Daily Itinerary for November 13-18, 2018
November 13: Today we meet at the Salt Lake Airport for our flight to Kansas City. Our luxury motor coach awaits. We’ll be on the same coach with the same driver for the six days we are in Branson and the tour is directed by experts that know Branson inside and out. On the drive into Branson, your director will share interesting and educational information as we prepare for a fun week together. Dinner is included at the entertaining “Lambert’s Café” as we make our way into the beautiful Ozarks. We’ll stay at the Holiday Inn Express or Comfort Suites Thousand Hills (both excellent hotels). D
November 14: There are over 120 shows in Branson at Christmastime. We have been going to Branson for 26 years so we know how to maximize your time and overall experience in this very unique place. We’ll start this morning with a morning show performed by George Dyer who has one of the nicest tenor voices you’ll ever hear. We will then show you around the area. Branson is more than just music. It is in a beautiful part of the country (in the Ozark Mountains) and there is some very interesting history. We’ll enjoy a bit of show and tell this afternoon and you’ll see what we mean. After a rest, we’ll have nice dinner at the Shorty Smalls (delicious ribs and chicken) followed the Andy Williams Christmas Show. Of course, Andy’s not there but a variety of entertainers (including THE OSMONDS and LENNON SISTERS) perform a great Christmas show in Andy’s beautiful theater. B, D
November 15: This morning we’ll see an interesting IMAX film that shows us the history of the area in a moving Keith Merrill production. After some time for shopping and lunch, we have arranged a back stage tour at the Sight and Sound Theater. We will see the show (Samson) there later in the week, and you’ll enjoy it a lot more having seen what goes on back stage. Trust me, this is time WELL spent. This afternoon you can go shopping, rest at the hotel or add and additional show (several are available). Dinner is at the Grand Country Buffet followed by have an 8:00 show with The Dutton Family who sold everything and moved to Branson (from Utah) several years ago and have become a household name. This is a very impressive family who owns their own theater in town and puts on an energetic and hilarious Christmas show. B, D
November 16: This morning we’ll see a different kind of show that was a big hit in its first two years in Branson. It’s called “All Hands on Deck”. It’s a simulated World War II radio program featuring the music of the Big Band era, presented in a nostalgic way. After lunch, we’ll enjoy “The Hughes Brothers” featuring a big show with big energy and big talent (and very personable). After a nice rest at the hotel, we’ll have dinner at Montana Mikes followed by our highly anticipated show at Sight and Sound Theater. It’s called Samson and it’s an original musical production on Branson’s biggest and most impressive stage. It is HANDS DOWN the number 1 show in town, and you won’t believe what they do with the special effects. B, D
November 17: We begin our schedule today with the likable and entertaining Brett Family. The Bretts have been in Branson for 20 years now and are well established as one of the most popular family shows in town (and a favorite of all our groups). You’ll see why. We’ll give you time in the Old Town for some lunch followed by a rest at the hotel. In the late afternoon, we’ll enjoy an early dinner and entertainment aboard the Showboat Branson Belle as it sails on Table Rock Lake. This continues to be one of the best activities in Branson that everyone loves. The food, talent level, variety of entertainment and holiday atmosphere are exceptional. After the cruise, we’ll enjoy a delightful drive-thru display of Christmas lights and decorations. It’s an array of lights arranged in creative ways. We then enjoy our final show with the talented Presley Country Jubilee. The Presley Family (no relation to Elvis) has been performing in Branson since 1963 and they are consistently EXCELLENT. It is the perfect way to end our tour. B, D
November 18: Today we return to the airport for our flights back to Salt Lake arriving in the early evening. You will have enjoyed 10 GREAT SHOWS, eaten some delicious meals, seen the beauty of the area, learned the interesting history of Branson, and you’ll have several new friends. B
Tour price includes all transportation, lodging, 10 meals, 10 shows and is fully escorted by directors that have been to Branson many times. The only thing you will pay in addition to the tour price is lunch each day and souvenirs. Note that flights directly into the Branson Airport were discontinued as of October, 2014 which is why we are flying to Kansas City or Tulsa. The interesting drive down gives us a chance to get acquainted and enjoy the interesting scenery.