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Trips to the Poconos, Pigeon Forge Added to ABAC Fall Travel Lineup

TIFTON – From the scenic views of Tennessee and Kentucky to the glitz and glam of the Rockettes, the Office of College Advancement at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College now offers additional opportunities for travelers to get away this fall in cooperation with Excursions Unlimited.

Open to anyone with a passion for travel, the trips feature an educational experience loaded with fun and adventure.  For more information on any of these tours, interested persons can visit the ABAC travel web site at http://www.abac.edu/travel, contact Diane Kilgore at dkilgore@abac.edu, or call (229) 391-5070. Prices for all trips listed are per person rates and based on double occupancy.

Passengers will travel via motor coach to French Lick Springs Resort from Sept. 30 – Oct. 4.  On the way, everyone will dine and take in a show at the Hatfield & McCoy Theatre in Pigeon Forge, view the Blue Grass Country of Kentucky, and cross the Ohio River into Indiana for a historic stay at the French Lick Springs Resort, known for its “miracle waters” from the sulfur springs in the area.

Actors from Hollywood’s heyday including Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, and Elizabeth Taylor; as well as presidential families including the Trumans, Reagans, and Kennedys, have stayed at the hotel.  Also on the trip, travelers will enjoy a tour of Indiana Amish country, a tour of Nashville, Tenn., and a performance at the Ryman Auditorium.  This trip is $699 per person.

From Oct. 8-13, travelers can take an autumn excursion that features locales including the Carolinas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York.  Travel through the Shenandoah Valley into Gettysburg for a guided tour of the historic battlefield before a drive into the Poconos.  Next, depart from the hotel to Finger Lake and the village of Skaneateles for a cruise on Lake Skaneateles before journeying to Niagara Falls for a two-night stay.  On Oct. 11, dinner will be at Skylon Tower, overlooking the falls.  Travelers will then stop at the New River Bridge, the world’s tallest single arch bridge, on the way home. The cost for this trip is $999 per person.   

Travel in style with a trip on the Hiawassee River Train from Oct. 24-26.  Passengers will begin the journey with a trip to Chattanooga, Tenn., and a visit to the Tennessee Aquarium before dining at the Station House, known for its singing waiters and waitresses. A deluxe motor coach will then transfer travelers to Etowah Station to meet the Tennessee Valley Railroad for the Hiawassee River Rail Adventure.  The Foliage Express takes passengers on a three and one-half hour trip to the Hiawassee Loop.  In the evening, travelers will be treated to a dinner cruise on the Tennessee River. Departing for home the following day, the motor coach will stop in Ellijay for fresh apples and in Dahlonega so that travelers can enjoy the shops along the square and a family-style lunch at the Smith House. The cost for this excursion is $499 per person.

Three new holiday excursions will take place beginning Nov. 16 with the Radio Christmas Spectacular & the Rockettes at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta.  This day trip via motor coach includes a stop for lunch and dinner.  The 2 p.m. matinee, “Greatest Christmas Show on Earth”, features new scenes, sets, costumes, special effects, and an unforgettable finale.  The cost for this trip is $155 per person.

From Nov. 22-24, travelers will stay in Pigeon Forge for a two-night stay at the Music Road Hotel.  Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a special dinner, the Country Tonight Christmas Show, and take in the Winter Festival of Lights.  On the following day, travelers can then do some holiday shopping and have lunch at the Old Mill Restaurant before heading off to Dollywood. 

At Dollywood, visitors will experience three of the amusement park’s holiday shows, Appalachian Christmas, Christmas in the Smokies, and the Smoky Mountain Opera Christmas Show.  All meals are included on this day. On the last day of this trip, tourists will travel via motor coach through the Smoky Mountain National Park to Dillard to dine at the Dillard House before returning home.  The cost of this trip is $499 per person. 

The holiday trip season will culminate with New Year’s Eve at Gaylord Opryland Hotel from Dec. 31, 2013 – Jan. 2, 2014.  This three-day event over New Year’s will feature a stay at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.  Gospel group Legacy Five will perform on the evenings of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, as well as a terrific lineup of other entertainers who will join them.  Celebrate the New Year with an additional concert at 10 a.m. followed by a New Year’s brunch.  The afternoon is at leisure before another evening of gospel and entertainment by Legacy Five. Breakfast will be provided on Jan. 2 at the hotel before departing for home.  The cost of this trip is $599 per person.
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