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Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Late fall is a great time to head for the "Lone Star State", the weather is at it's best!
Operates: Oct 10 2016
Tour Length: 13 Days, 132Nights
Departs From: Akron, OH * Canton, OH * Alliance, OH * Salem, OH * Columbiana, OH
Single Room - $3,285.00
Double Room - $2,485.00
Triple Room - $2,185.00
Quad Room - $2,185.00
October is the perfect time to head for the Lone Star State -- the weather is at its best right about then, and we are proud to offer this southwestern tour in grand style! No, we won't be taking you by saddleback, but with a loaded itinerary, we embark on our "Happy Trails" adventure which includes excellent touring all the way through! So polish up your boots, dust off your cowboy hat, and join us for a rootin'-tootin' good time!!
- DeluxeMotorcoach Transportation
- Hotel Accommodations
- 19 Meals:
- 12 Breakfasts
- 2 Full Lunches
- 5 Dinners - Including a Dinner Cruise
- All Touring and Included Admissions in Each Area
- Plus a Truly DELUXE Trip!!
Day One: Our first leisurely day finds us getting acquainted with our new "Wild West Travel Pahd'nuhs'! We'll check into our hotel in city Bowling Green, Kentucky where you can get dinner at a nearby restaurant, or enjoy Drury's free "Kick-Back" option.
Day Two: Onward to the exciting town of Memphis, Tennessee. With an afternoon arrival, we will include your “Platinum” admission ticket to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s former home. This evening you may choose to enjoy a trolley ride down to famous “Beale Street”, or perhaps the historic Peabody Hotel or Corky’s BBQ (on QVC). Overnight is here, also. (B)
Day Three & Four: At last – TEXAS! Our home for the next two nights is the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, which is the largest metropolitan area in the entire south. A "New Addition" this year is a tour of the famed "south Fork Ranch" from the TV show Dallas fame! We'll also enjoy a BBQ dinner there as well as cowboy entertainment - what fun! In Dallas we'll have a city tour and experience a taste of history with a visit to the famous JFK Museum 6th Floor Museum. Our time in Ft. Worth features the famous “Stockyards” (which is more than you ever imagined), and we usually get to see a real cattle drive “up close and personal”! What fun to view & see with your own eyes! (2 B, 1 D)
Day Five, Six & Seven: One of the most cultural, historic and beautiful spots in Texas is San Antonio. En route, we will enjoy the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco and have lunch at the Smokehouse before arriving at the 2nd most populous city in the state. We'll be joined by an excellent local guide who will take us on a grand adventure to see the famous Alamo and as many more San Antonio highlights as possible, such as the SanFerando Cathedral, Mission San Jose, the Mexican Marketplace and the Buckhorn Saloon Museum. One morning will find us in scenic "hil country" where we'll visit the impressive LBJ Ranch and Museum, the Wildflower Seed Farm, and the Nementz pacific WWII Museum. A special treat will be our time at Knibbe Racnch with a wagon ride, buffalo jump, a delicious diner, and a real cowboy singer to entertain you! When at our ideally-located hotel, enjoy free time to step out the door and experience the picturesque "Riverwalk", Texas's #1 attraction. Take a delightful ride on the boat - then stroll San Antonio Rivers' serene paths lined with rich vegetatino, upscale restaurants and retail stores. 'Have plenty of film in your camera, Buckaroos - this is some GREAT touring! **Also option for 2 free meals at Drury's Kick-Back. (3B, 1L, 1D)
Day Eight: We begin with a visit to the SAS Factory Shoe Store. Then we head for the lovely island known as “Galveston-By-The-Sea”, home to six historic districts with over 60 structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places Galveston Isle was affected a few years ago by a hurricane, but is welcoming visitors again more impressively than ever. From soft sandy beaches to its famous 19th-century Victorian architecture, the island is surrounded with incredible history and unique beauty. Our home for the next two nights will provide picturesque views of the Gulf of Mexico. (B)
Day Nine: Today we drive over to Houston to experience a standout feature of your trip – the fascinating NASA Johnson Space Center complex. It is often referred to by its central function, "Mission Control". We include the tram tour to make sure you see all the best! A stop at Moody Mansion is next before dinner this evening at Mario’s Seawall Restaurant back in Galveston. (B, D)
