Classic Travels, L.L.C.
"VIP Travel & Service"

3371 Eastridge Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa  52722
(563) 332-0014
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Ark Encounter

Mexican Riviera 2018

Treasures of Japan

Charming French Canada

Southern Treasures

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Welcome!  I’m Jill 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, several multi-day trips and 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.
Dear Friends:                                                                                                   Updated:  August 16, 2017 

The “Ark Encounter” brochure for our May 14-17 trip is now available on our website. You can download a copy or call and we’ll mail you one. It is anticipated to sell out quickly!

Yes, there will be a 3-day Mystery trip next year, probably in mid-June.  Stay tuned.

This year there are several events to get you into the Holiday Groove. The “Gift of Christmas”, Sunday, December 3 by the Conklin players at the Caterpillar Performing Arts Theater in Washington, IL; the newly added One-Day Mystery trip, Wednesday, December 6; and the Jim McDonough concert, Saturday, December 9 at Five Flags Center in Dubuque. 

The January 18-28 cruise/tour next year continues to be sold out. It cruises the Mexican Riviera with a pre-night on the “Queen Mary” in Long Beach, California, a 7-night cruise on the beautiful “Ruby Princess” and includes a post night with additional sightseeing in Los Angeles. The October final payment is quickly approaching. Hang in there if you’re on the wait list!  

Fireside show dates are now available for the 2018 season and we have been receiving many reservations already. These shows usually sell out so call and reserve now so you’re not disappointed. We are booked in our usual great seats.

Next summer, a trip to “Charming French Canada” will be August 9-17 featuring three, first class Fairmont hotels--Chateau Frontenac, Le Manoir Richelieu, and Le Chateau Montebello. The preview will be Friday, November 3 at 3:30 p.m.  See trip details inside.  Also, we are close to having a brochure on next year’s southern bus trip to the Biltmore Estate, Charleston and Savannah, September 20-29.  Details are inside as well on this one.

We’ve had tremendous interest in the Western Mediterranean Cruise for October 28-Nov. 11 next year. A preview will be held in late January. Call if you have interest. See article inside.

If you’re not on our mailing list, please give us your name and address or email address or check out our website at at your convenience.  Be sure to notice the date listed above so you’ll know you’re getting the latest newsletter. I will be updating whenever we have changes. Watch for the latest news.

God bless you and your families and as always, God Bless America. Have a nice Labor Day!                                                                               

--Jill Kirkpatrick

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
“Elvis Lives” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI
Sold out with 2 on a wait list. The 250,000 “Elvis Lives” fans can’t be wrong! The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll lives on in an unforgettable live musical journey across Elvis’ life. His iconic style, embraced by many of today’s artists, continues to intrigue audiences of all generations and features champions and finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, a live band, and exciting and talented singers and dancers. Lunch is a mixture of fresh vegetables with blush wine vinaigrette, a duet of pork back barbecue glazed ribs and a buttermilk marinated southern fried baked chicken breast with baked potato/steamed broccoli buds in a Monterey Jack cheese sauce with homemade cole slaw. Dessert is Georgia pecan pie with salted caramel ice cream. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $125 and includes bus, lunch and show. Payment due now.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Breitbachs, Apples and Fall Foliage, Balltown and Gays Mills, WI
We’re about two-thirds full for our annual trip through the countryside enjoying the fall foliage prior to our early luncheon buffet at Breitbach’s, Iowa’s oldest restaurant. We’re then off to buy apples and bakery items at an orchard in Gays Mills. En route home, we stop in Fennimore to buy Wisconsin cheese and also stop for gourmet popcorn at a great gift shop. Leave 8:30 a.m., return 7:00 p.m. Price is $79 and includes bus and lunch. Payment due Tuesday, September 26.

Friday, November 3, 2017
Charming French Canada Trip Preview
Join us at 3:30 p.m. in the Boardroom at Northwest Bank & Trust Compay, 100 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport for this trip, August 9-17 next year. It features magnificent first class accommodations at three premiere Fairmont properties--Chateau Frontenac, Le Manoir Richelieu, and Le Chateau Montebello. Also includes Montreal, Quebec City, Charlevoix, whale watching, Montmorency Falls, maple syrup making, Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre & more. Download a brochure from the website or call and we’ll mail you one. Price is $3,999 dbl., $4,999 sgl. with $100 per person early booking by February 9. Reservations appreciated for the preview so we have enough refreshments and hand-outs.

