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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. and the CHERRY BLOSSOMS INCLUSIONS: Kobussen motor coach, specific tour experienced driver • tour managers with 60+ (total) years experience in D.C. • 5 D.C. nights at the spectacular Hilton-Alexandria • 17 meals • site ...
    Posted Aug 26, 2015, 9:17 AM by Sheila Weber
  • SAVANNAH / CHARLESTON / MYRTLE BEACH / with ATLANTA, THE BILTMORE AND GATLINBURG INCLUSIONS: Kobussen motor coach and experienced driver • Experienced tour manager • 21 meals • Grand Ole Opry • Jack Daniels Distillery (narrated tour – no samples) with shopping and lunch on your own in ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:37 PM by Sheila Weber
  • NEW ORLEANS AND THE OLD SOUTH INCLUSIONS: Motor coach • 10 nights lodging (three in New Orleans’ French Quarter) • 19 meals • photo stop at the Arch • extended break at Graceland • narrated tour of Vicksburg Battlefield • narrated tour ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:34 PM by Sheila Weber
  • ARIZONA BUS INCLUSIONS: Motor coach, tour manager • 22 nights lodging (14 in one bedroom suites, Phoenix) • 36 meals • 5 Brewers Spring Training games •, Mission San Xavier del Boc • Sonora Desert Museum ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:28 PM by Sheila Weber
  • TEXAS BUS INCLUSIONS:  Motor coach and experienced driver • 15  nights lodging • 25 meals • Gateway Arch photo stop (St. Louis) • Lamberts (“throwed rolls”) lunch • Clinton Presidential Library •  South Fork Ranch (TV Show ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:28 PM by Sheila Weber
  • FLORIDA "We've got the Keys" INCLUSIONS: Motor coach, experienced tour manager • 13 night accommodations, (5 at the Double Tree in Key West,) 28 meals St. Augustine and Key West tram tours.  Baggage handling for ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:21 PM by Sheila Weber
  • HAWAII - January and February departures ATTRACTIONS: Experienced tour manager • Transportation from various communities in Wisconsin and Minnesota to Minneapolis, pre-flight overnight in Minneapolis; round trip flight Minneapolis – Honolulu – Minneapolis on Delta Airlines: Inter island ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:18 PM by Sheila Weber
  • THE GOLF COAST - 2 / 7 / 9 WEEKS ON THE BEACH ATTRACTIONS: Kobussen motor coach • 4 nights lodging enroute • 6 meals • experienced tour driver • 9, 7 or 2 weeks in your own gulf condo:  fully furnished one, two or three bedrooms ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:16 PM by Sheila Weber
  • CHRISTMAS AT THE FIRESIDE Saturday, December 12 - Sunday, December 13Tour inclusions: Motorcoach, 1 night lodging (Hilton-Madison), ALL MEALS (4) • experienced tour manager • dinner and Christmas show, A Wonderful Life” at the Fireside ...
    Posted Sep 4, 2015, 7:30 AM by Sheila Weber
  • CHRISTMAS MYSTERY Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 13 Tour inclusions: Experienced tour manager • ALL MEALS • 2 nights lodging. Baggage handling for one suitcase (per-person) at all lodging.  Note:  Taxes are included ...
    Posted Jul 27, 2015, 9:22 AM by Sheila Weber
  • CHRISTMAS AT OPRYLAND - NASHVILLE - WE ARE ON A WAIT LIST FOR THIS TOUR Tour inclusions: Motorcoach, 5 nights lodging (3 in atrium/balcony rooms at Opryland-Nashville), 14 meals • experienced tour manager • Grand Ole Opry in the Ryman Auditorium • dinner and show with ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2015, 9:11 AM by Sheila Weber
  • BRANSON CHRISTMAS #2 Tour inclusions: Motor coach, 6 nights lodging (Drury enroute, 4 nights at the Radisson in Branson), 18 meals • experienced tour manager • Ten Shows: Dixie Stampede • The Baldknobbers • Doug Gabriel • Dinner ...
    Posted Jul 27, 2015, 9:20 AM by Sheila Weber
  • CHRISTMAS IN CHICAGO Friday, November 20 - Sunday, November 22DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTOR COACH TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION.  This tour includes: Tour ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:54 AM by Sheila Weber
  • BRANSON CHRISTMAS #1 Monday, November 9 - Sunday, November 15DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION.  This tour includes: Tour inclusions ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:53 AM by Sheila Weber
  • THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS Saturday, October 24 - Friday, October 30DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION.  This tour includes: Tour inclusions ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:52 AM by Sheila Weber
  • BRANSON IN THE FALL Monday, October 19 - Friday, October 23DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION.  This tour includes: Tour inclusions ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:51 AM by Sheila Weber
  • SAY YES TO MICHIGAN Wednesday, October 14 - Sunday, October 18DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION.  This tour includes: Tour inclusions ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:51 AM by Sheila Weber
  • DOOR COUNTY Monday, October 5 - Wednesday, October 7DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION.  This tour includes: Tour includes ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:50 AM by Sheila Weber
  • NEW ENGLAND Saturday, October 3 - Friday, October 16**THIS TOUR REQUIRES A PASSPORT OR PASSPORT CARD** DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:48 AM by Sheila Weber
  • NORSK HOSTFEST - WE HAVE 6 SEATS LEFT Wednesday, September 30 - Sunday, October 4DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION.  This tour includes: Tour inclusions: Motor ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2015, 9:11 AM by Sheila Weber
  • LAKE SUPERIOR CIRCLE Monday, September 28 - Friday, October 2**THIS TOUR REQUIRES A PASSPORT OR A PASSPORT CARD** DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:46 AM by Sheila Weber
  • CANYONS AND BALLOONS Saturday, September 26 - Wednesday, October 7DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION.  This tour includes: Tour inclusions ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:45 AM by Sheila Weber
  • THE RIVERS OF GERMANY uesday, September 15 - Wednesday, September 23Deposit of $250.00 is required fr this trip. Passport is required  This tour includes: Tour inclusions: Rhine River Valley boat excursion past enchanting ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:44 AM by Sheila Weber
  • WASHINGTON D.C. / GETTYSBURG / WILLIAMSBURG Saturday, September 12 - Monday, September 21DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION.  This tour includes: Tour inclusions ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:43 AM by Sheila Weber
  • THE BIG APPLE - WAIT LISTED Friday, September 11 - Sunday, September 20DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION.  This tour includes: Tour inclusions ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:42 AM by Sheila Weber
  • OMAHA - CANCELLED Wednesday, August 26 - Saturday, August 29DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION.  This tour includes: Tour inclusions ...
    Posted Jul 27, 2015, 9:16 AM by Sheila Weber
  • BUS MYSTERY Monday, August 17 - Friday, August 21DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION Our 2014 Mystery Tour hosted ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:37 AM by Sheila Weber
  • GRAND ALASKA (Fly up - Bus Back) Wednesday, August 5 - Saturday, August 22DEPOSIT OF $250.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION.  This tour includes: Tour inclusions: Experienced ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:36 AM by Sheila Weber
  • WINNIPEG'S FOLKLORAMA Monday, August 3 - Thursday, August 6**PASSPORT OR PASSPORT CARD REQUIRED** DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON MOTORCOACH TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:34 AM by Sheila Weber
  • NOVA SCOTIA AND THE MARTIMES Monday, July 27 - Wednesday, August 12**THIS TOUR REQUIRES PASSPORT OR PASSPORT CARD** DEPOSIT OF $100.00 PER PERSON ON  TOURS IS REQUIRED WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS OF MAKING YOUR ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2015, 9:17 AM by Sheila Weber
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WASHINGTON, D.C. and the CHERRY BLOSSOMS

posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:38 PM by Sheila Weber   [ updated Aug 26, 2015, 9:17 AM ]

INCLUSIONS:

Kobussen motor coach, specific tour experienced driver • tour managers with 60+ (total) years experience in D.C. • 5 D.C. nights at the spectacular Hilton-Alexandria • 17 meals • site of United Flight 93 • Eisenhower Farm tour • narrated tour of Gettysburg battlefield • United States Capital (with included lunch) • White House (exterior) • Lafayette Park •  Supreme Court •  Library of Congress • WWII Memorial • Arlington National Cemetery (narrated tour includes Kennedy Gravesites and the Changing of the Guard) • Washington Monument • Viet Nam Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • Korean War Memorial • Jefferson Memorial • FDR Memorial • Iwo Jima (Marine) Memorial • Air Force Memorial • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial • Pentagon Memorial • Tidal Basin walk among the cherry blossoms • Navy Memorial • one-half day at Smithsonian (you pick the buildings) • Law Enforcement Memorial • National Building Memorial • Union Station • Ford’s Theater • Peterson House • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts  • Kennedy Center • Shrine of the Immaculate Conception • National Cathedral • Mt. Vernon • Alexandria • Christ’s Church • Embassy Row • Air Force Ones for Truman, FDR, Eisenhower and JFK at Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.  Baggage handling for one suitcase (per-person) at all lodging.  Note: Taxes are included on all included features.

