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

3371 Eastridge Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa  52722
(563) 332-0014
Trips & Events

Alaska, 2017

Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park

Discover Scotland, 2017

Mexican Riviera 2018

Treasures of Japan 

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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:  May 28, 2017
We have now attended two shows at the Caterpillar Performing Arts Theater in Washington, IL featuring the Conklin Dinner Theater players and find the theater to be quite nice with roomy and comfortable seating. It isn’t too far or too expensive and offers great Sunday entertainment.  We leave at 11:15 a.m. so you can still get to church now! They will offer a Christmas Show, the “Gift of Christmas” on December 3. Join us!

There have been three cancellations for the Canadian Rockies/Glacier National Park trip,
August 24-31 and final payment is quickly approaching. Call if you are interested. One lady possibly will take a roommate. See article inside for further details. Also, there’s still room for Discover Scotland, October 1-10, and one lady is looking for a roommate on that trip as well.  

The January 18-28 cruise/tour next year is sold out with several on the wait list. 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. See the April 18 article inside.  

Fireside shows continue to fill quickly. Next year’s shows have all been released, and we are booked in our usual great seats. Due to an increase in bus and theater pricing, however, there has been a modest increase, but it’s still a good price for a full day of great theater and food.

Our next newsletter will announce two trips for 2018 to Charming French Canada in July featuring three Fairmont hotels--Chateau Frontenac, Le Manoir Richelieu, and Le Chabeau  Montebello, and a bus trip to the Biltmore Estate, Charleston and Savannah in the fall.  Watch also for information about Jim McDonough’s Christmas concert yet this year and a bus trip in the spring to the Creation Museum and the lifesize Noah’s Ark.

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God bless you and your families and as always, God Bless America. Happy 4th of July to all, and have a great summer!                                                                                    

--Jill Kirkpatrick

Sunday, July 9-22, 2017
Alaska Land Tour/Cruise
There is a possibility of a balcony cabin cancellation. Call immediately if you are interested. The trip includes bus to Chicago, overnight and breakfast at the Marriott Courtyard near O’Hare, round trip air, one post night in Vancouver, 4 night’s on land in Alaska, 7-night cruise on Celebrity’s newly renovated Millennium ship, with ports of call at Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point and Ketchikan then cruising the Inside Passage to Vancouver.  Also enjoy the Discovery Riverboat Tour in Fairbanks, Gold Dredge tour, Denali Natural History tour, Deluxe Railroad Dome Car Tour, Pioneer Park Salmon Bake, Anchorage tour and a post tour in Vancouver. Includes port charges, taxes, fees, shipboard gratuities, trip insurance and more. Prices are Inside $5,399 dbl., Oceanview $5,999 dbl., and Balcony $6,799 dbl. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail one. A DVD of the preview is available. Final payment due now. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
“Church Basement Ladies” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI
Filling quickly. The church basement kitchen is often the heart and soul of any church. This musical comedy is funny, heart-warming, down to earth and will bring back memories of people you know and love. You’ll meet the pastor, three cooks and one daughter who run the kitchen and care for the congregation. Problems arise and we watch as the women handle a Lutefisk Dinner, a funeral, an Easter fund raiser, and of course a wedding. They stave off potential disasters, have loads of music and fun, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the pastor on a steady course. Lunch includes a broccoli and cauliflower salad, a roast boneless pork chop with herbed crouton dressing, whipped Yukon gold potatoes with gravy, creamed sweet corn, and cinnamon apple sauce. Dessert is Hummingbird cake--two layers of pineapple, bananas, cinnamon and pecans topped with cream cheese frosting. Leave at 7:00 a.m., return 8:00 p.m. Price is $125 and includes bus, lunch and show. Payment due Wednesday, July 5.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
“The Beat Goes On” at Rosewood Cabaret, Delavan, WI
New Departure Time: If you love live music with a good beat, you’ll love this show. Rhythm is at the heart of swing, R&B, and popular music. Tap your toes to hits by Glen Miller, Chuck Berry, The Andrews Sisters, Elvis, Ray Charles, Carl Perkins, the Four Seasons, Johnny Cash and more. We arrive in time for a bit of shopping, purchase bakery items or sip on a beverage in the bar before lunch.  Your entrée choice is requested when you reserve space. The choices are pan roasted pork medallions with apple cider glaze, roasted citrus garlic crusted chicken, pan-seared Tilapia with sauteed ratatouille or braised burgundy beef tips with roasted onion, rutabaga and carrots. After the show we’ll make a stop for cheese en route home. Leave at 8:00 a.m., return at 7:30 p.m. Price is $92 and includes bus, lunch, show, and tax. Payment due Wednesday, July 26.  Please give us your entrée selection when reserving or at final payment.

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park
Three seats have opened up for this beautiful trip featuring two hotels. Call right away to see if they are still available. Includes bus to Chicago and overnight, round trip air to/from Calgary, Alberta; UNESCO World Heritage Site, Head-Smashed-In; Glacier National Park with a ride in a “jammer” across the “Going to the Sun Road”; gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain; 3 nights at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel; Bow Falls; the Hoodoos; Peyto Lake; choose either a ride in a snow coach across the Columbia Icefield on Icefields Parkway or walk on the Glacier Skywalk. And, there’s even an option to visit Lake Louise. Price is $3,599 dbl., $4,399 sgl. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail you one. A DVD of the trip preview is available to view. One lady is looking for a roommate.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
“Elvis Lives ” at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI
Only 8 seats remain. 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.  Audiences “Can’t Help Falling in Love” with this phenomenal theatrical concert experience. 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 Wednesday, August 16.

Sunday, October 1-10, 2017
Discover Scotland
This trip includes Edinburgh, St. Andrews (the birthplace of golf), a whiskey distillery, Glasgow, with a visit to the National Piping Centre, Ballachulish, Inverness, Thurso, ferry to the Orkney Islands, Loch Ness, cruise on Loch Lomond, Calloden Battlefield, Pitlochry, Isle of Skye, visit to a local Scottish farm for tea and scones with the farmer and his family, views of unspoiled landscapes, an interactive cooking experience, and more. Price is $3,999 dbl., $4,499 sgl. Download a brochure from our website or call and we’ll mail you one. A DVD of the trip preview is available to view. One lady is looking for a roommate.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Breitbachs, Apples and Fall Foliage, Balltown and Gays Mills, WI
It’s 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.

Saturday, November 4, 2017   
Hunter Fuerste and the Big Band Show at the Grand Opera House in Dubuque
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
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. 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.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
“Gift of Christmas”, Caterpillar Performing Arts Theater, Washington, IL
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.  Payment due Thursday, November 9.

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. 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.
Friday, April 6-20, 2018
Treasures of Japan  
This trip is limited to 24 people and is currently sold out. Since we are still 10 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.

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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.

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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