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Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive * August 1 - 3, 2014
Star SPECIAL VISIT TO LURAY CAVERNS Star
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Shenandoah National Park sits amidst the Blue Rige Mountains of Virginia - BEAUTIFUL!

Operates: Aug 1 2014
Tour Length: 3 Days, 2 Nights
Departs From: Akron, OH – Canton, OH - Alliance, OH – Salem, OH – Columbiana, OH


Price:
Single Room - $509.00
Double Room - $409.00
Triple Rate - $409.00
Quad Room - $409.00

Tour Description:

In 2011, the Shenandoah National Park celebrated it's 75th Anniversary which was dedicated on July 3, 1936 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt by his words - "With the smell of the woods and the wind in the trees, they will forget the rush and strain of all the other long weeks of the year, and for a short time at least, the days will be good for their hearts and for their souls".  It is simply a beautiful area to travel through.  We will also spend time at Charlottesville visiting the historic 1784 Michie Tavern including a very special 18th century tavern lunch!  Join us for this special itinerary we are sure you will love.

Tour Itinerary:

August 1 – We will depart our home towns today and head south towards Virginia – be sure to bring your cameras on this one so you can capture the natural beauty along the way. This afternoon we will arrive at Front Royal where we will enter the magnificent Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park – sit back – take it all in – enjoy a picturesque drive like no other. In addition, there are at least 50 species of animals within the park area and possibly we will come upon them during our travel to see them in their natural habitat. After a scenic ride, we will arrive in Charlottesville late this afternoon where we will check in at our lovely local hotel which will be our home for the next 2 nights. A welcome dinner will be included at a local restaurant – welcome to Charlottesville!(D)

August 2 – Breakfast included. This morning we will arrive at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the home that Jefferson designed and built for himself and his family. We will tour inside the home of our third president which is an architectural masterpiece filled with his own inventions. You will marvel at the plantation, grounds and gardens during our visit. We have allowed plenty of time for you to enjoy everything this venue has to offer. Be sure to dress comfortable today so you can partake in everything that Monticello has to offer. We will once again step back in time for a complete 18th century experience with an included lunch at Michie Tavern (located next to Monticello) complete with delicious southern fare. The historic Michie Tavern once served as the social center of its community and accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging. This Virginia Landmark completely captures 18th century life with servers dressed in period attire serving delicious and hearty meals in a rustic tavern setting – truly a great experience. After lunch, we will be given a tour of this tavern filled with great history. There is also a shopping opportunity here with 4 different and unique shops to enjoy. Late this afternoon we will arrive at Ash Lawn, the home of our 5th president, James Monroe. This is a 535 acre working farm and performing arts site. This historic house was owned by President James Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe of New York, from 1793 to 1826 and they made it their official resident from 1799 to 1823 – remarkable history which still stands today. Step in the steps of the 5th president of the United States and walk as they did. After a fascinating afternoon filled with history, we will then arrive back at our local hotel with some time to relax after a full day. Dinner is on your own this evening as you wish. (B, L)

August 3 – Breakfast included. We will then say goodbye to Charlottesville and head a bit north to beautiful Luray, home of Luray Caverns which has been renowned as one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders for more than 130 years. Since discovery in 1878 by a tinsmith and a local photographer, visits by the millions have made Luray Caverns the most popular cave in Eastern America and an internationally acclaimed destination. Visitors of all ages can enjoy this visit as your tour is conducted from well-lighted paved walkways which lead you through cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high. Enormous chambers are filled with towering columns, shimmering draperies and crystal- clear pools. There will be time for lunch on your own at the Caverns Café or nearby eateries before we continue towards home. (B)

This Trip is Hosted by Butler Motor Tours

Package Includes:

  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • 2 Nights Accommodations
  • Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park
  • Full Monticello Tour
  • Ash Lawn Tour
  • Luray Caverns
  • 4 Meals:
    • 2 Breakfasts
    • 1 Lunch at Michie Tavern
    • 1 Dinner
  • 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:

PAYMENT:
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.

REFUNDS:
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.

CANCELED TOURS:
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.

TRANSPORTATION:
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.)

LODGING:
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.

LUGGAGE:
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.

SEATING:
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.

SMOKING:
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.

RESPONSIBILITY:
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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