june 2012- june 2013 volume xxix
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2012 Loyalty Program
Weâ€™re happy to continue offering the loyalty program again in 2012. So, on your 2nd tour (of four days or more) with us in 2012, subtract $50 off your tour price. On the 3rd tour (of four days or more) with us in 2012, subtract $100 and so on. The more you travel, the more you save! (Program is based on the calendar year, so all eligible tours depart within 2012.)
New England Fall Adventure
Fall color provides a stunning background for the idyllic scenery of Vermont seen here. Explore Vermont along with more of New England on our New England Fall Adventure tour featured on page 29.
One Day Tours The Ambassadors of Harmony
Saturday, June 23, 2012 The ever popular and vastly entertaining Ambassadors of Harmony are ready to wow you once again with their amazing vocals and precision choreography. They are our own local boys and men, who just happen to be record-breaking International Champions! We have great seats at the Touhill Performing Arts Center reserved just for you. Enjoy a tasty lunch before the show at Thyme Table Café. L $109 per person
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 SOLD OUT, TAKING WAITLIST $117 per person
The Mighty Mississippi River History & Cruise
Friday, July 20, 2012 Connect with the powerful beauty and natural diversity of our nation’s greatest river, the Mighty Mississippi. Learn about its grand history, cultural significance, ecological importance and role as a transportation corridor. We will have a private tour at the National Great Rivers Museum and visit the new National Great Rivers Research Center and the new Audubon Center at Riverlands. Enjoy a soup & salad lunch with homemade pie ala mode at My Just Desserts. Later, we will cruise aboard the Spririt of Peoria from Alton towards Grafton and enjoy the scenic bluffs on an hour and a half cruise. L $109 per person
TABLE OF CONTENTS One day tours Charlie’s Chatter From the Back of the Bus
p. 2-3 p. 4 p. 4
JUNE 2012 Grand Michigan Badlands & Yellowstone Let Freedom Ring
p. 5 p. 6 p. 7
JULY 2012 Europe in Wisconsin Trans Canadian Rail Polar Bear Express The Dakotas
p. 8 p. 9 p. 10 p. 11
AUGUST 2012 Cards vs Rockies p. 12 Cards vs Phillies p. 12 Ireland p. 13 p. 14 Yellowstone and more Maine & the Gaspe Peninsula p. 15 Idaho p. 16 Cape Cod & more p. 17
Door County p. 21 Cards vs Dodgers & Padres p. 21 New York & Hudson Valley p. 22 Canadian Shrines p. 23 Colorado p. 24 Historic Hotels/New England p. 25 Canyonlands of Utah p. 26 MS River Cruise p. 27 New England Fall Adventure p. 28 OCTOBER 2012 West Virginia Train p. 27 Vermont Back Roads p. 29 Albuquerque Balloon Festival p. 30 Upper Peninsula, Grand Hotel p. 31 Switzerland and Italy p. 32 NOVEMBER 2012 Biltmore Christmas p. 33 Branson Holiday p. 34 Indiana Christkindlmrkt p. 34 DECEMBER 2012 Southern Christmas San Antonio Holiday Colorado New Year’s Rose Bowl Parade
JANUARY 2013 Key West, Ft. Meyers & more p. 37 Florida Stay N Play p. 38 Caribbean Cruise by Coach p. 39 FEBRUARY 2013 Southwest Explorer p. 40 MARCH 2013 New Orleans, Biloxi
APRIL 2013 Washington DC Southern Charm Boardwalks & Beaches
p. 42 p. 43 p. 44
MAY 2013 Creme de la Creme Niagara Falls & Blooms
p. 45 p. 46
JUNE 2013 Made in the USA 5 Boroughs of NYC
p. 47 p. 48
p. 33 SEPTEMBER 2012 p. 34 Policies p. 49 Pacific Northwest p. 18 p. 35 Booking Forms p. 50-51 Civil War Sesquicentennial p. 19 p. 36 Northwest Coast p. 20 “All inclusive” Remember, a Sunrise Tour is an inclusive product. All activities, tickets, taxes and two meals per day (included meals are indicated in the daily itinerary; b=breakfast, l=lunch, d=dinner) are included so that your only expenses on the road will be 1 meal, souvenirs and a gratuity for your tour manager, driver and step-on guides if you so desire. On a few tours, 2 meals a day may not be included, and will be indicated as such.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music
Saturday, August 18, 2012 The hills are alive as the musical masterpiece The Sound of Music is presented by the incomparable Stages St. Louis. The heartwarming story of Maria and the seven children of Captain Von Trapp will come to life on stage through the beloved lyrics and music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Enjoy a lovely lunch at Amici’s before the show. This day is sure to be one of your “favorite things” this year! L $129 per person
Scott Air Force Base Air Show
Saturday, September 15, 2012 Pass through the gates to meet some of the outstanding men and women who operate and maintain the aircraft and equipment of our military. The Air Show will showcase the Thunderbirds Demonstration Team as well as the work done at Scott AFB to execute our nation’s military missions. A variety of aircraft and military equipment will be available to view on the flightline and inside the nearby hangar. A private late lunch, prepared by Chef Paulo of Paulo’s at the Mansion will compliment the day’s activities. A tour of this historic mansion is also included. L $77 per person
Oktoberfest River Cruise
Sunday, October 14, 2012 Guten Tag! To celebrate Oktoberfest, known as the largest Volksfest (People’s Fair) in the world, board the Riverboat at the Gateway Arch and enjoy a delightful 2-hour Cruise and delicious German Buffet lunch while being entertained by a charming 3-piece German Band. We have reserved indoor main
deck seating for your comfort while you dine on popular traditional German dishes (Guten Appetit!) and enjoy the Omm Pah Pah music, all while cruising along the Mississippi. Gehen wir! (Let’s go!) L $89 per person
Christmas in Hermann
Saturday, December 1, 2012 Christmas in Hermann is truly a magical time. We begin our visit at the Kristkindl Markts to peruse the various craft vendors and enjoy the festivities. A delicious lunch awaits us in the Stone Hill Winery Carriage Room, after which you can sample their award winning wines. The clock in the tower at the German School Museum has been running continuously since 1890! During our visit you can see the inner workings of the clock and enjoy the charming museum displays. See a sausage making demo and then sample some of the 40 delicious varieties of bratwursts at the new Wurst Haus. You will agree, this is a magical way to begin your Holiday Season! L $90 per person
Holiday Brass Concert
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 Join us for a morning performance of the 21th Annual Holiday Brass Concert featuring members of the International Women’s Brass Conference. Susan Slaughter will lead the ensembles in traditional carols joined by the voices of an adult and a children’s choir, as well as special guest performers. Again this year we have reserved the front rows, giving you the best seats in the house to enjoy the concert. After the show you will enjoy a delicious lunch at The Kitchen Tavern & Bar and we’ll be able to return you to your pick-up location before dark. L $99 per person
New Year’s Eve Cruise
Monday, December 31, 2012 Bid adieu to 2012 and Ring in the New Year aboard a 19th century replica steamboat during a lively 3 ½ hour Cruise on the Mississippi River. Enjoy a scrumptious Dinner featuring filet mignon and jumbo shrimp. The Open House Bar will keep the cocktails, beer and wine flowing as the professional Disc Jockey entertains. Celebrate life and the coming new year with a traditional Champagne Toast at Midnight! D $148 per person
About Sunrise Tours
e have enjoyed so many new travelers and added so many people to our mailing list the last few years, we thought it would be appropriate to introduce ourselves! Sunrise Tours is a family owned and operated company that was started by Jim and Charlene Dalrymple in the basement of their St. Louis County home in 1993 – although their first tour did not materialize until 1994. The company has grown steadily over the years,
and now consists of 17 fantastic employees and offices in St. Louis and Indianapolis. We pride ourselves on delivering extremely high quality tour experiences at a fair price, and we consider repeat Sunrise Tours customers our most important marketing “tool”. If you’ve traveled with us before, welcome back! If not, take a look inside this tour catalog and let us surprise you with an incredible Sunrise Tour.
Charlie’s Chatter This year Jim and I have become two of the 10,000 boomers to be retiring daily until the year 2030. Hopefully like us, these retiring boomers like to travel and will keep Sunrise Tours humming in business many years! We will continue to host Sunrise travelers on the Florida Stay N Play winter escapes (page 38) and be on call for last minute tour assignments after our last official tour assignment “Maine & the Gaspe Peninsula” (page 15). Now I find myself perusing this new brochure as a new retiree and thinking that the Switzerland and Northern Italy or Colorado New Year’s trip would surely make a nice anniversary or Christmas gift to receive! (I wonder if Jim reads this column?) And as I peruse a little more I notice Sunrise is “Exploring the 5 Boroughs of New York” (page 48) where they are staying at a new
Fairfield Inn in Brooklyn with rooftop views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines and a day free to explore as you wish. I would love to walk across The Brooklyn Bridge for the first time and return for a second visit to the beautiful Cloisters overlooking the Hudson River. Or maybe I can finally visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina on “Boardwalks and Beaches”. We have friends who go there yearly and would love to see for myself why it is so special. Or …”Made in the USA” - I love to hear the pride in the voices of the people who show us their product and how it is made.
by: Charlene Dalrymple
Hope you enjoy perusing as much as I do, and perhaps we’ll meet as fellow retirees on a trip soon! I hope so. Love, Charlene
From the Back of the Bus
• Why do I hope Albert Pujols struggles to hit .200 this year? From the back of the bus or anywhere else, I think the Los Angeles Angels will live to regret the contract it took to get Albert Pujols! • Every hotel that has been nice enough to give me a bed to sleep in since 1994, I have taken at least my leftover bar of soap from them. Soap is now 1/5 of my budget and growing! • I can confirm that it snows in Yellowstone Park during the winter months. It was beautiful, whether or not you like snow. If you ever get the chance to visit Yellowstone in the winter, it is like the chance to dance, I hope you do it! Detroit will regret Prince Fielder’s contract, also! • I do not even remember a member of my high school team being worth that much and a dollar was worth 99 cents then. • In addition to the soap, I have not purchased a shirt since 1994. From Fess Parker’s winery in California to Louisville Slugger in Kentucky and the NTA annual conference wherever, many nice people have given me shirts. Shirts are now 1/5 of my budget. • Seeing a moose on the Maine and Gaspe Peninsula trip would only be a plus on this trip, but the sheer beauty will make it worthwhile. Seeing animals, like leaves, is always a “moving target” on a trip.
• Hotels have been kind enough to give me breakfasts since 1994. How much do you think that is worth? I do not know, but stay at home breakfasts are now 1/5 of my budget. • Now that Sunrise has a number of trips with multiple coaches, does that mean the Tour Manager changes buses at the break? • Why do they make jackets with no sleeves? Do you wear a jacket for reasons other than warmth? I am asking because jackets are now 1/5 of my budget! • Even though I now use 4/5 of my budget on things that were given to me since 1994, life is good. I can still travel with Sunrise Tours occasionally. So can you, and you have paid for your shirts since 1994. Please do not leave home without a reservation with us. Jim
by: Jim Dalrymple
“Grand” Vacation to Michigan
Day 1: South Haven, MI Depart St. Louis aboard a luxury motorcoach and travel north through Illinois to South Haven, MI, along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan. D
Fun Facts: • At 660 feet, the Grand Hotel’s front
porch is the world’s longest and is visible as you approach the island. • No motorized vehicles are allowed on Mackinac Island. All transportation is provided by horse and carriage or bicycle. Mackinac Island is only accessible by ferry boat or plane. • While more than 1 million people visit Mackinac Island each year, there are only 600 year-round residents. • The Grand Hotel plants one ton of bulbs each fall including 24,000 tulips and 3,000 daffodils. • In 2010, Saugatuck came in fourth in Budget Travel Magazine’s ten coolest towns in America
Day 2: Grand Traverse Bay Browse charming Saugatuck, known as “The Art Coast of Michigan”, and its downtown Village Square area featuring art galleries and shops. This afternoon, tour the Music House; a museum of old time music machines that pleasantly surprises Sunrise travelers every time! Then we are off to our lakefront hotel, The Parkshore Resort, with beautiful views on the lovely shores of Grand Traverse Bay for a 2-night stay. B, D
Day 3: Sleeping Bear Dunes and Grand Traverse Bay What a spectacular resort area! Take a scenic drive around Old Mission Peninsula where cherry The porch at the Grand Hotel orchards abound, then along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Visit a charming port town and the Cherry Republic. B, D Day 4: Mackinac Island, overnight at Grand Hotel Travel along Lake Michigan this morning and ferry to Mackinac Island. Then be transported by horse and carriage to the world renowned Grand Hotel,
the island’s premier luxury resort, where the longest porch in the world overlooks the Straits of Mackinac. Enjoy some free time in town, and after dinner in the Grand Hotel’s elegant dining room, take time to enjoy a leisurely sunset stroll through the grounds. B, D
Day 5: Mackinac Island and Grand Rapids: After a restful night in one of the Grand’s beautiful rooms and breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a horse drawn carriage tour of the island with free time to explore on your own, or to shop the quaint stores of the village. Before we depart the island, we have our third delectable meal at the Grand Hotel; lunch at the incomparable Grand Buffet! Travel to Grand Rapids for our overnight stay. B, L Day 6: Return Home Return to St. Louis having had a very “Grand” vacation! B
Carriage at the Grand Hotel
June 14-19, 2012 June 21-26, 2012
Per person rates double $1224 triple/quad $1140 single $1477
Same price since 2009! According to a recent vote by viewers of Good Morning America Sleeping Bear Dunes was chosen as “the most beautiful place in the USA”
Just want you to know how much we enjoyed our trip to Mackinac Island. We will be with you again. - L. Handke Grand Michigan, 2010
Badlands and Yellowstone National Park
Breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, lively western towns…it’s the area of the country where June 17-27, 2012 the locals say “This is God’s Country, only he left the gate open”. Come explore Yellowstone, Jackson, Mt. Rushmore, Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake, and Cody all aboard the comforts Per person rates double $2399 of a motorcoach. triple/quad $2114 Day 1: Sioux City, NE Day 6: Yellowstone single $3255 Travel across Missouri and along the river into Bring your cameras and be prepared to enjoy the Iowa for an overnight stay in Sioux City. D best of Yellowstone today with our own guide. Old Faithful! Geysers! Paint Pots! All in all, a day Day 2: Rapid City, SD of geological wonders and plenty of wildlife! B, D Explore the Badlands of South Dakota today and enjoy dinner at the famous Wall Drug store. We Day 7: Jackson, WY will stay in Rapid City for 2 nights. B, D Let’s explore more of this unique land. Head south to the Grand Tetons and Jenny Lake. Browse Day 3: Rapid City, SD Teton Village before lunch in the beautiful Mural A local guide will take us to visit Mount Rushmore, Room at Jackson Lake Lodge. Then enjoy a sce- All motorcoach Crazy Horse Monument and the Black Hills. Travel nic float on the Snake River with the Grand Tetons tour! Just a few to Custer State Park featuring 71,000 acres of un- as the backdrop. Afterwards, we’ll continue into spots left. spoiled land, pristine lakes and roaming buffalo. historic Jackson where you will have leisure time Enjoy a Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour into one of the to explore Jackson Square, located in the heart of largest herds of bison in North America. Dinner Jackson, WY. B, D tonight will be in the historic State Game Lodge where Presidents Eisenhower and Coolidge Day 8: Grand Tetons dined. B, D Breakfast in the fresh outdoors at a ChuckDay 4: Cody, WY wagon will cap our exDepart Rapid City this morning and begin our trek periences in Jackson. to Cody, WY. Along the route, we will see Devil’s Board the coach and Tower, and pass through the beautiful Big Horn travel southeast to Fort Mountains. Tonight, relax in the comforts of Collins, CO for a two The Cody, a hotel featuring luxury lodging in the night stay. B, D American West. All summer, Cody hosts a nightly Rodeo and your tour manager will help you secure Day 9: Rocky National Thermal pool in Yellowstone National Park tickets if interested (optional). B, D Park Venture on a day trip to Day 5: Yellowstone Rocky National Park driving from Estes Park to This morning, visit the Buffalo Bill Museum be- Grand Lake on Trail Ridge Road, “a scenic wonfore driving into Yellowstone Park. We will stay der road of the world,” with a sweeping view of 2 nights at the Old Faithful Inn, located within the Rockies! En-route we will enjoy a catered walking distance to Old Faithful. The Old Faithful lunch at the beautiful Alluvial Fan picnic area. B, L Inn is one of the few remaining log hotels in the United States. It is a masterpiece of rustic archi- Day 10: Eastern Kansas tecture in its stylized design and fine craftsman- Enjoy a comfortable drive across Kansas as we ship. The 65 foot ceiling in the lobby and the rhy- overnight in mid-Kansas after a delightful dinner. olite fireplace are worthy of a “wow” comment! B, D Dinner in the Old Faithful Inn this evening with time to explore the area. Day 11: Return Home B, D We return home with stories to tell and pictures to share.
Let Freedom Ring
Day 1: Mid-Ohio Travel to Ohio for an overnight stay. D
Day 2: Philadelphia, PA Arrive in Philadelphia in time to enjoy dinner at “The City Tavern”. This is the same place that John Adams frequented when he arrived in Philadelphia in August of 1774 to attend the First Continental Congress. Perhaps you will try an ale brewed according to George Washington’s original recipe! B, D Day 3: “We the people…” A local professional guide will lead us as we visit the most patriotic sites in Philadelphia including the Liberty Bell Center for an upclose viewing of the revered artifact, the National Constitution Center which features interactive and multimedia exhibits explaining our nation’s constitution, and Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed. We will also visit the first President’s House. This site was home to the first “White House” from 1790 to 1800 while Philadelphia was capital of the United States. B, D Day 4: DC Markets have been a stronghold in Philly culture and today we take time to explore the Reading Terminal Market, which opened in 1892. Afterwards, we are off to celebrate in our nation’s capital. Arrive with time to spend exploring the National Mall Smithsonians museums and the 2012
Folklife Festival which is an exposition of cultural heritage held outdoors featuring musicians, storytellers, performers, craftspeople on the national mall. It is a time to celebrate! After dinner, we will unpack our bags for 2 nights in the DC area. B, D Day 5: God Bless America Today we celebrate the 4th of July in our Nation’s Capital! This morning we depart for Mount Vernon, George Washington’s mansion, gardens and grounds. Afterwards, a local professional guide will join us as we tour DC and learn of its immense history. Return to the National Mall with time to discover more favorite sites. Enjoy the fireworks display at the end of the day seated on the National Mall in Sunrise Tours’ chairs. B, D
Day 6: President’s homes A freedom tour would not be complete without a visit to the homes of some of our other fine presidents. Heading west, we travel to Orange, VA to tour Montpelier, the lifelong home and estate of James Madison. It was at Montpelier where Madison researched past democracies and conceived of the system of government that became our republic. Then we’re off to Charlottesville, VA to tour Monticello, the estate of Thomas Jefferson. You will get an intimate look at the house Thomas Jefferson built and furnished for himself and his family including glimpses of the books and objects that reveal Jefferson’s sharp mind. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. The hotel, which originally opened in 1924, is considered an excellent example of a Colonial Revivalist style with modern amenities. B, D
June 30-July 7, 2012 Per person rates double $1588 triple/quad $1419 single $2097
Same price as 2011! Philadelphia and DC are ideal places to celebrate the 4th of July. Known as the “birthplace of America,” Philadelphia is home to the original draft of the United States Constitution and the Liberty Bell. Pair Philly with our nation’s capital’s 4th of July festival and celebrate this holiday on a tour that every American would be proud to experience.
A very popular new tour in 2011 returns in 2012!
