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Fall 2017 Tours
 

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.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED!
Sept. 19-27, 2017
More information can be found on the itinerary


Lincoln – Capital City Tour
Requirement: moderate walking
A wonderful tour of the best of the Lincoln area!  The downtown Haymarket Farmer’s Market will be the first stop.  Shop for lots of local items, everything from kolaches to jams, jellies, breads, coffees, teas, pies, to flavored popcorn. Then there’s handmade soaps, jewelry, furniture, yard art, local grown plants, flowers, fruits, veggies …and so much more.  This will also be a chance to visit some shops in the Historical Haymarket District. Next, travel to the Museum of American Speed. Founded in 1992 by “Speedy” Bill and Joyce Smith, the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and displaying physical items significant in racing and automotive history. The museum currently encompasses more than 150,000 square feet over three levels. The vast collection results from the Smiths’ personal involvement in racing and hot rodding for more than six decades, and their lifelong passion for collecting and preserving historic automotive artifacts. "Automobile Magazine" stated “Here in the heartland of the United States is the very best racing museum in the country." Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch with your tour group.
 
Have you ever wanted to do your own tunnel walk at Memorial Stadium? Back to center of Lincoln, for a private, guided tour of the stadium. Viewing photos of your past favor Nebraska  players may bring back wonderful memories of past Cornhusker games. The tour will include the trophy room, tunnel walk, weight room, indoor practice area and a short video presentation.  The University of Nebraska State Museum’s Morrill Hall, just minutes from the stadium, is our next stop. View, on-your-own time, many excellent exhibits including the famous collection of ancient elephants and see spectacular fossils of rhinos, giant camels and houses that once lived in Nebraska. Also, see ancient sea giants and interactive paleontology exhibits in the Mesozoic Gallery. Our last stop in Lincoln will include a stroll at Sunken Gardens and Hamann Rose Gardens. Sunken Gardens is the only Nebraska garden listed in “300 Best Gardens to Visit in the U.S. and Canada” by National Geographic guide to public gardens. The Hamann Rose Garden has a beautiful water feature and a great variety of roses, bushes and various flowers. There will be a dinner snack stop before heading home.
           
The cost paid to MCC includes bus transportation, Memorial Stadium tour fee, Museum of American Speed, luncheon (meal, tax and gratuity) and Nebraska History Museum’s Morrill Hall fee. Bring money for shopping and evening snack. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7:00 a.m. from Sarpy Center: (park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot). Return is at approximately 8:00 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, La Vista, NE
TRVL415     SA from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM     09/09-09/09     $101
 
Black Hills Adventure Tour*
Requirement: moderate walking
Experience an exciting trip to the Black Hills which includes the following attractions: Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, the town of Deadwood, Badlands National Park, and much more! Enjoy two nights at Baymont Inn and Suites in Rapid City, South Dakota with three meals included in the tour price. A mandatory $50 administrative charge will occur if you cancel your reservation once it has been made. There will be no refunds allowed after Sept. 8. Please consider signing up for trip insurance. The trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.
 
Day 1, Friday, Sept. 15
06:00 A – Depart from MCC Sarpy Center
12:00 P – Fast food lunch
03:45 P – Check in at Baymont Inn & Suites, Rapid City, SD
04:30 P – Depart for Keystone, SD
05:15 P – Shopping and dinner on your own
07:30 P – Depart for Mount Rushmore.
07:45 P – Arrive for a special Night Lighting Ceremony
09:30 P – Depart for hotel located in the heart of the city
 
Day 2, Saturday, Sept 16
08:00 A – Depart for Crazy Horse Monument
09:00 A – Arrive for private escorted tour set up by MCC
12:00 P – Group luncheon
01:00 P – Depart for Custer State Park
01:15 P – Arrive for sightseeing and viewing the wild life including buffalo
03:15 P – Depart for Deadwood, SD
04:45 P – Arrive for touring and shopping, dinner, casinos on-your-own
08:15 P – Depart for hotel
09:15 P – Arrive. Night free – hotel pool or enjoy Rapid City nightlife
 
