4-Day Chicago and Tennessee Great Smoky Mountain National Park Tour from Chicago

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Tour Code : CHI40505

Departure City : Chicago

Duration : 4 day(s) 3 night(s)

Availability : Thu.

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Highlight :

Indianapolis State House, State Museum, Motor Speedway Hall of Fame*; Great Smoky National Park, Gatlinburg Tramway*, Dixie Stampede Dinner Show*; Red Ruby Falls*, Rock City Garden*, Incline Railway*, Lost Sea*; Tennessee State Capitol, Volunteers Square; Mammoth Cave National Park.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Chicago to Indianapolis - Knoxville

Today we will set out at 8:00 am. At noon, we will visit the Indiana State House, the Indiana state Museum and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum where there are all kinds of race cars from 1909. At night, we will live in the hotel in Tennessee.

Standard Hotel (2 star to 3 star): Clarion Inn, Best Western Inn or similar

Day 2 : Knoxville - Great Smoky National Park

Leave for Tennessee, drive through the Great Smoky Mountains. A variety of countless animals’ habitats are there. There are approximately 1500 bear species and you will have great chance to see one yourself. We will take cable car to the mountaintop, where we can appreciate the beautiful scenery. At the national park, there are plenty of malls, restaurants and shops. Feel free to have lunch and buy some souvenirs if you want. Plenty of street artists will salute you on the way. After this we will have dinner at a dinner theatre where you can see a brilliant horse show with 32 horses, dozens of cast members, pig races, and chickens and of course Tennessee countryside music.

Standard Hotel (2 star to 3 star): Clarion Inn, Best Western Inn or similar

Day 3 : Chattanooga - Nashville

After breakfast, we’ll head to the biggest underground lake in the world ----- the Lost Sea. Deep inside a mountain near Sweetwater in East Tennessee is a remarkable body of water known as The Lost Sea. Listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as America’s largest underground lake, the Lost Sea is part of an extensive and historic cave system called Craighead Caverns. During the Civil War the Confederate Army mined the cave for saltpeter, a commodity necessary to the manufacture of gunpowder. At the bottom of the cave you will board a glass-bottom boat for an exciting trip on the Lost Sea. Then, we’ll arrive Chattanooga at noon and explore the magnificent Lookout Mountain and Ruby Falls which is a 145-foot high underground waterfall located within Lookout Mountain. Rock City would be our next destination. It is said that it is possible to see seven states from Lover's Leap, a point in Rock City. Want to know whether that is true? You can join us and find out. At last, we’ll take the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway. Also known as “America’s Most Amazing Mile,” The Incline’s trolley-style cars climb through the natural beauty surrounding historic Lookout Mountain at a breathtaking 72.7% grade ----- straight up!

Standard Hotel (2 star to 3 star): Baymont Inn & Suites or similar

Day 4 : Nashville - Chicago

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee. The visit to the government building of the state of Tennessee and the Volunteers Square will offer you a brief look of the history of the state of Tennessee. By noon, we'll arrive the Mammoth Cave National Park. (If time is permitted, the tour leader will arrange an in-depth tour inside the park.) Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. This is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place", but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name. Our tours will return to Chicago in the afternoon.

Pricing

Single Double (per person) Third Person Fourth Person
Adult Kid* Adult Kid*
$450 $305 $210 $210 $210 $210

*Kid ages 2-9 yr old, infant less than 2 yr old join the tour for FREE if NOT occupied a bus seat.

 

Price for Single Occupancy applies when one person stays in one standard hotel room.

Price for Double/Triple/Quadruple Occupancy applies when two/three/four people stay in one standard hotel room respectively. Thus, result in a lower per person price.

Maximum 4 guests in each hotel room (incl. kid and infant). Each standard hotel room comes with TWO full sizes or ONE queen size bed. Triple/Quadruple price does not guarantee a third/fourth bed in the room since each room is equipped with 2 beds. Roll-a-ways beds are regulations of each hotel; you are responsible for paying the additional cost for roll-a-way bed. Please check the availability at the time of check-in.

All other reschedule, change, and cancellation please refer to the Standard Cancellation and Refund Policy.


Price Includes:

  1. Ground transportation via deluxe Air-Conditioned and Lavatory Equipped motorcoach with complimentary pick-up and drop-off at chosen location. To insure fewer passengers operation, 15 seats minibus may be substituted.
  2. Passenger insurance while on board motorcoach. Due to motorcoach insurance policy, passengers over 2 years of age must purchase ticket in order to occupy seats.
  3. 3 night(s) hotel accommodation.
  4. Professional tour escort.
  5. Taxes included.

Price Excludes:

  1. All meals or drinks during the trip, but our tour escort will arrange for these.
  2. Personal room expenses such as hotel room services and meal, telephone calls, laundry services, on demand TV shows etc.
  3. Any private expenses such as airfare or any related transportation to the pick-up location, visa fee, travel document etc.
  4. Service fee for tour escort and driver: Minimum $8 per passenger per day.
  5. Optional admission fees to all attractions. Listed below. Prices are subject to change without prior notices.