Day 7: George Washington National Forest After some time this morning to explore the quaint community of Staunton, VA we continue our travels west, passing through the George Washington National Forest, to arrive in mid-Kentucky for our overnight stay. B, D Day 8: Home Full of patriotic memories we arrive home this evening. B Thomas Jefferson’s estate, Monticello
Europe in Wisconsin
European influence in Wisconsin abounds, and as we take time to visit many of the small towns, July 9-13, 2012 we’ll get a strong taste of Europe without ever leaving the Midwest! We’ll experience bits of Great Per person rates Britain, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and more. double $879 triple/quad $786 Day 3: New Glarus or “Little Switzerland” Day 1: Milwaukee Leave your passports at home; we’re off to Mil- See a glimpse of the multi-cultural European in- single $1159 waukee, our home base for the next two nights. fluence at Old World Wisconsin, before visiting Our “European travels” will begin with Cead Stoughton, a town that at the turn of the 19th Mile Failte – “One hundred thousand welcomes” century had the largest pool of Norwegian im(Gaelic) as we celebrate the food and culture of migrants in Wisconsin. Then it’s off to Madison to admire the diverse ethnic heritage reflected Ireland at a local pub and restaurant. D throughout the State Capitol Building; a visit to the Italian Greenbush neighborhood; and a deliDay 2: Milwaukee or “Munich of the West” Our local step-on guide will take us on a tour of cious Italian feast before we check into the Chalet Just a few Milwaukee...Euro-style! Afterwards, a tour of Landaus, New Glarus, Wisconsin, the “Little Switspots left! the opulent Pabst Mansion, and free time in the zerland” of America, for the next 2 nights. B, D quaint Old World Third Street district for shopping and lunch on your own. This afternoon, we’ll Day 4: Blue Mound or “Little Norway” begin our journey, similar to the European immi- After a hearty breakfast, our journey takes us to grants of Wisconsin, aboard a canal boat. As we Pendarvis, historical site of the Cornwall immicruise along the river, imagine how it felt to arrive grant miners in the “European” town of Mineral in Milwaukee as you enjoy the outstanding views Point. Travel to Blue Mound, Wisconsin, and “Litof its modern and historic icons and buildings on tle Norway”, a homestead filled with a unique the shores of downtown. Then we’re off to Mil- collection of Norse antiques. Continue to the waukee’s most famous restaurant, Mader’s Ger- Norwegian town of Mount Horeb, known as the man Restaurant, for our delicious dinner and an troll capital of the world. The streets of this whimHead north when the opportunity to behold the extensive Stein collec- sical town are lined with life-sized carved mythiSt. Louis summer heat tion and hummel figurines in their Tower Gallery cal characters, each having their own personality. starts up... We will return to New Glarus, “Swisconsin”, with and gift shop. B, D its emblems of Swiss cantons adorning the downtown buildings and street signs. This evening, we are in for a real treat: a savory Swiss dinner and lively entertainment. B, D Day 5: Return home No trip to Wisconsin feels complete without a stop to pick up cheese! We’ll tour the Swiss-American Alp & Dell/ Roth Kase, the fastest growing specialty cheese factory in the country. After we’ve loaded up, we will begin our journey back home. B
Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee
Day 1: Fly to Toronto After a flight into Toronto, we will be met by our comfortable coach. After dinner we will check into Toronto’s landmark hotel, the AAA four-diamond Fairmont Royal York hotel. D Day 2: Trending in Toronto A local guide will educate and entertain as we visit the must-see highlights of Toronto. Visit the Royal Ontario Museum, one of the world’s leading museums of natural history and of world cultures. After dinner we will board the VIA Rail for an adventure of a lifetime as we travel by rail across Canada! You will be traveling on the rail’s flagship train, The Canadian (first class), luxury service of VIA Rail Canada, from Toronto to Jasper, Alberta. Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are included in the dining car, and you are free to roam from car to car and enjoy available scenic dome car seating as well. Price includes a lower berth, which is a couch during the day and folds into a bed at night with a curtain for privacy. Public washroom/shower facilities in the same car. An upgrade to a cabin is available for an additional $500 per person. The double cabin (for 2 adults) or single cabin (for 1 adult) is a sitting room by day and sleeping room by night with your own toilet and vanity. B, D Day 3 and Day 4: VIA Rail Travel by rail enjoying a relaxing excursion of Canadian scenery and hospitality. B, L, D (both days) Day 5: Jasper Travel into the picturesque Canadian Rockies where we will disembark in Jasper for a 2-night stay at the Sawridge Inn, a property which offers top notch lodging in the Canadian Rockies. We are staying in the midst of the vast, unspoiled grandeur of 4,200 square mile Jasper National Park, Canada’s largest park. This afternoon, explore a bit on your own before dinner together at a local favorite restaurant. B, D Day 6: Jasper National Park Take a snow-coach ride on the Athabasca Glacier as we explore Jasper National Park. Bring your cameras-this is incredible scenery you’ll want to capture forever. Don’t forget to sip some glacier
water as some say it has restorative powers. Take a leisurely trip through lovely Maligne Valley via Medicine Lake and the mysterious Maligne River - the river disappears to flow underground to beautiful Maligne Lake. Dine at The Restaurant at Maligne Canyon where the dining room is set in an art gallery collection of Native Indian and Inuit art and the views of the Maligne River are captivating. B, D
July 11-19, 2012 Per person rates* double $3997 triple/quad $3809 single $4562
* Includes roundtrip air from STL. If you would like to upgrade to a cabin, add $500 per person to the above rates.
Day 7: Lake Louise Our motorcoach awaits us this morning to more of the incredible Canadian Rockies. The turquoise sparkling water of Lake Louise is one of the most photogenic spots in the area. Enjoy a delectable, gourmet lunch at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. What a treat to dine there! Take Canadian Rockies some time to enjoy our visit at Lake Louise before travelling to Banff The new Canadianand our 2-night stay at the Banff Caribou Lodge Beauty in motion featuring mountain luxury bedding. B, D The Canadian is one of the world’s most legendDay 8: Banff, Alberta ary and popular longhaul As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff offers journeys. Whether for rugged beauty, unspoiled landscapes, and pristine its breathtaking landmountain ranges. This quaint mountain commu- scapes, its attentive and nity opens its arms to us as we embark on a scenic courteous service or its float trip on the Bow River for a guided look at the outstanding dining, this ecology of Banff National Park. Don’t forget your train has inspired decamera because this relaxing float allows time to cades of fond memories look for Beaver, Elk, Osprey and more! When we for more than 100,000 return to Banff, we will enjoy a gondola ride to the travellers every year. top of Sulphur Moutain for a bird’s eye view of Between 2010 and 2012, this memorable city. B, D more than $22 million will have been invested Day 9: Return flight home in its modernization. Travel east to Calgary this morning to catch our flight home ready to share the memories of all of the beautiful country we’ve experienced by train, plane, and motorcoach! B
Day 1: Marshall, MI Overnight in Michigan. D
Polar Bear Express
as he navigates us on the Moose River-one of the few rivers which flows south to north-for a ride to St. James Bay (weather permitting). You will be able to watch the fresh water mixing with the salt water as you approach the Bay and view a terrific sunset upon our return to the hotel! We will overnight in the Cree Village EcoLodge, a hotel focused on environmentally friendly accommodations. B, D
Please note: Due to the relatively small number of rooms at the Eco-Lodge, there is limited availability on this tour.
Day 2: Tobermory, ON As we travel along the shores of the beautiful eastern side of Lake Huron be sure to watch for lighthouses that dot the landscape. En route we will visit the idyllic town of Kincardine, known for its warmth and hospitality. Tobermory welcomes us tonight as we acquaint ourselves with another Canadian maritime village. B, D
Day 3: Sudbury, ON Enjoy breakfast while traveling to Manitoulin Island on the impressive MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry as it carves its way through scenic Georgian Bay. After soaking in the sun and dynamic Canadian scenery, we arrive in South Baymouth to travel north to Sudbury. This afternoon, we will visit Dynamic Earth, an exhibit where visitors enter a network of tunnels and journey through the history of mining led by retired miners. After dinner, we will overnight in Sudbury. B, D Day 4: Cochrane, ON Relax in the comfortable motorcoach as we traverse the wilderness area known as the Arctic Watershed. Our destination is Cochrane, ON. Upon arrival we will enjoy our personally guided tour of Cochrane, a visit to the authentic Ininew Friendship Centre to watch a drumming demonstration and converse among the Cree. After dinner, we will overnight in Cochrane at the Swan Castle Inn. B, D Day 5: Moosonee, ON There is no road system to Moosonee, so this morning, it’s “all aboard” the Polar Bear Express train to travel 186 miles to the edge of the Arctic through rugged forests and wetlands, and across mighty rivers once navigated by aboriginals, explorers and fur traders. Enroute you will have complete access to a new audio tour that was developed in conjunction with the Discovery Channel to aid you in learning about the area while on the train and in Moosonee. This evening, we will join our Cree Guide and board locally built boats
Day 6: Moose Factory, ON Experience the culture and the surrounding nature with some free time. After lunch, visit Moose Factory Island, the oldest settlement in Ontario. Our guided bus tour of this island community will include ancient relics of the fur trade, Centennial Park Museum and the St. Thomas Church and Banneck Bread tasting, made by a local Cree woman. After our return to Moosonee, we will catch the southbound Polar Bear Express to Cochrane, enjoying dinner in the dining car. Overnight in Cochrane B, L, D
July 14-22, 2012 Per person rates double $1998 triple/quad $1820 single $2536
Same price as 2011! Last year this tour sold out within a few months! It is a popular tour full of remote destinations and unique experiences. Please note: this tour requires a moderate level of mobility to traverse the remote areas and boat excursions. Please be sure you can climb 15 steps with your carryon, climb in and out of boats and walk on uneven surfaces.
Day 7: Barrie, ON Our travels today take us past several small lakes and provincial parks to the bustling metropolis of Barrie, ON. Barrie is an up and coming city making its mark in Ontario. A guided tour by the area’s Towne Crier will give us insight into the past and future of Barrie including a visit to the smallest jail cell in Ontario! B, D
Just a few spots left!
Day 8: St. Jacobs Travel to St. Jacobs, situated in the heart of Mennonite Country and visit Canada’s largest Farmers Market featuring regional specialties homegrown Great trip! in the surrounding fields. A visit to this area would Our favorite part not be complete without a tour of the Village of St. Jacobs and some home-style cookin’ for lunch was staying at the before we depart across the border to Toledo, OH EcoLodge. and our overnight stay. B, L
Day 9: Return home Our trip to the northern reaches of Ontario comes to an end as we return home. B
- M. Sanders Polar Bear 2010
Day 1: Sioux City, NE Pack your gear and board our comfortable motorcoach for your Dakota Adventure. Our travels bring us to Sioux City, Nebraska for an overnight along the Missouri River. After dinner you might want to enjoy a walk along the river. D
falo, bison and elk. Also visit the Mammoth Site, the worldâ€™s largest mammoth research facility. Stand on the edge of discovery and walk where mammoths, bears, American lions and other Ice Age critters walked at this active paleontological dig site. B, L
Day 2: Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Falls, the largest city in South Dakota, is our first stop in the Dakotas. See the triple waterfall at Falls Park and do a little exploring in the historic heart of this city. Travel to De Smet, locale of six Laura Ingalls Wilder books, to relive the pioneer days of growing up on the Dakota prairie as we tour two homes of the Wilder family. B, D
Day 5: Medora, ND Visit Bear Country USA, a drive through wildlife park where we get an up close view of over 20 species of North American mammals, then drive north to Medora, North Dakota, an authentic Old West cow town in the midst of the North Dakota Badlands. Enjoy the nationally acclaimed Pitchfork Steak Fondue dinner before we mosey over to the Burning Hills Amphitheatre where you may even see some elk amble on stage before the Medora Musical, a musical variety show, takes center stage. Overnight Bear Country USA in the newly renovated and historic Rough Riders Hotel in the heart of downtown Medora. B, D
Day 3: Badlands National Park Traveling west in South Dakota, stop in the capital city of Pierre on our way to visit the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. This one-of-a-kind site presents the history and significance of the Cold War arms race. Then we are off to see the rugged beauty of Badlands National Park before arriving in Rapid City, for a two night stay at the Grand Gateway Hotel. B, D Day 4: Black Hills Enjoy spectacular drives in the Black Hills of South Dakota as we visit Mt. Rushmore National Monument, Crazy Horse Memorial and take a jeep tour through Custer State Park, amidst herds of buf-
Day 6: Bismarck, ND As we cross North Dakota from Medora to Fargo, stop in the capital city of Bismarck to tour the North Dakota State Capitol Building, browse the North Dakota Heritage Center and enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Missouri River. B, D Day 7: Fargo, ND A little exploration of Fargo before heading south into South Dakota with a stop at Nicollet Tower by the North-South Continental Divide and the Redlin Art Center in Watertown then onward to Sioux City, NE our last night on the road. B, D Day 8: Return home We return to St. Louis with a greater appreciation of the days of yore in the Wild West. B
Badlands National Park
July 19-26, 2012 Per person rates double $1482 triple/quad $1328 single $1944
Lower price than 2010!
Did you know?
- The North Dakota state capitol building is one of only four tower-style capitols in the U.S. - North Dakota has recently been ranked the friendliest state in the U.S., according to Cambridge University. - South Dakota has one of the largest Native American populations, with nine official tribes.
Cards versus Rockies
Day 1: Hays, KS Begin our journey west to see the World Series Champion Cardinals battle with the Colorado Rockies. Overnight in Hays, KS. D Day 2: Denver, Game 1 Travel to beautiful Denver, CO and check into the Drury Inn, our home for three nights. Enjoy dinner before we arrive at the hitter friendly Coors Field, for the first of three games against the Rockies. B, D
Day 3: Denver, Game 2 Visit the Garden of the Gods to see dramatic views of towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak. After our visit enjoy lunch at the four-star rated Cliff House Restaurant. This evening take in game two of this series from our great seats in Coors Field. B, L Day 4: Denver, Game 3 Start the day off with a behind the scenes tour of the beautiful Coors Field. Opened in 1995, this ball park has been a dream for hitters and nightmare for pitchers. Tour B’s Ballpark Museum featuring one-of-a-kind baseball treasures, recognized by Smithsonian Books as one of the top 21 finest private baseball collections in the world! Next visit the Colorado State Capitol to learn about early Colorado history. Tonight we will enjoy the final game of this three game series. B, L
July 30-August 4, 2012 Per person rates double $1048 triple/quad $954 single $1331
Just a few spots left!
Day 5: Salina, KS This morning we will part ways with Colorado as we head east with an interesting stop along the way. Overnight in Salina, KS. B, D Coors Field
Day 6: Return Home. B
Cards versus Phillies Day 1: Eastern Ohio Enjoy a comfortable ride and head east towards our stop for the night in eastern Ohio. D Day 2: Philadelphia, Game 1 Today we arrive in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, to see the Cardinals take on the Phillies in a rematch of last year’s exciting National League Division Series. En route we will stop for lunch at the historic Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford, PA. Before the game we will check into the Holiday Inn Stadium, just steps away from Citizen’s Bank Ballpark. B, L Day 3: Philadelphia, Game 2 This morning take a guided tour of Citizen’s Bank Ballpark. Opened in 2004, this stadium has been consistently ranked among the best in baseball.
Philadelphia is also known as the Birthplace of America; today see historic sites such as Indepen- August 9-13, 2012 dence Hall, National Constitution Center and the Per person rates* Liberty Bell. Return to the stadium this evening to double $1196 triple/quad $1080 take in the second game of the series. B single $1543 * Includes return Day 4: Philadelphia, Game 3 Today we’ll grab an authentic Philly Cheesesteak airfare to STL. before heading over to the ballpark. Can the CarNew lower price! dinals’ bats overcome one of the best pitching We were able to staffs in the MLB? We will find out as we catch the negotiate a lower final game of this three game series. B, D airfare, so we’ve Day 5: Return home Today board a flight back home to St. Louis, hopefully celebrating a Cardinals sweep. B
lowered the price.
Best of Ireland
Day 1: Overnight Flight to Dublin, Ireland. Day 2: Galway City Meet our Irish Guide and depart for Galway City, the center of Ireland. Visit the monastery of Clonmacnoise, founded by St. Ciaran in the 6th century. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the 4-star Hotel Meyrick in the town center. D Day 3: Connemara This morning tour the Connemara region before traveling up the spectacular Inagh valley to Leenane on the shore of Killary Harbor. Here we visit one of Ireland’s most romantic buildings, Kylemore Abbey, nestled in the heart of the Connemara Mountains. After a leisurely afternoon on the grounds of Abbeyglen Castle, enjoy dinner before a restful night in your beautiful room at the Castle. B, D Day 4: Cliffs of Moher Travel down the Atlantic seaboard towards Killarney and visit the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher with its dramatic drops to the Atlantic Ocean that can reach over 700 feet! As we continue south, stop and visit Adare, renowned as one of Ireland’s prettiest villages. This evening we check into the Brook Lodge in Killarney, for a 3-night stay. B, D Day 5: Ring of Kerry Begin our day with a visit to a mountain-sheep farmer for an incredible sheepdog demonstration. We then begin our travel around the Ring of Kerry with its magnificent views. B, D Day 6: Dingle Tour the Dingle Peninsula, once cited as “the most beautiful place on earth” by National Geographic, and see the beautiful green and rugged landscape. Visit the Gallarus Oratory; built in the 6th century, it is one of Ireland’s best-preserved early Christian churches. Next explore the Gaelic speaking fishing port of Dingle and walk the Atlantic beaches of the Peninsula before returning to our hotel for the night. B, D Day 7: Blarney Castle, Cork City Pass over the Kerry Mountains to the old market town of Macroom. Here sits the Macroom Castle, once home to Sir William Penn whose son would later found the state of Pennsylvania. We then travel to Blarney Castle, site of the world famous Blarney Stone with an opportunity for shopping at Blarney Woolen Mills. Visit the Cobh Heritage
Center, which recalls the history this small town played in the mass emigration to the US and Canada. Stop at the Old Midleton Distillery for a deluxe Irish whiskey tasting before checking in to the Imperial Hotel Cork for a 2-night stay. B, D Day 8: Cork City area Enjoy a leisurely morning in charming Cork City before departing for the historic town of Kinsale and visit Charles Fort, built in the late 17th century by the English to protect the harbor against foreign forces. B, D Day 9: Kilkenny This morning we depart for Kilkenny, on our way visit The Rock of Cashel which was the seat of kings and medieval bishops in Ireland for centuries. We then are off to Kilkenny Castle, which has been an important site since the 12th century. You then will have the opportunity to explore the city of Kilkenny before dinner and checking into the Kilkenny Farmhouse. B, D Day 10: Dublin The capital of Ireland awaits us today as we tour this great city with our local guide. Our tour of Dublin will include such sights as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College, and the Christ Church which houses the remains of the Anglo-Norman conqueror of Dublin, Strongbow. Visit The Guinness Storehouse at St. James Gate as we tour their remarkable brewery which tells the story of Arthur Guinness. Enjoy an Irish tradition, a pint of Guinness, at the end of the tour in The Skybar, a glass tower atop the brewery that offers a dramatic 360 degree view of Dublin. This evening we check into the Winn’s Hotel after dinner. B, D Day 11: Dublin area Today we travel south to tour the Wicklow Mountains and visit the Powerscourt Gardens. These gardens are among the finest in Ireland, known for their design and dramatic setting at the foot of Great Sugar Loaf Mountain. St. Kevin’s 6th century monastery at Glendalough, meaning “valley of two lakes,” is one of the most important sites of monastic ruins in Ireland. Then sit back and enjoy a farewell dinner as we take in an evening of traditional Irish music, food and dance at The Merry Ploughboy Pub. B, D Day 12: Return Home Depart on return flight home. B
August 10-21, 2012 Per person rates* double $3580 single $4105
* Includes roundtrip flight from STL
This is a Sunrise Tours original itinerary. Local guides will enhance the tour.
Great flight with only one stop to and from Dublin!
Yellowstone National Park & more!
Day 1: Sioux City, NE Travel across Missouri and along the river into Iowa for an overnight stay in Sioux City. D
Highlights: · Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, the magnificent Badlands and Black Hills! · The inspiring Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain wilderness and Big Horn Mountains. · Yellowstone National Park - a geological wonder teeming with wildlife! · Lively western town of Jackson Hole. · 2-night stay in Yellowstone National Park and scenic float trip on Snake River. · A jeep tour amongst herds of bison.