 

Note:  All times and inclusions are subject to change due to weather, crowds, traffic, etc.

 

Price per-person:

Double: $1,660.00                 Triple: $1,640.00        Quad: $1,610.00        Single: 2,150.00

WASHINGTON D.C. and the CHERRY BLOSSOMS

Monday, March 28 – Wednesday, April 6

 

Monday, March 28

Pack your bag, put a few leftover Easter eggs in the carry on and head for one of our convenient departure points in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Our first day’s destination is South Bend.  We’ll have a quick look at the campus of Notre Dame before we check into our accommodations and enjoy our included buffet dinner.

 

Tuesday, March 29

Bags out and breakfast included.  A bit of Indiana and all of Ohio to cover as we make our way to the new Memorial at United 93 (9/11) near Shanksville, PA.  The new visitor center just opened in the fall of 2015.  Dinner is included at Ed’s Steakhouse in Bedford, just across the parking lot from the Fairfield Inn.

 

Wednesday, March 30

Bags out and breakfast included.  We’re off and running early today with Gettysburg as our mid-morning destination.  The Eisenhower farm is our first attraction, followed by the 360° mural, Cyclorama and the museum to the battle.  Following lunch, our favorite Gettysburg guides join us for a driving tour of the Battlefield.  We’ve got several stops to make with emphasis on Minnesota and Wisconsin’s roll in the “turning point of the Civil War”.  The site of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address concludes our tour.  We’re on to our accommodations for the next 5 nights, the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, just across the Potomac from D.C.  Dinner included!

 

Thursday, March 31

Breakfast included.  Our local guides, Brooks and George, join us each morning for breakfast and our short ride into the city – they’re with us for four full days in your capital city.  Please be aware that crowds, weather, appointments, etc., may change the order of our inclusions.  I will add; “there is no other tour offered that is as inclusive as Home Spun’s”.  Today we begin at the WWII Memorial, continue to the Washington Monument, Ford’s Theater and the Peterson House before an included lunch and tour of the Capitol.  The Library of Congress and Supreme Court (exterior) take us to an early dinner followed by the Pentagon and Air Force Memorials.

 

Friday, April 1

Breakfast included.  We begin with the White House, Oval Office, old Executive Office Building and the Blair House (all exterior) and a walk thru Lafayette Park. Next up in order: the Korean, Lincoln and Viet Nam Memorials.  Late morning finds us at your choice of Smithsonian buildings for lunch (on your own) and about 4 hours to enjoy the Smithsonian.  (Note:  You might also visit the Holocaust Museum during this time).  The largest Catholic Church, the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (your jaw will drop at the beauty), Martin Luther King, Jr. and FDR Memorials round out our day.  We’ll return to the Hilton for dinner on our own.

 

NOTE TO ALL:  By now you should have realized there is a bit of walking in D. C. – Doesn’t matter whose tour it is – you walk!  Some folks decide to skip an attraction and stay on the bus – no problem.  Comfortable shoes are a must.

 

Saturday, April 2

Breakfast included!  We’ll begin at the Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima) and then board Home Spun’s chartered tram for our tour of Arlington National Cemetery.  The Kennedy grave sites, amphitheater, Audie Murphy grave, Challenger Memorial and, of course, the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns are all stops.  George Washington and Robert E. Lee worshipped at Christ’s Church in Alexandria – you’ll have a photo op in their pews on our visit.  Lunch is included at the Mt. Vernon Inn, followed by the introductory movie and the narrated tour of Washington’s home, Mt. Vernon (grounds tour is self-guided).  A driving tour of historic Alexandria gets us to shopping and dining on your own in the historic district along the waterfront – then to the hotel.

 

Sunday, April 3

Breakfast included.  The Tidal Basin is ringed with those famous cherry trees; the Jefferson Memorial is on the Tidal Basin and is our first stop.  More blossoms on our drive to Haines Point.  The Navy, National Law Enforcement and Building Memorials precede our lunch (on your own) at historic Union Station.  Walk off lunch at the Kennedy Center then follow Wisconsin Avenue thru Georgetown to the National Cathedral for their organ and chimes service (this is special).  Back to the Hilton for dinner on your own (and packing).