Day Ten & Eleven: The fun is far from over as our adventure continues. Today we’re visiting famous Frogmore Plantation in Louisiana, a working 1800-acre cotton plantation of the early 1800’s where you will hear of the “old” and see the “new” ways of producing this important crop. Our folks loved this fascinating stop in past years, and actually picked cotton! Then it’s on to our next destination, antebellum Natchez, Mississippi adorning the banks of the Mighty Mississippi. We’ll visit historic Stanton Hall Mansion, take a carriage ride of the beautiful historic section, dine at elegant Dunleith Mansion, and overnight at a hotel right on the river. During your time here you will back in the ambiance and charm of the Old South"! Second overnight will be in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (2B, 1L, 1D)
Day Twelve: Our day of travel north through Alabama ends in the “Scenic City of the South”, Chattanooga, Tennessee where 124,000 Civil War soldiers clashed, thousands of Cherokee embarked on the Trail of Tears. We'll visit Rock city, a beautifu creation of nature leading up to a viewing point where you can see 7 state on a clear day! It's also home of the famous "Lover's Leap" ( but not jumping allowed!). On to Knoxville for our last overnight with a lovely farewell dinner included to celebrate our Great Western Adventure! (B, D)
Day Thirteen: Today it's on home with meal and comfort stops planned along the way. (B)
*Note: For 2016, this trip is one day shorter.
What a fabulous 13 day - A Truly Deluxe Trip!!
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For overnight tours, the deposit is based on the cost of the tour as follows:
- Overnight Tours Under $150 > $25 Deposit
- Overnight Tours $150-$800 > $75 Deposit
- Overnight Tours $801-$1,500 > $100 Deposit
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All of our tours are by late-model, deluxe wide-body motorcoach. They are equipped with air-conditioning, reclining seats, public address system, VCR, and emergency restrooms. Our intent is for all overnight tours to be professionally escorted for your convenience. Upon occasion, in order to avoid canceling a trip with a low passenger count, our driver may serve both positions of driver and escort, and all are professionally trained to do so. Also, on air trips with low passenger counts, we may not be able to provide an escort from our company. However, we will provide airport transportation*, plus a guide from our connecting company will meet you upon arrival at your destination and be with you throughout the entire tour. (*If only a few are going on a given air tour, we will pay your airport parking fee in lieu of using the coach.)
Your lodging is included on all overnight tours. All hotels are AAA rated. We never use second-rate hotels, restaurants, or activities on any tour, to the best of our ability to make that determination. Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the customer.
One suitcase per person is included in the price of your tour. You are also permitted a carry-on, which is your responsibility. Additional luggage may be transported at the cost of $5.00 per bag, per day. It is wise to travel light. Luggage tags are provided and required for hotel identification, and are sent with the final letter with the phone numbers of your hotels.
TAXES AND GRATUITIES:
All taxes and gratuities for included meals and activities are included, unless otherwise mentioned by the Escort. Driver and Escort gratuities are not included in the price of the tour, and are optional. However, the suggested gratuity as posted by the American Bus Assoc. for a job well done is $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the tour escort, and $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the driver. We request that you express this on an individual basis, and let the quality of service received be your guide.
On all overnight tours, we use a daily seat rotation. The first day of a trip, we allow you to choose your seat when you get on, and rotate from there. We feel this is fair to all involved. If the coach is not full, a less formal rotation may be used at escort’s discretion.
We make regular stops for restrooms and for the convenience of smokers; however, we have a NO SMOKING policy aboard all coaches. This policy also applies to e-cigarettes.
Gad-About Tours, Inc. is bonded, insured, and registered with the ICC, number MC 198451. We act only as agents and are not responsible to any person for any loss of time or money due to a change or delay beyond our control. Nor are we responsible for non-performance by those we have contracted with. Any claims against Gad-About Tours Inc. must be made, in writing, within 30 days of the trip.