Day 2: Rapid City, SD Explore the Badlands of South Dakota today and enjoy dinner at the famous Wall Drug store. We will stay in Rapid City for 2 nights. B, D
Day 3: Rapid City, SD Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument and the Black Hills are on our agenda today with a local guide. Travel to Custer State Park featuring 71,000 acres of unspoiled land, pristine lakes and roaming buffalo. Enjoy a Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour into one of the largest herds of bison in North America. Dinner tonight will be in the historic State Game Lodge where Presidents Eisenhower and Coolidge dined and relaxed. B, D Day 4: Cody, WY Depart Rapid City this morning and begin our trek to Cody, WY. Along the route, we will see Devil’s Tower and pass through the beautiful Big Horn Mountains. Tonight, we will relax in the comforts of The Cody, a hotel featuring luxury lodging in the American West. All summer, Cody hosts a nightly Rodeo that you may choose to attend (optional). B, D Day 5: Yellowstone Visit the Buffalo Bill Museum before driving into Yellowstone Park for a 2-night stay at the Snow Lodge. Completed in 1999, the Snow Lodge is the newest of the park’s full service hotels, has been recognized with the Cody Award for Western Design and Travel and Leisure’s Inn of the Month and features heavy timber construction, exterior log columns and cedar shingle roof, a design example of classic “parkitecture.” Located in Old Faithful Village, you will be able walk out the front door and see the sites first hand! B, D
Day 6: Yellowstone Bring your cameras and be prepared to enjoy the best of Yellowstone today with our own guide. Old Faithful! Geysers! Paint Pots! All in all, a day of geological wonders and plenty of wildlife! This evening dine at the Old Faithfull Inn featuring a 65 foot ceiling and rhyolite fireplace. B, D
Day 7: Jackson, WY Head south to the Grand Tetons and Jenny Lake. Browse Teton Village before lunch in the world class Jackson Lake Lodge in the beautiful Mural Room. Travel south to enjoy a scenic float on the Snake River with the Grand Tetons as the backdrop. Afterwards, continue into historic Jackson for our overnight stay. This evening you are free to explore Jackson Square, located in the heart of Jackson, WY. B, L Day 8: Grand Tetons - Salt Lake City, UT Breakfast in the fresh outdoors at a Chuckwagon will cap our experiences in Jackson. We will board our coach and travel south along scenic highway 89 into Salt Lake City. This evening, we will meet our guide for a tour of Temple Square Grand Tetons and the Latter Day Saints Community Center. B, D Day 9: Return home Fly home from Salt Lake City. B
August 13-21, 2012
Per person rates* double $2348 triple/quad $2100 single $3093 * Includes return flight to STL
Combine this tour with Idaho on page 16 and take $450 off the combined per person rate!
Our stay at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge was perfect! - B. Melm Winter in Yellowstone, 2012
Maine & the Gaspe Peninsula
Day 1: Rangeley, ME Fly into the northeast and travel to the lakes and woods of the Maine interior. Storytelling and dinner awaits at the lakeside Rangeley Inn with views of Haley Pond and calls of loons nearby. D
Day 2: Moose and more Rise and shine early for a canoe trip on the gentle Kennebago River then enjoy a hearty breakfast before exploring the local area. Enjoy a BBQ “out back by the shore” before departing for a moosespotting drive at dusk. B, D Day 3: Maritime and Carvings Travel the TransCanada highway to Route 132 known as “Navigators Route” or “Route of the Sea”. Stop in Musee Maritime du Quebec at L’islet and see the master boat builder plying at his trade or the outdoor displays including anchors, boats and early hydrofoils. Visit the wood sculpture capitol of North America in St. Jean Port Joli and see reproductions of Norman Rockwell illustrations onto wood sculptures. Arrive in Riviere du Loup for a two-night stay. B, D Day 4: Whale Encounter Visit the rare styled concrete reinforced, octagonal shaped Pointe-au-Pere’s Lighthouse with a guide. Frequently shrouded in mists, this is where engineers tested the world’s first foghorns. Marine mammals abound on the south shore of the St. Lawrence so bring your sharp eye for this unique whale encounter and sea outing. The view of the rugged coast, islands and heritage lighthouses are amazing, too! B, D Day 5: Reford Garden (Jardins de Metis) A drive along the St Lawrence southern shore of coastal levees and hills gives way to lakes, woodlands, and sinuous rivers. Discover the famous English-inspired Reford Gardens (Jardins de Metis) home to the International Garden Festival. Enjoy lunch highlighting regional and local products along with fresh herbs from the Garden itself. Continue to Matane, a maritime village famous for its “Matane Shrimp”. Visit the fish ladder observation center to see why Matane also boasts one of the best salmon rivers in Quebec. Enjoy overnight seaside accommodations. B, L
Day 6: The Jewel of Gaspe A scenic drive on the Lighthouse Trail gives rise to the rugged Chic Choc Mountains and the nearby windmill farm. Discover the unique character of Forillon National Park where diverse geological formations and astonishing flora and fauna define its wild beauty. A sunset excursion reveals the secrets of the mysterious lobster by a local fisherman and offers an opportunity to “rise a lobster trap” while on an exclusive lobster fishing adventure. Two-night stay in Perce. B, D
August 14-23, 2012 Per person rates* double $2499 triple/quad $2287 single $3188
* Includes roundtrip airfare from STL.
Combine this tour with Philly Baseball tour on page 12 or the Cape Cod tour on page 17 Day 7: Bonaventure Island/Perce Rock and take $450 off the Enjoy a boat excursion accompanied by a natural- combined per person ist to Bonaventure Island, sanctuary to the largest rate! migratory bird refuge in North America. Cruise around the majestic Rocher Perce (French – Perce Rock). This multicolored limestone monolith rises The Gaspe Peninsula from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean at land’s (Gaspesie), is located end and is known to be one of the most spectacu- on the eastern tip of lar natural arches in the world. Enjoy a leisurely the province of Quebec, north of New afternoon in this quaint fishing town. B, D Brunswick. It is mostly a coastal region beDay 8: Dalhousie (New Brunswick) Feast your eyes on more amazing coast line as ing surrounded by the we ride through small fishing villages toward St. Lawrence estuary Dalhousie. Travel along the pristine Gaspe’ Penin- and gulf as well as by sula with breathtaking views of the Chaleur Bay. the Bay of Chaleur. In Costumed heritage interpreters will bring to life 2009, National Geothe amazing stories and artifacts recovered from graphic Society named The Machault wreck during our visit to Battle of Gaspe one of the top 3 the Restigouche National Historic Site of the last most beautiful destinaval battle between France and England for nations in the world. possession of North America. Cross the J. C Van Horne Bridge into New Brunswick and delight in the small town charm and hospitality in Dalhousie. B, D Day 9: Maine Journey alongside North America’s oldest mountains, the Appalachians. Stop along the way at the French fry capital of the world, Florenceville-Bristol, then overnight in Maine. B, D Moose in Maine
Day 10: Fly home Fly home with memories of the wonder and beauty of the Gaspienne Peninsula and contrasting Maine inlands. B
Day 1: Sunken Gardens Arrive in Salt Lake City by air then travel to Pocatello, Idaho for the night. Along the way, visit the Sunken Garden surrounded by rock walls. D Day 2: The Moon and the Sun Tour the birthplace of the world’s first electricity from atomic energy at EBR- 1 Atomic Museum National Historic Landmark. Next, journey back in time to explore the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, a geological jewel and one of the best places in the world to see the awesome effects of volcanism. 2000 years after the eruption of this volcano, the landscape is still ever-changing. Check into America’s first destination resort, Sun Valley Resort featuring the old-world charm and ambiance of a cozy European alpine village. B, D Day 3: Ice and Sand Explore the “village” before departing to discover more of Idaho. Walk on a suspended wooden walkway over a glacier through the largest lava ice caves known in the world, Shoshone Indian Ice Caves. Delight in quality farmstead cheese made by hand at Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese and the spectacular Bruneau Dunes, rising 470 feet above small lakes in the high desert. This evening we arrive in Boise, ID for a 2-night stay. B, D Day 4: Boise “Best City” Did you know that Boise has been listed in over a dozen magazines on their “best cities” lists? Explore the Greenbelt path and park along the river, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center (more Basques reside in Boise than any other U.S. city) and the Old Idaho Territorial Penitentiary. B, D Day 5: West Central Idaho “All aboard” on the Thunder Mountain Line as we wind our way around the narrow canyon alongside the Payette River towards Cascade, ID. Travel through Payette National Forest and visit the smokejumpers base in McCall. Overnight on the banks of the Salmon River in Riggins, gateway to the spectacular mountains, canyons and rivers of west central Idaho. B, D
Day 6: Hell’s Canyon Adventure begins at Pittsburg Landing for a scenic jet boat ride on the whitewaters of the Snake River in Hell’s Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America! Venture up the “wild river” to the dam where we will have lunch and tour an historic cabin and museum along the way. Enchanted by the views and curious history, this will be a safe adventure never to be forgotten! Overnight in the charming town of Lewiston. B, L
August 22-31, 2012 Per person rates* double $2481 triple/quad $2249 single $3176
* Includes roundtrip airfare from STL.
Combine this tour with Yellowstone on page 14 OR Pacific Northwest on page 18 and Day 7: Northern Panhandle of Idaho Visit the Nez Perce Museum then view Port Lew- take $450 off the comiston barges at the confluence of the Clearwater bined per person rate! and Snake Rivers and along the mighty Salmon River. Enjoy the view through Palouse country with its golden wheat, lentil and barley fields, and the six mile corridor of majestic Great White Pine into the northern panhandle of Idaho. This part of Idaho has some of the largest and most pristine lakes and beautiful scenic drives. Stroll the world’s longest floating boardwalk or browse the shops before checking into the hotel for a two night stay in Coeur D’Alene. B, D
Day 8: Northern Panhandle of Idaho A cruise on Coeur d’Alene Lake, scenic drive across the Silver Valley, tour of the oldest standing building in Idaho - Cataldo Mis- Coeur d’Alene Lake sion, and visit to historic silver mine are “must Did you know? see” adventures in this part of the Gem state. B, D • Idaho is 63% public land, managed by the Day 9: Emerald City federal government. Traverse across Washington State with a stop at • The deepest river Riverfront Park in Spokane, home to magnificent gorge in North America Spokane Falls. The Falls are a dramatic transition is Idaho’s Hells Canyon along the 111-mile run of the Spokane River which (7,900 ft deep) runs from Lake Coeur d’Alene to Lake Roosevelt. • Idaho has 3,100 miles Sit back and relax on the road to picturesque Seof rivers - more than attle for an overnight stay. B, D any other state. • Nearly 85% of all comDay 10: Return Home mercial trout sold in the Catch the return flight home reflecting on the jagUS is from Idaho. ged peaks, deeps canyons, and wonderful adventures in Idaho. B
Cape Cod and More!
shop, stroll, and “people August 24-31, 2012 watch” in quaint Provinc- Per person rates* • A guided tour of historic Boston, includ- etown. B, D double $1796 ing famous landmarks of the Freedom triple/quad $1630 Trail, Old North Church, USS Constitution, Day 5: Martha’s Vineyard single $2293 Bunker Hill Monument and more! This morning board the * Includes airfare • Whale-watching cruise and Plymouth ferry for a ride to the time- from STL to BOS. less and enchanting MarRock Lower price than tha’s Vineyard; a place • A visit to Martha’s Vineyard 2009! • Time to shop at Boston’s famous Quincy rich in history, inspiration, creativity, and beauty. Day 2: Boston, MA Market Combine this tour with Enjoy a full day with a • A visit to the Breakers, an opulent “cot- Accompanied by a local Maine & Gaspe Penguide, visit each of the 6 local guide as we extage” in Newport, RI insula on page 15 and island town’s treasures plore historic downtake $450 off the comthe picturesque whaling town Boston. So much • A guided tour of Cape Cod bined per person rate! community of Edgartown, history and culture in this city, including the site of the Boston Massa- the lacy Victorian gingerbread cottages of Oak cre, the Paul Revere House and the USS Constitu- Bluffs, the magnificent stone walls tion! B, D surrounding oceanview fields of ChilDay 3: Plymouth and Cape Cod Today we make our way to Plymouth for a look mark to the grand at the “rock” and an afternoon at sea to see some cliffs of Aquinnah whales! Our day’s journey continues as we em- (Gay Head), the rusbrace Cape Cod for a 3-night stay at a local hotel. tic feel of West TisThis evening we dine at a local favorite, Alberto’s bury, and the port town of Vineyard Restaurante. B, D Haven. Martha’s Day 4: Cape Cod Vineyard has someOn tour with a local guide, view picturesque wind- thing to offer everymills, lighthouses, Cape Cod National Seashore one. After a full day, Boston, MA Park and more. There will be plenty of time to return to our hotel on Cape Cod. B, D Day 1: Fly into Boston Arrive via air to Boston, MA. After checking into our hotel, The Clarion Nantasket Beach Resort Hotel, enjoy a delicious dinner while savoring the views of the beach. D
Day 6: Rhode Island Visit the coastal town of Newport, RI, the one-time summer home of America’s millionaires. Tour one of these opulent “cottages”, the Breakers, and enjoy a little free time in historic downtown Newport before we depart west towards home. B, D
Thanks so much for a wonderful trip. We were happy to have such a friendly group!
Day 7: Eastern Ohio - J. Denis After breakfast, drive across Pennsylvania Cape Cod, 2009 for an overnight stay in eastern Ohio. B, D
Cape Cod, MA
Day 8: Return Home We arrive in St. Louis early evening. B
Pacific Northwest & Canadian Rockies The Rocky Mountains roll on for a thousand miles with snow-capped peaks, thick forests and clear Sept. 1-12, 2012 glacial lakes. Banff was the first of the Canadian Rockies’ National Parks established in 1885 and Per person rates* still welcomes visitors each day. Join us as we explore this incredibly majestic and inviting area. double $3068 Day 1: Arrival in Seattle, WA enjoy the grandeur of the Canadian Rocky Moun- triple/quad $2789 Fly into Seattle and overnight just north of the tains while looking for Beaver, Elk, Osprey and single $3905 city. D more! Don’t forget your camera! When we return * Includes roundtrip to Banff, we will enjoy a gondola ride to the top of airfare from STL. Day 2: Vancouver, BC Sulphur Mountain for a bird’s eye view. B, D Combine this tour with Travel into Canada to visit cosmopolitan VancouIdaho on page 16 OR ver and its beautiful parks with a local guide. After Day 8: Kootenay Park, BC Northwest Coast on our touring, we will check in for our 2-night stay. Trek through scenic Kootenay Park and Radium page 20 and take $450 B, D Hot Springs, BC. Arrive in Whitefish, MT where off the combined per we unpack our bags for a 2-night stay. B, D person rate! Day 3: Vancouver Island, BC Ferry to Vancouver Island to visit world-famous Day 9: Glacier National Park Butchart Gardens where we’ll dine overlooking Explore Glacier National Park aboard the narthe beautiful gardens. Afterwards, visit the de- rated “red bus jammers” and the “Going-to-thelightful “British-like” city of Victoria. B, L Sun-Road”. Soak in the views of Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, Day 4: Revelstoke, BC and spectacular lakes. Then enjoy lunch in the After breakfast, journey along scenic roads into park. Later this afternoon, board the DeSmet, a the inland mountains of British Columbia and boat built in 1930 and launched on Lake McDonspend the night in a mountain lake hotel near ald where she still runs today, for a tranquil boat Revelstoke, British Columbia. B, D ride and intimate observation of West Glacier. Tonight, relax and enjoy the evening at your leisure. Day 5: Lake Louise and Banff, BC B, L Travel through Rogers Pass, Glacier and Yoho National Parks, and into Banff National Park, Day 10: Cascade Mountains, WA Canada’s oldest national park. En-route we will Our journeys take us through the Kaniksu and visit Lake Louise, the most photogenic spot in Coeur D’Alene National Forests, west on highway …thanks for the Canadian Rockies - what a treat to dine at the 2 and a scenic drive along the eastern side of the Chateau Lake Louise! Then it’s on to Banff for a Cascade Mountains to bring us to the charming making the tour of 3-night stay. B, L Bavarian-like village of Leavenworth. Herzlich the Northwest and Willkommen! B, D Canada such a sucDay 6: Athabasca Glacier cess. The meals and Travel north on the icefield parkway into Jasper Day 11: Leavenworth, WA hotels were wonderNational Park, spellbound by the awesome land- A heartfelt welcome urges us to explore this Gerful. We enjoyed all scape that surrounds us. You won’t forget the man community’s treasures. Visit the Aplets and the beautiful scenery incredible “snow coach” ride on the Athabasca Cotlets country store, the Leavenworth Fish Glacier, the azure blue of Peyto Lake and the ma- Hatchery for a tour about the ecology of the area, and…look forward jestic mountains of the Canadian Rockies! A local and have leisure time in downtown Leavenworth to another trip in the guide will entertain and educate as we explore for a Bavarian experience. Be ready to savor a near future. Banff National Park. B, D dinner complete with German entertainment to- - B. and T. Ringer night! B, D Day 7: Banff, AB Embark on a scenic float trip on the Bow River, Day 12: Return flight for a different perspective of Banff National Park Today, we will fly home from Seattle, WA. B and its ecology. This relaxing float allows time to
Civil War Sesquicentennial Day 1: Lincoln’s Boyhood Home Traveling east, we stop to tour the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and have the opportunity to walk on the same ground that Abraham Lincoln did as a boy. This evening, dinner is in Lexington, KY with a special guest appearance by Mary Todd Lincoln! B, D Day 2: Jackson Remembered A scenic drive east through the Appalachians of the George Washington National Forest offers a glimpse into the regions rich natural resources. Our local guide will join us in Lexington, VA to explore the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery and the VMI where General Stonewall Jackson taught. His stuffed horse, Little Sorrel, can be seen at the Museum. In the heart of downtown sits the Sheridan Livery Inn which was built in 1887 as the town’s stable and carriage service and original post office. Enjoy dinner at the livery before we overnight in Lynchburg, VA. B, D Day 3: Reconciliation and Headquarters In April 1865, the healing of our nation began after four years of bloody Civil War and over 630,000 casualties. We will visit the Appomattox Court House National site of Lee’s surrender. This afternoon, in Richmond, VA, we will tour the state Capitol where Robert E. Lee accepted his Confederate Army commission and the Confederate Congress met. Then it’s off to the Museum and White House of the Confederacy where you can examine artifacts from the confederacy and experience the residence of Confederate President Davis. For dinner, be transported back to 1862 to enjoy southern cooking complete with historical characters sharing events of the “day” while a fine fiddler keeps our spirits high with music of the period! Overnight in Fredericksburg, VA. B, D Day 4: Honoring Lincoln It is difficult to imagine such an arduous job as the 16th President during the civil war. Today, we will visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC and the new Center of Education and Leadership focusing on Lincoln’s presidency at Ford’s Theatre. Next, we visit the cottage, where Lincoln spent his summers, with staff guiding us through
its rooms, grounds and visitor center . Tonight, we travel further north to Frederick, MD for a special dinner at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and a 3-night stay at the new Hilton Garden Inn. B, D Day 5: Civil War Reenactment Today, the battles of South Mountain and Antietam will be reenacted in a 150th commemoration entitled, “Maryland, My Maryland”. With more than 3,000 reenactors, we will witness the exciting drama of battle as portrayed with honor and historical accuracy. With our personal guide on board, we will tour Antietam National Battlefield to pay respect to the site of the bloodiest one day battle in American history – September 17, 1962. B, L
Sept. 4-11, 2012
Per person rates double $1529 triple/quad $1369 single $2010 150 years ago, our great nation was transformed. Turmoil, struggles, and tragedy were the issues facing our 16th President during those 4 long years. Travel with us through history as we visit major Civil War sites and places where President Lincoln left a footprint.
