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3-Day Great Smoky Mountain Bus Tour from Washington DC Tour Code: 555-3849

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Mon (May - Oct)
Washington, DC; Falls Church, VA; Rockville, MD
English; Mandarin Chinese
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Visit Shenandoah National Park (Skyline Drive National Park), Rockbridge County (Natural Bridge), Great Smoky Mountains (Great Smoky Mountains Park), Pigeon Forge (Dolly Parton's Stampede), Luray (Luray Caverns), New River Gorge National Park.
Price In USD (Price per person based on double occupancy)
Price (/person)
    Single $499
    Double $399
    3rd Person
    Adult $369
    (Age 0-12)
    4th Person
    Adult $349
    (Age 0-12)
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3-Day Fuel Surcharge $15$15
  • Child rates: Child rates apply to those who are 0-12 years old. Child above 2 years must take the seat. Customers are welcome to use child safety seats on that have lap and/or shoulder belts/harnesses for the infant under 2 years.
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Day 1: Washington DC - Luray Caverns - Skyline Drive in Shenandoah (5727 miles)

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.
  • Luray, VA

    Luray, VA
    Luray is a town in Page County, Virginia, United States. It is the headquarters for Shenandoah National Park.The most well-known attraction is Luray Caverns, These natural landscape attracted a lot of visitors.

    Luray Caverns

    Luray Caverns
    This National Natural Landmark in northern Virginia sees hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. Tourists flock to the caves to see the impressive array of rock formations, most notable The Great Stalacpipe Organ-- a musical assortment of stalagmites.

    Admission (Optional): Adult $32; Child (6-12 yrs) $16; Senior (Over 62 yrs) $29|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes

  • Shenandoah National Park, VA

    Shenandoah National Park, VA
    Shenandoah National Park, located in Virginia near Washington, DC, is home to a fascinating system of caves, the Shenandoah Caverns. Visitors can also see Skyline Drive and Dark Hollow Falls.

    Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Skyline Drive National Park

    On the winding drive way on the mountains we will stop at the overlooks to observe the beautiful Shenandoah valleys.A wonderful scenic tour is a must-do in the state of Virginia.

    Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes

  • New River Gorge National Park, VA

    It was established as the 63rd National Park in the United States by the end of 2020. It is the youngest National Park in the United States so far. The park covers an area of more than 290 square kilometers, where you can enjoy large areas of ancient forests and deep canyons, and is rich in natural ecological resources.
Standard Hotel: Comfort inn/Days inn/Holiday innJohnson City TN or equivalent

Day 2: Great Smoky Mountains-Pigeon Forge (9 miles)

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) - Dixie 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 Mountains, TN

    Great Smoky Mountains, TN
    The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee boasts impeccable views of that state's segment of the larger Appalachian Mountains. Come visit this impressive wilderness to ride the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway.

    Great Smoky Mountains Park

    This 520,000-acre park on the eastern border of Tennessee is a United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage. It is the most-visited national park in the United States, and is renown for the beauty of its landscapes.

    Duration: Approx. 3 Hours

  • Pigeon Forge, TN

    Pigeon Forge, TN
    Pigeon Forge is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, located in the southeastern United States. Pigeon Forge is primarily a tourist destination. The city's attractions include Dollywood, numerous outlet malls, and music theaters.

    Dolly Parton's Stampede

    In 1988, the first Dixie Stampede opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, just outside of Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park. The show is still going strong today, and has expanded to two other locations in the American South.

    Admission (Optional): Adult $83.40; Child (3-9 yrs) $42.57; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $83.40|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Standard Hotel: Howard Johnson by Wyndham Pigeon Forge or equivalent

Day 3: Great Smoky Mountains - Natural Bridge - Washington DC (483 miles)

In the afternoon, we will reach the Natural Bridge (60 minutes)- 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.
  • Rockbridge County, VA

    Rockbridge County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was named for Natural Bridge, a notable landmark in the southern portion of the county.

