U.S. SPACE & ROCKET CENTER, HUNTSVILLE, AL
MARCH 25 - 30 $1025 (early bird price $950 until December 30th)
Join us as we travel to Huntsville, Alabama, nicknamed “The Rocket City”. Prepare to be space-napped and taken to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to explore the history of the U.S. Space and NASA program. We will continue through Alabama to the Jesse Owens Museum and “The Shoals” known for recording may hit songs in the 1960’s. Completing our tour, we travel north to Hendersonville, TN, for a driving tour of Country Music stars homes, such as Marty Stuart and Roy Orbison and a farm to table dinner.
Day 1: Relax and enjoy the ride as we head south to warmer weather. We overnight at the Drury Inn, dinner will be at the hotel or surrounding restaurants.
Day 2: This morning we make our way to Huntsville, AL to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Our space adventure starts with a self-guided tour of more than 15,000 artifacts from the space program, including an authentic Saturn V moon rocket and Pathfinder. Take a virtual journey inside a motion-based simulator or experience three times the pull of gravity in the centrifuge! Lunch is on your own at the Mars Grill before taking a short bus ride to explore NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), also known as the NASA Bus Tour. Tour the MSFC facilities, including stops at the Historic Test Stands and the Propulsion Research and Development Laboratory. Tonight’s dinner is included and at the Historic Huntsville Depot, hear the rattle of the tracks and the engineer’s whistle as you experience life on the rails in 1860.
Day 3: We begin today with a local guide, listen and enjoy intriguing stories told about the early settlers who built homes in the Twickenham Historic District, Alabama’s largest district of Antebellum homes. A quick stop at Harrison Brothers Hardware, a local tradition since 1897. Lunch is included at the Alabama Constitution Village, dating back to 1819 and celebrating its 200th anniversary. This afternoon we will tour the Historic Weeden House Museum, home to the 19th century poet and artist, Maria Howard Weeden and experience a little retail therapy at Lowe Mill, a former textile building turned artist center. Dinner is included at the ever-popular Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ.
Day 4: Heading west we will stop at the Jesse Owens Memorial Park. Visit the museum and see a replica of the 1936 Olympic torch, before continuing to Florence, Alabama, known as “The Shoals”. Lunch included at City Hardware, a local favorite, before a tour of music venues, including FAME Studios who worked with some of the greatest recording artists in music history such as Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Otis Redding and others. Dinner is included at 360 grill, the state’s only revolving restaurant offering breathtaking views of Florence. We overnight at the Hampton Inn.
Day 5: Today we explore two Alabama landmarks: The Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall, 30 years in the making and a memory of a great-great grandmother’s journey to Indian territory in Oklahoma and the old railroad bridge built across the Tennessee river in 1840. After lunch (included) at Big Bad Breakfast, we head north to Hendersonville, TN and the Holiday Inn. A driving tour highlights houses of famous musicians including Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash and more, before a farm to table dinner and entertainment at Crafton Farms, included.
Day 6: Visit a classic car collection in Hendersonville, before returning to the Buckeye State. Lunch and dinner stops on your own, en-route home.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and meal tips.
APRIL 8 - 10 , 2019 $465.00
Enjoy 2 nights at Bally’s Atlantic City, where the casino overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is located at the center of the Boardwalk. This premiere resort is filled with World class dining such as Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, Bucca de Peppo and Gordon Ramsey’s Pub & Grill. This 80,000 square foot casino offers, slots, Blackjack, video poker, and craps.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 2 nights lodging, $50 free slot play, 1 buffet meal, luggage handling, taxes and resort fees.
THE VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO FESTIVAL, NORFOLK, VA
APRIL 23 - 26 $695 (early bird price $675 until December 30th)
The largest spectacle of Music and Might in the United States of America offers an astounding display of inspirational military music. Enjoy the flag raising ceremony, featuring a colorful display of NATO Member Nations flags and uniforms. We will take a guided tour of the Military Aviation Museum, a 2-hour narrated tour on the Elizabeth River and a visit to the Chrysler Museum of Art. Overnight accommodations are at The Ocean Front Inn, in Virginia Beach, where everyone will enjoy a room with an oceanfront view!
Day 1: Enjoy the ride as we travel south to Virginia Beach and the Ocean Front Inn. Dinner is included at the hotel, with time to relax and get to know your fellow travelers while enjoying pizza and salad.
