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Scenic Railroards & Country Delights - July 18 - 20, 2014
Offered By: Butler Motor Transit
We have included three wonderful and different train excursions on this delightful vacation including the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, the Potomac Eagle and the historic, Steam into History Train. Along the way we will enjoy countryside and nostalgic railroad history which make each an experience as we travel through Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 3 Days/2 Nights
Departs From: Butler, PA * Kittanning, PA * Natrona Heights, PA * Monroeville, PA


Price:
Double Room - $499.00
Single Room - $589.00
Triple Room - $499.00

Tour itinerary:

July 18 – We will depart early this morning and arrive in Cumberland, Maryland to board the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad for a rail trip to Frostburg through the Allegheny Mountains. A tasty box lunch will be included to take on the train with you today to enjoy as you wish. Originating from downtown Cumberland, this trip is an exciting mix of mountain scenery and rich transportation history. There will be lots of wonderful sights along the way including the Bridge in the Narrows, Helmstetter’s Horse Shoe Curve, Bone Cave and Brush Tunnel. The cut in the Allegheny Font was America’s first Gateway to the West. Leaving the Narrows, the train crosses the National Road before heading north past Wills Mountain toward Mount Savage. A favorite photo spot for train buffs is Helmstetter’s Curve which is a half mile arc that sweeps across Cash Valley, looking very much as it did in the hey-day of steam railroading. A hairpin turn and an increase in grade are sure signs that you have arrived at Woodcock Hollow, rarely seen until the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad opened in 1989. We will arrive at the Frostburg Depot which was built in 1891 and is the only survivor among 12 built along the line, which carried coal from Georges Creek to points east. Upon arrival in Frostburg there will be some free time allowed to enjoy the shops by the Depot or the Thrasher Carriage Museum. Or, you may walk up to Frostburg’s Main Street for additional downtown shops and eateries if you wish. We will then continue on by motorcoach into the West Virginia mountains for a lovely sightseeing stop at the beautiful Blackwater Falls State Park before arriving at Canaan Valley Resort where will spend the night. (We have been in 3 different states today) Enjoy an included welcome dinner tonight at the resort. (L, D)

July 19 – Breakfast is included this morning as we enjoy a leisure morning before checking out. We will then travel on to our next adventure and head on to Romney with arrival early this afternoon for boarding on the Potomac Eagle Train – “where the eagles fly”. This magnificent train trip is a beautiful three hour ride along the south branch of the Potomac River. You will enjoy a leisurely ride through the countryside and into a scenic river valley called the “Trough”, where you may view Bald Eagles in their natural habitat. In reference to the train’s name, there are multiple bald eagle sightings on 90% of their excursions! (Bring your cameras). During your excursion, we have arranged for a special catered box lunch which will be served to you on the train by the train caterer. We will arrive back at the station later this afternoon and then head for our last overnight at Hagerstown, MD. For those interested, we plan to stop at the Hagerstown Premium Outlets where you can enjoy some leg-stretching and browsing and have dinner on your own at the food court. (If available, special coupons will be provided for the outlet shopping) (B, L)

July 20 – Breakfast is included at your hotel this morning. We will head in to Pennsylvania and then it’s all aboard at the historic, “Steam Into History Train” near York, PA. This 2- hour train excursion takes you along the same rails that carried President Lincoln from Washington to Gettysburg to deliver one of the greatest speeches in American History – The Gettysburg Address. Some say that Lincoln worked on the speech on the train and used his silk top hat as an improvised desk on which to write. What is certain, is what become known as Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address”, is one of the many exciting and intriguing York County connections to the Civil War that “Steam Into History” train will bring to life. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the rolling countryside, much as it was in the late 1860’s as you relive Civil War railroad history. A box lunch is included aboard the train to enjoy on your ride through history today. After our excursion, we will head towards home by motorcoach with evening arrival back in our home towns. (B, L)

Departure Details:

Departure City
Departure Time
Location Address
Butler, PA 5:30 AM Butler Motor Transit, 210 S Monroe Street, Butler, PA Rear Lot
Kittanning, PA 6:00 AM Hilltop Plaza, across from King's Restaurant, Old Route 422, West Kittanning
Natrona Heights, PA 6:45 AM Walmart Parking Lot 4015 Freeport Road, Upper Front Lot near road where the white lines are located
Monroeville, PA 7:30 AM Monroeville Mall, located off Business Rt 22 Light Pole # 32 between Firestone Building & Macy's near bus stop shelter

Cost Includes: Deluxe motorcoach transportation, hotel accommodations for 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 resort dinner, 3 separate train excursions, all other touring as listed.

Call for additional information: Butler Motor Tours 724.282.1000 or 1.800.222.8750!


Terms and Conditions:

REFUND / CANCELLATION POLICY:

Prior to 30 days from your departure date a full refund will be made (with the exception of special event and/or show tours, air tours and cruises which will be different - be sure to ask about these details when your booking is made). There is no refund for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. But you are welcome to send someone in your place and let us know the name change (this does not apply to air and cruise tours which have various restrictions, strict cancellation policies and name change charges).

REFUND PROTECTION PLAN:
Butler Motor Tours offers a refund protection plan on all overnight tours with varying restrictions due to the nature of the tour. We highly encourage you to take advantage of it, although it is certainly your own individual decision. This plan is available at an additional cost and will protect your monies due to sickness or death, but it does not cover you if you simply "change your mind". An official written letter from the doctor is required for proof of illness or a statement as to the death in your family. This plan expires 30 days after cancellation, if the documentation is not received within 30 days of cancellation, the refund is forfeited. There is only a small window period of time in which you are allowed to purchase the plan so be sure to ask upon booking.

SMOKING & ALCOHOL:
To ensure passenger comfort, we have a "NO SMOKING" policy on all of our tours, which also includes e-cigarettes. Ample comfort stops are made for smoking and restroom convenience. Feel free to request a smoking or non-smoking hotel room when making your reservations. No alcohol is allowed on any tour at any time. We reserve the right to refuse boarding under such circumstances that these policies are not followed.

CANCELLED TOURS:
Butler Motor Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We also reserve the right to change tour prices and itineraries if so dictated by circumstances beyond our control. We always avoid canceling a tour if at all possible, as we understand the inconvenience to you - our valued customer. Feel free to ask about any departure, especially if you are taking vacation days at your place of work.

LUGGAGE:
The cost of your tour includes one piece of luggage per person to be checked under the coach and one small carry-on piece. Any additional suitcase is allowed at a cost of $5.00 per day and this must be paid with the final tour payment. You will be responsible for the handling of your own carry-on luggage at all times.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Butler Motor Tours acts as an agent in arranging hotel and other accommodations and cannot be held responsible for non-performance.

ADA NOTICE:
Any person or group which requires an ADA accessible bus is requested to inform us at the time of reservation, and must notify us in writing no later than 48 hours prior to the charter's departure.