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Open Kitchen Travel: Ireland
Join us for nine days of chef-guided, food-focused travel in Ireland. Experience a lesser-known side of the Emerald Isle as we explore the rich culinary traditions of Ireland. Chef Brian O’Malley, executive director at the Institute for the Culinary Arts, will guide you beyond the plate into the kitchen where you’ll meet cheesemakers, chefs and teachers; on tours where you’ll discover brewing, distilling and tasting; into the wild where you’ll experience sea salt production, salmon fishing and mussel harvesting. Package includes: Chef guide, Irish guide, private transportation, exciting culinary tours, spectacular hotels, local food experts, hands-on cooking and 13 meals.
17/AP-COOK-208N-70
Sept. 19-27
COSTS:
$1,749 + airfare
$2,749 estimated total
$500 due upon registration
More information can be found on the itinerary
 

Spring 2017 Tour Schedule

Lovely Gardens Spring Tour*
Requirement: moderate walking
Explore the best of central Iowa’s gardens. Reiman Gardens, Iowa’s largest public garden on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, will be an unforgettable stop. Tour the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing and 14 acres of amazing outdoor gardens. Stroll the outdoor gardens to see the Jones Rose Garden, children’s gardens, herb gardens and water features combined with unique prairie-style architecture. The 5,000 foot conservatory houses an ever-changing floral display.
While in the Ames area, see the star attraction, the Iowa Arboretum, on 378 acres in scenic Boone County. The Library of Living Plants showcases hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowers in a tranquil setting. Take a short hike through native woods with century-old oak trees. Afterward, Hickory Park Restaurant will provide us a hearty BBQ meal, which includes a beverage and dessert.
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, a world-class public garden, provides a diverse horticultural and botanical experience. Enjoy the start of their Spring Garden Festival and a signature opportunity to celebrate gardening in Iowa. The festival will have a limited edition plant sale offering 500 different perennials, annuals, vegetables, tropicals and shrubs for all garden styles. The outdoor garden area features a meadow and wildflower garden, exotics/succulents garden, rose garden, conifer garden, and ornamental tree and shrubs. Take in the Courtyard Fountain by Des Moines artist Peter Morasco. The glass geodesic dome conservatory offers a beautiful retreat in all seasons and has abundant tropical foliage, colorful orchids and a cactus garden. Afterward, see 1,000 varieties of hostas on 20 wooded acres at Flying Frog Farms of Indianola. Many are available for purchase. Also, shop the sale barn for vintage furniture and home and garden items. A fast food stop is planned before returning home.
The cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, the fees for the Reiman Butterfly Wing, Reiman Garden, Iowa Arboretum, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and Festival, Flying Frog Farms and the luncheon (including tax and tip). Bring money for shopping and other meals. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7 a.m. from Sarpy Center; park and meet the bus in the northeast parking lot. Return is at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sorry, no discount. Refunds will not be allowed within seven days of the trip. The trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road
TRVL-422N-80     TH     07:00A-09:30P     05/11-05/11     $117
 

Lewis & Clark Expedition Tour*
Take part in the Lewis and Clark Expedition Journey up the Missouri River for the day! Starting in Omaha, visit the National Lewis and Clark Historic Trail Headquarters Visitor Center. Next, we are on to Onawa, Iowa, and Lewis and Clark State Park to see a floating replica of the Lewis and Clark keelboat. As we move from point to point on the experience, we will learn stories of their hardships and tales of exciting interactions with the natives.
Next, we head into Sioux City where we will have lunch and view Sergeant Floyd Monument and the Chief War Eagle Monument. We will also visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center where we will see firsthand paintings, murals and artifacts from their voyage. Our travels today take us all the way to Vermillion, S.D., where we will visit the museum of music. As we make our way back down the river to Omaha, we will visit the Lewis and Clark monument in Council Bluffs to cap off our experience with a breathtaking view of Omaha!
The tour departs promptly at 8:30 a.m. from the Fort Omaha Campus. Park and meet in the lot west of Building 10. Sorry, no discount. Refunds are not allowed within seven days of trip. The cost paid to MCC includes all admissions, meal, transportation, guide service and step-on guide service. The trip leader is JJ Bell.
Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets
TRVL-425N-80     SA     08:30A-06:30P     05/13-05/13     $119
 

