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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:  October 13, 2017 

As we near the end of the year, there’s still space on a few one day trips, particularly The Big Band Show and Jim McDonough’s Christmas show. Read inside for all the details and the payment deadlines which are quickly approaching.               

As far as cruises, the January 18-28 cruise/tour next year has had a cancellation and we are holding the cabin until October 19. It cruises the Mexican Riviera with a pre-night on the “Queen Mary” in Long Beach, CA, and a 7-night cruise on the beautiful “Ruby Princess”. The Western Mediterranean one next October has had overwhelming response and is sold out.  

Note there are two great shows coming to Chicago for all you Broadway fans. “Waitress” will be Wednesday, July 18 and a trip to see the pre-Broadway debut of the new musical, “Pretty Woman” will be Wednesday, April 11.

All the Fireside shows are selling quite well for next year. They usually sell out so call and reserve now so you’re not disappointed. We are booked in our usual great seats.

Be sure to sign up for our trip preview Friday, November 3, for next summer’s trip to “Charming French Canada”, August 9-17, featuring three, first class Fairmont hotels--Chateau Frontenac, Le Manoir Richelieu, and Le Chateau Montebello. See trip description below.  

We’re still waiting for several contracts for the 3-day mystery trip next June, but the dates are “set in stone”. Call if you want a brochure when available.  We already have some names.

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God bless you and your families and as always, God Bless America. Happy holidays early!

--Jill Kirkpatrick

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
It’s the best big band sound around, and 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, 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 now. Call to see if we can still get space.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
“Miracle on 34th Street” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI
Only 2 seats remain. 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 and served on a lemon cream sauce 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 is due now.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Fall Shopping Trip to the new Des Moines Outlets & More
Sold out. Call to go on the wait list. We’ll spend most of the day at the new outlets which are to open October 20. You’ll receive a coupon book upon arrival. 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, Book Warehouse, Brooks Brothers, Game Boy, GNC, Toys R Us and Yankee Candle. Mid-day join us as we shop at the Container Store in West Des Moines. There will be a stop for breakfast in the morning, take a short dinner break at Williamsburg to eat/shop on our way home, and visit the NEW Trader Joe’s in Coralville which just opened. Leave 6:45 a.m., return 8:30 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. Payment due Friday, November 3.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
“Miracle on 34th Street” II at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI
Two seats available. Payment deadline is upon us. Call right away. Same information, timing and pricing as November 8 above. Payment due now.

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. 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. We need a minimum number of reservations to get this pricing. Call right away. This will be a wonderful event to share with children and grandchildren age 5 and older.  Payment due Tuesday, October 31.

Sunday, December 3, 2017
“Gift of Christmas”, Caterpillar Performing Arts Theater, Washington, IL
Sold out with no wait list at this time. It’s a wonderful show full of holiday music, memories and comedy focusing on the gifts of the season from the crazy shopping, wrapping, and gift-giving to the incredible gifts of love, family and faith. The buffet lunch includes lettuce salad with dressings, chicken brushetta pasta, glazed ham, green beans, garlic smashed potatoes, dinner rolls, beverage and Chef’s choice of dessert. Leave 11:15 a.m., return 7:15 p.m. Price is $82 and includes bus, buffet lunch, tax and gratuity.  The entire Goodfield Players will be performing. Payment due Thursday, November 9.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
One-Day Mystery Trip
This trip is sold out with only one on the wait list. Call to be added. Enjoy a stop at this unique mansion with High Tea luncheon and more. Men will like it too! Touring with some walking required. Leave 7:00 a.m., return 7:30 p.m. As we have an exclusive luncheon time and tour involving a shuttle, it would be nice to leave 10 minutes earlier so we can add in another short restroom break. Your cooperation would be appreciated. Price is $125 and includes bus, tours, High Tea luncheon and morning “treat” 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. 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  
It is sold out with a wait list. 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. 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’s the longest continually running production in the U.S. with over 50 memorable scenes with live voices, music, live animals and even rain. Lunch will be at a local restaurant with your choice from several entrees. Leave 8:15 a.m., return 8:30 p.m. Price is $82 and includes bus, lunch and show. Payment due Wednesday, February 21.

Friday, April 6-20, 2018
Treasures of Japan  
This trip is limited to 24 people and is currently sold out. Since we are still 5 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, April 11, 2018
“Pretty Woman”, Oriental Theatre, downtown Chicago
Sold out.This has a very short run in Chicago before it heads off to Broadway, and we are lucky enough to have secured seating in the Loge. The musical adaptation of the smash 1990 romantic comedy “Pretty Woman” has laid out its route to Broadway, with a creative team that includes musician Bryan Adams and Garry Marshall, the late director of the film, as well as a cast led by Samantha Barks. 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 $152 per person and includes bus and show. A $25 non-refundable deposit holds your space if received within 2 weeks of reserving. If we do not receive your deposit, your space will automatically be released to others interested in the trip. Final payment due Monday, February 5.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
“42nd Street”, at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI
Sold out. This 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! Lunch is a chopped chef’s salad with peppercream dressing and tortilla ribbons with a boneless pork chop, whipped Yukon gold potatoes and gravy, creamed sweet corn and cinnamon apple sauce. Frozen lemon custard pie is for dessert. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $127 and includes bus, lunch & show Payment due Thursday, April 5.

Monday, May 14-17, 2018
The Ark Encounter & More
Only 7 seats remain. Trip includes Weberding Carvings; The Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY; Basilica of the Assumption; and a five-hour stay at The Ark, which is our main attraction in Williamstown, KY. It 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 visit St. Mary-of-the-Woods en route home. There’s high demand for this tour. Call right away. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail you one. Price is $779 dbl., $899 sgl. One lady looking for a roommate.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Church Basement Ladies 2nd Helping, Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI
Join us as our ladies deal with life, death, and new aeventures, finding strength in each other from below the “House of God”. This time around the year is 1969 and the world is changing. As folks protest the Vietnam War and women are demanding equal pay for equal work in their small rural Minnesota community, the ladies of the Lutheran church basement kitchen are dealing with changes of their own. With their humor and hilarious antics they take us from serving the high school students at the Luther League Banquet to a church sponsored Missionary Night and the rise and fall of a Viking’s Super Bowl Sunday. Lunch is a salad of strawberries, mangoes, candied pecans, and cheddar cheese on Arugula then glazed with a raspberry viniagrette dressing. The entrée is a beef short rib with whipped potatoes, a mix of fresh Julienne vegetables, and a baked tomato filled with seasoned garlic croutons, Feta cheese and bacon chips. Triple layer carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and homemade butter pecan frozen custard is for dessert. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $127 and includes bus, lunch & show. Payment due Monday, May 7.

Tuesday, June 25-27, 2018
3-Day Mystery Trip
All I can give you is the date right now. I’m still awaiting several contracts. If you’re interested let me know and I’ll get a brochure to you as soon as I have answers—probably November 2nd.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
“Waitress”, at the Cadillac Theatre, Chicago
Sold out.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 not received, 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
There’s a lot of interest in this trip and only 9 seats remain and we’re still almost a year away! 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 the home of Barbara Mandrell; and much more. Price $2,349 dbl., $2,999 sgl. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail you one.

Friday, October 26-November 11, 2018
Western Mediterranean Cruise
Unfortunately, there has been so much interest in this cruise that it is sold out with 18 on a wait list. We’re still awaiting hotel and airline pricing, but should have it by about October 31 with a  preliminary brochure available shortly thereafter.  All cabins are balconies and will be approximately $5,750 dbl. to include 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. We’re still keeping a wait list. It’s a year away!

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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