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The Great Train Race

Featuring the Cass Scenic Railroad and Cheat Mountain Salamander

6 DAYS • 11 MEALS It's the age-old question: Which is faster, steam or diesel? Find out the answer when two trains race for your enjoyment. Also includes a winery tour, dinner cruise, and two live shows!
This tour departs from the Chicagoland/Wisconsin Area

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The Mayflower Tours Way
  • Free home or local pickup and return
  • 11 Meals (5 dinners, 1 lunch and 5 breakfasts)
  • Spend 2 nights in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Tour the Erie Maritime Museum, home port of the U.S. Flagship Niagara
  • Visit Mazza Vineyards for a tour and tasting of the region’s finest wines
  • Enjoy a leisurely dinner cruise on Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay aboard the Victorian Princess
  • Ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad through a Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Spend 2 nights in Elkins, West Virginia at the lovely Isaac Jackson Hotel
  • Enjoy dinner and lively music at the variety show of the new Gandy Dancer Dinner Theater
  • Experience the exclusive “Great Train Race” between the diesel-powered Cheat Mountain Salamander and the coal-fired Cass Scenic Railroad locomotives
  • Enjoy a grilled picnic lunch with live mountain music high in the West Virginia Mountains
  • Live musical entertainment at the American Mountain Theater Variety Show
  • $30 in Mayflower Money
Day One — Travel to Pennsylvania Travel to Pennsylvania today as we begin our adventure to witness the Great Train Race. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your new traveling companions. Dinner Day Two — Erie’s Nautical History and Dinner Cruise We begin the day at the Erie Maritime Museum. Here, we travel through time and learn about the people and the events surrounding the lake up to the present day. When she is in home port, the U.S. Flagship Niagara is berthed within yards of the museum and is visible from the bayside picture window. The Lake Erie Wine Country is the largest grape-growing region east of the Rockies and a stop at Mazza Vineyards offers an opportunity for a tasting. In the evening, we climb aboard the Victorian Princess for a leisurely dinner cruise through Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. Enjoy a delicious dinner and the wonderful views of the town of Erie, the Perry Monument and Presque Isle Lighthouse. Breakfast and dinner Day Three — Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and Gandy Dancer Dinner Theater Begin the day with a journey aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad through historic a Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Since the first steam train chugged its way through the region in 1880, the area has not changed with its steep cut valley walls and ancient stands of evergreens. Later, we arrive in West Virginia and the lovely Isaac Jackson Hotel. Tonight, we are treated to a fabulous dinner followed by live music and entertaining variety show at the Gandy Dancer Dinner Theater, West Virginia’s hottest new theater. Breakfast and dinner Day Four — The Great Train Race and American Mountain Music Theater The moment has arrived – Race Day! Climb aboard either the coal-fired Cass Scenic Railroad or the diesel-powered Cheat Mountain Salamander for a ride into the mountains to our secret, hidden valley. Here, among the unspoiled West Virginia scenery framed by picturesque forests an exciting festival atmosphere awaits. There is a live mountain band playing, with hot dogs and hamburgers cooking on the grill and the cheers of rail revelers as they support their favorite locomotive’s run to victory. Following our included dinner, we enjoy an evening of fun and excitement at the American Mountain Theater. The variety of musical styles including country, gospel, pop and patriotic songs are blended with homespun humor and provides an evening of warm, wonderful memories. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Days Five and Six — Travel Home Say goodbye to West Virginia with an overnight and farewell dinner in Ohio before arriving home today from our once-in-a-lifetime Great Train Race event. 2 Breakfasts and dinner
Days One and Two Baymont Inn, Erie, Pennsylvania Days Three and Four Isaac Jackson Hotel, Elkins, West Virginia Day Five La Quinta Inn, Columbus, Ohio
Departure Date Per Person Twin Single Room

Tour Activity Level
LEVEL 3: A blend of longer and shorter days on this program with more walking tours mixed with some periods of standing. Expect more of the touring to be over uneven surfaces or involve stairs.