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Extended Trips and Tours

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The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Travel Service has planned a variety of tours just for you. To receive a free brochure on a trip that interests you, or for more information, please call Travel Specialist Sharon Dosen at (260) 427-6017.


The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Travel Service has planned a variety of tours just for you.
To receive a free brochure on a trip that interests you, or for more information, please call Travel
Specialist Sharon Dosen at (260) 427-6017 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Trip brochures including pricing information are also now available on-line. Please click on the trip
of interest to see the brochure.

Photo highlights from the Mackinac Island Trip October 2011l!
Thanks to Scott Short for providing these wonderful photos. 

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2014 Extended Trips and Tours

To request a brochure or for more information about extended trips and tours, please call Travel Specialist Sharon Dosen at (260) 427-6017 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

March 14-21, 2015 .................................................. Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries Lima, San Francisco Monastery, Cuzco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo Ruins, Machu Picchu, Culinary Demonstration, Andean Folkloric Music & Dance; 8 days, 11 meals ($3,849 double w/air fare)

May 6-12, 2015........................................................ Spotlight on Washington, D.C.: U.S. Capital Building Tour, World War II Memorial, White House Visitor Center, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetary, Smithsonian Institute, Barltimore, Annapolis, Washington National Cathedral, Ford's Theatre; 7 days, 9 meals ($2,499 double w/airfare)

May 6-18, 2015......................................................... Heart of Russia: Cruising Moscow to St. Petersburg Moscow, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Kremlin with Armory Museum, Piroshki Tea  Party, Volga River, Blini & Caviar, Visits Petersburg, Hermitage Museum, Catherine Palace;  13 days, 27 meals ($4,999 double w/air fare)

May  17-25, 2015......................................................California  Coast San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Monterey, 17 Mile Drive, Big Sur, Hearst Castle, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego; 9 days, 11 meals ($3,029 double w/air fare)

September 20-27, 2015 .......................................... Heart of the South: New Orleans, Natchez and Lafayette French Quarter, Court of Two Sisters, Baton Rouge, Natchez, Martin Accordions, Cajun Entertainment, Vermilionville, Bayou Cruise, Cajun Cooking School; 8 days, 11 meals ($2,349 double w/air fare)

Sept. 26-October 4, 2015......................................... The Colorado Rockies: National Parks and Historic Trains Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Junction, Arches National Pak, Canyonlands National Park, Colorado National Monument, Durango & Silverton Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, Pike’s Peak Cog Railway, Garden of the Gods. 9 days,12 meals, ($2909  double w/airfare).

October 2-7, 2015 .................................................... Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Santa Fe, Santa Fe School of Cooking, Turquoise Trail, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Old Town Albuquerque, Nuclear Science & History Museum, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; 6 days, 8 meals ($2,379 double w/air fare)

October 3-10, 2015.................................................. Colors of New England: Boston, Woodstock, Quechee Gorge, Stowe, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, Rocks Estate, North  Conway, Lake Winnipesaukee Cruise, Kancamagus Highway, Boothby Harbor, Lobster Dinner; 8 days, 10 meals   ($3,329 double w/airfare)

October 17-28, 2015.................................................Discover Croatia: Lake Bled, The Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik Opatija, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Dubrovnik, Family-Style Dinner in Cilipi, Split, Diocletian’s Palace, Ljubjana, Lake Bled, Pletna Boat Ride, Wine Tasting; 12 days, 15 meals ($3,949 double w/air fare)


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 Left to right:Ernie Young, Judy Erhardt, Alyssa
Grawcock, Esther Grawcock, Judy Young and Art
Grawcock.

                                                                                                                                                                                

 

 

 

Day Trips


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Photos from a recent trip to Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan!

Many popular Day Trips are planned throughout the year. To see a complete list or to register,
go to: Register now
 
 

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Shopping at Woodfield Mall
Schaumburg,  Illinois

Kick off your holiday shopping with a trip to Northwest Chicago’s Woodfield Mall, nationally known as an outstanding shopping destination. You’ll be greeted at the door with a shopping bag and a book of coupons good at most of the stores in the mall. With over 300 stores to browse, many of them specialty shops, you’re sure to find that perfect gift for that important someone in your life. A connecting trolley to Lego and Ikea is available. A continental breakfast will be served en route and a fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code          Date   Day Fee
475013-S1 11/15  Sa   $65

Departs:  7:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. Returns:  10:30 p.m.


Fashion Outlets of Chicago 

Discover Chicago’s newest shopping experience at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, a 530,000 sq.  ft.  retail  extravaganza  in  Rosemont,  just minutes from O’Hare International Airport and a short ride from downtown. Opened in the summer of 2013, visitors can take a day or more to explore more than 130 designer retail stores including Bloomingdale’s, The Outlet Store, Burberry, Neiman Marcus, Last Call, Gucci, Michael Kors, Tory Burch Outlet and many more. Upon arrival, you will receive a shopping package and discounts for your use that day. A continental breakfast will be served en route and a fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code           Date  Day   Fee
475019-S1 11/29  Sa    $65

Departs:  7:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E State Blvd. Returns:  10:30 p.m.


Chicago Shopping

Catch the holiday spirit! Join our “shop till you drop” trips to festively decorated stores in downtown Chicago or attend any one of the number of special Christmas activities going on during the holiday season in the city. Don’t miss “The Christkindlemart” taking place throughout the Christmas season on Daley Plaza, or the “One of a Kind Show” at the Merchandise Mart with our own local artist Dawn DeSanto from “Hand Jive” on the 6th of December. The coach will drop off and pick up at a central loca- tion between Grand Avenue and Illinois Street, near Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River. A continental breakfast will be served en route. Lunch in Chicago and a fast-food stop on the way home are on your own.

