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2017 Trip Schedule
FEBRUARY 25 & 26, 2017
The Ryman Auditorium Tour and Show
If the hallowed walls of the Ryman Auditorium could talk, the remarkable story they would tell is unmatched in entertainment history. Its construction is a tale of divine inspiration. In the 1880s, when prominent business man and steamboat captain Thomas G. Ryman found salvation in the words of fiery evangelist Reverend Sam Jones, he vowed to build a great tabernacle that would project Rev. Jones' voice clearly and powerfully for all to hear. Designed by architect Hugh Cathcart Thompson in the late Victorian Gothic Revival style popular at the time, Tom Ryman's vision became a reality with the completion of the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. After his death in 1904, the Union Gospel Tabernacle would henceforth be known as the Ryman Auditorium in honor of the man who built the Nashville landmark.
This is just the beginning of the Ryman's story - you'll have to join us to hear the rest! During our trip we will have the pleasure of a guided tour, a live show, dinner at a local restaurant, one night hotel stay and luxurious coach transportation.
Single: $270/$280 per person*
Double: $210/$225 per person*
Optional insurance available for $25 per person.
Due by January 6, 2017
APRIL 8, 2017
The Star of Knoxville Riverboat Cruise
The Tulip Cruise aboard The Star of Knoxville will cruise down river for 1.5 hours where a lunch buffet will be served. Once lunch is complete, we will dock at Crescent Bend, also known as Armstrong Lockett House, and you will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful gardens, where there are typically thousands of tulips in bloom - providing a simply breathtaking view. On your cruise back, dessert will be served for all aboard.
$80/$90 per person*
Due by February 17, 2017
APRIL 25 & 26, 2017
(Overnight - 1 night)
Join us for our exciting annual Mystery Trip - it includes one night hotel stay, two dinner meals and a special activity!
Single: $310/$320 per person*
Double: $255/$265 per person*
Optional insurance available for $25 per person
Due by March 3, 2017
JUNE 10-18, 2017
Pacific Northwest & California
(8 Nights, 9 Days)
- Visit lively Pike Place Market, Seattle's famous fish and vegetable market.
- Venture to Mount St. Helens Visitor Center to learn about its eruptions.
- Learn about the hydropower created at Columbia River Gorge's Bonneville Dam.
- Embark on a sightseeing tour of Seattle, the Emerald City.
- Behold the majestic beauty of the Redwood Forest's "Avenue of the Giants."
- See San Francisco your way ... a cruise on the bay or locally guided sightseeing tour.
- Enjoy dinner on Pier 39 with views of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
- Relax on Portland's premier dining and sightseeing cruise.
**BOOK BY DECEMBER 12, 2016 & SAVE $180**
Single: $4,499 per person
Double: $3,429 per person
Triple: $3,389 per person
Your price includes round trip airfare, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel accommodations and 10 meals (6 breakfasts and 4 dinners). Prices increase after December 12, 2016. Subject to change.
AUGUST 28-SEPTEMBER 2, 2017
Treasures of Chicago Odyssey
(Overnight - 5 nights)
The Treasures of Chicago Odyssey tour includes 5 night hotel stay, transportation, and you'll enjoy ...
A guided tour of Millennium Park with its stunning outdoor art and philanthropic spirit - the 26-acre park features an ice rink in the winter, a 1,500 seat theatre for music and dance, a fountain with reflecting pool bookended by two 50-foot high towers of glass brick with changing video images projected on the tours and the amazing Cloud Gate, affectionately called "The Bean," a 1100-ton elliptical sculpture forted of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plate which reflect the city's famous skyline and the clouds above.
A tour of the Chicago Cultural Center - formerly the city's library, today the center houses galleries and performance space, including a massive Tiffany stained glass dome as the building's famous crowned jewel!
The Wonderful Town Tour, highlighting Chicago's history, architecture, culture and magnificent skyline. You can step out over the glass platform over 100 stories from the street as you experience "The Ledge" at Willis Tower Skydeck - Chicago's tallest building with unbelievable views of the city! A few of the other driving highlights include the Board of Trade, Calder's Falmingo, Picasso's Sculpture of the Daley Center, Miro's Lady, Oldenburg's Batcolumn, and Chagall's Mosaic Wall, and the State of the Art State of Illinois Center. We'll also drive through some of Chicago's 26 miles of lakefront, passing Buckingham Foundation, the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, the Alder Planetarium, and the new Soldier Field.
Lake Michigan and the Chicago River Cruise - a 1.5 hour narrated cruise with dinner in Greektown and a belly dance performance.
Shopping on your own in Chicago's Magnificent Mile, including Michigan Avenue, with stores such as Neiman Marcus, Water Tower Palace, the Shops at North Bridge and Nordstrom's.
Chicago's famous Lincoln Park Conservatory where you will see a beautiful display of flowers in the treasured Victorian glass house next to Lincoln Park Zoo.
A behind the scenes tour of Wrigley Park - home of the Chicago Cubs (based on 2017 game schedule).
Having a ball - roaring twenties style - during a dinner show at Tommy Gun's Garage - Chicago's only speakeasy Dinner Theatre.
And, a tour of the famous architecture of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.
Single: $975/$995 per person*
Double: $890/$910 per person*
Triple: $790/$810 per person*
Optional insurance available for $52 per person
Due by June 23, 2017
OCTOBER 11-13, 2017
Ohio Amish Country Adventure
(Overnight - 2 nights)
Your tour includes two nights hotel stay, dinner at Dutch Valley Restaurant, tour of Heini's Cheese Factory, shopping and lunch at Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market, tour of David Warther Carvings (tour/gift shop), and a visit to downtown Sugarcreek, where you'll see the world's largest Cuckoo clock and tour Alpine Hills Museum.
You'll also enjoy a showing of "The Confession" at the Ohio Star Theatre - a captivating story of a young Amish woman who is caught in the middle of secrets and scandal, love lost and love found, and personal heartache and healing. You don't want to miss what happens when the plain life, the not-so-plain life and the down right extravagant life all meet in this modern musical production.
Single: $540/$555 per person*
Double: $405/$420 per person*
Optional insurance available for $34 per person
Due by August 11, 2017
NEW! NOVEMBER 4, 2017
Lunch at The Smith House
The Smith House, located in the quaint Appalachian town of Dahlonega, Georgia, has had its doors open to visitors since 1899. One thing's for sure - there's never a shortage of southern hospitality when you visit The Smith House ... sit back and enjoy the home-cooked country cooking in the family-style dining area or browse unique shops of Dahlonega just one block from our doorstep!
You can also look forward to a self-guided tour of the Smith House Mine Shaft, which was discovered when the current owners were doing a major renovation project (it even includes a famous gold vein in the side of wall of the shaft). You have to see it to believe it!
$70/$80 per person*
Optional insurance available for $17 per person
Due by October 16, 2017
NEW! DECEMBER 7, 2017
Cumberland County Playhouse Holiday Production of "Inspector Carol"
We will see a holiday production of Inspector Carol at the famous Cumberland County Playhouse and enjoy lunch at the State Park (included in price).
Set in a theatre, Inspecting Carol introduces a regional theatre company rehearsing the annual production of "A Christmas Carol," its cash cow, as they get news of the impending arrival of an inspector from the National Endowment for the Arts to review their work. The actor playing Tiny Tim gets a better offer and leaves the production in the lurch. When an aspiring actor of somewhat questionable talent arrives to audition, he is mistaken for the inspector and given the part of the child actor. Hilarity ensues as the company stages an accident filled, error laden production of their play.