Classic Travels, L.L.C.
"VIP Travel & Service"
Alaska Cruise Tour, 2020
Nova Scotia, 2020
NYC & Niagara Falls, 2020
Rhine River, 2020
June Mystery Trip, 2020
Southern Caribbean, 2021
Branson Brochure, 2020
Kirkpatrick, owner of Classic Travels, L.L.C. located in Bettendorf,
Iowa. I have been actively involved with group travel for
over 30 years and have escorted tours to all seven
continents. This site will be updated with our current travel
plans and late breaking news. We offer one-day trips to
dinner theaters, shopping venues, Broadway shows in Chicago, mystery
trips and more, as well as attending some local events. Also,
international destinations are offered, and
you may download these brochures from this website when available. Call
today at (563) 332-0014 with any questions you may have.
Consider this your personal invitation to join us.
13, 2020 |
The Fireside and Barn III shows continue to fill quickly and some are almost sold out. See inside for a replacement show on August 16 at the Barn III due to show rights being unavailable.
Jim McDonough’s private home concert is sold out, but just one person on the wait list.
Just added is a Southern Caribbean Cruise/Tour January 27-February 7 next year and which has only 2 cabins remaining. There is a March 2 deadline to sign up for all the amenities so see inside for all the details. The preview will be held May 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Limited space is still available for three major trips. Our Alaskan Cruise/Tour is July 6-18, Nova Scotia is August 1-12 and our Rhine River Cruise is October 17-26. This last one has limited space available on it. See inside for details on all these destinations.
Also inside, find full details on our customized bus trip to New York City/Niagara Falls September 14-23. It includes a lot of unique touring. An update on the trip to the Chicago Merchandise Mart for a one of-a-kind shopping experience on Friday, April 24 has sold out with many on the wait list and the Spring Mystery Trip, June 1-4 still has several spaces.
The newest addition is a trip to Branson November 30-December 4 at a great price with lots of activities and shows. See inside for details.
I’m considering Ireland, including Northern Ireland in 2021. Let me know if you have interest.
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Sunday, March 8, 2020
Love, Sex and the IRS at The Barn III Theatre in Goodfield, IL
Sold Out. Call to be put on the wait list. Starring Don Challacombe. It’s set in the 70s and male roommates Jon and Leslie each have secrets—Leslie has been seeing Jon’s girlfriend Kate on the sly and Jon has been filing a joint income tax return for he and Leslie as a married couple. The day of reckoning comes when the IRS informs the “couple” that they’re going to be investigated and Leslie is forced to masquerade as a housewife! Throw in Jon’s mother arriving to meet Jon’s fiancee and Leslie’s ex-girlfriend demanding to know why Leslie won’t see her anymore and the laughs begin! Leave at 10:00 a.m., return 6:15 p.m. Price is $89 and includes bus, buffet lunch & show. Payment due now.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
“Guys and Dolls” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Ft. Atkinson, WI
Only three seats remain. One of Broadway’s hottest shows is back as a brand new production. It won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1951 and four more in 1992 including Best Revival. See some of the most unforgettable characters ever to walk across a stage such as Liver Lips Louie, Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Nathan Detroit, Miss Adelaide, Society Max, and Big Jule. This fabulous musical score features such memorable songs as “Luck Be a Lady,” “If I Were a Bell,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” and the show-stopping hit “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” Lunch is Cream of Shitake mushroom soup, lean pork ribs glazed with barbecue sauce and a skinless chicken breast dipped in egg batter, rolled in bread crumbs, and sauteed and served with Monterey Jack macaroni and cheese and roasted vegetables. Dessert is homemade cheesecake topped with strawberries. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $130 and includes bus, lunch & show. Payment due now.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
“A Grand Old Country”, at the Barn III Theatre in Goodfield, IL
Sold out. Call to be put on the wait list. This tribute show stars Julie Seeley and Lana Warner. It’s a visit to the “Opry” with the greatest classic hits from the biggest Country and Western stars. Hear music from the likes of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash,Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks & more. Don’t miss the Conklin performers in this glittering musical extravaganza of cowboy hats, sequined gowns & big hair. Leave at 10:00 a.m., return 6:15 p.m. Price is $89 and includes bus, buffet lunch & show. Payment due Monday, March 2.
