Georgia Mountains & Oktoberfest

Georgia Mountains & Oktoberfest

Travel with Gunther Tours to Helen, Georgia for an exceptional "New Tour" motor coach vacation! Alpine Helen, Georgia - with a population of only 430 residents - is the state’s third most visited city. There is no other town that packs so much charm and so much to do into only 2.1 square miles.

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Travel with Gunther Tours to Helen, Georgia for an exceptional "New Tour" motor coach vacation! Alpine Helen, Georgia - with a population of only 430 residents - is the state’s third most visited city. There is no other town that packs so much charm and so much to do into only 2.1 square miles.

Georgia Mountains & Oktoberfest

Alpine Helen, Georgia

 

Travel with Gunther Tours to Helen, Georgia for an exceptional “New Tour” motor coach vacation!  Alpine Helen, Georgia – with a population of only 430 residents – is the state’s third most visited city.  There is no other town that packs so much charm and so much to do into only 2.1 square miles.  Helen, Georgia started as a home to the Cherokee, and then to European settlers who came for the gold and the timber.  Today, people come for the Blue Ridge Mountain setting and the Southeast’s finest Bavarian Village.  A glimpse of Germany, right here in Georgia!  Quaint hotels, cobblestone walkways, Alpine food and drink invite you to lose yourself on a Gunther Tours motor coach vacation!  Don’t miss this “New Tour!”

 

 

Included:

 

* Basic amenities

* 5 nights hotel accommodations, including:

        -3 nights Holiday Inn Express & Suites

* Welcome Reception

* 5 buffet breakfasts

* 4 lunches

* 3 dinners

* 1 manager’s reception

* Attractions and admissions per itinerary, including:

        -Billy Graham Library

        -Habersham Winery Tasting Room

        -Old Sautee Store

        -Nora Mill Granary

        -Anna Ruby Falls

        -Chattahoochee National Forest

        -Sautee Nacoochee Center

        -Babyland General Hospital

        -Visit Dahlonega, Georgia

        -46th Annual Oktoberfest

        -Mark of the Potter

        -Tallulah Gorge

        -Visit Dillard, Georgia

        -Asheville Outlets

* Driver, Escort & Step-on Guide Gratuities

 

Price:

$1,199.00 Double/PP

$1,059.00 Triple/PP

$979.00 Quad/PP 

$1,639.00 Single

 

Deposit:  $125.00/PP

Balance Due Date:  September 11, 2017

Day 1

Welcome Aboard! Enjoy the breathtaking fall foliage scenery along every turn of the highway as we travel south towards the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia. A lunch stop will be made en route to Charlotte, North Carolina. Our accommodations for the night are at the Drury Inn & Suites, a perennial favorite of Gunther Tours. Tonight, enjoy the Manager's Reception with free hot food & cold beverages, including beer, wine and mixed drinks.

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Day 2

After a buffet breakfast we depart for the Billy Graham Library. The library is located on 63 acres that includes the Graham family homestead and the prayer garden where Dr. Graham's wife Ruth is buried. Discover the life and legacy of "America's Pastor" on a tour that highlights the key historic evangelistic events in Billy Graham's life, his use of radio and television to reach out to millions of people around the world, his meetings with presidents and other world leaders, and a fascinating glimpse into his personal life. A delicious lunch is included at the Graham Brothers Dairy Bar, located on the library grounds. Following lunch settle back, relax and enjoy the scenery on our drive to Helen, Georgia for a three night stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Upon our arrival, you will have time to relax and freshen up before going out for a wine tasting at the Habersham Winery Tasting Room, followed by a delicious dinner at a local restaurant that serves up great local flavors.

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Day 3

After a buffet breakfast we meet our step-on guide, and depart for a day of sightseeing. We begin with a tour of historic Helen, a re-creation of a Bavarian Alpine village, located in one of the most beautiful sections of Northeast Georgia. First we visit the Old Sautee Store, a Georgia landmark built in 1872, which has served the people of the North Georgia Mountains for more than 127 years. The Old Sautee Store is an eclectic mix of rustic reminders of days gone by with its original general store museum and contemporary Scandinavian gifts, including gourmet foods, fine jewelry, special interest books, and their famous Norwegian sweaters. Next we will visit the Nora Mill Granary, a working granary built in 1876 on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. See the original, 1500 pound, 48" millstones turn and grind the grains sold there. Before we continue onto Anna Ruby Falls, enjoy lunch on your own at one of the local eateries offering a variety of dining options ranging from German-American to Southern cooking. A popular destination with visitors and nature photographers these beautiful twin waterfalls are located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, and make a great site for a group photo-stop. Don't forget your cameras! Our final stop of the day will be at the Sautee Nacoochee Center, a thriving cultural and community center housed in a restored rural schoolhouse. Dedicated to nurturing creativity and protecting the natural and historical resources of the Sautee and Nacoochee Valleys and surrounding area, the Center includes a folk pottery museum, theatre, gallery, art studio, dance studio, history museum, heritage site, nature preserve, environmental studies room, and conference facilities. Sautee Nacoochee Center has been recognized as one of "The 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America". Later we will return to our hotel where you will have time to freshen up before going out for an Authentic German dinner. After dinner, leisurely explore downtown Helen browsing its many shops filled with German specialties, candies, candles, and much more before returning to our hotel for a good night's sleep.

