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Outer Banks of North Carolina * August 31 - September 5, 2015
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Islands, Lighthouses, Beaches, History - This Has It All!

Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 5 Days, 54Nights
Departs From: Akron, OH * Canton, OH * Alliance, OH * Salem, OH * Columbiana, OH

Single Room - $1,798.00
Double Room - $1,238.00
Triple Room - $1,108.00
Quad Room - $1,068.00

Tour Description:

One of our all-time favorite trips, we have a few new twists and additions this year.  Plus we include a special visit to a regal "Monticello" to top off an already outstanding tour!  Read through all we'll be doing - then call some friends and join us for a excellent time!

The Outer Banks is a 200-mile long series of narrow islands off the coast of North Carolina.  They cover approximately half of the northern North Carolina coastline.  From the first English explorers to the Wright Brothers, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina hospitality has always been first and foremost - and you will agree!

Tour Itinerary:

DAY ONE: We start out with our first overnight in the Richmond, VA area. After a day of traveling, you’ll have time to rest up following an included dinner! If you still have some energy left, enjoy a relaxing dip in the indoor pool before retiring!

DAY TWO: On to the Islands of the Outer Banks! There is so much to see and do along these 100 miles of untouched barrier islands, and we're going at the perfect time of year - the heavy crowds are gone, and the weather is at its best. Upon arrival, we’ll visit the red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla, an example of Gothic architecture, and now on the National Register of Historic Places. Eventually we’ll check into our home for the next 3 nights, the Comfort Inn On the Ocean, a Kill Devil Hills hotel near the Wright Brothers National Memorial. With direct beach access, the location is perfect! Enjoy dinner on the sound, boasting beautiful sunsets!

DAY THREE: Today we’re off to the Wright Brothers Memorial Park, where Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first powered airplane flight. The Visitor Center offers a full scale replica of the original plane - the “Wright Flyer”, and you’ll hear the inspiring history of the Wright Brothers. Exhibits and a conducted trip to grounds which includes the Wrights’ 1902-1903 camp buildings will also be included in our tour. On to the charming village of Manteo on Roanoke Island where you’ll get lunch and then enjoy free time in the historic downtown to stroll the boardwalk, browse the antique shops, or perhaps visit an art studio.  Next will be a wonderful visit to the Elizabeth II, a representative of a 16th-century sailing ship. You’ll meet sailors like those who sailed across the Atlantic in 1585. Dressed in period garments and speaking Elizabethan dialect, the interpreters bring the history of the voyages to life. At the Settlement Site, encounter soldiers bravely facing the challenges of the New World. The film
‘The Legend of Two Paths’ will tell how the 1584 arrival of the English changed the life of the native Roanoke Island population, the Algonquians. What a wonderful time! ~ In the Roanoke Adventure Museum, explore the 400 years of Outer Banks history since America’s beginning. Spot a star with an astrolabe, meet the Algonquians thru John White drawings, climb aboard a skiff and hoist her sails, meet a pirate who sailed with Blackbeard, learn about the lighthouses & lifesaving, and take a shopping trip to a 1900s general store - great fun! ~ Back to our hotel for some rest & relaxation or perhaps a walk on the beach or quiet time on your balcony. Dinner this evening will be at Captain George’s Seafood Buffet (with plenty of offerings for landlubbers, too!).

DAY FOUR: Such a great day of touring ahead -- ‘Have plenty of film in your camera!! Beauty will be everywhere as we drive along parts of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a 72-mile stretch of the Outer Banks from Nags Head to Ocracoke Island. Did you know that some of these islands and waters were once marauded by Black Beard the Pirate?! Our first stop is at the historic Bodie Island Lighthouse, operating since 1872 and painted in black & white horizontal stripes. See fascinating exhibits and the old keeper’s quarters. Next will be Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest brick lighthouse in the US, and a national treasure. See the fishing vessels come in from the Gulf Stream at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. It’s full of excitement as the fish are tossed out on the dock! Take a ferry ride from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke Island and see the ponies that have been on this island for centuries - how fun! After time to explore the many quaint boutiques and enjoy photo ops, we’ll stop by the wild pony pasture and beach. Be sure to get that sand between your toes - this beach has been rated #1 in the US… twice in the last decade! Our last evening in the Outer Banks includes dinner at The Lone Cedar, where every table has a lovely view of the water.

DAYS FIVE & SIX: Yes, it is time to make the trek homeward, but our enjoyment is far from over as we overnight in Dobson, NC so that we can be treated to a nostalgic driving tour of Mayberry, the town where Andy Griffith grew up! It’s no coincidence that a stroll down Main Street in the ‘Friendly City’ reminds people of the charming town on the endearingly popular ‘60s hit TV series. ~ Returning home with memories forever!

A Truly Beautiful Tour - We need around 30 people to run it - Please share this information with your friends.

Package Includes:

  • Deluxe Motorcoach Travel
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • 10 Meals:
    • 5 Breakfasts
    • 1 Lunch
    • 5 Dinners
  • Touring Mentioned Above
  • Luggage Handling and Taxes

Important Note:

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

Departure Details:

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Terms and Conditions:

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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.

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.