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All About The Ozarks * July 6 - 13, 2014
Star EUREKA SPRING - HOLY LAND TOUR - AND MORE Star
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
We are so happy to offer this brand new package which includes so much.

Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 8 Days, 7 Nights
Departs From: Columbiana, OH - Salem, OH - Alliance, OH – Canton, OH – Akron, OH


Price:
Single Room - $1,569.00
Double Room - $1,269.00
Triple Room - $1,269.00

Tour Description:

This is an all inclusive Ozarks Vacation and we are so happy to offer this brand new package which includes so much more than we've ever done including new venues to enjoy. Highlights will include Eureka Springs historic tour, the new Holy Land tour, The Great Passion Play, various shows, Crystal Bridges Tour, Branson Scenic Railroad, Ride the Ducks, Silver Dollar City and more ! Eureka Springs was named one of the top twenty-five small communities in America where else can you see the largest statue of Christ in North America and see America's most attended outdoor drama not to mention the genuine Ozark Mountain hospitality!

Tour Itinerary:

July 6 - We start off our adventure heading west with our first overnight at Effingham, Illinois.

July 7 - We continue our lovely trip with arrival at the charming Eureka Springs, Arkansas for the next 3 nights. We will get checked in before enjoying a wonderful dinner at one of Eureka Springs most popular dining establishments which we are sure you will enjoy - welcome ! (B, D)

July 8 - Breakfast is included. Get ready for a great day filled with fun as we start off with a local tour of the Eureka Springs area with our guide. We will then board the special Eureka Springs Historic District Tram Tour which will really give you a great insight to the area. There are normally two stops on the tour where you get off the tram and get to explore the 1886 Crescent Hotel and also a stop at the healing spring, Grotto Spring. You will see and learn about this spring and the other 60 plus springs that made Eureka Springs famous in the 1800's and early 1900's.  The full length Tram Tour is a very interesting experience. Then its all aboard the Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway and step back in time to an earlier age of locomotive transportation with a rail excursion including lunch in the dining car. You will experience the elegant flavor of the 1920's on this collection of vintage rolling stock which is one of the Ozarks largest, providing visitors an authentic and fun experience. There will then be some free time to enjoy the downtown area for an extraordinary shopping experience where winding mountain streets are lined with Victorian era storefronts and creative window displays to browse. This impeccably preserved historic town of Eureka Springs is a lovely experience and is the only city in America whose entire downtown district is on the National Register for Historic Preservation. We should then have time to freshen up at our hotel before our evening out starting with the New Holy Land Tour, walk through a life-sized replica of the Eastern Gate in Jerusalem and you will feel as if you are journeying through the actual Holy Land as you experience Biblical life with a full scale replica of the Tabernacle. Dinner will be included before we attend America's #1 attended outdoor drama at the Great Passion Play. Performed on a 550 foot stage, this production includes 250 actors, live animals, music provided by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and digital lighting. This awe-inspiring performance under the stars brings to life the glory and triumph of the life, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Christ including the largest statue of Christ in the northern hemisphere. There will also be time to visit the museums and shops at the Passion Play area. (B, L, D)

July 9 - Breakfast is included. This morning we visit Arkansas only water-powered grist mill, grinding healthy, whole grain organic flours and mixes - this is a fascinating story. We will arrive at Bentonville, the location of the Wal Mart Home office (the worlds largest retailer). Our guide will show us the highlights including the main attraction at the Wal Mart Visitors Center which is housed in Sam Walton's original Five and Dime. There will be time for lunch on your own in the downtown area On The Square. Just north of downtown is the Crystal Bridges Museum founded by Alice Walton in 2011 containing many masterpieces including Walton's private collection. Another stop on our tour today will be the Mildred Cooper Memorial Chapel - the architectural aspects of this impressive design can't help but take your breath away including the massive wooden doors and arches along with the magnitude of the building itself. Later this afternoon we arrive back at our hotel to freshen up before our evening out. Another fabulous dinner will be included at one of Eureka's special restaurants followed by the evening show at Pine Mountain Theater. As the curtain rises, get ready for the most fun filled two hours of non-stop music and comedy ever presented - you will love this ! (B, D)

July 10 - Breakfast is included. We will say goodbye to this charming area and make a morning stop at the scenic Dogwood Canyon welcome to this beautiful preserved area. We will take a wonderful 2-hour guided and narrated tram tour through this beautiful area as you ride over many custom bridges and low water crossings. (This tour boasts 6 waterfalls and 17 stone bridges as you ride in the comfort of the tram). Your experienced tram guide will enhance your adventure with an informative glimpse into natural history as you cruise the canyon floor where archaeologists made some fascinating discoveries. Stops will be made at the chapel and one of the main waterfalls for viewing and enjoying. This tour also drives through elk and bison pastures where animals are normally spotted as your tram driver/guide often stops to feed them so passengers can get an up close look at these majestic animals. You will actually be in 2 states on this tram tour - the tour normally stars in Missouri and crosses over into Arkansas and then back into Missouri! At the end of the tour, a box lunch will be included at their pavilion. We will then continue into Branson in our motorcoach for check in this afternoon. Then it's all aboard the Branson Ducks for a land and water experience of this town which is fully narrated. The “Ride the Ducks adventure is fun and exciting as you travel across Table Rock Dam and climb to the top of Baird Mountain which is the tallest point in the county - the view of Table Rock Lake from here is stunning! Dinner is included before we attend one of Branson's most popular shows at Legends in Concert, the world's greatest live tribute show. The lobby of the theater is filled with priceless and antique memorabilia and you will take a step back in time and enjoy a fabulous show filled with charisma and talent from the era of Marilyn Monroe to Elvis Presley to popular country music favorites throughout time. (B, L, D)

July 11 - Breakfast is included. Then get ready for a big day at Branson's famous Silver Dollar City which is overflowing with over 40 live shows daily along with an abundance of dedicated craftsmen and artisans using techniques passed down through generations. Lots of eating establishments are available throughout the park as you can enjoy your time as you wish. As a Golden Ticket Awards winner, Silver Dollar City shows have been rated among the best in the entire theme park industry. Enjoy your leisure day. (B)

July 12 - Breakfast is included. We will arrive at the Branson Scenic Railway this morning where we will board the Branson Scenic Railway for a roundtrip excursion through beautiful Ozark foothills and tunnels on Branson's most classic attraction. Experience the luxury of rail travel from yesteryear. Your train is fully enclosed, climate controlled and fully narrated with restrooms and concession car available. After your ride, we will say goodbye to the Branson area and make a stop for an included lunch just outside of Branson at the famous Lamberts Cafa - otherwise known as the home of the thrown rolls, enjoy your dining experience! Our last overnight will be at the Effingham, Illinois area. (B, L)

July 13 - Breakfast is included. Arrival home today after a great Ozark adventure. (B)

 

THIS TOUR IS HOSTED BY BUTLER MOTOR TOURS


Package Includes:

  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • 7 Nights Hotel Accommodations
  • 14 Meals:
    • 7 Breakfasts
    • 3 Lunches
    • 4 Dinners
  • Touring /Admissions Mentioned Above
  • Shows as described (shows are always subject to change without notice, but we do not expect any changes)
  • 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.