Branson's Ozark Mountain Christmas November 14-20, 2018
Branson's Ozark Mountain Christmas November 14-20, 2018
Your SEVEN Day Holiday Tour to Branson Includes:
Motor Coach Transportation: Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Chisholm, Virginia, Eveleth, Duluth & Cloquet & North Branch PLUS Sartell, Little Falls, Rice & Baxter and Burnsville Six Nights Lodging: Two in Des Moines @ the Drury Inn (Pre Night & Post Night) Four Nights at the Holiday Inn Express. Located on the 76 Boulevard nearby shopping, theaters and the Grand Shopping Center Danny O' Donnell; BJ Thomas; Samson at the Sights & Sound Theater; Yakov Smirnoff , Dubin's Irish Tenors and Celtic Ladies; Tony Orlando Christmas Show; Christmas on the Trail Light Display, Ozark Mountain Imax Film Old Downtown; Branson Landing, Grand Village, Imax Entertainment Center and an Ozark Mountain Area Tour 15 Meals: Seven Breakfasts, Four Dinners; Two Lunches; and Two Cocktail / Hot Appetizer / Food Buffet at the Drury Inns Russell Stover Candy Store; Luggage Handling, Taxes, Tips & Fully Guided with a Happy Trails Host
Deposits and Final Payment Due Date: $125 per person deposit is due with each reservation and is non-refundable after September 1, 2018 Final balance due: October 1, 2018. Cancellations: Money returned with cancellations between September 1-October 1, 2018 are contingent upon what Happy Trails Tours can retrieve back from hotels, charters, theaters, restaurants, etc. No refunds with cancellations made after October 10, 2018. Reservations are transferable. Final Documents: Final documents are expected to arrive in late October with specifics on boarding location and hour. Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is available to help defray monies lost due to illness, family emergencies, trip interruption, due to cancellation. It can offer peace of mind and financial security and protect your tour investment. Call our office for further information.
Things to Know Before You Go on Branson Tour - November 14-20, 2018
The Coach/ Escort & Driver: The bus is being chartered through TROBEC BUS CO. The coach has 56 comfortable seats that recline. The bus also has a restroom on board, TV sets with a VCR/DVD player, microphone, and adjustable foot rests. We love to play movies on board, tell stories, play a few games and have snacks! (We love treats!) Folks are welcome to bring snacks on board, too. We stop every 2-3 hours. How to Pack: The tour is completely casual. Dress comfortably with good walking shoes. Pack along a fall/winter jacket. Pack a camera and/or video camera. Still shots are allowed in the theaters…but videos of any kind are not. Seat Rotation:We do not rotate seats.. We used to try to preset seating but its getting more and more difficult to promise any particular seat. Please let us know in advance if you have any special needs and we'll do our best to accommodate ~ But cannot promise. Hotels /Smoking/ Non-smoking: The hotels where we are staying are very nice. Read your day-by-days to learn the specifics on each property. All the rooms are non-smoking. Most hotel properties are all non-smoking. Please don’t smoke in them. Penalty charges may apply. We stop every 2 ½ hours for quick breaks or meals along the way. Special Needs / Perfumes/ Fragrances: Kindly refrain from using strong perfumes/ fragrant colognes while traveling on this tour. So many folks have allergies to the chemicals in them and may become sick while traveling. Thank you very much for this consideration. Please let us know if you any special needs such as; allergies, motion sickness, medical concerns, or physical disabilities that may affect walking or climbing stairs. We have several hotel rooms in Branson that offer handicapped bars in the bathroom, roll in shower and two beds. Let us know if you need one. They are reserved on a first-come, first served basis. Theaters/ Name Tags: We’ll bring you to the front door of all the theaters where you’ll be greeted by a hostess. They’ll bring us in (and yes…you’ll walk right past all the long lines at the ticket booth) and direct us to our seats. The seats are reserved but we will not