2018 Spring / Summer Tours
THE BEST OF NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
JUNE 25 - 28, $805.00
Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, our home for 3 nights while exploring Nashville’s Capital city and home to the Grand Ole Opry. Tour this grand hotel and learn about its history as well as the horticultural side, focusing on the many trees and plants in the atrium, their origins, care and interesting facts. Lunch and a wonderful show are included on the General Jackson showboat, leisure time in the hotel to ride the Delta Flatboat, the Patsy Cline museum, downtown Nashville and so much more.
Day 1: Begin our new experience to Nashville and an unforgettable getaway with all the excitement and energy of Music City. We begin with dinner and a spectacular performance at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater. Experience a celebration of Country Music from both past and present.
Day 2: A breakfast buffet is included before a walking tour of the hotel. Learn about its history and the horticultural side while exploring all nine acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls. Lunch and an energetic show are included aboard the General Jackson showboat before some free time to explore the hotel at your leisure or ride the Delta River Flatboat (included). Enjoy one of the wonderful hotel restaurants, on your own, for dinner before attending the Grand Ole Opry tonight.
Day 3: A “Quick Bites” breakfast is included the morning with a little free time before traveling to downtown Nashville and the Patsy Cline Museum. Lunch is included with a tribute to Patsy. Free time to explore downtown Nashville. Dinner and a little retail therapy are on your own at the Opry Mills Mall. Choose from the Rain Forest Café, Johnny Rockets, Mission BBQ, the Aquarium Restaurant and much more. Enjoy the hotel, after dark with all the beautiful lights and the sparkling fountain show.
Day 4: Breakfast buffet included before returning to Ohio.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 3 nights lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner show, Delta Flatboat ride, admission to listed attractions, luggage, and meal tips.
HENRY FORD MUSEUM, GREENFIELD VILLAGE & FORD FACTORY TOUR
JULY 12 - 13 $369.00
A 2 day visit to Dearborn, MI and the home of the Henry Ford Museum. Free time to visit the museum and Greenfield Village at your leisure. Take a ride in a Model T, horse drawn carriage or aboard the nation’s oldest steam train. We will also tour the Ford plant and watch the making of the F-150 pick up truck.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 1 night lodging, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner, admission to listed attraction, taxes and meal tips
BILL AND GLORIA GAITHER’S HOMETOWN,
STUDIO TOUR & CHOCOLATE TRAIL, RICHMOND, INDIANA
JULY 24 - 26 $455.00
Alexandria, Indiana is the home of Bill and Gloria Gaither - American singers and songwriters of Southern gospel and Contemporary Christian Music. Tour their studio, where countless artists have recorded music and where homecoming memories have been made. Visit the museum and view 4 decades of memorabilia and photo displays. Everything is better with Chocolate – follow a portion of the “Chocolate Trail” in Richmond, Indiana for some sweet treats.
Day 1: We travel to Richmond, Indiana to begin our day on the “Chocolate Trail”, stopping at the Richmond Visitor’s Center for a welcome reception. Lunch is included at a local restaurant before a drive through this great town to view the painted murals. A Victorian Museum inside the 1876 Gaar Mansion, awaits us for an afternoon tour. En-route to the Hampton Inn in Anderson, we will stop at the Warm Glow Candle Outlet to check out over 70 sensational candle scents, home décor and so much more! Dinner is on your own at Culvers or Montana Mikes Steak House, within walking distance from the hotel.
Day 2: Today we begin with a tour of the 1929 Paramount Theatre, the center of arts and culture in Anderson, IN. The tour includes a concert from the Grand Page Pipe Theatre Organ, one of only three Page organs remaining in an original installation in the United States of the original 150 that were built. Our afternoon is filled with food and fun at the Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Dinner and the show “Million Dollar Quartet” is included this afternoon. This Tony Award winning musical takes place on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. This evening we will tour the hometown area of Bill and Gloria Gaither, see the studio where they record and have dinner (included).
Day 3: Departing for home with one last “chocolate” stop at Abbott’s Candies for a tour of chocolate making at its best!!
Includes: Escorted transport, 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, admission to listed attractions, luggage, taxes and meal tips.
NEW YORK CITY
STATUE OF LIBERTY & WTC MEMORIAL
AUGUST 2 - 5 $895.00
Join us as we depart for the "Big Apple" to experience all the hustle & bustle of this great city that never seems to sleep. Our lodging is in Manhattan at the Wellington Hotel, centrally located close to Times Square, Central Park, the Theatre District, Restaurant Row, and lots of world-class shopping, where we’ll spend 3 nights.
Day 1: Travel to New York with check in at the Wellington Hotel. The evening is on your own to explore NYC ‘s great sights.
