Branson 2017

Ozark Mountain Christmas

November 13-18

 

     Experience the magic of an Ozark Mountain Christmas with Laura and Gary Block November 13-18, 2017.  All of Branson sparkles for the holidays, from fabulous Christmas shows and dazzling lights, to spectacular and breathtaking scenic beauty.  Branson can be a special gift to you or to someone else at this festive time of year.  Six days, five nights and seven shows in Branson. This year we’ve included more meals than ever with two lunches, five dinners, five breakfasts and more surprises that help make up an unbelievable week of fun and entertainment. In fact, all of the meals in Branson are included this year. Compare our trip with other companies and you’ll find we offer more…more days, more shows and more meals…and a more reasonable price. We’re up front where you’ll be seated in the theaters and which hotels you’ll be staying at.  Not all tour companies do that, but we do!!

Day One - Monday

     Our Andy’s Charter Service motor coach departs from Little Falls early in the morning.  We’ll pick up in Royalton, Rice, St. Cloud, the Twin Cities or any other location on our route.  Our destination is Drury Inn Kansas City Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri for our overnight stay next to Kauffman and Arrowhead Stadiums. The 5:30 Kickback with a rotating menu of hot food and cold beverages will be waiting for us when we arrive.  Long distance calls are also free tonight, so phone a friend or loved one and say “hello” at no cost!  Plus there’s free sodas and popcorn in the lobby.    

Day Two - Tuesday

     The day begins with a hot breakfast buffet.  “Hot” means sausage and eggs, not bread and a toaster!  Choose from scrambled eggs, sausage, Belgian waffles, biscuits, gravy and more. This morning we travel to Branson. Lunch will be on our own at Lampert’s Café in Ozark, MO, the home of throwed rolls. The motto at Lampert’s is “we hope you come hungry, leave full and hopefully have a laugh or two”. The Travel Channel called Lampert’s the “world’s best places to pig out!” At Lampert’s Café you’ll experience delicious, humongous meals for a bargain and a fun, inviting atmosphere. Our first show will be at one of the largest theaters in Branson, the Welk Resort Theatre where Daniel O’Donnell is performing. One of the most popular entertainers, Daniel’s show includes a rich blend of Irish ballads, American country music and standards, gospel songs, easy listening favorites, Christmas music and Ireland’s top female singer, Mary Duff. We ordered our tickets almost a year and a half ago and the demand has been huge since his shows are limited to only a few weeks. We feel lucky to even obtain seats for this show and the seats are located in the center section beginning in row CC.

We’re hoping to move forward as other groups release their seats.  We’ll check into our hotel for the next three evenings, the Yellow Rose Inn & Suites.  We stayed at this award winning property located on scenic and quiet Falls Parkway the past few of years and loved everything about this place.  This is a 100% non-smoking inn with clean, quiet, comfortable rooms with a refrigerator, microwave and 40 inch HDTV in each room. Dinner tonight is included at Fall Creek Steak & Catfish House.  Dinner choices include catfish, house sirloin steak, St. Louis style pork ribs or country fried steak.  All entrees include potato, vegetable, salad, dessert and beverage.. Then it’s back to the hotel to rest up after a busy first day.   

Day Three - Wednesday

     We’ll start off the day with the hot breakfast buffet at the Bon Appetit Bistro breakfast room at the hotel that includes scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, fresh cooked waffles, fruit salad, cereals, yogurt, donuts, bagels, muffins, juice, milk, coffee and more.  Our second day in Branson begins with a stop at Grand Country Music Hall for “Down Home Country”.  The “Down Home Country” show is the best show in Branson to hear traditional country music and bringing to life the music you will never forget. Enjoy all the songs that made you fall in love with country music and some great comedy also. Our reserved seats begin in the 5th row center section.  Lunch is included today at Branson’s best buffet, the Grand Country Buffet.  A brief visit to the Grand Village Shops will also be made. We’ll head down the road to the newest theater in Branson, Sight & Sound Theatre for “Miracle of Christmas”, the touching story of kings, angels and a simple, faithful couple used by God.  Follow the journey of Mary and Joseph and witness the miraculous birth of the Savior.  This original musical production features over 45 actors, numerous live animals and elaborate sets and costumes.  Angels fly over the audience from a 45-foot high grid above the stage.  This holiday season, Sight & Sound is extending the Christmas experience into their lobby with a live, high-energy and heartwarming performance that sparkles with all your favorite Christmas carols, lavish Victorian costumes and a 100% chance of snow.  Our main floor seats have not yet been assigned.  Dinner this evening is included at the world’s largest Cici’s Pizza, featuring 11 styles of pizza, plus the salad, soup and pasta bar that is always simply amazing.. Tonight we’ll be visiting the Jim Stafford Theater where we have reserved seats in the center section beginning in row three.  Jim Stafford delivers two hours of uncontrollable laughter combined with masterful music performances.  The Jim Stafford Show is a wild ride of fun and laughter powered by clever cogs and witty wheels spinning in Jim’s innovative mind.  Jim creates hilarious antics from everyday life while pickin’ a mean guitar.  Trust us, what happens at the Jim Stafford Show will make you smile forever. This will be a day exceeding your entertainment expectations.

