Date(s) - 06/01/2020 - 06/06/2020
6:30 am - 6:30 pm
This exciting tour to the beautiful Ozarks is sure to be the highlight of your summer. There is something about the Ozarks that appeals to the nature lovers and adventurers in everyone. The area has never ceased to be a natural wonder, mesmerizing travelers from around the world. This trip to the Ozarks is complimented with The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs.
This tour begins with getting acquainted and travelling through Wisconsin and Illinois as we make our way to the St. Louis area for our overnight accommodations.
On Tuesday we will enjoy the magnificent Fantastic Caverns, an underground world in its natural splendor. The Fantastic Caverns is an American ride through cave which lies beneath the rolling Ozark hills. The cave was discovered in 1862 but first explored in 1867 by 12 women from Springfield who answered a newspaper ad seeking explorers. Their names remain on the cave wall today. Those first explorers had to use ropes and ladders to enter the then uncharted cave. Access to Fantastic Caverns is far easier today. Jeep-drawn trams carry visitors on the one-mile tour. While viewing the colorful formations along the well-lighted tour route, we’ll learn about the relationship between cave life, groundwater and people.
In the afternoon, we will travel the short distance to Springfield and tour The Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium. This world class aquarium features 1.5 million gallons of freshwater and saltwater habitats teeming with 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. We will encounter over 800 species of sharks, rays, jellies, eels, sport fish and more. Through thoroughly immersive environments and vibrant and exciting live animal habitats we are reminded of the beauty of wildlife and celebrate the critical role responsible hunting and fishing play in conserving the great outdoors. This attraction is so much more than a museum or an aquarium!
From Springfield to Branson and an exciting evening at The Presleys’ Country Jubilee. The house lights go down, the stage lights go up, and the music begins. The smiles, applause, and laughs from the crowd increase by the minute, and nearly fifteen hundred tapping feet are keeping time to the music. These nights are the culmination of a dream that was decades in the making. Nearly 50 years after they started, the Presleys have kept doing what they do best. After all, it’s their type of music and style of show that laid the foundation for Branson’s ongoing success and growth.
Wednesday is going to be another day of fun adventures. We start our day with shopping at The Grand Village with 27 shops, the largest Christmas Store in the mid-west, a bakery/tea-room, and Mel’s Hard Luck Diner, where the servers are all professional singers. Stores include Back in Time Toys, Grand Glitz, Dickens Gift Shoppe, Kringles, Peter Engler’s Designs, Corky’s Footwear, Sunrise Leather Shop, Mulberry Mill, and more!
Our afternoon entertainment will be at the amazing Dutton Family Show. The Duttons are a family of three generations of musical performers. Their inventive fiddle playing is what people know and love best, but The Duttons are also gifted on the banjo, keyboard, guitar, viola, harmonica, and other instruments, and their comedic timing leads to lots of laughs from the audience!
Dolly Parton’s Stampede is the world’s most visited dinner attraction and on our agenda for tonight. The Stampede in Branson presents its most high-spirited adventure ever! Dolly Parton’s Stampede comes alive with trick riders, beautiful horses, pyrotechnics, amazing sound, a patriotic display celebrating the red, white and blue, and so much more!
Thursday begins as we step aboard on comfortable, open-air trams and explore the beauty of Dogwood Canyon. Our guided Wildlife Tram Tour will have us winding through the canyon floor, past towering bluffs and waterfalls, crossing creek beds and stone bridges, and splashing through spring-fed waters, into Arkansas where herds of bison, elk, white tail deer and longhorn cattle roam the upper reaches of the Canyon. We will enjoy a picnic lunch as we continue to enjoy the beauty of this protected “nature” of more than 10,000 acres comprising the park which will leave a lasting and positive impression on each of us.
Our day continues from nature to history and A Holy Land Tour along with the Bible Museum and the Great Passion Play. As we travel, we’ll be sure to see the seven-story Christ of the Ozarks Statue that overlooks the picturesque Victorian village of Eureka Springs. The Holy Land Tour is a unique opportunity to experience the people, culture and history of the ancient Middle East. As we tour, our Guide will explain each exhibit and make stops along the way for us to meet Biblical characters who will help us understand the living history of the scriptures. The Bible Museum is home to over 6,000 Bibles in 625 different languages as well as 3,000 artifacts. Our evening is highlighted with America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama at the Great Passion Play. This is the Greatest Story ever told and is staged in an outdoor amphitheater with special lighting and sound effects, live animals, and a cast of 150 Biblically costumed actors that come together to create the thrilling epic drama of Jesus Christ’s last days on earth. This is truly an unforgettable experience!
As we leave Branson on Friday and begin our travels back towards Wisconsin, we will enjoy a relaxing evening at the Lakeside Hotel and Casino in Osceola, Iowa where the delicious dinner buffet is included. If the slots or tables are not to your liking, the indoor pool and hot tub are always inviting.
The remainder of our ride on Saturday will give us time to relax and reflect on our amazing adventures, the great memories we’ve made and wonderful friendships we’ve begun.
COST PER PERSON: Double ……. $1000.00 Triple ……..$875.00 Quad ………..$825.00 Single …..$1250.00
Tour includes: Deluxe motorcoach transportation, five nights’ accommodations, five breakfasts, six lunches or dinners and all admissions and services scheduled.
Departure time from Medford 6:30 a.m.
Approximate return time 6:30 p.m.