All across the U.S. and abroad Gary and Lynn find unique destinations and put together trips that really show off this great country of ours! Check out the trips below and we hope to see you on one of these this year.
PELLA TULIP FESTIVAL
April 30 - May 7
8 Days - 7 Nights
Celebrating 82 years, Pella’s Tulip Festival is a perennial favorite especially from your seats in the Grand Stand! Plus, visit the Vermeer Windmill, the miniature Dutch village & Wyatt Earp’s childhood home! Pella is beautiful and unique all year long, but at Tulip Time it comes alive with tulips, Dutch attire, parades, food, fun and more. Thousands of residents wear their Dutch attire and celebrate their Dutch heritage. Each year more than half a million tulip bulbs are planted ensuring lots of beautiful blooms.
On our way to Pella, Iowa we will overnight in Kansas City, MO where we will visit the National World War I Museum. Many of you have visited the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA now you can have the opportunity to visit the National World War I Museum. You will not be disappointed. It is a great museum dedicated to the first world war.
After our visit to the WW I Museum it’s off to the quaint Dutch town of Pella, IA. We will be in Pella for three nights. You will have the opportunity to visit the Vermeer Windmill and Historical Village in downtown Pella. Rising up 125 feet into the air, this working windmill came from Holland and still works today. In addition there are 23 buildings to visit in the Historic Village, including the grist mill, blacksmith shop, pottery works, and bakery. Wyatt Earp’s childhood home is located here as well. There will be craftspeople demonstrating their trades, including wooden shoemaking, weaving, milling, wood carving, rope making and much more.
Then enjoy a performance of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” on the organ, presented on the historic Baron Theatre Organ in the Pella Opera House. In the afternoon you can enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many street vendors, church meals, or restaurants in downtown Pella. Each afternoon there will be a parade, in addition to the wonderful craft market, quilt show, flower show, and even an antique car and tractor show.
From Pella we will travel to America’s Hometown - Hannibal, MO - known as the boyhood home of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). Here we will visit the boyhood home of Mark Twain. The moment you walk through the door of this quaint, two-story dwelling you will be reminded of long ago. By the time you leave the home you will imagine Tom is “letting” the neighbor boys white wash the fence. While here in Hannibal you will enjoy a wonderful two hour dinner cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat as we cruise down the mighty Mississippi River.
We will leave Hannibal and head toward Branson for one last night before heading home. With our stop in Branson we will enjoy one of Branson’s many shows. You will have the opportunity to see the Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee Urban Show. What a great way to spend our last night
Round Trip Bus Transportation
7 Nights Lodging with 3 nights in Pella
Grandstand Seats for the Parade
Visit to the Vermeer Windmill and Historic Village, including Wyatt Earp’s Boyhood Home
Visit to WW I Museum
Visit to Mark Twain House and Museum
Dinner Cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat
Enjoy 19 Meals (7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners)
All Gratuities to Step-On Guides, included meals and bus driver
TOUR COST: 0 Spots Remaining
$1998 Double (2 people sharing room) updated 4/04/18
$1836 Triple (3 people sharing room)
$1754 Quad (4 people sharing room)
Above prices are per person
DEPOSIT - $300 per person Final Payment Due by April 5, 2018
Travel insurance is included in the tour cost
Tulip Time in Pella Registration Form Tulip Time Brochure
LUNCH AND A GAME
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Join Heaven Bound Tours as we travel to Minute Maid Park this summer and cheer our World Series Champion ASTROS on to victory.
Just like like last year you will enjoy a delicious lunch at Golden Corral and then on to the ballgame for a 1:10 PM start time and a great afternoon of baseball with your friends and family. The cost will include your game ticket (our seats this year should be better seats - all on the first level), lunch and roundtrip bus transportation from Silsbee and Liberty, TX. It’s a great way to enjoy a baseball game because you don’t have to worry about driving to downtown Houston or dealing with parking! The bus drops us off right at the entrance gate at Minute Maid Park and picks us up when the game is over. Our seats this year will be down left field line close to the Crawford Boxes in Section 107. Space is limited and registration is now open for this Lunch and a Game day trip. Approximate time for the trip is 9AM - 5PM. It is an afternoon game with first pitch slated for 1:10 PM.