    Natural Bridge

    Referenced in "Moby Dick" and called by Thomas Jefferson "the most Sublime of nature's works," Virginia's Natural Bridge (located in an eponymous town) has been fascinating travellers for hundreds of years. The rock arch has a 90-foot span.

    Admission (Optional): Adult $9; Child (6-12 yrs) $6; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $9|Duration: Approx. 40 Minutes

Find Closest Pickup
Location Address Departure
Rockville, MD 460 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD 20850 (Meixin Supermarket- Rockville, MD ) 7:00am
Washington, DC 610 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Shakespeare Theatre- Washington, D.C. ) 8:00am
Falls Church, VA 7787 Leesburge Pike Falls Church, Falls Church, VA (Dental Office ) 8:30am
  • Please arrive at pick up locations 15 min earlier.
  • Drop off location will be the same as pick up location (some locations may not have drop off service).
  • The timetable above is subject to change. We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary without prior notice.

Price Includes

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation
  • Transportation (The type of vehicle used will base on the number of guests on the day. 7-seat minivan; Minivan; motorcoach)
  • Tour guide Level 2: semi-guided tour
  • Taxes
  • Entrance fee to Shenandoah National Park, New River Gorge National Park and Great Smoky National Park.

Price Excludes

  • Admission Fees:
    Destination Adult Child Senior
    Luray, VA
    Luray Caverns (Optional) $32 $16 (6-12 yrs) $29 (Over 62 yrs)
    Pigeon Forge, TN
    Dolly Parton's Stampede (Optional) $83.40 $42.57 (3-9 yrs) $83.40 (Over 65 yrs)
    Rockbridge County
    Natural Bridge (Optional) $9 $6 (6-12 yrs) $9 (Over 65 yrs)
    • Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
    • If you would like to join the optional activities, please pay the fee in cash to the tour guide. You cannot buy / use the tickets on your own or use City Passes. The tour guide will arrange the tickets for the group.
  • Meals and drinks unspecified during the trip.
  • A mandatory service fees: Minimum $12 / day / person should be paid in cash to tour guide and the bus driver as a service fee. Any child / Infant reserving a seat will have to pay the service fees as well. Ex: 2 people taking a 2-day tour would pay: $12 x 2 (seats) x 2 (days) = $48.
  • Personal room fees: such as laundry or valet services, telephone calls, or alcoholic beverages/mini bar items, unless they are otherwise specified.
  • Any private expenses

Additional Note

  • Tour route may be changed and reversed; you may contact the vendor 1-2 days prior departure to confirm final itinerary
  • Customers are held solely responsible for their own travel documents and/or visas if required.
  • Luggage: Each customer may bring on board one checked luggage plus one carry-on bag.
  • Bus Arrangement: Usually only passengers in the same order will be arranged in the same bus. If you book the tour separately with your friends and you want to sit in the same bus, you need to inform us before departure . Or you may be arranged in different buses.
  • Language: All tours are escorted by professional bi- or multi-lingual tour and/or driver guides (English/Chinese). Depending on the number of passengers booked for a particular departure, tours and/or languages may be combined to operate the tours.
  • This tour does not accept any City Pass or your own tickets for the attraction. Passengers who take this tour need to purchase admission tickets from tour escort upon arrival.