be given individual ticket stubs. Your “name tag” will be your ticket stub. Wear it faithfully. You’ll receive the name badges after you get on the bus. Tipping: Tips for included meals, luggage handling and city tour guide is included in this package. Tips for your bus driver and Happy Trails Tour guide is not included and may be done at your own discretion at the end of the tour. Weather: The weather should be warm and very nice, however, we‘ve seen it SNOW in Branson this time of year (Though that‘s rare…we’ve also seen it get as hot as 80 degrees!) Normal temps are between 55-65. With the high elevation, we recommend layering your clothing since mornings and evening can be cool and afternoons can be warmer. Weather Conditions: In 2007 when we were on a Branson Christmas tour, a blizzard swept through the Midwest and paralyzed the entire region from Kansas City to Northern Minnesota. It caused us to have to spend one more night in Branson (where it was 65 degrees and sunny!). The following day, we traveled home with only wet roads to contend with and everyone stayed safe. We tell you about this because it can happen again. (Hopefully it won’t). One more piece of information….You are financially responsible for the added expense if this should happen. Actually, we had a wonderful “extra” day in Branson and everyone was happy. We took in another show, ate at another nice restaurant but most of all…we were safe and warm. NOTE: Travel Insurance helped pick up the cost of this added expense for our travelers who purchased the insurance. Changes on your Itinerary: _We reserve the right to adjust this schedule for the benefit of all traveling. Thank you for your understanding. We reserve the right to adjust this schedule for the benefit of all traveling. If a change of hotel, restaurant or an attraction occurs, we’ll try to replace it with one of equal value or better if at all possible. As always… we’ll inform you of any changes as we learn of them, themselves. At the time this tour is being planned, many shows in Branson have not confirmed specifics on time and place of performance. Watch for revisions. Happy Trails Disclaimer: Happy Trails Tours acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, theater, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Happy Trails Tours, INC and their respective employees, agents, representatives accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of country in which they are provided. Happy Trails Tours INC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours/trips arranged by Happy Trails Tours. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.
Nov 14th - Wednesday - Day 1 This tour includes boarding in towns throughout the state of MN with our bus charter company, Trobecs of St Stephens, MN. This is only a preliminary boarding list and was used in 2017. 2018 may be considerably different.
_____5:30 am -Grand Rapids Sawmill Inn on Hwy 169 _____6:15 am- Hibbing Hampton Inn _____6:45 am- Virginia Village Inn _____7:00 am- Eveleth Super Eight (East Parking Lot) 8:00-9:00- Arrive to Duluth Perkins Miller Hill Mall Restaurant for breakfast, paying on own. _____8:45 am- Duluth Perkins Miller Hill Mall The coach departs at 9 am from Duluth. _____9:20 am- Cloquet Perkins Restaurant _____9:50 am- Askov Banning Junction / Exit #195
Central Minnesota: Trobec Bus driver will provide shuttle transportation by motor coach (There are 13 boarding from Central MN) Your Trobec driver will offer a warm welcome to all of you. From here you will travel south to Burnsville to meet your tour manager & group. Your tour manager, Lynnie Aro will be on the coach coming from the northeast. If you should arrive BEFORE the other bus, please feel free to go inside the Burnsville Mall and have your lunch. Kindly meet at 1:15 pm at the entrance by Applebees (where you were dropped off). Lynnie will be watching for you there. ____ 9:00 am - Baxter, Kohl's Department Store ____10:00 am - Rice Holiday Station ____10:20 am - AmericInn - (Sartell- 19 Le Sauk Dr.) ____10:40 am- Clear Lake Amaco Station
Our friends from Central MN will meet the Happy Trails group in Burnsville.
