Spring in the South - 100th Anniversary Tour

Spring in the South - 100th Anniversary Tour

Join us for this 100th Anniversary Signature Tour featuring Tunica & Natchez, MS!

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Join us for this 100th Anniversary Signature Tour featuring Tunica & Natchez, MS!

SAVE $100 PER PERSON IF YOU BOOK BEFORE 2/14/2020!

 

Natchez, MS

Join us as we immerse ourselves in the hidden jewel of the South that is Natchez. History in Natchez is not just something that is read about in books. Here, history lives.  It lives in their traditions, their heritage, their buildings that line the city streets, and the people. They invite you to experience this history first hand by exploring the stories, structures, scenery, and Southern hospitality in and around Natchez, its impression staying with you long after you’ve departed.  We will be spending 3 nights at the Magnolia Bluffs Hotel and Casino where you will receive $25 in Play, breakfast daily and a dinner buffet.  We have optional tours available if you would like to join us on one of those to explore Natchez.  Otherwise, Magnolia Bluffs does have complimentary shuttle to and from the downtown area, if you would like to explore on your own. 

 

Gold Strike Casino Resort - Tunica, MS

The first night and last night of this tour will be spent at the luxurious Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi.  Receive a total of $30 in Free Play ($15 in Play each evening) and breakfast each morning.  Luggage handling is also included.  Enjoy this beautiful resort property.

 

Included Sightseeing

Upon arrival in Natchez, we'll stop at the Mississippi Welcome Center which is also home to the local offices of the National Park Service and Visit Natchez. Enjoy the exhibits at the Natchez Visitors Center and a 20-minute movie about the history of Natchez and the surrounding area is included in the comfortable 65-seat theater.  We'll view The Natchez Story, a 20-minute film on Natchez's history that spans over three centuries.  Then a local guide will join us for a narrated tour of the City of Natchez and get us familiar with this small Mississippi River Town.  With over 300 years of history, all your senses will be touched by what makes Natchez, Mississippi like no other destination in the Southern United States.   On day 6 enroute to Tunica, we'll make a stop in Vicksburg, MS and visit where Coca-Cola was first bottled in 1894.  We'll make a stop at the Ground Zero Blues Club located in Clarksdale, MS and is owned by local attorney and businessman, Bill Luckett and Academy Award-winning actor and Mississippi Delta resident, Morgan Freeman.  A fantastic lunch is included at Ground Zero which has been featured on CBS' 60 Minutes, CNN, Turner South, The Food Network, The Travel Channel, BBC, and The Discovery Channel. 

 

Optional Tour #1 - Natchez's Historic Homes (Lunch is included) - $89 per person

Today's homes we will tour include Longwood, the largest octagonal house in America.  Construction was halted by the Civil War.  The original furnishings and tolls are intact and it is a National Historic Landmark.  Next, Stanton Hall, an 1857 Palatial Green Revival antebellum residence.  It is furnished with period antiques and original Stanton Family pieces.  This National Historic Landmark features delicate arched millwork in the hall and parlors.  Then, The Carriage House Restaurant is on the grounds of historic Stanton Hall and specializes in delicious southern food, which is prepared with care by the hands of Chef Beth Blackmon. Chef Blackmon has taken great care to preserve the long-standing favorite dishes of locals and brought a few new succulent entrees to the table.  We'll enjoy an included buffet lunch.  The third house today is the William Johnson House Museum.  Known as "The Barber of Natchez," William Johnson began his life as a slave, and once freed, opened a barber shop and began teaching the trade to free black men.  Until his death over a land dispute in 1851, he kept a diary that today serves as an important resource in the study of his time and the life of freed blacks.  William Johnson built a three story bruick house in downtown Natchez where he moved his large family into in 1841.  The downstairs space was occupied by commercial property, quarters for his servants, and housed livestock on the property.  After his death, his family continued living in the house and eventually was purchased by the National Park Service in 1990.  His restored home in downtown Natchez offers a glimpse into his life. 

 

Optional Tour #2 - Greg Iles Book Tour - $40 per person

This tour takes you around to over 35 places in Natchez that Greg Iles mentions in the first Penn Cage series The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, and the Devil's Punchbowl.  This tour is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes in length.

