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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:  July 18, 2018
All the shows for The Fireside have been booked for next year and reservations are now being taken.  We have our usual great seats.  Steve Watts will be back for the June Rock & Roll shows and we have two dates. The Fireside trips sell out quickly.  Be sure to sign up well in advance to avoid disappointment. 

The Fall Shopping trip, November 16 will cover over 250 stores plus 36 rooms of merchandise at the Little Traveler.  Join us and get a head start on your Christmas shopping.

Jim McDonough is back again this year with a brand new Christmas Show on Saturday, December 8 at 2:30 p.m. at Five Flags Center in Dubuque. See details inside.

Our Shipshewana trip is quickly approaching right after Labor Day, September 4-7.  If you haven’t been to this wonderful Indiana town, consider coming along.  It has several new places to visit in addition to some of our favorites including a visit to an Amish school. The Das Essenhaus Hotel alone is worth the trip.  See the article enclosed for more details.   

There have been several requests for a one-day mystery trip this fall, so see October 16 inside and give us a call so you don’t miss out!  It will sell out fast.

Our big news is the Preview on October 12 for the Queen Mary 2 Crossing in May next year. We’ll spend a couple of days in New York City, cross the Atlantic for 7 days on this grand ship and then enjoy three days in London before flying home. See all the details inside. This trip really is “top shelf”.  Come to the preview to find out why.

Even though I can’t get any more group seats for “Hamilton”, there are 2 seats available on the September 12 bus and 4 seats available on the October 3 bus.  You can buy your own ticket directly from the theatre and ride along with us on the bus.  Let me know if you’re interested. 

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God bless you and your families and as always, God Bless America. Pray for peace.   

--Jill Kirkpatrick

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
“Elvis” at the Water Tower Playhouse, downtown Chicago
Sold Out. It’s in Chicago for only a 10-week run. Heartbreak Hotel follows the tender story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his burgeoning career at 18 years old and as a truck driver as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives.  As Elvis’s career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and “Colonel” Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months.  This brand new musical features hit songs from the King himself as well as the legends who influenced his iconic music, with chart-toppers including “All Shook Up”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Hound Dog”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “My Baby Left Me”, “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, “That’s All Right”, and of course, “Heartbreak Hotel”.  Eddie Clendening is Elvis.  He has over 2,000 performances with Million Dollar Quartet and is back in this production. This is where the story begins!  Leave at 8:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. You will have time to shop/eat prior to the 2:00 p.m. matinee which lasts a little over 2 hours. Price is $125 per person.

Tuesday, September 4-7, 2018 
Shipshewana, Indiana, Amish Country
If you’re a shopper, quilter, or just wanting a great 4-day get away in the fall, there’s something for everyone. Included is a leather shop, popcorn shop, time at the huge flea market, Yoder’s Department Store, Katie’s Homemade Noodles, a wood products shop, basket shop, a visit to an Amish school, a rug weaver, bulk food store, bakery, Enchanted Gardens Gift Center, visits to several quilt gardens and a general store. Our hotel is the beautiful Das Essenhaus, featuring antique cars on display Thursday evening. There are two meals in Amish homes, a thresher’s dinner at the restaurant the first night, a chance to sample “rocket science” ice cream and much more. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail you one. Price is $489 dbl., $629 sgl. A deposit of $25 holds your space. Final payment due Wednesday, August 1.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
“Hamilton”, at the CIBC Theater, Chicago (former PrivateBank Theater)
Sold out.  Call to be on the wait list. There will be time to shop/eat downtown prior to the 1:30 p.m. matinee, with a stop for dinner en route home. Leave 7:00 a.m. return 9:00 p.m. Price is $259 per person and includes bus and show. Because of construction, we hope to leave 10 minutes earlier. Bus arrives at 6:30 a.m. Please be prompt that morning. Thank you in advance. There are 2 seats on the bus if you want to ride in with us, but you need to get your own tickets.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
“Grease”, at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Ft. Atkinson, WI
Sold Out. It’s among the world’s most popular musicals and had an 8-year run on Broadway. Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959; duck-tailed, hot rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through songs like “Greased Lightnin”, “It’s Raining on Prom Night”, and “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. Lunch will be corn chowder, a duet of pork back ribs and a baked fried chicken breast with baked potato stuffed with broccoli and cheese and homemade coleslaw. Dessert is lemon chess pie. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $127 and includes bus, lunch & show. Payment due Thursday, August 16.