Optional Activities:

Attractions Adult Kid (age)
Dixie Stampede Dinner Show $54.99 $42 (2-12)
Gatlinburg Tramway $12 $9.50 (5-11)
Incline Railway $16.40 $7.65 (3-12)
Motor Speedway Hall of Fame $25 $10
Rock City Garden $22 $13.10 (3-12)
Ruby Falls $22 $13.10 (3-12)

Special Notes

Prior to booking your tour, it is your responsibility to read and all information related to your tour products listed under these Itinerary, Pricing, Special Notes and FAQ tabs. Terms and Conditions, Cancellation and Refund Policy can be found on the bottom of every webpage.

 

 


Trip Reservation Process:

All tours are open for early booking. It is recommended that customers should book tour at least two weeks before departure date. Bus seats will be pre-assigned after payment is made based on a first come first served basis. The following flowchart summarized the booking process.

process

 

 

  1. After you submitting your reservation online, you will receive a Pre-Order email within a couple of hours.
  2. Within 2 business days, we will send you a confirmation email to confirm your reservation of the trip. In this email, you could find the detailed boarding time and location of the trip, contact information of local service provider. Please print out this email with E-TICKET number as the boarding pass for the trip. Also, you can login to our website http://www.tripedition.com/index.php?route=account/login to check the status of your order.
  3. At the departure date, simply print out the E-TICKET if you have not already done so, and present it with your valid photo ID. Please note that this E-TICKET is the only proof of your purchase of the tour.
  4. Please make sure you have received our Final Confirmation Letter email with your E-ticket number before booking air tickets, extended hotel stays and etc., if applicable.

 

 

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email normally within two business days. Promotional offers such as BUY 2 GET 1 FREE is provided and confirmed only on an availability basis. In the rare events (such as booking ONE day prior to the departure day), your reservation can not be confirmed by the service provider, a full refund will be credited back to your account.

The order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start date of the week. For the detailed arrangement, please email or call the local service provider prior to departure date to re-confirm. Their contact info will be listed in your final confirmation email.

We reserve the right to change the hotel to another of equal or better standard than the hotel mentioned in the itineraries.

Depending on the number of passengers booked for a particular departure, tours may be combined to ensure fewer passengers operation.

We do not recommend infants younger than 2 years of age to join the tours, since our tour guides are not specially trained to provide service to these types of passengers and cannot be responsible for their well being.

 

 


Boarding Tips and Travel Documents:

All passengers should arrive at the boarding location at LEAST 15 min. prior to the departure time.

All passengers must show E-TICKET (the boarding pass) for boarding.

Passengers are held solely responsible for their own valid travel documents.

 

 


Travel Insurance:

We are not responsible for any occur on or during the tour. It is optional that passengers to purchase travel insurance. By accepting our policy, passenger should agree that we shall hold no responsibilities includes but not limited to the following unforeseeable events such as weather, accident, bus break down, sickness, theft, itinerary changes, delays or cancellation. We are strongly advising you to purchase travel insurance before departure to insure compensations for the unexpected causes above. Such travel insurance can be purchased through third party insurance suppliers.

 

 


Language:

All tours are escorted by professional bi- or multi-lingual tour guides and/or drivers guide. For driver guide tour, the language will be limited to English/Chinese bilingual.

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Will the bus wait for me if I’m late?

Sorry. Tour buses will depart on time. Please be understandable this is a group tour, we have to satisfy the entire group for a smooth operation of the tour. We recommend you arrive at the departure location 15-30 minutes prior the depart time.


Is the drop-off location the same as boarding location for all Tripedition tours?

The tours usually pick-up and drop-off at the same locations unless otherwise stated in the tour Departure and Return Info page.


What happens if I forgot to bring proper travel documents on the boarding day (Passport, Green card, Visa, etc.)?

You can NOT board the bus. The tour guide shall check anyone's proper travel documents prior boarding. Bear in mind, when you can NOT board for this reason, this also triggers the reschedule fee or cancellation penalty. Please refer to the Special Notes section of your booked tour for proper travel documents.


How many pieces of baggage am I allowed to bring?

We recommend two pieces of standard sized baggage per passenger due to the load limitation of the motorcoach. If the tour is operated by 14 seats minibus, only ONE piece per passenger is allowed.


Is there a restroom on the bus?

Yes, only for motorcoach buses. However, we recommend the use of lavatory when there is a personal emergency. All our local service providers, try to maintain a clean environment on the bus, therefore, the bus will make rest stops along the way (every 2-3 hours) at highway service area. If you need to use the lavatory on the way, you may ask the tour guide to open it for your use.


What can we do if we choose not to go on the optional activities?

Optional activities are booked through the tour guide while you are on the tour. If you do not wish to participate in certain tour activities, you can hang around the tourist attraction as you like to. The tour guide will inform guests on the return time to the tour bus before he/she dismisses the group.


We are vegetarians, should I join the tour?

Definitely Yes. Meal breaks will be arranged at hotels, various ethnic restaurants, food courts, and fast food restaurants. There should be vegetarian food for you to choose from the menus.

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