 

Monday, April 4

Bags out and breakfast included!  Finally you get to sit down and stay there as we head into the mountains of West Virginia and our lunch stop in Morgantown.  The Drury Inn in Dayton, Ohio has “Kick Back” from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – complimentary cocktails with hot and cold food – enjoy, you’ve earned it!

 

Tuesday, April 5

Home Spun started visiting the Air Force Museum in Dayton some 20+ years ago (my uncle Bob was a docent).  We’re here to walk thru the early Air Force One’s of FDR, Truman, Eisenhower and the plane that brought JFK’s body back from Dallas.  You’ll also have time for the rest of the museum (lunch and gift shop are on your own).  We’ll turn north at Indianapolis, headed for the Hyatt on Chicago’s north side.  Cocktails and dinner are included at your leisure.

 

Wednesday, April 6

Bags out and breakfast included.  Now, aren’t you glad you went?  I’ll bet you had no idea how interesting and beautiful your nation’s capital (and capitol) really are.  Breaks and lunch will get you comfortably home today.

  

SAVANNAH / CHARLESTON / MYRTLE BEACH / with ATLANTA, THE BILTMORE AND GATLINBURG

posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:37 PM by Sheila Weber

INCLUSIONS:

Kobussen motor coach and experienced driver • Experienced tour manager • 21 meals • Grand Ole Opry • Jack Daniels Distillery (narrated tour – no samples) with shopping and lunch on your own in historic Lynchburg • Chattanooga overnight • narrated tour of CNN Studios • the World of Coke • Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Library • 1996 Olympic sites • Martin Luther King’s Tomb • Stone Mountain “Confederate Memorial” carving • narrated Savannah city tour • narrated haunted trolley tour • River Street shopping in Savannah • narrated Charleston historical tour with Home Spun’s favorite guide, “Miss Magnolia” • Charleston historical markets/shops • cruise to and narrated tour of Ft. Sumter, where the Civil War began • outdoor gardens and sculptures at Brookgreen Garden • 2 nights in oceanfront suites (full kitchen, living room, bedroom/bath and ocean view balcony in Myrtle Beach) • Carolina Opry (a Branson-type show) • all you can eat seafood buffet • the outlets and restaurants at Broadway on the Beach • narrated tour of the Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home • shops and dinner in Gatlinburg.  Baggage handling for one suitcase (per-person) at all lodging.  Note: Taxes are included on all included features.

 

Note:  All times and inclusions are subject to change due to weather, crowds, traffic, etc.

 

Price per-person:

Double: $2,210.00                 Triple: $2,170.00        Quad: $2,150.00        Single: $3,050.00


SAVANNAH/CHARLESTON/MYRTLE BEACH

with ATLANTA, THE BILTMORE AND GATLINBURG

Thursday, March 10 – Monday, March 21

 

Thursday, March 10

Mr. Driver, point this bus south!  Various departure points in Wisconsin and Minnesota get us started this morning.  We’ll have lunch in Madison, take a break just across the Illinois River and arrive at our accommodations in Champaign.  Enjoy the Drury’s “Kick Back” this evening with complimentary hot and cold food and cocktails.

 

Friday, March 11

Bags out and breakfast included!  Your tour manager is sure to play your favorite country song, after all, we’re headed to Nashville today.  Lunch (on your own), a brief highlights tour, a little shopping and perhaps a cold one at Tootsie’s Orchard Lounge precedes our hotel check-in and Friday night at the Grand Old Opry!

 

Saturday, March 12

Bags out and breakfast included!  It’s a good thing we’re not promoting the consumption of Tennessee whisky ‘cause there’s no free samples at Jack Daniels…but their story and history in Lynchburg are worth a bit of our time this morning.  Lunch is on your own.  Well, there were no highs in Lynchburg, but we’ll get ours as we climb the hills of southeastern Tennessee to our overnight in Chattanooga.

 

Sunday, March 13

Bags out and breakfast included!  We all know Atlanta is the home of our Milwaukee Braves, but there’s more and our day includes it all; CNN Studios, the World of Coca Cola, Martin Luther King’s tomb, President Carter’s Library and the Confederate Memorial Carving at Stone Mountain.  You’ll need the Drury Inn’s “Kick Back” and a good night’s rest after all that.

