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

Taming of the Shrew & Dinner*

Apr 28, Fri.; begins 4:45 PM Bianca has many admirers, but is forbidden by her father to marry until her shrewish sister, Katharina, is betrothed. Enter Petruchio - a man challenged by Bianca's suitors to tame Katharina. Will Petruchio succeed in his mission and even find love along the way? Find out in this much-loved comedy by William Shakespeare. (quoted from advertisement) See a musical romp based on The Taming of the Shrew in Kiss Me Kate, on our June 4th trip! Performed by the Civic Theater.  Dinner at Ripples on the River. RSVP by 4/5 #170428 $86

Ghosts of Browne's Addition and Campbell House*

May 5, Fri.; begins 2:00 PM The rich Victorians of 19th Century Browne’s Addition may have physically moved on, but many of their ghosts, evil deeds, and haunting memories have not! Join us as we re-visit the history of Spokane’s old suburb and a hot bed of paranormal activity today. Meets at Grocery Outlet (3rd & Maple) RSVP by 5/4 #170505 $24

Civil War Enactment Dinner *

May 6, Sat; begins 4:00 PM An evening of Civil War history with Civil War themed food and an enactment of Lincoln's visit to Grant's camp to discuss peaceful settlement of the war. Presented by our local Civil War re-enactment group at the Shriner's Event Center off I-90. RSVP by 4/27 #170506 $35

Kootenai River Casino * Date has changed from Tues. to Wed.

May 10, Wed.; 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 5/8  #170509 $25

Mother's Day Brunch & Coeur d'Alene Lake Cruise*

May 14, Sun.; begins 9:00 AM Here's a fine way to pamper yourself. Join us for the Coeur d'Alene Resort Sunday Brunch, which offers 100 separate items. It even has an omelet bar and a fancy crepe bar and more desserts than you could possibly eat. After brunch we will cruise the Coeur d' Alene Lake for ninety minutes to see the beautiful homes and scenery nearby. On a warm spring day, this makes for a special cruise. RSVP by 4/27 #170514 $89

Haunted East Side Serial Killers Bus Tour*

May 19, 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 stop at “The Checkerboard” – Washington’s century-old tavern in the haunted East Side of the City (refreshments on your own).  Restrictions: Age 21 and over because of alcohol served at the Checkerboard. Meets at Grocery Outlet (3rd & Maple) RSVP by 5/18 #170519 $15

Haunted Cemetery Bus Tour *

May 28, Sun.;  begins 3:00 PM 2-hour bus tour to the haunted nooks and crannies of Greenwood and Riverside Cemeteries and hear ghost stories of their permanent residents!  Meets at Grocery Outlet (3rd & Maple) RSVP by 5/26 #170528 $15

Terracotta Warriors, Tillicum Village, Best of Seattle ** This trip has filled

May 31, Wed, through June 3, Sat; departs 8:00Am. See actual Terracotta Warriors on loan from China to the Pacific Science Center. This best of Seattle tour will take you on an Underground tour, a Sub-Seattle Tour to offbeat neighborhoods and sights, the Seattle Locks, and Pike Street Market. A cruise to Blake Island to visit the Tillicum Indian Village to dine on cedar planked Salmon and take in the Coastal Indian Dance Show. A visit to the Flight museum rounds out our 4 days of exploring Seattle. RSVP by April 17 #170531 $859 dbl occ; $1027 sgl occ.

