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. Reservations need to be confirmed no later than August 25, 2016.
2017 EXTENDED TRIPS:
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 AND JUNE 13 - 20, 2017
We already sold out one coach and have added another departure date! 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! We will work with you should you need to be on the same trip as other family members or friends.
NEW YORK CITY & BERMUDA CRUISE, JULY 26 - AUGUST 3, 2017 AND JULY 19-22, 2017 FOR NYC ONLY
See the sights … then just r-e-l-a-x onboard the ocean liner for this 9-day/8-night combo adventure! You are going to LOVE this trip! We 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 view the magnificent 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 (only New York City) or continue onboard the cruise for the full trip.
ADDITIONAL OFFERING: The original set of dates (July 26 - August 3) were sold out almost immediately! Thanks, everyone! So we have added another departure which will offer the NEW YORK CITY ONLY with the same venue as the original trip. Dates for this trip: JULY 19-22, 2017.
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!
COME TO OUR INTRO MEETINGS for all of the details:
Mendota: Tuesday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Mendota Golf Course, West Route 34, Mendota -- R.S.V.P. to Jill or Jean
Bloomington: Monday, October 24 -- Time and details to be determined -- R.S.V.P. to Evon
Please R.S.V.P. no later than October 15 if you plan to attend one of the meetings.
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