Mystery Tour*
Requirement: moderate walking
Enjoy an exciting journey into the unknown with plenty of fun with friendly travelers just like you. Explore with us on a trip that will give you a new travel experience! Learn all of the details, but first, you must enroll—then board our comfortable deluxe motor coach the morning of the departure. A couple of hints for you—the destination is interesting and you will be treated to a meal and enjoy an evening performance , all included in the price of the tour. Delight your senses by embracing intrigue. Tell your friends to join us for a day of mystery and fun. This tour will be offered only once during the spring session. Register early to secure your place.
The cost paid to MCC includes bus transportation, luncheon (including tax and gratuity), attraction fees and evening performance. Bring money for shopping and evening meal. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 10 a.m. from Sarpy Center; park and meet the bus in the northeast parking lot. Return is approximately 11:30 p.m. Sorry, no discount. Refunds will not be allowed within seven days of the trip. The trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road
TRVL-413N-80     TH     10:00A-11:30P     05/18-05/18     $99
 

Tulips and a Taste of Holland*
Requirement: moderate walking
Feel like you’re in 19th century Holland by visiting the tulip festivities in a charming Dutch village in northern Iowa. It’s an entertaining celebration of the best of small town America—a tulip showcase for the multitude of visitors in this community’s rich Dutch heritage. Festivities include fun ethnic food treats, music and dancing by hundreds of children and adults in intricate authentic costumes, a special parade, an arts and crafts show, and thousands of gorgeous tulips in lanes lining avenues, parks and small gardens throughout Orange City. The Tulip Town Bulb Company Gardens offers a colorful array of more than 40 varieties of imported Dutch tulips! There will be an opportunity for you to place your tulip bulbs order for fall delivery.
The morning tour begins at the Vogel windmill, which is a working replica of the mills in Holland, afterward, visit the lovely Century House and the Tulip Gardens (where bulbs can be ordered). Later experience how blocks of wood are formed into wooden shoes at the De Klompen Maker.
To satisfy your hunger for lunch, try the market area, food tent, the multitude of vendors or the village’s cozy restaurants. Those hankering for special Dutch treats can try almond patties, Wilhelmina Peppermints, Stroopwafels layered with caramel and Dutch fudge puppies, which are like long johns dipped in chocolate and topped with whipped cream. Or, find the line to a bakery’s supply of puffy corn-sized poffertjes. Watch a spectacular Volksparade in the afternoon with your reserved seat! Enjoy viewing provincial costumes, the presentation of the Tulip Queen, her Royal Court, Dutch children’s games and singing, folk dancers and colorful floats. Afterward, you’ll be entertained by a Dutch song and dance performance in a cozy theater. Be sure to visit the Straatmarket for fun activities and bring comfortable shoes. See the Dutch street organ—one of only two in the U.S.—and more windmills for your enjoyment. There will be a stop for fast food on our return trip.
Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, the Volksparade reserved seating, the Century House tour, and Dutch Song and Dance theater performance. Bring money for food and extras you might enjoy like horse drawn street tours or shuttles. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. from the Sarpy Center; please park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot. Return approximately at 9 p.m. Sorry, no discount. Refunds will not be allowed within seven days of the trip. The trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road
TRVL-097N-80     SA     07:30A-09:30P     05/20-05/20     $94
 

