Step-on Guides

Local Tour Guides

Step-on Guide Services

Springfield Walks & Tours can provide local guides that can step on board your coach and manage your historical site itinerary.

Professional – Knowledgeable – Entertaining 

Most of our guides are retired staff from the historical sites and others have professional tour director training and are graduates of ITMI, International Travel Management Industry.

We’ve escorted over 65,000 kids on class trips 
and hundreds of travel groups since 2005!

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Springfield Walks & Tours can manage your itinerary and escort your group to the historical sites
with extended historical commentary, or we can build your group tour for your travel group.

If you need assistance with group travel planning to Springfield or other destinations visit the Group Travel Planning Page.

Springfield Walks & Tours can also provide local step on board coach tour guides for
  St. Louis and Chicago depending on the needs and circumstances of your travel group. 

We also have ITMI tour guides that can escort groups to Britain and Western Europe.

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Historic Site Reservations for Springfield

  • Groups over 15 people must have required historic site reservations made through the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. No exceptions.
  • Groups of 15 people or less do not need historic site reservations.
  • If we are building your Springfield trip then we can do site reservations for you.
  • We are not permitted to do site reservations if we are not building your Springfield trip.

Why hire a guide for Springfield?

  • Save time relying on GPS or the coach driver for directions.
  •  Guides are familar with nuances of touring the sites.
  • Our guides have years of experience, most site staff are seasonal.
  • Our guides won’t sanitize the history.
  • Our guides will give commentary beyond the time contraints of site tours and answer follow up questions. 
  • Our guides will connect your customers to the Lincoln history, so they leave with a deeper appreciation of Lincoln.

Most imprtantly, our guides will enhance your visit beyond the expectations of your customers who comment in reviews that this was the best guided tour they’ve been on.

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How to hire a Step-On guide!

Email us with the following information:

  • contact information
  • name of group
  • number in group
  • group demogrpahic
  • half or full day tour
  • date of tour
  • sites of interest
  • copy of  itinerary, if available
  • copy of SCVB site reservations, if available

We will respond and work out the details.

Once details are worked out you’ll receive a confirmation email securing your guide.

Cancel your guide within 7 days of visit at no charge. Cancellations under 7 days will be invoiced for 50% of guide service amount.

Springfield Tour Guide Rates

4 – hours/half day – $150.00

8 – hours/full day – $250.00

Payment due by day of the tour

Company check or CC


Prepayment can be mailed to:

Springfield Walks/Tours
425 S. 7th St. C
Springfield, Il. 62701

 Tipping of the guide is not expected, but most appreciated for a job well done.

Hire your Springfield tour guide today!

Groups on Limited Time

$75.00 / 2-hour basic tour includes:

  • Outside visit to the Lincoln home and neighborhood
  • Outside visit to the Lincoln Tomb
  • Historical commentary

Meet the guide at the Lincoln home. Walk right up to the house, learn the home history, the father, a husband, a lawyer, and an aspiring politician. Board your coach and head out to the tomb. Walk right up and learn the tomb history, his funeral and burial, the attempted theft of his body and his final burial in 1901. Here is where you leave a penny and rub Lincoln’s nose for good luck! Inside visit possible if not busy.

This is a popular tour for groups on limited time!

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8th graders at Lincoln's home!
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Travel group standing on original Rt. 66 bricks!
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All of our fall tours will follow CDC and State of Illinois COVID guidelines for everyone’s health and safety as much as possible. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided.