Deposits and Final Payment Due Date: $125 per person deposit is due with each reservation and is non-refundable after August 1, 2021. Final balance due: September 1, 2021. Cancellations: Money returned with cancellations between August 1-September 1, 2021 are contingent upon what Happy Trails Tours can retrieve back from hotels, charters, theaters, restaurants, etc. No refunds with cancellations made after September 1, 2021 Reservations are transferable. Final Documents: Final documents are expected to arrive in early October with specifics on boarding location and hour
Things to Know Before You Go on Branson Tour - November 4-10,2021 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 footrests. 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 it's 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. We practice all CDC guidelines for motorcoach travel. Hotels /Smoking/ Non-smoking: The hotels where we are staying are 3+*. 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 WILL apply. We stop every 2 ½ -3 hours for quick breaks, comfort stops 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. Unfortunately, we cannot promise these rooms. 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. 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. 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.
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Branson's Ozark Mountain Christmas November 4-10, 2021
Nov 4th -Thursday - Day 1 This tour includes boarding in towns throughout the state of MN with our bus charter company, Trobecs of St Stephens, MN.
Northeast Minnesota: _____5:15 am -Grand Rapids SUPER EIGHT -1702 S Pokegama _____6:00 am- Hibbing PARK HOTEL _____6:30 am- Virginia VILLAGE INN - 1500 13th ST _____6:45 am- Eveleth SUPER EIGHT 7:45-8:45- Arrive to Duluth Perkins Miller Hill Mall Restaurant for breakfast, paying on own. _____8:30 am- Duluth PERKINS MILLER HILL MALL Perkins Miller Hill The coach departs at 8:45 am from Duluth. _____9:15 am- Cloquet PERKINS 64 L Jack HWY 33 Central Minnesota: ____ 8:45 am - Baxter- WALMART-McDonalds @ 7295 Glory Road - # 218-829-5510 ____10:00 am - Sartell, AMERICINN - 19 Le Sauk Drive - # 320-259-0877 Our friends from Central MN will meet the Happy Trails group in Burnsville. ___11:30 am - Meet at Burnsville Mall - APPLEBEES Entrance-This is an estimated arrival time for shuttle & coach to arrive to the mall. This stop offers a good variety of restaurants to choose from...Panera Bread, Food Court on lower level, Applebees and more. 1:00 pm- Re-board the coach and continue on to Des Moines, Iowa. 2:30 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 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. Light Dinner Included
Nov 5th - Friday- Day 2 6:30 am- Full breakfast included, at the hotel before we depart for Branson. 6:30 am- Set your luggage outside your door for the porter. 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. This day is dedicated to traveling south to Branson, Missouri. We'll make comfort stops every 2 1/2 - 3 hours. 3:30 pm- Estimated arrival to: The Radisson Hotel Branson - 120 South Wildwood Dr., Branson, MO 65616 # 417-335-5767 We’ll settle into this wonderful property for the next four nights. It offers a wonderful restaurant on site, pool and whirlpool, free Wi-Fi and two beds in the rooms along with a coffee maker, irons and ironing boards and hairdryer. 5:00 pm- A nice Dinner is included tonight is at our hotel, included. Menu is yet to be announced. 6:15 pm- Begin our way by motor coach for tonight's show. “Optional Show Choice Tonight” Yakov’s Theater and Sights & Sounds are nearby. You’ll have an option to see either Yakov Smirnoff or the musical production of “Jesus” at the Sights and Sounds Theater @25 pp more. 7:30 pm-Settle into your seats for the show you selected.
Yakov Smirnoff, the Famous Russian Comedian: Yakov returns to Branson for limited show dates in 2021! Fresh from touring the world and with plenty of new material from politics Yakov says, "It's time to Make America Laugh Again!" (And he's not 'Putin' you on!). Celebrate America with Yakov. When Yakov says, "What A Country!" You'll feel like standing and cheering for the Red, White, and Blue! Jesus the Musical at the Sights and Sounds Theater: From the bustling streets of Jerusalem to the raging Sea of Galilee, JESUS is an action-packed musical stage adventure for the whole family! Join Peter, Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene, and a multitude of others as they journey alongside the most famous person ever to walk the earth. Witness the most miraculous events in history as Jesus sets sail with fishermen and makes disciples out of the least-expected. The lives he touches will never be the same. Experience the greatest rescue story of all time as it comes to life on stage with massive sets, special effects and live animals in this original stage production. Breakfast / Dinner Included
Nov 6th-Saturday - Day 3
7:00 – 9:30 am Enjoy Breakfast served at the hotel. 10:00 am- Take your seats for The Brett Family Christmas. The Bretts offer a top morning show in Branson, Missouri. With unequaled style and flair, the Brett Family will sing, dance, and smile their way into your heart. The Brett's are best known for their breathtaking family harmonies and powerful musical arrangements, and are each dynamic soloists as well. Lunch, paying on own this afternoon- venue to be announced. 1:00 pm- Travel to the Welk Theater. 2:00 pm- Take your seats for the Danny O Donnell show! Danny is back and his show is better than ever! It has always been wonderful, but our group couldn't believe how fabulous it was last year. He brings with him, Mary Duff. Together, they will bring you a magnificent show. 5:30 pm- Dinner at the Fall Creek Steak House. Everyone always asks us ... "What is the name of the restaurant that throws the dinner rolls?" Our reply is "Fall Creek Steakhouse"! Well that is where our dinner is tonight. Get ready to catch those delicious rolls on the fly. You'll have 4 entree's to select from at the time of seating. 8:00 pm- Take your seats for the Haygoods Christmas Show The Haygoods deliver a LIVE stage production that is unmatched in quality, talent, and entertainment! "Branson's Most Popular Show" features an incredible array of singing, dancing, music, and showmanship that is unrivaled! We are in for a real treat with this show! Breakfast / Dinner Included
Nov 7th- Sunday- Day 4 7:00 -9:00 am- Breakfast is served at the Inn. Help yourselves. 9:00 am-11 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. 11:30 am- Our tour will end at the Keeter Center at the College of the Ozarks. This is where you will have your lunch. The menu is fabulous sit down meal of duet plate of roasted pork loin and chicken breast with vegetable, starch, dessert and beverage. (All homemade by the students.) 2:00 pm- Take our seats for the Johnson Strings Family. Johnson Strings is funny, magical, and genuinely personal! Truly magical and extremely talented, their show is an unforgettable experience. One dynamic family, 20 dazzling instruments, 8 voices in close harmony, and plenty of family humor! See amazing things that you've never seen before on instruments and make lasting memories with your family. Time permitting, we will return to our hotel for a bit of down time before our evening dinner cruise. 6:00 pm- Let's board the coach and travel to our next exciting venue. 6:30 pm- Arrive to the Showboat Branson Belle Dinner Cruise. Showboat Branson Belle Main Show Experience. Set sail for adventure on the open waters of Table Rock Lake with live music, dancing, comedy, magic, a meal and more! Join the Showboat's master of ceremonies as he presents the newest sensation in live stage performance Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Nov 8th-Monday - Day 5 7:00 -9:00 am- Breakfast is served at the Inn. Help yourselves. Board the coach and travel for another great day of music and fun in Branson! This morning..... you have a choice on how to spend your morning.
You may take the Morning at Your Leisure.... sleep in or just relax. It's a busy Branson tour, so a little down time may a good fit for you.
You may visit Old Downtown Branson - do a bit of shopping and visit Dicks Five and Dime! A tourist's favorite store!!!
9:00 - 11:00 am- You may join us as we visit the Aquarium at the Boardwalk at an additional fee @ an extra $25 per person.
Mark your registration form IF this is something you would like to do. We'll add the extra $25 on to your final invoice. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in February of 2019, for Aquarium at the Boardwalk, an attraction focusing on fish and fun, which is set to open in the heart of the Branson entertainment district in Summer 2020. The 46,000-square-foot aquarium is being developed at the northwest corner of the former Grand Palace , just across the street from the Radisson Hotel, where our group is staying. Aquarium at the Boardwalk will take guests on an undersea adventure to explore, play, and capture great photos, along with enjoying spectacular views of a wide variety of sea animals.
11:15 am- Travel to the Branson Craft Mall where we'll get lunch, paying on our own and time to do a bit of shopping. (They have lots of cool crafts) 1:15 pm- Arrive to the station and begin boarding the Branson Scenic RR for our afternoon scenic drive through the Ozark Mountains. 2:00 pm- Enjoy a 40-mile round trip excursion through the Ozark foothills. Relax and get away from it all. Listen to narrated stories about the history of the railroad, the people and the mountain communities. 5:45 pm- Enjoy a nice Buffet Dinner at the Grand Buffet Restaurant , included. This is an amazing buffet with hundreds of items to choose from. There's something for everyone. 7:15 pm- Reboard the coach and wind our way to Mansion Theater. 8:00 pm- Take your seats for Country legend "Gene Watson". Referred to as "The Singer's Singer,", Gene Watson still sings in the same key as 30 years ago and his powerful voice and multi-octave range allows him to sing some of the most challenging songs with an ease that comes from pure, natural talent as well as from his many years performing onstage presenting country music. Breakfast / Dinner Included
Nov 9th-Tuesday- Day 6 7:30 am- 8:30 am - Enjoy Breakfast. 7:30 am - Set your luggage outside your door for the porter. 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. Breakfast / Light Dinner Included
Nov 10th-Wednesday- Day 7 7:00 - 8:00 am- Enjoy a full hot Breakfast at the Drury Inn- 7 am - Set your luggage outside your door for the porter. 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 OutletStore. “Life really is like a box of chocolates”. Estimated arrivals to the various towns are as follows; 1:00 PM- Arrive to Burnsville Mall - Get our lunch here while they switch everything over to the other coach. IRON RANGE GROUP WILL BE SWITHCING COACHES in Burnsville 2:00 pm- Estimated departure time from Burnsville. Estimated arrivals to the various towns are as follows; 1:30 pm- Burnsville Mall - Applebees / 4:00 pm- Sartell; 4:45 pm - Little Falls; 5:15 pm- Baxter 5:00 pm - Duluth; 7:00 pm-Eveleth; 7:15 pm- Virginia; 7:45 pm-Hibbing; 8:30 pm Grand Rapids. Breakfast Included