Classic Travels, L.L.C.
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3371 Eastridge Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa  52722
(563) 332-0014
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Charming French Canada

Shipshewana, 2018

Southern Treasures

W. Caribbean Cruise, 2019

Hawaii Cruise, 2019

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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:  March 16, 2018 

We have a busy year ahead of us. As usual the Fireside shows are practically sold out until  Christmas. Sign up now so you’re not disappointed. We have our usual great seats.

The Overnight Shopping, May 7-8, trip is filling and will be a shopper’s delight.  This one covers a great deal of ground! Our Hilton DoubleTree Hotel is right in Schaumburg.

For those of you who love good piano music, Jim McDonough is having a private concert for us in his Cedar Rapids home on his personal Steinway Grand. See June 2 for details inside.

Our Shipshewana trip is planned for right after Labor Day, September 4-7, and has several new places to visit in addition to some of our favorites including a visit to an Amish school. The hotel is the beautiful Das Essenhaus for all three nights.  See the article enclosed for more details.   

Two cruise previews will be held Friday, May 11:  At 3:00 p.m. we’ll showcase the cruise on Celebrity’s “Equinox” January 24-February 3 to the Western Caribbean. There are some generous amenities offered for signing up prior to March 31. See article inside for details.  The other cruise will be Hawaii and the date is February 27-March 10. All we’re waiting for is airline pricing. We’ll go in March so we can see the humpback whales!  Plan to join us at 4:00 p.m.

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

--Jill Kirkpatrick

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
“42nd Street”, at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI
Sold out with 6 on the wait list. 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. 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, 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 7-8, 2018
Overnight Shopping Trip
This trip is packed with great shopping. Stop at the DeKalb Oasis for morning “treats” before spending several hours at The Little Traveler in Geneva, IL. Then travel to the outlets of Geneva Commons for the Home Goods Store, Crate & Barrel and more.  We’ll visit Terri Lynn Nuts and then onto Schaumburg where we’ll include IKEA and the Container Store.  Our hotel is the Hilton DoubleTree in Schaumburg. After a full, hot breakfast spend the rest of the day shopping at Woodfield or IKEA again with a stop for dinner and a visit to Trader Joe’s en route home. Leave 7:00 a.m. Monday morning and return Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. Price is $139 dbl., $189 sgl. and includes bus, breakfast treats, hotel and full breakfast.  Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail one to you.  A $25 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Final payment due Tuesday, April 3.

Friday, May 11, 2018
Western Caribbean Cruise/Tour
Join us at 3:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor Boardroom at Northwest Bank, 100 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport to find out about our trip, January 24-February 3 next year. It’s on Celebrity’s 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. Reservations appreciated for the Preview so we can have enough refreshments and hand-outs. Quite a few have already signed up, but we are holding 2 balconies in our inventory which if you book by March 31 will offer a $300 per cabin shipboard credit and also the beverage package per person (about a $350 amenity by itself).  Final payment is October 1, 2018.

Friday, May 11, 2018
Hawaii Cruise/Tour
Come at 4:00 p.m. to the 2nd floor Boardroom at Northwest Bank, 100 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport to find out about our trip February 27-March 10 next year.  Will include bus to Chicago, pre-night in Chicago, round trip air to/from Honolulu, 2 pre-cruise nights at the Marriott Waikiki 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, optional Paradise Cove Luau & Show, trip insurance and more. We’ve had cabins reserved for several months and are waiting on air pricing. A brochure should be available by the end of April. Let us know if you are interested and we will get one to you as soon as possible. Reservations appreciated for the Preview so we can have enough refreshments and hand-outs.  

Monday, May 14-17, 2018
The Ark Encounter & More
Sold Out.  Call to be put on the wait list. 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. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail you one. Price is $779 dbl., $899 sgl. Final payment due Tuesday, April 3.

