What a wonderful holiday trip which features Christmas as presented by such wealth as the Vanderbilt's at Biltmore combined with the hometown / small town annual festivities of a Virginia town such as Roanoke, VA. This is a nice mid-size, mid-priced trip for the holidays that will be sure to en"light"en your holiday mood and spirit.
3 Night's Lodging, 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners; Admission/tours of: Asheville, NC, Thomas Wolfe House, National Gingerbread House competition, Antler Hill & Biltmore Winery, Candlelight Holiday Tour of Biltmore Estate, the Festival of Trees in Roanoke, VA, Dickens of a Christmas Tree Lighting or Parade in Roanoke, and Shenandoah Caverns Tour plus the Yellow Barn and and American Celebration of Parade, Baggage Handling and Transportation.
**ALL WOLF'S TOURS - TIMES AND ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
Board your Wolf's Coach and depart Pennsylvania with today's destination being Asheville, NC. Rest and meal stops to be made as needed. Upon arrival late this afternoon, check into the Doubletree Biltmore Village Hotel (828-274-1800) located only steps away from Biltmore Village. This hotel offers quaint charm, modern style and comfort featuring a fitness center, indoor pool and free standard Wi-Fi. All guest rooms feature Cable TV with premium channels, iron/ironing board, coffee maker, clock radio and hair dryer. Dinner will be arranged for the group at a nearby restaurant this evening.
Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast at your hotel this morning prior to boarding the coach for a local tour of Asheville which includes admission and a stop at the Thomas Wolfe House. The Wolfe House/Memorial is a state historic site, house and museum. The American author, Thomas Wolfe, lived in the home during his boyhood. Wolfe, considered by many to be one of the giants of the 20th-century American literature, immortalized his childhood home in the epic autobiographical novel, "Look Homeward, Angel". Following your visit, the coach will transport you to Biltmore Village. The Biltmore Village offers you ample choices of restaurants, cafes and bistros for the purchase of lunch on your own and perhaps some souvenir shopping if time permits. Following lunch, you will be taken to view the Gingerbread Houses (location to be determined) that are elaborately decorated and on display this time of year during the National Gingerbread House Competition. Next stop is Antler Hill Village & Winery at Biltmore where you can sample and purchase any of over 20 handcrafted wines. Or perhaps you would enjoy stepping into the lives of families who lived on the estate raising livestock, tending crops and working at the Biltmore Dairy in the 1890's at the Farm of Antler Village. Relax, stroll and buildup your appetite in preparation for your dinner this evening which is arranged for you at the Deerpark Restaurant where mouth-watering Southern regional cuisine served buffet-style in a peaceful, natural setting with plenty of rustic charm and sweeping views of the estate await you. After dinner, enjoy Biltmore House by candlelight and firelight reminiscent of the first Vanderbilt family Christmas in 1895. Your self-guided evening tour of the House involves live music by choirs and soloists, and enhanced by more than 70 exquisitely decorated Christmas trees, miles of garland, hundreds of poinsettias and everything decked out for the holidays in a grand Vanderbilt fashion. Following your evening tour, return by coach to the Doubletree Village Hotel for overnight.B, D
Rise and shine early for a continental breakfast at the hotel prior to check out and departure from Asheville. On board the coach, sit back and relax to your destination for part two of this Christmas tour, Roanoke, VA. We arrive mid-afternoon in Roanoke for a late lunch arranged for the group at a local area restaurant. After lunch, travel by coach to your area hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Roanoke (540-776-3400). This hotel features a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, a 24-hour Pavilion Pantry to purchase drinks and snacks and comfortable rooms. Each guest room includes free Wi-Fi, an alarm clock radio with MP3 jack, an HDTV, refrigerator, microwave and coffee/tea maker. After a moment to freshen up, board the coach for transfer to see the Festival of Trees; an evergreen fashion show that features 30 designer trees decorated by local artists, florists and businesses. You will have free time in the downtown for dinner on your own prior to enjoying the Dickens of a Christmas Festival. This family-friendly event takes place annually and includes favorites like roasted chestnuts, carriage rides, street performers and much more. Return to your Roanoke hotel for overnight.B, L
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning prior to check out and departure. Your morning drive takes you north with a lunch stop en route prior to arrival at the Shenandoah Caverns attractions featuring the Yellow Barn and American Celebration on Parade. The Caverns have been thrilling visitors of all ages for over 90 years. It is the only Virginia cavern with elevator service, making it one of the easiest caverns to tour. Your guided tour will take roughly one hour on a crushed gravel pathway through 17 rooms, each one more spectacular than the next. After your tour of the caverns, you may wish to check out American Celebration on Parade which houses over 20 massive full-size floats from Presidential Inaugurals, to the Tournament of Roses Parade. Or, there is also The Yellow Barn, where you can take a look back at our agricultural heritage by viewing antique carriages and farm equipment. Following this mid-day visit, board your Wolf's Tour deluxe motor coach for return to Pennsylvania. Rest and meal stops will be made en route as needed.
***ALL WOLF'S TOURS - TIMES AND ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE***
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Camp Hill|| Camp Hill Radisson, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass |
Park near Radisson sign across from McDonalds
|Carlisle|| Carlisle Point Mall, 800 East High Street |
Park in mall lot across from Pizza Hut
|Chambersburg|| Chambersburg Wal-Mart, 1730 Lincoln Way East |
Park in Wal-Mart Lot behind gas station
|Hanover|| Hanover - Staples Shopping Ctr, 440 Eisenhower Dr |
Park along grass island in center of lot
|York|| York Four Points Sheraton, 1650 Toronita St. |
Go to the right and park in the far corner of lot
|York Springs|| York Springs - Wolf's Terminal |
200 Old US Rt. 15 - Park near large sign
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