Friday, April 24, 2020
One-of-a-Kind Show at the Mart, downtown Chicago
Sold out. Call to be put on the wait list. This One-of-a-Kind Show is at the Merchandise Mart and features handmade items from hundreds of makers. There’s great food and entertainment while you shop. Over 300 artists and makers are scheduled from across North America. Categories will include accessories, bath and body, ceramics, fashion, fiber art, jewelry, furniture, gourmet and paper. We’ll even have a little time at Macy’s on State Street prior to heading home with a stop for dinner at Portillo’s en route. Leave 7:30 a.m., return 8:45 p.m. Price is $65.00 and includes bus and show admission. Payment due Monday, March 23.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
“A Mighty Fortress” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Ft. Atkinson, WI
The year is 1960 and a reformation is underway. Beverly gets her first pair of high heels for confirmation, Mrs. Snustad wins top honors at the County Fair for her Grand Champion pickles, Mavin must find a way to deal with the new super highway that cuts through her farm, Karin finds freedom behind the wheel of her husband’s pickup, and Pastor has found new love and announces his impending nuptials. Against the changing tide, they all stand strong in their faith and in their friendships with more crazy antics, more great songs, and more lessons reluctantly learned. Lunch is a variety of mixed lettuces, egg, onion, tomato, avocado, cucumber, smoked bacon chips and Wisconsin cheddar cheese topped with a pepper cream dressing and tortilla ribbons. The entrée is a roast boneless pork chop with crouton dressing served with whipped Yukon gold potatoes and gravy, creamed corn and cinnamon applesauce. Dessert is homemade apple pie with vanilla bean frozen custard. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $130 and includes bus, lunch & show. Payment due Monday, April 13.
Friday, May 29, 2020
Southern Caribbean Cruise/Tour Preview
This 11-day winter get-away is January 27-February 7, but you must deposit quickly for the best pricing and amenities. Join us at 2:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor Boardroom at Northwest Bank, 100 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport to find out about our 9-day cruise on Celebrity Cruises “Equinox”. Includes bus to Chicago, overnight near O’Hare, United non-stop flights to/from Ft. Lauderdale, with ports of call to Aruba, Grand Cayman, Bonaire and Key West, three days at sea, sightseeing in Ft. Lauderdale with Flamingo Gardens, port charges, taxes, shipboard gratuities & insurance, $300 shipboard credit per cabin and Classic Beverage Package per person if booked and $500 deposit is received by March 2, 2020. After March 2, 2020, the price increases $200 per person and no Beverage Package is included. All balcony cabins. Price is $3,599 dbl. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail one. Only 2 cabins remain!
Monday, June 1, 2020
Spring Mystery Trip
It’s our annual Spring Mystery trip, just a little bit later than usual. Join us June 1-4 for this special adventure full of interesting places and events with a little touring and something only available to groups and has been seen on CNN and the Associated Press. We’ll have some fantastic meals and some entertainment as well and even a visit to somewhere on the National Register of Historic Places. Half the fun is guessing where we’re going! This trip is pretty inclusive. Price is $749 dbl., $849 sgl. A brochure is available on our website or call and we’ll mail you one. Final payment due Friday, April 24.
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Jim McDonough, Private Home Concert, Cedar Rapids
Sold out. Call to be put on the wait list. We’re off to his Cedar Rapids home for a private, two-hour concert on his personal Steinway piano. We stop in Coralville at Texas Roadhouse for lunch prior to his 1:30 p.m. exclusive concert for our group. During his intermission, Jim will be serving a selection of gourmet desserts with champagne and/or a non-alcoholic beverage for your pleasure. Leave at 10:00 a.m., return 6:30 p.m. Price is $129 and includes bus, lunch, and concert. Payment due Tuesday, May 12.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
“What Happens in Vegas” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Ft. Atkinson, WI
Both of these show dates will sell out. Call right away to secure your space. The world’s best singers, dancers, musicians, and comedians have flocked to Las Vegas over the past 7 decades. Now, The Fireside will pay tribute to many of those performers in an all new live band show featuring Steve Watts and the Fireside Band. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Judy Garland, Barry Manilow, Elvis Presley, Celine Dion, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Bette Midler, Cher, Olivia Newton John, Lionel Ritchie, Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Reba McIntyre, Brooks and Dunn, and Lady Gaga are just a few of the great stars who have dazzled audiences in Las Vegas showrooms. The Fireside will feature the work of some of these great artists. Lunch is a salad of raspberries, mango, candied pecans, and cheddar cheese on Arugula and Kale with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. The entrée is a breast of chicken dipped in egg and lightly breaded and sauteed then topped with a Reuben pate of corned beef, sauerkraut and Jarlsberg cheese and served with Yukon gold potato wedges, green beans and Parisian carrots. Dessert is a lemon cake served with strawberry sauce and whipped cream. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $130 and includes bus, lunch & show. Payment due Friday, May 8.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
“What Happens in Vegas II” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Ft. Atkinson, WI
Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $130 and includes bus, lunch & show. See Thursday, June 18 above for details. Payment due Friday, May 15.
