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Music Cities Christmas, featuring Branson, Memphis, and Nashville

Music Cities Christmas

featuring Branson, Memphis and Nashville

December 1st - 6th (Six Days)  $1999 per person double

6 Days  2017

Tour Highlights

• Graceland

• Beale Street Dinner

• Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman

• Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show

• Dixie Stampede Christmas Show

• Duttons Family Christmas Show

• Branson City Tour

• Clinton Presidential Library

• Holiday Dinner & Show at the Gay-

lord Opryland Resort

• 2 Nights Branson

• 2 Nights Nashville - Opryland Resort

Inclusions

• Roundtrip Airfare

• 9 Meals:

5 - Breakfasts & 4 - Dinners

• Professional Tour Director

• Motorcoach Transportation

• Hotel Transfers

• Shows per Itinerary

• Sightseeing per Itinerary

• Baggage Handling

Accommodations

• 5 Nights Accommodations

2 Nights - Radisson, Branson

1 Night - Memphis

2 Nights - Gaylord Opryland

Resort, Nashville

Day 1: Flight - Springfield, MO - Branson

Arrive in Springfield, meet your Tour Director and

transfer to Branson, considered “The Live Music

Show Capital of the World!” Enjoy two nights in

Branson taking in several shows and attractions.

Tonight enjoy the Dixie Stampede Christmas

Show famous for its skilled horses and riders

which transforms into a holiday celebration fea-

turing displays, holiday music and a four course

yuletide feast.

Meal - (D)              Overnight - Branson

Day 2: Branson

This morning venture out on a Branson City Tour

featuring the College of the Ozarks and the en-

hanced downtown waterfront, Branson Landing.

Learn the history of Branson from small mountain

town to show capital. This afternoon experience

one of the top music and dance shows in Branson,

the Duttons Family Christmas Show featuring the

Dutton Family performers who play everything

from bluegrass to classical and feature a variety

of instruments.  The Duttons add several classic

Christmas songs to their holiday season show.

This evening will be a highlight as you enjoy Bran-

son’s most popular performer & experience The

Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show. The world class

entertainer and violinist will wow you with an

amazing performance filled with holiday music

and dancers which is sure to put the audience in

a jolly mood for the season.

Meals  - (B,D)        Overnight - Branson

Day 3: Branson - Little Rock - Memphis

Today travel to Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas.

Visit the Clinton Presidential Library & Museum

featuring replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabi-

net Room, photograph and video exhibits and a

time line presenting the work of the President.

Later travel to Memphis and check into your

hotel.   Memphis features a distinct southern

flavor and a history embodied in the melancholy

blues.  Tonight visit action-packed Beale Street

filled with retail shops, restaurants and music

clubs.  Enjoy a some Southern BBQ during your

Beale Street Dinner with your fellow travelers. After dinner maybe take in some of the incredible music at one of the blues or other music clubs. Meal - (B,D)    Overnight - Memphis

Day 4: Memphis - Nashville

Today enjoy a tour of Elvis Presley’s famous

Graceland, a 14-acre estate, museum and

entertainment complex. Later travel through

central Tennessee to Nashville.   Rolling ter-

rain, magnificent mansions and historic sights

decorate the countryside as your route brings

you to Music City USA.  Arrive at the amazing

Gaylord Opryland Resort to begin a two-night

stay.  The resort complex features three interior

gardens under glass roofs including waterfalls,

a river and lake system with passenger-carrying

flatboats plus a variety of restaurants, lounges

and shops. This evening enjoy a performance of

the famous Grand Ole Opry Show, a Nashville

highlight. The holiday season provides a special

treat as the Grand Old Opry Show performs at

the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown, it’s

former home of 31 years.

Meal - (B)               Overnight - Opryland Resort

Day 5: Nashville

Enjoy a Nashville City Tour to see the Parthenon

(replica), Old Ryman Auditorium, the State Capitol

and famous Music Row. This afternoon enjoy the

amenities, shops and holiday festivities at the

resort. The magic of the Holiday season comes

to the Gaylord Opryland Resort with more than

2 million twinkling lights, horse-drawn carriage

rides, acres of stunning decorations, and more!