Day 2: Today is a free day to explore the city on your own. Take in the sights, see a play, do some shopping and experience New York your way.
Day 3: This morning, depart early for the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour. Our ferry stops at both places so you'll have the opportunity to visit both symbols of America's rich heritage. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of NYC with a visit to the World Trade Center Memorial and the World Trade Center Museum. More time on your own to explore this wonderful city.
Day 4: We leave the excitement of NYC behind, as we journey home.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 3 nights lodging in Manhattan, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling and taxes.
AUGUST 6 - 7 $345.00
Experience the life-size Noah's Ark! The Ark Encounter is a one-of-a-kind theme attraction the whole family will enjoy, located in Williamstown, Kentucky. It is a Christian evangelical and fundamentalist theme park that opened in 2016. The centerpiece of the park is a full-scale model of Noah's Ark as described in the Genesis flood narrative of the Bible. It is 510 feet (155 m) long, 85 feet (26 m) wide, and 51 feet (16 m) high. We will also visit The Creation Museum, the state-of-the-art 75,000-square-foot museum brings the Bible to life, casting its characters and animals in dynamic form. Prepare to believe.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 1 nights lodging, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, admission to listed attractions, and included meal tips.
WEST VIRGINIA TRAINS
AUGUST 15 - 17 $560.00
Enjoy the scenery & nostalgia of “riding the rails” on the steam-powered Cass Scenic Railroad to Old Spruce and ride a vintage diesel passenger train to view the High Falls of Cheat and travel through a 1800 feet tunnel built on an “S” curve.
Day 1: After a beautiful drive thru the West Virginia Mountains, we arrive at Elkins, our home for the next two nights. A plated dinner and a fabulous variety show tonight is included at the Gandy Dancer Dinner Theater.
Day 2: A scenic drive takes us to the Cass Railroad Depot, where we’ll have time to visit the Company Store and other Depot attractions. We will be boarding the Cass Scenic Railroad, a steam engine train that will take us to Old Spruce. We will then transfer trains to the Cheat Mountain Salamander Train, a vintage diesel passenger train featuring restored rail cars. A sandwich lunch is included on board the train. The highlight will be a stop at the Old Town of Spruce, followed by a brief stop at Cheat Bridge and the High Falls of Cheat. A buffet dinner at the Railyard Restaurant is followed by the “Greatest Show on Rails” – a 90-minute live production from the Franks Family!
Day 3: This morning, we depart for home with a stop at Lamberts Winery in Weston, WV. The winery is constructed from hand cut stones gathered from various parts of West Virginia, some weighing as much as 3,000 pounds. Enjoy a tour, wine tasting and a wonderful lunch, all included.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, a train ride, 2 shows, luggage, handling, taxes and included meal tips.
MACKINAC ISLAND, FRANKENMUTH & THUNDER BAY, MI
AUGUST 28 - 31 $ 725.00
Mackinac Island is truly a gem of a destination, it’s beauty enhanced by the surrounding waters of Lake Michigan. This trip combines the beauty of Mackinac with visits to Frankenmuth and the Thunder Bay Resort. Highlights include an Island tour by horse-drawn wagon with a luncheon at the world famous Grand Hotel and an authentic, but luxurious Michigan backwoods stay with gourmet dinner prepared on antique wood cook stoves.
Day 1: Following an afternoon arrival in Frankenmuth, we will visit Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. Bronner’s Restaurant of Frankenmuth will serve us their famous family style chicken dinner this evening, and lodging will be at the Holiday Inn downtown.
Day 2: This morning we will learn the art of strudel making, before visiting the quaint little stores in downtown Frankenmuth. We depart for lunch on your own, enroute to Mackinac Island. After lunch, it’s off to St. Ignace, via the Mackinaw Bridge, to board the Starline Ferry for our journey to Mackinac Island. Our overnight stay is at The Murray Hotel, downtown Mackinac, close to shopping or a leisurely stroll down the main street. Dinner is included at the Yankee Rebel.
Day 3: This morning we’ll step aboard a horse-drawn wagon to tour this beautiful Island, followed by lunch included at the spectacular Grand Hotel. After lunch, you will have some free time for downtown shopping before we board the ferry and continue on to the Thunder Bay Resort, a popular destination offering the unique opportunity to enjoy the rustic Michigan experience in comfort. While at the resort, we’ll board horse-drawn wagons and make our way through elk country with a narrated tour and viewing the animals as we go. Arriving at the Elk Antler Log Cabin, we’ll be served an included five-course, gourmet dinner and wine tasting, prepared on antique wood cook stoves.
Day 4: Morning departure home.
Includes: Escorted transportation, lodging for 3 nights, 3 breakfasts, 1 luncheon, 3 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and included meal tips.