MAJESTIC BOLDT and SINGER CASTLES
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Love the water, beauty of nature and seeing new things? Then you will LOVE this tour!
Operates: May 25 2015
Tour Length: 5 Days, 4 Nights
Departs From: Akron, OH * Canton, OH * Alliance, OH * Salem, OH * Columbiana, OH
Single Room - $998.00
Double Room - $828.00
Triple Room - $778.00
Quad Room - $778.00
You say you're looking for something new, unusual, beautiful? ... Something you haven't done before?? -- Well, you've found it! This tour is very new to us, and the folks are LOVING it - and you will, too! The 1,000 Islands Region is an international tourist destination, encompassing communities on both sides of the U.S. and Canada border along the St. Lawrence River and the eastern shores of Lake Ontario. The region takes its name from the more than 1,000 islands that dot the lake and river along this international waterway. The region extends from Kingston to Cornwall on the Canadian side, and from Oswego to Massena on the U.S. side, reaching inland to the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The folks who did this tour the last time said "IT'S A WINNER!!"
Day One: Today we depart for scenic Alexandria Bay, New York, a sightseer's paradise of endless shorelines, rich history and unique culture! Vacationers have been coming to the 1000 Islands for more than 150 years to enjoy its breath-taking beauty. Waters that were once patrolled by pirates (yes, Pirates!) are now cruised by visitors who enjoy serene bays and who tour aboard guided trips to hear the astonishing stories behind the picturesque islands. Lighthouses, historic castles, maritime museums, quaint downtown shopping and on-the-water dining all go together to make an excellent summer vacation! Because Alex Bay is not on a super highway, the area has maintained its original quaint characteristics and our home for the next four nights is the waterfront Captain Thompsons Resort, located in town directly across from Boldt Castle on Heart Island. Situated adjacent to the main shipping channel of the St. Lawrence Seaway, a stay here provides a perfect opportunity to see a varitey of "lakers", "salties", tour boats, and other craft pass by. You'll love your stay here! Dinner is at "Riley's" overlooking the lower Bay and harbor. (D)
Day Two: This morning, we set sail on a "2 Nation Cruise Tour" across the emerald-green waters of the Seaway. Our 22-mile trip will take us through the "heart" of the 1000 Islands, including Millionaire's Row, and give you the best overall view of this truly unique geographical area shared by the two nations. Professional tour guides will provide a lively narrative as you cruise through the narrow channels, over historic sunken wrecks, and by magnificent summer homes of the rich and famous. During our cruise, we'll disembark on Heart Island for a self-guided tour of the majestic Rhineland-style Bolt Castle which stands as a remembrance of the magnificence of a bygone era ... and a monument of the love of George Boldt for his wife, Louise. Hear the amazing story of Mr. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the world-famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC, and take a boat shuttle to see the massive Yacht House where the grandeur of the Gilded Age is fully displayed in the shingle architecture, tremendous towers and spires, and steep-pitched gables. The whole castle experience will leave you astounded! Following the tour, enjoy free time to explore and shop in the gift store. Later, we'll take our seats at Cavallario's Steak & Seafood House for dinner, and then stop at the famous Thousand Islands Winery for a tasting (for those interested) to finish off a truly GREAT day of touring! (B,D)
Day Three: Today is our day to sail to another of the 1000 Islands' best ... Singer Castle on Dark Island. Frederick Bourne, a self-made millionaire, had a 1,000-acre summer estate in Oakdale, Long Island - but in 1902, he decided to surprise his wife Emma and their children with an island "hunting" retreat. So he purchased Dark Island and designed and build a castle, originally known as "The Towers" for a cost of $500,000 (a fortune in that day). Italian stonecutters were brought over to shape the granite for the 4-story, 28-room castle, 4-story Tower, and elaborate boathouse. See with you own eyes the massive medieval entranceway with Knights of Armor standing guard beside the enormous marble fireplace, a marble stairway that leads up to large Gothic windows framing the breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River. Experience the lifestyle of "yesteryear", but be careful ... grates for spying on guests are built into the walls! We'll also visit the 1847 Rock Island Lighthouse established to guide traffic to and from Lake Ontario through the waterway. A delicious dinner will be at the family-owned Clipper Inn to round out another beautiful day you wont' want to end! (B, D)
Day Four: At the renowned Antique Boat Museum, you’ll find the largest and most impressive collection of fresh-water recreational boats in North America. The Museum
is especially noted for its St. Lawrence River Skiff and classic powerboat collection, and every summer hosts the nation’s oldest antique boat show. You will also get to see the
massive McNally Houseboat (of Rand-McNally fame), formerly owned by George Boldt. A scenic lunch follows at Bonne Castle Resort on the shores of the St. Lawrence. Enjoy
your lovely meal and catch the view from the expansive decks overlooking Boldt Castle on Heart Island. Next stop is at the famous Thousand Islands Winery for a tour and
tasting, and then you’l have the rest of the day free (per your request) to enjoy your scenic surroundings any way you wish! (B, L)
Day Five: Today we must say good-bye to this gorgeous part of the USA and make our way back home with rest and meal stops planned for your traveling comfort. (B)
Please Note: THIS TOUR IS ALL ON THE U.S. SIDE - NO PASSPORT NEEED
- Deluxe Motorcoach Travel
- 4 Nights Accommodations
- 8 Meals:
- 4 Breakfasts
- 1 Lunch
- 3 Dinners
- Touring Mentioned Above
- Luggage Handling and Taxes
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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
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- Overnight Tours over $1,501 > $250 Deposit
Up to 30 days prior to departure date, a full refund will be made. *Air and cruise tours, and some longer tours, may be different—be sure to ask for details when making your reservation. Tours including tickets also generally have earlier non-refundable dates. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. However, we will do our best to recover as much as we can, but cannot guarantee anything. There will be no refund, for any reason, for a “no-show” on the day of the tour. A “Refund Protection Plan” is available at our office at a minimal cost. This insures you a full refund in case of a death or illness in the immediate family up to 24 hours before the tour departs. (It does require a doctor’s written note or copy of death notice.) On longer tours, we have a special insurance plan available if you are interested, and it will be sent to you with your confirmation. We encourage you to take advantage of these protection plans. The Refund Protection Plan does not apply to Day Trips, nor are there any refunds for Day Trips, with a few exceptions.
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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.