The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Travel Service has planned a variety of tours just for you.
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  • the grand hotel

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


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2019 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.. 


July 18, 19, & 20 ................................................ Tall Ships Celebration –Via  Motorcoach

DAY 1 - Greet the Tall Ships with a luncheon cruise on the “Islander”, Tour the Historical Homes in Bay City – over 200 of them!  Visit Saginaw Naval Museum finishing off with dinner at Krzysiak’s Hoouse.)

DAY 2 - Early Admission to the Tall Ships Celebration, tour Zellinger Wool Company and shop Frankenmuth or shop the Birch Run Outlet Mall, then this evening  German wine & beer tasting before Chicken dinner at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

DAY 3 -  Board the Tall Ship “Appledore” for a lunch cruise on the Saginaw River out to the Bay. 2 nights lodging & 7 meals, Single $785, Double $654, Triple $619.  A $300 deposit is required with registration.

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

October 13-15............................................................................Mackinac Island & the Grand Hotel
Features 2 nights at the beautiful Grank Hotel, gourmet meals, a carriage tour of the island, afternoon tea and daily activities.  Single $860; Double $710; Triple $660  Deposit $250
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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 Trips

February 20-29   Hawaiian Adventure

Oahu, Kauai and Maui with optional 2-night Big Island post tour extension; 10 days, 13 meals ($5,799 double w/airfare until August 20, 2019)

March 23-31        Tropical Costa Rica

Optional 3 night Jungle Adventure post tour extension; 9 days, 14 meals ($2,899  double w/air fare until September 23, 2019)

March 25-April 3  Reflections of Italy

Rome, Colosseum, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Venice, Milan and more; 10 days, 13 meals ($4,249 double w/air fare until September 26, 2019)

April 5-18       Cultural Treasures of Japan

Tokyo, Hakone, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyota and more; 14 days, 21 meals ($6,999 double 2/air fare until October 6, 2019)

May 2-14        Exploring the Alpine Countries 

Austria, Germany and Switzerland; 13 days, 17 meals, ($4649 Double w/air fare until November 4, 2019)

May 24 – June 1        Painted Canyons of the West 

Featuring Utah’s Five National Parks; 9 days, 11 meals, ($3,599 double w/air fare until November 25, 2019)

July 31-August 7       Islands of New England

Providence, Newport, Martha’s Vineyard and more; 8 days, 11 meals ($3,149 double w/air fare until January 31, 2020)

August 4-15          Alpine Explorer & Glacier Express Train With Oberammergau Passion Play

The Oberammergau Passion Play is produced only once every ten years! Don’t miss this opportunity! 12 days, 17 meals ($7,099 w/airfare and tickets to play)

August 18-29        Croatia & Its Islands

Small Ship Cruising on the Adriatic Coast (7-day Cruise), Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik and more; 12 days, 19 meals ($4,999 double w/air fare until July 12, 2019)

October 3-14      National Parks of America 

Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and more; 12 days, 17 meals, ($4649 double w/air fare until April 3, 2020)

October 3-15     Spain & Morocco 

Madrid, Cordoba, Granada, Seville, Morocco and more; 13 days, 18 meals ($4,499 double w/air fare until April 3, 2020)

October 11-18    Colors of New England

Featuring Coastal Maine; 8 days, 10 meals, ($3,599 double w/air fare)

New York Group Photo slide

Some of the 2018 New York City Travelers enjoying their "Girls Trip".  Pictured, from left to right are 
Laurene Benelli, Carrie Edwards, Tina Wells, Thelma Retz, Terrie Mays and Laurie Muzzillo.  Check out the information below on the 2019 trip!! 

New York City

September 16-20, 2019  

Four days in the Big Apple begins with a ferry trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty followed by Times Square, Macy’s, the Empire State Building, Central Park, the Guggenheim, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown, Battery Park, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Two evenings at the theatre, 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners are also included

Code #: 475105-M1

Single $1,950; Double $1,550; Deposit $500

View the New York City Brochure



Thanks to our travelers who visited New York City with us and supplied these photos.  




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 2019 Day Trips 

Chicago Flower Garden Show

Recent travelers to Chicago include:Sharon Stout, Karen Wyss, Margaret DeMeritt, Donna Rensch, Dona Keiser and Becky Clifton


Broadway in Chicago presents “Cats”

Our motorcoach 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 Oriental Theatre in Chicago’s Loop for a matinee performance of  “Cats.” Based on T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is set in larger than-life junkyard playground and is alive with our favorite feline characters.  The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the cats to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life. A supper stop (on your own) will be made on the way home at Culver’s in Valparaiso, about 1½ hours after departure.

Code                     Date      Day         Fee

375202-S1            8/3         Sa           $145

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

Returns: 10:30 p.m.

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 World Series win. A box lunch and beverage (included) is provided 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. Athletics

375000-W2          8/7         W            $130

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

Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Chinatown and the Oriental Museum

Experience the sights, sounds and smell of China on our late summer trip to Chicago’s famous Chinatown. This bustling century- old neighborhood offers endless dining and shopping options; the Chinatown Marketplace, full of narrow alleys packed with shops and restaurants will make you feel like you have hopped a flight for a faraway destination. Lunch today is on your own, but no matter which spot you choose you will be sure to have a rich cultural experience.  We’ll finish our day off with a stop at the Oriental Museum before we depart the Windy City. 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

375016-S1            8/10       Sa           $60

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

Returns: 9:30 p.m.


Climb aboard the Jet Express for a high speed trip to the island of Put-in-Bay, Ohio for a day of excitement and adventure. A tram ride (included) of the island with on and off boarding will take you where you want to go.  Or you may want to order up a golf cart to tour the island on your own. Take in attractions such as Perry’s Monument, museums, a butterfly house, miniature golf, cave tours, wineries, arcades and dozens of restaurants and pubs.  There’s something for everyone at Put-in-Bay! Sign up today.

Code                     Date      Day         Fee

375004-S1            7/13       Sa           $90

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

Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Lake Erie Island Hopping & 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 before we head to Put-in-Bay where we will explore the island with a 1-hour tram ride. 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            8/17       Sa           $115

Departs: 6:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State Blvd.

Returns: 10:00 p.m.

Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan will take you back in time as you tour the 80 acre community of old buildings and memorabilia. You will be enchanted as the Village comes alive with the unforgettable sights, sounds and settings of America’s past. Try out one of the delicious restaurants for lunch. An all-day Ride Pass is included for use on the old-time transportation. A continental breakfast is served on the way up, and a fast food supper stop (on your own) will be taken on the way home.  

Code                     Date      Day        Fee

375018-S1            9/7         Sa           $99

Departs: 8:00 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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