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Olde World Charm for Christmas

Thursday, November 16 - Sunday, November 19, 2017

Highlights:   (Inclusions subject to change)

 - Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy
 - Dinner at Harvest Moon Bed & Breakfast
 - Tour the Monastery Immaculate Conception
 - Visit Tin Lizzie’s Home Decor and Gift Shop
 - Tour Dr. Ted’s Musical Marvels
 - Lunch at St. Nick’s Restaurant
 - Visit Holly Tree Christmas Shop
 - Visit Santa Claus Village & Museum  
 - Visit Santa’s Candy Castle
 - Visit Ferdinand’s Christkindlmarkt Eve Ceremony & Dinner
 - Visit Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt
 - Jasper Gift Basket & Popcorn Shop
 - German Heritage Museum
 - Dinner at Schnitzelbank Restaurant
 - Sound of the Season Concert at St. Ferdinand Church
 - Lunch at Texas Roadhouse
 - Three Nights Lodging at the Comfort Inn - Ferdinand, IN
 - Three Breakfasts / Two Lunches / Three Dinners
 - Luggage Handling
 - Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
 - Trip Cancellation Insurance Available Upon Request

Departure Points:
Washington:  Depart 7:30 AM / Return 3:30 PM
Lowe’s in Kirkwood:  Depart 8:30 AM / Return 2:30 PM

Thursday, November 16
Today we travel from Missouri to Indiana.  This afternoon we arrive at the Red Skelton Museum. Begin your touring with laughter all the way…. “The mission of the Red Skelton Museum of American comedy is to continue the Legacy of Red Skelton through inspiration and education.” The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy celebrates the life and legacy of one of America's greatest comedians. This 3,500 square foot, fully interactive museum looks at the comedy through the lens of Red Skelton. Then we arrive and check into our host property, the Comfort Inn in Ferdinand, IN.  Dinner this evening is included at the Harvest Moon Bed & Breakfast. This beautiful early 1900's Queen Ann Home welcomes you with old-fashion charm. The decorations will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit.     (DInner)
Friday, November 17
Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel, to begin your day of exploring. Tour the Monastery Immaculate Conception, also known as the “Castle on the Hill” in Ferdinand. It is home to one of the largest communities of Benedictine women in the nation. Enjoy a Guided Tour by Sister Christine and learn the history of the majestic domed church. Then stop in at their gift shop where you will find that the sisters take great pride on all their homemade baked goods including their famous Springerle cookies.  Next, we will enjoy some free time to shop at Tin Lizzie’s Home Décor and Gift Shop. We continue on to tour Dr. Ted’s Musical Marvels. This is the most unusual place you will ever go!! Come on in and discover all the magic of these marvels of yesteryear . . . Dr. Ted's favorite instrument, the Wurlitzer, was made for large merry-go-rounds in the early 1900's. A guaranteed visual treat, but then, oh... when those instruments start to play you'll walk away from Dr. Ted's Musical Marvels forever altered from the experience. After an included Lunch at St. Nick’s Restaurant we arrive at Holly Tree Christmas Shop where you can find everything from t-shirts and  thousands upon thousands of ornaments, to light up wall décor and paintings with a “Believe” signature. Even better, give them a gift from the one and only Holly Tree Christmas Shop in the town of Santa Claus, Indiana!  Holiday Open house will be going on at this time with special discounts.  Next, we will Enjoy a stop at the Santa Claus Village and Museum….here guests will visit the iconic and newly restored  1935 Santa Statue….standing 22 Feet tall and weighing 40 tons (my those cookies do add up)…it is dedicated to the children in all of us across the world.  Arrive at Historic Church  in Santa Claus for speaker Mrs. Koch to speak to the group about the history of the town. AT THE POST OFFICE-THERE WILL NOT BE ELVES WORKING – but guests will be able to fill out a form (FOR FREE) so a letter can be sent to their grandchildren etc after Thanksgiving. Next stop is just down the road - Santa's Candy Castle. This is a magical place for anyone who holds the spirit of Christmas dear to their heart. The historic castle, which has hosted millions of visitors from all over the world, offers a unique experience unlike any other. This evening Step into 14th century Germany with a visit to Ferdinand’s Christkindlmarkt Eve Ceremony & dinner. Guests will be transfixed outside Ferdinand’s “Castle on the Hill”, The Monastery Immaculate Conception, as one magical entertainer after another emerges from the huge crypt doors, a perfect setting for an Olde World Christmas event to launch the 17th annual Christkindlmarkt.  NOTE:  This is an outdoor event- dress appropriately.  Following the opening ceremonies, follow the live Nutcracker to St. Gertrude Hall in the Monastery for a delicious plated meal with the Sisters.  Entertainment during dinner will include a musical ensemble with a pianist, singer, and a visit by the Christkindl Angel herself.   (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Saturday, November 18
After breakfast included at the hotel, we depart today to embrace the traditions…Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt. Step into 14th century Germany with a visit to Ferdinand’s Christkindlmarkt, rated by the American Bus Association as one of the top 100 Events in North America for 2012. The mart is located in six different locations and guests will be transported by local transportation to each location. Your coach will be parked at the last location for easy loading. Enjoy delicious foods, live entertainment, a lighted grotto display, wine tasting, visits with Sankt Nikolaus and free tours of Monastery Immaculate Conception. Lunch on own at various places located throughout the Christkindlmarkt. This afternoon we travel to Jasper, IN to visit Jasper Gift Basket and Popcorn Shop. In front of the store you will notice a unique roadside icon, a 17ft. popcorn box that provides a unique photo op for visitors. Next we will travel to the German Heritage Museum. DEFINITELY NOT YOUR TYPICAL MUSEUM…Known as one of the largest county museums in the state of Indiana, this museum showcases the rich German heritage and history of the Dubois County area.  PLUS guests will view a collection of over 1,500 SANTAS and a Christmas tree collection decorated by local décor shops.  Early Dinner this evening at the Schnitzelbank, where an authentic German meal served family style will await guests. After dinner we arrive at St. Ferdinand Church for the Sound of the Season Concert by the Celebration Singers, a 98 member chorus performing seasonal and traditional Christmas carols in this beautiful church.   (Breakfast/Dinner)
Sunday, November 19
This morning we enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing.  After an included Lunch at Texas Roadhouse we finish our drive home with lots of wonderful memories to share.   (Breakfast, Lunch)

Things to know
Tour Activity Level      1   2   3   4   5
LEVEL 4: A more physical touring experience based on the destination with longer walking tours, stair climbing and periods of standing. Expect some of the experiences to occur during the evening.

Tour Cost:
$690.00 per person - Double Room
$860.00 per person - Single Room
$635.00 per person - Triple Room

$200.00 per person deposit due with reservation.
Final Payment due:  October 10, 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.