Day 6: Stirring your patriotism in Gettysburg The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War and the setting for President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address”. Tour The Shriver House to gain a civilians perspective of the war and the new David Wills Museum, the home where Lincoln stayed the night before he delivered the Gettysburg Address. Visit the Gettysburg National Military Park including its visitor center and museum housing interactive and exhibits featuring relics from the war. The Historic 1776 Dobbin House Tavern which was used as a station on the Underground Railroad will prepare a colonial style meal with taste and gracious service of centuries ago. Don’t forget your camera as Abe Lincoln will join us to share homespun stories and recollections of his political life! B, D Day 7: Frederick, MD Visit Harpers Ferry National Park; the location of the largest capture of Union troops during the Civil War before we travel to Ohio for our overnight stay. B, L Day 8: Home After a journey through the past we travel home to share our stories and memories with our future generations. B
Day 1: Fly into Portland, OR After our flight into Portland, OR, we will visit Portland’s signature landmark, the famous International Rose Test Gardens. D Day 2: Portland, OR The sweeping view of the Columbia River Gorge is just one of many incredible sights we’ll see on our Columbia River Gorge-Mount Hood loop tour. Lunch at historic Timberline Lodge and the local step-on guide will enhance our tour of this pristine area of Oregon. B, L Day 3: Newport, OR Take the scenic route along the coast to Newport, OR, stopping along the way to soak in the sights of beautiful beaches and scenery including the Cannon Beach “Haystack Rock”, a geological Oregon landmark, and a stop at Depoe Bay. This evening check into The Elizabeth Street Inn and enjoy your room with an oceanview balcony and fresh baked cookies each evening! B, D Day 4: Oregon Coast Board the 65’ Discovery for a marine discovery cruise. Whales, sea lions, sea birds, seals, lighthouses and an historic bridge will be visible during our naturalist-led cruise. After the cruise, enjoy lunch in the Bayfront area in Newport. This afternoon we will visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium. We might even catch a sea lion or sea otter feeding! Enjoy leisure time to shop and browse the quaint shops before returning to the Inn. This evening we will enjoy a beachfront bonfire as we celebrate our visit to Newport, OR. (weather permitting) B, L Day 5: Crater Lake In Florence, OR we will stop to view the massive sand dunes that characterize this area of the coast. A trip to Oregon would not be complete without a visit to one of the most photographed lakes in the country; Crater Lake. Featuring magnificent blues and sheer surrounding cliffs almost two thousand feet high, it is a place of immeasurable beauty. Dinner and overnight will be at the Crater Lake Lodge. B, D Day 6: Grants Pass, OR
After a morning view from the rim of Crater Lake, travel west to Grants Pass, OR. Board a boat for a scenic guided excursion of Hellsgate Canyon, Rogue River traveling amidst remarkable rock shapes. See the canyon where John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn filmed “Rooster Cogburn”. After dinner, we will overnite in Crescent City, CA. B, D Day 7: Redwood National Park Today travel into Northern CA and visit Redwood National Park and see the tallest living things on earth, evergreen trees that grow to 350 feet! This evening enjoy dinner in Fort Bragg, CA before our overnight stay. B, D
Day 8: Scenic train ride This morning we board the famous Skunk Train steam engine in its 127th year of operation! We will travel as the train did in 1885 from Fort Bragg to Northspur chugging along through the beautiful redwoods. Bring your camera as common sightings include blue heron, egrets, osprey, ducks, and the occasional lounging turtle! Did you know the trains were nicknamed for their original gas engines, which prompted folks to say: “You can smell ‘em before you can see ‘em.” In the midst of the Redwood Forest, we will enjoy a delicious catered BBQ lunch. Travel to the quaint town of Healdsburg for dinner on your own before continuing to our hotel in the San Francisco area for a 2-night stay. B, L Day 9: San Francisco It’s off to Pier 33 this morning to catch the ferry ride across the bay to Alcatraz Island. Formerly off-limits to the public, the “Rock” invites us to experience the beauty, history and uniqueness of this legendary federal prison. Next, enjoy the “city by the bay” with a local guide. We’ll see the architecture of the city, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Nob Hill, Cable Cars and many scenic views of the bay. Enjoy leisure time in Fisherman’s Wharf to shop and explore, then dinner and a west coast sunset to complete our day. B, D Day 10: Return home Return flight home. B
Sept. 5-14, 2012 Sept. 13-22, 2012 Per person rates* double $2541 triple/quad $2288 single $3299
* Includes roundtrip airfare from STL.
Same price since 2010! Combine this tour with Pacific Northwest on page 18 OR Canyonlands on page 26 and take $450 off the combined per person rate!
Explore the gems of the US northwest with Sunrise Tours. This tour features Mount Hood, Pacific Coast Beach and Ocean, Crater Lake Lodge, California Redwoods, and San Francisco!
Door County - Cape Cod of the Midwest
Day 1: Port Washington, WI Our first day of travel takes us to the beautiful lakeside community of Port Washington, WI. Located on Lake Michigan, this charming community has been described as having “a New England fishing village charm”. D Day 2: Sturgeon Bay, WI Visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum with a docent-guided tour of USS Cobia, the nation’s most completely restored WWII submarine and view the many exhibits. Enjoy lunch on your own before we make our way to Door County, one of the top ten vacation destinations in North America as described by Money Magazine. Enjoy free time in the lovely lakeside community of Sturgeon Bay and the hospitality and amenities of the Bridgeport Resort, home for the next three nights. B, D Day 3: Door County Explore the quaint villages found along the Green Bay side of this enchanting peninsula. Enjoy free time to discover your interests or a walk along the shoreline in one of the charming towns along the way. A visit to Peninsula State Park, the crown jewel of Wisconsin state parks, will include a guided tour of one of the five historical Peninsula lighthouses. We’ll complete our day with an au-
thentic Door County fish boil where we’ll watch Sept. 8-13, 2012 the sunset and be entertained by the famous “boil Per person rates over”. B, D double $995 triple/quad $880 Day 4: Door County Discover the Lake Michigan side of the peninsula single $1339 with sandy beaches and rocky shoreline cliffs today. Tour Bjorklunden’s Boynton Chapel, enjoy a The Bridgeport Releisure walk along the shore in Whitefish Dunes sort is just a short State Park, and learn about the “limestone” sea walk to the quaint vilcaves that are nestled along the sea line. Cruise lage of Sturgeon Bay. the Bay at sunset enjoying views of dramatic cliffs that dot the Door County coastline. B, L
Day 5: Wisconsin Bid farewell to the charm and serenity of Door We were delightCounty and travel towards home. Discover a bit of ed with the coach Wisconsin charm while traversing inland towards tour to Wisconsin… southern Wisconsin. Enjoy dinner and lively enThey [Sunrise Tour tertainment before turning in for the night. B, D
Manager and Driver] did a superb job, and Day 6: Return home Of course no visit to Wisconsin is complete with- made our first coach out cheese! So before departing Wisconsin, visit tour very pleasant
a local cheese house for delicious samples and an opportunity to purchase favorites. Then it’s - B. Henning homeward bound – refreshed and rejuvenated Door County 2010 from our Midwest Cape Cod experience. B
Cards versus Padres and Dodgers Day 1: San Diego, Game 1 Board a morning flight for warm and sunny San Diego where we will check into the Hotel Indigo. This new luxury hotel is steps away from Petco Park and features beautiful modern guest rooms, views of downtown San Diego and a rooftop lounge area. This evening watch as the Cardinals battle the Padres in the first game of our west coast trip from our great seats in Petco Park. B, D Day 2: San Diego, Game 2 After a filling breakfast your day is free to explore San Diego as you wish. You may choose to see the historic Gaslamp Quarter, relax on the beach and take a stroll on the boardwalk or maybe hop on the San Diego Trolley, just steps from the front door, with access to Old Town, Mission Valley and East San Diego. Tonight we will enjoy a delicious dinner before attending game two of our trip. B, D
Day 3: Los Angeles, Game 3 The City of Angels is our next stop this morning as we head north up the beautiful California coast to Los Angeles. Tonight we will see the Cardinals take on the competitive Los Angeles Dodgers. Overnight in LA area. B, D Day 4: Los Angeles, Game 4 Dodger Stadium is one of the most historic and iconic stadiums in the MLB, and today we will get a behind the scenes guided tour of this baseball landmark. Then we will depart for the beautiful Santa Monica Pier where you are free to relax on the beach, shop, play games, or rent a bike. Be sure to grab a world famous Dodger Dog tonight as we see if the Cardinals help Sunrise Tours have a “Happy Flight” home as they take on LA in the final game of our trip. B, L Day 5: Return home Board a flight for St. Louis. B
Sept. 11-15, 2012 Per person rates* double $1799 triple/quad $1654 single $2232
* Includes roundtrip airfare from STL.
New York City and Hudson Valley
Day 1: St. Louis area -Bellville, OH Travel east to central Ohio for an overnight stay. D
Since Henry Hudson first sailed up his namesake river over 400 years ago, people have been visiting the Hudson Valley, rich in history and natural beauty. Combine this area with a visit to vibrant New York City on this exciting tour.
Day 2: Poughkeepsie, NY Travel across Pennsylvania to New York. Enroute enjoy dinner at Torches on the Hudson Restaurant featuring delicious food, great views of the Hudson River, and the biggest fish tank you have likely ever seen! B, D Day 3: West Point Military Institute and Culinary Institute of America The oldest military academy in the country, West Point Military Academy, awaits us. Walk the paths of generals and presidents as you trace the footsteps of our country’s great leaders. Next, visit the lifelong home and museum of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park, featuring a rose garden. Tonight, enjoy the pleasure of dining in one of the four-star restaurants of the Culinary Institute of America! B, D Day 4: Gardens at Kykuit Visit the mansion and gardens at Kykuit (home
of the Rockefeller family) and Sunnyside (Washington Irving’s romantic riverfront home). Enjoy the quiet beauty of historic Hudson Valley. This evening dine with views of the Hudson River and check into the Marriott Teaneck, NJ for a 3-night stay B, D
Day 5: New York City and Broadway See NYC from a different perspective this day as we visit Ellis Island, where so many people began new lives in the USA and you can research your family history. Also, visit the Statue of Liberty and enjoy the magnificent view of the New York skyline from across the Hudson River. After dinner, we are off to see a Broadway theater performance (TBD). B, D
Sept. 10-17, 2012 Per person rates double $1631 triple/quad $1477 single $2095
Same price since 2008!
Day 6: New York City tour Explore New York City West Point Military Academy with a local guide. Spend the day exploring such places as Central Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, watching the people at Rockefeller Center and visiting the unique area Thank you for the of Chinatown in lower Manhattan. A highlight of most wonderful trip the tour will be a visit to the newly opened and poignant 9/11 Memorial at Ground we have had in a long Zero. This evening, rise to the “Top time. of the Rock” in Rockefeller Center for a bird’s eye view of the Big Apple. - M. Pitcher B, D NY/Hudson Valley
Day 7: Eastern Ohio Begin our trek home as we drive across Pennsylvania with a stop in Shanksville, PA to pay our respects at the Flight 93 Memorial, honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11. Then it’s back toward St. Louis with an overnight stay in eastern Ohio. B, D The home of the Rockefeller family, Kykuit
Day 8: Return home We arrive in St. Louis early evening. B
Day 1: Ohio Travel to Maria Stein, OH to visit the The National Marian Shrine of the Holy Relics founded in 1875 and a distinguished member of the National Register of Historic Places. This site houses the second largest relic collection of its type in the United States. Overnight in Dublin, OH. B, D Day 2: Barto, PA After an early mass, travel across Pennsylvania to the suburbs of Barto, PA and our overnight stay. B Day 3: Saratoga Springs, NY Visit the National Centre for Padre Pio for a guided tour to gain insight into the life of this Italian Capuchin Franciscan Priest who was canonized a Saint on June 16, 2002. We will have a Rosary followed by lunch and time to shop at the gift Shop. Travel to Saratoga Springs, NY for an overnight stay. B, D Day 4: Montreal, QC With passports in hand, cross the border into Canada and shout Bonjour to Montreal. A local guide will acquaint us with Montreal’s cultural heritage and cosmopolitan blend of old and new including a tour of the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal, Olympic Park, Latin Quarter and Jean-Drapeau Park (St. Helen’s and Notre-Dame Islands). After dinner, return to Notre-Dame for the “And Then There Was Light” dynamic show that blazes across giant screens suspended from the vault of the Basilica. Overnight in Montreal, QC. B, D Day 5: Quebec City, QC This morning, visit St. Joseph’s Oratory, one of the world’s most visited shrines and the premier Shrine dedicated to St. Joseph. Enjoy a guided tour and the spectacular views of the Oratory and Gardens and visit the Way of the Cross on the Mountainside. This afternoon, our journey continues to Canada’s primary Shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cap de la Madeleine. After the guided tour, there will be time for Divine Mercy Devotions. Continue east to the #1 destination in Canada, (Conde’ Nast Traveler) Quebec City, to unpack your bags for 3 nights at the Hotel Chateau Laurier. B Day 6: Quebec City, QC Quebec City’s charm invites us to explore all day! Travel to Ile d’Orleans to see one of the first small
French Churches and enjoy lunch on your own. Visit the breathtaking Montmorency Falls featuring a cable car ride to the top. Tour the Jerusalem Cyclorama before visiting the beautiful Basilica of St. Anne de Beaupre Shrine Situated on the St. Lawrence River. St. Anne was the Mother of Our Blessed Mother. This is Canada’s most famous Shrine and place of pilgrimage. After a guided tour, you may place a petition at the base of St. Anne’s statue, pray the stations of the cross and celebrate an English Mass this evening. B, D Day 7: Old Quebec With a local guide, tour Old Quebec (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where fine old buildings line the picturesque streets alongside the National Assembly, Place d’Arms, Little Church, the Battlefields Park and more. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore Place Royale in the heart of Lower Town and then take the Old Quebec Funicular up to explore more or relax in the hotel! Or you may choose to spend your day on a boat tour to Grosse Ile (your own expense), an island of special Irish heritage and mystery. The evening boasts a unique dining experience at Érablière le Chemin du Roy, a Canadian sugar shack, complete with maple taffy on snow and live entertainment! B, D Day 8: Toronto, ON With the St. Lawrence River to the south and gorgeous scenery to the north, travel west to lively Toronto, ON and our 2-night stay at the prestigious Fairmont Royal York hotel. B Day 9: Toronto, ON Explore Toronto this morning with a local guide who will educate and entertain us as he features sites such as St. Lawrence Market, Harbour Front, Casa Loma, Bloor Street and more. Enjoy an eagle eye’s view of the city from the 1,815 ft high CN Tower before dinner in Toronto. For those that are interested, cap our memorable visit with a Theater production in Toronto’s world acclaimed theater district (not included). B, D Day 10: Michigan After we celebrate mass this morning, we wave au revoir to our Canadian friends and direct our sights to mid-Michigan and our overnight stay. B, D Day 11: Return home Return home. B
Sept. 15-25, 2012 Per person rates double $2138 triple/quad $1872 single $2935
Day 1: Hays, KS Colorado begs to be explored and we are on our way! Begin our journey west with an overnight in Hays, KS. D Day 2: Colorado Springs, CO Travel to Colorado Springs for a visit to the U.S. Air Force Academy Chapel before we settle in for our 2-night stay. B, D
Day 3: Pike’s Peak It is no wonder the poem and song “America the Beautiful” was inspired by the views from Pikes Peak. See for yourself as you take the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway to the top! After lunch at the fourstar rated Cliff House, we’re off to the Garden of the Gods, Colorado’s version of Eden that contains windswept rock formations and sandstone towers with names like “Kissing Camels” and “Weeping Indian”. B, L Day 4: Canon City, CO Travel to Canon City, CO, and board the Royal Gorge Train for a 24-mile journey into the canyon. Next we visit Great Sand Dunes National Monument. The wind-swept dunes rise 750 feet high against the beautiful backdrop of the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountain. Alamosa, CO, is our home for the night. B, D Day 5: Durango, CO Relax and enjoy our scenic drive west towards Durango with interesting stops along the way. Over-
night in Durango for 2 nights. B, D
Day 6: Mesa Verde National Park Spend the day exploring Mesa Verde National Park with a local guide. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to over 4,000 known archeological sites and cliff dwellings, this is one of the top 5 “must see” sites in Colorado according to ABA. B, D
Per person rates double $1999 triple/quad $1791 single $2622
Lower price than 2011!
Come with us to explore Colorado’s majestic mountains, natural beauty and friendly folk. Take the world’s highest cog railroad to the summit of Pikes Peak, a scenic train ride through the Royal Gorge, and the vintage steam train Durango & Silverton on this great adventure. Gaze at the awe-inspiring Day 8: Colorado National Monument scenery while traveling Visit the Colorado National Monument this morn- between historic and ing. You will see sheer-walled, red rock canyons lively, colorful Colorado and you may even spy bighorn sheep and soar- cities! ing eagles. Later, drive eastward on I-70, traveling through the beautiful Glenwood Canyon towards Denver, CO. B, D
Day 7: Durango-Silverton Railroad This morning it’s “All Aboard” as we meet the Durango-Silverton narrow-gauge train. The line was constructed to haul silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains but passengers soon realized it was the VIEW that was truly precious! After lunch in Silverton, we’ll drive the “Million Dollar Highway”, visit the little mountain town of Ouray, known as “Switzerland of the Rockies”, and continue our scenic drive to Gunnison National Monument for an eagle’s eye view of the Black Canyon. Overnight in Grand Junction, CO. B, L
Day 9: Denver Today is devoted to exploring Denver, CO, the Mile High City. Tour the Denver U.S. Mint (based on availability), Coors Brewery and the state Capitol. B, D
Do you know why Colorado is nicknamed the Centennial State? Colorado is nicknamed the Centennial State because it entered the union as the 38th state Day 10: Mid-Kansas We say adieu to the mountains in 1876, 100 years after and elevations to travel east the signing of the Decinto Kansas for our overnight laration of Independence! stay in Salina, KS. B, D Day 11: Return home We arrive home with treasured memories of our adventure in majestic Colorado. B
Sept. 18-28, 2012
Historic Hotels of New England
Day 1: Ohio Travel to Northern Ohio. D
Day 2: Historic Jefferson Clinton Hotel, Syracuse, NY Arrive in Syracuse, NY and check into the Jefferson Clinton Hotel, a “Historic Hotel of America”, which was built in 1927 and is located in the historic Armory Square neighborhood of downtown Syracuse. B, D Day 3: The Sagamore on Lake George, Bolton Landing, NY Visit the Erie Canal Museum, housed within the only surviving weighlock building in the US, to learn about the economic importance and engineering achievement of the Canal. Check into the beautiful Sagamore Resort on Lake George for a two-night stay and enjoy a guided tour of this historic property. Originally built in 1883 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sagamore is found on a private island (Green Island) on Lake George, all of which are located within New York Adirondack State Park. In 1954, the hotel hosted the National Governor’s Conference, presided over by Vice President Richard M. Nixon, and hosted by Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Lake and foliage views from the Resort are priceless! Enjoy a delectable dinner at the Resort this evening. B, D Day 4: Lake George luncheon cruise Enjoy a morning of leisure at the Resort before a lunch cruise aboard the Lac du Saint Sacrement, the largest cruise ship on Lake George. Spend a relaxing evening as you wish amidst the fall beauty at the Sagamore. B, L Day 5: Omni Mt. Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, NH Travel into the White Mountains of New Hampshire for a two-night stay at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort, a masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture completed in 1902 after two years of work by 250 Italian master craftsmen. The Resort, a National Historic Landmark, has recently undergone $60 million in renovations. Celebrities, politicians, and dignitaries have long
sought the comfort of the Mt. Washington Resort; you can still see Babe Ruth’s golf locker at the Hotel, which was also the site of the 1944 Bretton Woods International Monetary Conference which established the US Dollar as the backbone of international exchange. After a guided tour of the property, enjoy a delicious meal on property. B, D
Sept. 21-30, 2012 Per person rates double $2549 triple/quad $2236 single $3708
Day 6: Conway Scenic Railway Take a scenic ride through the White Mountain National Forest on the Kancamagus Highway, known locally as “the Kanc”, to Conway, NH. Delight in a nostalgic train ride aboard the Conway Scenic Railway, featuring a delicious three-course lunch. Enjoy an evening on your own at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort. B, L Day 7: Colony Hotel, Kennebunkport, ME Travel to the coast of Maine and the Colony Hotel, a “Historic Hotel of America” in Kennebunkport, ME. The Colony enjoys a spectacular location on a rock promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Kennebunk River. Featuring a heated saltwater pool The Colony Hotel on the ocean in Kennebunkport, ME and beautiful gardens, the hotel is located within walking distance of the charming village of Kennebunkport. B, D Day 8: Newburgh, NY After a leisurely morning in Kennebunkport, travel to Newburgh, NY for dinner at Sunrise favorite, Torches on the Hudson, featuring delicious food, great views of the Hudson River, and the biggest fish tank you have likely ever seen! B, D Day 9 Ohio Travel to Northern Ohio. B, D Day 10: Return home
Canyonlands of Southern Utah Day 1: Cedar City, UT Fly into Las Vegas and travel to Cedar City for a 2-night stay. Begin the tour of the rugged west with dinner and cowboy poetry. B, D Day 2: Bryce Canyon Explore spectacular Bryce Canyon National Park, famous for its multi-colored Hoodoos, a unique geological formation, and some of the world’s best air quality. Then discover the often missed Cedar Breaks National Monument, known for a mixture of delicate shades of colors.B, D Day 3: Capitol Reef and Moab Visit Capitol Reef National Park known for a water pocket fold (a giant wrinkle in the Earth’s crust) and its fruit orchards. Discover the small resort town of Moab, UT located at the center of some of the most stunning red rock landscapes on Earth. Tonight’s treat: a hearty barbeque dinner, then an exhilarating boat ride followed by a spectacular light and sound show. Two nights rest in the heart of this quaint western town. B, D Day 4: Canyonlands National Park Discover the sculpted pinnacles and buttes of Canyonlands National Park and enjoy the commanding views across many miles of very deep canyons in all directions. Marvel at the amazing views of the snaking meanders of the Colorado River at one of the most photographed scenic vistas: Dead Horse Point State Park. A picnic lunch on the riverside, then discover the red rock landscape of Arches National Monument, the world’s largest concentration of natural stone arches. Enjoy an evening at leisure. B, L Day 5: From Monument Valley to Lake Powell Hear about the Native American heritage of this area as we explore the back roads of Monument Valley, the eighth wonder of the world. A Navajo guide will lead us amid perhaps the most enduring and definitive images of the American West. Cross into Arizona for a cruise on beautiful Lake Powell. The boat takes us into both Navajo with its tapestry laden walls, and through twisting Antelope canyons – one where we can almost touch the sides of the cliffs! B, L, D
Day 6: Grand Canyon – North Rim The mysteries of Glen Canyon Dam are explained with a guided tour to the crest and inside the dam before traveling to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Less visited than the south rim, but truly as beautiful, enjoy spectacular views from Point Imperial, highest point on the canyon rim. Sit back in the rocking chairs on the front porch of the Western Cabins at historic Grand Canyon Lodge, just footsteps from the Canyon’s rim during this one night stay inside the Grand Canyon National Park. B, D Day 7: North Rim Explored Wake up to the still of the park then send greetings echoing across the Grand Canyon as you explore the park at leisure. Delight in the seemingly unlimited views from the North rim with a step-on guide before heading to Kanab, UT for The hoodoos at Bryce Canyon the night. B, D Day 8: Zion National Park Follow the lush Virgin River along U-9 into Zion National Park where you are surrounded by massive canyon walls and a unique landscape of petrified sand dunes. Visit Valley of Fire Nevada’s oldest state park rich with red sandstone formations and the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert before checking into the four star Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. B, D Day 9: Fly Home Reflect on the incomparable natural beauty we have explored as we fly home. B
Sept. 23-Oct. 1, 2012 Per person rates* double $2237 triple/quad $2030 single $2858
* Includes roundtrip airfare from STL.
