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An Olde English Christmas

Wednesday, November 15 - Saturday, November 18, 2017

Highlights:  (Inclusions Subject to Change)
 -  Irish Dinner with Entertainment of Irish Singers & Dancers
 - Omaha City Tour with Step-On Guide
 -  Free Time in the Historic Old Market District
 - Violin Making Demonstration at Violins of Omaha
 - Tour St. Cecilias Spanish Cathedral
 - Tour & Dinner at Joslyn Castle including Performance
      by Madrigal Renaissance Christmas Quartet & Jester
 - Step-On Guided Tour of Boys Town Village
 - Afternoon English Tea with Performance by Gerald Charles Dickens
 - “A Christmas Carol” Musical at the Omaha Community Playhouse
 - Three Breakfasts & Three Dinners
 - Three Nights Lodging at the Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha
 - Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
 - Trip Cancellation Insurance available upon request

Departure Points:
Kirkwood:  Depart 7:00 AM / Return 6:00 PM
Washington:  Depart 8:00 AM / Return 5:00 PM

Wednesday, November 15
This morning we set off in our comfortable motorcoach for Omaha, NE.  By this afternoon we will be in Omaha & ready to check into our hotel for the duration of our stay, the Hampton Inn & Suites.  After we check into our hotel we will enjoy an Irish Dinner at the hotel with Irish Folk Singers & Dancers.    Tonight experience an International Christmas Dinner Show with David Marsh.  Dave performs on traditional folk instruments from around the world.  You will hear familiar songs played on unfamiliar instruments, like “O Holy Night” on the hammered dulcimer.  This evening continues with an Irish Dance Performance by the Dancers of Marty Dowds Irish Dance Studio.  Marty was the lead dancer for River Dance for over 15 years.  Tonight he will showcase some of his young Irish dancers.  (D)
Thursday, November 16
This morning after breakfast in the hotel we will enjoy a Guided Driving Tour of Omaha’s Past, Present and Future.  A professional guide gives our group an overview of Omaha’s points of interest. Tour the historic Old Market District, Lewis & Clark Landing, the Historic Gold Coast District and Creighton University. Included sites include Billionaire’s Warren Buffet’s residence, the Blackstone Hotel (birthplace of the Reuben Sandwich), TD Ameritrade Park (Home of the annual College World Series), Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge (longest pedestrian bridge to connect two states), Omaha Community Playhouse (where Henry Fonda started acting), and much more. Lunch today is on our own at the Historic Old Market District. The Old Market District is Omaha’s former warehouse district with brick streets and unique shops, great for a little holiday shopping.  Explore the three block area including Tannenbaum Christmas Shop, Red Square Russian gifts and Ashley’s Collectibles.  The new Hollywood Candy Shop contains hundreds of memorabilia items from the 1950’s to 1970’s era.  Discover the candy you grew up with. Next, we will visit Violins of Omaha for a Violin Making Demonstration. We will experience the art of violin making from one of the best, Omahan Alex Louis Reza, who currently crafts 6 to 10 instruments a year, passionately creating each violin by hand for musicians form all over the world. Learn the magic behind this craft and see Reza’s collection of rare violins, violas and bows form some of the most sought after violin makers in the world, as we enjoy a live violin performance.  Next, we will tour St. Cecilia Spanish Cathedral. Learn about its famous architect, and the fifty year struggle to complete the structure. View beautiful stained glass windows, amazing Spanish colonial artwork, and a massive three ton pipe organ. This evening enjoy a tour at the historic 1903 Joslyn Castle. This stone 30 room mansion resembles a traditional Scottish castle in appearance. As you enter through the huge front doors, you will be amazed by the craftsmanship of the elaborate wood interior. The wood is from all parts of the world. After the tour, we will enjoy a catered Dinner while being entertained by the music and merriment of the Madrigal Christmas Quartet and Jester.  This unique form of entertainment transports you to the Renaissance years for a festive evening of traditional old English hymns.  The Madrigal singers perform around the tables as you meet the queen’s court and the playful jester.  Enjoy an evening of beautiful costumes and traditional holiday songs.   (B, D)
Friday, November 17
Breakfast is included at the hotel.  We will begin the day by traveling to West Omaha to the world-famous Father Flanagan’s Boys Town. An actual working town, Boys Town is an inspirational stop on any group tour. Visit the hall of history to learn the interesting history of this city of children. View a number of beautiful chapels and tour the restored 1920’s home of Father Flanagan.  After Lunch on our own we will enjoy Afternoon English Tea with Gerald Charles Dickens.  With an established career as an actor and producer in Oxford, England, Gerald Dickens became fascinated by his famous great-great-grandfather’s works including the famous “A Christmas Carol”.  In 1993 Gerald created his first one-man show.  This afternoons performance will be “A Chance Encounter with Mr. Dickens”.  After an included Dinner at Cascio’s Steakhouse we will continue to the Omaha Community Playhouse to see the traditional “A Christmas Carol” Musical. For over 35 years, the Omaha Community Playhouse has been offering this quality holiday performance. Enjoy a professional production of Dickens classic tale with musical score, special effects and elaborate costumes. (B, D)
Saturday, November 18
After breakfast at the hotel we will return home with new memories to share.   (B)

Tour Cost:
$655.00 per person - Double Room
$810.00 per person - Single Room
$610.00 per person - Triple Room

$200.00 per person deposit due with reservation.
Final Payment due:  October 13, 2017

 




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Cancellation Policy/Refunds

If you must cancel on a 1 day tour and it is within 10 days of departure, refunds will be based on deposits returned to Mid-American Coaches prior to trip departure.  We do however, allow you to get another person to fill your seat.   If  we have a wait list, we will try to fill the seat from our wait list.  If we do not have a standby list, you will not receive a refund.
Once final payment (30days prior) is made on multi day trips 2 or more days,  cancellation of passengers will have to be filed on the cancellation insurance that is available  for all multi-day tours.  No insurance is sold on 2 day trips.
If you have elected to not purchase the insurance, Mid-American Coaches has the right to retain any monies paid by customer.  If this seat is resold, then at that point you may receive a refund.
Any fly/international/rail/cruise tours will have exceptions that will be covered at the time of booking.
If you are forced to leave a tour anytime after departure, refunds will be based on monies that are recoverable.  Refunds cannot be made for unused motorcoach transportation.