Thursday, September 20-29, 2018
Southern Treasures, The Biltmore, Savannah, Charleston & More
Bus trip includes 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; and much more. This should be a lovely fall trip down south! Price $2,349 dbl., $2,999 sgl. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail you one. Final payment due Friday, August 3.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
“Hamilton”, at the CIBC Theater, Chicago (former PrivateBank Theater)
Sold out.  Call to be on the wait list. There will be time to shop/eat downtown prior to the 1:30 p.m. matinee, with a stop for dinner en route home. Leave 7:00 a.m. return 9:00 p.m. Price is $259 per person and includes bus and show. Because of construction, we hope to leave 10 minutes earlier. Bus arrives at 6:30 a.m. Please be prompt that morning. Thank you in advance.

Friday, October 12, 2018
Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing Trip Preview
The preview will be at 3:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor Boardroom at Northwest Bank, 100 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport. Join us to find out about this trip of a lifetime, crossing the Atlantic on Cunard Line’s “Queen Mary 2” with pre and post stays and touring in New York City and London from May 21-June 3. It will include two nights with breakfast at a NYC hotel within walking distance of Times Square, a panoramic bus tour of NYC and 911 Memorial and Museum tour, a free day/night in NYC to see a Broadway show, go shopping, visit museums, the Statue of Liberty and more, the 7-night transatlantic crossing on the fabled, classic vessel “Queen Mary 2” from New York to Southampton, England, a visit to Stonehenge after arrival en route to London, three nights with breakfast at a central London hotel, panaramic bus tour of London on day of arrival, full day guided London sightseeing tour to the Tower of London, Crown Jewels, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye, a free day/night in London to see a West End show, go shopping at Harrod's, visit the British Museum, Churchill's War Rooms and more. This trip also will include round trip bus transfers to Chicago, overnight hotel near O’Hare, airfare from Chicago to Newark and returning from London to Chicago, all transfers, all regular and customary gratuities on board ship and for guides for included sightseeing, trip cancellation and medical insurance and more. Several cabin categories will be available with tentative pricing from about $5,099 dbl., for Inside cabins up to $6,299 dbl., for Balcony cabins. There’s literally 101 things to do while on board! Final pricing and a brochure will be available Friday, August 17. We will download it onto our website or you can call and we’ll mail you one. Reservations appreciated for the Preview so we can have enough refreshments and hand-outs.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
One Day Mystery Trip
You asked for one this fall so here it is. Men will definitely like this one too! There will be some touring with walking required. You decide how much. Leave 7:00 a.m., return 6:00 p.m. Lunch is included. Price is $85 and includes bus, tours, admissions, lunch, and a morning “treat” with coffee.  Payment due Monday, Septemeber 17.

Friday, October 26-November 11, 2018
Western Mediterranean Cruise
Sold Out. Call to be placed on the wait list in case of a cancellation. All cabins are balconies. Includes roundtrip bus to Chicago; overnight with breakfast; 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.  Price $5,729 dbl. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
“Elf” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre, Ft. Atkinson, WI
Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy is now a must-see holiday musical.  Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true spirit of Christmas. Lunch will be Gulf shrimp and New England sea scallops in a white wine cream sauce, topped with garlic butter toasted croutons, roasted pork tenderloin, with a pork demi-glaze, served with zucchini noodles with diced tomatoes, cranberry sauce and a blend of wild rice, couscous quinoa and barley and Rumchata cheesecake topped with a Christmas cookie for dessert.  Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $127 and includes bus, lunch & show. Payment due Friday, October 5.

Friday, November 16, 2018
Fall Shopping Trip, Chicago
It’s that time of year again for our annual shopping marathon. Join us as we shop at the Geneva Commons Outlets (75 stores) and the Little Traveler (36 rooms of unique shopping in an Italianate Victorian residence, both in Geneva, Illinois. Also included are the 175 stores at the Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora. We’ll have a “sweet” stop at the DeKalb Oasis en route to the Aurora Outlets for our first stop. And, no trip would be complete without a stop at Trader Joe’s in Batavia, Illinois before heading home. Leave 7:00 a.m., return 9:15 p.m. Price is $50. Bring a cooler for your refrigerated items and a garbage bag to keep all your packages together. Payment due Thursday, October 25.

