Travel Programs

GLORIOUS GENEVA

Geneva, IL

We will travel to Geneva, Illinois to experience a few of the wonderful festivals that this unique and picturesque community has to offer. This destination has become one of the most sought-after sites to see as requested by our travelers. Please join us for one or all of these festival favorites! Spaces are limited for each trip, so please register early.

Festival of the Vine  

Taste the autumn bounty in downtown Geneva while enjoying the flower market and an arts and craft show. Sip wines from around the world and sample mouth-watering international specialties prepared by Geneva restaurants. A popular festival you won’t want to miss!

Registration Deadline:  August 21
Day/Date:        Saturday, September 12
Departure:      8:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:            3:45 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                  $39 (Fee includes mini motor coach transportation only)

BLEACHER BUMS AT THE OIL LAMP THEATER

In the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, die hard Cub fans root for their team. The group includes a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio, a bathing beauty, a nerd, and various other bleacher denizens. As the game proceeds, they bet among themselves on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and, occasionally, watch the game.  Complimentary peanuts and cookies are served in the theatre and guests may bring their own bottle of alcoholic beverage to be served on site.  Lunch will be at Hackney’s on Lake -Lunch Menu TBA.

Registration Deadline:  July 31
Day/Date:       Sunday, August 30
Departure:     10:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:           6:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                 $85 (Fee includes motor coach transportation, performance ticket and lunch)

NEW YORK CITY

The wait is over! Many have asked about visiting The Big Apple and we are happy to travel there! Board the spacious motor coach for 6 Days and 5 Nights to experience the bright lights of New York City. Fascinating stops in New York will include Central Park, Columbus Circle, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the 911 Museum and, of course, the Statue of Liberty. Trip insurance prices vary depending on occupancy ($45 for double and triple and $69 for single per person). Please write a separate check payable to “Travel Insured International, Inc.” or pay it online at www. travelconfident.com. Limited space available; don’t wait to register!

Registration Deadline/Final Payment:  June 2/July 27
Day/Date:       Thursday, October 1 - 6
Depart:           8:15 am Founders Community Center
Return:           In the evening of October 6 (TBA)
Fee:                 $626/person double occupancy
                                  $606/person triple occupancy
                                  $846/person single occupancy
                         ***$75 deposit due upon registration

GHOST & MAGIC

Galena, IL

First stop in Galena will be for a delicious lunch on your own.   Then we will check into our hotel for 2 nights with time to freshen up before heading into downtown Galena for shopping & tastings.   Dinner tonight will be at Vinnie Vinucci's before being entranced by the illusionist PT Murphy. After breakfast the following morning we will enjoy a guided tour with a step on guide including a stop at the U.S. Grant Home State Historic Site and the Historic Market House. Then get ready for the chills and thrills of the Galena Ghost Tour.  Dinner tonight will be at Diamond Jo Casino before trying your hand at lady luck with a little gaming before returning back to the hotel. After breakfast this morning we will check out of our hotel and head for home with a stop at the Apple River Fort State Historic Site, lunch on your own and a tour of Massbach Ridge Winery with wine tasting. We will gather by the motor coach and continue our journey home as we talk about or ghoulish trip!  Fee includes motor coach transportation, lodging, tours, entertainment, wine tasting, gratuities, breakfast & 2 dinners

Registration Deadline:  September 11
Day/Date:       Wednesday – Friday, October 7 - 9
Departure:     8:00 am from Founders Community Center
Return:            4:00 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                     $379/person double occupancy
                              $479/person – single occupancy
                              $359/person – triple occupancy 

HOLIDAY SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA!

Chicago, IL

Get your holiday shopping off to the right start at the Randolph Street Holiday Market with gifts in all price ranges, from thrifty to extravagant. You will discover fabulous keepsakes from embroidered hankies to estate jewelry. Timeless antiques and modern treasures including vintage and indie fashion, jewelry, art, decorative objects, house wares, and more will make this holiday a memorable experience for gift givers of all ages!  ChicagoMag.com recommends the Randolph Street's Holiday Market for "Top holiday shopping”.   Following the Holiday Market, we will head to State Street where the shopping fun continues! Enjoy the many shops along State Street, browse the German crafts at the Christkindlmarket or grab a bite to eat at one of the many fine restaurants in Chicago.

