2018 Branson, Memphis, Nashville & Pigeon Forge Tour
November 15th - 30th, 2018 (Motor coach)
Professionally Directed by: COLIN & DIANNE MARKUSSON
*Meals as indicated: (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner, (S*) social/snacks.*
Day 1, Thursday, November 15th: Prince Albert SK - Minot ND. Meet and greet fellow passengers along the route with stops in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina, North Portal, Portal and Minot.
Day 2, Friday, November 16th: Minot ND - Sioux Falls SD (B). Travel through Dakota's rugged landscape with rolling hills, plains, ravines and steep flat-topped hills. Stop along the way in Carrington, Fargo, Watertown. Overnight in Sioux Falls.
Day 3, Saturday, November 17th: Sioux Falls SD - St Joseph MO (B/S*). Head south through Sioux City. Visit the LEWIS & CLARK MONUMENT, overlooking Council Bluffs, the Missouri River and Omaha skyline. Tour JESSE JAMES HOME and PATEE MUSEUM. Evening social with hot and cold snacks and beverages.
Day 4, Sunday, November 18th: St Joseph MO - Branson MO (B). Continue through Clinton. Tour of the FANTASTIC CAVERNS... the only show cave in North America to offer a complete ride-through tour in a Jeep-drawn tram. The temperatures linger at 60 degrees all year. Spend time at SILVER DOLLAR CITY. Enjoy rides, shows, entertainment, craftsmen, unique dining, marvel cave, parade and tree lighting. Tonight's entertainment is the MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, famous LIVE Broadway production shares the music of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Day 5, Monday, November 19th: Branson MO (B/L). Visit BRANSON LANDING on Lake Taneycomo in Historic downtown Branson. Plenty of shops to explore. Head to Hughes Brothers theatre for lunch followed by the HUGHES BROTHERS CHRISTMAS SHOW, awarded best group, best entertainment and 6 times best Christmas show. Tonight see one of Branson's most popular shows... The DUBLIN IRISH TENORS and CELTIC LADIES. Wonderful harmonies and lilting melodies take you on a breathtaking musical journey.
Day 6, Tuesday, November 20th: Branson MO - Memphis TN (B). From rugged mountainous terrain of the OZARKS to the plains in Tennessee. Welcome to MEMPHIS, famous for blues, soul and rock n roll. Visit the GIBSON GUITAR FACTORY for an up-close look at the intricate process of binding, neck-fitting, painting, buffing and tuning. On your free evening, stroll Beale Street or take a trolley ride, grab a bite and listen to some music.
Day 7, Wednesday, November 21st: Memphis TN (B) (bus driver day off). Begin your day on a BACKBEAT BUS TOUR. Visit GRACELAND with an audio tour of the MANSION, the gravesite, AUTO MUSEUM and the ELVIS ARCHIVES. This afternoon join a MOJO TOUR, an unforgettable exciting introduction to Memphis on an action-packed drive through the city. The guides are professional Beale Street musicians who play and sing throughout the tour. This unique experience brings Memphis to life. Free evening.
Day 8, Thursday, November 22nd: Memphis TN - Nashville TN (B/S*). Head to NASHVILLE. Meet your GRAYLINE step on guide and tour the RYMAN THEATRE, home of the Grand Ole Opry. Continue on guided CITY TOUR. Free evening with hot and cold snacks and beverages.
Day 9, Friday, November 23rd: Nashville TN (B). This morning shop and wander through the OPRY MILLS MALL and the GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT. This afternoon tour COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME, one of the world's largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and educating its diverse audiences about the beauty and cultural importance of country music. This evening return to the Ryman Theatre for a performance of the GRAND OLE OPRY. The place where countless country music careers have been launched and Nashville became Music City.
Day 10, Saturday, November 24th: Nashville TN - Pigeon Forge TN (B). Travel up to the mountain resort city of PIGEON FORGE. Spend the afternoon in DOLLYWOOD, located in the Knoxville-Smoky Mountains. This theme park features thrill rides, traditional crafts and music.
Day 11, Sunday, November 25th: Pigeon Forge TN (B/D). This morning a MOUNTAIN MEMORY tour guide will deliver delightful stories and mountain folklore while exploring the scenic Appalachian roads. This afternoon a trip to GATLINBURG on your own to shop, take a chairlift ride, or test some moonshine. This evening is Dolly Parton's DIXIE STAMPEDE DINNER. A dinner theater with a twist. A unique live show with trick riders, pyrotechnics and a fabulous meal.
Day 12, Monday, November 26th: Pigeon Forge TN - Columbus IN (B/L/S*). Head north to LOUISVILLE. First have lunch at the DERBY CAFE followed by an historic walking tour of the KENTUCKY DERBY CHURCHILL DOWNS RACETRACK. View a short media experience, exhibits and the gift shop. Tour the Louisville SLUGGER MUSEUM, home of the World's Biggest Baseball Bat. Interactive exhibits tell the story behind the bat and the family company that still creates it. This evening enjoy a few drinks and snacks.
Day 13, Tuesday, November 27th: Columbus IN - Madison WI (B). Meet your step on guide for a CITY TOUR of INDIANAPOLIS. See Victory Field stadium, Lucas Oil stadium, 9/11 Memorial, Downtown Canal, Circle Theatre, Soap Box Derby track, Rolls Royce HQ and experience the grand scale of the MOTOR SPEEDWAY.
Day 14, Wednesday, November 28th: Madison WI - Plymouth MN (B/D). Continue north. This afternoon explore or shop at the MALL OF AMERICA. This evening will be your WINDUP DINNER and a PLAY. Details to be determined.
Day 15, Thursday, November 29th: Plymouth MN - Minot ND (B/D). Travel back through the Dakotas to Minot for overnight.
Day 16, Friday, November 30th: Minot ND - Home (B). HOMEWARD BOUND with fond memories and new found friends. Your day consists of Duty Free shop, border crossing, late lunch Regina, pit stop Saskatoon and final stop Prince Albert.
**ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
2018 TOUR INCLUDES:
- Transportation: PA Northern Bus Lines, driver, sound and entertainment system, lavatory with basin, comfortable reclining seats and coach cleaned daily.
- Hotel accommodations.
- Luggage Handling when offered "1 bag per person" round trip.
- All (B) breakfasts ranging from continental to full hot buffet.
- 2 (L) lunches, 2 (D) dinners plus tips and gratuities.
- 3 (S*) social evenings with drinks and snacks.
- Meals included shown as (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (S*) Social/snacks.
- Attractions and admissions listed in the itinerary.
- Bus and driver for Memphis tour.
- 3 step on guide tours.
- All tips for drivers, step on guides and tour directors.
- 2 Professional Tour Directors to welcome you, look after details, deal with issues that may arise. Their care and attention insures passengers have a worry free trip.
RESPONSIBILITY - Lobstick Travel and Tours acts only as an agent for the passengers and accepts no responsibility for delays, loss, misconnections, damage or injury to persons or property, any mechanical defect or failure, however caused or any substitution of carrier equipment beyond our control, with or without notice, or any additional expenses associated thereby.