NOVEMBER 9-12, 2022
Same great tour, different date! On December 8, 1991, the popular “60 Minutes” TV program proclaimed Branson the “live music capital of the entire universe.” There were only 22 theaters in operation. Today, Branson has more than twice that many, due in part to that turning-point proclamation. Many agree that “60 Minutes” launched Branson into a new era of growth by revealing to the world the wonderful playground of fun and entertainment this small southwest Missouri town had become. Performers, visitors, developers and new residents flocked to see what was going on. Join us for a packed itinerary which will include 3 shows per day and good southern cooking!
• Meals en route, Lunch
• Gratuities (Tour Manager, Driver)
• Round trip airfare from Burlington, VT (other airports possible)
Full-time tour manager companion
3 days of entertainment with premium seats
3 Nights lodging
10 Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 4 Luncheons, 3 Dinners
Baggage handling for one suitcase per person
Grand Jubilee Show
Andy Williams Christmas Show
The Dutton’s Christmas Show
DAY 1 - WEDNESDAY
Fly to Springfield Missouri from Burlington, accompanied by your Tour Manager. Board our private motor coach and prepare to be embraced by southern hospitality as we transfer to our hotel in Branson, Missouri.
Settle into your hotel before departing for the Grand Jubilee Buffet and Show. One of the most-requested and sought after shows in Branson – Grand Jubilee brings you some of the best entertainment you will find in the area!Combining the best in classic and modern country songs, Top 40 music from the 70s through the 90s, one of the funniest comedians in town, as well as dancing and singing from some unbelievably skilled performers, and a multi-talented cast- this show brings together a high-energy cast to put on one of the best productions in town. Over a dozen talented performers make up the incredible cast that you will see on stage – it’s an action-packed powerhouse show that the whole family will love!
DAY 2 - THURSDAY
This morning, enjoy a deluxe breakfast. We start our day with a visit to Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery which produces between 350,000 and 400,000 pounds of trout each year. Both rainbow and brown trout are raised at the hatchery with 80 percent of production going into Lake Taneycomo. The remainder of the fish are stocked into other Missouri trout management areas. The hatchery includes a conservation center, where the public can learn more about trout culture, aquatic life, fishing and the Missouri Department of Conservation's role in aquatic resource management. A short distance away is the Dewey Short Visitor Center features interactive exhibits, great lake views, a film about the area and construction of Table Rock Dam.
Lunch will be provided at Dave’s Famous BBQ!
Depart to celebrate the sounds of the Carpenters Once More, tribute artist and percussionist Diana Lynn! Karen and Richard Carpenter were an American brother and sister duo who created a unique soft style of music that led them to become one of the best-selling music groups of all time. Known best for their “stacked vocals,” Richard’s brilliant pop rock arrangements and Karen’s haunting contralto vocals, the duo rose to the top of the charges with hits such as “Superstar,” “Top of the World,” “Sing” and many more!
For dinner, we will all re-gather at the Mel’s Hard Luck Diner. For over twenty years now, their talented servers (and sometimes cooks and bus staff) have been singing your favorite songs while serving great food. This 1950’s themed diner is home to talented, professional singers, songwriters and musicians. So enjoy the great food and listen to your favorite songs performed and up close... a truly unique experience you will want to share with your friends and repeat time and time again, Mel’s Hard Luck Diner, where “we sing for your supper!” Be sure to take a look around the diner and see the memorabilia and hard luck stories.
Next, we are off to The Andy Williams Christmas show, the most anticipated Christmas celebration in Branson, and will take you on a journey back to Williams' outstanding Christmas specials from the 60's and 70's. This full production features all the elements that made Andy's show so memorable — majestic dancers in festive costume, real-life reindeer, and extraordinary onstage performances of your favorite Christmas songs from the entire Moon River Orchestra and the much-anticipated tribute to Andy Williams.
DAY 3 - FRIDAY
After breakfast, we head over to the Discovery IMAX to watch Ozark Legacy and Legend. This is a cinematic retelling of Branson, Missouri from 1824 to the 1950s, filmed throughout the beauty of the Ozark Mountains and shown exclusively at Branson’s IMAX® Entertainment Complex. Experience breathtaking scenery & enjoy a family saga that highlights the Ozark heritage & history.
Lunch is included at Bob Evans
This afternoon, we jump right into the extraordinary entertainment … that’s right, Daniel O’Donnell! As one of the most popular visiting artists, fans everywhere anxiously await the show schedule of Daniel O'Donnell in Branson, Missouri each year! An extremely successful Irish singer and television artist, he began making a name for himself in 1983 after saving enough money to make and sell his own record. Daniel quickly became popular in Ireland and the UK and has gained legions of fans across the United States. He is known for his charisma and engaging stage presence as he performs a mix of country and Irish folk music and always creates a close bond with his audience. This is a celebration you do not want to miss!
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten those that like to shop. Our next stop is the Branson Craft Mall. 16,000 square feet of Arts and Crafts from the Ozarks including a fudge shoppe, roasted nuts, gourmet coffee, chocolate, candy, jams, salsa as well as dried fruits. Don’t miss the free samples at Hillbilly Nut and Fruit. Watch working craftsmen: silversmith, pottery, glassworks, potato bags, stained glass, wood turning, brass engraving, decorative shirts, wood burning, floral designs, leather, cedar signs, basket weaving, musical instruments, quilts, ornaments, heritage lace and more. Pickin’ Porch Grill is on premises, where you will have dinner.
Get your holiday spirit on because tonight is all in the spirit of Christmas! The show this evening is the Duttons Christmas Show. The Duttons are international touring and recording artists who perform bluegrass to classical music and everything in between. Their show features a variety of instruments, including violin, guitar, bass, viola, banjo, mandolin, keyboard, harmonica, and drums, among others. The Duttons have garnered awards and recognition in national fiddling contests, classical violin competitions, and as studio musicians.
Complete the evening with a drive through the Lights of Joy Christmas Lights Display.
DAY 4 - SATURDAY
Meet your student guide at the College of the Ozarks Public Relations Building. The College of the Ozarks is unique among American colleges and universities because students work, rather than pay, to help defray their educational expenses. Students are assigned to more than 80 work stations including the computer center, dairy, farm and offices. Enjoy as one of the students takes your group on a tour of campus including Williams Memorial Chapel, Greenhouses, the Mill, Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen and more!
After our tour, gather at the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks. The Keeter Center, deep in the Ozarks, the Keeter Center’s rustic design and handsome furnishings are a perfect complement to the well-maintained landscaping. The restaurant’s dining room prides itself on serving some of the finest dining in the Branson Area. So of course, we have included lunch here!
Sadly, it is time to head home. After our deluxe breakfast, board the motor coach for our ride back to the airport,
and flight home.
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(group of two)
*20% deposit at booking. Balance due October 14, 2022
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