Gaylord Opryland offers some of the most dis-

tinctive holiday entertainment you can imagine.

Tonight enjoy a Farewell Holiday Dinner & Show

with your fellow travelers at the Opryland Resort.

Meals - (B,D)         Overnight - Opryland Resort

Day 6: Nashville - Home

Fly home filled with wonderful memories of your

Music Cities Christmas Tour.

Meal - (B)

Music Cities Christmas, featuring Branson, Memphis, and Nashville (2)

Music Cities Christmas

featuring Branson, Memphis and Nashville

December 1st - 6th (Six Days)  $2199 per person double

6 Days  2017

Tour Highlights

• Graceland

• Beale Street Dinner

• Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman

• Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show

• Dixie Stampede Christmas Show

• Duttons Family Christmas Show

• Branson City Tour

• Clinton Presidential Library

• Holiday Dinner & Show at the Gay-

lord Opryland Resort

• 2 Nights Branson

• 2 Nights Nashville - Opryland Resort

Inclusions

• Roundtrip Airfare

• 9 Meals:

5 - Breakfasts & 4 - Dinners

• Professional Tour Director

• Motorcoach Transportation

• Hotel Transfers

• Shows per Itinerary

• Sightseeing per Itinerary

• Baggage Handling

Accommodations

• 5 Nights Accommodations

2 Nights - Radisson, Branson

1 Night - Memphis

2 Nights - Gaylord Opryland

Resort, Nashville

Day 1: Flight - Springfield, MO - Branson

Arrive in Springfield, meet your Tour Director and

transfer to Branson, considered “The Live Music

Show Capital of the World!” Enjoy two nights in

Branson taking in several shows and attractions.

Tonight enjoy the Dixie Stampede Christmas

Show famous for its skilled horses and riders

which transforms into a holiday celebration fea-

turing displays, holiday music and a four course

yuletide feast.

Meal - (D)              Overnight - Branson

Day 2: Branson

This morning venture out on a Branson City Tour

featuring the College of the Ozarks and the en-

hanced downtown waterfront, Branson Landing.

Learn the history of Branson from small mountain

town to show capital. This afternoon experience

one of the top music and dance shows in Branson,

the Duttons Family Christmas Show featuring the

Dutton Family performers who play everything

from bluegrass to classical and feature a variety

of instruments.  The Duttons add several classic

Christmas songs to their holiday season show.

This evening will be a highlight as you enjoy Bran-

son’s most popular performer & experience The

Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show. The world class

entertainer and violinist will wow you with an

amazing performance filled with holiday music

and dancers which is sure to put the audience in

a jolly mood for the season.

Meals  - (B,D)        Overnight - Branson

Day 3: Branson - Little Rock - Memphis

Today travel to Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas.

Visit the Clinton Presidential Library & Museum

featuring replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabi-

net Room, photograph and video exhibits and a

time line presenting the work of the President.

Later travel to Memphis and check into your

hotel.   Memphis features a distinct southern

flavor and a history embodied in the melancholy

blues.  Tonight visit action-packed Beale Street

filled with retail shops, restaurants and music

clubs.  Enjoy a some Southern BBQ during your

Beale Street Dinner with your fellow travelers. After dinner maybe take in some of the incredible music at one of the blues or other music clubs. Meal - (B,D)    Overnight - Memphis

Day 4: Memphis - Nashville

Today enjoy a tour of Elvis Presley’s famous

Graceland, a 14-acre estate, museum and

entertainment complex. Later travel through

central Tennessee to Nashville.   Rolling ter-

rain, magnificent mansions and historic sights

decorate the countryside as your route brings

you to Music City USA.  Arrive at the amazing

Gaylord Opryland Resort to begin a two-night

stay.  The resort complex features three interior

gardens under glass roofs including waterfalls,

a river and lake system with passenger-carrying

flatboats plus a variety of restaurants, lounges

and shops. This evening enjoy a performance of

the famous Grand Ole Opry Show, a Nashville

highlight. The holiday season provides a special

treat as the Grand Old Opry Show performs at

the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown, it’s

former home of 31 years.