COST: $106 per person LUNCH AND A GAME REGISTRATION FORM
There are only 4 spots remaining -- Updated 04/21/18
THE BEST OF HAWAII
Three Islands - Maui, Oahu & Hawaii
September 5 - 14, 2018
POWDER SAND BEACHES, AQUAMARINE SEAS, TROPICAL RAINFORESTS ... and thundering waterfalls enchant you as lava landscapes smolder with legends. Hawaiians have always been a storytelling people. Watch dancers and singers interpret island history at a luau...and hear 20th century stories at Pearl Harbor. So much awaits you on this Best of Hawaii vacation.
You will visit three islands on this Best Of Hawaii Vacation - MAUI, OAHU and the big island which is called HAWAII. The good news is you will only have to unpack your suitcase once. We will be based on the island of Maui for the entire trip. So, each night you will be at your home away from home - the beautiful Kaanapali Beach Hotel located right on beautiful Kaanapali beach.
We will be doing a day trip to the islands of Oahu and Hawaii. You will fly United Airlines from Houston to Maui and then we will use Hawaiian Airlines for our day trips to the other islands.
This Hawaiian vacation can be a super relaxing vacation or one where you can fill every day with excursions and activities. The tour itself includes several group excursions but also contains several “free days” where you can do whatever you want to. You might want to go relax on the beach, lay by the pool, go shopping or choose an optional excursion that we will offer. Things like snorkeling with sea turtles and dolphins, Ziplining, a helicopter ride over Maui, Parasailing or other interesting and exciting choices. Once you are signed up for this Best of Hawaii Tour we will be sending out a list and description of the optional excursions for you to take a look at. If something is of interest to you then you will let us know and we will handle getting you booked and confirmed and we will provide transportation to and from your optional excursion. You can do one, two or more or none. The choice is completely up to you.
No trip to Hawaii would be complete without a true Hawaiian Luau. You will enjoy one of Hawaii’s most authentic luau and it is only about 15 minutes from our hotel - The Old Lahaina Luau. It will be an evening of traditional Hawaiian cuisine (a bountiful buffet of regional cuisine with enough variety to satisfy everyone’s palate), music, cultural dances and demonstrations. You will appreciate a genuine reflection of Hawaii’s rich history while enjoying an ocean view and sunset. The Old Lahaina Luau has grown from its humble beginnings to the leadership role it now holds in the industry. The Luau seats 496 guests seven evenings a week, and has a dedicated staff of 160 employees. You will absolutely love the Old Lahaina Luau.
The Road To Hana Tour - This full day group excursion, fully narrated will traverse over 52 bridges and over 150 miles to experience the Rainforest, Waterfalls, Black Sand Beach and so much more. It is an incredible experience and one you will not want to miss while on Maui. This tour is one of the included group excursions.
You will travel through the mist-shrouded Iao Valley State Park to see the famed Iao Valley. You will visit and shop in the historic whaling town of Lahaina.
Your flyaway to the island of Oahu you will land at Honolulu International Airport then from there you will have the opportunity to stand on the deck of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, a poignant memorial to those who lost their lives in the attack of December 7, 1941. Next, drive through the historic district of Honolulu to see Washington Place, Iolani Palace - this National Historic Landmark reigns as the only official state residence of royalty in the U.S. We will drive through the resting place of many veterans who died here called Punchbowl Cemetery. As time allows you will get to see Diamond Head Lookout, Pali Lookout, Hanauma Bay Lookout, Halona Blow Hole Lookout and drive through Waimanalo Town. It will be a full day of adventure on the island of Oahu. At the end of the day we will catch our return flight back to Maui.
Your flyaway to the island of Hawaii will only take you to the area of the island called Hilo. The island of Hawaii is very big and thus the nickname, The Big Island. It is the youngest of the islands home to Mauna Loa and Kilauea, two of the world’s most active and accessible volcanoes. The gentleness of their eruptions allows visits to the edges of their vents. At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you will drive across the Kilauea Caldera (crater), where views vary from desert to lush tropical rainforest and alpine tundra. UNESCO named the park an International Biosphere Reserve because of its outstanding scenic and scientific values. The park protects a wide diversity of ecosystems and habitat for native Hawaiian plants and animals. During your time on the Big Island you will visit the city of Hilo, Banyan Drive, Rainbow Falls, Hawaii Vocanoes National Park (visitor center, steaming bluff, Kilauea Overlook, Jaggar Museum and Observatory, Halemaumau Crater, Thurston Lava Tube). This will be another jam-packed day of adventure and sightseeing. At the end of the day we will catch our return flight back to Maui.