Saturday, November 4, 2017   
Hunter Fuerste and the Big Band Show at the Grand Opera House in Dubuque
Trip is half full already.We have great center section seats for his annual Big Band Show with a 14-piece American Vintage Orchestra. It’s always a new show and very popular. Prior to the matinee show, enjoy a luncheon buffet of fried chicken, roast beef, ham, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, salad bar plus selected dishes, fruit, rolls and butter, coffee, iced tea or lemonade. Dessert is carrot cake. Leave 10:45 a.m., return 5:30 p.m. Price is $78 and includes bus, lunch, show & tax.  Payment due Monday, October 16.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
“Miracle on 34th Street” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI
Only 12 seats left on this date. Based on the Christmas movie, “Miracle on 34th Street”, written by Meredith Willson, is a big brassy Broadway musical with heart. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade needs a new Santa. Enter Kris Kringle—a sweet and jolly old man who claims that he is the real Santa Claus. Thus begins this funny, warm, tuneful and inspirational musical as Kris has to prove his claim in court and teach his neighbor and her daughter to believe in the goodness and love that is Christmas. Lunch includes cream of mushroom soup, a skinless breast of chicken dipped in egg and lightly breaded on a lemon cream sauce and served with garlic Parmesan orzo and roasted fresh vegetables. Red Velvet cake with gingerbread ice cream is dessert. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $125 and includes bus, lunch and show. Payment due Friday, October 6.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Fall Shopping Trip to the new Des Moines Outlets & More
Join us as we shop at Trader Joe’s and the Container Store in West Des Moines. We’ll then spend most of the day at the new outlets which are to open in late October.  Some stores announced so far include Asics, Bath & Body Works, Carter’s, Converse, Famous Footwear, Francesca’s, Lane Bryant, Levi’s, Lids, LOFT Outlet, Maurices, Nike, OshKosh B’gosh, Skechers, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, Vera Bradley, and Yankee Candle. The second wave of store announcements will be made about August 1 and we’ll put them in the next newsletter. We’ll stop for breakfast along the way and take a dinner break at McDonald’s in Williamsburg on our way home. Leave 6:45 a.m., return 8:15 p.m. Price is $50. Bring a cooler for your refrigerated items and a garbage bag to keep all your packages together. I’ll furnish name labels for the bags so you can keep your purchases together. Only 9 seats remain. Payment due Friday, November 3.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
“Miracle on 34th Street” II at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI
Same information, timing and pricing as November 8 above. 
Payment due Friday, October 13 .

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Holiday Pops Concert, Adler Theater, Davenport
This year’s concert will be a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans throughout the world. It features the entire film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” being screened with the music removed and every note being performed live by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Relive the adventures of Harry and his friends and the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen, while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. We have reserved a limited number of great main floor seats for both the 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. shows. Reserve your tickets now with Classic Travels before they go on sale to the General Public. Price is $45 adults, $41 for any student with an ID, age 5 through college, ticket only. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope when mailing in your payment and we will mail your tickets on or about November 7. Be sure to indicate which show you plan to attend, how many adult and student tickets you require, and all those to be seated with you. Call and get your reservations in early to avoid disappointment. This will be a wonderful event to share with children and grandchildren age 5 and older.  Payment due Tuesday, October 31.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
One-Day Mystery Trip
This trip will put you in the Christmas mood. Enjoy a stop at this unique mansion with High Tea luncheon and more. Men will like it also! Touring and some walking required. Leave 7:00 a.m., return 7:00 p.m. Price $125, includes bus, tours, High Tea luncheon and morning “treats” en route.  Payment due Friday, October 27.

 Saturday, December 9, 2017
Jim McDonough, Iowa’s own pianist, at Five Flags Center, Dubuque
Celebrate the holiday season in style with the 2:30 p.m. matinee show featuring Jim McDonough and his 14-piece orchestra, together with a cast of sensational singers and dancers performing your favorite Christmas music and other all-time favorites. We have center seats for this two-hour production with concert proceeds to benefit Camp Courageous of Iowa. Enjoy some snacks en route and a cookie on the way home. Leave 12:45 p.m., return 6:00 p.m. Price is $83 and includes bus, show and snacks. Payment due Thursday, November 2. 

Tuesday, January 18-28, 2018
Mexican Riviera Cruise
This trip is still sold out with a short wait list, but January is still a ways out with final payment in October.  It’s on Princess Cruise Line’s “Ruby Princess” and includes ports of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas Mexico, a night in Wood Dale, IL with breakfast and an early flight the next day to Los Angeles, a pre-night on the “Queen Mary” and a historical tour of the former ocean liner, breakfast the next morning on board, a post-night near the Los Angeles Airport and local touring. Also included are transfers to/from Davenport, transfers in southern California, port charges, taxes, shipboard gratuities and cancellation insurance. Prices are Inside $2,499 dbl., Oceanview $2,719 dbl., Balcony $2,979 dbl., and Mini-Suite $3,299 dbl. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail one. Call to be put on the wait list.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
“Phantom” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI  
For over a century, audiences have been captivated by the tragic story of the disfigured genius who makes his home in the cavernous underground of the Paris Opera House and falls in love with Christine - the beautiful soprano he can never have. Hailed as “the finest PHANTOM of them all,” Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston’s moving presentation digs deep into the life of this tortured soul in a show filled with romance and mystery, thrills and excitement, colors and humor, and of course, their lyrical and luxurious music. Your heart races, your soul soars, and you fall in love all over again. It is, quite simply, an unforgettable theatrical experience! Menu to be announced in the fall. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $127 and includes bus, lunch and show. We have 40 reservations now! Payment due Wednesday, January 17.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
“Newsies” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI 
Adapted from the Disney film set in New York at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies,” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. High-energy with non-stop thrills, the stage version includes eight brand new songs by the original team of Alan Menken and Jack Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film such as “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York,” and “Santa Fe.” Menu to be announced in the fall. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $127 and includes bus, lunch and show. 
Payment due Tuesday, February 13.

