Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

      Bryson City NC

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      Patty
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      323 reviews
      Oct 23 - 25, 2023
      Group size: 35 - 42
      Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
      Bryson City NC

      Patty
      • Email address verified
      323 reviews

      Oct 23 - 25, 2023
      Group size: 35 - 42

      About this trip

      Join your Compass Pointe neighbors on a motorcoach trip that travels to western North Carolina for a 4 1/2 hour scenic heritage railroad excursion featuring extraordinary sights that you can't access by car.  You will have a front-row view of Fontana Lake, the historic Fontana Trestle, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Nantahala Forest and Gorge, historical structures and stunning foliage. The trip includes a one hour layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center where you can stretch your legs or relax along this beautiful river.   Beyond this historic steam engine trip, there will be time to explore Bryson City including the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum boasting 7,000 Lionel engine, cars and accessories in impressive operating layouts.  We will also be treated to a Meet & Greet at the Heritage Museum featuring exhibits of the early settlers of this mountain region.  

      On departure day, we stop in the town of Cherokee before leaving the mountains for a visit to the  highly awarded Museum of the Cherokee Indian as well as the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual Co-op. The museum has been voted one of the Top Ten Best Native American Experiences by USA Today!   Scroll down to see what is included in this trip and read about the itinerary detail.  

      Cancellation Policy

      In the event of a cancellation refunds are processed if the participant or trip organizer is able to resell the purchased trip.  A wait list is maintained by the trip organizer for this purpose.  Trip insurance is also available through this website.  

      What’s included

      • Coach transportation
        On a luxury 56 passenger coach
      • Rail Excursion
        4 1/2 hour scenic rail excursion in Crown-Class
      • Lunch
        Box lunch on board the train
      • Admission
        To the Smoky Mountains Train Museum
      • Admission
        To the Museum of the Cherokee Indian
      • Accommodations
        Two nights at the Stonebrook Lodge in the heart of Bryson City
      • Breakfast
        Continental breakfast in the Lodge each morning
      • Trip host
        Trip is hosted by Patty

      What’s not included

      • Dinner
        On own in Bryson City with plenty of options within walking distance
      • Lunch on travel days
      • Train extras
        Wine & Beer available for purchase. Coffee, tea and soft drinks are complimentary.

      Available Packages

      King with balcony -Double Occupancy

      Per person price for two people sharing room

      $566
      King Room - no balcony double occupancy

      No balcony - per person price for two people sharing room

      $556
      Double Queen - balcony- double occupancy

      Per person price for two people sharing room

      $566
      Double Queen no balcony double occupancy

      No balcony - per person price for two people sharing room

      $556
      Double Queen- Single Occupancy

      Price for one person in room

      $685


      Itinerary

      3 Days/2 Nights
      Great Smoky Railroad Trip

      This is an approximately 7 to 7 1/2 hour trip including a lunch stop and rest area breaks.  

      Day One:

      8am - Departure from Compass Pointe

      Approx. 4pm - Check-in at Stonebrook Lodge in Bryson City

      Evening on own for dinner

      Day Two:

      Breakfast on own at the Lodge

      9:30am -  Optional Meet & Greet and self guided tour at the Swain County Visitor Center and Heritage Museum 

      Time on own to explore town and the Train Museum

      12noon - Boarding for the Excursion

      1pm -5:30pm - Nantahala Gorge Steam Engine Excursion - box lunch served on board. 

      Evening on own for dinner

      Day Three:

      8:30am - Depart Bryson City for Cherokee

      9am - Self guided tour of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian

      11am - Depart Cherokee for the Coast

      Approx. arrival time of 7pm at Compass Pointe

      Your Organizer


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      Patty
      323 reviews
      I love to travel so in my partially retired life I decided to adapt my passion for travel along with 25 years of experience in Travel & Tourism to create Trips by Patty. I received a BA in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Not knowing what I was going to do with that degree, I started working as a desk clerk at a hotel in Raleigh. I enjoyed the hotel business and the career path began. Hotel operations and sales, Convention Center operations and marketing, destination marketing with a Convention Visitors Bureau and even a stint as a tour guide. What happened to the history degree? Well, many times when I am escorting my trips I share the history of the destinations we visit. It's a great feeling to take your career skills and adapt them to your own small business. I love what I do and hope you'll join me on a trip one day!

      Reviews

      My wife and I both were very sick the day before the Compass Pointe trip to the Biltmore and we had to cancel. Patty tried to fill the slot but was unsuccessful with such little time to do so. We did not have insurance and I assumed the $1,200 we had paid was lost. But Patty diligently worked with the hotels and restaurants to cancel our portion of the reservations she had made for a bus load of travelers and was able to return over half the money to us. This is outstanding customer service and greatly appreciated.
      By Thomas M for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 25, 2024
      We had a great time…good food…good company…well organized. Thanks, will definitely use Patty again.
      By Donna M for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 24, 2024
      Another amazing trip with Patty. We had a great time.
      By Judy C for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 24, 2024
      Had a very nice time. Patty's trips are always so well organized. Fun group of people as usual. Biltmore and Chihuly were great. Only disappointment was one restaurant for dinner. I also enjoyed Reynolds. It's really nice that she organized that "extra" visit traveling back from Asheville. Very enjoyable trip
      By Karen M for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 24, 2024
      Great trip! Very organized and nice side trips!
      By Sandra S for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 17, 2024
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