Meal - (B)               Overnight - Opryland Resort

Day 5: Nashville

Enjoy a Nashville City Tour to see the Parthenon

(replica), Old Ryman Auditorium, the State Capitol

and famous Music Row. This afternoon enjoy the

amenities, shops and holiday festivities at the

resort. The magic of the Holiday season comes

to the Gaylord Opryland Resort with more than

2 million twinkling lights, horse-drawn carriage

rides, acres of stunning decorations, and more!

Gaylord Opryland offers some of the most dis-

tinctive holiday entertainment you can imagine.

Tonight enjoy a Farewell Holiday Dinner & Show

with your fellow travelers at the Opryland Resort.

Meals - (B,D)         Overnight - Opryland Resort

Day 6: Nashville - Home

Fly home filled with wonderful memories of your

Music Cities Christmas Tour.

Meal - (B)

Colorado Rail Adventure

Colorado Rail Adventure

September 28th-October 6th, 2017

$2285 (Double Occupancy) $2910 (Single) Land Only 

We will purchase our air as you sign up for this tour.  Call the office for more information. 

Teddy Roosevelt described a train journey through Colorado as "the trip that bankrupts the English language." Find out for yourself! Beginning and ending in Denver, this extraordinary itinerary makes a great circle of the Rockies and includes six remarkable train rides that fully justify President Roosevelt's enthusiasm.

Due to an early start on Day 1 of the tour, we’ve arranged for a pre-tour overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn, in vibrant downtown Denver.  Located just one block from the 16th Street pedestrian mall, the hotel is within walking distance of hundreds of restaurants, as well as many entertainment options. 

Day 1 - Denver / Georgetown Loop Railroad

Your tour begins in Denver this morning, as you board your deluxe motorcoach for the drive up to spectacular Clear Creek Canyon to Georgetown. Enjoy lunch followed by the first scenic rail excursion of the tour: a journey on the narrow gauge Georgetown Loop Railroad. The train's route connected the mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume and was designed as a corkscrew and includes horseshoe curves and four bridges across Clear Creek. It was completed in 1884 and operated by the Colorado & Southern Railway for both passengers and freight from 1899-1938. After your picturesque journey along the narrow gauge railroad, embark on a scenic drive south along the Front Range to Colorado Springs, your home for the next two nights. Dinner is included this evening. Overnight Colorado Springs, CO (L, D)

Day 2 - Pikes Peak Cog Railway / Garden of the Gods

This morning board the world's highest cog railway, Pikes Peak Cog Railway, and ascend to the 4,300-metre summit of Pikes Peak, which inspired the lyrics to “America the Beautiful.” After this breathtaking excursion, proceed to the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Centre where there will be time for lunch on your own before enjoying a film on the amazing natural wonders of this National Natural Landmark. Your day continues with a drive through the towering red rocks of the “Garden” and a stop at the renowned Garden of the Gods Trading Post where there will be time to shop for American Indian art at one of the finest Native American stores in the west. Overnight Colorado Springs, CO (B)

Day 3 - Scenic Drive to Durango

Prepare for bountiful scenery today! The drive west over the Rockies is an incredible one as you cross Ute, Trout Creek, Poncha and Wolf Creek Passes en route to the glorious San Juan Mountains and today's destination of Durango. Traveling from Colorado Springs to Durango, we look for wildlife as we enjoy relaxing views of the parks and mountains of central Colorado while traveling over Ute Pass, the Continental Divide, and Trout Creek Pass to the base of the Sawatch Range. After lunch in Salida, we note the changes in the landscape as our guide explains the history, culture, and geology of southern Colorado while we cross Poncha Pass and enter Luis Valley, skirting the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains. Overnight Durango, CO (B)

Day 4 - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Today embark on the grandest of all Colorado rail journeys, the steam-powered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad's ascent of the Animas River Canyon to the ghost town of Silverton. The train travels 45 miles north from Durango through scenery that resembles that of Switzerland. The climb begins in the valley of the Animas River before the canyon narrows, all roads vanish, and for 30 miles there exists only the railroad, the glacial green waters of the Animas and the 3,657 to 4,267-metre peaks of the San Juan Mountains. There will be time for lunch on your own in Silverton as well as time to explore the shops before returning to Durango this afternoon by coach with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Durango, CO (B)