Day Four - Thursday

     We’ll start our final full day in Branson with the breakfast buffet at the Yellow Rose Inn.  What a day of entertainment this is going to be.  We begin in the morning at the Hughes Brothers Theater that eight years in a row has been awarded ”the best Christmas show in Branson”.  Our reserved seats begin in Row 6, center section. USA Today says, “The Hughes Brothers Show owns the title of World’s Largest Performing Family!”.  Step back in time as the Hughes Brothers and their families create a Christmas wonderland filled with the season’s best vocal harmonies, exciting dances, inspiring instrumentals, and of course, the charm that everyone loves about these five multi-talented brothers.  The show is filled with festive surprises, extraordinary performances, and treasured family traditions.  It’s a triumph of everything you want to feel at Christmas time! A lunch is included at the Hughes Brothers Theater following the show. This afternoon we have reserved seats  beginning in row 7 in the center section for “Raiding the Country Vault”, the newest production in Branson that has tapped top country music talent to take audiences on a journey through the greatest hits of country music.  The show features a set list of country music’s most renowned favorites by celebrated artiest such as: Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, George Strait and many more. Dinner this evening is included at one of Branson’s newest restaurants, Pasghetti’s.  Walk through the world’s largest fork and meatball into this “days gone by” restaurant and enjoy a choice of four entrees: Italian lasagna, chicken Alfredo, spaghetti and meatball or grilled chicken breast served with salad, dessert and beverage..  Tonight it’s one of Branson’s oldest and most favorite shows, Presley’s Country Christmas, a combination of Presley’s original show performed all year long during the first half and Christmas music during the second half.  Come celebrate Christmas with The Presleys and enjoy classic country, hilarious comedy and southern gospel in center and right section reserved seats beginning in row N. It’s been a busy day and a relaxing night at the Yellow Rose Inn is something we’ll look forward to.

Day Five – Friday

     Breakfast is at the hotel this morning and then it is back on the road as we head north through Missouri and into Iowa.  We’ll stop for lunch on our own and have some fun on the coach.  Our home tonight is the Drury Inn in West Des Moines. Take a break with the 5:30 Kickback of food & beverages, plus free long distance calls once again.  After a day of traveling, this unique Drury Inn will provide a comfortable place to relax and unwind.  This is one of our favorite hotels to relax at and tonight we’ll get the group together for a fun evening.

Day Six - Saturday

     The hot breakfast buffet at the Drury Inn is ours to enjoy again as we prepare for our last day together.  Choose where you’d like to have lunch on your own today, Cabelas or Famous Daves BBQ in Owatonna.  Before we leave town, we’ll stop at the Russell Stover Candies store featuring a full selection of boxed candies and chocolates. This is an outstanding Ozark Mountain Christmas trip. A great time is almost a guarantee and you’ll have pleasant memories for many years in the future.

 

 

This is a one-of-a-kind six day/five night Branson holiday getaway at a great price that includes seven shows, two lunches, five dinners, five hot breakfast buffets and some of the best seats in the theaters. The Branson tradition continues and we would love it if you joined us November 13-18, 2017.  Plus, all meals are included while in Branson!!

 

 

Cost:       $749 Double occupancy per person

$689 Triple occupancy per person

$659 Quad occupancy per person

$975 Single occupancy 

 

 

$100 non-refundable deposit per person will reserve your spot and must be mailed within 3 days of signing up, unless previous arrangements have been made.  Balance is due October 1, 2017. 

 

 

 

 

Gary Block Tours

320-632-8632

mgaryblock@hotmail.com                                   www.garyblocktours.com

 

   

Ø  Comfortable Andy’s Charter Service motor coach transportation

Ø  Experienced and friendly driver

Ø  All meals are included in Branson this year

Ø  Miracle of Christmas – Sight & Sound Theatre (Main floor seats not yet assigned)

Ø  Daniel O’Donnell at the Welk Resort (Center section beginning in Row CC.)

Ø  Down Home Country (Center section beginning in the 5th row)

Ø  Hughes Brothers Christmas Show (Center section seats beginning in the 6th row)

Ø  Raiding the Country Vault (Center section seats beginning in Row 7)

Ø  Presley’s Country Christmas (Center and right side seats beginning in Row N)

Ø  Jim Stafford – (3rd row seats, center section)

Ø  One night lodging at Drury Inn Kansas City Stadium – Kansas City, MO

Ø  Three nights lodging – Yellow Rose Inn – Branson, MO

Ø  One night lodging at the Drury Inn – West Des Moines, IA

Ø  Cabela’s & Russell Stover Candies - Owatonna, MN

Ø  Two lunches  

Ø  Five dinners

Ø  Five hot breakfast buffets

Ø  Free long distance calls at Drury Inns

Ø  Shopping opportunities in Branson

Ø  Friday night get-together

Ø  Luggage handling

Ø  Refreshments on coach

Ø  Fun - Games - Prizes

Ø  Hosted by Laura & Gary Block

 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Transportation and lodging hosted by Gary Block Tours is arranged with independent firms.  Bookings for entertainment are arranged through independent hotels, theatres and other entertainment venues.  We take great pride in our selection of reliable firms.  However, we do not control these independent firms.  Sometimes shows or celebrity appearances are changed or cancelled without notice.  We cannot be responsible for claims or losses arising out of injury, accident, death, loss of enjoyment, frustration or inconvenience that arises from the act or omission of any independent firm supplying services to Gary Block Tours, or for mechanical breakdowns, governmental actions, acts of God, strikes or acts of war beyond our control.  We cannot be responsible for the consequences of your failure to follow instructions, including but not limited to check in, check out and baggage handling.  If events or reservations are cancelled or changed, we will make every effort to provide a comparable substitute tour experience. 

Deposits and payments are non-refundable unless the tour is cancelled. I have read and understand the Cancellation and Refund Policy notice. All participants of this trip must sign below.

 

Return with $100 deposit per person to:  Gary Block Tours, 112 SE 4th Street, Little Falls, MN  56345

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Branson 2017