Day 1: En Route / Springfield
Branson and Eureka Springs Holiday tour members will meet their Tour Director and other travelers at Chicago Union Station.
You will board the Texas Eagle for its 1:45 p.m. departure. Sandwiches, snacks and beverages are available in the Café Car. Sit back and relax in your reclining coach seat as you roll southwest to Springfield, Illinois.
Arrival is scheduled for 5:14 p.m. We’ll transfer to the Ramada Springfield North.“On-your-own” dinner options are nearby.
Day 2: Branson
A Continental breakfast is included in our hotel this morning.
Following breakfast we’ll board our deluxe motorcoach. We’ll arrive at one of Missouri’s major attractions, the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Springfield, Missouri. It’s the world’s largest sporting goods store. There are options for an “on-your-own” lunch.
Later we’ll arrive at the attractive, full service Radisson Hotel, our home for the next three nights. The Radisson is convenient to many shows and attractions.
Dinner is included this evening in our hotel’s dining room.
Following dinner we’ll see A Tribute to Andy Williams. The Lennon Sisters and the Osmonds will perform many of Andy’s most memorable hits in a tribute to the late singer.
Meal(s): CB & D
Day 3: Branson
A buffet breakfast in our hotel is included each morning in Branson.
We will board our motorcoach this morning for historic Eureka Springs. In the late 1800s the many springs in the area were believed to have medicinal qualities.
You’ll have time to explore the exciting shops in this quaint town. Following an “on-your-own” lunch we will transfer to the Eureka Springs Tram Station where we will board
an Open Air Tram for a 90-minute tour of this beautiful Ozark area.
We will return to Branson and enjoy dinner at the ever popular Grand Country Buffet.
This evening we will transfer to the Shoji Tabuchi Theater where you’ll enjoy the renowned Shoji Tabuchi. For many years this Japanese violinist has headlined Branson’s most popular show.
We will return to our hotel following the show.
Meal(s): B & D
Day 4: Branson
Following breakfast we’ll embark on a three-hour sightseeing tour of Branson and the scenic Ozark countryside. You’ll enjoy an “on-your-own” lunch at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner and be entertained by the talented singing wait staff.
Following lunch we’ll continue to the Welk Theater for one of the most memorable performances of your life. You’ll be enthralled by the charming Daniel O’Donnell.
Daniel has become one of Ireland’s greatest exports, performing to over 500,000 people every year from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House to London’s Royal Albert Hall and, of course, Branson! His many hits include “The Magic is There”, “Give a Little Love”, “The Way Dreams Are” and “I just Wanna Dance with You”.
Dinner this evening is at the Fall Creek Steakhouse.
Following dinner we’ll enjoy a performance by one of America’s most popular groups, The Oak Ridge Boys. One of the longest-running groups in country music, they bring a lot of country and a little bit of rock, blues and gospel to Branson.
The talented quartet’s four-part harmonies and upbeat songs have resonated with fans of country, pop and gospel, selling more than 30 million records.
The Boys have ten Gold Albums, two Platinum and one Double Platinum album as well as 25 No. 1 hits including: “Elvira,” “American Made,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God for Kids” and “Y’all Come Back Saloon.”
Meal(s): B & DDay 5: En Route
Following breakfast we’ll board our deluxe motorcoach and depart Branson for Springfield, Illinois. An “on-your-own” lunch stop is scheduled for the St. Louis area.
At 1:45 p.m. we’ll arrive at the world famous 630-foot high Gateway Arch in St. Louis. A visit to the Museum is included. Options include: a trip to the top of the Arch and a 45-minute film chronicling the history of the Old West.
We’ll continue northeast 100 miles to Springfield, Illinois, where we’ll spend another night at the Ramada Springfield North.
Day 6: En Route
Following a Continental breakfast (included), we’ll transfer to the Springfield Amtrak station where, at 8:37 a.m., we’ll board a Lincoln Service Train for Chicago. Snacks and beverages are available in the Café Car. Our arrival into Chicago’s Union Station is scheduled for 12:20 p.m.
Travelers will continue to home destinations throughout the day.