Combine this tour with Northwest Coast on page 20 OR Southwest Adventure on page 30 and take $450 off the combined per person rate!
Thank you for the wonderful trip to the Canyonlands. This was our first tour and it was spectacular. We are already thinking of our next trip with your company.
- E. Kellmann Canyonlands 2009
Mighty Mississippi Cruise
Day 1: Dubuque, IA Travel north to Dubuque; the city located at the junction of three states; Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Take a guided tour of local historic homes before dinner. Overnight in Dubuque. D
Day 2: Dyersville, IA “If you build it, they will come” and today we arrive in Dyersville, IA, home of the Field of Dreams movie site. We are joined by a local guide to visit the site, the basilica of St. Francis Xavier, National Farm and Toy Museum, and other sights in this charming town. In Dubuque, tour the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium featuring a $40 million expansion completed in June 2010. Overnight in Dubuque. B, D Day 3: River Cruise Today we take in a full day on the river as we board the Celebration Belle for an all day cruise
from Dubuque to Moline, IL. On board experience passing through three locks, beautiful sights, narration by the Captain, and live entertainment. Throughout the day enjoy a full breakfast, lunch and prime rib dinner buffet while cruising. Overnight in Moline, IL. B, L, D Day 4: Return home Before beginning our journey home, visit the new John Deere Pavilion and Gift Shop featuring antique tractors and giant, modern combines are on display. Arrive home early evening. B
Sept. 25-28, 2012 Per person rates double $889 triple/quad $825 single $1082
Celebration Belle riverboat
West Virginia Train Day 1: Lexington, KY Our fall adventure starts off with renowned Sunrise Tours hospitality. The first stop on tour is Lexington, Kentucky where our step-on guide will give us a behind the scenes look at a horse farm. Dine and overnight in Lexington. D Day 2: New River Gorge The Hawk’s Nest and New River Gorge Bridge are first on our list of must sees. The Hawk’s Nest is renowned for its overlook of the river and the country’s second highest bridge, the massive New River Gorge Bridge. Then take an exhilarating tram ride to the bottom of the gorge to see the brilliant views of the fall foliage. Don’t let the name fool you – the New River is among the world’s oldest rivers (second only to the Nile). Its craggy, 1,000-footdeep, mile-wide gorge is a haven for nature and outdoor lovers from around the world. After a colorful afternoon mountain drive, arrive at Snowshoe Mountain, our home for the next two nights. B, D Day 3: Cass Mountain Railway Today board the scenic Cass Mountain Railway for a gorgeous trip which includes a stop at Whitacker and a trip to the top of Bald Knob Mountain, second highest in West Virginia. Our trip includes a delicious box lunch. Another great dinner awaits us back at Snowshoe Mountain. B, L, D
Day 4: Salt Fork State Park Bid farewell to our mountaintop home and head to Weston, West Virginia. The state is revered for its glass making and craft folks. Today stop and observe some craftsmen at work as quilts, glass, wood working, painting and other handmade crafts are created. Depart West Virginia for Cambridge, Ohio where the fall landscape of rural Guernsey County appears as a patchwork of forested hills, open meadows and misty valleys. At the heart of this region is Salt Fork State Park, Ohio’s largest state park and Salt Fork Lodge, our home for the night. B, D
Oct. 15-19, 2012 Per person rates double $887 triple/quad $802 single $1102
Day 5: Return home Return with the images of a gorgeous fall in West Virginia firmly in our memories. B
New River Gorge bridge
New England Fall Adventure Day 1: Mid-Ohio We will depart and overnight in Ohio. D Day 2: Finger Lakes, NY More fun and great scenery as we make our way into the Finger Lakes Region of New York! Visit the George Eastman Center (Kodak founder) for a guided tour. While enjoying the ambiance of history and beauty, we will dine at a lovely historic property before traveling to our overnight stay in Syracuse, NY. B, D Day 3: Vermont As we continue eastward through central New York, visit Cooperstown, featuring a tribute of recent inductee Whitey Herzog in the Baseball Hall of Fame, before arriving in Vermont for a 2-night stay. B, D Day 4: Vermont How about a walk amid the colorful trees, and a visit to a maple syrup house and country store? We will spend a glorious day in the mountains of Vermont with our local guide. B, D Day 5: New Hampshire, Ogunquit, ME The quaint villages, covered bridges, spiry church steeples, mountains and valleys dressed in fall colors await us as we travel the byways of Vermont and New Hampshire! There is a wealth of
places to explore before arriving at Maine’s picSept. 28-Oct. 7, turesque and beautiful coast, our home for the 2012 next 3 nights. Your hotel overlooks the rugged Oct. 5-14, 2012 coastline and adjoins a walking path on the MarPer person rates ginal Way. B, D double $1889 triple/quad $1728 Day 6: Ogunquit, ME Following breakfast, we will board our coach to single $2464 travel to Portland and one of the oldest working lighthouses in the U.S., the Portland Head Light. Tonight, enjoy an authentic Maine lobsterbake dinner. B, D Day 7: Ogunquit, ME Another hearty breakfast and we are off to cruise the harbor and learn how to catch lobster! Then, we’ll spend the afternoon in the quaint town of Kennebunkport. B, D Day 8: Scenic Roads This morning, we bid Along the Marginal Way by hotel in Ogunquit, ME adieu to Maine and travel scenic roads through Massachusetts. Return to a Sunrise Tour traveler’s favorite, lunch at The Graduate Club, located in an historic 1800’s Federal-style, Colonial building on the Yale campus. This meal satisfies the historian and the hungry! B, L Day 9: Ohio Fall foliage continues to delight the eye as we travel through Pennsylvania to our overnight stay in Ohio. B, D Day 10: Return home We arrive home early evening with warm memories of new friends and wonderful times. B
One of many covered bridges in Vermont
Vermont Back Roads & Niagara Falls
Day 1: Mid-Ohio Join us on our comfortable motorcoach as we travel east to mid-Ohio for dinner and our overnight stay. D Day 2: Maid of the Mist Watch the sunrise along the shores of Lake Erie as we travel east towards Niagara Falls, NY. Upon arrival at the Falls, we will board the Maid of the Mist boats for an up close view of the falls from the base. We will experience the sensation of misty water tumbling over a 180 feet high wall of rock as well as picture perfect views from the observation deck above. Then we will travel into Canada for dinner at the prominent Skylon Tower revolving dining room serving award-winning cuisine 775 feet above the Falls! B, D Day 3: Rutland, VT After a leisurely breakfast we will continue our journey east to the great state of Vermont enjoying vibrant fall foliage along the way. En route we will stop in Ballston Spa, NY to visit the National Bottle Museum and to watch a flame working demonstration. Bottle-making was one of our nation’s first industries in the early 1700’s and this museum preserves its history with creative collections. Upon arrival in Rutland, VT we will check in for a 3-night stay and enjoy dinner. This evening relax and enjoy your Vermont surroundings. B, D Day 4: Montpelier, VT A hearty breakfast is served before we board the coach with our local guide for a day of touring. This morning we journey to Montpelier (Vermont’s State Capital) where we visit the Morse Sugar Farm. Here we will learn about sugaring followed by a traditional sugar-on-snow. We continue to the Stowe area where we enjoy lunch served at the Ye Olde England Inn. This afternoon we visit Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream where we will have time for an after lunch ice cream. We will have time to visit their store and ice cream shop but will not be taking a tour. We conclude our day with a visit to the Shelburne Museum. Located in Vermont’s scenic Lake Champlain Valley, Shelburne Museum is one of the finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art and Ameri-
cana. This evening enjoy dinner on your own at October 1-8, 2012 the historic Church Street Marketplace in BurlingPer person rates ton. B, L double $1797 triple/quad $1759 Day 5: Lake Champlain, VT Following breakfast, we board the coach for Lake single $2308 Champlain. This morning we board the M/V Carillon for a scenic and historical cruise on the lower lake. Following our cruise we travel to the Danforth Pewter Factory where we enjoy a spinning demonstration and a little shopping. We enjoy Did you know? a delicious light lunch served at the Waybury Inn Reportedly unused (Home of the Bob Newhart Show). This after- ice cream from Ben noon we visit Dakin Farms (Vermont’s Tastiest and Jerry’s factory Attraction) where you will see the production of goes to local pigs – their gourmet meats and cheeses. This evening except for one retired we have a wonderful farewell dinner. B, L, D flavor. They turned up their noses at Mint Day 6: Scranton, PA Oreo Cookie! This morning, we continue our excursion taking with us many fond memories of our time in Vermont. The eastern fall foliage continues to amaze us as October is “peak season” in this region of the country. Traveling southwest, we will arrive in Hyde Park to visit Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home, library and gardens. Our guided tour will present the fascination life story of our longest serving president who was born here and returned to rest here. Afterwards, we will enjoy the pleasure of dining in one of the four-star restaurants of the award-winning Culinary Institute of America! We will continue to Scranton, PA for our overnight stay. B, D Day 7: Columbus, OH Sit back and relax as we travel across Pennsylvania through the Bald Eagle State Forest displaying its finest fall foliage! This evening, we will visit Holmes County, OH home to the world’s largest Amish community to enjoy an Amish dinner complete with ample homemade fixins. Columbus, OH is our home for the night. B, D Day 8: Return home Travel home to share stories and fond memories of our time in New England. B
Southwest Grand Adventure Day 1: Fly into Las Vegas, NV Fly into Las Vegas, then check into the four-star Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino with plenty of time to relax and soak up exciting Las Vegas. D Day 2: Grand Canyon, AZ Visit the south rim of one of our great national treasures, the Grand Canyon, with time to enjoy the views and walk at our leisure. Our home tonight is directly in the park on the South Rim at the Kachina Lodge! Get your cameras ready for a spectacular sunset. B, L Day 3: Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ Awake to a highly anticipated sunrise! Bid adieu to the Grand Canyon as we enjoy a scenic drive along the East Rim. Visit an ancient Native American Pueblo at the Wupatki National Monument. Travel to Flagstaff, AZ for a two night stay. After dinner, we will tour the night sky through the telescopes of the Lowell Observatory. B, D Day 4: Sedona area, AZ Drive through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona. USA Today newspaper called this rugged canyon the “most scenic drive in North America.” We’ll take a narrated trolley ride of Sedona and after lunch, we will have time to browse the local galleries and boutiques. B, L Day 5: Albuquerque, NM Traveling east, while enjoying Sunrise Tours distinguished hospitality, we move along highway 40 to Albuquerque, NM, host to the world famous balloon festival, and our 3-night stay. Before we retire for the evening, we will have dinner and explore the historic area of Old Town Albuquerque. B, D Day 6: Balloon Festival and Santa Fe Rise and shine! The glorious mass balloon ascension and opening ceremonies is a thrilling experience as hundreds of vividly colored hot air balloons rise in the morning sky. Then we’re off to Santa Fe, NM. We’ll begin our visit with a culinary delight! The Santa Fe School of Cooking, as featured on the Food Network, will educate and entertain us for lunch. Afterwards, we will explore
Santa Fe with a local guide who will offer us history and tours of the Cathedral Basilica, Palace of the Governors, San Miguel Church and Loretto Chapel. Do you know the mystery that surrounds the construction of the miraculous staircase at Loretto Chapel? B, L Day 7: Albuquerque, NM Today, you’ll have the option of taking an early morning hot air balloon ride with remarkable views of the sunrise (additional cost). Board the Sandia Peak Tramway, the world’s longest aerial tram, for a tram ride 2.7 miles above the Cibola National Forest to the Sandia Peak featuring panoramic views of the great Southwest! Our adventure continues this afternoon as you stroll between the balloons on the launch field and the dazzling evening balloon glow. What a sight to see nearly 400 balloons glowing in the desert evening sky! Following the glow, we will view a fantastic “AfterGlow” fireworks show. B, L
October 1-10, 2012 Per person rates* double $2299 triple/quad $2059 single $3016 * Includes airfare from STL.
Combine this tour with Canyonlands on page 26 and take $450 off the combined per person rate!
Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Santa Fe and the Albuquerque Balloon Festival!
Day 8: Route 66 A must see in the area, and first stop today, is the ABQ Balloon Museum. Afterwards, we will follow along Route 66 and include a unique lunch stop before arriving in Amarillo, TX for our overnight stay. B, L Day 9: Oklahoma City, OK This morning, we’re off to Oklahoma City to visit the beautiful and contemplative Oklahoma City Memorial. Afterwards, you will have time to explore The Bricktown District, a vibrant and San Miguel Church in Santa Fe, NM historic neighborhood that features a spectacular canal. Overnight in Oklahoma City. B, D Day 10: Return home Today we arrive home. B
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula & the Grand Hotel Day 1: Mid Wisconsin Relax as we make our way north in to Wisconsin for dinner and an overnight stay in Sheboygan, WI. B, D Day 2: Sault Sainte Marie Enjoy the stunning fall scenery of Wisconsin as we travel north to historic Sault Sainte Marie, MI, known as the Northern Gateway to Canada. Check in to the Soo Locks Lodge & Suites, our home for the next three nights. B, D Day 3: Agawa Canyon Grab your passport as we head north of the border into Canada and board the Agawa Canyon Train. Heading deep into the heart of the Canadian Wilderness, we are transported 114 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, over towering trestles, alongside pristine lakes and rivers and through the amazing granite rock formations and forests of the Canadian Shield filled with gorgeous fall foliage. B, L Day 4: Soo Locks The Soo Locks have been referred to as one of the great wonders of the world and it is one of the largest waterway traffic systems on earth. See the locks up close as we board ship and travel through this astounding system along the international shoreline of the lower harbor. Next, walk inside a retired Great Lakes freighter at the Museum Ship Valley Camp. Then, board an express elevator to be lifted 210 feet above Sault Ste. Marie and take in the spectacular panoramic views at the Tower
of History. B, D Day 5: Mackinac Island This morning we visit St. Ignace and the Museum of Ojibwe Culture featuring exhibits of life in the area over 300 years ago. Upon our arrival to Mackinac Island we are transported by horse and carriage to the island’s premier luxury resort, the incomparable Grand Hotel, where the longest porch in the world overlooks the Straits of Mackinac. This evening enjoy a 5-couse dinner in the Grand Dining Hall with evening entertainment. B, D Day 6: Free day on Mackinac Island After breakfast in the Grand Dining Room you are free to spend your day as you wish until we meet again this evening for another elegant dinner and evening of enter- Soo Locks tainment. You may take a carriage tour of the island, browse the quaint shops, rent a bicycle to ride around the island, play lawn bowling, or explore The Grand and learn a little more about its history. You have all day to be as active or relaxed in your wonderful surrounding. Your Sunrise Tour Manager will be available to help you plan your day (cost of afternoon activities not included). B, D Day 7: South Haven, MI After another restful night in one of the Grand’s magnificent rooms and a superb breakfast, depart Mackinac Island and begin our journey home. Overnight in South Haven, MI. B. D
October 3-10, 2012 Per person rates double $1668 triple/quad $1578 single $2136
Two-night stay at the Grand Hotel!
Did you know? • Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States. • The Mackinac Bridge spans 5 miles over the Straits of Mackinac, which is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet.
Day 8: Return Home Today return home to St. Louis. B
Fall colors around Lake Superior
Switzerland and Northern Italy
Day 1: Depart USA Overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland. D, B (inflight)
Day 2: Arrive Zurich – Lucerne Upon arrival in Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland, we clear customs and meet our local guide for a walking tour of Zurich’s Old Town, located on beautiful Lake Zurich. After our tour enjoy free time for lunch and exploring. Make sure to stop and sample some Swiss chocolate in a local shop. Then we continue on to Lucerne and enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel, the Radisson SASLucerne. D Day 3: Lucerne A city of almost 80,000 residents, Lucerne sits on a lake of the same name and features views of Mt. Pilatus of the Swiss Alps, making it one of the most picturesque towns in Switzerland. Views of the lake, the mountains and the fall color will be spectacular! Our tour with a local guide will include the old walls, the Chapel Bridge, the poignant Lion Monument and other highlights of Lucerne. Tonight we enjoy a fondue dinner. B, D Day 4: Lucerne We board a train and enjoy stunning scenery as we cross the Brünig Pass to Interlaken. Interlaken, or “between the lakes”, is located between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. This charming town has been popular with tourists since the early 19th century because of the lakes and its spectacular views of the Swiss Alps. We return to Lucerne this evening where dinner is on your own. B Day 5: Lucerne Today is a free day. Explore Lucerne on your own, or, weather permitting, those who wish may take an optional cog rail train to the top of Mt. Pilatus. Dinner is on your own tonight. You might wish to book dinner on a lake cruise. B Day 6: Lake Como After a beautiful ride through the mountains to the Italian Lakes District, enjoy a cruise on Lake Como. Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy and is one of the deepest in all of Europe. It has been a popular spot for recreation and relax-
ation since Roman times, and more recently actor Oct. 13-23, 2012 George Clooney bought a villa on its shores! ToPer person rates* night we overnight in Lake Como. B, D double $4769 single $5219 Day 7: Lake Como, Lugano Switzerland
* Includes roundtrip air-
After breakfast we take a short drive to the city of fare from STL. Lugano, located in the Italian speaking region of Ticino, Switzerland. Since the mountain ranges are north of this lakeside hamlet, Lugano features a more moderate climate than the rest of Switzerland. A local guide will join us for an orientation Great flights! tour of the city. We’ll enjoy free time and opportunities to visit the many quaint shops, take a fuFlights to Zurich nicular ride up Mount Bré or explore via the local and from Venice tourist train. Before returning to our hotel we will include just one sample some of the wines of the region. Dinner is connection. on our own tonight. B Day 8: Milan, Verona Travel to Milan for a short city tour, including the exquisite shopping area and the the Piazza del Duomo where we stop to tour the Duomo complete with ascension to the dome for an unparalleled view from among the spires. The Milan Cathedral, with its amazing spires and flying buttresses, is one of the most famous and recognizable in the world. Continue on to fair Verona, famous for the Juliet Balcony. Dinner tonight is at our hotel. B, D Day 9: Padua, Venice Continue our visit to Northern Italy today stopping in Padua, an historic university town rich in art and architecture. A highlight of our tour of Padua will be a visit to the Cappella degli Scrovegni, the chapel built by Enrico Scrovegni in 1303. After a short break we continue on to Venice and a free evening to explore what has been called “the most beautiful city built by man”. B
Did you know?