Monday, July 6, 2020
Alaska Cruise/Tour Trip
This awesome trip, July 6-18 is on Celebrity Cruise Line’s “Millennium” and includes bus to Chicago, round trip air, one post night in Seattle, 4 night’s on land in Alaska, 7-night cruise with ports of call at Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point and Ketchikan then cruising the Inside Passage to Vancouver. Also enjoy the Discovery Riverboat in Fairbanks, Gold Dredge tour, the Alaska Pipeline, Denali Natural History tour, a Deluxe Railroad Dome Car ride, Pioneer Park Salmon Bake, Anchorage tour and a post city tour in Vancouver. $6,399 Inside; $7,099 Oceanview and $7,799 Balcony cabins available. Includes all port charges, taxes, fees, shipboard gratuities, trip insurance and more. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail one. DVD of the trip preview is available. Sign up by March 2 to get all the amenities. One lady is looking for a roommate. Final payment due Friday, March 13.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Nova Scotia Trip
The trip is August 1-12. Overnight in Chicago, then fly to Halifax to start our tour to this beautiful part of Canada. Includes Peggy’s Cove, Glooscap Heritage Center, Gaelic College, Baddeck, the beautiful Cabot Trail, Alexander Graham Bell Museum, ferry ride to Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, New Brunswick, Hopewell Rocks, Saint John, St. Martin, the Fundy Trail, Digby, Grand Pre National Historic Site, Amos Pewter visit, Lunenburg, & more. Price is $4,249 dbl., $5,099 sgl. DVD of the trip preview is available. Space is limited for this tour. Call to see about availability. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail one. DVD of the trip preview is available. Final payment due Wednesday, May 27.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
“Smoke on the Mountain”, at the Barn III Theatre in Goodfield, IL
Note: This show replaces the previously announced “Church Basement Ladies” for which show rights became unavailable. Over 40 are already signed up. Call if you do not wish to transfer your reservation to the new show. The Sanders Family Singers are descending upon Mount Pleasant, home of the Mount Pleasant Pickle Factory Plant in North Carolina. Rev. Oglethorpe of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church has invited the Sanders Family for a Saturday Night Gospel Sing. The uplifting evening of singin’ and witnessin’ features two dozen rousing blue grass gospel songs, along with hilarious stories from the Sanders family. Pull up a pew and join the congregation! Leave at 10:00 a.m., return 6:15 p.m. Price is $89 and includes bus, buffet lunch & show. Payment due Friday, July 10.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
“Cinderella” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Ft. Atkinson, WI
See Broadway’s original Rogers & Hammerstein’s musical comedy. It was the most watched program in television history in its original airing starring Julie Andrews. It is one of the world’s most enduring love stories and is designed to delight the child in all of us. Whether you’re eight or eighty you’ll be captivated by its humor, romance, beauty, and its great, great music. Lunch is a fresh fruit medley over garden greens, with sesame croutons and Papaya Chutney dressing, skinless breast of chicken dipped in egg batter, rolled in Coconut and Panko bread crumbs and sauteed to a golden brown then glazed with brandied apricot sauce and served with stir-fried rice and snap peas. Dessert is homemade vanilla bean custard mixed with bits of pecan treasures and striped with caramel. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $130 and includes bus, lunch & show. Call for children’s pricing. Payment due Friday, July 17.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
“Come from Away”, Cadillac Theatre, downtown Chicago
Sold out. Call to be put on the wait list. The show is awesome. It was nominated for 7 Tony Awards! This true story of 7,000 passengers stranded in a small town, Gander, Newfoundland on 9/11 will touch your heart. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. It will be in Chicago this time for only 2 weeks. There will be time to shop/eat downtown prior to the 2:00 p.m. matinee and a stop for dinner en route home. Leave 7:30 a.m., return 8:30 p.m. Price is $160 and includes bus and show. Final payment due Wednesday, June 17.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
“Come from Away” II, Cadillac Theatre, downtown Chicago
Only 4 seats remain. Same details as above. Leave 7:30 a.m., return 8:30 p.m. Price is $160 and includes bus and show. A non-refundable deposit of $50 will hold your space and is due within 2 weeks of booking. Final payment due Wednesday, June 17.
