For the holiday season this year, we humbly present a very special Mystery Tour experience. The Christmas Mystery is always the most popular of the year. Early reservations are advised.
The holiday season is grand. It’s a wonderful time to get out and share the joy of life and the season with friends; in this case friends you haven’t even met yet. We’ve chosen one special small American town that carries a unique holiday distinction. Its neighbor villages offer additional opportunities to discover small town hospitality and holiday cheer. Three small towns in all, each with a distinctive flavor. One will offer you the opportunity to share in the most traditional of American holiday traditions. You’ll even trace the lives of two beloved historical figures, one very connected to Christmas.
We can’t tell you any more than that, except to say that this will be very different from any previous Christmas Lights Mystery. Note that we’ve dropped the “lights” name from the itinerary, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see some magnificent light displays. We just want to make the focus a little different this year, on the people and the destination, rather than the twinkling. As was noted last year, Christmas lights from inside a vehicle are what they are.
Oh, and one other thing. We are going to shower you with gifts. You may not need to do Christmas shopping when you get home, you are going to have so much loot. In a unique twist, you’ll be participating in a very special gift giving program that helps the families of American military troops. It’s a cold weather destination, early in the season, and it will be one of the most memorable trips in our 32 years.
*The itinerary includes EVERY meal, 15 in all, plus airfare, door-to-door pick-up and your old buddies Mark and Chris to shovel the snow… we mean show you a good time!
*2600 /2900 Gold Passport Points
As often happens with our very popular holiday mystery tours, this year’s tour sold out very quickly following our Spring Fling Holiday Preview Day. While space is currently unavailable, we are taking names for the waitlist. If you are interested in joining us this year, please contact our office.
Mystery Tours always feature great food. Heck, even the Rockefellers would be impressed with this dinner. A lavish Sunday Brunch you say? Breakfast with a view? Fancy accommodations? Well, of course! (The hotel pattern is 3 nights, 1 night, 1 night.) Oh, and the chocolate is free. Who doesn’t like FREE chocolate at Christmas time?
Featuring dining at the historic Mission Inn and some historical steps back in time.
Frankie always considered Chicago “his kind of town.” You are cordially invited to celebrate Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday (were he still with us) in style. Stay four nights at the Palmer House Hilton, one of Frank’s favorite places.
There’s a host of Christmas activities, but it’s the entertainment that really shines. Besides a great dinner party to celebrate Frank’s birthday (complete with a Sinatra look-alike singing your favorite tunes), you’ll enjoy two Broadway shows.
First, it’s Beautiful, the Tony-award winner about the life of composer/vocalist Carole King. If you loved Jersey Boys and Mamma Mia!, we think you’ll be crazy about Beautiful. Lots of wonderful music from the 60’s and 70’s and a fantastic story about an incredible singer and songwriter.
Also featured is Gotta Dance, a musical making its pre-Broadway stop in Chicago. You will, in fact, see the very first preview production of the show, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, a Tony-winner in his own right. The show includes some original music by the late Marvin Hamlisch in a story line about an all-senior dance team. Uplifting and fun, it’s certain to be a hit in New York. You’ll see it first!
We mentioned Christmas activities and there are many. See the remarkable display of international Christmas Trees at the Museum of Science and Industry. There’s 75 in all, so bring your camera. On arrival evening, there’s an optional Christmas lights tour. You’ll enjoy lunch in the famous Walnut Room at Macy’s (formerly Marshall Field’s) and take time to browse an authentic German-style Christmas Market, just blocks from your hotel. Stop for treats at the famous Magnolia Bakery or shop for gifts on the Magnificent Mile! There’s even an authentic Polish dinner in a charmingly beautiful local restaurant, and a luxurious holiday tea at the Drake Hotel, a Chicago landmark. Tour Director(s): Chris and/or Mark.
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