Springfield Walks - Premier Tour & Guide Service Company - Springfield, IL

Personal Guide & Step-On Guide Services, Available year-round

2 local guide tips from Garret:

1. Historic site reservations fill fast each year, 6 months in advance reservations is best recommendation. (This only applies to groups 15 or more.)
2. Tour guide services can be high in demand, best to book a guide 1-3 months in advance. However, I can provide a guide most any day that a guide is available.
We work closely with the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau to upon request provide local guides for visiting coach groups.



Let's be honest here, Springfield is not so large that people and tour groups can't get around to the sites on their own. So why then hire a guide? And if you have not considered hiring a guide, then consider this…

  1. Save time trying to figure out maps, the streets, and the location of the sites in Springfield, maximize your time.
  2. Guides are familar with site policies, procedures, and nuances of visiting the sites.
  3. A guide can greatly enhance your visit with stories well beyond what site interpreters can tell.
  4. Most state site interpreters are hired seasonally and have limited knowledge of Lincoln.
  5. Get useful information about where the locals eat, drink, and shop.

 

But if you hire a guide, then consider this…
You're going to get a more in-depth tour and overall historical interpretation.
You're going to get a more complete story of Lincoln's life, especially his life in Springfield.
You're going to hear all kinds of humorous and witty stories of Lincoln that still make us chuckle today.
All of our guides are local and have a working knowledge of all there is to do and see while in town, including the "off the tourist path" things.
You'll get personal attention and service, get your questions answered, hear stories you're interested in, and we'll move along at your pace visiting the sites that you want to see.
Most importantly a Springfield Walks guide will make your visit to Lincoln's Springfield a moving and personal experience for you or your group so that you leave us with a deeper understanding and elevated appreciation of Lincoln's life.

 

Local Guide - this service is for individuals, couples, or families. Just give us a call or send email to discuss the arrangements. Rates: 4 hours/half day $125 or 8 hours/full day $150.
* I'm working for you so we go where you want to go and see what you want to see.
* This is the best way to make the most of your visit to Springfield.
* If you have an infinity for Lincoln then a local guide is the way to go.
* Make your visit to Springfield a personal experience!

 To hire a local guide: Follow the steps to make a booking
1. Email me to check availability, please include: date requested, half or full day, contact name, phone number, email address,  any specials needs, interests or requests.
2. I will return your email with any questions or details we need to discuss.
3. After any finalities I will then email you with a booking confirmation/contract.
4. Check in with me 2-3 days before you arrive for your tour.
5. On your tour day call me 30 minutes prior to your arrival time to the meeting spot.
Payment Policy: Payment is due by the end of the tour day. Pre-pay is ok too. Cash or credit card. Cancel if you need too.
garret@springfieldwalks.com

 

Guides always appreciate a tip if they've done a good job.

We'll do our best to make the most of your visit to Lincoln's Springfield!


Step-on or Group Guide - this is for groups and coach or bus groups over 15 persons in need of a guide to step on board the coach or walk the group to the sites. Just give us a call or send email to discuss the arrangements. Rates: 4 hours/half day $125 or 8 hours/full day $175.
Important note: If your group is 15 or over and you plan on visiting the Lincoln sites your group must have reservations made through the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB). We are not permitted to make the reservations for your group, but we can help with planning your visit. Click here to visit the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

Guides must have a copy of the SCVB reservation itinerary for entry into historic sites.
To hire a step-on guide: Follow the 6 steps to make a booking
1. Email me to check availability, please include: date requested, half or full day, contact name, group name, phone number, email address,  any specials needs or requests. Please also advise me of the status of your SCVB site reservations.
2. I will return your email with any questions or details we need to discuss.
3. After any finalities I will then email you with a booking confirmation/contract.
4. Email me a copy of your SCVB site reservations, without this official form your group cannot enter the sites. Also email me your tour host/escort cell number.
5. Check in with me 2-3 days before you arrive for your tour.
6. On your tour day call your guide 30 minutes prior to your arrival time to Springfield so the guide isn't standing around wondering where you are and if you're on time.

Groups must be on time for sites, any late arrival might cause us to forfeit entry.

Cancellation Policy: Guide may be cancelled within 7 days of tour day without pentalty. Cancellations under 7 days a $25 inconvenience fee will be invoiced to your company.
Payment Policy: Payment is due by the end of the tour day. Pre-pay is ok too. Cash, company check, or credit card are all ok.

garret@springfieldwalks.com

 

 

Attention Coach Groups with limited time in town

City Orientation Tour - this is for coach groups that may only have limited time in town, great for tour groups just passing through

1 hour tour - $75 - Drive by the main historic sites in downtown Springfield and hear the most important history. No site entry or disembark on this tour.
2 hour tour - $100 - See the main historic sites and may include a walk through of the Lincoln home neighborhood and/or walk up to the Lincoln Tomb as time allows.



 

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All use our services

WorldStrides - the largest student travel company uses Springfield Walks guides.

Springfield Walks guides have also been entrusted to serve politicians and their families, rock stars and entertainers, high ranking military, and thousands of school kids!

Travel companies, managers and agents use Springfield Walks because we are professional, knowledgeable, and we are the very best at what we do!

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