 

Monday, March 14

Bags out and breakfast included!  Sherman marched, we’ll ride!  First, to Macon then on to historic Savannah.  Our local guide boards our coach for our tour including many of the historic squares of Savannah.  Dinner and shopping on River Street round out the afternoon – but not the evening.  We’ve included the haunted Savannah trolley tour to help you get to sleep.

 

Tuesday, March 15

Bags out and breakfast included.  “Nothin’ could be finer than to be in Carolina in the mornin’”.  We know you’ll agree as Miss Magnolia joins us in Charleston for our historical tour of this southern gem.  Lunch and shopping in the markets precedes our cruise departure from Patriots Point to Ft. Sumter – where the Civil War began.  Dinner is included at our accommodations.

 

Wednesday, March 16

Bags out and breakfast included.  A walk thru America’s foremost outdoor sculpture garden, Brockgreen Garden, works up an appetite for our included lunch.  Then, it’s on to our ocean- front accommodations in Myrtle Beach.  Good thing our lunch was light as we’re dining at Benjamin’s Original Seafood Calabash – it’s a buffet – enjoy! (We’ll make a grocery store stop to stock your fridge this evening).

 

Thursday, March 17  HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

Green eggs and ham – just kidding – just breakfast – no bags out today.  It’s a free day at the beach or join those interested in shopping and lunch (on your own) at Broadway at the Beach, a huge outlet mall full of great eateries.  Calvin Gilmore’s Carolina Opry is included this evening.

 

Friday, March 18

Back to bags out and breakfast included.  Today’s drive is just a drive – breaks and lunch, all at a leisurely pace – brings us to our lodging at Homewood Suites.  Dinner is included, too!

 

Saturday, March 19

Bags out and breakfast included.  I hear the Biltmore needs house cleaners, our bus full should do all 250 rooms in a morning’s time – it’s just the tour – shops and lunch on your own!  We’ll continue thru the Smokies to Gatlinburg and our accommodations (suites – fireplaces/balconies and whirlpool tubs for all) in downtown Gatlinburg.  Try Calhouns for ribs or trout for dinner (on your own).

 

Sunday, March 20

Bags out and breakfast included.  I hate to say it but spring begins to fade as we head north today.  We’ll break in Colonel Sander’s country, Corbin, Kentucky, then, lunch just north of Louisville.  Our flagship hotel, the Hyatt in Deerfield awaits our arrival.  Cocktails and dinner conclude our last night on the tour.

 

Monday, March 21

Bags and breakfast included…let’s go home!

 

 

NEW ORLEANS AND THE OLD SOUTH

posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:34 PM by Sheila Weber

INCLUSIONS:

Motor coach • 10 nights lodging (three in New Orleans’ French Quarter) • 19 meals • photo stop at the Arch • extended break at Graceland • narrated tour of Vicksburg Battlefield • narrated tour of Natchez with mansion tours (ante bellum – pre-civil war mansions) • Natchez Pagent • cotton plantation tour • dinner and dancing at Pont Breaux • alligator/swamp tour • Mardi Gras World • carriage tour of the French Quarter • dinner cruise aboard the paddle wheeler “Natchez” • narrated tour of New Orleans • New Orleans School of Cooking • National WWII Museum • free day in New Orleans • Bellingrath Gardens • Grand Ole Opry.  Baggage handling for one suitcase (per person) at all lodging. Note:  Taxes are included on all included features

 

Please Note:  All times and inclusions are subject to change due to weather, crowds, traffic, etc.

Price per-person:

Double: $2,090.00                 Triple $2,040.00         Quad: $1,990.00        Single: $2,770.00

 

tchez with mansion tours (ante bellum – pre-civil war mansions) • Natchez Pagent • cotton plantation tour • dinner and dancing at Pont Breaux • alligator/swamp tour • Mardi Gras World • carriage tour of the French Quarter • dinner cruise aboard the paddle wheeler “Natchez” • narrated tour of New Orleans • New Orleans School of Cooking • National WWII Museum • free day in New Orleans • Bellingrath Gardens • Grand Ole Opry.  Baggage handling for one suitcase (per person) at all lodging. Note:  Taxes are included on all included features

 

Please Note:  All times and inclusions are subject to change due to weather, crowds, traffic, etc.