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Jim McDonough, Home Concert
Many of you have heard Jim perform in various cities in the spring and at the holidays. He now has opened up his home in Cedar Rapids and is offering a private two-hour concert on his personal Steinway piano. Seating is limited to 50 and we’ll be stopping in Coralville at Texas Roadhouse for lunch prior to his 2:00 p.m. exclusive concert for our group.  During his intermission, Jim will be serving a selection of desserts with champagne and/or a non-alcoholic beverage. Leave at 9:45 a.m., return 6:30 p.m. Price is $129 and includes bus, lunch, and concert. Payment due Friday, May 11.

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 adventures, 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 raspberry vinaigrette 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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
“Hamilton”, at the CIBC Theater, downtown Chicago (former PrivateBank Theater)
Sold out.  Call to be placed on the wait list. “Hamilton” is an American musical, sung and rapped-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda and inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. It remains the hottest ticket in New York. There will be time to shop/eat downtown prior to the 1:30 p.m. matinee, an optional visit to Trader Joe’s prior to the show and 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. Seats are in the Dress Circle.

Tuesday, June 25-27, 2018
3-Day Mystery Trip
Sold out with 3 on the wait list. Brochure is on our website. Final payment is Friday, May 18.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
“Hamilton”, at the CIBC Theater, downtown Chicago (former PrivateBank Theater)
Sold Out. Same information as June 20 above. Call to be placed on the wait list.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
“Waitress”, at the CadillacTheatre, Chicago
Sold out with a wait list. 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. Final payment due Tuesday, May 8. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
“Hamilton”, at the CIBC Theater, downtown Chicago (former PrivateBank Theater)
Sold out.  Call to be placed on the wait list. Same information as June 20 above.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
“Little Mermaid”, the Fireside Dinner Theatre in Ft. Atkinson, WI
In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, and the classic animated film, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is a beautiful love story. This “fishy” fable of Ariel and her colorful friends will capture your heart with its irresistible songs like “Under the Sea”, “Kiss the Girl”, and “Part of Your World”. Lunch will be fresh mixed fruit over garden greens with Papaya Chutney dressing,skinless breast of chicken, lightly breaded and garnished with caper buds and served with parmesan orzo, fresh asparagus and carrots. Dessert is a trilogy of Key Lime pie, a chocolate éclair and a pecan round. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $127 and includes bus, lunch & show. Special menu & pricing for children 14 & under. Payment due Monday, July 2.

Thursday, August 9-17, 2018
Charming French Canada Trip
Stay in luxurious Fairmont Hotels—Chateau Frontenac, Le Manoir Richelieu, and Le Chateau Montebello. Includes Montreal tour on foot or by coach, old and new Quebec City, Charlevoix, Montmorency Falls, maple syrup making, Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre, a whale watching excursion, and more. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail you one. Price is $3,999 dbl., $4,999 sgl. A DVD of the trip preview is available to view. Final payment is due Friday, June 8.

Tuesday, September 4-7, 2018 
Shipshewana, Indiana
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 is due Wednesday, August 1.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
“Grease”, at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Ft. Atkinson, WI
Only 2 seats left.  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. Price $2,349 dbl., $2,999 sgl. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail you one. Final payment due Monday, July 9.

Friday, October 26-November 11, 2018
Western Mediterranean Cruise
Sold Out with one lady looking for a roommate.  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. Call for a brochure and we’ll mail you one. Final payment is Friday, June 15.

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.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
“Elf” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre, Ft. Atkinson, WI        
Same information at November 14 above. Payment due Wednesday, October 10.

Thursday, January 24-February 3, 2019
Western Caribbean Cruise/Tour
Remember how cold it was this past January?  Well, plan to join us next year for this 11-day trip to warmer weather. See Friday, May 11 preview listed above for all the details. 

Wednesday, February 27-March 10, 2019
Hawaii Cruise/Tour
See all of Hawaii with us next year. Refer to Friday, May 11 article for preliminary details.

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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