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Extended Trips and Tours



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!
Thanks to Scott Short for providing these wonderful photos. 

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2015 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 .

June 28-30 ...................................................... French Lick Springs Resort & Casino Via motor coach , 2 nights at the historic resort, boat cruise, train ride, visit to French Lick Winery, Tour of French Lick and West Baden Hotels and more.  ($585 double, $550 triple, $750 single)

August 31-September 7 ............................................. Pacific Northwest & California: Washington, Oregon and California including Seattle, Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, Portland, Columbia River Gorge, Portland Spirit Cruise, Newport, Bandon State Natural Area, Redwood National Park, Eureka Avenue of the Giants, San Francisco; 8 days, 10 meals ($2,769 double w/air fare)

September 8-20 ...................................................... Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise  7 night Princess Cruise, Anchorage, Denali National Park, Music of Denali Dinner Theater, Denali Wilderness Tour, Luxury Domed Rail, Whittier, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Inside Passage; 13 days, 21 meals ($4,399 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 18-20, 2015.................................................27th Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island Tour, Double $620, Single $780, Deposit $250, Code # 475103-S1



   Photos from the 2014 Mackinac Island Trip

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)


November 5-14......................................................... Hawaiian Adventure: Oahu, Kauai and Maui Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, Oahu’s North Shore, Kilohana Plantation, Waimea Canyon, Kauai Coffee Company, Iao Valley Monument, Lahaina, Polynesian Cultural Center; 10 days, 13 meals ($4,799 double w/air fare)

March 15-29, 2016 ....................................................South Pacific Wonders
Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Christchurch, Mount Cook National Park, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Arrowtown; 15 days, 20 meals ($7,099 double w/air fare)

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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

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 ShowChicago 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.

Springtime in Chicago
Enjoy a lovely spring day in Chicago! (It makes a great Mother’s Day gift for mom.)Browse the shops along the Magnificent Mile or the stores in the Loop; meander through museums; stroll through Millennium Park; visit Navy Pier or ride a river cruise or a sightseeing bus! The choice is yours today! The coach will drop off and pick up at a central location between Grand Avenue and Illinois Street near Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River. Maps will be provided to help you locate your favorite spots! Continen- tal 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
275005-S1    5/9                  Sa                    $55
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry
Spend the day with us exploring the many exhib- its at the Museum. Throughout your day, you’ll see a full size replica of a coal mine, a 3,500 square foot model railroad and the Apollo spacecraft, in which humans first orbited the moon and enjoy a show in the Omnimax the- atre. A voucher for lunch at the food court is included. Continental breakfast served en- route, fast food stop (on your own) on the way home.
Code                  Date Day Fee
275015-S1         4/18  Sa  $90

Departs 7:00 a.m from Bob Arnold Park, State and Parnell.  Returns 9:00 p.m.
Tulip Time Festival
Michigan blooms with hospitality as this charm- ing city welcomes us to its 86th Tulip Time Festival. Our day starts out with a Luncheon Buffet Cruise on the “Holland Princess.”  Then, a short tour of the tulip lined streets as we proceed toward Centennial Park where 200 juried exhibitors will be showing fine art and original crafts  for  sale. Be  sure  to  check out the Downtown Shops bursting with spring deals before departure. A Continental breakfast will be served en route and a supper stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code          Date Day Fee
275007-S1 5/2   Sa   $89
Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.
Returns:  10:30 p.m.

Saugatuck Shopping
Come explore this quant artist colony with its many  opportunities  for  one-of-a-kind  trea- sures. Whether your interests are antiques or collectibles, clothing and accessories, arts or gifts, jewelry or fine sportswear you’ll enjoy browsing  through  the  specialty  shops.  For lunch, enjoy one of the unique eateries located throughout the town, or the soda shop at the local  drug  store.  Whatever  you  choose  this little town will be sure to please. A continen- tal breakfast will be served en-route, with a fast food stop (on your own) on the way home.

Code               Date Day Cost
375002-S1      6/20  Sa   $65
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 9:30 p.m.

Chicago Cubs Baseball
Cubs fans, the long awaited baseball season is here and we’ve planned four motorcoach trips to Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field. Lower ter- race seats are reserved for each game to watch all your favorite players in action as they battle National League teams! A box lunch and bever- age (included) is provided en route to the ball- park. A fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Cubs vs. Pirates     375000-C8        5/15  F    $79            
Cubs vs. Reds        375000-C2        6/12  F    $79
Cubs vs. Rockies    375000-D4       7/29  W   $79
Cubs vs. Braves     375000-C1        8/21  F    $79
Cubs vs. Reds        375000-D6        9/2   W    $79

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