Join our hosts Roger & Norene Sandberg on this inspiring tour of Branson. A Military Salute in conjunction with the Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW.
We depart North Dakota this morning on our way to Branson, Missouri. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner in Sioux City, Iowa. (D)
After breakfast, we head to Branson, our home for the next 4 nights. We have an early dinner at Lambert's Cafe, home of "throwed rolls!" (You'll see why!)
Tonight, arrive in Branson and check into Camden Inn and Conference Center before departing for the Imax Mall and the Sander's Family Christmas Show, a nostalgic evening of bluegrass gospel and yuletide cheer. Return to the hotel for free cobbler and ice cream. (B, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we are off to the Clay Cooper Theatre for the Hot Rods & High Heels Show, a show that will take you back tot he 1950s.
Then enjoy Branson Landing; a scenic Boardwalk on Taneycomo Lake, that features over 100 specialty stores and restaurants. Allow time to view the spectacular water attraction. We return to the hotel for some free time.
This evening we depart for Chateau on the Lake where we participate in the 21st Annual Formal Military Gala and Banquet, with dinner, dancing and fireworks. (B, D)
After a late night, we have the morning free. Breakfast is at your leisure at the hotel. Mid-morning we depart for Historic Downtown Branson, which has a wide variety of restaurants, retail shops, including Dick's 5 & 10, which will bring back memories for many.
After lunch we depart for the Veterans Memorial Museum, a national tribute to the brave men and women who defended our liberties during the 20th Century.
This evening we dine at Landry's Seafood Restaurant before departing for the Welk Resort Theatre for the "Million Dollar Quartet Show," a magical night -- an impromptu jam session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. (B, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The half scale replica lists 58,000 names of the nation's fallen heroes. A special locator book will be available to assist visitors in finding speicific names.
Lunch today is aboard the Showboat Branson Belle, a concert cruise featuring rising country stars performing country favorites of today and yesterday's classic rock.
This evening we dine at Mel's Hard Luck Diner, then drive through Branson's Gift of Lights on our way to the Dutton Famly Theatre. The Duttons were in the Top 10 Finalists on America's Got Talent. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we depart for Kansas City, Missouri.
Following lunch, on our own, at City Market we stop at the Steamboat Arabia Museum. We learn about the Arabia which sank in 1856 in the Missouri River. The fully-preserved ship was excavated in the 80s, uncovering the largest pre-Civil War artifact collection in the world. The collection includes beads, buttons, guns, hardware, china, still-edible pickles, French perfune, and more.
Check into the Drury Inn in Shawnee Mission; enjoy the hotel's "kickback" dinner, Denny's is next door. The coach will depart at 6 p.m. for the Country Club Plaza, a shopping center. Return is at 9 p.m. (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, we visit the National World War I Museum. Steeped in history, the museum is dedicated to sharing the stories of the Great War through the eyes of those who lived it.
After lunch we head to Sioux Falls, SD, and check into our hotel. a Farewell Dinner will be hosted by Direct Travel/Satrom Tours. (B, D)
Following breakfast, we head home. We stop at the Redlin Art Center in Watertown, SD, to see the art of Terry Redlin, on of the country's most collected painters. Enjoy a box lunch in a souvenir tin. (B, L)
Tour Price Per Person:
Deposit: $250.00 per person due with registration
Final Payment Due: Sept. 15, 2017
Insurance: Price available at time of booking
Insurance is Highly Recommended.
Cancellation: Tour is refundable if cancelled 45 days prior to departure. Within 45 days refunded only if space is resold. All cancellations are subject to a $50 administrative fee per person.
Activity Level: 3 -- Travelers must be able to participate in moderate physical activity, including walking tours, climbing stairs or uneven surfaces. Itineraries may blend longer, activite days with shorter days with more leisure time.