Day 5 - The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Early this morning the group will drive to Chama, New Mexico where you'll board the longest narrow gauge steam railway in North America: the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. The route follows the former Denver & Rio Grande San Juan Extension for 64 miles over the 3,058-metre Cumbres Pass through the heart of the San Juan Mountains. Past the divide the train enters the deep canyon of the Rio de Los Pinos (River of Pines), and for 50 miles no paved road crosses the tracks. There will be a stop for lunch in Osier, after which the train's journey continues with a steep descent past Toltec Gorge. Your day concludes in Alamosa, where the evening is at your leisure. Overnight Alamosa, CO (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

Today's excursion takes us along Colorado's standard gauge Rio Grande Scenic Railroad from Alamosa to La Veta. This line restores passenger service to the wildly beautiful La Veta Pass, a summit last crossed by regularly scheduled passenger trains over 50 years ago. We will enjoy our lunch onboard. Continue by coach to Great Sand Dunes National Park, where the endless easterly wind across the San Luis Valley has created towering sand dunes which rise to 228 meters above the valley floor against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Overnight Alamosa, CO (B, L)

Day 7 - Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Today explore the Royal Gorge canyon's depths aboard the restored Royal Gorge Route Railroad in the first-class vista-dome car. A highlight of the journey is the stop at “Hanging Bridge” the narrowest point in the chasm. The excursion concludes with a visit to the soaring Suspension Bridge and the inclined railway from the rim to the river's edge. After such a fantastic day, the group will drive back to Denver, where the evening will be at your leisure. Overnight Denver, CO (B, L)

Day 8 - Denver

Your tour comes to a close after breakfast this morning. Your tour manager can assist you with transfers to Denver Airport . (B)

 

New Orleans Holiday 2017

New Orleans Holiday

Featuring 4 Nights in the French Quarter

December 3rd - December 7th, 2017

$1799 (Based upon Double Occupancy) Includes Round trip Airfare Phoenix

Day One:  We’ll arrive in New Orleans for a four-night stay in the exciting French Quarter—famous for jazz clubs and fabulous restaurants!  Early evening we’ll enjoy a Reveillon Welcome Dinner, a traditional Creole holiday feast, included. 

Day Two:  Breakfast is included at the hotel, and then we’re off to enjoy an easy walking tour of the French Quarter, featuring the Saint Louise Cathedral with adjoining Cabildo and rectory, Bourbon Street, Pirates Alley and the French Marketplace.  We’ll visit the famous Café du Monde for café au lait and beignets, and later in the afternoon we’ll board the Steamboat Natchez for a relaxing cruise on the Mississippi River.  The evening finds us at the New Orleans School of Cooking, to enjoy a remarkable dinner, included, with our fellow travelers. 

Day Three:  Breakfast is included at the hotel, and then we’re off to explore the city of New Orleans.  We’ll travel along historic Saint Charles Avenue, past Tulane University, visit a unique above ground cemetery, and then drive through the Garden District—which features one of the best preserved collections of historic southern mansions in the United States.  We’re also have an opportunity to experience some of the incredible rebuilding of the city after Hurricane Katrina.  Later we’ll travel beyond the city limits to tour Oak Alley Plantation, one of the state’s most visited antebellum homes, featuring a quarter-mile long canopy of giant live oak trees believed to be 300-years old.  Later we’ll return to the hotel, and enjoy a free evening.

Day Four:  Breakfast is included at the hotel, and then we’ll have an opportunity to explore the French Quarter and the city of New Orleans at our leisure!  Stroll the cafés and art galleries, visit the Mardi Gras Museum, Santa’s Quarter a super-popular holiday shop, the World War II Museum… we could go on and on!  Later in the day we’ll enjoy a magnificent farewell dinner, included, at the Court of Two Sisters, one of the French Quarter’s oldest and most famous restaurants.  After dinner we’ll board a motorcoach for a short ride to the New Orleans City Park to visit the Celebration in  the Oaks, one of the most beautiful holiday lights exhibits in the entire nation—an incredible way to kick-off your holiday season!

Day Five: After breakfast, included, at the hotel, we’ll fly home, filled with wonderful memories of our New Orleans Holiday Tour!

 

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