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  • Booking changes
    A fee may be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. Name changes or corrections may be treated as a cancellation and cancellation fees will apply. A change of tour date or tour itinerary may be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will apply. Please be noted that we do not allow departure change 48 hours before departure.
  • Cancellations and Cancellation Fees
    Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed and pending bookings. Therefore, cancellation penalties and or fees will apply. The time of cancellation will be determined when notice is received and confirmed by our office. Notice of cancellation must be made directly to TakeTours by email or through webmail at Contact Us .
  • Cancellation penalties per person (request day and departure day are not counted)
    15 days or more prior to departure - Free cancellation with full refund.
    8-14 days prior to departure - 50% of total purchase amount.
    Within 7 days prior to departure or no show - 100% of the total purchase amount.
    Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.
    Trips require a minimum number of participants to avoid cancellation. We reserve the right to cancel a schedule trip to fully refund affected customers although tour companies will make every effort to maintain the normal operation.
    The refund amount will be credited directly to your account. Or the refund can also be forwarded directly to your credit card with a 6% handling fee.
    NOTE: We cannot grant any refunds more than 30 days after completion of the tour.
  • Itinerary Variations
    We constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary - we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods duplicate departures may operate, and sometimes in reverse order in which case hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages.
  • Tour Cancellation:
    We reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made any time prior to departure* of the tour, TakeTours' only liability will be to refund to the passenger the amount it has received for the tour booking. We will try to re-book the same or similar tour.. Please note that we are not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements including air tickets purchased separately from customers.
    We are not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations.

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by Fatemah Javed on 2018-10-30
Dear Customer, A fold-able wheelchair is allowed for the tour. But vehicle does not have lift. The customer who is in wheelchair will have to be able to get on and get off bus by him or herself. After you make the booking, please email, live chat or call our support team (+1-617-500-7002 +1-888-428-7255) about this special request, so we will arrange suitable seats for guests. If you have any further questions or concerns feel free to contact our support team available 24/7. Best Regards
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  • JING

  • we expected this trip; only one thing dispoint due to the second day, also it's the most promont day in smokey mountain, big dinner and even cncled, u should knew advance, but let us know until we boarding tour bus;
  • I recommend this tour! 0 0

  • ND

  • We are returning customers to Taketours, this time after the wave of COVID. And guys, we absolutely must tell you that this tour (we joined from Rockville, MD) is truly a HIDDEN GEM, that nearly nobody appears to know about !!! You might find this a surprise, but yes - we touched 4 states - West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee, all in just matter of 3 days (over 1200 miles). Since our group was too small, it really felt just like a personal tour with a dedicated tour guide. Our tour was led by Jason, and honestly, I still can't tell you if the tour was better or if it was his warm, friendly, cheerful hospitality all the way through and through. Jason is extremely knowledgeable, so very thoughtful and talented in helping specific needs throughout the tour, gave us more than sufficient time to explore each attraction. His choice of hotels, stopover for lunch/dinner was amazing and very personalized. The tour in itself is a great getaway from craziness of MD/VA/DC commute and mundane work routines. The Shenandoah valley, Luray caverns, Skyline drive - all but with pretty sights of black baby bears, deers, hyenas (yup the bears are not scared and did pose for several drivers to photograph)!! Driving by the blue ridge mountains, out into Tennessee over to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge was fantastic and truly memorable!! Gatlinburg has great destinations and attractions for youngsters, children, adults and families. Aerial tramway not to be missed! Like this was not enough, the tour actually offers tickets to the very famous DOLLY PARTON DIXIE STAMPEDE dinner show. And guys, hands down - this has been the BEST SHOW of our life so far ( am not kidding you, for real). But I won't spoil it for you. We strongly advocate that you NOT miss this dinner show AT ANY COST. And oh my god - The Great Smoky Mountains - how so very majestic, what a true GEM, right in the heart of USA. There really is no need to go to Europe or Switzerland, for these mountain ranges (specifically the hike to the Clingman's Dome), will be engraved onto your soul forever. But don't take our word for it, GO SEE IT FOR YOURSELF!! And believe me, nobody organizes it better than Jason at TakeTours !! We can't wait to accumulate vacation days to go for yet another tour with Jason again (we are already thinking about the Acadia National Park tour) - hopefully our paths will cross with you, and we all can visit more places together, with Jason and have the greatest time !!
  • I recommend this tour! 0 2
  • We really appreciate you taking the time to share your rating with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon
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  • Priyank

  • Amazing tour. I really recommend the trip.
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  • Vendra

  • Tennessee is really beautiful, worth to visit, and the tour guide Max is so kind and mindful.
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  • Devendra

  • Awesome, really nice tour to Tennessee, thank you Max!
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