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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.


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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.

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

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 We are offering the Mackinac Island trip in 2014!  Download the Brochure today!

 

 

2014 Extended Trips and Tours
 

June 29-July 1         French Lick Springs Hotel: Via motorcoach, features two nights at French Springs Resort & Casino, activities including winery tour, Patoka Lake cruise and French Lick Springs Railroad excursion;3 days, 5 meals ($585 double) French Lick Springs Hotel 1-French Lick

                                                                                             

 

 

 

Sept 2-14                       Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise:Fairbanks, Sternwheeler Discovery, Denali National Park, Music of Denali Dinner Theater, McKinley, Luxury Domed Rail, Whittier, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Inside Passage; 13 days, 22 meals, ($5,081 double w/air fare)

Sept  7-14               The Best of Eastern Canada : Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, 1000 Islands, Toronto, Niagara Falls; 8 days, 11 meals ($3,299 double w/air fare)

Sept 16-24              Rhine River Cruise: Amsterdam Canal Cruise, MS Gerard Schmitter, Volendam, Zaanse Schans, Cologne, Rhine Valley & Vinyards, Rudesheim, Lorelei Rock, Heidelberg Castle, Strasbourg, 9 days, 19 meals ($4,849 double w/air fare)

Sept 20-28                Trains of the Colorado Rockies…Highlights … Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, Georgetown Loop, Grand Junction, Durango & Silverton, Mesa Verde National Park, Royal Gorge Railroad, Pike’s Peak Cog Railway; 12 meals ($2,659 – Double includes air fare) 

Sept 26-Oct 5           Alpine Lakes and Scenic TrainsHighlights …Lake Zurich Cruise, Golden Pass Train, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Bernina Pass Train, Ferry Ride on Lake Como, Como, Lucerne; 12 meals ($4,269-Double includes air fare). 

Oct 4-9                      Albuquerque Balloon Festival  Highlights...Santa Fe, Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe School of Cooking, Turquoise Trail, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Old Town Albuquerque, Nuclear Science & History Museum, Indian Cultural Museum. 6 days, 8 meals ($2,279-Double includes air fare).

Oct 6-16                    Imperial Cities – Highlights … Prague, Hradcany Castle, Prague Diner’s Choice, Vienna, Schoenbrunn Palace, Grinzing Evening, Danube River Cruise, Bratislava, Budapest, Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, Szentendre, Renaissance Dinner; 14 meals ($3849-Double includes air fare)

Oct 9-15       Autumn in New England: 7 days ($2,399 double w/air fare) Boston, Salem, House of Seven Gables, Norman Rockwell Museum, Apple Orchard, Southern Vermont, Bennington, Vermont Farm, Vermont Country Store, Wolfeboro, Portland Head Light, Kennebunkport, Lobster Dinner; 7 Days, 9 meals ($2,399 double w/air fare)

Oct 12-14                  Michigan’s Jewel – Mackinac Island Via motorcoach, two nights at historic 4-star Grand Hotel, round trip ferry, round trip horse- drawn taxi, carriage tour of island, day and evening activities; 5 gourmet meals ($590 double) Grand Hotel1-GrandHotel Page 1

 

  

 

 

Dec 1-5                      New York City Holiday  Highlights...Greenwich Village, Wall Street, Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, Statue of Liberty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Broadway Show.  5 Days, 5 Meals, ($2749-Double includes air fare


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 Left to right:Ernie Young, Judy Erhardt, Alyssa
Grawcock, Esther Grawcock, Judy Young and Art
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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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Springtime Visit to Chicago
Celebrate springtime with a day in Chicago! 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! 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
275005-S1    5/17 Sa $55
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Chicago Cubs Baseball
Calling all die-hard Cubs fans! It’s the long awaited baseball season and four motorcoach trips are heading to Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field. Lower terrace seats are reserved for each game to watch all your favorite players in action as they battle National League teams! A box lunch and beverage (included) is provided en route to the ballpark. A fast food stop (on your own) is made on the way home.
Code Date Day Fee
Cubs vs. Pirates
375000-C8  6/20              F                   $79
Cubs vs. Rockies
375000-D4  7/31              Th                 $79
Cubs vs. Brewers
375000-C4  8/14              Th                 $79
Cubs vs. Orioles
375000-D5  8/22              F                   $79

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

Saugatuck Shopping

Come with us as we explore this quaint artist colony with its many opportunities for one of kind pieces. 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 continental breakfast will be served en route, with a fast food stop (on your own) on the way home.

Code            Date     Day    Fee
375002-S1    6/21     Sa      $65
Departs: 7:30 am from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.

Returns 9:30 pm

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Scenic Saugatuck
Spend a relaxing day on the picturesque Michigan coast in the charming Village of Saugatuck! Our day begins aboard the Star of Saugatuck, an authentic sternwheeler with an enclosed lower deck, for a leisurely cruise down the Kalamazoo River, through the harbor and onto Lake Michigan.  A box lunch and beverage (included) is served on board by the crew.  After docking, stroll through shops brimming with unique art, antiques, jewelry...t-shirts and more!  Then, its time for an exciting ride along the famous dunes with an experienced schooner driver!  A continental breakfast is served en route and a meal stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code           Date          Day                     Fee
375002-S2   7/26          Sa                     $105
375002-S3   8/16          Sa                     $105
Departs: 8:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.
Returns:  10:30 p.m.

Woodfield Mall Shopping

Shop ‘til you drop at Northwest Chicago’s Woodfield Mall, nationally known as an outstanding shopping destination. Upon arrival, we’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 through, many of them specialty shops, you’re sure to find something you can’t live without! A connecting trolley to all the local stores allows you to visit other shops in the area. 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
375014-S1    7/19          Sa                      $60

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

 

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

It’s a short drive to Nappanee and the 52nd annual Amish Acres Arts and Crafts Festival.
The  Festival  and  market-place,  located  outdoors around the farm’s pond, feature  over 300 talented artisans and crafters from across the country. There will be live entertainment on four stages throughout the day and an abundance of Amish festival food for you to enjoy. A continental breakfast will be served en-route.

Code            Date         Day                    Fee
375013-S1    8/2           Sa                      $45
Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 7:30 p.m. 
 
Summertime Visit to Chicago

Celebrate summertime with a day in Chicago! Browse the shops along the Magnificent Mile or the stores in the Loop; meander through muse- ums; stroll through Millennium Park; visit Navy Pier or take 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! 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
375005-S1    8/23 Sa   $55
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 10:30 p.m.


Princess Diana - A Celebration

Cincinnati Museum

We’re off to Ohio’s Cincinnati Museum Center where we’ll view direct from the Althorpe Estate in England, the ancestral home of Diana Spencer, more than 150 personal objects celebrating the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales. Items on display include her royal wed- ding gown, 28 designer dresses and gowns, family  heirlooms,  personal  mementos  and rare home movies. This is the final stop of this renowned exhibition. A continental  breakfast will be served en route. A fast food stop for lunch is on your own. A family-style dinner at the School House Restaurant in Camp Dennison is included.

Code          Date Day Fee
375012-S1  8/9   Sa   $99
Departs:  8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 10:00 p.m.
 
Make Reservations Now!
We are taking reservations by phone for:
• French Lick Springs Resort, June
29-July 1,  Double $585, Triple $550, Single $750, Deposit $200, Code # 375102-S1

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

Coming this fall . . .
September 13
Naperville Fine Arts Fair, $67
September 20
Nashville, IN, $60
September 27
Art Prize Downtown  Grand Rapids &  Meijer Garden, $79

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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