OMAHOLIDAY

(December 1-3, 2021)

Kick off the holidays with art, history, elegance, and the magic of the Old Market. Dine your way through the Old Market with a progressive dinner, watch a glass blowing demo, and visit the General Crook House. The tour is highlighted by a spectacular holiday party in an elegant setting!

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Optional travel protection plan:

  • $116 per person, Double or Single

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A $250 deposit per person is required with your registration form in order to reserve your spot.

Final payment is due October 25, 2021

what’s included

  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation from Cedar Rapids/Iowa City
  • 2 nights’ accommodations
  • 5 meals (2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners)
  • Admission to attractions as stated on itinerary
  • Porter service of one bag per person at hotel
  • Taxes and gratuities for included services
  • Professional tour manager
Not included in the price of this tour:

Meals/beverages other than those listed on the itinerary, beverages other than tea or coffee with included meals, items of a personal nature/souvenirs, phone calls and faxes from hotels, travel protection plan, and any service not listed in the above inclusions.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Kick off the holiday season as we board our motorcoach and embark on a festive tour to Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha transforms into a winter wonderland each December, with Christmas cheer bubbling over in the city’s Old Market District and flowing out into the suburbs. Our tour will unfold against the backdrop of the magical Old Market, beginning with a progressive holiday dine-around. We’ll walk along the historic brick streets under the glow of thousands of twinkling lights as we make our way from one quintessential Old Market establishment to the next for hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting, the main course, and a sumptuous dessert. After a memorable dining experience, we will then embark on a tour of Omaha’s many residential and commercial light displays filled with explosions of color, inflatables, animatronics, and music. At every turn, we’ll be wowed by the magical scenes brought to life in the spirit of the holidays. The day will come to an end at our hotel just steps from the Old Market.

(Dinner included)

Day 2: Thursday, December 2, 2021

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we depart for the Hot Shops Art Center, a former warehouse that has been converted into over eighty artist studios. The heart of the center is the four hot studios dealing in various fiery disciplines – glassworks, metal casting, ceramics, and iron forging. Within these studios, art comes alive at temperatures reaching thousands of degrees. We’ll have the opportunity to visit the Crystal Forge to watch glass being blown into beautiful ornaments and then browse the studio’s collection of glass ornaments available for purchase. Then we’re off to the Joslyn Art Museum filled with more than 12,000 works by artists ranging from the ancient Greeks and Native Americans to Monet and Pollock. The museum itself is a masterpiece, incorporating thirty-eight different types of marble from seven countries in its design. The next few hours are at your leisure in the Old Market District to enjoy a meal and explore. This former warehouse district was the epicenter of commerce during Omaha’s days as a thriving railroad center. When westward expansion and radical changes to food distribution threatened the existence of the Old Market, it was saved by one man’s vision to repurpose the warehouses. Today, it is an arts and entertainment district bursting at the seams with art galleries, museums, unique shops, and outstanding restaurants. Up next is a visit to Tannenbaum, where it’s Christmas year-round and you can always find holiday decor and unique gifts for loved ones. Take some time to refresh at the hotel before tonight’s holiday party in a spectacular setting. The final event of the day is a production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Omaha Community Playhouse. For over thirty-five years this iconic holiday story has come to life through masterful performances, elaborate costumes, and special effects.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 3: Friday, December 3, 2021

This morning we will be transported to Scotland on a tour of the historic Joslyn Castle. Built in 1903, this thirty-five-room stone mansion looks to have been plucked straight from of the Scottish Highlands. As we enter through the huge front doors, be amazed by the elaborately carved, rare woods; the sweeping staircase; and the stained-glass windows. We’ll learn the fascinating story of George and Sarah Joslyn and how they shared their extraordinary wealth with the community. After a look into the lives of Omaha’s first millionaires and philanthropists, it’s time for a 19th-century Christmas at the General Crook House. General George Crook was a revered Army general considered the most successful Plains Indian fighter in the country. Actors in period attire and rooms adorned for the holidays will offer us a captivating glimpse of Christmas past before a wonderful lunch in the home. This is a great way to relive history through the eyes of one of the most famous generals, and it’s the perfect ending to an amazing holiday tour!

(Breakfast and lunch included)