Code             Date   Day Fee
475005-W1   12/3    W   $60
475005-S1    12/6    Sa  $60
475005-S2    12/13  Sa  $60

Departs:  7:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E State Blvd. Returns:  10:30 p.m.


Purdue Christmas Show

Board our “sleigh” for a trip to West Lafayette and a matinee performance of Purdue University’s 81st Anniversary Christmas Show!   This popular  musical  extravaganza,  with  its  innovative  staging,  choreography  and  costuming promises to put you in the holiday mood.  As always the inspirational Cantata is a fitting trib- ute to the blessed season.  An elegant luncheon will be served just for us at the historic Honeywell House in Wabash on the way.  A guided tour of this beautiful mansion, filled with unique furniture and objects of art, will precede our meal. In spirit, Mrs. Honeywell’s renowned reputation as a hostess continues.  A supper stop on your own will be made on the way home.

Code            Date Day  Fee
475003-S1   12/6  Sa    $105

Departs:  9:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. Returns:  10:00 p.m.

 

Winter Wonderland

Bundle up and join us for a delightful winter day at Plymouth, Michigan’s 31st International Ice Sculpture Spectacular! After gazing in awe at hundreds of gigantic sparkling ice displays created by artists from around the world, you can warm up in a wonderful array of shops, galleries and eateries. On the way home, we’ll stop at Schuler’s Restaurant in Marshall, Michigan with its old-world charm for Saturday night supper (included).  A continental breakfast will be served en route to Plymouth.
Code Date Day Fee
175003-S1 1/10 Sa $85

Departs:  8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell and E. State Blvd.  
Returns:  9:30 p.m.


2015 Chicago Auto Show

Join us as we travel to McCormick Place for the exciting 2015 Auto Show. You’ll be able to see “One-of- a-Kind” concepts and high end cars as you browse through the exciting new models.  Photos are allowed, so be sure to bring your camera. A continental breakfast, rolls, coffee and juice will be served en route. A boxed lunch (also included) may be carried into McCormick Place where tables and chairs are set up for dining. A fast food stop will be made at Culvers (on your own) on the way home.

Code Date Day  Fee
175007-S1 2/21 Sa $75

Departs 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell and E. State Blvd. 
Returns 9:30 p.m. 


Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Spring is just around the corner and the Chicago Flower and Garden Show will again blossom along Chicago’s lakefront.  After arriving at Navy Pier’s popular festival marketplace, you have an hour to sample the specialty shops before we board our 700-passenger ship, “Spirit of Chicago” for a 2-hour luncheon buffet, floral arrangement demonstration . . . and incredible skyline views!  After docking, you can stroll through the corridor filled with beautiful stained glass windows on your way to the Flower and Garden Show.  You will enjoy lush theme gardens, creative tablescapes, demonstrations by florists and chefs, gardening seminars and the popular marketplace. Whether you are a beginning gardener needing the basics, a seasoned pro wanting to take things to the next level or a horticultural aficionado seeking what’s new and trendy, you will find Chicago’s first blush with spring to be invigorating.  Continental breakfast is served en route and a fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code          Date Day Fee 
175000-S1 3/21  Sa   $105

Departs :  8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. 
Returns:  10:30 p.m.

 

Broadway in Chicago presents First Wives Club

The “First Wives Club” is based on the smash hit 1996 film and Olivia Goldsmith’s bestselling novel, where three former college friends reunite to find that they have more in common than their alma mater!  Ditched by their respective husbands for younger women, they band together to settle scores with the men who did them wrong. The songs, both original and classic, by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland, directed by Simon Phillips.  First Wives Club is a hilarious and inspiring story about friendship at its strongest and revenge at its sweetest. Our motorcoach stops first on Michigan Avenue where you can browse at Water Tower Place before gathering at “Mity Nice Grill” to enjoy American dishes, served family-style for lunch (included). 

Code          Date  Day Fee
275014-S1 3/14  Sa   $125

Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell and E. State Blvd.
Returns: 10:30 p.m.


Make Reservations Now!

We are taking reservations by phone for:

• 27th  Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island Tour, October 12-14, Double $590, Triple $555, Single $755, Deposit
$200, Code # 475103-S1

Cancellation Information

All Cancellations on day trips are subject to a $5 or 10% (whichever is greater) per person cancellation fee. Cancellations made within one week of departure will be refunded only if replacements can  be  found.  There  are no refunds for NO-SHOWS. All day trips include the service of a Travel Service escort, motorcoach transportation and all necessary gratuities, including those to the escort and motorcoach driver. All trips feature NO SMOKING on the motorcoaches. 

Day Trip Testimonials

My travel friends (Beckie, Tonda, and Leah) and I would like to say THANK YOU for such a wonderful Chicago Shopping Trip on Saturday, December 1st. Our group had a wonderful time. The price for the trip was unbeatable. The organization of the trip was flawless. Donna was a wonderful hostess who made sure everyone's needs were met. Bob, the bus driver from excursion travel, was the best driver we have ever had and we have been on quite a few bus trips in the past.

We will definitely recommend future bus trips sponsored by Parks and Recreation to our friends and families. We would certainly be interested in taking future bus trips through the Parks and Recreation. This was our first time and I sure it will not be our last.  

Thanks again for such a wonderful time last Saturday.

Michelle V.

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Traveler Testimonials:

I want to comment about the trip to Branson. It was a wonderful and well organized event.
Sue and the bus driver were outstanding. Thank you for your attention to all the details that
made up such a nice trip. - Sylvia C.

 

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