 NEW ORLEANS and the OLD SOUTH

Thursday, March 10 – Sunday, March 20

 

Thursday, March 10

Put down the shovel and pack your bag…we’re off for 11 days of fun…with a bit of history thrown in!  Lunch is included along with Drury Inn’s “Kick Back” (free food and drinks) in Collinsville, IL.

 

Friday, March 11

Bags out and breakfast included!  Have your cameras ready, there’s a photo stop at the Arch in St. Louis – and a break to follow at the Golden Arches!  Lunch is on your own today and I’m making it fast food so we can pick up a bit of extra time for our afternoon break at Graceland (Elvis’ home) in Memphis…still got those cameras close by?  Lodging tonight is in Jackson, Mississippi, the capital city!

 

Saturday, March 12

Bags out and breakfast included!  Most folks don’t realize that the battle for Vicksburg and Gettysburg were at the same time.  The difference being Vicksburg was a siege.  We’re joined by Myra Logue for our narrated tour of the Vicksburg battlefield.  Lunch and a short drive have us in another historical city, Natchez.  Often called the “Athens of the South”, Vicksburg was at one-time home to more millionaires than New York City (when cotton was king).  We’ll tour several of those plantation homes before we enjoy a bit of real southern cookin’ and charm in Natchez.

 

Sunday, March 13

Bags out and breakfast included!  We’ve lined up work for all of you this morning – have you ever picked cotton?  Just kidding! But we are going to learn the ins and outs of cotton picking on our plantation tour.  We’ll do brunch on a casino riverboat before we see Natchez in our rearview mirror (the boat is not cruising).  It’s the Drury Inn in Lafayette for our overnight and it’s one of the most fun nights on any Home Spun tour at Pont Breaux’s Cajun Restaurant – wear your dancing shoes.  We’re even buying the first drink (and dinner, of course).

 

Monday, March 14

Bags out and breakfast included.  Time for more pictures…of alligators…on our included swamp cruise.  We’re into New Orleans for lunch at the Riverwalk before we enjoy a narrated tour of Blains Mardi Gras World; it’s where they make the parade floats.  Boy, are you gonna get your eyes opened.  Our lodging is in the historic French Quarter for the next 3 nights.  But hold on, we’ve got carriages picking you up for a narrated tour of the Quarter and they’ll drop you off at the pier for our included dinner cruise aboard the paddle wheeler, Natchez.  How’s that for a fun day?

 

Tuesday, March 15

Breakfast included – NO bags out!  This morning we’re joined by another Home Spun Tours’ favorite, Michael, for our narrated tour of this historic city.  There will be some walking, especially in the cemetery, yes, the cemetery!  Michael also knows his way around a kitchen – he’s the lead chef for the New Orleans School of Cooking and he’s cooking our lunch with insights that just may be the highlight of your stay in the Crescent City.  WWII history this afternoon at the D-Day Museum, can’t wait to share Tom Hanks’ introductory video presentation with you.  The balance of the day is free – dinner is on your own.

 

Wednesday, March 16

 No bags – No breakfast!  Yes, I am kidding.  I’ve got a coupon for beignets and coffee at another New Orleans tradition, the Café de Monde (use it at your leisure 24-hours a day).  Then enjoy a free day in America’s most unusual city – your tour manager will point you in your desired direction.

 

Thursday, March 17  HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

Bags out and breakfast included!  Our route follows the Gulf Coast; I’ll show you the casinos in Biloxi on our way to beautiful Bellingrath Gardens for a tour and lunch (there is some walking to see all of the gardens).  A drive through Mobile and we’re on I-65 headed to Wind Creek Resort and Casino in Atmore, Alabama.  Their unbelievable buffet dinner is included (and so is a bit of free play in the casino if you’re interested – good luck!)

 

Friday, March 18

Bags out and breakfast included.  Believe it or not, today’s drive is the prettiest of the tour.  We’re headed to Nashville, The Drury Inn and the world’s longest running radio show, The Grand Ole Opry!

 

Saturday, March 19

Bags out and breakfast included.  The big cities of Louisville and Indianapolis are just drops in the bucket to our destination – Chicago!  Tonight’s lodging is our flagship hotel, the Hyatt in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield.  Cocktails and dinner at your leisure are included.

 

Sunday, March 20

Can you remember seeing so much and having so much fun in just 11 days?  That’s why we took you along and now it’s time to take you home.  Breaks, lunch and a lot of drop offs conclude our last day on the road!

