Duration

  • 8 Days

Price

Double
$1,860
Single
$2,460

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Branson Anniversary Tour

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Missouri, the gateway to the west, is where the American pioneer story began. It gets real when we visit St. Louis and head to the top of one of America’s most iconic symbols in the Midwest sky, The Gateway Arch. At 63 stories high, it’s the tallest man-made monument in the USA. The Arch symbolizes the gate through which thousands of pioneers set out by wagon westward, blazing the Oregon Trail.

We’ll stop at the Titanic museum and view over 400 artifacts retrieved from a 1987 expedition to the ocean floor. Every visitor receives a boarding ticket with the name and class of one Titanic passenger. Walk the full-scale replica of the grand staircase, tour the corridors of the majestic ship that sank on her maiden voyage, and discover if your passenger survived when you leave! When we hit Branson, things get country! Packed with music venues from classic to contemporary, Branson brings out veteran and breaking music artists, dancers, and special guests. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, and high-kickin’ harmony make the floor beneath your feet shake. You’ll clap, cheer, laugh, and head home happy. Throw in a winery tour, a steakhouse or two, and an afternoon at the Navy Pier in Chicago—now that’s one mighty-fine Midwest tour!

 

The Music of Branson

A little northwest of Nashville and Memphis, a tiny country music town (pop. < 12, 000) belts out country tunes that people hear from around the world. Branson, Missouri, an Ozark town, is a favourite vacation venue. Theatres, live music, and small-town hospitality draw crowds—7.2 million annually! Branson’s Music Fest is a 2-day festival featuring country music artists old and new. When the Welk Theater stage lights up, take in a star-studded line-up of performances from Missouri’s finest.
What makes the Haygood show so unique? It’s the Haygood family recipe for success: raw talent showcased on over 20 different instruments, six melodic sibling voices, and the group’s effervescent energy combined with a passion for putting on a top-notch show, every time. You’ll love what they do, because it’s so evident that they love what they do their excitement is contagious! The Haygood’s take pride in crafting their show for their audiences and the result is an unsurpassed combination of dance, music, and excitement that has taken Branson by storm.
  • St. Louis Arch
  • Titanic Museum
  • Branson Music Fest Shake & Howdy
  • Clay Cooper’s Country Express
  • College of the Ozarks Tour
  • Mount Pleasant Winery Tour
  • The Haygoods Performance
  • Free time at Navy Pier, Chicago

Motorcoach transportation, 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian Dollars, are per person and HST does not apply.

  • Lima, OH: Hampton Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or Howard Johnson’s (1 night)
  • St. Louis, MO: Drury Plaza or Drury Inn Union Station Hotel (1 night)
  • Branson, MO: Stone Castle Hotel (3 nights)
  • Normal, IL: Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center (1 night)
  • Battle Creek, MI: Holiday Inn (1 night)

Branson

Day1

Lindsay, ON to Lima OH
Depart Ontario departure by luxury motorcoach. We’ll be hitting the road, picking up passengers en route to Ohio.
Dinner at The Olive Garden or Cracker Barrel.
Stay: Hampton Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or Howard Johnson’s
Nights: 1
Meals: D

Day2

Lima, OH to St. Louis, MO
This travel day begins with a hotel breakfast in Ohio and ends with a cocktail party and munchies in St. Louis!
Stay: Drury Plaza or Drury Inn Union Station Hotel, St. Louis
Nights: 1
Meals: B

Day3

St. Louis, MO to Branson, MO
Breakfast first thing followed by a 3-hour tour of the St. Louis Arch. From 630ft up, the views are spectacular. This is one of America’s greatest man-made monuments—the tallest in the USA (63 stories high)! 43 000 tons of concrete and steel built the Gateway Arch through which, symbolically, the pioneers headed westward by wagon on the Oregon Trail. The Arch tells a 200-year story of explorers, settlers, and rebels who made America what it is today. Themed interactive exhibits and galleries play out St. Louis’ role in that pioneering era, educating and delighting millions of visitors since 1965. Take the innovative tram to the top and look out above the city for 30 miles from the most iconic symbol in the Midwest sky. 
Lunch on your own before we leave St. Louis at noon, arriving for hors d’oeuvres at the Stone Castle Hotel (our home base for the next three nights). Unpack and refresh before an evening at the Titanic Museum. John Joslyn headed an expedition to the ocean floor in 1987. From that expedition, 400 artifacts were pulled from the Titanic’s final resting place, now showcased in 20 galleries. Step through an artificial iceberg into the museum. Every visitor receives a boarding ticket with the name and class of one Titanic passenger (out of 2208 passengers who boarded in 1912). Hear the stories, climb the grand staircase, explore the gold-plated iron work of this incredible ocean liner—and watch out for paranormal activity traced to the relics! (investigated by the Travel Channel in 2017). When you leave, find out if your ticket holder survived. An emotional and beautiful way to spend an evening.
Stay: Stone Castle Hotel, Branson
Nights: 3
Meals: B

