New for 2014!
Offered By: Butler Motor Transit
Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of the South’s top travel destinations. In fact, the New York Times named it one of the “Top 45 places to go” in the world! Come join the fun in adventurous tour with train rides and river boats!
Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 5 Days/4 Nights
Departs From: TBA
Double Room - $941.00
Quad Room - $891.00
Single Room - $1,151.00
Triple Room - $891.00
Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of the South’s top travel destinations. In fact, the New York Times named it one of the “Top 45 places to go” in the world! Only four US destinations were named, and the Scenic City was the only place outside of California. And it’s no wonder. Tucked between the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, along the beautiful Tennessee River, Chattanooga is one of America’s best-kept secrets. Come with us this year and see why!
August 24 – Enjoy a day of travel as we get acquainted with our new travel friends. Rest stops and meal stops are planned for your traveling comfort as we arrive late afternoon at the lovely Cumberland Inn in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Owned and operated by University of the Cumberlands, you’ll have time to unwind and get dinner on your own at the hotel this evening.
August 25 – On to Chattanooga this morning as we experience the Lookout Mountain Scenic Highway en route to famous Rock City. Created by God and enhanced by man, Rock City is a unique geological and botanical wonder – a true marvel of nature. Take an unforgettable journey along the Enchanted Trail and see a 100-ft. waterfall, 1,000-ton balanced rock, a Swing-A-Long Bridge (ideal for pictures), and the legendary panoramic “View of Seven States” from Lover’s Leap! Nearly a half million people from all over the world visit this natural attraction each year, and it’s your turn to see it! Lunch is included at Rock City today. A short distance away is the breath-taking Ruby Falls, America’s deepest cave and largest underground waterfall accessible to the public. It was named one of the Ten Most Incredible Cave Waterfalls on Earth! Next, we’ll check into our home for the next two nights, the Chattanooga Choo Choo Historic Hotel. The Terminal Station in the downtown area has been meticulously converted into a fun and beautiful hotel complex! This evening we are in for a special treat aboard the “Southern Belle Riverboat”. We’ll cruise the scenic Tennessee River aboard this floating restaurant which offers true southern hospitality, music, and delicious food. What a wonderful end to a gorgeous day! (B,L, D)
Fun Fact: “Pardon me, Boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo-Choo!” …Glenn Miller’s orchestra made this catchy song popular in the late 1940’s. It became world-famous, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1996. It’s most popular vocal rendition was recorded by the Andrew Sisters.
August 26 – Todays delightful touring includes a visit to the Tennessee Valley Railroad to walk the Yard and Peruse the Museum. Then we’ll hear “All Aboard” as we climb on the Tennessee Valley Railroad’s restored vintage train to experience “Railroading’s Golden Age”. Crossing four bridges and passing through pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel, it’s a trip into history on a rolling time machine! Following a box lunch, we’ll take our seats on the Incline Railway for what’s known as “America’s Most Amazing Mile”. The trolley-style cars climb through the natural beauty surrounding historic Lookout Mountain as you enjoy scenic views of peaks and valleys from the observation windows on the train as well as the panoramic views from the observation tower at The Incline’s top station. While you’re up top, a Park Ranger will share the story of Point Park and other history of this fascinating area. Tonight, we have reserved seats at an event that was featured on “The History Channel” and promoted by “The Travel Channel”. Be escorted back in time to 1864 at the Buttonwillow Civil Dinner Theater where “The War Between the States” comes to life on a magnificent 19th-century set in a beautifully-reproduced Victorian dining and performance hall. The story, featured on PBS, is of a Union soldier meeting his Confederate sister on the battlefield, and is based on hundreds of diaries and memoirs from the period. You’ll be immersed in fascinating tidbits of history, dining tables made from old church pews and authentic recipes from the cook book of Varina Davis, wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. This show traveled nationally for 15 years before opening in Chattanooga in 2006. It will be an evening to remember, for sure! (B, BL, D)
August 27 – This morning will find us touring some local highlights – the historic Engle Stadium, which was recently used for the Jackie Robinson movie, “42”, and an international museum unique to Chattanooga. Then we hear the faint sound of another train whistle and away we go to the Etowah Depot for an afternoon ride on the historic Hiwassee River Rail Adventure through the unspoiled Cherokee National Forest. We’ll ride the rails along the beautiful and scenic Hiwassee River and through the secluded Hiwassee River Gorge. Our trip will include riding around an engineering marvel, The Great Hiwassee Loop. At the top you’ll be passing over a bridge 62 ft. above the tracks on which you’ve just traveled as the rails negotiate a spiraling formation. The loop track has been known by many names, Great Hiwassee Loop and Bald Mountain Loop, to name a few…but you’ll call it amazing! We begin at the restored L & N Depot & Museum in Etowah with a short shuttle ride to the boarding location before transferring to the train to begin the 3-hour circuitous route nestled between hillsides and the scenic river. What great fun! Once we arrive back at the Station, we’ll journey back to Kentucky for a late check-in at our overnight hotel, with dinner on own en route. (B, BL)
August 28 – A leisurely departure will see us on our way back to Ohio, but the fun’s not over as we stop for lunch on your own at the quaint Hofbrauhaus in Newport, KY! Later we’ll arrive back at our drop-off points, fresh from a wonderful vacation to this very special part of the USA, recognized world-wide as a top travel destination. Don’t miss it! (B)
Cost Includes: Deluxe motorcoach transportation, four night’s accommodations, four breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 3 train rides, dinner cruise, dinner theater, other activities as listed, luggage handling and taxes.
FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE DETAILS CALL BUTLER MOTOR TOURS AT 724.282.1000 or 1.800.222.8750!
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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.
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.
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.
Butler Motor Tours acts as an agent in arranging hotel and other accommodations and cannot be held responsible for non-performance.
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.