OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
This tour has one of the Top Light Displays in the USA, as well as holiday entertainment.
Operates: Dec 3 2014
Tour Length: 3 Days, 2 Nights
Departs From: Akron, OH – Canton, OH - Alliance, OH – Salem, OH – Columbiana, OH
Single Room - $656.00
Double Room - $556.00
Triple Room - $556.00
This tour is just what the title says….Christmas Sights and Holiday Delights and Three Million Lights….we have so many things planned such as a Castle Christmas Tour including a collection of 600 antique Christmas ornaments, one of the top light displays in the entire country at Clifton Mill where you experience a breathtaking light setting (one of the five top Christmas attractions in the entire United States!) With the country’s largest Santa Claus collection (over 3,000 Santa’s!), and plenty of shopping including the Vendors Mart filled with stocking stuffers and lots of Razzle Dazzle. There will be holiday entertainment and you will jingle all the way home!
This year’s theme celebrates the patriotic spirit that unites us as Americans. During this hopeful season we are reminded of the blessings of freedom, and we renew our sense of what is important in our lives. Family and friends gather to share old traditions and create new ones. Strangers exchange smiles and tidings of good cheer. Be a part of this holiday celebration with three totally different Christmas shows for 2014. One highlights the beauty of the sounds of World Choir Game winners, one is a Holiday Revue with highlights of Neil Diamond and his holiday sounds PLUS a dynamic musical display that offers the joyful sounds of the holiday season….two different LIGHT DISPLAYS and holiday happenings galore! Some activities will be outside so please take weather related items as highs could be in the 40s and evenings could be in the 20s so coats, scarves and gloves will be needed. Some vendors at the Christmas Show on Thursday do not accept credit cards so have cash available for that evening
December 3 – This afternoon we will arrive at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY with plenty of time to tour the Creation Museum at our leisure. Experience history in a completely unprecedented way at this state-of-the-art 65,000 square foot museum where the pages of the Bible come to life, casting its characters and animals in dynamic form and placing them in familiar settings. Adam and Eve live in the Garden of Eden. Children play and dinosaurs roam near Eden’s River. The serpent coils cunningly in the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Majestic murals, great masterpieces brimming with pulsating colors and details, provide a backdrop of many of the settings. Walk through the Garden of Eden coming face to face with a sauropod, a dinosaur of incredible dimensions. Introduce yourself to our chameleons. Walk through the Cave of Sorrows and see the horrific effects of the Fall of Man. The area within the museum has been divided into unusually configured spaces that allow for personal interaction with each of the 160 exhibits. Several parts of the museum including the stunning forty-foot high portico with its cliff wall and floor-to-ceiling glass windows flaunt open spaces and remarkable designs. At dusk we will have the opportunity to take in The Creation Museum Christmas Town – catching a glimpse of the amazing events that surround the wonder of our Savior’s birth. For dinner we will head to Legacy Hall within the Creation Museum for an old fashioned Christmas dinner with all the fixins’. Following this scrumptious holiday feast, we will enjoy the 90 minute Sounds of the Seasons revue with a barbershop quartet style of cappella performance. This world-class chorus just won numerous awards at the World Choir Games and performed all across the United States. Songs include many favorites such as It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, We Need a Little Christmas Medley, White Christmas, Do you Hear What I Hear?, Jingle Bell Rock, Twas the Night Before Christmas, the Secret of Christmas and much more! Following the performance we will depart the museum for our hotel with a later evening check in at Covington, Kentucky area. (D)
December 4 – Following an included breakfast at our hotel, we depart for Laurel Court. We enjoy the grand experience of Laurel Court during the holiday season taking guests back 100 years as they will consider themselves guests of the Thomson family. Learn interesting historical facts and image the delight of this mansion bedecked in holiday splendor. Bring your camera as pictures are permitted in the mansion and on the grounds. From here we depart for Oasis Country Club for the famed Vendors Mart we will enjoy shopping for items great for stuffing stockings (many vendors do not accept credit cards). After shopping we will enjoy a holiday delicious lunch. Following this delicious holiday dining experience, we enjoy the Denny Diamond Trio….A Neil Diamond Spectacular Christmas Show. Their trademark show-stopping production numbers feature music for the holidays and from the illustrious career of Neil Diamond including Cherry, Cherry Christmas and You Make it Feel like Christmas. After this wonderful afternoon entertainment, we continue our holiday adventure at the world’s largest train display at EnterTRAINment Junction! Here we will dine on a large assortment of wonderful appetizers for dinner. This holiday celebration creates a holiday of glow with lights, decorations, holiday music, Christmas train layouts; a re-telling of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol creates a memorable journey. When we enter the beautiful 1930s-era Main Street cityscape all will be decked out in a warm ambiance of holiday lights, Christmas trees, wreaths, gifts and colorful bunting and holiday entertainment is included with Tammy Powell the one with Vim and Vigor. Don’t miss the Christmas Journey through the interactive train display which is made up of 25,000 square feet, 90 trains and two miles of tracks with two holiday journeys. A Christmas Carol transports visitors to the time of Charles Dickens where they become part of his classic holiday story featuring holiday music, theatrical lighting and holiday décor. Authentic period costumes, memorable characters and beautiful decorations greet visitors as they experience the enduring tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim in a way not seen before. After this enchanting experience we depart for Sharon Woods to enjoy the light display with more than 250,000 lights gracing a mile-long drive through a wooded setting. From Santa and his reindeer, a 45 foot stocking with elves, a 36 foot Holiday Castle, a 250 foot Tunnel of Lights and a 16 by 8 foot American flag which anchors a patriotic Christmas tree grove of 20 trees adorned in red, white and blue lights. After viewing this spectacular display of lights we return to our hotel. (B, L, D)
December 5 – Enjoy an included breakfast before checking out of our hotel and heading to Bern’s Garden Center where we will tour the center and learn about the myths and misconceptions of poinsettias as well as enjoy thousands of Christmas gift ideas, trees, wreaths and much more. Everyone will enjoy a 10% off coupon off their purchase PLUS receive a free Christmas poinsettia all wrapped and ready to travel! From here we will travel to the beautiful Bryan Palace which will be decorated with holiday flair! Enjoy another full holiday lunch while listening to the Sound of the Seasons with piano music. Once we have finished at Bryan Palace we will board our bus and head for home. (B, L)
Please note: This itinerary requires participation in outdoor activities. Please note weather related items should be taken such as coats, gloves and scarves as highs could be in the 40s and lows could be in the 20s.
THIS TOUR IS HOSTED BY BUTLER MOTOR TOURS
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- 2 Nights Accommodations
- 5 Meals:
- 2 Breakfasts
- 2 Lunches
- 2 Dinner
- Touring Mentioned Above
- Luggage Handling and Taxes
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
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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.
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