Monday, September 14-23, 2020
New York City, Niagara Falls & Much More
Whether you’ve never been to the “Big Apple” or have visited many times before, you’ll love this customized 10-day bus tour that covers it all. We’ll tour the Harley-Davidson plant and Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels in York, PA en route, as well as Turkey Hill Dairy where you can create your own ice cream flavor. Then spend three days in NYC with a guide showing us all the major sights, including Ground Zero and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, a Hudson River cruise for some great views of the Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, Brooklyn, a drive by some million dollar homes, Coney Island and much more. One full day is on your own to do what you wish in this City that never sleeps! Book a Broadway show, visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, go shopping, or visit museums and art galleries. Our guide will help you plan what you want to do. The possibilities are endless. Then, it’s onto the Canadian side of Niagara Falls to include the Journey Behind the Falls, the Niagara IMAX presentation, Daredevils Gallery, the Hornblower cruise (formerly the Maid of the Mist), and dinner at the famous Skylon Tower in the Summit Suite Dining Room with time on the Observation Deck. On the way home, we visit Sandusky and the Merry Go Round Museum and then overnight at the Sawmill Lodge Resort located right on the shores of Lake Erie. On our final day we’ll stop at Sauder Living History Village before heading home. Price is $2,999 dbl, $3,699 sgl. The brochure is on our website or call and we’ll mail you one. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail one. Final payment due Monday, July 13.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
“Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at The Fireside, in Ft. Atkinson, WI
Only 5 seats remain. This musical tells the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers with great music, costumes, laughter, joy, and heart. Utilizing many different styles of music from pop/rock to country to musical comedy, this sparkling show follows young Joseph as he faces adversity and triumphs through his dreams and his strong, unwavering faith. It’s written by Andrew Lloyd Weber and includes the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.” Lunch is butternut squash soup garnished with fresh chives, beef short ribs braised in beef stock with a red wine demi-glaze and served with garlic and herb whipped potatoes and roasted shaved Brussel sprouts with bacon. Dessert is brandy old fashioned cake garnished with a cherry and a candied orange. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $130 and includes bus, lunch & show. Payment due Monday, August 17.
Sunday, October 4, 2020
“Is there Life after 50?” at the Barn III Theatre in Goodfield, IL
It deals with the Baby Boomer generation. Three couples that all raised their kids on the same street have found a way to keep in touch after moving to new cities. Each year, on Labor Day weekend, they vacation together. This year, the ladies have planned a surprise—a healthy, all-natural weekend at a trendy health resort, complete with organic food and exercise. The men, who really come for the beer and snacks, are not pleased when they find out. Tensions escalate into an all-out battle of the sexes and the cabin is literally divided into the men vs. the women. They battle over health food, exercise, pizza, rock & roll, hot tubs, hot flashes, tummy tucks and their refusal to become middle-aged. Leave at 10:00 a.m., return 6:15 p.m. Price is $89 and includes bus, buffet lunch & show. Payment due Friday, September 4.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Rhine River Cruise/Tour
Join us for this beautiful cruise October 17-26 on AMA Waterway’s new 5-star ship, “AmaStella”. Bus to Chicago, air, Amsterdam pre-night, all inclusive trip from the Netherlands through Germany’s castle country, and France to Switzerland. Includes Amsterdam touring, shore excursions to Cologne, Rudesheim, Heidelberg and Strasbourg, wine/beer on board ship, insurance & more. DVD on the trip preview is available. Seven cabin categories with pricing from $6,199 dbl. to choose from. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail one. One lady looking for a roommate. Final payment due Monday, May 18.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn”, at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Ft. Atkinson, WI
This show tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut, but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Then he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including “Blue Skies,” “Easter Parade,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “Heat Wave,” “White Christmas,” “Be Careful, It’s My Heart,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Shaking the Blues Away” and many more. Lunch is cream of watercress soup served with toasted pine nuts, a skinless breast of chicken dipped in egg, lightly breaded, sauteed to a golden brown on a veloute lemon cream sauce and garnished with tiny caper buds and French fried parsley. It’s served with scalloped potatoes, fresh asparagus and baby carrots. Dessert is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and homemade butter pecan frozen custard. It will make your holiday sparkle! Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $130 and includes bus, lunch & show. Payment due Friday, October 2.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Disney’s “Frozen”, at the Cadillac Theatre, Downtown Chicago