ARIZONA

posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:28 PM by Sheila Weber

BUS INCLUSIONS:

Motor coach, tour manager 22 nights lodging (14 in one bedroom suites, Phoenix) 36 meals 5 Brewers Spring Training games , Mission San Xavier del Boc Sonora Desert Museum Frank Lloyd Wright’s home – Taliesin West • Old Tucson • Arizona Mills (outlets) • Mesa Swag meet • Arizona Opry • Rockin’ “R” Ranch (chuck wagon/show/dinner) • Grand Canyon day tour (early/late) • Organ Stop Pizza • rental car option (additional cost) • Santa Fe • Oklahoma City National Memorial.  Baggage handling for one suitcase (per person) at all lodging. Note:  Taxes are included on all included features

Please Note:  All times and inclusions are subject to change due to weather, crowds, traffic, etc

 

Price per-person:

Double: $3,550.00                 Triple:  N/A                        Quad: N/A                 Single: $4,650.00

 

Air fare:

Double:  $3,650.00                 Triple:  N/A                       Quad: N/A                Single:  $4,750.00

 

so-tab-count:1'> $2,775.00             Triple: $2,725.00                 Quad: $2,690.00     Single:  $3,840.00

Includes the Gulf front upgrade

TEXAS

posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:25 PM by Sheila Weber   [ updated Aug 14, 2015, 1:28 PM ]

BUS INCLUSIONS: 

Motor coach and experienced driver • 15  nights lodging • 25 meals • Gateway Arch photo stop (St. Louis) • Lamberts (“throwed rolls”) lunch • Clinton Presidential Library •  South Fork Ranch (TV Show “Dallas” lunch/tour) • Book Depository (JFK) • Cattle Drive • Cowboy’s Stadium • Houston city tour • 5 nights at Hilton Garden Inn - South Padre Island • Dolphin cruise, • Brownsville Flea Market • San Antonio; River Walk boat tour and the Alamo •  Texas Ranger’s Museum • 2nd largest casino IN THE WORLD • Oklahoma City National Memorial • WWI Memorial • Truman Library Museum.  Baggage handling for one suitcase (per person) at all lodging. Note:  Taxes are included on all included features. 

Please Note:  All times and inclusions are subject to change due to weather, crowds, traffic, etc

 

Price per-person:  (Standard)

Double: $2,540.00              Triple: $2,490.00                 Quad: $2,460.00      Single: $3,400.00

                                                                

Gulf Coast Suite South Padre Island (Upgrade)

Double: $2,715.00              Triple: $2,685.00                 Quad: $2,645.00      Single: $3,750.00

                

The fly program has simply deducted lodging, meals and attractions you will not participate in and added the round-trip air and shuttle charges.  You will miss 7 days of bus travel.

 

Air fare:

Double:  $2,775.00             Triple: $2,725.00                 Quad: $2,690.00     Single:  $3,840.00

Includes the Gulf front upgrade


FLORIDA "We've got the Keys"

posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:21 PM by Sheila Weber

INCLUSIONS:

Motor coach, experienced tour manager 13 night accommodations, (5 at the Double Tree in Key West,) 28 meals St. Augustine and Key West tram tours.  Baggage handling for one suitcase (per person) at all lodging. Note:  Taxes are included on all included features.

 

 Price Per-Person:

Double:  $2,680.00             Triple: $2,640.00                 Quad: $2,600.00     Single:  $3,520.00

 

HAWAII - January and February departures

posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:18 PM by Sheila Weber   [ updated Aug 14, 2015, 1:18 PM ]

ATTRACTIONS:

Experienced tour manager • Transportation from various communities in Wisconsin and Minnesota to Minneapolis, pre-flight overnight in Minneapolis; round trip flight Minneapolis – Honolulu – Minneapolis on Delta Airlines: Inter island flights on Hawaiian Airlines • all ground transportation in Hawaii by Gray Line (airport transfers / island tours) • all airline bag fees (Delta and Hawaiian) • airport porterage • hotel porterage • 15 nights lodging  (Minneapolis- Crowne Plaza – 1 night, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Honolulu – 4 nights, Marriott Courtyard, Kauai – 3 nights, Royal Kona, Hawaii – 4 nights, Royal Lahaina, Maui – 3 nights) • 18 meals • narrated tour of greater Honolulu; Pearl Harbor, Punchbowl National Cemetery, Iolani Palace, Nu’uanu Pali Lookout, Blowhole, Diamond Head and more • Polynesian Cultural Center • narrated tour on Kauai; Kileuea Lighthouse, Hanalei, Spouting Horn, Wiamea Canyon, Opaekaa Falls • cruise to Fern Grotto • Botanical Garden tram tour • Luau • Golden People of Hawaii • narrated tour of Hawaii; Kona Coffee Mill, Black Sand Beach, Volcanoes National Park, Thurston Lava Tube, orchid nursery, macadamia nut factory, Banyan Tree Drive • whale watch cruise (narrated) • Pioneer Inn. Baggage handling for one suitcase (per person) at all lodging. Note:  taxes are included on all included features.

