Seven Days’ Battles Tour

Seven Days' Battles
Seven Days' Battles
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  • Guided Driving Tour With stops in each location
  • 4 Hours9:00 am or 1:00 pm
  • Richmond Area Battlefields
  • $340Maximum 6 guests

Join a Historic Campaign on This Seven Days' Battles Tour

Take a comprehensive battlefield tour of the Seven Days’ Battles: June 25-July 1, 1862.

The Seven Days’ Battles is the culmination of Union General George B. McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign in an effort to seize the Confederate capital of Richmond. It gave rise to Robert E. Lee who would launch a series of bold but costly offensives over a period of seven days.

Your private battlefield tour will start in front of the Cold Harbor Battlefield Visitor Center (5515 Anderson Wright Dr. Mechanicsville, VA 23111), where you will meet your own battlefield guide. Receive a tour introduction and see a part of the original Confederate line defending Richmond.

Follow the Confederate forces to Beaver Dam Creek and see part of the Union’s two-mile front that the Confederates would attack on June 26, 1862. Today, the National Park Service has preserved a beautiful portion of the battlefield along the creek.

Travel to a portion of the Gaines’ Mill battlefield which saw the heaviest fighting of the Seven Days’ Battles on June 27, 1862, as Lee would launch his largest combined attack of the war. See the historic Watt House which served as a Union headquarters along with impressive examples of Civil War artillery.

Continue following the armies as they cross the Chickahominy River. Along the way, you will see Union General McClellan’s headquarters and make a stop at a portion of the Savage’s Station battlefield.

Visit part of the Glendale battlefield where the Union army will make a stand at the vital crossroads near the old Frayser Farm on June 30, 1862.

The climax of the tour is a visit to the Malvern Hill battlefield. This was the last of the Seven Days’ Battles fought on July 1, 1862. Stand on the main Union defensive line where their artillery was massed with the hopes of smashing the Confederate attacks.

This private battlefield tour pairs nicely with our Battle of Cold Harbor Tour.

Let a Local Battlefield Guide Show You the Way

Let us show you the way as you relax and skip the self-guided tour hassle. Your own battlefield guide will meet you in front of the Cold Harbor Battlefield Visitor Center (5515 Anderson Wright Dr. Mechanicsville, VA 23111).

After an introduction, your battlefield guide will join your vehicle as you depart to your first stop. It is recommended that the battlefield guide drive your vehicle so you can relax and enjoy the tour, but it’s up to you who drives.

Joining your vehicle keeps the cost down so you can see more battlefields with us.

Step-on battlefield guides are available for larger passenger vehicles (van or bus). For more information and prices, please contact us.

Note: Seven Days’ Battles can be tailored into one of our Custom Battlefield Tours.

What's Included on This Seven Days' Battles Tour

  • Professional & qualified local battlefield guide
  • Locate ancestor’s regiment on the battlefield With advance notice only

What to Bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Bottled water
  • Jacket & umbrella
  • Sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Hat & light clothes
  • Insect repellant

What's Not Included

  • Vehicle
  • Food & drinks
  • Gratuities Optional


  • Tour meets at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm in front of the Cold Harbor Battlefield Visitor Center (5515 Anderson Wright Dr. Mechanicsville, VA 23111).
  • Tour multiples battlefields on and off National Park property
  • Learn about the rise of Robert E. Lee and the defense of Richmond
  • Follow the route of the armies moving to the south-east direction
  • Walk the battlefields that saved Richmond from McClellan’s drive up the Peninsula

Special Notes

  • The minimum recommended age is 10 years old.
  • The tour makes multiple stops and gets out of the vehicle
  • Walking at stops is minimal, usually steps from the vehicle (no hiking involved)
  • Tour can accommodate those with mobility challenges
  • Traveling between stops has commentary
  • The tour continues in all weather conditions as adjustments can be made to make everyone comfortable
  • We can locate an ancestor’s unit on the battlefield for no additional charge by simply giving us their unit’s information, for example, 10th New York regiment – Advance notice of a week or more is advised to better prepare.


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