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Day & Extended Travel

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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 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.

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

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2016 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 .

2016

December 12-16

Greenwich Village, Wall Street, Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, Statue of Liberty, Broadway Show; 5 days, 5 meals ($3,129 double w/air fare, less $100 if booked before July 5)
 
2017
 
April 19-28 ................................................................................. Reflections of Italy
Rome, Colosseum, Assisi, Perugia Siena, Florence, Chianti Winery, Venice, Murano Island; 10 days, 13 meals ($4,349 double w/air fare)
 
May 5-14.................................................................................... Heritage of America
New York City, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Shenandoah Valley, Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Mount Vernon, Washington DC, Smithsonian Institution, Arlington National Cemetery; 10 days, 14 meals ($3,429 double w/air fare)

May 15-19.................................................................................. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Via motor coach, four nights at the Music Road Resort, Titanic Exhibit, Gatlinburg Aquarium, three shows, three all-day trolley passes for exploring on your own; 5 days, 9 meals ($890 single, $690 double, $650 triple, $200 deposit with reservation)

June 11-17.................................................................................Southern Charm
Charleston, Savannah, Jekyll Island; 7 days, 9 meals ($2,849 double w/air fare)

June 24-July 3 ......................................................................................... UK by Rail
Edinburgh, Scottish Evening, Edinburgh Castle, St. Andrews, Whiskey Distillery, York, Castle Howard, London, Traditional English Pub Dinner, Windsor Castle; 10 days, 12 meals ($4,749 double w/air fare)

August 12-23 ................................................................... 2017 National Parks of America 
Scottsdale, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks, Old Faithful, Sheridan, Bighorn Mountains, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial; 12 days, 16 meals ($4,489 double w/air fare, less $100 if booked before February 6)

September 13-23 ............................... Classic Danube w/ 7-Night Danube River Cruise
Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Wachau Valley, Linz, Passeau, Regensburg, Rothenburg, Wurzburg, Munich; 11 days, 23 meals ($4,799 double w/air fare, less $500 if booked before May 13)

 
September 23-October 5................................................... California and America’s Western Wonders
Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Monterey, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco; 13 days, 17 meals ($4,279 double w/air fare)

October 14-22 ........................................................................... Tropical Costa Rica
San Jose, Coffee Plantation, Guanacaste, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Hanging Bridges Tour, Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal Cruise, Cooking Demonstration, Cano Negro Refude, Zarcerco, National Theatre; 9 days, 13 meals ($2,799 double w/air fare)

Questions: 427-6017 or sharon.dosen@cityoffortwayne.

2017 Extended Trips and Tours Individual trip brochures may be viewed on line at www.fortwayneparks.org.  Click on Programs > Day & Extended Travel.

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Photos from the 2014 Mackinac Island Trip 

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Day Trips 

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

Like to see Day Trips planned for the entire year? NOW AVAILABLE a list of 2016 Day Trips 
  

 
Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL

Kick off your holiday shopping with a trip to Northwest Chicago’s Woodfield Mall, nation- ally known as an outstanding shopping des- tination. 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 con- necting trolley to the Costco Store 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    11/26              Sa                $60

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 2nd 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-F1    12/2               F                   $55
475005-S1    12/7              W                  $55
475005-S2    12/10            Sa                 $55

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 Univer- sity’s 83rd Anniversary Christmas Show! This popular musical extravaganza, with its inno- vative 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 Honey- well House in Wabash on the way. A guided tour of this beautiful mansion, filled with unique fur- niture and objects of art, will precede our meal. In spirit, Mrs. Honeywell’s renowned reputa- tion as a hostess continues. A supper stop on your own will be made on the way home.

Code            Date              Day               Fee
475003-S1    12/3              Sa              $105

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

2017 Detroit Auto Show

Experience the next generation of transportation! The Detroit Auto Show, North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase, displays more than 500 vehicles representing the most innovative designs in the world.  You’ll 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 of rolls, coffee and juice will be served en-route.  Your entry ticket and a boxed lunch is included which you can take into the show. A supper stop (on your own) will be made at Old Country Buffet in Jackson, MI on the way home.

Code          Date      Day  Fee
175007-S1 1/14      Sa     $80
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell and E. State Blvd. 
Returns: 9:30 p.m. 

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

“CHICAGO’S  BLOOMING” on Navy Pier at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show this year.  After arriving in Chicago, you will have about 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. The luncheon cruise and admission to the Flower and Garden Show are included. 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 
175000-S1     3/18      Sa   $105
Departs:  8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. 
Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Saturday Night Fever:  The Musical

Grab your bell-bottoms and take a trip back in time with “Saturday Night Fever.”  Based on the 1977 hit film, Saturday Night Fever follows Brooklyn teen Tony Manero in his attempt to escape his tribulations by spending weekends at the local discotheque. Watch as Tony tries to win the admiration of the crowd as well as his heartthrob, Stephanie Mangano, with his electric moves. Featuring your favorite Bee Gees songs from the movie such as “Stayin Alive’” and “More Than a Woman,” “Saturday Night Fever” is a nostalgic classic that will bring you dancing in the aisle.  Our destination is the Drury Theatre in Chicago. Continental breakfast will be served en route.  Lunch before the show is included and a fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code             Date      Day Fee
175009-R1    2/9        Th   $105
Departs:  7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell and State Blvd.
Returns:  9:00 p.m.

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.

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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