the oldest building in Gettysburg at the popular Dobbin House Tavern built in 1776. They are well known for delicious food and charming surroundings. This historic tavern overlooks the site where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address and was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Dobbin House Tavern is truly an authentic colonial tavern where guests may “eat, drink, and be merry”. Enjoy your dining experience ! (L, D)

August 9– Breakfast included. We will then meet our guide for a battlefield tour where you will see and hear the drama unfold as this vivid tour takes you back to those fateful days as you cover over 23 miles of sacred ground. We will drive through the battlefield grounds with complete narration where you get a real feel of what happened…there are close to 1,400 various monuments and markers which dot the landscape of this 6,000-acre Gettysburg Battlefield, each having their own meaning of this historic event. This tour is a real experience for all. After our Battlefield Tour, you will have some free time to explore as you wish and have lunch on your own (as requested by past travelers on this tour). Enjoy the shops and your choice of eateries. Then it’s all aboard at the “Steam Into History Train” for a 2 hour train excursion along the same rails that carried President Lincoln from Washington to Gettysburg to deliver one of the greatest speeches in American History. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the rolling countryside, much as it was in the late 1860’s as you relive Civil War railroad history. We will then partake in another remarkable tavern dining experience for dinner at the Roosevelt Tavern in York. In addition to this tavern’s long tales through history including various owners and tavern names, it is presently owned and operated with the highest level of quality by partnering with the local farmers in the preparation of their delicious dishes with an Executive Chef on the premises. This has made them one of the most popular restaurants in the area – you will enjoy this evening ! (B, D)

August 10 – Breakfast included. This morning we will take special transportation to the Eisenhower National Historic Site located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield and was the home and farm of General and President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie Eisenhower. The farm served as a weekend retreat for the President and a meeting place for world leaders. It was the Eisenhower’s' home after they left the White House in 1961. This home offered President Eisenhower a much-needed respite from the pressures of Washington and it was also a successful cattle operation, with a show herd of Black Angus cattle. Some of the more notable of Eisenhower's guests were British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and California Governor Ronald Reagan, among others. Lunch will be included in the area before we depart Gettysburg for home after a wonderful fun and historic trip ! (B, L)

Departure Details:

Departure City
Departure Time
Location Address
Butler, PA 7:00 AM Butler Motor Tours
210 South Monroe Street, Rear Lot
Kittanning, PA 7:30 AM Hilltop Plaza
Old Route 422, Across from King’s Restaurant
Natrona Heights, PA 8:15 AM Walmart Parking Lot
4015 Freeport Road, Upper Front Lot near road where white lines are
Monroeville, PA 9:00 AM Monroeville Mall located off Business Rt 22 Light Pole # 32 between Firestone Building & Macy's, near bus stop shelter

Cost Includes: Deluxe motorcoach transportation, lodging for 2 nights in Gettysburg, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, all touring, admissions, taverns and train ride as described in itinerary

For additional information call Butler Motor Tours 724.282.1000 or 1.800.222.8750!

Terms and Conditions:


Prior to 30 days from your departure date a full refund will be made (with the exception of special event and/or show tours, air tours and cruises which will be different - be sure to ask about these details when your booking is made). There is no refund for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. But you are welcome to send someone in your place and let us know the name change (this does not apply to air and cruise tours which have various restrictions, strict cancellation policies and name change charges).

Butler Motor Tours offers a refund protection plan on all overnight tours with varying restrictions due to the nature of the tour. We highly encourage you to take advantage of it, although it is certainly your own individual decision. This plan is available at an additional cost and will protect your monies due to sickness or death, but it does not cover you if you simply "change your mind". An official written letter from the doctor is required for proof of illness or a statement as to the death in your family. This plan expires 30 days after cancellation, if the documentation is not received within 30 days of cancellation, the refund is forfeited. There is only a small window period of time in which you are allowed to purchase the plan so be sure to ask upon booking.

To ensure passenger comfort, we have a "NO SMOKING" policy on all of our tours, which also includes e-cigarettes. Ample comfort stops are made for smoking and restroom convenience. Feel free to request a smoking or non-smoking hotel room when making your reservations. No alcohol is allowed on any tour at any time. We reserve the right to refuse boarding under such circumstances that these policies are not followed.

Butler Motor Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We also reserve the right to change tour prices and itineraries if so dictated by circumstances beyond our control. We always avoid canceling a tour if at all possible, as we understand the inconvenience to you - our valued customer. Feel free to ask about any departure, especially if you are taking vacation days at your place of work.

The cost of your tour includes one piece of luggage per person to be checked under the coach and one small carry-on piece. Any additional suitcase is allowed at a cost of $5.00 per day and this must be paid with the final tour payment. You will be responsible for the handling of your own carry-on luggage at all times.

Butler Motor Tours acts as an agent in arranging hotel and other accommodations and cannot be held responsible for non-performance.

Any person or group which requires an ADA accessible bus is requested to inform us at the time of reservation, and must notify us in writing no later than 48 hours prior to the charter's departure.