Inland Empire Tours
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Trip Descriptions

Trip Difficulty Rating System:  * Sedentary, minimal walking; ** Moderate walking, possible steps; 
                                            *** Possibly walking over 1 mile, and/or extended standing



Hutterites, Harrington Garden Tour and Lunch**

Aug 16, Wed; begins 8:00 AM Visit the Moses Lake Hutterite Community. Learn about this conservative religious German-speaking farming group that practice communal living. They share all monies, teach German and  religion in German. Eat their delicious home cooked meal. Tour includes one loaf of bread. Around this we'll visit several beautiful Harrington Gardens.  Also, explore the restored Opera House. Pkg includes lunch, tour, admissions, bread, trans., and tour guide. RSVP by Aug 4 #170816 $75

Ross Cedar Grove & Amber Bear Country Inn Lunch***

Aug 18, Fri., begins 8:00AM Truly, a beautiful drive any time of the year. See Ross Cedar Grove, a virgin Cedar tree forest. Walk amongst these 8 to 12 foot diameter virgin forest trees. It creates a spiritual experience. Amber Bear Inn is a quaint country inn nestled in the hollow of Beaver Peak on a 400-acre wildlife sanctuary. It is bordered on the south by the Kootenai National Forest and near the Cabinet Mountains. The area is Montana's only rain forest and contains an impressive variety of trees, plants, wild berries and wildflowers. Birds and wildlife abound. The owner's wildlife camera regularly films elk, bear, cougars, and even an wolverine. Pkg. includes scenic ride, lunch, trans., and tour guide. RSVP by Aug 8 #170818 $72

Ghosts and Murderers of South Hill, Bus Tour* Sorry, this trip has filled. Watch for a repeat trip in Oct/Nov

Aug 19, Sat.; begins 7:00 PM Two hour bus tour of South Hill's most infamous ghosts, murder sites, and demons of the neighborhood. And you thought South Hill was a safe place to live. Meet at Grocery Outlet, 1617 West 3rd Ave. RSVP by Aug 18 #170819 $15

Long Beach Kite Festival, 2 Steam Train Rides, Mt Rainier, Mt St. Helens ***

Aug 22-27, Tues.-Sun.; begins 8:00 AM Kites, Beaches, and Trains, Oh My! Join us for this Oregon and Washington coast line, seashore to mountain adventure. At  Long Beach, fly a kite, watch others fly a kite both indoors and outdoors, or just enjoy the ocean during our two night stay. Our journey takes us along the Coastline from Garibaldi, Oregon to Long Beach, WA. Experience the Oregon Scenic Steam Train along the Oregon coast. Enjoy the Mount Rainier Steam Train ride. Look into Mount St. Helens crater and blast zone from  Windy Ridge viewpoint. Experience the natural beauty of Mt. Rainier, Longmire, Nisqually Glacier, and Paradise. Only three hotels used for this trip. RSVP by 6/30 #170822 $1516 dbl occ; $2025 sgl occ.

B-Reactor Tour - Formerly a Top Secret Site and lunch*

Aug 31, Thu.; begins 7:15 AM Formerly a  top-secret site, this B-Reactor now offers tours. Part of the Manhattan Project originally, it helped develop the Atomic Bomb. Learn how it worked, discover the worker's conditions, and why it was retired from its work. This is on the Hanford Reservation and the tour lasts about four hours so plan a full day. Handicap needs can be accommodated, too. Pkg. includes lunch, admissions, trans., and tour guide. RSVP by Aug 21 #170831 $72

Haunted Hillyard Bus Ghost Tour*

Sep 3, Sun; begins 6:30 PM Learn the ghostly, murderous and ghastly history of Hillyard. Experience downtown Hillyard, and the dark adjacent North Side as well as folk tales of the area’s magical trees and birds. Bus leaves from Hillyard Community Center, 4001 N Cook Street (parking lot entrance on Walton) in Hillyard. RSVP by Sep 01 #170903 $15

Kootenai River Casino*

Sep 5, Tues; begins 8:15 AM Pickup locations and times: Downtown pick up spot  at Grocery Outlet (3rd & Maple) at 8:15.  Argonne & Mission Rite Aid parking lot at 8:30 AM. Post Falls Super 1 at 8:50 AM. Best Western Coeur d'Alene Inn at 9:00 AM RSVP by Sept 4 170905 $25