Kiss Me Kate Musical and Lunch*

Jun 4, Sun.; begins 10:45 AM Combine Cole Porter's music and lyrics with Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew to get one of Broadway's most endearing shows, Kiss Me Kate. When the egotistical performer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife Lilli Vanessa in the leading roles of Taming of the Shrew, the drama off stage leads to pandemonium on stage. Mistaken identity, gangsters, and a colorful cast of characters add up to a hilarious musical comedy filled with music of " Too Darn Hot"," I Hate Men", "Brush Up Your Shakespeare".(quoted from advertisement). Performed by the Civic Theater. Lunch at Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie (French-American Cuisine) RSVP by 5/19 #170604 $89

Kootenai River Casino*
Jun 7, Wed.; 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 6/5  #170610  $25

All The Dirt on The Filthy Rich*

Jun 11, Sun.; begins 7:00 PM Join us for a two-hour examination of Spokane’s Victorian Era’s ultra rich – and their dirty laundry – as we cruise the Rockwood, South Hill and Browne’s Addition neighborhoods. Meets at Grocery Outlet (3rd & Maple) RSVP by 6/9 #170611 $15

Spokane Indians vs Boise*

Jun 16, Fri.; begins 5:15 PM Let's play ball! Enjoy the game from the  upper Bleachers with arm rests and seat backs. Dinner served at the game. Collect your favorite players autographs. Cheer on future professional players. RSVP 6/9 #170616 $46

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang*

Jun 17, Sat.; begins 4:30 PM Originally starred  Dick VanDyke, this wacky comedy protrays an eccentric professor who  invents a wacky flying car. Watch the misadventures as government officials try to acquire the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, kidnap his family members, come from Vulgaria, a country which prohibits children. Dinner at the Outback Restaurant. RSVP by 5/30 #170617 $107

Haunted Hillyard Bus Tour*

Jun 23, Fri.; begins 6:30 PM Learn the ghostly, murderous and ghastly history of 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 in Hillyard. RSVP by 6/22 #170623 $15

Bringing Wallace Back to Wallace**

Jun 24, Sat; begins 8:00 AM details coming $65 #170624

Phantom of the Opera and Lunch * Sorry, this trip has filled, call if you'd like to be on a waiting list

Jun 29, Thurs.; begins 11:30 AM New production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA  boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score - with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour. Lunch at Anthony's Seafood Restaurant. RSVP by 5/17 #170629 $125

Haunted Hillyard Bus Tour*

Jun 30, Fri.; begins 6:30 PM Learn the ghostly, murderous and ghastly history of  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 in Hillyard. RSVP by 6/29 #170630 $15

Always ... Patsy Cline*

Jul 1, Sat. begins 4:30; "Always...Patsy Cline" is based on the true story. Hear some of your favorite tunes including Anytime, Walkin' After Midnight, She's Got You, Sweet Dreams, and Crazy--to name a few. The show combines humor, sadness and reality. It offers fans who remember Cline while she was alive a chance to look back, while giving new fans an idea of what seeing her was like and what she meant to her original fans. Performed by the Spokane Summer Theater. Dinner will be at Max's. RSVP by 6/14 #170701 Price is pending.

Lavender Wreath Making, Nurseries**

Jul 2, Sun; begins 9:30 AM Enjoy the beauty of summer with flower gardens. Today we tour a local nursery and create our own lavender wreath. Take home a beautiful, fragrant wreath, which you can be proud you created yourself. Visit at least one other flower nursery. Lunch included. RSVP by 6/26 #170602 $60

4th of July Fireworks Cruise & Dinner *

Jul 4, Tues; begins 4:15 PM Hurry, this normally fills up fast. Fireworks Cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene. See the fireworks from the water which allows us to have an unobstructed view. Dinner tonight will be at a Beverly's in the CDA resort. RSVP by June 1 #170704 Price is pending