Day 2: After breakfast we travel a short distance to the Military Aviation Museum to view one of the largest private collections of World War I and World War II era military aircraft in the world. Lunch is included at the museum. Return to the hotel early afternoon and you have the rest of the day to enjoy at your leisure, stroll the beach, visit Neptune’s statue, shop or enjoy an ocean front dinner.
Day 3: Today we will tour Norfolk, starting with a driving tour of the Naval Base, the world’s largest Naval Station. Enjoy a delicious lunch buffet while cruising the Elizabeth River and enjoy a spectacular view of the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. Enjoy some time at the Chrysler Museum of Art before arriving at Scope Arena to watch the Festival Flag Raising, a colorful display of NATO member nations’ flags. Dinner included, prior to the fabulous Tattoo performance with hundreds of entertainers from 8 different nations.
Day 4: After a great trip to Virginia, we will travel home to Ohio.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 3 nights ocean front lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 2 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and meal tips.
EXPERIENCE NEW ENGLAND - MYSTIC, CT & NEWPORT, RI
MAY 13 - 18 $1225.00 (early bird price $1150.00 until December 30th)
A breath of fresh air between New York and Boston and the relaxed New England charm that has made Mystic a well-known destination can be felt all through the area. As a result, it has become known as Mystic Country. Overnight in the Ocean State, Rhode Island and experience the beautiful city of Newport.
Day 1: Join us as we travel east to Wilkes-Barre, PA for our overnight stay. Take the shuttle to the Mohegan Sun Casino and try your luck.
Day 2: Continuing east to Connecticut, the “Constitution State” we will visit Mystic Seaport, the museum of America and The Sea. Stroll through the recreated seafaring village and meet craftspeople who bring our past to life. We meet up with a local guide and take a driving tour of Mystic, CT. Overnight at the Great Cedar Hotel at Foxwoods Resort Casino and enjoy gaming at 6 casinos or shop at the Tanger Outlets. A buffet dinner is included at the hotel at your leisure.
Day 3: Breakfast is included before we travel to Rhode Island, the “Ocean State”. Welcome to Newport, the “City by the Sea”. We will arrive at the Visitor’s Center to meet our local guide, Mrs. Caroline Astor, the Grande Dame of Newport and NY Society in the Gilded Age of the late 1800’s. Take in the rugged beauty of ten-mile and enjoy the charm of Newport’s historic buildings and restored homes. We will tour The Elms mansion and enjoy some free time in downtown Newport. We overnight for 2 nights at the Newport Harbor Hotel, with a welcome reception and dinner included at the hotel.
Day 4: Breakfast is included before boarding the Rum Runner II for a lighthouse and Mimosas cruise, a 90-minute narrated boat ride in the southern end of Narragansett Bay. Back on land we will take an easy ½ mile walk on the Cliff Walk and enjoy the beauty of the stunning coastline with waves crashing on the magnificent bluffs, and century-old celebrated mansions! You are cordially invited to Royal Tea, a light lunch at the Historic Hotel Viking, known for its special place in history. Relax and enjoy wine tasting at Newport Vineyard and an outdoor tour of the vineyards. Dinner is included and enjoy a re-creation of a Newport Cotillion.
Day 5: Breakfast is included before we travel west to Wilkes-Barre, PA for the night.
Day 6: Enjoy the ride home while remembering the great time we had in New England experiencing New York Society in the late 1800’s.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, a 90 minute cruise, wine tour and tasting, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and meal tips.
MYSTERY TRIP 2019!
MAY 28 - 31 $585.00
If you are up for an adventure, pack your bags and join us for this wonderful “Mystery” Tour, where the fun awaits us! If you have traveled before with us, you know we always have a good time and enjoy the moment! Don’t miss out on these hidden gems; sign up early to reserve your seat.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 3 nights lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, admission to attractions, luggage and included meal tips.
SIGHT & SOUNDS “JESUS”, LANCASTER, PA
JUNE 5 - 7 $510.00
Experience Sight & Sound’s theater and the greatest rescue story of all time! “Jesus” is the action-packed musical stage adventure that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person to ever walk the earth, and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever. We will also enjoy dinner and the musical “Camelot”, a legendary love triangle of King Arthur, Guinevere and Sir Lancelot as it comes alive on stage at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater.
