VIRGINIA'S HERITAGE MUSIC TRAIL
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
This trip was voted "One of the 5 Best Trip in the USA", take a few mintues and check it out!
Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 4 Days, 3 Nights
Departs From: Akron, OH – Canton, OH - Alliance, OH – Salem, OH – Columbiana, OH
Single Room - $978.00
Double Room - $788.00
Triple Room - $758.00
Quad Room - $738.00
Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, know as the Crooked, springs from generations of musicians continuing the music that has been handed down like a precious heirloom. Experience first-hand how this down-home tradition has had such an indelible impact on American Music! This tour was voted "One of the 5 Best Trips in the USA" and has won accolades from the Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Lonely Planet Travel Guide and many more! It's your turn to bask in the variety and quaintness of the music and knowledge we'll find along the CROOKED ROAD....
Visit Heartwood, tucked into Virginia's ancient mountains and home to music, crafts, and food of The Crooked Road. Experience locally produced foods in a Farm-to Table Dinner. Perhaps purchase an exceptional homemade musical instrument to take home!
Visit Barr's Fiddle Shop and see handmade and vintage banjos, fiddles, autoharps and more! Learn where the term "Hillbillies" came from. Meet local luthiers (stringed instrument makers) who have taught and passed down their craft. Tour Chestnut Creek and participate in clogging lessons!
A short distance down the Crooked Road along the magnificent Blue Ridge Parkway, is the world-class Music Center, an exhibitions showing how the mixing of musical cultures in the Appalachian Mountains created new sounds that profoundly influenced the development of America's Popular Music - Fascinating!
Visit the Andy Griffith Museum in Mt. Airy, North Carolina (Mayberry). See the Jailhouse and Floyd's Barbershop - FUN!
Take your seats at the Rex Theater for a Live Radio Broadcast. Every Friday night, thousands of radio listeners tune in to hear the "World's Capital of Old-time Mountain Music", one of the only three live bluegrass shows in the country. Visitors come from all over the world to see it.
Tour around Abingdon, nestled in the mountains, and stop at White's Mill for a little entertainment. Then over to the Country Store for a RC Cola and a Moon Pie!
A lovely lunch awaits at the Martha Washington Inn built in 1832. Then on to the Carter Family Fold - Take your seats in one of the most historic music venues along The Crooked Road where A.P and Mother Maybelle Carter are honored as the first family of country music. Then ... It's Show Time! Sit back for toe-tapping old-time country and folk music with a big touch of friendly country hospitality. You can get up and flatfoot with the regulars if you want to! How fun is THAT!!
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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
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.
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.
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.