Branson, MO

Christmas Extravaganza!

Departing november 24 for 7 days / 6 nights

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

If you haven't been to Branson during the holidays, you’re in for an amazing surprise. If you’ve visited during this special season before, it’s easy to figure out why this is part of your family's holiday traditions. 
As a visitor, you will see Christmas lights glowing in every direction, celebrities and stars filling the stages and shopping bags in everyone's hands. Branson is known for its live entertainment and there's no exception at Christmas time! It’s not called the Live Music Show Capital of the World for nothing! There are many shows completely dedicated to the holidays and nearly every theater incorporates Christmas music into at least half of the performance. You'll hear traditional Christmas music, carols and hymns, sounds from the past and sounds from today. You'll see Christmas lights, decorated sets and displays, costumes and more. And, you'll feel the Spirit of Christmas everywhere you go…

The shows…

• Baldknobbers Christmas Show
• Brett Family Christmas
• Dolly Parton’s Dixie Christmas Stampede
• The Haygoods Christmas
• Samson at the amazing Sight and Sound Theater
• SIX Christmas Show

itinerary:

Day 1: Rapid City to Dakota Dunes, SD (430 miles)
Today our journey begins as we leave the Black Hills and travel to Dakota Dunes, SD. We will make regular stops with lunch being at Al’s Oasis. Our expected arrival time in Dakota Dunes is late afternoon and there will be time to freshen up at our hotel before supper.
Overnight Dakota Dunes, SD - No Meals Included

Day 2: Dakota Dunes to Clinton, MO
This morning we travel to Kansas City and visit the ‘Steam Boat Arabia’ Museum located in downtown Kansas City. After our visit we continue our journey for our overnight stop in Clinton, MO.
Overnight Clinton, MO - Breakfast Included

Day 3: Clinton, MO to Branson, MO via Springfield
This morning we journey to Springfield and visit Fantastic Caverns! Fantastic Caverns is a show cave located in Springfield, Missouri. Fantastic Caverns is the only cave in North America to offer a completely ride-through tour, which lasts 55 minutes and is held in a Jeep-drawn tram. The trams drive along the path left behind by an ancient underground river. The cavern was discovered by John Knox and his hunting dog in 1862.Knox did not want the cave to be exploited by the Union or Confederate governments as a possible source of saltpeter, so he kept the cave's existence quiet until 1867. Knox put an advertisement in the Springfield paper for someone to explore the cave, and it was first explored on February 14, 1867. On February 27, almost two weeks later, the Springfield Women's Athletic Club explored the cave. These twelve ladies are considered the first explorers of the cave, since they carved their names into the rock as graffiti and are mentioned in an article published in the Springfield Tri-Weekly Patriot newspaper. The caverns were used as a speakeasy during the Prohibition years and hosted music concerts during the 1950s and 1960s. The temperature inside Fantastic Caverns is about 60 °F year-round and the cave was renamed "Fantastic Caverns" in the 1950s. After our visit we make a stop at Bass Pro with time to browse, maybe shop a little (It’s almost Christmas) and of course there’s time for lunch. Just some 50 miles further south is Branson, our home for the next three nights. We arrive into Branson mid-afternoon with time for a freshen up before leaving the hotel at 5.45pm for our dinner at the Uptown Café. Entrée choices tonight will include Prime Rib, Hawaiian Chicken, Jumbo Fried Shrimp or Country Fried Steak with garden salad, roll, coffee or iced tea and dessert. After Dinner we travel to the Baldknobbers Theater for their Christmas Show. We will enjoy one of Branson’s finest shows starring three generations of the Mabe family. After the show we return to our hotel for overnight.
Overnight Branson, MO - Breakfast & Supper Included

Fantastic Caverns

Day 4: Branson
Breakfast is served in the hotel and is available from 7am. Please be ready to leave the hotel at 9.15am this morning for our 10am show at the American Bandstand Theater – The Brett Family Christmas Show. We will enjoy Branson’s Best Christmas Morning Show and see this multi talented family bring the Christmas Season to new heights. After the show we then head to McFarlains for Lunch. After lunch we take a City tour around Branson & a visit to the Craft Mall before making our way to Dixie Stampede for Dolly Partons Christmas Stampede Dinner & Show (you will not go hungry!). We will enjoy a fabulous feast and enjoy a show with 32 magnificent horses with an amazing cast of top notch riders. After the show we head to the Clap Cooper Theater for the Haygoods Christmas Show. These five brothers and one sister combine incredible harmony, tap, gymnastics & instruments to present this high energy show. On our way back to the hotel tonight we take a drive through the most amazing display of Lights.
Overnight Branson, MO - Breakfast & Supper Included

Christmas Lights

Day 5: Branson
Breakfast is served in the hotel and is available from 7am. At 9.00, we depart the hotel for a tour of the College of the Ozarks, followed by time to explore Branson Landing, Old Town Branson and to enjoy lunch as well. After lunch we travel to the amazing Sight and Sound Theater to enjoy their performance of Samson – the original Superhero! He can defeat entire armies & slay lions….but the catch: He must follow the rules and that’s where his trouble begins…After the show we travel to Charlies to enjoy our final supper in Branson. We enjoy a family style dinner of smoked ribs, Brisket & Chicken Breast served with salad, baked potato, roll, dessert & coffee. After our fantastic meal we travel to the Hughes Brothers Theater for our final show in Branson – SIX. You wont believe what comes out of these 6 brothers mouths: percussion, instruments, harmonies – just SIX human voices making the most incredible sounds! After the show we return to our hotel for overnight.
Overnight Branson, MO - Breakfast & Supper Included

Day 6: Branson to Council Bluffs, IA
This morning we leave the hotel at 8am and head north to Springfield and then Kansas City and finally Council Bluffs Iowa, making appropriate comfort and meal breaks throughout the journey. Watch out for a surprise stop in today’s itinerary!  Tonight's stop is at a Casino Resort so win big! 
Overnight Council Bluffs, IA - Breakfast Included

Day 7: Council Bluffs, IA to the Black Hills
This morning we leave Council Bluffs at 8am for our journey back home to the Black Hills of South Dakota arriving around 5.30pm - we make appropriate comfort & meal breaks along the way. Welcome home.
Breakfast Included

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Itinerary at a Glance

Starts: Saturday November 24th 2018
Ends: Friday November 30th 2018

What's Included

  • Fully escorted with Pick up points in Spearfish, Sturgis, Rapid City & Wall
  • Luxury transportation throughout – all entrance fees included for sightseeing listed
  • 6 amazing show experiences with 6 nights’ accommodations
  • Breakfast each day & 3 Suppers
  • Baggage handling and all taxes

Pricing

  • Price: $1,595pp (double occupancy)
  • Single Supplement: add $795
  • Triple Occupancy: deduct $115

Tour Brochure

How to Book

  • Deposit of $500pp due at time of booking
  • September 5th 2018 - Final Balance Due 
  • Booking Form

What You'll Need

  • Warm clothing / layers
  • Passports are not required for this tour
  • Photo ID is however required (Driver’s License)
  • Christmas Spirit!

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