Day 3, Sunday, Sept 17
08:00 A – Depart for Badlands National Park
09:00 A – Arrive for ranger presentation and sightseeing
11:00 A- Depart for the famous Wall Drug
11:15 A – Shop and lunch on-your-own
12:30 P – Depart
05:30 P – Fast food dinner
10:30 P – Approximate return to MCC Sarpy Center
 
The cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, two nights at Baymont Inn and Suites, fees for Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial tour, Custer State Park fee, Badlands National Park fee, group luncheon, and two breakfasts. Bring money for shopping, gaming, and other meals. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 6 a.m. from Metro’s Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road; please park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot. It is suggested you board the bus at least 20 minutes early to give your driver time to handle your luggage. You will need to handle your own luggage once you arrive at the hotel. Return approximately at 10:30 p.m.  *Sorry no discount. Refunds will not be allowed after September 8. Trip leader: Kevin Kowskie.
Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, NE
TRVL001    F from 6:00 AM to Su 10:30 PM     09/15-09/17     $399 double room occupancy (per person) 
TRVL002    F from 6:00 AM to Su 10:30 PM     09/15-09/17     $499 single room occupancy (per person)       

 

Mansions & Neighborhoods of Leavenworth, KS*
Requirement: moderate walking

Have a relaxing day by touring the “First City of Kansas,” established in 1854. Special points of interest include Fred Harvey’s Home, Carroll Mansion, the renovated Union Depot, Ripley’s “Believe It or Not" Chapel and Fort Leavenworth. These and other sites will be explored, plus enjoy a catered meal served by ladies dressed as “Harvey Girls” in the Riverfront Center housed in the historic 1888 Union Depot. First, visit the C W Carousel Museum and ride a carousel that is over one hundred years old. After a delicious lunch, depart for Carroll Mansion. A visit to this mansion is like a “step back in time.” This 1867 Victorian house features elaborate handcrafted woodwork throughout the house, beautiful stained glass windows and elegant antiques from the Victorian age era to the early 20th century. Next, receive a guided tour of Fort Leavenworth, built in 1827; it became known in American History for its role as a key supply base in the settlement of the American West. It’s the only continuously active fort west of the Appalachian Mountains. Among numerous historical sites, there is visible evidence of a cut in the terrain that was made by heavy-laden wagons pulled by teams of oxen as they journeyed west on the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. Another feature of this trip is exploring, with our step-on-guide, the neighborhoods of Leavenworth.
 
Cost paid to MCC includes bus transportation, step-on-guide, “Harvey Girls” luncheon (including tax and gratuity), the C W Carousel Museum, Carroll Mansion tour, Fort Leavenworth tour, and the guided tour of Leavenworth. Bring money for other meals and shopping. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7 a.m. from Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road; park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot. Return approximately 9:30 p.m. *Sorry no discount. Refunds will not be allowed within 7 days of the trip. Trip leader: Kevin Kowskie  

Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, NE    
TRVL083     TH from 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM     09/28-09/28     $129
 

Autumn Foliage in the Loess Hills*
Requirement: moderate walking

Experience the brilliant red sumac, rustic burr oak and golden maples as you go on a breathtaking ride through the unique Loess Hills, named one of America’s 10 most outstanding Scenic Byways. This fun-filled day includes a visit to an apple orchard. Begin your tour at the Harrison County Historical Village in Missouri Valley, an interpretive center for the Loess Hills and Lincoln Highway. A historical museum, a gift shop and five buildings are within the historical complex. A  new observation tower is only a short walk and connects to a scenic pathway. Enjoy samples of a cherry cider in the gift shop. Bring your camera for capturing those great landscape shots! Next, thrill your senses at the Loess Hills Lavender Farm. The owners have planted four thousand Phenomenal varietal lavender plants on thirteen acres of land. Lavender’s reputation is derived primarily from its smell. Learn how the herb is extremely versatile in cooking, cleaning and healing. Sample lavender treats during the tour. Their gift shop offers bath and skin products, along with seasonal crafts and jewelry.

