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Welcome Home, Vietnam * April 14 - 18, 2013
Star RESERVATION BY DECEMBER 12, 2012 Star
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
A very special opportunity - The Parade the Vietnam Vets never received is finally coming!

Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 5 Days, 4 Night
Departs From: Akron, OH – Canton, OH - Alliance, OH – Salem, OH – Columbiana, OH


Price:
Single Room - $958.00
Double Room - $758.00
Triple Room - $738.00
Quad Room - $738.00

CALLING ALL VIETNAM VETERANS, THEIR SPOUSES, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS ...

It's going to be an incredibly unique moment in American History, as it is the first time that a ticker-tape style parade has been delayed so long that the marching soldiers are now grandparents!  Rather that being welcomed at an age when they should have been celebrating a return to civilian life with the promise of a future in front of them, these men and women are now being invited to gather and march in celebration of lives lived, services rendered and freedoms guaranteed for the families they've already raised.

Highlights of This Commemorative Tour Include:

       •  4 Nights in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in the heart of the beautiful Smoky Mts.       

       •  The Grand "WELCOME HOME, VIETNAM" Parade

       •  "Tribute to the Troops" Variety Show

       •  Dixie Stampede's Salute to Vietnam Veterans

       •  Gala Vietnam Veteran's Charity Dinner

       •  Veterans Reunion Hall (Veterans Only)

       •  Smoky Mountain Guided Tour w/Cherokee

       •  Free Time to chose from many options

       •  Local Attractions Discounts and Coupons

       •  All Taxes & Tips and Luggage Handling

       •  3 Dinners - 4 Breakfasts

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 - Sunday - April 14, 2013 - Today is a travel day to Pigeon Forge.  6:30 PM - approximate check-in time at host property which is within walking distance to the trolley for guests to take from place to place in Pigeon Forge (small charge).

Day 2 - Monday - April 15, 2013 - Breakfast included each morning at hotel.  Meet local tour guide for a full day tour in the smoky Mountains.  Stops will be made along the way plus you'll visit Cherokee, North Carolina to learn about the Smoky's Native American population.  Then enjoy some free time t explore quaint Gatlinburg any way you wish.

Day 3 - Tuesday - April 16, 2013 - At the Sevierville Convention Center each morning, there will be a "Reunion Hall" - a place to gather, a place for soldiers to connect with long-lost, but not forgotten, comrades-in-arms.  The Reunion Hall is for servicemen only - spouses and other will spend their mornings exploring Pigeon Forge via trolley, or relaxing at the hotel - it's up to you!  There is a Reunion Registry on www.WelcomeHomeVietnam.com  Every Veteran must register so we have info to share with others, and to organize parade space.  We need your branch of service, year in-country and unit.  Plus whether or not you'll be marching in the parade, as well as if a spouse is attending to provide preferred seating locations.

"WELCOME HOME, VIETNAM" PARADE

Then this afternoon, the signature event steps off.  Sponsored by the City of Pigeon Forge and the Tennessee National Guard, it's the "Welcome Home, Vietnam Parade."  It will be led by celebrity Parade Marshalls (to be named) who will ride behind a color guard consisting of the American, Tennessee, POW/MIA and Vietnam Veteran's Flags to the Reviewing Stand where they will be raised and will fly over this ceremony.  The USMC Band will follow the Color Guard. 

Next, Vietnam Vets will stream down the Pigeon Forge Parkway. past the Reviewing Stand.  They will receive salutes and applause, confetti cannons will shoot colored paper into the air, and bands will play in celebration as Tennessee extends a raucous and long overdue, HERO'S WELCOME!

Note:  Each attendee needs to bring a lawn chair for  seating for this event.  Reserved seats only for Vets.

This evening, after the excitement of the parade has passed, you will be guests for a special evening.  You'll either enjoy the Hatfield & McCoy's or the Smith Family Dinner Theater - or you will attend the Ole Smoky Mountain Opry or Comedy Barn with dinner at a local restaurant before the curtain rises.  No matter which one, it will be excellent!

Day 4 - Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - This morning again starts at the Reunion Hall for our soldier, and shopping and local attractions for groups.  This "free time" could include the outlet mall, the Elvis Museum ($10.00) or the Hollywood Wax Museum ($15.95) or perhaps the massive Titanic Exhibit ($25.00), or maybe a game of miniature golf.  Close to the date, we may even be able to offer a shuttle on our coach for those interested in "HOOTCH"!  At the Ole Smoky Moonshine, you'll see authentic working moonshine stills and experience the process from beginning to end.

The Titanic Museum Attraction has a special offer to Veteran's Wives, it's an option to attend a Titanic Breakfast Tea (an additional $40.00 fee includes the breakfast & museum tickets - let us know if you want to do this.)  It is a private Breakfast Tea served onboard "The Titanic" by the First-Class Passengers wait staff.

The afternoon features a "Tribute to the Troops Variety Show" by the Theaters of the Smokies.  Outstanding music will be provided by Country Tonite, Wonders of the Magic, Cirque de China, Lumberjack Feud, The Smith Family Theater, Smoky Mountain Opry, Comedy Barn and Country Jamboree - WOW!!  What a great afternoon of live music and entertainment, all with a patriotic theme and produced especially as a thank you to the troops.

Next is the Gala Vietnam Veterans Charity Dinner, including a charity check presentation to the Vietnam Veterans of America, a guest speaker and music (TBA).  After dinner, return to the concert hall for a Patriotic celebrity Concert featuring the best performers on the he Smokies including singer James Rogers "Fly Eagle Fly", a country-pop star T.G. Sheppard "Fooled Around in Fell in Love" and other celebrities yet to be named.  This star-studded concert features great music, patriotic songs and spectacular staging that make it fitting tribute to our Heroes of Vietnam.

Day 5 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Departure day with many life-time memories and new-found friends - An opportunity that should not be missed!

All of know Vietnam Vets who deserve this recognition!  Please call to have copies of this flyer sent to all those you can think of or even offer to GO WITH THEM. 

THERE IS A VERY EARLY DEADLINE WITH THIS TOUR.  TO BE ASSURED OF SPACE, PLEASE GET YOUR RESERVATIONS IN BY DECEMBER 12, 2012.


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.