CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN BLOOM
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Great time of year to visit our nations capital and see the National Cherry Blossom Parade.
Operates: Apr 11 2014
Tour Length: 3 Days, 2 Nights
Departs From: Akron, OH *Alliance, OH * Salem, OH * Columbiana, OH
Single Room - $678.00
Double Room - $568.00
Triple Room - $568.00
Quad Room - $568.00
This is prime time to see your Capital in all the beauty of Spring! We'll show you more than you'd ever think your could see in 3 days, and we do it first-class! Every citizen should do this trip every so often - a great reminder of our awesome heritage! You may find other DC trips cheaper, but compare what is included - ours is excellent all the way! Join us this year for a patriotic tour in the heart of "The Land of the Free"! "America, America, God Shed His Grace on Thee..."
Day One: An afternoon arrival in Washington DC and begin a grand tour of Our Nation's Capital with our professional DC guide. No land in America is more sacred than the square mile known as Arlington National Cemetery. It is America's shrine to valor and sacrifice, and we include a Tourmobile ticket so that you can view the resting place of thousands who played a special part in our country's history. Other things we'll see and do today include the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue), a walk through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts ending with a show on the stage in the Grand Foyer. Dinner will be at James Hobans Irish Restaurant - Fun! (D)
Day Two: Today's the day of the big parade! View it in all its grandeur from our Premium-preferred Grandstand Seat! The Cherry Blossom Festival marks the celebration of the original gift of the 3,000 cherry trees by the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, DC in 1912. The celebration includes a massive parade, which navigates down Constitution Avenue from 7th Street towards the Tidal Basin, Along with the parade are several free concerts on the Mall, lantern lighting, dances and races. After the parade, walk to the National Mall and visit your choice of the Smithsonian Institutions Museums - they are wonderful! Memorials and monuments we plan to see during our time in DC include the World War 11, Korean, Vietnam, Lincoln, FDR, and Jefferson. If time permits, we will also visit the new 9-11 Memorial at the Pentagon honoring the 184 victims that were killed during the attack there. Dinner is included this evening in Penn Quarter, followed by and Illuminated Monument Tour. One of the best ways to see the true majesty of Washington's monuments is aglow against the night sky. Reflecting pools and water waterways soften the architectural features shimmering in their dark stillness. Fountains refract the light into twinkling stars and flickering rainbows. White marble becomes golden and bronze illuminates the the background. A beautiful sight! (B,D)
Day Three: This morning we arrive at The White House Visitor's Center. Housed in a spacious hall of the Commerce Building, the center features an information booth, displays and souvenirs. Then it's time for a picture stop at the White House. If the Cherry Trees are wonderfully in bloom, we will take time out for viewing and photos of the gorgeous blossoms. (If not at peak, we will substitute a drive down Embassy Row and past the National Cathedral). A visit to the National Archives if very special as we see the original Declaration of Independence in the magnificent rotunda (pending availability). A stop at the beautifully-restored Union Station will allow us to get lunch before we begin our journey back to Ohio. You'll see and do more than you ever thought possible in 3 days -- returning home with a new, fresh appreciation for "America the Beautiful". (B)
** Please Note: A good amount of walking is necessary on any Washington DC trip!
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- 2 Nights Hotel Accomodations
- 4 Meals:
- 2 Breakfasts
- 2 Dinners
- Tickets for the Parade
- 2 Nights Hotel Accommodations
- Luggage Service & Taxes
Terms and Conditions:
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
- Overnight Tours over $1,501 > $250 Deposit
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Gad-About Tours Inc. reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We reserve the right to change tour prices and itinerary. Tours are prepared up to a year in advance and may be impacted by circumstances that arise which are beyond our control. We reserve the right to cancel or refuse service to anyone, in our sole discretion. We always avoid changes and cancellations if at all possible, as we realize the inconvenience to you, our valued customer.
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.
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.