Ashland Shakespearian Festival, Jet Boat on the Rogue River, Medford & Jacksonville **

Sept 11-15, Mon-Fri if you choose to fly to Medford. You'll need to provide your own transportation to & from the Spokane airport.
Sept 10-16, Sun-Sat if you choose to travel by bus; begins 8:00 AM Our hotel in Ashland is only a block away from the theaters where we'll see Julius Caesar, Shakespeare in Love, Off the Rails (a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure) and Beauty and the Beast in an evening outdoor theater performance. We'll tour the Harry and David gourmet food gifts facility, have a wine tasting and dinner at a local winery, and take a 2 hr. jet boat trip on the upper Rogue River. We'll also see a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and the western gold rush theme town of Jacksonville. Those traveling by bus will have overnight stays in Albany and Cascade Locks on the trip down and back. RSVP by July 1 #170910 By air: Dbl $1890; Sgl $2217. By bus: Dbl $1630; Sgl $1996

Haunted East Side Serial Killer and Ghost Tour*

Sep 22, Fri; begins 7:00 PM This two-hour bus tour follows the trails of some of America’s most notorious serial killers, lycanthropic (werewolf) psychopaths and cannibals who have plied their dark amusements in Spokane. Intermission will include refreshments at “The Checkerboard” – Washington’s century-old tavern in the haunted East Side of the City. Bus Tours leave from and return to the Group Health parking lot, 322 West North River Drive (parking free).  Restrictions: Age 21 and over because of alcohol served at the Checkerboard. RSVP by Sep 21 #170922 $15

Boat Cruise, Floating Restaurant, Hope & Beyond Hope *

Sep 23, Sat; begins 8:00 AM The northeast corner of Pend Oreille Lake offers incredible scenery amongst the islands and around the Clark Fork River delta area. Today, we experience a new three hour chartered cruise aboard a luxurious thirty-passenger ship called 3G Tour (Glengarry Bay to Green Bay to Green Monarchs). It explores beautiful parts of the Lake while seeing a variety of birdlife, private coves, towering cliffs, the islands of Hope, and more. Lunch at the Hope Floating Restaurant. Pkg. includes lunch, chartered 3 hr boat cruise, trans., and tour guide. RSVP by Sep 11 #170923 $91

Quinn's Hot Springs, Rocklyn Road Music Show** Call for availability

Sep 24, Sun. through Sep 25, Mon.; departs 8:00 AM Enjoy the naturally hot mineral water at Quinn's Hot Springs, MT. With  their enlarged pools and nice log cabins built a couple of years ago and restaurant on premise, and where wildlife abounds, it creates a great setting. Tonight enjoy their sold out show to Rocklyn Roads.  Miss Rocklyn, Singer/songwriter, is also the band's fiddle player. A seasoned performer at the age of 17, she captivates all ages of music lovers. Rocklyn's music spans the 1940's to current day. Expect a little country, Blues, Rockabilly, and Rock N' Roll.  Her personality will make you feel like family. Dinner and lunch at the resort. Pkg includes hotel, hot pools, three meals, trans., and tour guide. RSVP by Aug 1 #170924 $353 dbl occ.; $463 single occ.

Canadian Shopping Experience and Drug Prescriptions and lunch**

Sep 27, Wed; begins 8:00 AM  Nelson B.C. which offers fun shopping, a beautiful scenic drive and a chance to buy your prescription drugs at a reduced price.  Many people buy three months of medicine for one month's price. They also have Epi Pens over the counter for about $100. The shopping offers different distributors and products. For instance, the Canadian Safeway stores offer some English products. Going into Canada now requires a passport or an enhanced driver's license. Call to find out what you need to do ahead of time Pkg. includes trans., lunch, and tour guide. Doctor visit costs $40 to $80 depending upon your age (on your own). RSVP by Sep. 20. #170927 $74

West Side Story & Dinner*

Sep 28, Thu.; begins 4:45PM As the Associated Press says, "West Side Story remains Broadway's best dance-driven musical."  It's love story remains powerful, poignant and timely as ever. Enjoy songs like "Maria", "Something's Coming," "Tonight," " America," and "Somewhere". Performed at the Civic Theater. Dinner today will be at Luigi's Restaurant. Pkg. includes admission, dinner, trans., and tour guide. RSVP by Aug 30  #170928 $95