• In researching parts of this tour, Sunrise tour planner Kristen Dalrymple took the train ride from Lucerne to Interlaken and she considers it a highlight of the tour. • This is an original Sunrise Tour itinerary. A Sunrise Tour manager will accompany the tour from start to finish, and local guides will enhance your European experience.
• We planned this tour during October beDay 10: Venice cause the fall foliage in Enjoy a walking tour of the “floating city” of Ven- Switzerland should be ice, including St. Mark’s Cathedral, St. Mark’s amazing, and the tourist Square and the Grand Canal. Enjoy a free after- crowds will be smaller. noon to spend as you please. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner together. B, D Day 11: Return Drive to the Venice Airport for our return flight. B
Day 1: Belle Meade Plantation Arrive in Nashville, TN and visit the Belle Meade Plantation for a guided tour and a peek into how Christmas celebrations have evolved. A “toast” to the holidays with Wassail, complemented with homemade desserts highlight our afternoon. Tonight we overnight in Cookeville, TN. D Day 2: Biltmore Estate Pull into the gates of the Biltmore Estate and be treated with the same hospitality enjoyed by the Vanderbilt’s guests a century ago at the AAA 4-diamond Inn on Biltmore. Board the complimentary shuttle and enjoy unlimited access to tour the historic Mansion, the Winery, Antler Hill for shopping and dining, the Gardens or simply enjoy the majestic views. This evening, revel in a Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evening as they did in 1895 while savoring a delicious holiday-inspired meal and light tour. B,D Day 3: Holiday Spirit After breakfast, it’s time to explore another Ashe-
ville holiday tradition. Feast your eyes on the creative houses that compete in the annual National Gingerbread House Competition at the Grove Park Inn followed by lunch in the holiday-inspired Dining Room. This afternoon, travel to Berea, KY to Boone Historic Tavern Hotel, our home for the night, to experience warm hospitality and rich Appalachian culture. Need another Christmas gift? Look no further than the shops out the front door offering gifts made by local artisans. The restaurant will create a holiday meal complete with “Spoonbread”, a legendary cornbread soufflé. B, L, D Day 4: Louisville, KY En route home, stop at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville to visit the KaLightoscope display of larger-than-life lighted holiday sculptures created by Chinese artisans from Zigong. Tour the Christmas Village or shop in the Mistletoe Marketplace before boarding the coach to travel home. B
Nov. 27-30, 2012 Per person rates double $834 triple/quad $780 single $1094 Christmas at the Biltmore Estate is the biggest holiday event in Asheville. Starting early in November, America’s largest home is decked in regal yuletide decorations. Join us as “Guests of the Estate” overnighting at the Inn on Biltmore Estate and experiencing full access to the grandeur of the estate at leisure.
Southern Yuletide Celebration
Day 1: Memphis, TN Traveling south we arrive in Memphis, TN and head to the AAA-four diamond Peabody Hotel for an overnight stay. We’ll watch the five North American mallards, also known as the famous “Peabody Ducks” march to the Grand Lobby in a tradition dating back to 1933. Afterwards, visit Graceland, all decorated like Elvis would have years ago. In keeping with his version of “The Blue Christmas” holiday classic, you will see hundreds of nostalgic blue lights all over the property framing his life size nativity scene. Even if you are not an Elvis fan, this Memphis icon is sure to draw a Christmas smile. D Day 2: Pine Mountain, GA Continue southeast to Pine Mountain, GA to the brightest holiday light show in the south and our special 2-night stay at Callaway Gardens. B, D Day 3: Callaway Gardens and more Who coined the phrase “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”? FDR, of course, and today we will tour the only home he ever owned in enchanting Warm Springs, GA. This afternoon, we pick up our personal guide to visit and learn about Callaway gardens, the Butterfly house and the Cason Memorial Chapel all gussied up for the holidays. Tonight enjoy ABA’s top 100 event, Fantasy in Lights. Aboard the Jolly Trolley, this “sleigh” will guide us through this spectacular light show which includes over eight million glittering lights
creating animated and live holiday scenes. B, D Day 4: Southern Belle Cruise Travel to Chattanooga, TN and another holiday southern treat. Enjoy a ‘Tis the Season relaxing Southern Belle Luncheon cruise featuring slow-cooked Prime Rib, scenic views of the Tennessee River and live entertainment to get you in the spirit. Humming holiday tunes, we continue our yuletide journey to the magical Gaylord Opryland Hotel for our evening and overnight stay. With true southern charm the lush indoor gardens, water cascades and entire property has been transformed into a winter wonderland. This evening, capture Christmas magic by exploring the area at leisure. You will have full access to a shuttle to visit some Opryland favorites (your own expense) including the ICE exhibit, the Rockettes in the Grand Ole Opry House, a Carriage Ride, or one of the other special activities offered this time of year. B, L Day 5: Home for the Holidays Before we start home, take time to explore and possibly purchase those few gifts you have been seeking. There will be time to shop at the Treasures for the Holidays art, antique and craft show in the hotel. Or, shop at the newly renovated (reopening Spring 2012 after the flood of 2010) Opry Mills Mall featuring a multitude of distinct shops. This afternoon, with a lively spirit full of Yuletide cheer, we travel home. B
Dec. 12-16, 2012 Per person rates double $999 triple/quad $890 single $1326
November 12-14 Clay Cooper Joseph (new production at the Sight & Sound Theatre) The Oak Ridge Boys Brett Family double pp $509 single pp $589
November 16-18 The Duttons The Songs of Four Seasons & the Beach Boys Johnny Mathis Hollywood Christmas Spectacular double pp $599 single pp $679
Join us for a holiday tour to Branson that includes accommodations at the Savannah House, featuring breakfast each morning and a warm treat each evening. Breakfast and dinner daily.
November 26-28 Rankin Brothers Joseph (Sight & Sound Theatre) Presleys Cassandra double pp $499 single pp $579
Day 1: Jasper, IN Today, we drive the short distance to Ferdinand, Indiana and enjoy the annual Christkindlmarkt. Modeled after the open-air markets held in Germany, Christkindlmarkt is a heart-warming holiday event featuring artisans, an array of holiday music and food. We’ll have plenty of time to explore this “14th century village”. Then, we’re off to a guided tour of the “Castle on the Hill” – The Monastery of Immaculate Conception, one of the nation’s largest communities of Benedictine women. This evening, we’ll dine at the Schnitzelbank and enjoy traditional German music and entertainment. D
Day 2: French Lick, Return home This morning, we’ll tour The West Baden Springs National Landmark, formally dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Once a thriving resort that fell into disrepair, it has now undergone an exciting transformation. The nearby French Lick Resort opened in 1895 and ran continuously until 2005. After a multi-million dollar renovation it has reopened and we will tour before an included lunch at the resort. This afternoon, we will visit Dr. Ted Musical Marvel’s collection of amazing musical instruments from the 1800’s to mid-1900’s. B, L
Nov. 17-18, 2012 Per person rates double $270 triple/quad $250 single $332
Same price since 2009!
San Antonio Holiday
Day 1: Oklahoma Bring your holiday spirit on this festive journey to San Antonio as we travel through Oklahoma and overnight in Muskogee. Tonight, enjoy the town’s annual Christmas light display. D Day 2: Hill Country Our travels take us to the Hill Country of Texas. We’re in for a special treat at Burnet, Texas’ Main Street Bethlehem. This traditional Christmas pageant is sure to warm our hearts. B, D Day 3: Gruene, TX Visit charming Gruene, Texas, designated an historic town by the Texas legislature. Browse the shops, visit the oldest dance hall in Texas or stop in for a free wine tasting of Texas and German wines at The Grapevine. In San Antonio, check into the beautiful Drury Plaza Riverwalk, with a “Tiffany” inspired lobby featuring 50-foot ceilings! This evening, enjoy a delightful cruise on the river aglow with holiday lights. B, L Day 4: San Antonio This morning, we’ll tour the Institute of Texas Culture and Market Square where you can browse and shop to your heart’s content! This afternoon, we’ll view the IMAX theatre’s presentation, The
Price of Freedom. B, D Dec. 8-14, 2012 Day 5: San Antonio Per person rates Our local guide will take us to the historic Alamo, double $1229 Fort Sam Houston, Mission San Jose, and The triple/quad $1081 Governor’s Palace, followed by a wonderful lunch single $1671 at the renowned Guenther House, located in the 1860 home of the Pioneer Flour Mills’ founding family, and a huge hit with past tour goers. Then, you are free to stroll the River Walk, do a bit of last minute Christmas shopping or just relax. Perhaps you’d like to take a dip in the rooftop pool or hot tub at our hotel tonight? B, L Day 6: Marshall, TX Today, we begin our journey home. San Antonio riverwalk En route, enjoy the hospitality of the Maplecroft Family Historic Home and costumed hosts who will serve us a candlelight dinner com- Did you know? plete with a Victorian Christmas ambiance in Mar- The average temperature in San Antonio shall, TX. B, D during the month of Day 7: Return home Our holiday trip to San Antonio is a collection of December is 65 desweet memories and a festive spirit to carry on grees! through the holidays! B
Colorado New Year’s Eve Day 1: Kansas City Travel across Missouri and spend the evening at Kansas City’s famed Country Club Plaza, known for its amazing holiday light display. D Day 2: Aurora CO Continue west and enjoy lunch in Hays Kansas, a frontier town that was once home to Calamity Jane and “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Overnight in the Denver Colorado area. B, L Day 3: Amtrak to Glenwood Springs CO What better way to welcome the New Year than to experience the breathtaking Colorado vistas that inspired “America the Beautiful.” All aboard the California Zephyr! You’re off for an adventure through a Winter Wonderland from Denver to Glenwood Springs. This route is considered to be Amtrak’s most scenic journey, and includes the challenge of crossing the Rocky Mountains. Pass through snow-covered mountain peaks, crystal-coated pines, glistening streams, quaint mountain villages and awe-inspiring tunnels. Your grand finale to this ride is the spectacular Glenwood Canyon! Upon arrival in Glenwood Springs check into the magnificent Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge for a two night stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax. Take a dip in the healing waters of the World’s Largest Hot Springs Pool, or browse the many quaint shops and unique boutiques where you can find something to suit your shopping needs. B Day 4: Glenwood Springs & New Years Eve Visit Redstone, a unique village originally developed as a turn-of-the-century “Camelot”, enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride through town, lunch at the Redstone Inn, and tour the famous Redstone Castle, an opulent Tudor-style mansion. Board the Iron Mountain Aerial Tram where you’ll experience the magnificence Rocky Mountain scenery as you skim over the tops of the trees, up to the top of Iron Mountain. Enjoy a festive dinner in the mountain top restaurant which is lavishly decorated for the Holiday Season. While you dine you can take in the panoramic views of the snow covered mountains and the twinkling lights of Glenwood Springs below. After dinner, enjoy The
Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, a fun show with a variety of hilarious skits, and high energy dance numbers that are guaranteed to make you laugh your worries away. End the day with a Champagne toast. B, L, D
Dec. 28-Jan. 3, 2013 Per person rates double $1490 triple/quad $1335 single $2037
Day 5: Glenwood Springs to Colorado Springs Happy New Year! Take a spectacular drive through some of Colorado’s most impressive scenery with the snow-covered Rockies as a majestic backdrop. This afternoon arrive in Colorado Springs to enjoy some R & R, then off for a memorable dining experience at The Broadmoor Hotel. Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, this distinguished Colorado mountain retreat upholds a legacy of elegance, and impeccable service. Built in 1918, the resort features many grand touches that still exist: beams painted with motifs from classical Garden of the Gods mythology, a marble staircase, ornate chandeliers, and ceiling frescoes by European artists. Dine in the original Tavern Room that has been serving its exquisite cuisine since 1938. B, D Day 6: Garden of the Gods, Hays, KS Visit the Garden of the Gods, one of the most photographed natural wonders in the United States. With its spectacular red rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies, the park is truly awe-inspiring. Later, we continue to Hays, KS for the night. B, L Day 7: Hays KS to St. Louis Depart for home this morning with many memories of an incredible New Year’s vacation. B
The 124th Rose Parade and more!
Stop and smell the roses at the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California! Always a favorite with Sunrise Tours travelers, this wonderful New Year’s trip packed with lots of activity is sure to foster many fond memories. Day 1: Fly into Los Angeles Catch a flight into Los Angeles and check into the Marriott in Manhattan Beach, our comfortable home for the duration of the trip. D Day 2: Los Angeles sightseeing Spend the day exploring Los Angeles with a local guide. See The Hollywood Bowl, Mann’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and so much more! B, D Day 3: Behind the Parade Scenes; Bringing in the New Year Go behind the scenes to see how the Rose Bowl floral floats are constructed. Don’t be shy in asking questions. The volunteers are thrilled to let you discover the final stages of float decorating. Enjoy lunch on your own in Old Pasadena. Visit the Getty Museum which offers ancient to modern art, beautiful, tranquil gardens in a dramatic architectural setting. Enjoy spectacular vistas of the hills and Pacific Ocean in the distance before returning to our hotel. Welcome the New Year on St. Louis time with our own “Midwest New Year’s Eve celebration”, to be ready to rise early the
next morning for the 124th Rose Parade! B, D
Dec. 29, 2012Jan. 3, 2013 Per person rates* double $2168 triple/quad $1998 single $2679
Day 4: Rose Parade Enjoy a great view of the Tournament of Roses Pa- * Includes roundtrip rade from your reserved seating - you can’t help airfare from STL. but get caught up in the excitement of the crowd as the beautiful floats and proud marching bands pass by! Relax by the pool, watch some football games, or discover the neighborhood at leisure before a delicious dinner and retiring for the night. B, D Day 5: Nixon and Queen Mary Engage in a visit to one of the most controversial U.S. Queen Mary Presidents, Richard Nixon. His Presidential Library and Museum kicks off the centennial year of Nixon’s life and deeds: good and bad, with an honest look at the man and his history. Listen to the infamous Watergate tapes, participate in the interactive video theaters and high-tech galleries, step aboard Army One, the helicopter used by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford before touring the mystery and history of the Queen Mary. B, D
This year the Tournament of Roses Parade includes a first time tribute to our nurses with a very special float.
Day 6: Return home Before catching our return flight to St. Louis, we will have time for last minute souvenir shopping, or a walk along the Santa Monica pier or promenade before our flight home. B
Float at the Rose Bowl Parade
Key West, Ft. Myers & Ft. Lauderdale
Day 1: Cartersville, GA Depart St. Louis and say good-bye to the cold winter as we head south and overnight in GA. B
Day 2: Northern FL Continue to travel south to northern Florida for an overnight stay. B Day 3: Ft. Myers, FL This morning we travel to Ft. Myers, our home for the next 3 nights. B, D Day 4: Ft. Myers, FL A day on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, known as one of the best shelling areas in the world! A tram ride narrated by a naturalist in Sanibel’s National Wildlife Refuge – where over 290 bird species are sighted annually – will allow us to see the native Floridian birds and animals in their natural habitat. We will enjoy dinner on the island before journeying back to our hotel. B, D Day 5: Ft. Myers, FL After breakfast, you can choose to enjoy the morning at the beach or stay back at the hotel and relax poolside. This afternoon take a guided tour of the charming Thomas Edison and Henry Ford winter homes and gardens. Following the tour, we will treat ourselves to the acclaimed Palm Beach Dinner Theater for a meal and show. B, D Day 6: Key West, FL Our adventure to exotic Key West begins today as we travel south through Big Cypress National Preserve and on to the Overseas Highway, which will take us over some of the roughly 1,700 islands of the Florida Keys. Upon arrival in Key West, FL we will browse Duval Street and enjoy dinner while watching the beautiful sunset from the USA’s southernmost point. This evening check in to the luxurious Southernmost Hotel in the USA, located across the street from the beach in the heart of historic Old Town Key West, featuring two pools and endless amenities. B, D Day 7, 8, & 9: Key West, FL For the next three days, we will embrace Key West, known for its clear blue waters, sun-filled skies, and laid-back attitude. You are free to ex-
plore Key West on your own by hopping on the Old Town Trolley with your two day pass. Optional activities (at your own expense) include the Key West Aquarium, Shipwreck Treasures, Harry S. Truman Little White House, Ernest Hemingway Home, saltwater fishing, relaxing by the pool, Duval Street and much more. One night we will leave our worries behind and sail off into Key West’s famous sunset aboard a spacious state-of-the-art Fury Catamaran. B daily Day 10: Ft. Lauderdale, FL Say farewell to Key West as we return to the mainland and head for Ft. Lauderdale. A unique experience awaits us as we travel deep into the swamp to explore the Florida Everglades on a guided airboat tour and see an alligator show. Afterwards check into the beautiful Residence Inn by Marriott Ft. Lauderdale Oceanfront for the next two nights. Your suite will have a balcony with a gorgeous ocean view! This evening enjoy water front dining with a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. B, D
January 11-24, 2013
Per person rates double $2799 triple/quad $2406 single $3977
All motorcoach tour!
Day 11: Ft. Lauderdale, FL Today you are free to relax on the beach or do a little exploring on your own. You may choose to travel down to Ft. Lauderdale (transportation provided), known as the “Venice of America” to explore the world famous waterways and enjoy unparalleled views of Fort Lauderdale on the Water Taxi. B Day 12: Kennedy Space Center We depart Ft. Lauderdale and prepare for lift off as we visit and tour the NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, FL. Here you have the unique chance to tour – up close – NASA’s launch and landing facilities, experience interactive simulators and have jaw-dropping encounters with massive rockets. Overnight in Orlando. B, Hot Apps. Day 13: Georgia We start our journey home as we travel to Georgia for an overnight stay. B, L Day 14: Arrive home. B
Florida Stay â€˜N Play Travel by motorcoach to Florida for a two-week Jan 25-Feb 11 or four-week Jan 11-Feb 11 stay on the white sand beaches of St. Pete Beach, a barrier island community on the Gulf coast of Florida west of mainland Tampa. This will be our eighth year to offer this winter escape and those who have traveled with us have become very fond of this area. Your days can be as busy or leisurely as you wish. Besides walking the beautiful beach, playing cards with fellow travelers, relaxing in a hammock, or lounging poolside or on the beach with a good book, you can always hop on the local Trolley, which stops in front of our hotel daily every 20-30 minutes, and travel south to Pass-a-Grille or east to St. Petersburg or connect to a bus route north to Clearwater. Sunrise will also offer two excursions each week. These excursions are optional therefore admission fees are not included in your tour price. Some activities we have offered in the past have been bay cruises, theatre, local street festivals and visits to Sarasota, Tampa, Tarpon Springs, state parks, Busch Gardens, Sea World, Disney World, Bok Tower, Big Cat Rescue Center, Museums, farmer and flea markets and Botanical Gardens. Transportation to church, the grocery store, local golf courses or other places on a need basis can also be arranged. This will be the third year we will be staying at the Sirata Beach Resort. The Sirata has a restaurant and two beach bars which serve food, a fitness center, business center, sundry shop and a large laundry room on the premises. As a Sunrise Tours guest, the Sirata will give a 10% discount on all restaurant food purchases and there is no extra cost for high-speed wireless internet access in your room and a beach cabana daily. The Sirata is also located within easy walking distance to restaurants, a drug store and grocery store. We have reserved two room types at the Sirata Beach Resort. In building 1 the Gulf Front suites face the Gulf, have 2 queen beds in the bedroom and a small refrigerator and microwave in the
kitchenette. In building 4, the Gulf View suites Jan. 11-Feb. 11, 2013 do not face the gulf but have an angled view of or the beach and gulf and have a king bed in the bedJan. 15-Feb. 11. 2013 room on floors 3-6 and 2 queen beds on floor 2 and a full refrigerator, microwave and cook top in Same price as 2012! the kitchenette. Both room types are furnished alike with a queen sleeper sofa in the living room, full balcony, cable TV, in-room safe, and utensils, dishes, toaster and coffee maker in the kitchenette. A newspaper is delivered daily to your room. New this year, there will also be a room provided on the hotel premises for Sunrise guests to play cards or games when they wish. Sirata Beach Resort
On the journey south, travelers will spend two nights en route to St. Pete Beach and on the return journey north only one night will be spent in Georgia before arrival in St. Louis. Breakfast will be provided two mornings traveling south and two mornings traveling north. Cost of the tour includes a tour manager during the tour, transportation via luxury motorcoach, lodging and for each week of your stay a $10 Sirata Beach Resort food voucher and transportation for 2 optional day excursions.