 

Optional Tour #3 - Good Mood Food Tour of Natchez - $95 per person

Enjoy a new taste bud zapping food tour of Natchez that features 6 local restaurants with a sampling from each. Save room for dessert!  We will go to the Natchez Coffee Co. where you will receive 1 beignet and 1 coffee.  Next, Biscuits & Blues for a small 4 oz gumbo or crawfish corn chowder and 1 biscuit.  Followed by fried pickles at Bowies Tavern and great BBQ at Pig Out Inn.  Then, a stop at Fat Mama's Tamales for 1 tamale and 1/3 of a Knock You Naked Margarita.  To complete our day, dessert is at Mammy's Cupboard. This tour is approximately 3 hours 30 minutes in length.

 

Optional Tour #4 - Optional Dinner Excursion to the Old Country Store - $25 per person

People travel for hours to partake of "Mr D"'s 'Heavenly Fried Chicken' at The Old Country Store Restaurant in Lorman, Mississippi.  You may have seen "Mr D" and his heavenly fried chicken on the Food Network show The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Show host, Alton Brown admits there's one man who makes better fried chicken than he does!  An all-you-can-eat buffet includes fried chicken and other meats, tossed salad, cucumber/tomato salad, potato salad, coleslaw, mac & cheese, corn on the cob, green beans, turnip greens, dirty rice, field peas, sweet potatoes, dressing and cornbread. And, owner Arthur Davis ("Mr D") entertains diners by singing a song about his Grand Mama's cornbread.  Dessert and non-alcoholic beverage is included.

 

Day 1

5:00am Depart American Center P&R Madison
6:30am Depart Badger Office West Allis
7:00am Depart College Ave NE P&R
- A Boxed Breakfast is included for you to enjoy
- Arrive at the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica, MS
- Receive $15 in Free Play at Gold Strike

B

Day 2

- Visit Natchez Visitors Center and see the exhibits about Natchez
- View The Natchez Story Movie
- Narrated Natchez, MS City Sightseeing Tour
- Check-in to the Magnolia Bluffs Hotel and Casino for a 3 night stay
- Receive $25 in Play, a voucher for a dinner buffet and breakfast each morning

B, D

Day 3

- Optional Tour #1: Natchez Historic Homes (Lunch included) - Cost is $89 per person

B

Day 4

- Optional Tour #2: Greg Iles Book Tour - Cost is $40 Per person
- Optional Tour #3: Good Mood Food Tour - Cost is $95 per person.
- Optional Tour #4: Dinner at the Old Country Store - Cost is $25 per person.

B

Day 5

- Visit the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum
- Visit Ground Zero Blues Club for an included lunch
- Arrive at the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica, MS
- Receive $15 in Free Play at Gold Strike

B, L

Day 6

7:30pm Estimated return to College Ave NE P&R
8:00pm Estimated return to Badger Office West Allis
9:45pm Estimated return to American Center P&R in Madison

B

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Hotel Accommodations

Day One & Five - Gold Strike Casino, Tunica,MS

Day Two-Four - Magnolia Bluffs Casino, Natchez, MS

 

SAVE $100 PER PERSON IF YOU BOOK BEFORE 2/14/2020!

 

PER PERSON RATE:  Double Occupancy   $935, Single Occupancy   $1179, or Triple Occupancy $930

 

Final Payment Due 3/15/2020

 

OPTIONAL TRAVEL CANCELLATION PROTECTION PLAN PER PERSON if booked by 2/14/2020: Double or Triple Occupancy $80 OR Single Occupancy $88

For reservations made after 2/14/2020 please add $8 per person to the costs of the protection plan.

 

Please Note:  A pickup in Johnson Creek, Delafield, Oconomowoc or Waukesha may be added based on first request.  Additionally, a pickup in Gurnee, IL may be added.

 

Gratuities for the tour director and driver are not included in the price and are at the passengers’ discretion.  Parking is at your own risk.  Casino Meal and Play packages are subject to change without notice. All passengers must be 21 years of age or older.  Winnings over $1,199 require a Social Security Card.  Valid State Photo I.D. is required. Minimum of 20 required for each optional tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
American Center P&R American Center Park & Ride, Madison, WI
Badger Bus Tours MKE Badger Bus Tours Office - West Allis
6759 W. Greenfield Ave West Allis, WI 53214
College Ave NE P&R College Ave NE Park & Ride
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