Savor a delicious home-cooked meal at noon, arranged by a local church in Moorhead, IA. The meal includes a main entrĂ©e, potatoes, side dishes, salad, dinner roll, drink, and dessert. The ladies in Moorhead have great recipes and are wonderful cooks. After lunch travel to Preparation Canyon State Park. The Preparation Scenic Overlook gives breathtaking panoramic views of the rugged hills, foliage, and flora! After your guided tour of the state park, visit Small’s Fruit Farm. Their orchards cling to the slopes and high ground of the Loess Hills overlooking the Missouri River Valley near Mondamin. Small’s Farm situated in “Apple Orchard Country” is a fifth generation orchard. Browse through the fresh produce in the Sales Barn offering products such as homemade jams, jellies, garden items and at least six different varieties of apples including delicious Jonathans. You won’t be able to find apples at the grocery store this fresh. Fruit pie a la mode and coffee will be served in the Pie Parlor. Afterwards, there will be a surprise stop before ending the day at Loess Hills Vineyard and Winery. Wine selections offered for your tasting tour include St. Croix, Frontenac, De Chavnac, La Crosse and Edelweiss.
 
The cost paid to MCC includes bus transportation, step-on-guide, luncheon, Harrison County Historical Village, Loess Hills Lavender Farm tour, pie a la mode with coffee at Small’s Fruit Farm, and wine sampling/tour. Bring money for shopping. Enroll early; due to meal and tour arrangements, the enrollment deadline is Oct. 6. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 8:30 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 within seven days of the trip. Trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.

Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, NE
TRVL018     TH from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM     10/12/-10/12     $92
 
 
Madison County Bridge Festival*
Requirement: moderate walking to extensive walking

Come join the residents of Madison County as they gather under the brilliant hues of autumn for the annual celebration, a time-honored tradition since 1970 of their historical covered bridges. During October’s second weekend, the town comes alive with more than 100 talented local artisans, food booths, music and entertainment galore on two stages and more.
Meet our informative step-on guide in Winterset, Iowa for a wonderful storybook tour. It includes several of the world-famous Madison County bridges made famous by the book, "The Bridges of Madison County." Bring your camera to capture some panoramic sights of the Roseman Covered Bridge. This is the famous structure which was filmed in the movie directed by Clint Eastwood. The Roseman is the bridge Robert Kincaid sought when he stopped at Francesca Johnson’s for directions; it is also where Francesca left her note inviting him to dinner. Then, return to Winterset for a special luncheon at the First United Methodist Church.
Afterwards, feel the excitement touring the Madison County Bridge Festival grounds on your own. Next, visit the Madison County Historical Complex. See the charming 1856 Kaser-Bevington House, the Madison County Historical Museum and 12 buildings representing an era that has long passed at your own pace. There’s more! Watch a short civil war battle reenactment on the historical museum grounds at 4 p.m. A fast food stop is planned at Jordan Creek Mall on the journey home.
 
Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, church luncheon, step-on guide for the Storybook Bridge tour, Madison County Historical Complex, & the festival admission ticket. Bring money for other meals and shopping. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7 a.m. from Sarpy Center; (park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot). Return is approximately 8:30 p.m. Sorry no discount. Refunds will not be allowed within seven days of the trip. Trip leader is Kevin Kowskie. 

Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, NE
TRVL176     SA from 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM     10/14-10/14     $103
 
 
Mystery Tour*
Requirement: moderate walking

Enjoy an exciting journey into the unknown with plenty of fun with friendly travelers, just like you. Come 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 getting a special 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 fall session. Please 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 9 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, La Vista, NE
TRVL413     F from 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM     10/20-10/20     $127
 
 
Spook-tacular Mystery Tour*
Requirement: Moderate walking

Enjoy an exciting journey to places linked to ghostly sightings and paranormal events. Words that might describe the sites to be visited include: haunted, dark history, frightful, unusual, and/or bizarre occurrences. Explore with us on a trip that will give you a new spooky travel experience! Learn all about 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 destinations are 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 the paranormal. This tour will be offered only once during the fall. Register early to secure your place.
 
Cost paid to MCC includes bus transportation, luncheon (including tax, & gratuity), and attraction fees. Bring money for shopping and other meals. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 8 a.m. from Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road; park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot. Return is approximately 7 p.m. Sorry no discount. Refunds will not be allowed within seven days of the trip. Trip leader is Kevin Kowskie. 

Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, NE
TRVL589     F from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM     10/27-10/27     $106
 
 
Pre-Holiday Kansas City Shopper’s Delight*
Requirement: moderate walking to extensive walking

Get a head start on completing your holiday shopping list. Beat the snow, ice and frigid weather that arrive with December. Enjoy a full day of pre-holiday shopping excitement at the Country Club Plaza, the Historic City Market, IKEA and the Legends at Village West in Kansas City. The perfect gifts for the holiday season are here. The Plaza is known as the first mall in the world and retains the same excitement as when first opened in 1922. The Plaza offers shoppers a wide variety of stores and merchandise that shoppers come to expect within KC’s large cosmopolitan area. Rain or shine, the region's largest Farmers' Market can be found at the City Market every Saturday year-round. More than 150 vendor stalls burst with fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs, fresh baked goods and other sweets, and crafts made by local artisans.
 
Later in the afternoon, visit IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer. As a Swedish retailer, it offers value priced ready- to- assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories, plus a Swedish food market. All food products are based on Swedish recipes and traditions. Stock up on meatballs, smoked salmon, jams, pancakes and chocolates. Bring your own cooler if you wish to stock up on frozen food items. A special stop will be made at Legends at Village West. It is one of the top deluxe discount shopping centers in the country with huge discounts on name brand items. The discount center offers open-air shopping, pedestrian plazas, courtyards, and entertainment with over 100 stores. It brings several first-ever restaurants to the region, including Dave & Buster’s and T-Rex – a 20,000 square-foot destination restaurant where dinosaurs come to life amongst extravagant theatrical setting including geysers, waterfalls and ice caves. Choose from a dozen different dining options available before heading back to Omaha.
 
Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, trip leader, and holiday movie shown during return trip home. Bring money for meals and shopping. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7 a.m. from Sarpy Center (park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot).  Return is approximately 10 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, La Vista, NE
TRVL031     SA from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM     11/18-11/18     $98
 
 
JuleFest – The Taste of Denmark*
Requirement: moderate walking

The Danish Villages of Elk Horn & Kimballton, IA will be hosting JuleFest. Both towns will be decorated for the holidays; the streets will be lined with Danish and American flags, and there will be opportunities to purchase Danish pastries, candies, and treats. The important elements of a Danish Christmas – good food, warm hospitality, flickering candles and other decorations will all be a part of your day. Enjoy a special Danish luncheon and dinner, plus visit the following festive sites: the Danish windmill, the Museum of Danish America, Bedstemor’s House, the Cottonwood Barn for crafts, and the Danish Countryside Vines and Wines for wine sampling. During your visit to the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn enjoy home-baked cookies, glogg, and coffee in the museum’s “hyggelig julestue”.  View exhibits such as Danish Christmas plates from past years and the piano which belonged to Vic Borg, the famous pianist/comedian. The museum’s gift shop offers Danish spreads and treats, the Annual Keepsake ornament and Christmas cards. The historic Danish Windmill built in 1848 and brought to Elk Horn from Denmark piece-by-piece will serve glogg and Danish cheese to visitors and have an old fashion Julemarked.
 
Bedstemor’s House — Danish for Grandmother’s House — will welcome you with a warm fire. The parlor’s Christmas tree will be decorated with homemade paper ornaments like Julehjerte, chains, fish and roses. Meanwhile, at the Cottonwood Barn, crafters will be selling their goods for their “Cottonwood Christmas” event. Later, visit a full-sized replica of “The Little Mermaid” statue of Copenhagen Harbor in Mermaid Park. A special trip will be made to the Danish Countryside Vines & Wines. The winery is located among the rolling hills of western Iowa. Tour the winery and sample their selection of white, blush and red wines. Also, the winery offers a nice selection of fruit wines including Pretty Belle Peach, Blueberry Delight and MillHouse Cran. For the evening, participate in Elk Horn’s annual JulesFest pancake supper. JuleFest is a great way to celebrate the opening of the Christmas season in the Danish Villages!
 
The cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, the Museum of Danish America, Bedstemor’s House, the Cottonwood Barn fee, tour/sampling at Danish Countryside Vines & Wines, and pancake dinner. Bring money for snacks and shopping. 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 8 p.m. The trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.  

Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, NE
TRVL592     SA from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM     11/25-11/25     $101