RIDE the RAILS
in WEST VIRGINIA
October 8 - 11, 2015
4 days / 3 nights
TOUR INCLUSIONS: Round trip transportation by chartered motorcoach * hotel accommodations for 3 nights based on double occupancy * sightseeing as per itinerary including guided sightseeing tours, two trains rides, entertainment each evening and one packet boat ride * meals include 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners * taxes and gratuities for hotels, included meals and guides *luggage handling * services of a Tour Director from 4 Seasons Tours *
NOT INCLUDED: driver gratuity.
Conditions: A deposit of $100 is due with each reservation. Final payment is due September 1, 2015. Cancellations: After final payment date, there are no refunds.
Responsibility: B & B Travel, Inc d/b/a 4 Seasons Tours and Travel acts only as agent for suppliers providing transportation and all services provided in this tour. Neither 4 Seasons Tours and Travel nor Newark Senior Center is liable for loss, damage, injury, death or expense on account of delay, failure or accident of any conveyance or service or from any cause whatsoever, whether or not due to or caused by negligence of any company or person.
Join us for this steam train adventure near Elkins, West Virginia. Board the famous Cass Mountain Railroad and the Cheat Mountain Salamander to travel into the high country spruce forests of legendary Cheat Mountain and to the High Falls of Cheat. Our adventure includes Harpers Ferry National Historic Site, Winchester, VA and a ride on a packet boat. Read our itinerary below for the exciting and unusual tour inclusions.
Day 1 - INDEPENDENCE/NEWARK/WILMINGTON/ WINCHESTER, VA
Following departure, we’ll drive south into Harpers Ferry, West Virginia located at the junction of 2 great rivers and 3 states. It’s a step back in time into a quaint and historical town. Enjoy our guided tour of the Harpers Ferry National Historic Site with our Park Guide. Tour several areas including the Lower Town, where George Washington persuaded the federal government to construct a national armory and arsenal and where John Brown led his famous raid in 1859. Continue to Winchester, VA for overnight. Dinner and entertainment at our hotel this evening.
GEORGE WASHINGTON HOTEL
Day 2 - WINCHESTER/ELKINS, WV
Morning sightseeing includes a guided tour of the town and to learn about Patsy Cline’s childhood, where she lived and worked and her amazing rise to fame. Old Town Winchester has a lovely pedestrian mall where you can enjoy browsing, shopping and an independent lunch. Depart in the early afternoon for Elkins, WV, your home for two nights. Dinner and entertainment at the Gandy Dancer followed by a variety show of comedy and music. Meals: B,D
ISAAC JACKSON HOTEL
Day 3 - RIDE THE RAILS!
Travel south into the Alleghenies and the town of Cass, an old company logging town with restored company housing lining the hillside. Ride the Rails today begins as you board a steam locomotive and puff out of the depot. This old logging route had grades as steep as 11 degrees and you’ll climb through deep forest and suddenly breakout of the timber and enjoy a magnificent view of West Virginia. Then transfer to the Cheat Mountain Salamander at Spruce with a ride through the high mountain wilderness of West Virginia. We’ll travel along the Cheat Mountain River, home to a little endangered salamander whose sole habitat is this West Virginia River. A stop will be made at the “High Falls of the Cheat” for views and photographs and the train will take you through some of the wildest mountain wilderness you will ever experience as we ride through the Monongahela National Forest. Return to our hotel to freshen-up before dinner at an elegant mansion built in the 1890s at the height of the timber era. More entertainment this evening with a variety of musical styles blended with a little homespun humor. Meals: B,L,D
ISAAC JACKSON HOTEL
Day 4 - ELKINS/PACKET BOAT/HOME
Morning departure after breakfast takes us north to Great Falls, MD for a step back into the 1870’s. Board the Charles F. Mercer, a replica of the canal boats that plied the Chesapeake and Ohio canal between 1850 and 1924 and carried millions of tons of cargo between Cumberland, MD and Washington, D.C. How is the boat powered? Two sturdy mules will tow the boat at a speed of about 4 mph through the canal. Mules are ideally suited for this task, each weighing about 1000 pounds, and are carefully watched over by the U. S. National Park Service. Six mules live and work at Great Falls. Depart after our packet ride for home, arriving in the early evening. Meals: B