Step-on Tour Guides
Tour guides for hire that can step-on board your coach and guide
your group to the historical sites with historical commentary.
Our guides are professional, knowledgeable, entertaining and safe!
Most of our guides are retired historic site interpreters and others have professional
tour guide training and graduates of ITMI, International Tour Management Industry.
Springfield Walks & Tours can provide guides for Springfield, St. Louis, and
Chicago in some cases. Other U.S. and some European destinations possible.
If you need assistance with group travel planning please visit the Group Travel Planning Page.
Historic Site Reservations
- If your group is 15 people or less you do not need historic site reservations.
- If your group is over 15 you must have historic site reservations made through the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB) without exception.
- If Springfield Walks & Tours is building your trip then we can do historic site reservations for you.
- We are not permitted to do site reservations if we are not building your trip.
Why hire a step-on guide when Springfield is easy enough to navigate on own?
- Save time with a step-on guide rather than relying on the bus driver and GPS to get you around town.
- Guides are familiar with the nuances of getting groups in and out of sites also with restaurant policies and procedures for group meals.
- Historic sites have been sanitized of history, and our guides will fill in the blanks with the stories and history that you should be told!
- Some historic site interpreters are seasonal and have limited knowledge. Our guides have years of experience.
- Guides work to connect your customers to the Lincoln history, so they leave with a deeper appreciation of one of our greatest presidents.
- Most importantly our guides will enhance your group visit to Springfield well beyond your expectations, evident by the high marks and positive reviews that your tour customers will give for the memorable Lincoln’s Springfield visit!
Our guides have escorted all kinds of travel groups including over 60,000 schools kids on class trips!
Step-on Guide Rates
4-hours/half day – $150
8-hours/full day – $250
Guides always appreciate a
tip for a job well done.
Contact us for guide rates in other cities.
Basic Springfield Tour – for groups on limited time – $75
Springfield Walks does offer a 2-hour tour for groups passing through town on limited time.
- Includes outside visits to the Lincoln Home and the Lincoln Tomb with historical interpretation
- Includes drive by of other Springfield sites as time allows
Guide will meet your coach group at the Lincoln home bus lot and walk the group right up to the front of Lincoln’s house and explain the history of the house, his home life as a father and husband, and talk about the neighborhood and his neighbors. Then board your coach and drive out to the Lincoln Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Here the guide will walk the group right up to the front of the tomb and explain the outside symbolism of this impressive tomb, and explain his funeral and his burial, including the attempted theft of his body. And be sure to leave a penny and rub his nose for good luck on the famous statue of Lincoln with the shiny nose. Inside tomb visit may be possible if not busy.
This tour is a great option for tour groups passing through town or on limited time.
Tour customers give tour operators high marks for this short but elevated experience!
Hire a Step-on Tour Guide
Call Springfield Walks at 217-502-8687 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If emailing please include the following information:
- contact name, address, phone number, preferred email
- name of group
- number in group
- demographic of the group
- date of tour
- half or full day tour
- sites visiting
- a copy of your SCVB site reservation sheet if you have one yet
Springfield Walks will respond and finalize the details and reserve your guide with a confirmation via email.
Important: In order for our guides to get your group into the historic sites we must have a copy of your group’s SCVB site reservation confirmation sheet. Please email this document to: email@example.com
Payment – Payment is due on the day of guide service
CC, cash, or company check is preferred
Pre-payment can be mailed anytime to:
Springfield Walks & Tours
425 S. 7th St.
Springfield, IL 62701
Cancellation – Cancel with 8 days of your scheduled visit for refund or no charge. Any cancellations within 7 days prior to your group visit will incur a 50% of the service cost invoiced to the company.
Hire your guide today! Contact us to make the arrangements!
217-502-8687 / firstname.lastname@example.org