 

Please note:  All times and inclusions are subject to change, due to weather, crowds, traffic, etc.

Price Per-Person:

Double:           $4,795.00                                            Single:             $6,195.00

 

$250.00 per-person deposit required for this trip.

Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

We are happy to quote triple or quad rates but cannot guarantee roll-away beds. All rooms have two beds – kings may be requested.

2 bedrooms   Double:  $3,900.00              Single:  $5,650.00

 

 

Price per-person (2 Weeks):

2/27/16 – 3/17/16

1 bedroom     Double:  $2,810.00              Single:  $3,850.00

2 bedrooms   Double:  $3,550.00              Single:  $4,250.00

 

 

 

 

THE GOLF COAST - 2 / 7 / 9 WEEKS ON THE BEACH

posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:16 PM by Sheila Weber

ATTRACTIONS:

Kobussen motor coach • 4 nights lodging enroute • 6 meals • experienced tour driver • 9, 7 or 2 weeks in your own gulf condo:  fully furnished one, two or three bedrooms on the Gulf of Mexico at Orange Beach, Alabama.  Each condo has full-size appliances including washer and dryer, all cooking and dining needs, linens, TVs, DVDs, VCRs and stereos, indoor heated pool, 3 hot tubs, exercise room, picnic area with grills, shuffleboard and even tennis courts.  Daily outings to the grocery store, malls, outlets, restaurants, sightseeing and more. We also go to the casinos in Biloxi every Wednesday, the Catholic and Protestant church every Sunday.  All outings are optional.  Some have a sign-up sheet, some you just show up and go.  A weekly itinerary tells you all of the outings.

 

Reminder:     A $250 per-person deposit is required for this tour if you book after 8/1/15.

                        This tour has a final payment date of 60 days prior to departure.

 

 

Condos includes all fees, taxes, phone

 

Price per-person (9 Weeks):

1/6/16 – 3/17/16

1 bedroom     Double:  $4,700.00              Single:  $6,150.00

2 bedrooms   Double:  $4,900.00              Single:  $6,350.00

 

Price per-person (7 Weeks):

1/6/16 – 3/3/16

1 bedroom     Double:  $3,700.00              Single:  $5,150.00

2 bedrooms   Double:  $3,900.00              Single:  $5,650.00

 

 

Price per-person (2 Weeks):

2/27/16 – 3/17/16

1 bedroom     Double:  $2,810.00              Single:  $3,850.00

2 bedrooms   Double:  $3,550.00              Single:  $4,250.00

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS AT THE FIRESIDE

posted Jul 27, 2015, 9:24 AM by Sheila Weber   [ updated Sep 4, 2015, 7:30 AM ]

Saturday, December 12 - Sunday, December 13

Tour inclusions:

Motorcoach, 1 night lodging (Hilton-Madison), ALL MEALS (4) • experienced tour manager • dinner and Christmas show, A Wonderful Life” at the Fireside in Fort Atkinson • Wisconsin State Capitol Christmas tree and several Christmas shopping stops.  Baggage handling is not included.  You will only need a carry-on for this one. Note:  Taxes are included on all included features.

Experienced tour manager • ALL MEALS • 2 nights lodging. Baggage handling for one suitcase (per-person) at all lodging.  Note:  Taxes are included on all included features.

 

Price per-person:

Double: $595.00                      Triple: $585.00            Quad: $575.00            Single: $715.00


CHRISTMAS MYSTERY

posted Jul 27, 2015, 9:22 AM by Sheila Weber


Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 13

Tour inclusions:

Experienced tour manager • ALL MEALS • 2 nights lodging. Baggage handling for one suitcase (per-person) at all lodging.  Note:  Taxes are included on all included features.

 

Price per-person:

Double: $595.00                      Triple: $585.00            Quad: $575.00            Single: $715.00


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