THIS BEST OF HAWAII VACATION TOUR INCLUDE:
Transportation to and from Bush airport from Silsbee and Liberty
Roundtrip Airfare from Houston to Maui
Roundtrip Airfare for the 2 Day Trips to Oahu and Hawaii
Lodging At Kaanapali Beach Hotel and Resort
12 Meals (7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners)
1 Hawaiian Luau
Oahu Tour including Arizona Memorial, Punchbowl, etc
Big Island Tour including Volcanoes National Park
The Road To Hana Tour
Iao Valley State Park Tour
Gratuities to all Driver/Guides
$4998 Double (2 people sharing room)
$4855 Triple (3 people sharing room)
$4748 Quad (4 people sharing room)
Above prices are per person There are only 4 spots available Updated 4/21/18
DEPOSIT -- $800 per person and is due when booking Final Payment Due Aug 5, 2018
Travel Insurance is included in the above prices
The Best Of Hawaii Tour Registration Form THE BEST OF HAWAII VACATION BROCHURE
COLORS OF NEW ENGLAND
FALL FOLIAGE TOUR
October 8 - 17, 2018
THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT NEW ENGLAND ... that catches your fancy in Autumn dressed in stylish shades of crimson reds, oranges and yellows...the coastal charms, playing out in waves of arts, architecture and legacies on island shores and wind-swept beaches...the oceans where whales and fishermen thrive...in sea captains’ homes keeping watch in the lighthouses...or its portrait of Americana, inviting in small towns enriched by artists, filmmakers and naturalists, each waiting to share their daily lives with you.
The vast majority of this Fall Foliage Tour will be brand new itinerary. There will be just a couple of repeated places and activities from previous Fall Foliage itineraries. This 10-day tour is simply amazing.
1. ARRIVE BOSTON
Your trip begins with a non-stop flight from Houston to Boston, MA
2. BOSTON: THE CRADDLE OF AMERICA
History is alive around every corner of the city of Boston on a Freedom Trail Tour. We will have a guide dressed in full 18th century colonial costume. Our guide will lead us to 16 historically significant sites. You will explore museums and meetinghouses, churches and burying grounds. Discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston. We will also visit the JFK Presidential Library.
3. HISTORIC CAMBRIDGE, LEXINGTON AND CONCORD
We will drive to historic Lexington and the site of the “shot heard ‘round the world” at Lexington Green. Stand at the site of the “rude bridge” in Concord, where British and colonials fought a pitched battle immortalized in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s hymn. See the iconic Minuteman, sculpted by Daniel Chester French, on a pedestal with musket in hand, stepping forward into history. You will have a nice plated lunch at historic Colonial Inn in Concord, MA.
4. QUINTESSENTIAL AMERICANA IN VERMONT
We head northward and cross into Vermont, known for its quirky residents and green environmental policies. Our home for the next two nights is the Lake Morey Resort, nestled in the Vermont hills above the Connecticut River. Enjoy the natural beauty and genuine hospitality of this 100 year old resort that combines classic Vermont style with modern day amenities.
We will travel to one of the favorite spots in Vermont - the Morse Syrup Farm. Burr Morse is a fascinating man and a great example of a true Vermonter. See what “sugaring” involves, the different types of syrup, and what makes Vermont Syrup the best in the world. We tour the sugarhouse, sample freshly made maple syrup and visit the largest and unique maple, crafts and mail order shop in the area. We even have the chance to enjoy a great syrup treat called Sugar-on-Snow.
We will visit Vermont’s capital city, Montpelier. Vermont is known for having the country’s smallest State House. Built in 1859, it is one of the nation’s oldest and best preserved state capitols in use. During your guided tour, marvel at the fossil embedded marble floors, the original representative’s desk still being used in the chambers today, a beautiful collection of artwork and original lighting fixtures.
Next we will visit the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry. We tour the quarry, processing plant and amazing visitor center, and learn about their largest project - carving the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Back to Lake Morey Resort where you can take a complimentary pontoon boat ride, walk along the gentle nature trails or take a dip in their indoor pool.
5. GREEN AND WHITE MOUNTAIN LEAF PEEPING
We head east, watching the Green Mountains of Vermont transition into the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Today we visit Chutters Candy Store. A visit to Chutters is a trip to Candyland where the air is delicious with the mouth-watering scents of candy and freshly made fudge. The longest counter of its kind anywhere, Chutters’ candy counter runs the entire length of the store.