___11:50 am- Meet at Burnsville Mall - Applebees Entrance Noon: Estimated arrival for both bus groups to the Burnsville Mall (This stop offers a good variety of restaurants to choose from...Panera Bread, Food Court on lower level, Applebees and more.) 1:15 pm- Re-board the coach and continue on to Des Moines, Iowa. 2:45 pm- A mid-afternoon coffee and comfort stop will be made at the MN / IA boarder at the "Top of Iowa" We'll stay here about 1/2 hour and then we'll continue on our way. 5:45 pm- Estimated arrival toto Drury Inn 5505 Mills Civic Parkway, Des Moines, IA # 515-457-9500 Tonight is at your leisure. Again....the hotel offers hot & cold buffet between 5:30-7:00 pm with complimentary cocktails. There are also restaurants within walking distance. This property is beautiful! It offers coffeemakers in the rooms, hairdryer, irons & boards, free hot and cold beverages in the lobby, indoor / outdoor heated pool and a fitness center.
Nov 15th - Thursday- Day 2 6:30 am- Enjoy an included full breakfast at the hotel before we depart for Branson. Set your luggage outside your doors. 7:30 am- The coach departs Des Moines for Branson, MO. A mid-morning stop will made as well as a lunch stop en-route. 3:30 pm- Estimated arrival to Branson: Holiday Inn Express - 1970 W Highway 76, Branson, MO # 417-336-1100 We’ll settle into this wonderful property. The Holiday Inn is newly renovated property offering all new rooms with all inside corridors. T These rooms all have 2 queen beds (kings for couples unless otherwise specified) & pillow top mattresses, coffeemakers, irons & ironing boards and hairdryers. (Very nice property). They also serve a nice breakfast each morning in their breakfast room. 6:00 pm- Enjoy a nice dinner at The Great American Steak and Chicken House (Several options to select from at the time of seating) 7:00 pm- Begin our way by motor coach to the beautiful King's Castle Theater. 8:00 pm- Settle into your seats on the main floor to see Dublin's Irish Tenors and Celtic Ladies. Dublin’s Irish Tenors and the Celtic Ladies have become one of the most popular shows Branson has seen in years. With wonderful harmonies and lilting melodies, listen in amazement as these talented singers take you on a breathtaking musical journey covering Irish Classics, Opera, Pop and Jazz Standards.
Nov 16th- Friday - Day 3 7:00 - 9:00 am Enjoy breakfast served at the hotel. 9:30 am- Board the coach and we'll make our way through the Ozark Mountains with our good friend and tour guide, Omar Gibson. Our tour will include a stop Point Royal overlook, Lake Taney Como and a drive over the dam along with stories and the history of beautiful Ozark Mountains. We'll also make time for a drive through the College of the Ozarks making time to pick up one of their delicious home- made Fruitcakes. 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm- Arrive to the Grand Village - Here you'll enjoy time shopping and lunch a 12:30 am @Mel's Hard Luck Diner, included. 2:30 pm- Re-board the coach. We'll make our way to the Sights and Sounds Theater. 2:45 pm- Arrive and get our seats for the 3:30 pm matinee of "Sampson" The show starts at 3:30 pm / lasts 2.5 hours. Watch the Bible come to life in this panoramic production of Sampson! Enjoy amazing cast, colorful costumes and live animals. 6:45 pm- Dinner is included - Enjoy a fast food meal at C C 's Pizzeria Buffet. It's very good ~ With time so tight, we would rather not do a sit down meal between these two shows. 7:20 pm- Travel to the Mansion Theater. 8:00 pm- Take your seats for "Tony Orlando's Christmas Show" Years ago, Tony Orlando packed his own theater and was one of Branson's most beloved Christmas shows. Well, he's back with only a limited number of performances and we're going to be sure to see it. You'll be thrilled with all his traditional songs as well as Christmas songs.
