The Richmond Area Battlefields: Seven Days’ Battles and Battle of Cold Harbor Combo Tour

Cold Harbor & The Seven Days' Battles
Cold Harbor & The Seven Days' Battles
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  • Guided Driving Tour With stops in each location
  • 8 Hours9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Richmond Area Battlefield
  • $640Maximum 6 guests

Join a Historic Campaign on This Seven Days' Battles and Battle of Cold Harbor Combo Tour

Take a comprehensive battlefield tour of the Seven Days’ Battles and the Battle of Cold Harbor.

Spend a day and tour the main Richmond Area Battlefields.

Embark on a private tour that explores two pivotal Civil War campaigns: the Seven Days’ Battles, marking Robert E. Lee’s rise in the defense of Richmond during the summer of 1862, and the intense Cold Harbor confrontation, the climax of Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign in the summer of 1864.

Your journey begins at the Cold Harbor Battlefield Visitor Center, where you’ll delve into the Confederate defenses around Richmond. Experience the significant sites of the Seven Days’ Battles, including the fierce clashes at Beaver Dam Creek and Gaines’ Mill, and the strategic crossing of the Chickahominy River. A highlight is the Malvern Hill battlefield, the final standoff of the Seven Days, showcasing the Union’s formidable artillery defense.

Visit Totopotomoy Creek…

After a brief lunch pause, with dining suggestions provided, the tour shifts to the Cold Harbor battle, exploring key prelude sites such as Haw’s Shop and Totopotomoy Creek, where Grant’s advance meets Lee’s entrenched forces. The tour culminates at Cold Harbor National Park, where you’ll witness the entrenched Confederate positions that thwarted Grant’s assaults, culminating in one of the bloodiest and most unequal battles in American history.

This private battlefield combo tour pairs nicely with the Battles of Spotsylvania Court House and the North Anna: Civil War Earthworks combo tour, which are the previous Overland Campaign battles leading up to Cold Harbor.

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: The Seven Days’ Battles and Battle of Cold Harbor can be tailored into one of our Custom Battlefield Tours.

What's Included

  • 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 in front of the Cold Harbor Battlefield Visitor Center (5515 Anderson Wright Dr. Mechanicsville, VA 23111).
  • a comprehensive tour of the entire Seven Days’ Battles – June 25-July 1, 1862
  • A 30-minute lunch break at a recommended location by your battlefield guide
  • Travel to the Cold Harbor battlefield area with commentary
  • A comprehensive tour of the Cold Harbor battlefield area – May 30-June 12, 1864

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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