Pend Oreille Train Ride and Historical Museum and lunch**

Sep 30, Sat; begins 8:30 Pend Oreille Train rides return but on a different route. Starting this year the train travels along the Pend Oreille River from Newport to Dalkena. Along with this we'll explore the Pend Oreille Historical Society. They have an actual Fire Lookout building, One-Room School House, a Blacksmith shop, and many exhibits explaining the northern country's settlers, homesteaders, miners, and Lumberjacks. Pkg. includes admissions, lunch, trans., and tour guide. RSVP 9/7 #170930 $74

"Something Rotten", Best of Broadway, & Dinner*

Oct 4, Wed; begins 4:30 PM Set in the 90's, the 1590's, "Something Rotten" expresses  "an Explosion of Musical Joy" says NPR. With 10 Tony nominations, this hilarious smash hit pits two brothers who can't have their own hit play because William Shakespeare takes all the glory. Not till they learn that their success requires singing, dancing, and acting all at the same time do they make it to the top spotlight. Dinner will be at the Black Angus Steakhouse. RSVP by Sep 6 #171004 $132

Pend Oreille Train Ride & Dinner Mystery Comedy**

Oct 7, Sat.; begins 1:00 PM Pend Oreille Train travels between Newport and Dalkena along the river. After the train ride we will be entertained by the Northwood Performing Arts Dinner Mystery Comedy Play (Circle Moon Theater). Title to be announced later.  Be home about 10:30 pm. Pkg. includes admissions, dinner, trans., and tour guide. RSVP by Sep. 15. #171007 $79

Montana Falls Colors and Lunch*

Oct 11, Wed; begins 8:00 AM Tamaracks turn gold as the crisp fall weather approaches. Enjoy the scenic autumn leaf colors of the Bitterroot Mountains. Bighorn sheep have often been seen along the Clarkfork River. Our route will be around Lake Pend Oreille to Thompson Falls, over Thompson Pass, through Murray, along the Coeur d'Alene River, and home. This trip always fills up early!! Pkg. includes trans., lunch, and tour guide. RSVP by Oct. 4. #171011 $76

Civilian Conservation Corps in Idaho Panhandle**

Oct 12, Thur; begins 8:00 AM Idaho may have the most CCC camps in the Northwest. Join CDA historian Robert Singletary as we explore this important episode of the FDR New Deal. Watch a slide show presentation. Learn the important legacy that these young men did by building quality and long-lasting buildings, trails, bridges, and roads.  Explore how they lived and worked in this quasi military organization. Learn how these 2.5 million trained individuals made a difference in WW11 when the CCC ended. Discover how the nation and individuals benefited greatly. .Journey to one of the CCC sites, (probably Heyburn Park). Pkg. includes lunch, trans., and tour guides. RSVP by 10/5 #171012 $65

Super Diamond, Super Pops, & Dinner*

Oct 14, Sat; begins 5:15 PM Do you love Neil Diamond? Listen to "Crackin' Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show", "Sweet Caroline" and others. Hear Neil Diamond music and style, but interpreted by Randy "Surreal Neil" Cordero and preformed with the Spokane Symphony Super Pops. Should be loads of fun. Dinner will be at the Scratch Restaurant. Pkg. includes admission, dinner, trans., and tour guide. RSVP by Sep 21. #171014 $107

Pend Oreille Train and Fall Colors Scenic Drive and lunch** Sorry, this trip has filled

Oct 15, Sun; begins 8:30 AM Today, we'll combine a scenic drive over Tiger Pass to see the Tamaracks Golden Fall colors and the Pend Oreille train. Tamaracks turn a beautiful gold color. We will also travel via train along the Pend Oreille River. Pkg. includes admission, lunch, trans., and tour guide. RSVP by Sep 26. #171015  $74

"Lethal Lecture" Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Theater*

Oct 22, Sun; begins 10:00AM The Cutter Theater performs this Murder Mystery Dinner theater. This original play's basic plot line evolves around a visiting professor speaking on Egyptian cultures who winds up dead shortly after speaking. Who did it? Play involves audience participation and the meal will be served by the cast. One of my drivers, Steve Warner, will be performing in the play. Should be loads of fun!! Pkg. includes matinee dinner theater, one meal, trans., and tour guide.  RSVP by 10/3 #171022 $62