Spirit of Brownville River Cruise*
Requirement: moderate walking
Join us for a day of adventure exploring the town of Brownville, “Nebraska’s Oldest Little River Town,” and Indian Cave State Park near Shubert, Neb. Once served by the steamboats that maneuvered the currents from St. Louis to Montana, the town of Brownville is full of historic buildings, bookstores, fine art, shops and antiques. A highlight of the tour will be a one-hour luncheon cruise on the ‘Spirit of Brownville’ paddle wheeler. Then, stop at the River Inn Resort to see the state’s only floating boutique bed and breakfast. There will be time to shop the annual spring flea market or visit historical sites and art galleries upon arrival in Brownville. Treasures include antiques, art, gifts and clothing. Other options include the Bill Farmer Gallery and the Lyceum, which house thousands of nearly new and rare, collectible books. The Governor Furnas Arboretum, at 5th and Main Street, has more than 200 trees, plus shrubs and flowers from 6th Street to the river.
Another option is Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard and Winery, housed in a 100-year-old refurbished barn, which is located a few blocks further west from Main Street. During your free time, you may choose to do wine tasting and visit their 1886 cave, which they use as an underground wine cellar. Indian Cave State Park, an area which covers 3,052 acres of natural beauty, is the next destination. The park takes its name from a large sandstone cavity of uncertain age which is a natural formation with Indian petroglyphs (picture writing) etched on the walls. View the wildflowers and listen to the lovely songbirds along our path as you view the site. Also, explore St. Deroin which once existed here as a small town. Visit the general store and the school house; plus, learn about how the settlers made soap and candles. Afterward, a special surprise stop will be included before departing back to campus.
The cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, the Brownville riverboat cruise/luncheon and the park fee. Bring money for shopping, snacks and optional wine tasting at Whiskey Run Creek. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. from Sarpy Center; park and meet the bus in the northeast parking lot. Return is at approximately 7 p.m. Sorry, no discount. Refunds will not be allowed after May 19. The trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road
TRVL-036N-80     SA     07:30A-07:30P     05/27-05/27     $99

 

Summer 2017 TOUR SCHEDULE

NEW! Niobrara, Buffalo Ranch & Hwy 14 Adventure*
Requirement: moderate walking
Imagine a relaxing covered wagon ride along the rolling banks of the Niobrara River, offering stunning scenery and herds of elk and buffalo. This, and more, awaits as you explore northeast Nebraska and the Lewis and Clark Lake, near Yankton, S.D. Begin the day with a stop at the Clarkson Bakery in Clarkson, Neb. for a coffee and kolache break. The bakery has a great variety of kolaches and other bakery favorites. 
Then, travel north on Hwy. 14 to Niobrara, where the Niobrara and Missouri rivers meet at the headwaters of the Lewis and Clark Lake. Enjoy a buffet luncheon at Country Café in Niobrara. After lunch, a grand adventure begins at the Kryecik Riverview Elk & Buffalo Ranch. Kreycik has a working elk, bison and cattle ranch overlooking the Niobrara River. The valley views are very scenic. The covered wagon tour will be in the green, rolling pastures of the elk and bison herd. Also, see their small, spotted European fallow deer herd. The buffalo herd numbers more than 80. There will be an opportunity to feed them ears of corn from the wagon. The Kreyciks will talk about how they harvest the antler velvet from the elk. Bring your cooler if you wish to bring back summer sausage, ground bison/elk or jerky from the gift shop. After the ranch tour, travel to the Lewis and Clark Lake Visitor Center in Crofton, Neb. The grounds of the visitor center provide a spectacular view of Lewis and Clark Lake, Gavin’s Point Dam and the Missouri River. Once inside the building there will be a short visit. See interactive exhibits about early exploration and navigation of the area. A fast food dinner stop in Yankton, S.D., is planned during the journey home. 
Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, the Country Café lunch (including meal, tax and gratuity) and Kreycik’s wagon tour. Bring money for the kolache breakfast snack at Clarkson Bakery, other meals and shopping. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7 a.m. from MCC’s Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road (park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot). Return is approximately 10:30 p.m. Sorry no discount. Your trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista
274289   TRVL-431N-80   SA   07:00A-10:30P   06/10-06/10   $114


