3-Day Washington DC to Natural Bridge, Biltmore Estate, Luray Caverns and Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tour
Tour Code: GOL-WDC-143
Duration: 3 Day(s) / 2 Night(s)
Tour Guide: Chinese, English
- 7 Days left
Experience: UNESCO, Family
Extra (Excluded): Wifi, Meal etc...
Tour Guide:Chinese, English
Mon (2022-06-06 To 2022-10-31)
1. Explore the must-visit place in Virginia, a 4 billion-year-old natural cave created by nature, Luray Caverns.
2. Visit Shenandoah National Park and experience the stunning beauty of the skyline.
3. Reach the peak of Great Smoky Mountains national park, enjoy the stunning view of Clingmans Dome.
4. Enjoy and taste delicious from Dolly Parton's Stampede performance.
- Breakfast is included.
- Entrance fee to Shenandoah National Park, New River. Gorge National Park and Great Smoky National Park.
We will depart in the morning for Virginia. Upon our arrival in this scenic state, we will head to Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley to visit Luray Caverns, which perhaps are best-known caverns for the Great Stalactite Organ. In the afternoon we will enter the Shenandoah national park to take the beautiful skyline drive. On the winding driveway on the mountains, we will stop at the overlooks to observe the beautiful Shenandoah valleys. Later, we will go to the youngest national park in the United States, and New River Gorge National Park which has been newly promoted to a national park in 2020.
Washington D.C. → Luray Caverns (optional, 90 mins) → Shenandoah National Park (90 mins) → New River Gorge National Park (90 mins)
Hotel: Baymont Inn & Suites Johnson City or Similar.
Refers to the commercial cave which is visited by many since its discovery back in 1878, the cave is located in the western side of Luray, Virginia USA. Luray caverns are also known as Luray cave.
In the Shenandoah valley of Northern America, Luray is a town located in Virginia. This small town is a county seat. The natural views and beautiful scenes make it worth viewing.
This beautiful park is located in famous US state of Virginia and to be precise, it is very much near to the Blue Ridge Mountains. The park is known for its Trails, waterfalls, mountains and peaks.
It is one of the most famous regions located at the western side of Virginia. The Shenandoah Valley falls into the category of a Geographic Valley. The Shenandoah Valley is also a very cultural place.
Today, we will heat to Tennessee with a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains where we will learn more about the music heritage of Tennessee. We will drive through the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s a most-visited national park in the United States and a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life and natural beauty of landscapes. Tennessee's most famous family resort, where visitors can participate in a western horse dinner show (at your own expense) - Dolly Parton’s Stampede. Dine in a dinner theatre where you can watch a brilliant show with 32 horses and a cast of top-notch riders plus a mouth-watering four-course feast complete with a delicious dessert!
Great Smoky Mountain (180 mins, Clingmans Dome stop 60 mins andNewfound Gap stop 20 mins) → Dolly Parton’s Stampede (optional, 90 mins) → Pigeon Forge
Hotel: Howard Johnson by Wyndham Pigeon Forge or Similar.
Asheville city is located in the heart of Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. The captivating and vibrant arts scene with thehistoric architecture of the mansions entice millions of visitors. The iconic dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence and 6000-acred Biltmore Estate are the most famous landmark in the city. The colorful and enthralling Downtown Art District is the tourist’s most recommended landmark in the Ashville, North Carolina.
This humongous private estate is a popular tourist attraction covering more than 8,000 acres of space. Dating back to 18th century, the property is still owned by Vanderbilt descendants.
A form of dinner theatre with double locations in Tennessee is known as Dolly Partons Dixie Stampede. It was developed in the year 1988.
A home of Dollywood with the vacation area and Mountain town in East Tennessee is said to be as Pigeon Forge. It is popular for outlet malls, dinner theatres, magic shows and music concerts.
We will reach the Natural Bridge – referenced in "Moby Dick" and called by Thomas Jefferson “the most sublime of nature's works”. The rock arch has a 90-foot span. Virginia's Natural Bridge (located in an eponymous town) has been fascinating travelers for hundreds of years.
Virginia → Natural Bridge (Optional, 60 mins) → Washington D.C.
Natural Bridge State Park is a limestone gorge that has beautiful open forests, surrounding mountains, Rolling Meadows and James River valley displaying the splendor of nature. There are gift shops and exhibits. There are hiking trails of 6 miles, and this is inclusive of Cedar Creek trail.
The Natural Bridge is site that is listed in the US. National Historic Landmark, it is a geological formation in Rockbridge County. It is located in Virginia near Cedar Creek. And is a beautiful site to look at.
The order of itinerary may change without any notice depending on weather situations or for some other unforeseen circumstances.
The order of activities held during the tour is planned by the tour guide. So, it may be different from what is mentioned on the tour page. On fewer occasions, Tour Guide has to skip an attraction or few during the tour depending on weather, traffic, group interest or some other reason.
Some attractions are seasonal. So, when they are closed they will be replaced with some other attraction.
You can skip some optional activities during the tour and plan something on your own. Make sure that you coordinate with Tour guide and stay with the group with next activity. Please note you cannot stay on the bus if you skip some optional activity.
Probable hotel names are mentioned in the itinerary. It can be similar or a different hotel of the similar rating. Exact Hotel details can only be provided one day before the departure.
Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel.
These tours are conducted in a group. A group can have people of several cultures. We expect each person to coordinate with Tour guide to make sure things are on track.
Though attractions are optional but you have to at least take 2 attractions.
Passengers will be picked up and dropped off at their chosen locations. (Please take notice of locations and times of pick up)
All tours are carried out in air-conditioned bus. We may also use a minivan depending on the number of people booking the tour.
A professional tour escort will be with you throughout the tour.
Breakfast is included.
Entrance fee to Shenandoah National Park, New River
Tour package price includes all the taxes.
Fares for air travel and transport from home to and from the location chosen for pick-up.
Expenditure for personal purposes.
Fee for Optional Activities and entrance. Pay in cash to the tour guide. He will arrange tickets.Some attractions might be closed on public holidays. Optional activities price may change or can be different as displayed on the website.
A minimum tip of $12 per passenger per day for Tour Guide and Driver is not included in the price of the tour package. Pay it in cash to Tour guide and bus driver. This service fees collected from passengers complement the incomes of the driver and the tour guide.
Though the meals are excluded,but the guides will arrange them for you.
Room fees of personal nature, such as, laundry fees, telephone, service fees of valets, expenses on alcoholic drinks and what you buy from the mini bar. However, specified fees may be included.
Important Notice: Passengers are discouraged from purchasing admission packages from sources outside and trying to use them for this tour provided at a discounted price. In case they want to do so, they must arrange transport the same day.
|Attractions||Adult||Child(3-11 yrs)||Senior(65+ yrs)|
|Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, TN||$78.00||$45.00||$78.00|
|Luray Caverns, VA||$32.00||$16.00||$29.00|
|Natural Bridge State Park, VA||$8.00||$6.00||$8.00|
All the prices are listed in USD.
Tour display price is based on double occupancy. It is the price each person will pay if a group of two is traveling.
Prices may change without any notice.
Prices include hotel accommodation, transportation and taxes.
Admission Tickets to different places and meals are NOT included in the tour price.
Mandatory Tip for tour guide and driver are NOT included.
Only the tour guide can purchase entrance tickets for you. Pre-purchased tickets are NOT acceptable.
A free (i.e. Buy 2 Get 1 Free) person, not showing up on a departure date will result in a penalty. The penalty is usually the fourth person price, but it varies. Free person has to pay for some admission tickets that is included in the tour package price of Paid Person.
There must be at least one passenger of 18 years for every booking made with GoldenBusTours. For Children between the age group of 2 to 14 years, a different price will be charged. Please refer to Child price on our pricing calendar. Child Age may vary between different bus operators. Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel. If the 5th person is infant you will be charged normally then with the second room as an expense.
Activities are optional though, but each customer has to participate in 2 activities at least. No city pass allowed. Some attractions are mandatory. Each customer has to take part in them and have to pay for them in cash.
Arrive at departure location 10 to 15 minutes before the mentioned time to make sure you catch the bus on time. If in case you are late, the bus will not wait for you at the location and ultimately you will miss the entire tour (no refund in this case).
Return time on the website is just an estimation. Expect some variation always. Time may change depending on traffic and weather situations
There is a possibility that tour operator may use a shuttle to drop you off at the return location. It usually happens in the case of multiple return locations.
You can leave the tour at any place only after signing a Tour Departure Form for leaving the tour early.
Please note that price will stay the same even if you leave the tour early.
If you have booked a pre-tour hotel stay, then you will have to arrange your own transport from hotel to departure location.
If you have booked extra night hotel after the tour, then you will arrange transport from drop off point to hotel.
On West Coast tours some bus operators have a lot of departure locations. A slow start is expected on these tours.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
No matter what the reason of cancellation is no refund or reschedule for any cancellation request made with in last 7 days of departure date. Even if the cancellation request comes in because of COVID.