Saturday, March 24, 2018
The Passion Play, Bloomington, IL
It is the longest continually running production in the U.S. Lunch will be at a local restaurant with your choice from several entrees. Complete details in our next newsletter. Pricing and timing not available at press time. Call to receive information when available. It will include bus, lunch and show.

Friday, April 6-20, 2018
Treasures of Japan  
This trip is limited to 24 people and is currently sold out. Since we are still 8 months away, call to be placed on the wait list. Includes Tokyo, Asakusa River Cruise, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise, Scenic Cable Car, Matsumoto Castle, Sake Brewery tour and tasting, Kyoto, Bullet Train, Hiroshima, Geisha Show, Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, Mt. Fuji, pre-night in Chicago, round trip air and much more. $6,349 dbl., $7,649 sgl. A DVD of the trip preview is available to view.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
“42nd Street”, at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI
The ultimate show-biz musical, 42ND STREET is a celebration of Broadway, Times Square, and the people who make the magic of musical theatre. Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown PA, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. Then just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star? With a score chock-full of Broadway hits, including “You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me,” “Dames,” “We’re In the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and “Forty-Second Street,” this show is every musical lover’s dream come true! Menu to be announced in the fall. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $127 and includes bus, lunch and show. Payment due Thursday, April 5.

Monday, May 14-17, 2018
The Ark Encounter & More
This trip includes Weberding Carvings; The Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY; Basilica of the Assumption; a five-hour stay at The Ark, our main attraction in Williamstown, KY, which is a full sized replica of Noah’s Ark and 510 feet long and more than 50 feet tall. You’ll also see the World Peace Bell, enjoy a tour of Cincinnati, OH, dine at an old historic church, Beau Verre Riordan Stained Glass Studio, Warm Glow Candle Outlet, and St. Mary-of-the-Woods en route home. There’s high demand for this tour. Call right away. Download a brochure from the website or call and we’ll mail you one. Price is $779 dbl., $899 sgl. One lady looking for a roommate.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
“Waitress”, at the CadillacTheatre, Chicago
This award-winning musical tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her that fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune. “Waitress” features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and Entertainment Weekly says “Waitress is a little slice of heaven!”  Seating is in the Dress Circle. There will be time to shop/eat downtown prior to the 2:00 p.m. matinee, an optional visit to Trader Joe’s and a stop for dinner en route home. Leave 7:00 a.m. return 9:00 p.m. Price is $149 per person and includes bus and show. A $25 non-refundable deposit holds your space if received within 2 weeks of reserving. If not, your space will automatically be released to others interested in the trip. Final payment due Tuesday, May 8. 

Thursday, September 20-29, 2018
Southern Treasures, The Biltmore, Savannah, Charleston & More
The brochure will be available about October 15. It will include the Village of Nashville (Brown County, IN and home of the covered bridges); Toyota Factory tour, The Biltmore Estate and Gardens; Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum; Savannah; dinner at Paula Dean’s restaurant, Lady and Sons; Cathedral of St. John the Baptist; Tybee Island; gospel dinner cruise; Charleston Tea Plantation; Charleston City Tour; dinner at Sticky Fingers in Charleston; Fort Sumter; Calhoun Mansion; dinner at Hyman’s Seafood; Magnolia Plantation and Gardens; tour of Fontanel Mansion, formerly home of Barbara Mandrell; and much more. Let us know if you want information as soon as it is available. Price $2,349 dbl., $2,999 sgl.

Saturday, October 28-November 11, 2018
Western Mediterranean Cruise
We’re waiting on final cruise pricing and airline quotes. A preliminary brochure will be available about September 15. All cabins are balconies and approximately $5,650 dbl. to include roundtrip bus to Chicago; air to/from Barcelona, Spain, pre and post nights in Barcelona with sightseeing; 12 day cruise to include Valencia, Alicante and Malaga, Spain; Gibraltar in the United Kingdom; Provence and Nice in France; and Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples/Capri in Italy with 2 days at sea; trip insurance; and shipboard gratuities.  We’re keeping a list of those interested by request for information. 

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.

Miscellaneous Information

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.

Trip Departures:
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.

Gift Certificates:
The perfect gift for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, or just “because”, is a Classic Travels gift certificate available in any amount.  Simply give us a couple days’ notice to prepare one for you.

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