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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
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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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Thanks to Scott Short for providing these wonderful photos.

 

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2018 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 email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

2018

October 14-16............................................................................Michigan’s Jewel: Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel Two nights at the historic 4-star Grand Hotel, round trip ferry, round trip horse-drawn taxi, carriage tour of island, day and evening activities; 5 gourmet meals ($690 double,
$840 single)

2019

April 28-May 4................................ Southern Charm: Charleston, Jekyll Island & Savannah
Historic Charleston, Choice of Boone Hall Plantation or Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Savannah, Andrew Low House; 7 days, 9 meals ($3,039 double w/air fare)

May 19-26
.....................................America’s Cowboy Country 
Highlights: National Museum of Wildlife Art, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Deadwood, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt. Rushmore, Badlands National Park. 8 Days; 10 Meals ($3,899 Double – includes air fare).

 

June 13-25........................................Exploring the Alpine Countries – Austria – Germany – Switzerland: 
13 Days, 17 Meals ($5,269 Double – includes air fare).

July 21-28, 2019........................................Pacific Northwest & California 
Featuring Washington, Oregon and California. Highlights: Seattle, Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, Portland, Columbia River Gorge, Newport, Bandon State Natural Area, Redwood National Park, Eureka, Avenue of the Giants, San Francisco, Choice of San Francisco Bay Cruise or City Tour of San Francisco.   8 Days; 10 Meals ($3,379 Double includes air fare).

August 30- September 11................Portugal & Its Islands featuring the Estoril Coast, Azores & Madeira Islands   
Highlights: Lisbon, Portuguese Riviera, Fatima, Obidos, St Michael Island-Azores. 13 Days, 18 Meals ($5,299 Double includes air fare)

September 18-27...................................................................Reflections of Italy
Rome, Colosseum, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Venice. 10 Days; 13 Meals ($4699 Double included air fare).

September 30 – Oct 10......................................Classic Danube
Featuring a 7 night Danube River Cruise Highlights: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Linderhof Palace, Oberammergau, Munich, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Wachau Valley, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest. 11 Days, 24 Meals ($4,979 Double includes air fare).

October 11 – 16.................................................................Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 
Featuring Albuquerque and Sante Fe – 6 Days; 7 Meals  ($2,769 Double includes air fare).

October 23 – November 1...........................................................Iconic Israel 
Highlights: Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Tiberias, Nazareth,  Sea of Galilee, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Bethlehem,.  10 Days; 15 Meals  ($4899 Double includes air fare)

December 29-January 2 ...............................................................California New Year’s Getaway
Featuring the Tournament of Roses Parade. 5 Days; 5 Meals ($2,899 Double includes air fare).


2020

August 4-15 ............................................................................. Alpine Explorer & Glacier Express Train With Oberammergau Passion Play
Only once every ten years do you get the opportunity to experience the Passion Play! Lago Maffiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhopp Palace, Fussen, Neuschwanstein Castle

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

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Photos from a recent 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 2018 Day Trips 


Chicago Cubs Baseball

Join us as we head to Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field for another exciting season of Chicago Cubs baseball! Lower terrace, infield seats are reserved for each game to watch all your favorite players in action as they battle for another shot at the National League Championship. A box lunch and beverage (included) will be pro- vided en route to the ballpark. A fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code             Date Day Fee
Cubs vs. Mets  
375000-D1   8/29  W    $125
Departs: 8:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, State & Parnell
Returns: 10:30 p.m. 

Columbus’s Easton Town Center and Germantown

A shopper’s paradise and the Rodeo Drive of the Midwest are a few of the terms used when describing Easton Town Center
featuring nearly 300 best-in-class retailers. Nearly 25 million people visit Easton every year for their many fine stores such as
Burberry, Nordstrom, Apple, Coach, Kate Spade, American Girl, Saks, Trader Joe’s and many more. On our way out of town,
we will make a 2-hour stop in Germantown to give you a chance to stroll around the little village, get an iconic cream puff at
Schmidt’s Restaurant or take a peek at all the unique shops. A continental breakfast of rolls, juice and coffee will be served
on the way and a supper stop will be made (on your own) on the way home.

Code Date Day Fee

475006-S1 8/25 Sa $65

Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell

Ave. at E. State Blvd.

Returns: 9:00 p.m.