Day 1: With an early evening arrival in Lancaster, PA, we will check into the Country Inn and Suites and attend the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater performance of “Camelot”.
Day 2: This morning we will visit Elva Hurst’s Barnyard Art Studio & Gallery, nestled in the center of Lancaster County, PA. Relax and enjoy the creativity of art, while Artisan Elva Hurst demonstrates the amazing art of “Chalk talk”. Lunch is included before a visit to Riehl Quilts, a quilt and craft shop located on a beautiful, working farm. Enjoy an afternoon performance of “Jesus” at the amazing Sight & Sounds Theater. A family style dinner is included at Hershey Farms Restaurant followed with a hilarious show from the Lancaster County Comedy and ventriloquist show, fun for all ages.
Day 3: We will make a stop at the Bird in Hand bakery before returning home.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and meal tips.
QUILT SHOW & SHOP HOP, SHIPSHEWANA, IN
JUNE 19 - 22 $650.00 (early bird price $630.00 before December 30th)
This year’s ever popular quilt tour is to Shipshewana, Indiana! We will spend 3 nights at the Bluegate Garden Inn, located next door to the Event Center, where the quilt show is held. With an early afternoon arrival, you will have time to visit the Quilt show before a delicious dinner at The Carriage house. After dinner, take part in a quilting bee with local Amish women. We will visit 8 shops on our 2 day shop-hop excursion, visit a local quilt show and so much more around Indiana Amish Country. Don’t miss out, make your reservations early! Includes: Escorted transportation, 3 nights lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and meal tips.
2019 Tall Ship Celebration, Bay City, Michigan
July 18 - 21 $765.00 (early bird discount 745.00 before February 15th)
Enjoy the 2019 Tall Ship Celebration in Bay City, MI. Sail on a Tall Ship just like the kind that sailed on the Great Lakes, tour the USS Edson; Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, visit the Whiting Forest Canopy Walk to view the forest from a new perspective, soaring up to 40 feet above the forest floor and tour the Alden B. Dow home, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Day 1: Relax and enjoy the drive to Bay City, MI and our hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton – Riverfront, located next to the Tall Ship Festival. We will meet a local guide to tour the Bay City area and hear some interesting tales of this wonderful city. Dinner is included at the hotel following our tour.
Day 2: Our morning begins with touring a Tall Ship prior to the opening of the festival. Enjoy the festival at your leisure, touring ships, activities and lunch on your own. Dinner is a meat and seafood buffet (included) at Krzysiak's Restaurant, your evening is free to view the ships and an evening concert at the festival.
Day 3: Breakfast is included at the hotel and a tour of yet another Tall Ship before a short drive to Midland, MI to visit the Whiting Forest Canopy Walk. View the forest from up to 40 feet above the forest floor and the longest canopy of its kind in the nation. Lunch is included at the Midland Center for the Arts before a tour of the Alden B. Dow home and architectural studio. Dow studied architecture with Frank Lloyd Wright and designed this 20,000 square feet home, now open to the public. This evening we return to Bay City and tour the USS Edson, the Midwest’s only surface Warship and the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum. It’s famous for being the most fired battleship during the Vietnam War era. Dinner will be on the deck of the ship while enjoying wonderful river views.
Day 4: Breakfast is included before we take a relaxing sail on the Appledore IV, complete with a box lunch, included. After our wonderful 3-hour sail, we travel back to the buckeye state.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 3 nights lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, admission to listed attractions and included meal tips.
TIMES SQUARE, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY
SIGHTSEEING & BROADWAY SHOW
AUGUST 1 - 4 $945.00 (early bird $930.00 until February 15th)
Join us in the "Big Apple" to experience all the hustle & bustle of this great city that never seems to sleep. Our lodging is in Times Square, at the brand-new Cambria Suites; conveniently located in Times Square, and close to Central Park, Bryant Park, Broadway shows and Madison Square Garden.
Day 1: Travel to New York with check in at the Time Square Cambria Suites. The evening is on your own to explore NYC‘s great sights.
Day 2: Breakfast included. Today is at your leisure to explore the city on your own. Take in the sights, see a play, do some shopping and experience New York your way. Optional Broadway show available for an additional $80.