Nov 17th- Saturday - Day 4 7:00 -9:00 am- Breakfast is served at the Inn. Help yourselves. 10:00 - 12:30 - Time to spend in Old Downtown and Branson Landing areas to explore as per your own agenda. (Get your lunch while downtown) 1:00 pm - Board the coach and we'll travel to the Welk Theater. 2:00 pm- Curtain Call for Danny O Donnell's Show. After Danny's sabbatical, he came back to Branson two years ago. His show has always been wonderful, but our group couldn't believe the difference in his show. We are quite sure you'll be just as excited to see him. This year we understand he'll do more Christmas music. 4:30 pm- The show concludes. We'll have a spare bit of time between leaving Danny's show and dinner. Stay tuned as we fill this with a fun stop along our way. 5:45 pm- Dinner included ~ Fall Creek Steakhouse ~This is the restaurant where they throw the rolls. You have several choices to pick from. 7:30 pm-"Trail of the Lights" with Inspiration Tower - This is a pretty amazing light display - Note: It lasts about 45 minutes on an open air tram. 8:45 pm- Once the light tour concludes, we'll return to the Holiday Inn Express for a well deserved night's rest.
Nov 18-Sunday - Day 5 7:00 -9:00 am- Breakfast is served at the Inn. Help yourselves. 9:30 am - Board the bus and travel to the Imax Entertainment Center. We have tickets to see the Ozark Mountain Imax Film! Branson's Imax Entertainment Center is a fun one-stop place. There's great food, an Imax Theater, and several venues where you can do some shopping. 11:30 am- Lunch at McFarlain's Restaurant(Several entrees to select from at the time of seating- soup and sandwich entree's to select from) 1:00 pm- Board the coach and wind our way to the Yakov Smirnoff Theater! YES. Yakov is back this new year in 2018. 2:00 pm- Settle in for a delightfully funny new Yakov Smirnoff Show, "Happily Ever Laughter Tour" 5:30 pm- Enjoy a nice Buffet Dinner at the Grand Buffet Restaurant (just across the street from our hotel) This is an amazing buffet with hundreds of items to choose from. There's something for everyone. 7:00 pm- Re-board the coach. Travel to the Moon River Theater for the B.J. Thomas Christmas Special. 8:00 pm - Show Time! Settle in for an amazing show. A true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcend them, B.J. Thomas has found a unique way to celebrate an incredible half a century in music and some 47 years since his first gold selling hit on Scepter Records. A five-time Grammy and two-time Dove Award winner, B.J. has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years. Among the signature hits from B.J. Thomas are: “Raindrop Keep Fallin' On My Head,” “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” “Lonesome,” "Rock and Roll Lullaby," "Hooked On a Feeling," and so many more. Don't miss B.J. Thomas - one night only - at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center. 10:30 pm- Return to the hotel after the show.
Nov 19-Monday- Day 6 7:30 am- 8:30 am - Enjoy full breakfast. Set your luggage outside your doors at 7:30 am. 8:30 am- We'll say good-bye to Branson, MO. We’ll make stops along the way as we wind our way northward toward Des Moines -back to the beautiful Drury Inn. 6:00 pm- Estimated arrival to Drury Inn 5505 Mills Civic Parkway, Des Moines, IA # 515-457-9500 Tonight is at your leisure. Again....the hotel offers hot & cold buffet between 5:30-7:00 pm with complimentary cocktails. There are also restaurants within walking distance. This property is beautiful! It offers coffeemakers in the rooms, hairdryer, irons & boards, free hot and cold beverages in the lobby, indoor / outdoor heated pool and a fitness center.
Nov 20 -Tuesday - Day 7 7:00 - 8:00 am- Enjoy a full hot breakfast at the Drury Inn- Set your luggage outside your door at 7 am. 8:00 am- Board the coach and we'll begin our journey back to the Minnesota Northland. On our way.... we'll make a stop at the .Russell Stover’s Candy Outlet store. “Life really is like a box of chocolates”. Estimated arrivals to the various towns are as follows; 1:30 pm- Burnsville Mall - Applebees / 3:30 pm- Clear Lake; 4:00 pm- Sartell; 4:15 pm Rice; 5:15 pm- Baxter 4:00 pm- Askov; 4:30 pm- Cloquet; 5:00 pm - Duluth; 7:00 pm-Eveleth; 7:15 pm- Virginia; 7:45 pm-Hibbing; 8:30 pm Grand Rapids.