Day4

Branson, MO
The morning is yours to explore the shops of Branson. Let’s meet for lunch at The Pickin Porch Grill followed by MusicFest at 2:00 pm. Dinner at Pasgetti’s and then more country music at Clay Cooper’s Country Express show. Two hours of country music entertainment from classic to contemporary, with veteran and breaking music artists, dancers, and special guests. An action-packed evening of lights, comedy, and down-home country. 
This year, it’s even more special: DeNure celebrates 60 years of designing the best tours anywhere around, hands down (if we do say so ourselves)! Clay Cooper himself will present our CEO, Ray DeNure, with a celebratory plaque.
Snacks and drinks back at the hotel.
Meals: B, L, D

Day5

Branson
Today we explore the Ozarks, starting with a one-hour College of the Ozarks tour. Founded in 1906, this faith-based university admits all full-time students for free. Known as Hard Work U, students work on campus in lieu of paying tuition (15 hours a week and two 40-hour weeks between semesters). 
After lunch at Shorty Smalls we’ll save one hour to experience Missouri’s Mount Pleasant Estates Winery. The original hand-dug wood and limestone cellars, the “oven house,” and beautifully-landscaped grounds make a fine backdrop for learning about award-winning wine techniques. 
This day ain’t over! Not by a long shot. 
At 2:00 pm we’ll hit Music Fest for three full hours of country music entertainment. Dinner at Fall Creek Steakhouse hits the spot before an evening with the Haygoods at 8:00 pm. Get ready for song, dance, and a whirlwind of instruments played by the Haygood family. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, even harps… there’s a reason why this performance is a Branson mainstay: it delivers high-kickin’ harmony that makes you clap, cheer, laugh, and that sends you home happy. If this packed day doesn’t send you straight for bed, enjoy snacks and drinks back at the hotel to cap off your night.
Meals: B, L, D

Day6

Branson, MO to Normal (Bloomington), IL
Today we leave Branson for Bloomington after breakfast. We’ll stop for lunch and arrive at the Marriott. Dinner is your choice!
Stay: Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Nights: 1
Meals: B

Day7

Normal, IL to Battle Creek, MI
Bloomington to Battle Creek today. After breakfast, we’ll head for Chicago. Our motor coach drives up to Navy Pier, a Chicago landmark, in time for lunch. With two hours of free time, stroll the 3,300-foot-long pier on the shore of Lake Michigan and take in 50 acres of art and cultural attractions. Historically, World War II pilots trained at the pier between 1942-1945 and, as casualties of training, 200 planes still rest at the bottom of Lake Michigan! One of that pilots-in-training was George H. W. Bush, former president of the United States. 
Stay: Holiday Inn, Battle Creek
Nights: 1
Meals: B

Day8

Battle Creek, MI to Lindsay, ON
Homeward bound, we’ll board after breakfast, hit Duty free at 11:30 am, and stop for lunch (on your own) in Sarnia at 12:30 pm. Regular drop offs along the route to Lindsay.
Meals: B

Travellers could be required to walk on uneven surfaces regularly, and the day could be busy with activities from morning until evening. Any daytime rest is taken while travelling on the motorcoach from one attraction to another. There may also be a number of one-night stays that necessitate the need to pack up each morning. Many of our overseas tours fall into this category.

  • St Louis Arch
  • Branson
  • The Haygoods, Branson
  • Titanic Museum, Branson
  • Titanic Museum, Branson
  • The Titanic Museum, Branson

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