Boone's Scenic Valley Railroad Summer Adventure*
Requirement: moderate walking to extensive walking
Our unique tour begins at the enchanting Hotel Pattee in Perry, IA after a breakfast snack. This grand hotel built in 1913 individually decorated every room to celebrate the history, tradition and people who make up the region. Our tour guide will show us around this impressive landmark and tour a few individually themed rooms as availability allows. Also, visit the Carnegie Library Museum adjacent to Hotel Pattee. The library was built in 1904 with a grant from Andrew Carnegie and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  
 After lunch on your own at a fast food restaurant, hop aboard a Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad car in Boone, IA for this one hour and 45 minute adventure. Experience the drama of our steam locomotive train running through the beautiful Des Moines River valley. Ride the rail over two great bridges; one is 160 ft. in height. The views are wonderful! Drinks are allowed on board. Also, there’s a beverage station car where you can purchase items on the go. There will be time to browse the Iowa Railway Gift Shop which displays the largest selection of railroad gift items in the state. 
Then have fun touring Swede Point Creamery. This dairy produces goat cheese. Visitors enjoy watching the playful antics of their milking ladies and kids as they frolic and play at the farm. Since immigrating from Sweden in the 1800s, the Olson family has raised livestock and farmed land near Madrid which was originally named Swede Point. Owner Paula Olson runs Swede Point Creamery featuring goats, goat cheeses and several varieties of chèvre.
Why goat cheese? Compared to cheeses made from cow milk goat cheese has fewer calories, more vitamins and minerals, its lower in sodium and easier to digest. Try some! Paula will serve coffee and a special snack during the tour.
We’ll make a stop at Jordan Creek Mall for a quick snack and some last minute shopping before returning home. Or, kick back and relax with a fruit smoothie at the mall’s Lake District including a lake spread over 3.5 acres. The lake is surrounded by pedestrian walkways with comfortable outdoor seating and pleasant stereo music piped in from numerous mini outdoor speakers. Taking a stroll around the lake is another pleasant activity option after your meal.
 The cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, the Hotel Pattee tour, Carnegie Library Museum tour and Swede Point Creamery visit. Bring $20 in exact change for the Boone Scenic train ticket and for a breakfast snack, which will be collected as you board the bus. Bring money for shopping and meals. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 6:30 a.m. from Metro’s Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road (please park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot). Return approximately at 9 p.m. Feel free to bring drinks along for the train ride. Sorry no discount. Refunds will not be allowed within seven days of the trip. Your trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista
274292   TRVL-432N-80   SA         06:30A-09:00P  06/24-06/24    $89
 

Mystery Tour*
Requirement: moderate walking
Enjoy an exciting journey into the unknown with plenty of fun with friendly travelers, just like you. Explore with us on a trip that will give you a new travel experience! Learn all about the details, enroll, then board our comfortable deluxe motor coach the morning of the departure. A couple of hints for you: the destination is interesting and you will be treated to a meal during your journey—all included in the price of the tour. Delight your senses by embracing intrigue. Tell your friends to join us for a day of mystery and fun. This tour will be offered twice during the summer session so register for one date only. Register early to secure your place.
Cost paid to MCC includes bus transportation, luncheon (including tax and gratuity) and attraction fees. Bring money for shopping and other meals. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 8:30 a.m. from MCC’s Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road (park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot). Return is approximately 7 p.m. Sorry no discounts. Your trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.  
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista
273960   TRVL-408N-80   F          08:30A-07:00P  06/30-06/30    $99
273961   TRVL-408N-81   F          08:30A-07:00P  07/21-07/21    $99
 

