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Chautauqua Institute * June 21 - 22, 2014
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Chautauqua, a place where time seems to stand still!

Operates: Jun 21 2014
Tour Length: 2 Days, 1 Night
Departs From: Akron, OH * Canton, OH * Alliance, OH * Salem, OH * Columbiana, OH

Single Room - $498.00
Double Room - $458.00

Tour Description:

A dramatic lakeside setting and the beauty of its National Historic Landmark architecture make the Chautauqua Institution a thriving community where visitors come to find intellectual and spiritual growth and renewal.  Chautauqua is a summer center that encompasses the arts, education, religion and recreation; a place removed from the day-to-day world and where time seems to stand still.  This quaint, gated community in New York State is an 1800's Victorian village nestled on the banks of Lake Chautauqua, and we're staying right at the grand Athenaeum Hotel - WOW!! 

How we love our visits to this relaxing place!  Revisit the lifestyle of a bygone era, where you can stroll on winding brick walks and allow the shade of huge maple trees to swallow your stress.  Or maybe you would like to rent a bicycle and relieve your childhood fun!  There is a shuttle to take you around the grounds if you prefer.  Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote, "This place embodies the life we wish we could always live".  Founded in 1874 by an Akron, Ohio inventor and a Methodist minister, gingerbread-style cottages, quaint shops, a library, post office and charming gardens nestled together create a living quilt reminiscent of small-town America nearly a century ago. 

The concept of "Chautauqua" is to make widely-available education that involves the mind, spirit and body, unrestricted by age, and inspired by a community devoted entirely to the pursuit of learning.  Chautauqua Institutions is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in Southwestern New York State that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities.  Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes, and events - all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village.  Founded as an educational center for Sunday school teachers, the New York Institute has become known for its top-notch entertainment and family atmosphere.

We will arrive at Chautauqua early afternoon and check into our home on the grounds, the majestic "Athenaeum Hotel", where you'll revisit the lifestyle of a bygone era.  On the June visit, we include one night's accommodations at this grand historic hotel, dinner, breakfast, lunch, on headliner concert, one afternoon concert, plus free time to enjoy any way you wish - so many choices, including relaxing on a bench along the waterfront, if that's your preference!  On the deluxe August visit, we have two nights at the Athenaeum, two breakfasts, 2 lunches, two dinners, two headliner concerts, one afternoon concert, and free time to take in lectures, water activities and other things to your heart's content.  The extra day allows the additional time so many of you have asked for!  Both dates provide opportunity to go to Sunday morning church services on the grounds with several venues to choose from.  *There is a dress code for dinner.

The concert performers have not yet been announced at this writing but they are always top-notch entertainers and as soon as we have the names, we will be glad to give them to you if you call the office.  But no worries - they are always outstanding.  Past opening shows have included Neil Sedaka, Bill Cosby, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Frank Sinatra, Jr., The Jersey Boys, Straight No Chaser, Tim Conway, The Temptations, Vince Gill, The Lettermen and others of equal quality.


Package Includes:

  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • 1 Night Accommodation
  • 1 Headliner Concert
  • 1 Afternoon Concert
  • 3 Meals:
    • 1 Breakfast
    • 1 Lunch
    • 1 Dinner
  • Touring Mentioned Above
  • Luggage Handling and Taxes


Departure Details:

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Important Note:

This is a Gold Card Program Tour, which can earn you $100 in Free Travel.

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
The balance of an overnight tour is due 30 days prior to departure (unless otherwise notified). A confirmation will be sent to you after we receive your deposit. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover if you are making your reservation by phone, or you can send a check to our office (please call first to check availability). If you are booking online, payment must be made in full.

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.

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.

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.

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