No matter the reason for the cancellation, we are forced to carry costly charges from our travel and hotel providers in the form of penalties and fees that re-incurred when there is a cancellation of confirmed or pending bookings. As such, there are cancellation penalties or fees incurred. Determination of the time of cancellation will be done when the notice is received and confirmed by our office. You must make any notice of cancellation directly to GoldenBusTours by email or webmail at the Contact Us section.
We reserve the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure with respect to operating requirements or circumstances beyond control. In case a cancellation is made at any given moment in time before departure, our only liability as GoldenBusTours will be to refund you, the passenger with the amount we received for the booking of the tour. We will try our best to re-book the same or similar tour. We are not responsible for any cancellation penalties that may have been incurred on any other travel arrangements inclusive of the separate purchase of air tickets.
We are not liable for any other travel arrangements that have been affected as a result of the cancellations.
⇒ 15 days or more prior to departure - 10% of the tour fees will be charged as cancellation.
⇒ 8-15 days prior to departure - 55% of the tour fees will be charged as cancellation.
⇒ 7 days prior to departure – 100% tour fees will be charged as cancellation.
An add-on fee of 6% for handling fees is charged in addition to the above penalties. No matter what the reason for cancellation is this processing fee will be deducted on each refund.
There is no refund for unused features. You forfeit the entire payment when you are a no-show.
Cancellation or Reschedule charges are applicable even if you are NOT able to take the tour because of visa rejection. If you reschedule tour and later decides to cancel it then cancellation charges will be applicable to the original departure date and not to the rescheduled one.
In order for there not to be a cancellation, a minimum number of participants are required. We reserve the right to cancel a scheduled trip although every effort is made by us to ensure that normal operations are maintained.
For any refund case, we do include the discount offered already. This is where GoldenBusTours is playing its role to make sure its customers get the best available deal at an affordable price.
No refund request or complaint will be entertained after 30 days of tour departure. You have to send a formal complaint through email.
⇒ In the case of free passenger cancellation kindly update us 7 days before the departure.
⇒ In the case of a late cancellation request or a free passenger does not show up on tour day then $128 will be charged.
Reservation, Booking & Redemption
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You are advised to carefully read through and understand these Terms & Conditions before making your booking.
You will get an email immediately once you place an order. Tour Confirmation usually takes 2, 3 days except for urgent order. Urgent orders can be confirmed in a day or even few hours, but we can’t assure success in these cases. On fewer occasions, some of the others may require a longer period of time for confirmation. You are advised not to book airline tickets unless you have received the confirmation.
E-Ticket (Mandatory to be on bus)
Your e-ticket includes complete operator information such as local telephone numbers at your destination. You are required to print the e-tickets and bring them along with you on the trip. They will be needed as proof of purchase.
Changes in Booking
You may incur a fee for any revisions or alterations made to the reservation when the booking has already been confirmed. Cancellation fees may be applied to things such as name changes or corrections. They may also apply to tour date changes or tour itinerary changes. Please note that no departure changes are permitted 72 hours before departure.
Changes in Tour Itinerary
We are continuously striving to improve tour itineraries and features. In the event of unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the control, we do reserve the right to vary the itineraries and to substitute hotels. Duplicate departures may operate during certain peak periods, sometimes in reverse order. As such, hotels may vary from those included on the itinerary pages.
All reschedule or change in tour requests should be sent seven days before the departure date. Reschedule requests made 7 days more before departure is subject to reschedule Fee. There is $100/per day/per Room charges for rescheduling usually.
Cancellation or Reschedule charges are applicable even if you are NOT able to take the tour because of visa rejection.
1. One room can accommodate maximum 4 people. Even if you are 5 people including 1 month old baby you still need 2 rooms.
2. If you can carry your child up to 2 years of age then you do not need to book seats for him. It may vary from one tour to another.
3. Service providers hold the right to change the itinerary and hotel arrangements without any notice.
4. Child (0-9 years) and Single traveler going on the tour have special rates. These prices vary from one tour to another.
5. Meals and Attractions are not included. You can ask your tour guide to try to arrange the meal for you as per your requirements. For attractions, admission fees pay it to the tour guide on the tour.
6. Prices may change without any notice because of prices fluctuation in the market.
7. All prices mentioned on the website are in US dollars.
8. In Case of Bank Wire Transfer customer have to bear Wire transfer fee.
9. Tour package price is inclusive of taxes.
10. Tour Prices are every individual and in view of room inhabitance.
11. Hotels and the city/country of stay may change based on availablity.
Child rates are applicable for children between (0-12 years) of age. Parents are advised to bring car seats for the safety of their child.
Buy 2 Get 3rd discounted: Get 3rd Ticket on special discounted rates on the purchase of 2 tickets.