Day 3: Breakfast included. Today we explore the City with a local guide to view some of the best sights NYC has to offer. We begin in Lower Manhattan, highlights may include the following sites: Bowling Green Park, Battery Park, Castle Clinton, the Promenade that overlooks New York Harbor, St. Paul’s Chapel, Trinity Church and its graveyard. We then pay our respects while at the 9/11 Memorial and take in the panoramic views from atop the One World Observatory. We conclude our day in Brooklyn, where we will see the famous Brooklyn Bridge, the DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights neighborhoods, the Promenade overlooking Lower Manhattan and many other sights. We will also have free time for lunch and shopping on our own.
Day 4: Breakfast included. We leave the excitement of NYC behind, as we journey home.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 3 nights lodging in Time Square, 3 breakfasts, luggage handling and taxes. Optional Broadway show, additional $80.
BRANSON, MISSOURI, CLYDESDALES,
DOGWOOD CANYON & BIG CEDAR LODGE
AUGUST 12 - 17 $1,050.00 (early bird $955.00 until February 15th)
A brand-new itinerary with the same live and exciting Branson entertainment! Traveling west enroute to Branson, we will make a stop at some new attractions along the way. We will tour Warm Springs Ranch, where the Clydesdales are raised, experience Dogwood Canyon and Big Cedar Lodge, both owned by Bass Pro Shop and Cabela’s owner Johnny Morrison. Not to mention the wonderful meals and family friendly shows and the stunning beauty of the Ozarks in Branson, MO, the nation’s live entertainment capital! On the way home, we will stop at the Bass Pro Shop, the Granddaddy of all Outdoor stores, in Springfield, MO.
Day 1: We are traveling west today with an overnight stop at the Drury hotel in St. Charles, MO. Dinner will be at the hotel or surrounding restaurants.
Day 2: Today we tour Warm Springs Ranch, where legends are born, Budweiser Clydesdales, that is! Resting on 300 plus acres of lush rolling hills in the heart of Missouri, it is a breeding farm for the Clydesdales. Established in 2008, it features a mare/stallion and foaling barn, veterinary lab, 10 pastures and home to more than 70 Clydesdales. A catered lunch is included, while exploring The Rivers, Rails and Trails museum, the history of Lewis and Clark, featuring a ½ scale Keel boat. Dinner and show will be in Branson featuring the Absolute Country Definitely Gospel Dinner Show, included. We will spend the next 3 nights at the newly remodeled Best Western Music Capital Inn, in Branson.
Day 3: This morning we travel to Dogwood Canyon, a 10,000-acre nature lovers paradise, inspired by Johnny Morris, owner of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. Ride a tram and view crystal clear streams, dozens of cascading waterfalls, ancient burial caves and unique hand-built bridges and bottomless blue-green pools. A picnic basket lunch is included. This afternoon we visit Big Cedar Lodge, also owned by Mr. Morris. Experience something unforgettable, as you trek two-and-a-half miles on an electric cart along the Top of the Rock Lost Cave and Nature Trail. See stunning rock formations, waterfalls and beautiful views of Table Rock Lake. Dinner tonight is at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, featuring extravagant horse stunts, musical productions & special effects along with a home-cooked dinner, included.
Day 4: After breakfast, we will attend the Doug Gabriel show, good, clean fun with a lot of variety entertainment. Plus, Doug plays his World Famous Mufftar, a guitar made out of a 1969 Thunderbird muffler! Lunch is on your own in downtown Branson. Ride the FREE downtown trolley and visit Dick’s Old Time 5 & 10. If they don’t have it, you don’t need it! Dinner will be included at Montana Mike’s Steakhouse. The Dutton’s, International touring and recording artists and finalists in 2007 on America’s Got Talent will be our evening show.
Day 5: Beginning our journey back to Ohio, we will make a stop of the Bass Pro Shop, the Granddaddy of all Outdoor stores, in Springfield, MO. Explore the nearly 500,000 square feet store with seven intricate aquariums. Lunch is on your own in their restaurant or café. We will overnight at the Drury in Brentwood, MO with dinner at the hotel or surrounding restaurants on your own.
Day 6: Travel day returning to the Buckeye State. Lunch and dinner are on your own.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, admission to attractions, luggage handling, taxes and included meal tips.
MACKINAC ISLAND, FRANKENMUTH & THUNDER BAY, MI
AUGUST 27 - 30 $745.00
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. Zehnder’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: A local guide will join us for a tour of this great little town. 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 Goodfellow’s.
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.