Calgary Stampede, Edmonton Train Museum**

Jul 5, Wed through Jul 12, Wed; departs 8:0 AM The Calgary Stampede, a show not to be missed. See the evening "Greatest Show on Earth" an incredible, high energy, variety show; get excited watching the Chuck Wagon Races and afternoon rodeo show; all from reserved club house seats. This huge fair offers something for everyone: from authentic Indian camps, to midway rides, to specialty exhibits and shows. Explore 3 Valley Gap with its Roundhouse Exhibit and Ghost Town. Experience Canada's largest Railroad Museum in Edmonton. See Revelstoke's Railroad Museum and Cranbrook Railroad Museum, each totally different. Visit the largest Living History re-enactors in Canada at Edmonton Frontier Park with costumed interpretative personnel for four separate historic eras. Realize the hard rock mining dangers by reliving Frank's Slide, a landslide that buried an entire town. Meet the Mounties at their first fort, Fort Calgary. Be awed by the Rocky Mountain grandeur of Lake Louise. Learn first hand about David Thompson and fur trading at the Rocky Mountain House. Pkg includes hotels, ground trans., 15 meals, admissions, and tour guide RSVP by May 2 #170705 $2299 dbl occ; $2867 sgl occ.

South Pacific*

Jul 14, Fri. begins 4:30; Set against the dramatic background of an idyllic South Pacific island during WWII, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific intertwines the themes of romance, duty, and prejudice to create a story that is all at once hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. Based on the anecdotes of a real-life U.S. Navy commander who was stationed on an island, the musical follows two intercultural love stories: Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with Emile, a French plantation owner on the island who has two children from his late Polynesian wife; at the same time, U.S. Lieutenant Cable falls for a beautiful island native named Liat. Both Americans find themselves struggling to reconcile their own cultural prejudices with their amorous feelings, all the while under the dark cloud of a war that is coming ever closer to their island paradise. Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater production with dinner at the Cedars Floating Restaurant. RSVP by 6/29 #170714 $107

Civilian Conservation Corps.*

Jul 20, Thur Details and price  pending. History and legacy of the Corps. Includes lunch.

Mullan Military Road: Fort Benton to Walla Walla**

Jul 26, Wed. through Aug 1, Tue ; begins 8:00 AM  Join historians Don Popejoy and Dick Jensen as we follow the Mullan Military Road from Fort Benton, Montana to Fort Walla Walla. This will be rolling class room atmosphere as we travel, stop, explore, investigate, and ponder about this first road into the Pacific Northwest. You can fly into Great Falls or travel via motorcoach from Spokane. RSVP by 5/27 #170726 $1787 dbl occ.; $2251

Mariners Edgar Martinez Jersey Retirement Game**

Aug 12-13, Sat.-Sun; departs 9:00 AM Support Edgar Martinez Jersey retirement game night. We have seats in the100 level (lowest level)  for both the Saturday evening game and the Sunday afternoon game against the Los Angeles Angels. Both games will be on the shady side of the stadium. We'll visit the Pike Street Market Sunday morning before the game for your browsing and shopping pleasure.  Come and see Safeco Field and the Mariners and experience this moment of baseball history! RSVP by 7/1 #170812 $449 p.p. dbl occ; $533 sgl occ.

Mystery Trip**

Aug 15, Tue; begins 8:30 AM Another new Mystery Trip-always fun-always something new. Where we go is anyone's guess! Most Mystery trips fill up quickly. RSVP Aug 8 #170815 $78

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.

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

Pend Oreille Train Ride*

Sep 30, Sat; begins 8:30 AM Pend Oreille Train rides return but in a different location. Starting this year the train travels along the Pend Oreille River from Newport to Dalkena. Lunch included. More details to come. RSVP 9/7 #170930 $74

Pend Oreille Train Ride*

Oct 8, Sun; begins 8:30 AM Pend Oreille Train rides return but in a different location. Starting this year the train travels along the Pend Oreille River from Newport to Dalkena. We are planning Sept 30, Oct 8, and Oct 15. More details to come.#171008  $74

Pend Oreille Train Ride*

Oct 15, Sun; begins 8:30 AM Pend Oreille Train rides return but in a different location. Starting this year the train travels along the Pend Oreille River from Newport to Dalkena. We are planning Sept 30, Oct 8, and Oct 15. More details to come.#171015 $74

Lethal Lecture*

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!! RSVP by 10/3 #171022 $62

Irish Splendor**

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

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

Iceland's Magical Northern Lights**

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


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