NEW! Milk, Art Fest, Money & Music*
Requirement: moderate walking to extensive walking
A fun day awaits you at the Shatto Dairy Farm located in Osborn, Mo. Learn how milk gets from the farm to your table. See where the cows eat, sleep and how they’re milked. Take a tour of the processing plant and see the bottling process, including how bottles are prepped for re-use. Meet, and possibly bottle feed, some adorable calves. Milk a cow. And then check it off your bucket list. There will be a quick stop for lunch at your own cost. 
 Afterwards, visit The Money Museum, part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Mo. The museum is a billion-dollar experience! Watch millions of dollars in currency be processed, lift a gold bar worth nearly $400,000, receive a free souvenir bag of shredded U.S. currency, and enjoy fun, interactive exhibits while learning about the economy. A 450-piece collection of coins minted under each U.S. President will be on display.
Next, there will be time-on-your-own for shopping at Kansas City’s famous Country Club Plaza. The plaza, with its famous beautiful fountains, was first created in the 1920’s. Many of the buildings were influenced by architecture from Seville, Spain.
 Later in the evening, explore the Crossroads District in Kansas City which offers shopping, dining, and entertainment. Enjoy the K.C. Arts Festival with live music outdoors. The shops, boutiques and art galleries in the district will have extended hours for this festival. The motor coach will be parked near Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue and Lidia’s Italian restaurant. Fiorella’s is one of the best BBQ places in the city. You have the option of BBQ dining or choose from several quick meal establishments. Also, some of the shops/galleries offer free refreshments. It’s a special experience that you are sure to treasure! Tour size limited so register early to secure your place.
Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation and the Shatto Dairy Farm tour. Meals and shopping are not included. Bring a valid Driver’s License or government ID for admittance to the Federal Reserve. No photos will be allowed of security equipment, personnel, or cash vault. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7 a.m. from MCC’s Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road (park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot). Return is approximately 11 p.m. Sorry no discount. Refunds will not be allowed within seven days of the trip. Your trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista
274288   TRVL-430N-80   F   07:00A-11:00P   07/07-07/07   $96
 

Lake Okoboji & Queen II Cruise*
Requirement: moderate walking
Enjoy a wonderful adventure visiting Lake Okoboji and cruising on the Queen II! People of all ages love this glacier-carved recreational lake area known for water sports, shops, museums and Arnold’s Amusement Park. Spend the day exploring some of the famous local sites. This beautiful chain of lakes extends from the Minnesota border southwest several miles and covers 15,000 acres. Spring-fed West Lake Okoboji is a beautiful shade of blue and 134 feet deep. It is the centerpiece of the five chain lakes and the surrounding communities provide the backdrop for Okoboji’s year-round playground. Lunch will be on your own with several choices available, including the charming Maxwell’s Beach Cafe.
Board the Queen II in the afternoon for a one hour and 15-minute journey around this scenic lake. Experiencing the lake on the deck of a vessel allows for spectacular views!  Receive an informative guided tour from the captain — some of his true stories are unforgettable. Queen II offers guests two deck covered seating areas with access to the bow. Drinks and refreshments are available on the vessel.
Later, activity options include the Maritime Boat Museum, the Iowa Rock and Roll Tribute Museum, the Amy Gardner Cabin and the Central Emporium—a great summer shopping excursion. There are no admission fees to tour the museums. Arnold’s Amusement Park is another pleasant option. The park features 30 rides and attractions, including the 63 foot Ferris wheel, the famous “Legend” rollercoaster and the area’s fastest go-karts.
Next, enjoy a delightful drive around the Lake District with a new surprise destination stop! A fast food dinner stop is planned during the journey home.
Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation and the Queen II cruise. Meals and shopping are not included. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7 a.m. from MCC’s Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road (park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot). Return is approximately 10:30 p.m. Sorry, no discount. Your trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista
273963   TRVL-411N-80   SA         07:00A-10:30P  07/15-07/15    $99
 