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Day 4

After a buffet breakfast we meet our step-on guide, and depart for another day of sightseeing. We begin with a visit to Babyland General Hospital, voted one of the Travel Channel's Top Ten Toyland's located in Cleveland, Georgia. Beautifully situated on 650 acres in the North Georgia Mountains, this Southern Style home is filled with Cabbage Patch Kids and is the only place in the world where you can witness the birth of a hand-sculpted Cabbage Patch Kid. Next we visit the town of Dahlonega, Georgia, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the heart of Georgia Wine Country, and the site of the first major U.S. Gold Rush. Dahlonega offers an authentic, mountain getaway, expansive mountain vistas, roaring waterfalls and bubbling streams, postcard-worthy wineries and great live entertainment. A delicious family style lunch is included at the Smith House, where a big front porch and rocking chairs are the standard equipment! Be sure to visit the Smith House marketplace style Country Store and browse the specialty shops that surround the town square for that unique memento of your visit to Dahlonega. We return to our hotel to freshen up before joining in the fun at Helen's biggest yearly celebration, the 46th Annual Oktoberfest. Enjoy German music, food, drinks and dancing, including waltzes, polkas and the chicken dance. Tonight, a German dinner is included with lots of music and dancing.

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Day 5

After a buffet breakfast settle back, relax and enjoy the scenery winding along Scenic Highway 197 to Clarkesville, Georgia and the home of Mark of the Potter. For over 46 years Mark of the Potter has endeavored to provide the best functional stoneware created by our own potters and some specially selected potters from around the southeast and the continental U.S. Want a truly original gift to take back home? Watch one of the potters at work, and later explore the store gallery, viewing the many unique pieces of pottery on display and for sale. Our next stop is a photo-stop at Tallulah Gorge. One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing you spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Don't forget your cameras! Next visit the picturesque town of Dillard, Georgia, located in the northeastern corner of Georgia and just miles away from North Carolina and Tennessee. Upon our arrival, enjoy some leisure time exploring and browsing Dillard's antique stores and shops in the downtown area before we are treated to a delicious lunch at the historic Dillard House, famous for their family style meals. Later we depart for our overnight accommodations in Asheville, North Carolina at the Comfort Suites, located directly next to the Asheville Outlets. Upon our arrival, you will have time to relax and freshen up before going out for dinner on your own at a local restaurant. Visit the Asheville Outlets, a short walk from our hotel, and explore some of the area's best shops, eateries, stores and retailers.

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Day 6

After a buffet breakfast we depart for home with many pleasant memories of Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains scenic byways and brilliant landscapes highlighted with the colors of fall, and the rich treasures found in this unique region of the south!

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Included:

 

* Basic amenities

* 5 nights hotel accommodations, including:

        -3 nights Holiday Inn Express & Suites

* Welcome Reception

* 5 buffet breakfasts

* 4 lunches

* 3 dinners

* 1 manager’s reception

* Attractions and admissions per itinerary, including:

        -Billy Graham Library

        -Habersham Winery Tasting Room

        -Old Sautee Store

        -Nora Mill Granary

        -Anna Ruby Falls

        -Chattahoochee National Forest

        -Sautee Nacoochee Center

        -Babyland General Hospital

        -Visit Dahlonega, Georgia

        -46th Annual Oktoberfest

        -Mark of the Potter

        -Tallulah Gorge

        -Visit Dillard, Georgia

        -Asheville Outlets

* Driver, Escort & Step-on Guide Gratuities

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Carney Park & Ride Carney Park & Ride - 2980 Jomat Ave. Parkville, MD
Exit 31B (Harford Rd north) off Route 695
Gunther Charters Gunther's - 7443 Shipley Ave. Harmans, MD (GPS)
Lot C off of Shipley Ave.
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