Irish Splendor** Sorry this trip is closed

Oct 27 - Nov 4, Fri.-Sat.; Make this year, 2017, the year you finally take that Ireland tour. Experience breathtaking countryside filled with history and legend! Kiss the famed Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle; stand in awe of the stunning 700 ft. high Cliffs of Moher; dine at stately Cabra Castle; travel the Dingle Peninsula, one of the world's most beautiful coastal routes; and experience the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family.  Enjoy a night of Irish entertainment and hearty dinner. your trip includes a tour of Dublin and time to shop and explore the cultural offerings of Dublin on your own.  Includes 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners, air and ground trans. and admissions, tour guides provided by Collette Guided Tours. $2999 dbl. occ. (increases to $3199 after April 28, 2017) Passport required. Trip #171027

Mambo Kings, Super Pops & Dinner*

Nov 11, Sat.; begins 4:45 PM Mambo Kings play top-notch Latin Jazz ensemble that is nationally recognized for their explosive blend of Afro Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisational. Expect an electrifying Latin jazz tour of the Americas with Brubeck's "Blue Mambo a la Turk" and the burning Tito Puente's "Tres Lindus Cibanas". To fit the theme, tonight's dinner will be at Azetca Restaurant. RSVP by Oct 16 #171111 $99

Nashville Christmas Shows**

Nov 13-18, Mon-Fri, depart 6:AM Visit the Music City for their Christmas Shows. We have Grand Ole Opry Show at Ryman Auditorium, General Jackson Paddle wheeler Luncheon Show, Chaffin Barn Dinner Theater, Diamond Rio's Christmas Shows, Holiday Stage Dinner Show with professional gymnastics, the incredible "Ice" ( themed walk through event that has hundreds of carved sculptures). We also will be staying all nights in the Gaylord Opryland Resort Hotel. Enjoy its large, several acre court, highly decorated, with the Delta Flatboat rides. Around this, experience a city tour, Country Music Hall of Fame, Studio B (where Elvis and others recorded), Parthenon, and at least one antebellum mansion. RSVP by 9/13 #171113 $2299 dbl; $2639 sgl

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting -- Overnight**

Nov 29, Wed. through Nov 30, Thu.; departs 8:00 AM Enjoy all the Christmas lights without the crowds during the Christmas Lighting Festival midweek event.  Join us for Christmas shopping, Bronn Journey concert, a horse-drawn sleigh ride, and the Christmas lights of this Bavarian village. Pkg includes hotel, sleigh ride, Bronn Journey concert, trans., three meals, and tour guide. RSVP by Oct 9. #171129 $319 dbl. occ.; $391 single occ.

Motown, the Musical, Best of Broadway, and Lunch*

Jan 27, Sat; begins 11:30 AM "Motown" launched the musical careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops,  and  many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives, and widen our musical interests. Come and enjoy many classical songs like "My Girl" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". Our meal will be at the Davenport Safari Room. Pkg includes admission, meal, trans., and tour guide. RSVP by Dec. 22 #180127 $132

Iceland's Magical Northern Lights*** Call for availability

Feb 2-9, 2018. One of the most popular new tourist destinations! 6 days touring Iceland's picturesque beauty and volcanic carved landscape with Collette Guided Tours.  Embark on a nightly search for the northern lights, take a northern lights cruise; visit glaciers; beautiful waterfalls; take a dip in the warm waters of a geothermal pool located in the middle of a lava field.  Experience Icelandic culture and tour the Golden Circle, a route that encompasses many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders. Our trip includes a "recovery day" of free-time after our overnight flight and before the guided tour begins.  A deposit of $250 by Aug. 13, 2017, will save you $200 on this trip.  $3699 per person for dbl. occ. includes air, hotel, admissions, cruise, 5 breakfasts and 5 dinners. Passport required. Trip #180202

Yosemite, Sacramento, Lassen Volcanic National Park**

Initial plans to experience northern and mid-California in April 2018. More details coming!

Rome, Florence, Venice***

We'll be teaming up with Collette Vacations for this trip in September 2018. Watch for more details by mid-summer.

 

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