Jamesport, MO... Step Back in Time*   
Requirement: moderate walking
Welcome to Jamesport, Missouri’s largest Amish Settlement and the largest Old Order Amish Settlement west of the Mississippi. This charming town is full of antique stores, gift stores, Amish bakeries, craft stores and much more! Come “Step Back in Time” and enjoy a slow-paced day in this fast-paced world. Jamesport was voted the number one day trip in northwest Missouri and the number one antiquing destination in northwest Missouri by Rural Missouri Magazine. Begin the morning with a breakfast snack.
Meet your step-on guide, Rich Neeley. Learn about his knowledge and experiences of living among the Amish. Tour the countryside and the rolling hills of the area. Hear heartwarming stories as you explore a real Amish home, stables, workshop, country stores and bakery (including H&M Country Store, Rolling Hills Country Store, and Sherwood Quilts & Craft Shop). Experience a community that time has forgotten and everyday life as it was for our ancestors. Make sure to bring cash for your countryside Amish store purchases; they do not accept credit cards. Browse around town and discover why the shops of Jamesport have given the town notoriety. This-N-That Antiques, Downhome Collectibles and Simple Things are just a few of the shopping options available. The Collections shop offers free wine tasting. There will be opportunities for you to purchase Amish crafted furniture, baskets, quilts, spices and bakery items.
Prepare yourself for a delicious lunch at Gingerich Dutch Pantry in Jamesport! Their Saturday noon buffet will include fried chicken, baked ham, homemade noodles and beef, real mashed potatoes and gravy, several vegetable options, a 16-item salad bar, soup, dessert bar and coffee or tea.
There’s a special side trip to the Squirrel Cage Jail, built in 1889, in Gallatin, Mo. A fast food dinner stop is planned during the journey home.
Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, the Gingerich Dutch Pantry’s noon buffet (which includes the price of the meal, tax, and gratuity) and the Squirrel House Jail tour. Other meals and shopping are not included. Bring $11 in exact change for the breakfast snack and the Jamesport step-on guide fee which will be collected as you board the bus. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 6 a.m. from MCC’s Sarpy Center, (park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot). Return is approximately 8 p.m. Sorry no discount. Your trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista
273964   TRVL-237N-80   SA   06:00A-08:00P   07/29-07/29   $112
 

New! Fort to Fort – Journey to the Past*
Requirement: moderate walking
Join the celebration of Nebraska’s 150th year of statehood. Journey to the past by visiting the award-winning, authentically restored home of General George Crook at Fort Omaha, enjoying a historic lunch in the Indian Agent Council House in Fort Calhoun (catered by Cure Cooking), participating in a tour of Fort Atkinson with your authentic historically dressed guide, and listening to a program by native speaker Matthew “Sitting Bear” Jones. Jones is a member of the Otoe-Missouria Nation. This program celebrates the Otoe-Missouria Tribes and their first meeting with Lewis and Clark. The event took place on the site of Fort Atkinson on Aug. 3, 1804. He will talk about the Nation’s impact on the state of Nebraska, the Territory (Louisiana Purchase) to Statehood.
The name "Fort Calhoun" first appears on one of the maps made by Major Long, in 1819-20, designating the fort ordered by Secretary of War, John Calhoun, to protect the fur trade. It does not appear on military records. The "works at the Council Bluff" was, instead, named "Fort Atkinson" in 1821 in honor of the first commander. The soldiers remained at Fort Atkinson for eight years. They raised thousands of bushels of grain, vegetables, meats and dairy products. They kept in touch with the outside world through visits from fur traders, delegations to the Indians, inspection officers, adventurers and occasional world travelers. The fort was abandoned in 1827, and the soldiers moved down river to Fort Leavenworth. The visitor center attracts thousands of visitors with interpretive displays, prehistoric Indian and early settlers’ tools, implements, home furnishings, clothing and some artifacts from Fort Atkinson. The park on the outskirts of Fort Calhoun, with its trees, shrubs, native grasses, nature trail, explanatory markers, visitors' center and authentic restoration of the barracks, is a delight for nature lovers and historians.
After the program, hop over two blocks to the downtown of Fort Calhoun and visit the Too Far North Wine Bar and Brewpub. This renovated Metz Brewery saloon dating to 1904 now features Nebraska wines and microbrews in an artistic and cozy tasting room. The meal will include smoked heritage breed pork shoulder, naturally leavened bread from Stick and Stone Brick Oven Bakery, and locally made goat cheese and sides. Board a deluxe motor coach for the journey to Fort Calhoun.
Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, the tour of General Crook House, noon luncheon (which includes the price of the meal, tax and gratuity), Fort Atkinson guided tour fee, and wine sampling at the Too Far North Wine Bar and Brewpub. Meet your trip leader at 9:45 a.m. in front of the General Crook House, Bldg. 11B on MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus. Park in the parking lot east of the Crook House. Return is approximately 6 p.m. Sorry no discounts. Your trip leader is Kevin Kowskie. 
Fort Omaha Campus, 5730 N. 30th Street  
274967   TRVL-435N-80   TH   09:45A-06:00P   08/03-08/03   $79