Sold Out. Call to be put on the wait list. The date is Veteran’s Day and a school holiday for some children. A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they’ll learn that to find it they’ll have to look inside themselves first. It’s a new production for the stage with songs from the original 2013 Oscar winning musical plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers and it’s filled with special effects, fabulous sets, and stunning costumes. There will be time to shop/eat downtown prior to the 2:00 p.m. matinee and a stop for dinner en route home. Leave time is 7:30 a.m. return 9:00 p.m. Price is $155 and includes bus and show. A non-refundable deposit of $50 will hold your space and is due within 2 weeks of booking. Final payment due Friday, August 21, 2020.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” II, at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Ft. Atkinson, WI
Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $130 and includes bus, lunch & show. See Thursday, November 5 above for description. Payment due Wednesday, October 14.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
“Christmas Past, Present & Future” at the Barn III Theatre in Goodfield, IL
Delve into the sights, sounds and traditions of the Christmas season with this new holiday revue of music and comedy. Revel in the celebrations of Christmas past, present and future which all lead to faith, love, family and the timeless spirit of giving. Come steep yourself in the joys of the season! Leave at 10:00 a.m., return 6:15 p.m. Price is $89 and includes bus, buffet lunch & show. Payment due Friday, October 23.
Monday, November 30, 2020
Join us November 30-December 4. Includes tram ride through Fantastic Caverns, 4 nights at a hotel in the heart of it all, College of the Ozarks, downtown Branson, six shows--#1 Hits of the 60’s, Hughes Brothers Christmas, Showboat Branson Belle luncheon cruise/show, “Six”, Dublin’s Irish Tenors/Celtic Ladies Christmas and “Noah” at the Sight and Sound Theatre. Special meals at Lambert’s, Montana Mike’s Black Oak Grill and a special dinner at Chateau on the Lake. In addition, see Dick’s 5 & 10, the Grand Village and a drive through Christmas Lights Tour our last evening. Price is $899 dbl., $999 sgl. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail one.
You agree that Classic Travels, L.L.C., its affiliates, entities and employees, assume no responsibility for and cannot be held liable for any personal injury, death, property damage or other loss which may be occasioned by (1) any wrongful, negligent, willful or unauthorized act or omission of any travel agent or agency, other goods or services provider or other third party, (2) any defect in or failure of any equipment, instrument or means of transportation owned, operated or otherwise used by any third party, (3) sickness, lack of appropriate medical facilities or practitioners, weather, strikes, theft or other criminal acts, war, terrorism, computer problems, late arrivals or departures, change of schedule or other related conditions.
If you would like to make or cancel reservations or to receive a brochure, call us at Classic Travels, at (563) 332-0014. Our answering machine will take your message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Remember to speak slowly and clearly and to give your name, telephone number, and message so we can get back to you if necessary. If you don’t receive a call back within 24 hours, we’re probably on a trip, and if outside the United States, will only be able to respond to email messages. You will, however, receive a call back as soon as we return. Check out the newsletter to see if we’re traveling.
Bus arrives 30 minutes prior to departure from Northwest Bank & Trust Company, 100 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport, lower parking lot, west side of the building. Tenants and employees park in this lot and the Bank graciously allows us to use it while on trips. As a result, please park your vehicles west and north of the building. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Trips are payable about 30 days in advance unless stated otherwise. If you need to cancel, call us as soon as possible as many dates sell out and have a wait list. For overnight trips, a reservation is confirmed only when a completed reservation form, with your down payment, is received. Checks should be made payable to Classic Travels and mailed to 3371 Eastridge Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722. Usually final payment dates are listed at the end of trip descriptions. To be fair, if payment is not received by the final payment date, reservations will automatically be offered to those on the wait list. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
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