Daily Itinerary for November 27-December 2, 2018
November 27: 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 escorted by someone who has been to Branson MANY times. 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 for five nights. D
November 28: This morning we’ll see an interesting IMAX film that shows us the history of the area in a moving Keith Merrill production. 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 by our evening show: The Andy Williams Christmas Show. The show features the Osmond Brothers (Merrill, Jay & Jimmy) with three of the Lennon Sisters. Both groups performed together on the Lawrence Welk show over 50 years ago. Other entertainers and variety acts enhance the show – AND it’s among the most beautiful theaters in Branson. B, D
November 29: We begin our shows 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). After lunch, we’ve arranged a back stage tour at the Sight and Sound Theater. We will see the show (Samson) later in the week, and you’ll enjoy it a lot more having seen what goes on back stage. You’ve likely never seen a theater like this. After a rest at the hotel, 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 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 Christmas show. B, D
November 30: This morning we’ll enjoy a show that was a big hit last year in its first two years. 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. We then have a free afternoon. We’ll provide some options (including an extra show) and you choose what is most interesting to you. Dinner is at Montana Mikes followed by an exceptional 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 in Branson. It’s the Bible story performed like a Broadway play with original script and music written for the production. This is the #1 show in town, and a must–see while in Branson B, D
December 1: This morning we’ll enjoy another excellent morning show performed by the Irish Tenors and the Celtic Ladies. The Tenors have been in town for years and they are one of the best morning shows in Branson. Now they’ve been joined by the Celtic Ladies which will make it even better. After a lunch break, we’ll see an afternoon show with SIX. These are five brothers (from Orem, Utah) that perform an entire show acapella – using only their voices to make all instrumental and vocal sounds. It’s quite remarkable. Dinner tonight is at the Grand Country Buffet followed by our evening show with the talented Presley Country Jubilee. The Presley Family (no relation to Elvis) has been performing in Branson since 1959 and they are consistently EXCELLENT. B, D
December 2: Today we return to the airport in Kansas City or Tulsa 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.