NEW! Czech Festival*
Requirement: moderate walking
Vitame Vas! The town of Wilber graciously welcomes you to our nation’s Czech Capital for a day of celebration for their famous summer festival. Wilber is a unique ethnic community located 36 miles southwest of Lincoln, Neb. Czech communities from around the region help participate in this Czech Festival. The first thing that will greet you at Wilber is traditional Czech music filling the air on Main Street. Flowers in the sidewalk pots bring a friendly feeling to each visitor. The Czech language is remembered by the store front signs and citizen greetings on the streets. There will be a lot of activities going on throughout the day for your enjoyment.
Enjoy an authentic Czech lunch with our group watch an entertaining parade with participants dressed in traditional costume from the old country what once was Czechoslovak, listen to tradition polka music throughout the festival, and see a car show. There will be time on your own to shop in Frank’s Meat Market for kolache and Bohemian meat specialties made from original recipes, plus visit the many vendors selling Czech bakery specialties.
Learn about Czech costumes at the Czech Craft Shop Tent and explore the three levels of the Czech Museum. The Czech Craft Shop Tent located on Third Street in the center of the business district, makes and sells Czech costumes. The volunteers still hand embroider the beautiful patterns on the vests, blouses, and aprons, plus they make several colors of skirts, and have long and short sleeve shirts and vests for men. The shop also features magnets, note cards, books and many special gift items. You will have a most enjoyable day in Wilber!
Afterwards, there will be a special stop at Capital View Winery and Vineyards for wine sampling in Roca, Neb. 
Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, the Czech luncheon (which includes the price of the meal, tax and gratuity), and the wine sampling at Capital View Winery and Vineyards. (Must be 21 years of age to participate in the wine sampling). Other snacks and shopping are not included. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 9:30 a.m. from MCC’s Sarpy Center (park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot). Return is approximately 7 p.m. Sorry no discount. Your trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista
274293   TRVL-433N-80   SA         09:30A-07:00P  08/05-08/05    $76
 

NEW! Le Claire & the Mighty Mississippi River*
Requirement: moderate walking
Experience a riverboat cruise and luncheon on the mighty Mississippi River in Moline, Ill., browse through quaint shops in the town of Le Claire, Iowa—home of the American Pickers (seen on TV’s History Channel), enjoy a night at the grand Radisson Plaza Hotel in Davenport, Iowa and more!
Enjoy the best of the Quad Cities. Tour around the charming town of Le Claire home to former pirates and the legendary American Pickers’ shop, Antique Archeology. The TV program shows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz earning a living by restoring forgotten relics to their former glory, transforming one person’s trash into another’s treasure. Some other interesting shops in Le Claire include Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium and Mississippi Cottage Antiques. Or, if you’d prefer, visit the Wide River Winery Tasting Room.
Later, travel to Davenport to check into your hotel. An evening option is dining with your tour group at Machine Shed Restaurant. Dinner items, priced at $9.99 and up, are served with fresh baked bread, family style fixings, along with vegetable and potato. Afterward, you may return to the hotel for the night, walk down to the Riverfront or visit the Isle Casino. The next morning, visit the Village of East Davenport and the John Deere Pavilion. Then board the 750 passenger Celebration Belle in Moline for a relaxing voyage with your captain. It’s the largest non-gaming excursion riverboat in the Upper Mississippi River. Your experience includes a buffet luncheon. In the afternoon, visit the Chocolate Manor, a shop that makes their own specialized chocolates. The last event in Davenport will be the Great River Brewery tour. Plan on a fast food stop on the journey home.
 