Registration Deadline:  October 30
Day/Date:        Saturday, November 21
Departure:     9:15 am from Founders Community Center
Return:            4:45 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                    $39 (Fee includes motor coach transportation and admission to Randolph Street Holiday Market)

BRANSON HOLIDAY SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA

Branson, Missouri

There is so much to see in Branson, MO the “Live Music Show” Capitol of the world!  We will see up to seven shows, including the Haygoods Show, New Jersey Nights Show, the Duttons Show, and the Showboat Branson Belle.  Enjoy the incredible Brett Family Show and experience the energy of the “IT” Show, where 50 amazing singers, dancers and musicians combine their scope of talents to help create Branson’s Ultimate Entertainment Experience.  Non-stop fun and excitement are waiting for you on this whirlwind show trip!  Trip insurance prices vary depending on occupancy ($45 triple, $45 double and $59 single per person)  Please write a separate check payable to “Travel Insured International, Inc.” or pay it online at www.travelconfident.com  Limited space available; don’t wait to register!

Click here to download the Branson Flyer

Registration Deadline/Final Payment: September 25
Day/Date:       Monday, November 30 – December 4
Depart:           8:00 am from the Founders Center
Return:           In the evening on December 4 (TBA)
Fee:                 $549/person – double occupancy
                        $669/person – single occupancy
                        $529/person – triple occupancy
                        * $75 due upon signing

NIAGARA FALLS & TORONTO, CANADA

Experience a true natural wonder!  Feel the power of the “mighty Niagara” as you gaze at the Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil Falls from the “Canadian side” – considered the best view of the Falls.  Then experience the power up close onboard a boat ride on a “Hornblower Niagara Cruise” that takes you right up to the base of the Horseshoe Falls!  Rain ponchos are provided.  Then we will travel North to the spectacular city of Toronto for a guided tour.  While there, we will visit Toronto’s majestic castle estate – Casa Loma!  The trip includes motor coach transportation, 6 nights lodging, 10 meals, (6 breakfasts & 4 dinners), tours, cruise and more!  Trip insurance prices vary depending on occupancy ($59 triple, $59 double and $69 single per person)  Please write a separate check payable to “Travel Insured International, Inc.” or pay it online at www.travelconfident.com  Limited space available; don’t wait to register!

Registration Deadline/Final Payment: February 27
Day/Date:       Sunday, June 5 - 11
Depart:            8:00 am from the Founders Community Center
Return:            In the evening on June 11 (TBA)
Fee:                    $669/person – double occupancy
                             $879/person – single occupancy
                             $649/person – triple occupancy
                             * $75 due upon signing

LYRIC OPERA HOUSE –
MOZART’S THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

Chicago, IL

Join us as the resourceful Figaro gets ready to marry his lovely Susanna – and endeavors to get his fiancée to the altar with her virtue still intact! His boss, the Count, has designs on Susanna and sees no reason to let her escape his noble snare, even if it means breaking the heart of his own long-suffering bride. But there’s rebellion in the air in a comedy that boasts more salon drama and backroom maneuverings than a whole season of Downton Abbey. This performance will be performed in Italian with projected English titles.

Registration Deadline:  September 8
Day/Date:       Wednesday, October 21
Departure:     10:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:            7:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                    $105 (Fee includes transportation, performance ticket and lunch.) 

PURDUE UNIVERSITY CHRISTMAS SHOW

West Lafayette, IN

This year marks the 82nd Purdue Christmas Show. Spend an afternoon with us as we experience astounding seasonal music, dance and talent. This production is performed by the Purdue Musical Organization in the Elliott Hall of Music. Get ready for one show that will leave your spirit singing for joy and bring your Christmas traditions to a whole new level. Lunch will be at Grindstone Charley’s Restaurant & Pub. A fabulous menu paired with marvelous company to be shared by all.