Fly options available. Call for info and pricing.
4 Week Option
January 11-February 11, 2013 Per person rates Gulf Front Room double $4199 single $6468 Gulf View Room double $3798 single $5679
2 Week Option
January 25-February 11, 2013 Per person rates Gulf Front Room double $2589 single $3848 Gulf View Room double $2378 single $3448
Southern Caribbean Cruise by coach Enjoy a 14-day southern caribbean cruise with Holland America aboard the Ryndham. This mid-sized cruise ship has recently undergone a complete update. The unique itinerary includes some less traveled ports. And no need to board a plane, enjoy leisurely coach transportation to and from the port.
Day 1: Travel by motorcoach to Cartersville, GA. Day 2: Continue to travel south to northern Florida for an overnight stay. B Day 3: Arrive in Tampa, FL and board Holland American’s ms Ryndam for a 4:00pm departure. Day 4: At Sea Day 5: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 9am – 5pm Half Moon Cay is Holland Ameria’s pristine private island. Day 6: At sea Day 7: San Juan, Puerto Rico 12pm – 11pm Built in the 1600s to protect the town of San Juan, the massive Fort San Felipe El Morro took on British, Dutch, and American naval attacks in subsequent centuries. 8am - 5pm Day 8: St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. This island is known for its sandy crescent beaches and shopping. Day 9: St. John’s, Antigua 8am – 5pm Antigua is a Caribbean paradise, with sundrenched beaches and lush rainforests. Day 10: Castries, St. Lucia 8am – 3pm Soufriere, St. Lucia 5pm – 6pm The old volcanoes have hardened and are crusting over with jungle, but they do make for some beautiful serrated scenery across the island of St. Lucia. Day 11: At Sea 8am – 11pm Day 12: Willemstad, Antilles The capital City of Curacao is a Caribbean cruise delight. Willemstad graces the Shottegat Harbor with neighborhoods that mix Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese urban styles and then dresses them in effulgent pastels. 7am – 2pm Day 13: Oranjestad, Aruba Aruba enjoys dry, 82-degree days all year long. Day 14: At Sea Day 15: Georgetown, Cayman Islands 8am – 3pm Perhaps take a glass bottom boat tour in this port to see one of the most delightful cities in the Ca-
ribbean - underwater. Jan. 25- Feb. 11, 2013 Day 16: At Sea Day 17: 7am - Disembark and travel to Georgia for an overnight stay. B Day 18: Return home to St. Louis Per person rates
Beautiful clear waters of the Caribbean
Inside cabin double $2938 single $4192 Outside cabin double $3228 single $4752 Balcony cabin double $4608 single $8224 On the drive down and back, rates include travel by motorcoach, 3 nights of lodging, breakfast each morning at the hotel and limited sightseeing along the way. Rates also include cruise fare, taxes, port fees and government fees. Rates do not include onboard tipping. A $600 deposit per person required upon reservation and balance is due by November 10, 2012.
Day 1: Oklahoma City, OK Journey west alongside the path of Historic Route 66 to Oklahoma City. D Day 2: Odessa, TX On the southern route, ride past the golden short grass central prairie of Oklahoma through the contrasting dusty plains of Texas. B, D Day 3: Las Cruces, NM Travel via El Paso, TX and arrive in Mesilla, NM. Established in 1848 and a former major trading center, it is now a quaint town with an historic square. Get a flavor of the historic square with a local guide and then free time to explore. Afterwards, travel to Las Cruces for a 2-night stay nestled in the fertile Mesilla Valley between the majestic Organ Mountains and the meandering Rio Grande. B, Hot Apps Day 4: World’s Great Natural Wonders Visit the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum to explore the 3,000 year tradition of this area. Enjoy a tour of one of New Mexico’s working pistachio farm and discover White Sands National Park featuring one of the world’s great natural wonders. B, L, Hot Apps Day 5: Tucson, AZ Travel to Tucson, AZ for a relaxing three-night stay. Still in operation, we’ll visit the 18th Century Mission San Xavier del Bac, considered one of the most beautiful Spanish Colonial missions. B, D Day 6: Tucson, AZ Adventure awaits at the Pima Air and Space Museum covering over 100 years of aviation as we visit and enjoy a guided tour next door at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Spend the rest of the day and evening at leisure. B, L Day 7: Natural Beauty Visit the renowned DeGrazie Art Gallery, then, take a narrated tram tour of Sabino Canyon, located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains featuring saguaro cacti that can live to be 150 years old and grow as high as 45 feet tall. This evening stargaze the clear nighttime desert sky where the stars shine bright. B, D Day 8: Palm Springs, CA Admire the diverse flora and fauna at the acclaimed Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. A world renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden all in one with more than 300 animal species and 1200 indigenous plant species
are exhibited in natural habitats. Travel to Palm Springs, CA and enjoy the convenience and amenities at the Palm Mountain Resort & Spa during this 4-night stay. After dinner, stroll the “must see” weekly Thursday Night Street Fair featuring four blocks of street entertainment, art and handcrafted items. B, D Day 9: Glamour and Beauty Explore the area with a local guide who will share the glamour, beauty and history of this ultimate celebrity playground. Enjoy an eagle’s eye view of Palm Springs as we ascend 2 ½ miles up the mountain in Palm Springs Ariel 360 degree Tram Car. Tonight experience the world famous line of long-legged lovelies, all over the age of 55 at The Fabulous Palm Spring Follies. B, D Day 10: Natural Wonders Explore the natural wonder of Joshua Tree National Park before a mule-drawn covered wagon narrated tour through the Coachella Valley Preserve leads us to a delicious, hearty western BBQ and musical entertainment. B, D Day 11: A Day to Play in Palm Springs, CA Leisure time to enjoy the beautiful weather in sunny Palm Springs! Choose from golf, shopping, relaxation and more. B Day 12: Sedona, AZ Travel to Sedona, a beautiful town nestled among stunning red rocks, for a 2-night stay. Relax on the terrace and soak in the spectacular sunset this evening. B, D Day 13: Red Rock Beauty Experience Sedona’s natural beauty and history with a narrated trolley tour of Sedona affording many photo opportunities. Visit galleries, quaint shops, explore the sights or just take in the unique landscape before dining at a favorite local restaurant this evening. B, D Day 14: Old Route 66 Traverse Creek Canyon, what USA Today called “the most scenic drive in North America”, for breathtaking views before we return to old route 66 for our journey home. B, L Day 15: Oklahoma City, OK Today we travel to Oklahoma City. B, D Day 16: Return home Return home having explored many great new places and avoided the cold of home! B
February 14-March 1, 2013 Per person rates double $2929 triple/quad $2594 single $3935 Featuring southern New Mexico, Tucson, Palm Springs and Sedona. Fly option available. Call for details.
Would you like to escape the harsh February St. Louis weather? This is a great opportunity to tour the Southwest and escape the cold! Average Hi and Lo St. Louis 45 26 Las Cruces 62 30 Tucson 70 45 Palm Springs 75 47
Palm Springs was named one of the Best Winter Trips of 2012 by National Geographic.
New Orleans, Biloxi & Cajun Country Day 1: Jackson, MS We travel to Jackson, MS for our overnight stay. D Day 2: Lafayette, LA Journey to Lafayette, LA visiting Houmas House, one of the historic crown jewel plantations, along the way. Enjoy lunch in the tradition of Old Louisiana dining before exploring the gardens and mansion of this true antebellum glory. Enjoy this evening in historic downtown Lafayette, after checking into our hotel for the next two nights. B, L Day 3: “The Heart of Acadiana” Some like it hot! Explore some Cajun heat starting with tasting some of the ‘hot” flavors at McIlhenny Co. Tabasco factory. Enjoy the festivities at the Vermillionville Heritage and Folklife Park where live Cajun music and cultural demonstrations will captivate and a stop at the Acadian Cultural Center will educate. B, D Day 4: New Orleans, LA Making our way to New Orleans, tour the only place in the world where the general public can walk aboard an authentic offshore drilling rig and hear real life stories at the International Petroleum Museum. Afterwards, go face to face with alligators on a swamp boat tour en route to New Orleans. Once in the Big Easy, take in the historic Jackson Square known as ‘Place d’Armes’, home of an open-air artist colony before checking into our hotel for a two-night stay at the Drury Inn & Suites near the French Quarter of New Orleans. B, D Day 5: French Quarter & Garden District Explore the City with a local guide to hear and see city highlights including landmarks, history and river lore and a stroll in the Garden District, featuring one of the best preserved collections of southern mansions in the country. Enjoy jazz music as we have brunch at the world-famous Court of Two Sisters. Afterwards enjoy leisure time in the French Quarter where food and entertainment abound. B, L, hot apps Day 6: Biloxi, MS
Begin the day with a visit to The National WWII Museum, founded by noted writer and historian Stephen E. Ambrose. Experience the museum’s signature cinematic theater while viewing Steven Spielberg’s “Beyond All Boundaries” and have an opportunity to hear stories of Veterans while viewing the exhibits. Wander through the French Market and stop in for a traditional beignet from the original Café du Monde. before we travel to Biloxi , MS and check into the fourdiamond Beau Rivage Resort and Casino for a 3-night stay. B, D
March 21-30, 2013
Per person rates double $1823 triple/quad $1687 single $2319
Day 7: Biloxi, MS Visit the renowned Bellin- Home in the Garden District of New Orleans grath Gardens and home featuring a 65-acre estate and enjoy over 250,000 azaleas in full bloom! Visit the manI was pleasantly sion at the Mobile Carnival Museum, the true birthplace of America’s first known Mardi Gras surprised by how relaxing it was to go on celebration 310 years ago! B, D
Day 8: Biloxi, MS Go aboard a shrimp boat, experience shrimp fishing techniques, and hear some Biloxi folklore. Then tour Beauvoir (means “beautiful view”), home of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy and recently re-opened Presidential Library. Enjoy a free afternoon. B, D Day 9: Memphis, TN It’s rise and shine as we make our way through Mississippito Memphis, TN. Explore Beale Street before dinner at a local restaurant in Memphis, TN, home for the night. B, D Day 10: St. Louis See the famous March of the Peabody Ducks before we travel back to St Louis. B
your bus tour, having never been on one before. My friend Ed said it was so nice not to have to drive and I remarked that the only thing I had to do was watch my watch to be on time to get back on the bus. That bus was amazing. D. Thomas
Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival Day 1: Columbus, OH Overnight in Ohio. D
Day 4: Washington DC This morning, we will visit the museum “Newseum”, a multimedia exploration of the importance and history of journalism in America. Since it’s opening in 2008, the Newseum has become a “must-see” attraction on the Washington DC museum circuit. Afterwards, we will spend ample time at the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum complex so you can visit your favorite museum. This evening, after dinner, join us for a drive by the memorials lit in their evening grandeur! B, D
• The National Mall, Smithsonian Institution, Washington Monument and tour • Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Memorial • The US Capitol tour and The White House tour (if available) • Arlington Cemetery, John F. Kennedy’s Tomb, Tomb of the Unknowns, World War II Memorial, Reflecting Pool, Korean War Memorial • The Newseum and The White House Visitors Center • Thousands of Cherry Blossoms!
Day 2: Washington DC We continue eastward, enjoying Sunrise Tours’ distinguished hospitality. Upon arrival in Arlington, we will tour the historic and famous Arlington Cemetery including a visit to John F. Kennedy’s tomb and the Tomb of the Unknowns. After dinner in DC, we will gather our bags and make our home at the Courtyard by Marriott Capitol Hill/Navy Yard. Staying in DC proper will afford us quicker access to the many sights of the city. B, D
Day 3: Washington DC One of the most prominent structures in DC is the Washington Monument. We start our day with a tour of this 555 foot high obelisk (if repairs have been completed). We will also tour the Capitol and the White House, based on availability. Afterwards, our local guide will board the coach to educate and entertain us while visiting many of the the highlights in DC. B,D
April 3-9, 2013 Per person rates double $1555 triple/quad $1362 single $2135
The 2013 Festival marks the 101st celebration of the gift of the 3,000 cherry trees from the People of Tokyo to the People of Washington, DC. The celebration will be rolled out in full regality. Come with Sunrise Tours and enjoy the spirit of this generous gift while exploring the Day 5: Washington DC Bring your appetite as we embark on a sensa- highlights of Washingtional brunch cruise down the Potomac River. ton, DC. The magnificent views of DC and the Cherry Blossoms from our luxury cruising yacht coupled with exquisite food and music are sure to create lasting memories. We’re in for a spectacular show as we spend the remainder of the day visiting the Smithsonian amidst the magnificent backdrop of the Cherry Trees. We cap our DC visit with an extraordinary evening musical performance at the historic Ford’s Theater. B, L Day 6: Columbus, OH It’s time to begin our journey home. We will travel to The Spring House for a step back in time with old-fashioned, homestyle eating! Then, it’s off to Columbus, OH for the night. B, L. Day 7: Return home Arrive home early evening. B
Jefferson Memorial amidst the Cherry blossoms
Southern Charm Featuring Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC Day 1: Georgia Overnight stay in Georgia. D Day 2: Savannah, GA It’s off to the “Old South” and “Georgia’s First City” as Savannah welcomes us with southern hospitality. Upon arrival we are off to experience a family style dinner at a local favorite restaurant. Then visit the elegant Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace all glittering in low light typical of the gaslight era. As you let your imagination transport you back to 1886, you will learn of that era and of the ghost stories that have been passed down for generations in the Gordon family! Afterwards check into our home for the next 2 nights, the Hampton Inn, Historic District. B, D Day 3: Savannah, GA Board an open-air trolley to tour this enchanting and alluring Southern town where we’ll find amazing architecture, spooky cemeteries and rich history. Next, we’ll have free time for lunch and to explore the Historic River Street full of shops, restaurants, galleries, all in a revitalized historic area located right on the river. You will have time to enjoy lunch on your own at The Lady and Son’s Restaurant, owned and operated by southern chef Paula Deen. This evening, we will be whisked away by the succulent flavors of southern cooking while dining in the Olde Pink House historic home. B, D Day 4: Savannah, GA – Charleston, SC We never say good-bye so we say “we’ll see you later” to Savannah! Board the coach and enjoy Sunrise Tours’ distinguished hospitality as we travel to Charleston, SC. Upon arrival, board a cruise boat to visit one of the most historically significant sites in North America; Fort Sumter. We will see the ruins of Historic Fort Sumter where the civil war began and a view of Charleston from the Harbor. Upon our return to the pier,
we will tour the USS Yorktown. As featured in the Academy Award winning documentary “The Fighting Lady”, the 888 ft. aircraft carrier was the tenth carrier to serve in the US Navy. Enjoy dinner with views of the harbor before checking into our hotel for the next 2 nights. B, D Day 5: Charleston, SC Embrace the history of Charleston as we visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, an estate acquired by the Dalton Family in 1676. Tour the gorgeous blooming gardens and home and take a tram excursion for a picturesque nature tour of the plantation’s wetlands and marshes. After enjoying lunch and shopping time in the exuberant Historic City Market area, we will invite a local guide to share her expertise aboard our coach as we explore this city steeped in colorful history and quaint landscapes. B, D
Day 6: Asheville, SC Travel to the Blue Ridge Mountains to discover America’s Largest Majestic The Biltmore Estate Home, the picturesque Biltmore Estate. Upon arrival we will gather at the DeerPark Pavilion for a lunch buffet and warm hospitality. Afterwards, you will have ample time to tour the Vanderbilt’s home and its surrounding century-old gardens. Did you know the Did you know? Savannah is called estate is still family-owned and op‘America’s First Planned erated… yes, since 1895! Eastern City’ because OglethoKnoxville, TN is our destination for rpe (who founded it in our overnight stay. B, L 1733) carefully organized the town into grids, with wide streets and 24 public squares. 21 of these squares were carefully preserved throughout the years and still exist today.
April 14-20, 2013 Per person rates double $1389 triple/quad $1252 single $1800
Same price since 2009! Known for its elegant charm, cobblestone streets and unique culture, Charleston was named one of the Top Ten places to visit in North America by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine!
Wow!! The “Southern Charm” trip was definitely a charmer! The image you projected - a company that provides fine accommodations and excellent service ... you certainly delivDay 7: Return home ered. Thanks so much Having explored some of the for the beautiful, joyful South’s most charming cities, we experience! return home. B J. Davis, 2009 Southern Charm
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Boardwalks and Beaches
Day 1: Tennessee Travel to eastern Tennessee. D
Day 2: Brookgreen Gardens Today we visit the Brookgreen Gardens National Historic Landmark site, known for its lush gardens and four colonial rice plantations. Enjoy dinner, a guided tour of the gardens. Cruise on a pontoon boat amongst historic rice fields and learn of the history of the plantations. Arrive Myrtle Beach, SC this evening and unpack your bags for a 2-night stay in your oceanview room. B, D Day 3: Myrtle Beach, SC Board Captain Dick’s boat to explore the ecological wonderland of Myrtle Beach. Guided by a marine naturalist expert, learn the secrets of marine creatures and see a demonstration of saltwater marsh fishing and crabbing. Enjoy some leisure time before we spend the evening at The Carolina Opry, whose award winning show blends music, comedy and dance. B,D Day 4: Atlantic Seaboard, NC Our trek today takes us north into North Carolina to Kitty Hawk on the Roanoke Sound. The Outer Banks are a chain of islands on the Atlantic Seaboard known for their natural beauty. Enjoy the ocean view from your room or stroll on the beach on your first of 2 nights. B, D Day 5: Outer Banks Let’s explore the “OBX” (Outer Banks)! Tour the Wright Brothers National Memorial featuring a full-scale reproduction of the 1902 glider. Stand atop Kill Devil Hill for a breathtaking view of the Roanoke Sound and the site where the brothers conducted their glider experiments. Continue with breath-taking views along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to tour the Graveyard of the Atlantic, a museum dedicated to preserving the rich maritime history and to visit the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for a picture! B, D Day 6: Norfolk, VA It’s Azalea Festival time in Norfolk which means the blooms abound and the city is alive in dazzling events. This afternoon enjoy premium reserved seating at the popular VA International Tattoo
Show presenting more than 600 performers from around the globe in a mix of pageantry, patriotism and ceremony. Board the Spirit of Norfolk for a delectable dinner cruise complete with entertainment and fantastic views of the skyline. Overnight at the Marriott Waterside, located on the picturesque Elizabeth River in the downtown historic district. B, D
Day 7: Rehoboth Beach, DE Today we travel north along the seaboard to Rehoboth Beach. Enroute, we will visit Assateague Island, known as the “edge of the continent” for a wildlife tour and a chance to see the Chincoteague Horses. Arriving in Rehoboth Beach, take time to stroll the sandy beach and the only wooden boardwalk left on the Atlantic Coast. B, D Day 8: Lewes, DE Travel to Cape Henlopen State Park with a local guide. Visit Lewes, DE a community founded in 1631, and enjoy time for shopping and browsing. Board the Cape May-Lewes Ferry and cross the Delaware Bay while enjoying the sites of unique seabirds and maybe a dolphin escort! Tonight we arrive at the oceanfront Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, NJ for a 2-night stay. B, D
April 23-May 2, 2013 Per person rates double $2398 triple/quad $2162 single $3106
* Includes one way return flight to St. Louis.