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4. You should either bring a printed copy of your E-Ticket or bring it in your smartphone on the day of tour departure. You should also bring a valid photo ID along with your E-Ticket. In the case of any issues for not carrying E-Ticket or Photo ID GoldenBusTour will not be responsible.
5.Make sure to provide a valid phone number so we can reach you in the case of any emergency.
6. Please read all important notes, inclusion, exclusion section, terms and conditions, policies and below notes.
6a. Tour Operator holds the right to cancel the tour at any time depending on poor weather condition or some other unforeseen circumstances. However, GoldenBusTour will update its customers about the cancellation and shall not be held accountable for charges other than tour fees.
6b. Change in tour price will not affect any confirmed booking.
6c. Tour Operator can change the order of itinerary at any time without any notice.
7.You will be responsible for your travel documents during the tour.
8.Reach Departure location about 20 to 30 minutes before departure time. Unfortunately, no one will wait for you in case you get in late. The bus mostly has Bus Operator name and logo on it. Even if you are five minutes late and miss the bus then GoldenBusTours or Tour Operator will not be responsible. There will be no refund in this case. You will be charged 100% tour fee.
Thank God the tour went so well. Actually, I was wishing for this tour to be perfect because I took my two young kids on this bus tour and I didn’t want them to feel bored and exhausted. During the day we departed, the bus stopped at the Luray Caverns and they let us fully explore this distinctive underground Luray Caverns. We get to see so many of its famous down there but the best of all was the stalactite organ spot. Biltmore Estate is so gigantic that half of the American homeless people can fit in it and yet is just opened for people to just visit; it looked more like a palace to me, although we had the chance for some wonderful photography. Both hotels were neither super luxury or what we call it five-star, but they were excellent. Liked it!
It was my plan to take the family out on vacations, however, it paid really well since everybody had a great time on the trip. Marilyn, the bus host guy, just did an excellent job giving us all the things we want. Luray Caverns was the first site we visited – truly mind-blowing, great exploring to do down there. Our lodgings were decent, at least we spend the night in peace. Thanks a lot for this great bus tour, we would definitely board another tour on our next vacations altogether. Cheers to the professional team.
The team was quite professional, which ultimately led us providing a quality luxurious services throughout of a couple of days bus journey. However, though, one thing I didn’t admire that, the tour had several admission charges no matter which place we visited, Luray Caverns, Skyline Shenandoah, Baltimore Mansion, and similar others. In addition to that, it cost us quite much than I expected. Other than that, our whole family had a wonderful time on board. The hotels, buses, destinations, all were worth the bus trip. Good days!
It was a one day trip and we visited some fantastic locations in Washington DC and also near Natural Bridge Luray caverns. Golden Bus Tours took us to all the major destinations of city. The bus was very luxurious and the driver was a true professional.
I am very fond of natural beauty, flowers and adventures jungle tours and Golden Bus provided me with an opportunity to visit Smoky Mountain National Park. I really enjoyed the view of Shenandoah Valley. Certainly, a lifetime experience it was.
I am a writer and I was looking for a place here I could unwind and relax. My friend, who is a doctor who recommended me this company, he went on tour via GoldenBusTours and enjoyed the hospitality. Anyhow, I got what I wanted, a quiet place to relax. Thank you everyone on the staff especially our tour guide.
Well, everything done by the GoldenBusTours was good, but the places we picked were absolutely buzz kill. They were overcrowded and we couldn’t just unwind and relax there. Next time I should be warned about the places I will be taking tour to.
The tour package was good, the bus was comfortable and a decent accommodation, but I felt there was a rush to visit all the places. It could have added one more day. The 3 day package and visiting so many places was like we rushed, though we visited everything on the schedule.
Well, I think we should firmly stick to the policy of more visiting and less traveling on this tour. The reason is, I remember that on our second day and the morning of our last day we had much traveled on a bus. The next attraction should arrive within an hour or otherwise, the ride gets boring and the picturesque views as well. Other than that, the journey was wonderful especially the underground Luray caves. Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Baltimore mansion were as wonderful as they were in their sizes. We had a chance for photography at so many sites that I didn’t think they existed like the unique rock exhibits in the Luray caves.
The tour itself was really great, i just had a couple of issues, first the bathroom on the bus was for emergencies only,so we had to wait for breaks, also i really wish if admissions were included in the tour price. But other than that, we really had a great time, we loved all places we saw and the tour was very well organized. Hotels were really good and the tour guide was real nice guy. We loved Shenandoah Valley, Luray Caverns, Skyline Drive, Great Stalactite Organ, Shenandoah National Park, Biltmore Estate, Clingmans Dome, Dixie Stampede, Italian Garden