JULY 13 - 23, 2016 -- CRUISING ON THE RHINE RIVER IN EUROPE
It's coming -- we will explore the Rhine & Mosel Rivers on a leisurely cruise through Germany in the summer of 2016. This "bucket list" trip begins by flying into Switzerland and enjoying two nights in beautiful Lucerne prior to boarding the ship in Basel. Then unpack your bags for 7 nights in your beautiful stateroom and watch as your European vacation comes to you! Picture yourself sitting out on the deck as ancient castles, steep vineyards, cathedrals, and lovely villages float by! We also will enjoy the last night aboard ship in Amsterdam but with sight-seeing available the last day before we fly home. WE WERE SOLD OUT -- BUT NOW HAVE (1) CABIN OPEN!!! We would love to add your name to our Waiting List since we are LESS THAN 2 months from departure date and situations can change quickly! Contact your nearest Vista Club Office to get on our pending list.
See the attached link for the day-by-day activities. Ship layout and pricing are included.
AUGUST 27 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 -- NATIONAL PARKS 100TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR:
FIRST TRIP TO: SOUTHWEST PARKS
To kick off our National Park Series in 2016, we are excited to offer the first adventure to scenic areas of Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. Following our flight into Las Vegas, we will venture north to visit spectacular stops at the Valley of Fire with unique and colorful sandstone rock formations and ancient engravings, Bryce National Park with its incredible "hoodoo" rock formations, Grand Canyon North Rim with stunning views, a relaxing and scenic Lake Powell Canyon Cruise through two famous canyons, and Zion National Park with its incredibly massive and majestic mountains and abundant wildlife. This 6-day/5-night adventure includes breakfast and dinner each day, tour guide, two hotels, baggage handling, tax, airfare, and airport transfers. Price: $2299 for double occupancy, $2694 for single occupancy. Brochures are available and registration is open for this magnificent visual delight!
NOVEMBER 8 - 12, 2016 -- EXPERIENCE CAJUN COUNTRY: NEW ORLEANS, BAYOUS & PLANTATIONS
Last trip in 2016 but with an amazing line-up … 5 Day/4 Night Adventure to the New Orleans area with numerous highlights in New Orleans and Lafayette. Sponsored by Bloomington Vista, this unique trip begins with a flight to New Orleans and includes a City Tour, Bourbon Street, a visit to the Laura Plantation, the Houmas House & Gardens, lunch at Café Burnside, exploring in the French Quarter, and dinner at the Court of Two Sisters. Perhaps you may wish to visit Café Du Monde for beignets in your free time in the evening! Then it is off to Lafayette, LA for a Swamp Tour, a visit to the Poche's Cajun Café, and then some fun at Martin's Cajun Accordion Experience. A visit to meet Mama Redell at the Acadian Village is set for the following day, along with a toe-tapping good time as we enjoy Music sur la Bayou Cajun/Creole Music Workshop. Other stops in-clude the Shadows on the Teche, a Tabasco Plant, Country Store, and the Blue Dog Café. Enjoy the final day with a visit to the Nottoway Plantation and Seafood Riverside Market before flying home. Contact Evon Long today for all of the details and pricing.
2017 EXTENDED TRIPS:
We are finalizing details and brochures so we can roll these out very soon. Listed here are the dates -- watch for more details and for Introductory Meetings! If you are interested in any of these, please contact your local Vista Coordinator and put your name on our "Interested Lists."
NATIONAL PARK SERIES #2: TO YOSEMITE & BEYOND, JUNE 20 - 27, 2017
This unique 2017 trip awaits you -- perhaps this is one area you haven't explored yet since it is one of the National Parks that is more difficult to reach, but Vista is delighted to be able to offer this 8-day/7-night adventure to our members. This 2nd in our National Park Series will begin with a flight to Sacramento and a chance to visit Old Town which was a commercial hub of the Gold Rush Era, along with a visit to the California State Railroad Museum. The following morning we board the Amtrak Train for a Sierra Nevada Rail Journey to Lake Tahoe through the beautiful snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains. Upon disembarking at Truckee, we motor coach to the South Lake Tahoe area for two nights. While there, we will visit Virginia City, Carson City, Gold Hill, and then enjoy a paddle wheeler cruise on Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay. Then you are in for a breathtaking experience at Yosemite National Park! See iconic Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point, Bridal Veil Falls, take a guided tram ride of Yosemite Valley, and tour the famous Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly called the Ahwahnee Hotel). As we travel south out of Yosemite, we will visit Kings Canyon NP, and then on to Sequoia NP to view some of the world's largest trees! Enroute to our Los Angeles airport departure, we will stop at Simi Valley for a tour of the impactful Ronald Reagan Library and his Air Force One. Don't miss this adventure to see these iconic stops and bring a guest!
NEW YORK CITY & BERMUDA CRUISE, JULY 26 - AUGUST 3, 2017
See the sights … then just r-e-l-a-x onboard the ocean liner for this 9-day/8-night combo adventure! We are still putting together the details but the trip will fly into NYC, where you will be able to experience iconic sights such as Times Square, Rockefeller Center, 911 Memorial, Ellis Island, and enjoy several Broadway shows for the first four days. Then transfer to Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas to sail to the island of Bermuda for five exciting nights, relax on board and/or enjoy two days of sightseeing around one of the world's most beautiful islands to see the magnificient foliage, pastel homes, beautiful vistas, and charming towns. Sail back to NYC and fly home with many wonderful memories of your glorious summer vacation. Travelers will have the option to return home at the end of Day 4, or continue onboard the cruise for the full trip.
Intro Meetings will be scheduled in mid-August at various Vista locations so we can answer all of your questions and more thoroughly explain all the highlights of this trip. If you are interested, please call your local Vista office and put your name on our "Interested List" so we can be sure to contact you later.
KANSAS CITY -- HERE I COME! AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 4, 2017
Enjoy a great end-of-summer get-away over Labor Day weekend to Kansas City. The "City of Fountains" is known for its BBQ, Jazz, and a growing art and thriving communities. This 5-day/4-night motor coach trip features exciting Kansas City destinations, including Jack Stack Bar-B-Q, Money Museum at the Federal Reserve, Hallmark Crown Center, Harry S. Truman Library, Arabia Steamboat Museum, and spend some time at their annual Irish Festival. As we make our way back to Illinois, we will enjoy our last night in St. Louis and travel to the beautiful Missouri Botanical Gardens to experience their annual Labor Day Japanese Festival. Come along to the hidden gem of the Midwest -- Kansas City!
SAN ANTONIO -- CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVERWALK, NOVEMBER 27 - DECEMBER 1, 2017
Plan to join us for this quick escape to see the beauty of the San Antonio Riverwalk decorated for the Christmas Holidays. Other features in this 5-day/4-night adventure include the Mission San Jose, LBJ Park, the Alamo, and MORE!
FOR MORE INFORMATION
- Mendota Area:
- Jill Becker: 815.539.1526 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jean Simkins: 815.539.1524 or email@example.com
- Bloomington Area -- Evon Long: 309.663.6300 X821or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rochelle Area -- Bobbi Burke: 815.562.2200 X52044 or email@example.com
- Fox Valley Area-- Shelly Crowley: 630.584.7100 X51388 or firstname.lastname@example.org