3 TRAIN RIDES - WOW
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Chattanooga is one of America's best-kept secrets. Come with us and see why!
Operates: Aug 23 2015
Tour Length: 5 Days, 4 Nights
Departs From: Columbiana, OH - Salem, OH - Alliance, OH – Canton, OH – Akron, OH
Single Room - $1,216.00
Double Room - $976.00
Tripel Room - $896.00
Quad Room - $896.00
Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of the South's top travel destinations. In fact, the New York Times named it "One of the "Top 45 Places to go in the World!" Only four US destinations were named, and the Scenic city was the only place outside of California - WOW! And it's no wonder. Tucked between the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, along the beautiful Tennessee River, Chattanooga is one of America's best-kept secrets. Come along with Gad-About and see why!!
DAY ONE: Enjoy a day of travel as we get acquainted with our new Gad-About Travel Friends! Rest stops and meal stops are planned for your traveling comfort as we arrive late afternoon at the lovely Cumberland Inn in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Owned and operated by the University of the Cumberlands, you'll have time to unwind and get dinner on your own at the hotel this evening.
DAY TWO: On to Chattanooga this morning as we experience the Lookout Mountain Scenic Highway en route to famous Rock City. Created by God and enhanced by man, Rock City is a unique geological and botanical wonder - a true marvel of nature. Take an unforgettable journey along the Enchanted Trail and see a 100-foot waterfall, 1,000-ton balanced rock, a Swing-A-Long Bridge (ideal for pictures), and the legendary panoramic "View of Seven States" from Lover's Leap! Nearly a half million peoples from all over the world visit this natural attraction each year, and it's your turn to see it! Lunch is include here. A short distance away is the breath-taking Ruby Falls, America's deepest cave and largest underground waterfall accessible to the public. It was named one of the Ten Most Incredible Cave Waterfalls on Earth! Next, we'll check into our home for the next two nights, "The Chattanooga Choo Choo Historic Hotel." The Terminal Station in the downtown area has been meticulously converted into a fun and beautiful hotel complex! This evening we are in for a special treat aboard the "Southern Belle Riverboat". We'll cruise the scenic Tennessee River aboard this floating restaurant which offers true southern hospitality. Music, and delicious food. What a wonderful end to a gorgeous day! (B,L,D)
** Fun Fact: "Pardon me, Boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?" ... Glenn Miller's orchestra made this catchy song popular in the late 1940's. It became world-famous, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1996. It's most popular vocal rendition was recorded by the Andrew Sisters.
DAY THREE: Today's delightful touring includes a visit to the Tennessee Valley Railroad to walk the Yard and peruse the Museum. Then we'll hear "All Aboard" as we climb on the Tennessee Valley Railroad's restored vintage train to experience "Railroading's Golden Age". Crossing four bridges and passing through pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel, it's a trip into history on a rolling time machine! Following lunch at Sugar Ribs, we'll relax as our coach takes us up to the top of Lookout Mountain where scenic views of peaks and valleys will take your breath away. An interesting stop at the Battles for Chattanooga Museum is ours before a Park Ranger will give is a guided tour and share the story of Point Park, along with other history of this fascinating area. Next we'll take our seats on the Incline Railway for what's known as "America's Most Amazing Mile". The trolley-style cars descend down through the natural beauty surrounding historic Lookout Mountain as you enjoy scenic views of peaks and valleys from the observation windows on the train as well as the panoramic views from the observation tower at The Incline's top station. the ride's not long, but will be one of the most unique of this tour - wait and see! Tonight, we have reserved seats at an event that was featured on "The History Channel" and promoted by "The Travel Channel". Be escorted back in time to 1864 at the Buttonwillow City War Dinner Theater where "The War Between the States" comes to life on a magnificent 19th-century set in a beautifully-reproduced Victorian dining and performance hall. The story, featured on PBS, is of a Union soldier meeting his Confederate sister on the battlefield, and is based on hundreds of diaries and memoirs from the period. You'll be immersed in fascinating tidbits of history, dining tables made from old church pews and authentic recipes from the cook book of Varian Davis, wife of the Confederate President Jefferson Davis. This show traveled nationally for 15 years before opening in Chattanooga in 2006. It will be an evening to remember for sure! (B,L,D)
DAY FOUR: This morning we'll step aboard the Choo Choo's authentic new Orleans trolley for an enjoyable trip around the Choo Choo complex. Relax as we journey over to Etowah wherea nice lunch awaits at the Farm House Restaurant. "Do we hear the faint sound of another train whistle??" Yes!! ... and away we go to the Etowah Depot for an afternoon ride on the historic Hiwassee River Rail Adventure through the unspoiled Cherokee National Forest. We'll ride the rails along the beautiful and scenic Hiwassee River and through the secluded Hiwassee River Gorge. Our trip will include riding around an engineering marvel, The Great Hiwassee Loop. At the top you'll be passing over a bridge 62 feet above the track on which you've just traveled as the rails negotiate a spiraling formation. The loop track has been known by many names, Great Hiwassee Loop and Bald Mountain Loop, to name a few ... but you'll call it amazing! We begin at the restored L & N Depot and Museum in Etowah with a short shuttle ride to the boarding location before transferring to the train to begin the 3-hour circuitous route nestled between hillsides and the scenic river. What great fun!! Once we arrive back at the Station, we'll journey back to Kentucky for a late check-in at our overnight hotel, with dinner on your own en route. (B, L)
DAY FIVE: A leisurely departure will see us on our way back to Ohio, but the fun's not over as we stop for lunch at the quaint Hofbrauhaus in Newport, Kentucky - YUM! Later we'll arrive back at our drop-off points, fresh from a wonderful vacation to this very special part of the USA, recognized world-wide as a top travel destination. Don't miss it! (B)
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- 4 Nights Accommodations
- 3 Train Rides
- Dinner Cruise
- Dinner Theater
- 10 Meals:
- 4 Breakfasts
- 3 Lunches
- 2 Dinners
- Touring Mentioned Above
- Luggage Handling and Taxes
This is a Gold Card Program Tour, which can earn you $100 in Free Travel.
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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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