December 4 - 7, 2019
Vermont Country Christmas
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All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 25 full paying passengers. Rates are subject to change.
- Free parking with roundtrip motorcoach transportation
- Three night’s hotel accommodations
- Baggage handling (1 bag per person)
- Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
- All tours and admissions as listed per itinerary
- Local step-on guides
- All taxes and gratuities
- Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager
- Vermont Christmas Farm
- Dakin Farm
- Candy Cane Demonstration
- Vermont Mercantile
- Middlebuy’s Exchange District
- Traditional Sleigh Ride
- New England Maple Museum
Wednesday, December 4: Welcome to Christmastime in Vermont
7:00AM: Motorcoach will depart from Lancaster, AC Moore store located in Lancaster Shopping Center on the Oregon Pike/
Route 272 side of the store.
8:00AM: Depart from Harrisburg, AAA Central Penn, 2301 Paxton Church Rd; travel to Vermont with appropriate rest and meal
stops en route.
Welcome to Vermont! The holiday season is such a special time in this region, with snowcapped mountains, glistening white fields, the aroma of crackling fires across the valley and the countryside adorned with beautiful holiday decorations. It’s truly a unique New England experience unlike any other.
Upon arrival in Vermont enjoy a festive welcome reception with time to relax and freshen up before dinner. Hotel: Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Chittenden, VT (Dinner)
Thursday, December 5: Vermont Christmas Farm, Trapp Family Lodge and Candy Cane Demonstration
After breakfast begin the day with a visit to one of Vermont’s Christmas Tree Farms for a view of the field of tree’s and a brief talk about the farm. Visit Dakin Farm for a self-guided tour of the sugarhouse which has been boiling sap every season for over 58 years, and smokehouse where the scent is divine. You will have time to shop in the 6,000 square foot retail store, where you can enjoy samples of sausage, smoked meats, homemade fudge, jams, jellies, chutneys, butters and dips.
This afternoon enjoy a festive holiday luncheon at the famous Trapp Family Lodge. Following lunch continue to Stowe Village for a Candy Cane making demonstration. Watch as candy makers boil, pull, turn, roll and twist these special Candy Canes into works of art which are both beautiful and delicious. Visit Stowe Mercantile to browse, shop and taste your way through this old-fashioned country store filled with Vermont specialty foods and products. Tonight, enjoy a festive dinner at the Mountain Top Inn. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Friday, December 6: Middlebury Shopping and Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride
After breakfast visit the New England Maple Museum to learn the history of maple sugaring and sample the syrups. You will have independent shopping time at the Middlebury’s Exchange Street District. Middlebury is a spirited and lively affair, with a diverse collection of merchants and retailers to suit any taste. Be sure to check out the Vermont Soap Company, Maple Landmark Woodcraft and Danforth Pewter.
This afternoon enjoy a delightful luncheon at the Waybury Inn. Following lunch depart for the hotel for some refreshments before the Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride. Riding the sleigh will take you back in time winding along wooded trails and across open fields, smelling the fresh sent of the pines, feeling the runners glide and hearing the sleigh bells ringing softly. An oldfashioned New England winter experience not to be forgotten!
This evening, enjoy a scrumptious dinner along with light entertainment, caroling and a special visit from Santa. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Saturday, December 7: Depart for Central Pennsylvania
After breakfast depart for Central Pennsylvania with appropriate rest and meal stops en route. (Breakfast)
Hotel and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.
Tour Activity Level: 2
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.
$300 per person deposit due at the time of booking to confirm your reservation. Final payment is due to AAA by October 14, 2019. Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $50
A $25 per person cancellation fee will be charged by Discoveries in addition to any other suppliers’ fees. From October 14, 2019 to day of departure no refunds unless a replacement traveler is provided by the registered participant.
For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.
Temperatures for Vermont in December average in the high 30s. Casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes are recommended; be prepared for potential inclement weather.
One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat.
For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.
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