The beauty of the rolling countryside; the boardwalks of the seashore; the tranquility of the ocean horizons and the bright lights of the big city; all comprise the Mid-Atlantic Seaboard. Join us to visit the highlights of the seaboard with ample built-in time to relax at the many beautiful waterfront hotels and their beaches.
Day 9: Atlantic City Boardwalk Awake in one of the worlds most exciting and elaborate hotel casinos in the world, built at a cost of close to $1,000,000,000! Situated right on the Atlantic City’s famous Boardwalk, it offers easy access to the many sites and attractions. Today is on your own at leisure. Enjoy dinner at the Trump Taj Mahal this evening. B, D Day 10: Fly Home Pack up your good memories Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ and fly home from the Philadelphia airport. B
Creme de la Creme The Great Dames of Canada - Quebec, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto Day 1: Michigan Travel to mid-Michigan for our overnight stay. D Day 2: Toronto, Ontario After breakfast, with passports in hand, travel northeast to trendy Toronto. The next two nights our stay is at the grand Fairmont Royal York, situated in the heart of Toronto. Tonight we are in for a treat as we see a professional theatrical production in one of the largest theatre districts in the English speaking world. B, D Day 3: Toronto, Ontario Explore Toronto with a step-on guide; see it all from the riverfront to the historic district. Also, rise 1,815 ft to the observation deck of the CN Tower for an incredible view of the skyline! B, D Day 4: Ottawa, Ontario Board our luxury coach and journey to Canada’s beautiful capital city of Ottawa for a stay at the Fairmont Château Laurier, a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French château. This evening we will visit Canada’s largest and most popular cultural institution, The Museum of Civilization. B, D Day 5: Canadian Tulip Festival Explore the Tulip Festival featuring a kaleidoscope of more than three million tulips throughout the area, including Commissioner’s Park, which hosts more than 300,000 alone! Enjoy a guided tour to explore the city of Ottawa and more tulip sightings. Visit the Byward Market, Parliament Hill, Sussex Drive, view the official residences of the Prime Minister and Governor General and many other Ottawa special sights. B, D
for an informative tour of the most European of North American cities, Quebec City. We’ll see the massive stone architecture, the heavily fortified walls and the charm of Old Quebec City. This afternoon we will have some free time before we dine at a restaurant unique to Old Quebec. Enjoy a traditional sugar shack meal, live entertainment and poured taffy on snow for dessert! B, D
May 8-19, 2013 Per person rates double $2758 triple/quad $2453 single $3672
Crème de la crème “the best of the best” is the perfect description for this tour. Day 8: Quebec City, Quebec Travel along the St. Lawrence River to St. Anne- Journey with us for 8 de-Beaupre, with time to experience the basilica nights in 4 luxurious and this little town that attracts more than a mil- and historic Fairmont lion pilgrims and visitors each year! We’ll also visit hotels of eastern CanMontmorency Falls and take a memorable cable ada and enjoy distinccar ride to the top for a delightful lunch and time tive experiences couto enjoy the views of the Isle de Orleans and the pled with excellence and elegance! Saint Lawrence River. B, L Day 9: Montreal, Quebec Enjoy breakfast while overlooking the St. Lawrence river before we travel to Montreal for a stay at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. This afternoon, our local tour guide will acquaint us with Montreal’s cultural heritage and cosmopolitan blend of the old and new as we see Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac all the “must see sights”! B, D
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Day 10: Montreal, Quebec Cross the US border and into the Niagara Falls guides were professional and well inarea for an overnight stay B, D
Day 6: Quebec City, Quebec Get your cameras ready as we approach our hotel for the next three nights. Standing high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is not merely a hotel located in the heart of Old Québec - it is the heart of Old Québec. B, D
Day 11: Niagara Falls, NY This morning, we will experience the majestic beauty of Niagara Falls. Did you know 3,160 tons of water flows over the falls every second? We will board the world-famous Maid of the Mist for a thrilling boat ride in the falls! This afternoon, we travel east to Ohio for our overnight stay. B, D
Day 7: Quebec City, Quebec After a good night’s rest, we join our local guide
Day 12: Return home Today, we return home. B
formed to give us the historical significance of their respective cities. We loved Quebec and staying at all the Fairmont Chateaus was a true luxury! C. and D. Fee, 2009 Creme de la Creme
Niagara Falls and Lilac Blooms Day 1: Mid-Ohio Board our comfortable motorcoach and travel east to mid-Ohio for our overnight stay. D Day 2: Niagara Falls After a journey along the shores of Lake Erie we arrive in Niagara Falls, NY. Board the Maid of the Mist boat for an up close view of the falls from the Lilac in bloom base. Travel into Canada for dinner at the prominent Skylon Tower revolving dining room located 775 feet above the Falls featuring incredible views! The Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls Resort is our home for two nights - our rooms feature views of the water tumbling over the falls! B, D Day 3: Niagara – Canadian Style Explore the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Travel the picturesque Niagara Parkway to tour the Botanical Garden and to see the incredible 40 foot Niagara Parks Floral Clock. Our personal guide will educate us about the expansive Spring Gardens and its ecology. Tour one of Niagara’s premier attractions; the Butterfly House with close to 3,000 winged wonders flitting about. Visit the charming and scenic town of Niagara on the Lake for dinner and shopping. B, D Day 4: The award winning Lilac Festival Travel to Highland Park in Rochester, NY to attend the ABA top 100 event Lilac Festival. Make sure you take time for the sights and smells of these gorgeous purple, white, pink and even yellow lilacs. While in Rochester, we will also visit the George Eastman
House, home of the May 13-18, 2013 founder of Kodak, to Per person rates see the beautiful mandouble $1079 sion and world-class single $1404 collections of photography. Overnight in Batavia, NY. B, D Day 5: Timeless Covered Bridges It’s time to begin our trek home, but not before we enjoy a visit to beautiful Ashtabula County, OH. The historic covered bridges of Ashtabula were featured in Readers’ Digest Off the Beaten Path travel guide and includes the country’s longest covered bridge. We will travel to central Ohio for our overnight stay. B, L Day 6: Return Home We travel home arriving early evening. B
Over 14 million visitors come to Niagara Falls each year. Join Sunrise Tours as we watch the falls tumble over a 180 foot high wall of rock. We will explore the falls from below and above! Enjoy the ABA top 100 event Rochester Lilac Festival featuring over 1,200 beautiful lilacs. This tour also includes a 2-night stay at the Crowne Plaza in Niagara Falls,Canada!
To make a reservation please call (314) 771-8300.
Day 1: Central Ohio On this tour we will discover authentic manufactured products Made in the USA. Overnight in Central OH. D Day 2: Mt. Pleasant, PA Travel to Mt. Pleasant, PA for a plant tour of Alinor-Columbia North West Inc, manufacturer of the original folding wall camper (“pop-up” tent camper). Continue to York, PA beginning with a visit to Sunrise Soap for an interactive demonstration of soap-making. Enjoy local dinner fare made from locally grown produce and a two night stay. B, D
Made in the USA Did you know?
• Family Heir Loom Weavers is one of the last surviving textile mills in an industry that once made the U.S. a world leader in manufacturing. • Travel & Leisure May 2012 declared York, PA one of America’s Greatest Main Streets. • Philadelphia U.S. Mint can produce 1 million coins in 30 minutes!
Day 3: York, PA York has been a leader of industry and manufacturing for many years and amazingly several of these plants are still in action! Tour Family Heir Loom Weavers, a working textile mill where vintage looms are used to weave a variety of 18th and 19th Century reproduction home furnishings. Watch craftsmen hand cut glass as they have for the past 100 years and discover five major ways to decorate glass stemware and more at Susquehanna Glass, premier provider of quality decorated glassware. See the step-by-step process of making furniture on a guided woodshop tour at George’s Woodcrafts. From drying wood to applying finishes, experience the strength and beauty of artisan furniture made from the finest hardwoods. B, D
Relax in King of Prussia for the next two nights. B, D Day 5: Philadelphia, PA Tour one of the largest and most respected piano restoration facilities in the U.S. as musical treasures are brought back to life and new pianos are being prepped to build by Cunningham Piano Co. Enjoy a self-guided tour at the U.S. Mint 40’ above the factory floor as large coils of copper and nickel are fed through large presses to begin the process of becoming shiny, new U.S.coins! B, D
June 2-8, 2013 Per person rates double $1268 triple/quad $1127 single $1691
Day 6: Central Ohio Begin travels west with a visit at Mack Truck to tour the assembly operations and see how “Mack Truck” became a worldwide symbol for strength and endurance. Continue west for an overnight in Central Ohio. B, D Day 7: Return Home The pride we will feel towards our American ingenuity will stay with us as we ponder over what we’ve seen made in the U.S.A. B
Day 4: King of Prussia, PA A fun-filled tour of technological wizardry and tasty little morsels to sample awaits at Herr’s Snack Food Factory. Watch products being made and canned at Intercourse Canning Company while enjoying a sample or two. Enjoy a workshop tour at Wendell August, America’s oldest and largest forge, producing hand-wrought ornamental metalware and elegant giftware along with treasured collector’s plates, Christmas ornaments and jewelry. Visit the factory of Herr’s Snack goods.
Exploring the 5 Boroughs of NYC
Day 1: Mid Ohio Begin your trip eastward to Ohio for an overnight stay. D
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- Manhattan is the oldest and the most densely-populated of the five boroughs of New York City - Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs. If Brooklyn were its own city it would now be the fourth largest in the US, right behind Chicago and Los Angeles. - Queens is the largest in area, but has the second largest in population.
Day 2: Staten Island Continue our trek east as we pass though Pennsylvania and arrive at the historic St. George district on Staten Island, featuring notable 19th and 20th century architecture, for dinner. After our meal check in to the brand new Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Brooklyn, unpack your bags, and settle in for a 5-night stay. B, D
Day 3: Manhattan Explore New York City with a local guide. Spend the day exploring Central Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, watching people at Rockefeller Center and visiting the unique area of Chinatown in lower Manhattan. A highlight of the tour will be a visit to the newly opened and poignant 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero. This guide will provide insight into New York’s character and people, enhancing your NYC experience. B, D
recipe that has been in the family for 3 generations. Then we journey to Queens and tour the Museum of the Moving Image. The Museum is a one-of-a-kind destination and the country’s only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique, and technology of the moving image in all its forms. B, L
June 8-15, 2013
Per person rates double $1839 triple/quad $1597 single $2563
Day 6: Free Day In NYC The day is yours to explore New York City on your own. You may choose to hop on the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, visit the MET or Top of the Rock, catch another Broadway show or do a little shopping on 5th Ave. Your Tour Manager will be available to help you plan your day. Also, the hotel is located just a few blocks from the subway. B Day 7: East Ohio We say farewell to New York City and its 5 boroughs as we journey west for an overnight stay in Ohio. B, D Day 8: Return Home. B
Day 4: Bronx & Broadway This morning we will travel to the world famous Bronx Zoo, world’s largest metropolitan zoo, for a morning of wildlife fun. After a stop for lunch in Harlem visit the amazing Cloisters Museum, devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Tonight visit Times Square for dinner on your own and a little exploring before we catch a Broadway show (TBD). B, L Day 5: Queens & Brooklyn Today our personal guide will board our bus to show us the highlights of Brooklyn. See the Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Army Plaza, Coney Island, Prospect Park, and charming 19th century row houses in historic Park Slope. After our tour enjoy lunch at Juniors Restaurant and Bakery. Their cheesecake, well-known as the World’s Most Fabulous Cheesecake, is a secret See the classic brownstones in Brooklyn.
Policies Cancellations Our refund policy for cancellations varies according to the type of tour. Your deposit is fully refundable up to the final payment due date. On any cancellation made after final payment is due, we reserve the right to withhold monies for non-refundable expenses. All motorcoach: Refund up to the day of departure for medical reasons except for non-refundable expenses to us. Many hotels, restaurants & activities require prepayment. Fly/Coach: The motorcoach portion of the tour is fully refundable (except for nonrefundable expenses incurred by us) up to the day before departure for medical reasons. The refund of the flight portion of the cost is non-refundable. Cruise and International tours: Refund for cancellation of cruises and international tours depend on the cruise line or tour operator. Please call for questions on a specific cruise or tour. Final Payment Your final payment is due 30 days before departure for an all-motorcoach tour and 60 days before departure for tours involving air unless otherwise noted. One-day tour payments are due in full upon reservation. Please call us in reference to cruise payment deadlines. Tour Price Inclusions (and tipping policy) The price of the tour includes all attractions, lodging, motorcoach transportation, breakfast and dinner daily (unless noted otherwise), and tips for hotel, airport, and restaurant personnel. If the tour involves air travel, the cost of the ticket is included unless otherwise noted. Some airlines charge for checked baggage and that is not included in the tour price. Tips for the driver, tour managers, and step-on guides are left to the discretion of the traveler and should be in accordance with services received. Trip Insurance For 2 main reasons we highly recommend the purchase of trip insurance and can provide information on Berkley Insurance: 1) Trip interruption – There are circumstances that can prevent passengers from fully participating in a tour and may require an early departure or extended stay. For example, if a passenger suffers an injury that prevents the traveler from continuing on the tour, insurance will cover
the cost of the extended stay, the cost of transportation home and the value of the missed tour (subject to claim submission and acceptance by Berkley Insurance). If you do not have insurance, you will personally incur these costs and it can be very expensive. 2) Trip cancellation - If you are forced to cancel a tour for medical reasons (for you or an immediate family member), having insurance ensures a complete refund of monies paid (except for the cost of insurance). Sunrise cannot guarantee this because there are times when monies are paid on your behalf prior to departure. Pick-up points For each trip, we determine the pick-up points based on point requests. We have pick-up points to service the north, west, south and central areas of St. Louis metropolitan area and St. Charles and Illinois. All pick-up points allow parking for your vehicle. Sunrise’ pick up point partners offer the use of parking spaces during tour as a courtesy to Sunrise travelers. Neither Sunrise Tours nor parking lot owners assume responsibility for incidents occurring to parked cars. You will be notified of which pick-ups we are using for your tour in a letter about 2 weeks prior to departure. If you would like to stay overnight before leaving on the tour, we can provide a hotel room at some of our pick-ups for a reduced rate. If our routing allows, we may pick up along the way in outlying areas. Identification A passport is required on any tour that leaves the United States, including Canada. Photo ID’s are required on all fly tours and recommended on all tours. Singles Requesting Roommates If you would like to go on tour with us, but do not have a roommate for a specific trip, let us know and we will match you with someone else (same sex of course). Just let us know at least 60 days before departure and we will room you with another traveler at the double rate. If there is no roommate available on the tour you request, you will still only have to pay the price of a double. If you decline the roommate assigned, you will be responsible for the single supplement. Of course, if you prefer to travel individually, you can still sign up for the single fare. This offer is not valid on cruises, and some select tours. Method of Payments For deposits we accept checks or cash. For
final payment we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, check or cash. Seating on the Motorcoach Seating is assigned and will be rotated on a daily basis. Special seating requests are honored on the basis of availability. Paying the single fare does NOT ensure you will have a seat to yourself on the coach, it only ensures you a room by yourself. Responsibility Sunrise Tours is not responsible for any injury, delay, loss or accident due to any act or negligence on the part of any person or company rendering services on any of our tours. We reserve the right to change any itinerary. After You Book A Tour... After you have booked a tour and we have received your deposit, the following is a schedule of correspondences: 1) confirmation of deposit received 2) your final payment is due 30 days before departure for an all-motorcoach tour or 60 days before departure for tours involving air (please note you will NOT receive an invoice when final payment is due) 3) you will receive a letter about 2-3 weeks prior to departure that will include your luggage tags and important details such as pick-up times and locations, hotel phone #’s, what to bring etc..It will also include a detailed itinerary (subject to change). Please bring this with you on tour. Groups 1) On scheduled trips, we provide 1 complimentary tour for 20 paid passsengers, or a 5% commission for fundraising efforts. 2) Have an idea? Let us know. We will create a trip just for your groups’ interest and budget. 3) You don’t have to “fill the bus”, because all of our scheduled tours are open to any number of members. If 10 members sign up for any scheduled trip, we come to your location in the St. Louis metro area, pick them up, and show them a great time. Pictures By signing up for and participating in a tour, you are agreeing to have any pictures taken on tour published in Sunrise Tours printed or web material. If you do not wish to have your picture used in any form by Sunrise Tours, please notify us prior to traveling.
Booking Forms & Procedures Name (as it appears on valid ID) Nickname (if applicable)
Birthdate (required if traveling by air)
Tour departure date:
Address: Phone number:
Email address: Roommate (s): Pickup point most convenient for you (actual pickup point may vary by demand): Holiday Inn (old Viking) 10709 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63127 Costco South County, 4200 Rusty Rd., St. Louis, MO 63128 La Quinta 5781 Campus Parkway, Hazelwood, MO 63042 Drury Inn 12 Ludwig Dr., Fairview Heights, IL 62208 Comfort Suites 1400 South 5th St., St. Charles, MO 63301
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Name (as it appears on valid ID) Nickname (if applicable)
Birthdate (required if traveling by air)
Tour departure date:
Address: Phone number:
Email address: Roommate (s): Pickup point most convenient for you (actual pickup point may vary by demand): Holiday Inn (old Viking) 10709 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63127 Costco South County, 4200 Rusty Rd., St. Louis, MO 63128 La Quinta 5781 Campus Parkway, Hazelwood, MO 63042 Drury Inn 12 Ludwig Dr., Fairview Heights, IL 62208 Comfort Suites 1400 South 5th St., St. Charles, MO 63301
How to Book a Tour:
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1. When you decide on a tour, you are welcome to give us a call to reserve your space and then continue to com- plete the following steps, or you can simply move on to step #2 2. Complete the above booking form. Please include any special requirements (diet, room, no steps etc.) 3. Determine what deposit is necessary for your tour according to the following: motorcoach or fly/coach tours 5 or more days long - $100 per person motorcoach or fly/coach tours less than 5 days - $50 per person cruises and overseas tours - please call (deposits vary) 4. Mail in the form along with the deposit to: (make checks payable to) Sunrise Tours 1819 Lynch Street St.Louis, MO 63118 5. Please take a minute to read our policies and procedures.
Name (as it appears on valid ID) Nickname (if applicable)
Birthdate (required if traveling by air)
Tour departure date:
Address: Phone number:
Email address: Roommate (s): Pickup point most convenient for you (actual pickup point may vary by demand): Holiday Inn (old Viking) 10709 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63127 Costco South County, 4200 Rusty Rd., St. Louis, MO 63128 La Quinta 5781 Campus Parkway, Hazelwood, MO 63042 Drury Inn 12 Ludwig Dr., Fairview Heights, IL 62208 Comfort Suites 1400 South 5th St., St. Charles, MO 63301
Please check appropriate boxes: triple single double quad smoking non-smoking I have read, understand and agree to Sunrise Tours policies as they appear on page 49.
Name (as it appears on valid ID) Nickname (if applicable)
Birthdate (required if traveling by air)
Tour departure date:
Address: Phone number:
Please check appropriate boxes: single triple double quad smoking non-smoking I have read, understand and agree to Sunrise Tours policies as they appear on page 49.
If you have any questions please give us a call at (314)771-8300 or (800) 881-8804. Visit us online at travelsunrise.com
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Keep an eye out for these 2 tours to be published in our next brochure. Alaska by motorcoach A favorite in 2011 returns! This 30 day coach tour of Alaska features parts of Alaska not seen on cruises. Be immersed in the pristine beauty at a date to be announced. Australia and New Zealand Each year we offer a few international destinations and create a custom itinerary for our travelers. In November of 2013, we plan to offer an exciting itinerary to explore Australia and New Zealand.
Published on May 8, 2012