Day 1, Friday, Aug. 11
07:00 A – Depart from MCC Sarpy Center
11:30 A – Fast food lunch
01:15 P – American Picker’s store and shopping in Le Claire
04:00 P – Buffalo Bill’s Museum
05:30 P – Check in at Radisson Plaza Hotel in Davenport
06:30 P – Dinner with group
08:00 P – Night free – Village of East Davenport – Rhythm City Casino
 
Day 2, Saturday, Aug. 12
08:00 A – Breakfast at hotel (included)
09:00 A – Check out of hotel
09:30 A – Village of East Davenport
10:30 A – John Deere Pavilion
11:30 A – Mississippi River Cruise boarding in Moline, IL
12:15 P – Riverboat luncheon (included)
02:00 P – Chocolate Manor
03:00 P – Great River Brewery
04:00 P – Leave the Quad-Cities
10:30 P – Approximate return to MCC Sarpy Center
 
Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, Radisson Plaza hotel room, Mississippi River Cruise and luncheon, one dinner, one breakfast, Buffalo Bill Museum, Chocolate Manor and John Deere Pavilion. Bring money for other dining, shopping, and evening activities. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7 a.m. from MCC’s Sarpy Center (please park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot. Arrive at least 25 minutes before departure for proper luggage handling and storage). Return is approximately 10:30 p.m. Sorry no discount. A mandatory $50 administrative charge will occur if you cancel your reservation once it has been made. There will be no refunds allowed after Aug. 3. Please consider signing up for trip insurance. Your trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista
274451   TRVL-434N-80   FSA   07:00A-10:30P   08/11-08/12   $299
 
NEW! Date Night Mystery Tour*
Requirement: moderate walking
Enjoy an exciting date night mystery tour. Experience the unknown with your date for a night of intrigue and fun. Learn all about the details, but first, you must enroll. A couple of hints for you – your date and you will be treated to a meal during the evening and be out late enough to see all the stars in the sky! Register early to secure your place. If you prefer not to bring a date, you may bring a friend. The tour is priced per person. 
 Cost paid to MCC includes transportation, dinner (including tax and gratuity) and attraction fees. Bring money if you wish to purchase wine or cocktails. We depart promptly at 6 p.m. from Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road. Return is approximately 12:30 a.m. Sorry, no discount. Your trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista
273959   TRVL-426N-80   F   06:00P-12:30A   08/18-08/18   $98
 
NEW! A Total Solar Eclipse*
Requirement: moderate walking
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime event when you visit Grand Island, Neb., on Aug. 21 to view a total solar eclipse. The moon will align perfectly covering the view of the sun for two minutes and 34 seconds, causing Grand Island to be cast into total darkness beginning at 12:58 p.m. Our group will have a reserved spot, with a 360 degree view, for the Eclipse from the grounds of Central Community College. The most spectacular eclipse phenomena, a corona, happens only during a total eclipse. Backup plans are in place to change the viewing spot if it’s cloudy. The last total solar eclipse witnessed in the continental U.S. was in 1979.
Later, visit the Stuhr Museum, rated as one of the top ten Old West museums in the country. Tour the Stuhr building, the Fonner Rotunda, and Railroad Town, plus view a Pawnee earth lodge. Then meet your step-on-guide for an informative drive through the neighborhoods of Grand Island. A special stop is planned for dinner before the return home.
Bring a blanket or folding chair, suntan lotion and water. Register early to secure your place.
 Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, eclipse glasses, box lunch, Stuhr Museum, step-on-guide and dinner (including meal with dessert, beverage, tax and gratuity). Bring money for other snacks and shopping. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 8 a.m. from MCC’s Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road (park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot). Return is approximately 8:30 p.m. Sorry, no discount. No refunds allowed within seven days of the trip. Your trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista
273962   TRVL-427N-80   M   08:00A-08:30P   08/21-08/21   $104

 

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