featuring the "STEAM INTO HISTORY" Train
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Something for everyone – train rides, history, attractions & uniques shopping.
Operates: Jun 19 2015
Tour Length: 3 Days, 2 Nights
Departs From: Columbiana, OH - Salem, OH - Alliance, OH – Canton, OH – Akron, OH
Single Room - $589.00
Double Room - $469.00
Triple Room - $469.00
This tour is filled with something for everyone – train rides, history, attractions, unique shopping and lots more. You will spend one night in the quaint and historic town of Frederick, MD and one night in the Gettysburg. You will have plenty of time to explore all the uniqueness of Frederick filled with an old world charm, bricked sidewalks, small town eateries and antique shops – you won’t want to leave this charming area which won a National Main Street award for its beautiful splendor. There are two separate train rides included in this package including one dinner train as you ride the rails along with the area’s newest train, Steam Into History. In Gettysburg, we have included the historic highlights at the informative Visitor Center along with a delicious lunch in Gettysburg’s oldest remaining building which serves as Gettysburg’s most prestigious restaurant.
June 19 – Today we head to Frederick, Maryland with a lunch stop (on your own) en route. Welcome to this beautiful area of Frederick which will be our host for tonight. Upon arrival in this lovely town, we will first visit the Frederick Visitor Center for a welcoming - you will enjoy the beautiful surroundings in this impeccably kept downtown area which won a National Main Street award. There will be time to look through the exhibits at the Visitor Center about Frederick County and view the Emmy-award winning documentary movie about your surroundings. Next is check-in at our host hotel to freshen up before our evening out. Within a very short drive, we will arrive at the Walkersville Scenic Railroad Station built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in the late 1800’s.You will step aboard the Walkersville’s richly restored dining car where you will enjoy a served meal with gracious service in a grand setting - step back in time and immerse yourself as you relax on this leisurely ride with soothing background music while dining…a lovely and unique experience for all - this is how life used to be! (D)
June 20 – Breakfast is included at your hotel. This morning, we have allowed some free time in the downtown area where you can explore and enjoy the abundance of shops, antique shops, eateries and museums as you wish. Downtown Frederick boasts a walkable retail area filled with independently owned shops, many housed in historic buildings. You will find just what you want with items hand-picked by store owners to suit customers like you. For lunch, you will be able to sample the fare as you wish, at one-of-a-kind restaurants downtown with the local food scene featuring American and International specialties. Enjoy casual and fine dining, indoor and outdoor dining spaces with everything from comfort food to cutting-edge cuisine. The restaurants, located in historic buildings, offer balcony or garden-view dining, elegant architecture and cozy spots for people-watching. Early this afternoon, we will say goodbye to this little gem of a town, and travel on to our next stop at the Steam Into History Train. You will enjoy a 2 hour train excursion along the same rails that carried President Lincoln from Washington to Gettysburg to deliver one of the greatest speeches in American history, the Gettysburg Address. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the rolling countryside, much as it was in the late 1860’s as you relive Civil War railroad history. Our motorcoach will be waiting when we arrive back at the station as we drive to our last overnight in the historic town of Gettysburg to check in. Our hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to restaurants and attractions and you are free to enjoy as you wish - a free summer evening in Gettysburg. (B)
June 21 – Breakfast included at your hotel. This morning, we will visit the Gettysburg National Park Museum and Visitors Center which will provide full insight of the importance of Gettysburg and its place in history. Here, we will spend some time experiencing one of the largest and most important Civil War collections brought to life through three inspiring venues with sights and sounds of the Battle of Gettysburg and Civil War. This center features relics of the Battle of Gettysburg and personalities who served in the Civil War, interactive exhibits and multi-media presentations that cover the conflict from beginning to end. You will view the movie "New Birth of Freedom" (which is narrated by award winning actor, Morgan Freeman), a state of the art feature film shown exclusively here. You will experience the restored Gettysburg Cyclorama painting with a light and sound show which surrounds visitors in the final fury of Gettysburg and Pickett’s Charge. Lunch will then be included at the historic 1776 Dobbin House Tavern - Gettysburg’s oldest and most historic home which is beautifully and authentically restored, serving as a lovely colonial restaurant for all visitors to the Gettysburg area. Four Score and Seven years before the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg (1776), Reverend Alexander Dobbin (from Ireland) came to America and the New World to begin a new life. It is here he built this new home for himself and his large family which ended up with 10 children of his own. Shortly after his arrival in America, he became Pastor of Rock Creek Presbyterian Church located just a mile out of what is known as Gettysburg. Today his home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is what is known as the Dobbin House Tavern Restaurant…you will dine amidst these historic walls with gracious service which brings back the sounds and tastes of two centuries ago - enjoy your unique dining experience! Departure for home after lunch. (B, L)
THIS TOUR IS HOSTED BY BUTLER MOTOR TOURS
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- 2 Nights Accommodations
- 2 Train Rides
- Gettysburg Cyclorama painting with light & sound show
- 4 Meals:
- 2 Breakfasts
- 1 Lunch
- 1 Dinner on Train
- 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
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.