Now we’re off to Bretton Woods for a visit to the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort, one of New England’s last grand Gilded Age resort hotels. The minute you turn into the driveway, the grand Omni Mount Washington Resort will capture your attention. Since opening in 1902, this hotel has been a magnet for presidents, robber barons and celebrities. And in 1944, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were established here in the Gold Room. The hotel’s architectural grandeur is well-preserved, and the mountain scenery is stunning in every season but especially in the autumn of the year. We will enjoy a guided historic tour of the hotel then a lavish luncheon buffet and everyone will receive a keepsake guidebook.
We will also visit Cold Hollow Cider Mill -- learn how this historic mill makes their delicious cider when you witness apples being transformed into cider the old-fashioned way -- using a rack and cloth press -- a process that has been passed down for generations.
6. CASTLE IN THE CLOUDS AND SCENIC RAILROAD
Today we begin by visiting Moulton Farm. You will get to shop for freshly picked apples, baked goods and locally made gifts. Then we head to visit Castle in the Clouds. Thomas Plant, who made his fortune in the shoe manufacturing industry, built this exquisite New Hampshire country estate in 1913. This mountaintop property offers breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesauke and 1,000 feet of waterfalls and walking trails. After your tour of the castle enjoy lunch at the castle at their onsite cafe.
Next we head to Conway to board the Conway Scenic Railroad for a ride through the spectacular fall foliage. Travel on historic rail routes aboard vintage passenger cars to the town of Bartlett. Here you have the opportunity to watch the engine spin on the turn table for the return trip to Conway.
7. KANCAMAGUS HIGHWAY
Today we take a scenic drive along the Kancamagus Highway, known as one of the best fall foliage viewing areas in the country, some say the world. The Kancamagus Highway is designated an American Scenic Byway for its rich history, aesthetic beauty and culture. There will be time to stop for several photo ops along the way. We will see the Jackson-Honeymoon Covered Bridge. This paddleford truss bridge was repaired and widened in 1939.
8. SEASIDE VILLAGES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE
Today we head towards the east coast, visiting the city of Portsmouth. New Hampshire has the smallest coastline of the eastern states, but the importance of Portsmouth cannot be underestimated. The Strawbery Banke Museum is an incredible slice of history, preserving the lifestyles and traditions of four centuries of New Englanders. You will see buildings from the late 1600’s to the mid-1950’s, when it rose to prominence as the Strategic Air Command’s Pease Air Force Base.
We will also enjoy Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse. The Voyager II spacecraft, which carries photographs of Earth’s most prominent man-made structures and natural features, should it fall into the hands of intelligent extraterrestrials, includes a photo of Nubble Lighthouse with images of the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal. This is a site you do not want to miss!
We will also visit Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.
9. KENNEBUNKPORT SIGHTSEEING AND LIGHTHOUSE LOVER’S CRUISE
Today we head further north toward Portland stopping on the way in Kennebunkport. We will have a trolley tour where we’ll learn about the town, its 300 year history, ranging from Native Americans and early settlers through the shipbuilding era, and learn about the most famous resident, former President George H.W. Bush. After the tour, enjoy some time on Dock Square. Visit the charming shops and boutiques and have lunch.
Next we head into Portland’s Old Historic District where we embark on a 90-minute narrated, scenic Lighthouse Lovers Cruise, sailing through the busy harbor and innermost islands to see lighthouses, forts, lobster boats, seals and seabirds. Four lighthouses may be seen up close, with as many as seven in view during the cruise.
10. FAREWELL TO NEW ENGLAND
Today it’s time to board the coach and depart Maine, traveling south to Boston’s Logan International Airport for our return flight home
THIS COLORS OF NEW ENGLAND FALL FOLIAGE TOUR INCLUDES:
Roundtrip Airfare from Houston to Boston
Transportation To and From Houston Bush Airport
9 Nights Lodging (2 Nights in Boston, 2 Nights in Fairlee, VT, 3 Nights in North Conway, NH, 2 Nights in York, ME)
22 Meals (9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 9 Dinners)
Admission to all Activities and Events
Gratuities to all Guides, Waiters at included meals and Bus Drivers
$3499 Double (2 people sharing room)
$3269 Triple (3 people sharing room)
DEPOSIT -- $500 per person due when registering FINAL PAYMENT Due 9/1/18
Travel Insurance is included in the above prices.
Colors Of New England Tour Registration Form
COLORS OF NEW ENGLAND FALL FOLIAGE TOUR BROCHURE