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Jim McDonough’s Christmas Show at Five Flags Center in Dubuque
Celebrate the holiday season in style with the 2:30 p.m. matinee show featuring Jim McDonough on piano together with his 14-piece orchestra performing your favorite Christmas music and other all-time favorites. We have center seats for this two-hour show with concert proceeds to benefit Camp Courageous of Iowa. Enjoy a luncheon buffet at Kalmus Restaurant before the show. Lunch will include fried chicken, roast beef, ham, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, salad bar plus other selected dishes, fruit, rolls and butter, coffee, iced tea or lemonade. Dessert will be carrot cake. Leave 10:45 a.m., return 5:45 p.m. Price is $89 and includes bus, lunch, show and tax.  Payment due Monday, November 12. 

Thursday, January 24-February 3, 2019
Western Caribbean Cruise/Tour
Plan to join us next January for this 11-day trip to warmer weather. It’s on Celebrity Cruise Line’s “Equinox” and includes ports of Key West, Florida; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman; a night in Wood Dale, IL with breakfast and an early flight the next day to Florida with pre and post cruise nights in Fort Lauderdale, a Palm Beach tour including the Henry Flagler Museum, a sightseeing cruise on Fort Lauderdale’s waterways viewing mansions and yachts, local touring and more. Also included are transfers to/from Davenport, transfers in Florida, port charges, taxes, shipboard gratuities and cancellation insurance. Prices are Inside $2,799 dbl., Oceanview $2,999 dbl., Balcony $3,349 dbl. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail one. A DVD of the trip preview is available to view. Final payment is October 1, 2018.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
“Legends of Country” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Ft. Atkinson, WI
Everybody loves country! It has been a staple of American entertainment for more than 60 years. Now imagine seeing six of the biggest country artists of all time in one great show. We’re talking about artists that have gone well beyond the designation of superstar. We’re talking about Legends. Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunn, Shania Twain, and Johnny Cash. See these great stars recreated LIVE on The Fireside stage. Direct from Las Vegas, “Legends in Concert” presents dynamic and talented performers using only their natural voice and talent so real that you would swear these legends are right there in front of you. It’s a show for country fans of all ages! The luncheon menu will be released later this fall. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $129 and includes bus, lunch & show. Payment due Thursday, January 6.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
“My Fair Lady” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Ft. Atkinson, WI
Often called the World’s Greatest Musical, “My Fair Lady” is a Broadway classic which won six Tony Awards including Best Musical. Its popular film adaptation took home eight Oscars including Best Picture. “My Fair Lady” has entertained over a billion people worldwide with its enchanting Cinderella story about Eliza Doolittle, a bedraggled, cockney flower girl who is transformed into an elegant lady by the billiant Professor Higgins by teaching her the proper way to speak. It is a beautiful show filled with gorgeous costumes, breathtaking dancing, rib-tickling comedy, and an unforgettable score featuring such hits as “Wouldn’t it be Loverly,” “I’m Getting Married in the Morning”, and “I Could Have Danced All Night”. The luncheon menu will be released later this fall. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $129 and includes bus, lunch & show. Payment due Wednesday, February 6.

Wednesday, February 27-March 10, 2019
Hawaii Cruise/Tour
See all of Hawaii with us next year. Trip will include bus to Chicago, pre-night in Chicago, round trip air to/from Honolulu, 2 pre-cruise nights at the Prince Waikiki Hotel with breakfast each morning, Honolulu and Oahu sightseeing, 7-night cruise on NCL’s “Pride of America” visiting the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, with Hilo and Kona on the Big Island, Pearl Harbor and the Dole Pineapple Pavilion, all port charges, taxes, fees, shipboard gratuities, post cruise touring, trip insurance and more. We have excellent cabin availability and a DVD is available to review the trip preview. Cabin pricing per person includes Inside cabin $4,699 dbl., Ocean View $4,999 dbl., and Balcony $5,499 dbl. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail you one. Final payment due Monday, October 15, 2018. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Queen Mary 2 Crossing
See trip preview under October 12 above.

Other Fireside show dates for 2019:
--Wednesday, May 1…………..          “Menopause, the Musical”
--Thursday, June 13 and………          “That’s Rock & Roll” with Steve Watts
     Wednesday, June 19
--Wednesday, July 31…………          “Annie”
--Wednesday, September 18….          “Buddy--the Buddy Holly Story”
--Thursday, November 7 and…          “A Christmas Story, the Musical”
     Wednesday, November 13

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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.

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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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