Tootsie

We’re heading to Chicago for the pre-Broadway world premiere of “Toostie” starring Tony nominee Santino Fontana
and  featuring a razzle-dazzle score by David Vazbek. This new comedy musical takes you backstage with a talented
but difficult-to-work-with actor who will do anything to land a leading role on Broadway, including adopting a new
persona as Dorothy Michaels. Now this misleading lady is about to get a fabulous lesson in what it’s like to sing and
dance in someone else’s shoes. Our day starts off with lunch before the show at the beautiful Mity Nice Grill (included)
where American dishes are served family style. A continental breakfast of rolls, juice and coffee will be served on the
way and a supper stop will be made (on your own) on the way home.

Code Date Day Fee

475002-S1 10/6 Sa $145

Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell

Ave. at E. State Blvd.

Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Lake Erie Island Hopping and Luncheon Cruise

This morning we are off to Sandusky where we will board the Goodtime I for a day of island hopping on beautiful Lake
Erie. Our first stop will be Kelleys Island where we will spend the morning exploring all the island has to offer.
This afternoon we’ll stop at Put-in-Bay where we will take a 1-hour tram ride and explore the island. A luncheon buffet
is included on board as we move from island to island. A continental breakfast of rolls, juice and coffee will be served
on the way and a supper stop will be made (on your own) on the way home.

Code Date Day Fee

475206-S1 8/11 Sa $105

Departs: 6:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell

Ave. at E. State Blvd.

Returns: 10:00 p.m.

Fall Visit to Chicago

Join us as we take in the sights and sounds of 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! 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. 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

475020-S1            9/29       Sa           $55

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

Returns 10:30 p.m.

Dickens Village in Cambridge, OH

Step back in time to London, England in the days of Charles Dickens on this exciting visit to Cambridge, Ohio. This charming historic district is transformed into an Old London, Dickens-themed wonderland. See 167 life-size, handmade mannequins in breathtaking active scenes from the great author’s cannon. It’s like stepping into a storybook as you enjoy all this little town has to offer including a Court House music and light show. A continental breakfast of rolls, juice and coffee will be served on the way and a supper stop will be made (on your own) on the way home.

Code                     Date      Day        Fee

475212-S1            11/3       Sa          $65

Departs: 8:00  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 Christkindlmarket” taking place throughout the Christmas Season on Daley Plaza, or The “One of a Kind Show” at the Merchandise Mart on December 8. 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. 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          12/5       W            $55

475005-S1           12/8       Sa           $55

475005-S2           12/15     Sa           $55

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

Returns: 10:30 p.m.

“Hamilton”

Our motor coach stops first on Michigan Avenue at Water Tower Place where we will gather at the Mity Nice Grill to enjoy American dishes, served family style for lunch (Included).  Then it’s a short ride to the Private Bank Theatre in Chicago’s Loop for a matinee performance of “Hamilton.”  This is the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton told on stage like you’ve never seen before. The play combines a historically accurate plot with hip-hop and R&B songs.

The musical Hamilton was inspired by the 2004 book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow. The musical recounts the story of Hamilton’s life beginning as a child all the way through to the tragic end.

Code                    Date      Day         Fee

475026-W1          11/21     W            $197

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

Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Chicago Castle: Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Dona Maria Isabella, who inherited the throne at the passing of her father, oversees the tournament to find the best knight in the kingdom. Always a generous host, the Queen has commanded her royal chefs to cook her favorite meal just for you. An all new show featuring new costumes and new music await you at the queen’s royal court. But first, we’ll spend a few hours shopping at the beautiful Schaumberg Mall to start the day.

Code     Date      Day        Fee

475025-S1            10/27     Sa           $105

Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, State and Parnell

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 84th 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 tribute to the blessed season. An elegant supper will be served just for us at the historic Honeywell House in Wabash on the way home. 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 continental breakfast of rolls, juice and coffee will be served on the way.

Code     Date      Day        Fee

475003-S1            12/1       Sa           $115

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

Returns: 7:30 p.m.


Grand Hotel/Mackinac Island

October 14-16

This trip features two nights at the beautiful Grand Hotel, 5 gourmet meals, round trip ferry, round trip horse drawn taxi, carriage tour of the island, afternoon tea and day and evening activities. We are now taking reservations. Call 427-6000 or go to www.fortwayneparks.org for a trip brochure.

Triple $640, Double $690, Single $840

Deposit $250           Trip 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.

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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