Registration Deadline: October 1
Day/Date:       Saturday, December 5
Departure:     8:15 am from Founders Community Center
Return:            5:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                    $86 (Fee includes transportation, lunch, and performance ticket) 

CELEBRATE ELVIS’ BIRTHDAY WITH THE LEGENDARY RICK SAUCEDO DINNER & SHOW AT CHEF SHANGRI-LA

North Riverside, IL

Elvis Presley would be turning 81 years old on January 8 so join in celebrating with Rick Saucedo- a musician, singer, songwriter, actor, Elvis Presley tribute artist, John Lennon tribute artist, and Paul McCartney tribute artist. Rick had an increasing interest in music and he had always appreciated the music of Elvis Presley, going back to his junior high band in the ‘60s. In 1972, one particular song caught his attention, “Burning Love”, which turned out to become the main catalyst for Saucedo and began the creation of his tribute performances to Elvis Presley. He has been performing longer than Elvis himself did and decades later, Saucedo is still considered one of the top tributes to Elvis and has never stopped entertaining. A traditional Cantonese unlimited family-style dinner at Chef Shangrai-la’s includes Egg rolls, Crab Rangoon, Pot stickers, Broccoli beef supreme, Sweet & sour chicken, Veggie fried rice, gratuity and water/tea (additional drinks are on your own).

Registration Deadline: December 8
Day/Date:     Friday, January 8
Departure:   5:30 pm from The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center- West Parking Lot
                           10847 W La Porte Rd, Mokena
Return:          10:45 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                  $46 (Fee includes mini-motor coach, show, dinner with tax/gratuity included)

TULIP TIME ON THE ROMANTIC RHINE
AND MOSEL RIVER CRUISE

Traveling is a time of pleasure, filled with those "must see" and "must do" experiences in each destination. Experience the re-awaking of Spring in the Netherland as well as on the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. There is no better way to experience the Rhine and Mosel Rivers than by cruising through the heart of Central Europe aboard Mayflower Tours' newly built exclusively chartered, river cruise ship the MV Emerald Dawn. Visit Keukenhof Gardens at the Peak of tulip season. See the countryside bloom as we sail these two historic rivers of Europe. Experience Switzerland with its historic landmarks and Renaissance Town Squares; all set amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Swiss Alps. Return home with memories and Life Enriching experiences from your Cruise/Tour along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers.

Trip Highlights include:

  • 11 Days- 23 Meals (8 dinners, 6 lunches, and 9 breakfasts)
  • Roundtrip airport transfers on tour dates provided when air is purchased by Mayflower Tours
  • Before cruising we begin in Lucerne, Switzerland with a two- night stay and touring
  • International Cruise Director and Mayflower Tour expert staff onboard, plus local English-speaking guides for shore excursions
  • There is no better way to experience the Rhine and Mosel Rivers than by cruising through the heart of central Europe aboard Mayflower Tours’ newly built, exclusively chartered, river ship the MV Emerald Dawn
  • Once onboard, unpack only once in your tastefully furnished stateroom with a panoramic views of Europe.
  • Included shore excursions escorted by local English-speaking guides in Lucerne, Strasbourg, Cochem and Cologne
  • Narrated cruising through the UNESCO World Heritage Region of the Rhine River Valley including the legendary Lorelei Rock
  • Explore beautiful Reichsburg Castle on an included excursion
  • Included narrated canal cruise in Amsterdam
  • Included visit to Keukenhof Gardens at the height of tulip season
  • All meals included onboard cuisines
  • All onboard dinners are four courses and are served with complimentary religion wines, beer and soft drinks
  • Afternoon tea and late evening snack served daily in the lounge
  • Comfortably furnished lounge and bar area with sofas and floor to ceiling windows
  • Heated swimming pool, cinema and complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Evening events and Local Insights onboard
  • Enchanted touring experience with use of audio headsets
  • Outdoor balcony featured in the suites on the Horizon Deck
  • ‘Indoor’ balcony featured in the staterooms on the Horizon and Vista Decks
  • $55 in Mayflower Money

Dates:               April 6 - 16, 2016
Fee:                    $4,724 - $6,724 Double Occupancy/varies based on cabin type
                             Single Occupancy add additional cost: $1,899 - $2,349/based on cabin type
                             $400 deposit due at time of registration, plus cancellation insurance. 
Departure:    Mayflower Tours will pick up each individual from their home. Travelers will be notified of specific time 3 weeks before the trip.
Final Payment:  90 Days prior to departure.

To learn more about this cruise, join us for an informational seminar on Tuesday, September 15 at the Founders Community Center at 6:30 pm.  Please call the Park District office at 815-469-9400 to reserve your spot. 
 

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