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Your adventure begins in Old Town with a visit to the Great Plains Transportation Museum. The museum displays a wide assortment of railroad equipment, artifacts and memorabilia. Then it's on to Baldwin City, Kansas where you will board the historic Kansas Belle Dinner Train for a three hour, 21 mile trip to Ottawa, Kansas and back. Relax as you are transported back in time to the 1940's while enjoying the beautiful fall foliage and a delicious five course meal! Don't miss out on this unique and memorable experience!

Facilitator: Beccy Tanner, History Reporter, Wichita Eagle

TOUR LENGTH: 1 day, Saturday, October 13
12:30 p.m. - Depart Metropolitan Complex
1:00 p.m. - Arrive Great Plains Transportation Museum
2:30 p.m. - Depart Transportation Museum
5:00 p.m. - Arrive Baldwin City Train Depot
5:30 p.m. - Board Train
6:00 p.m. - Kansas Belle Dinner Train Excursion
9:00 p.m. - Return to Depot
9:30 p.m. - Depart Baldwin City
12:00 a.m. - Arrive Metropolitan Complex

Cancellation Policy
TRIP CANCELLATION: A 15% administrative fee willbe assessed on all cancellations received more than 7 days prior to departure. NO REFUNDS will be issued within 6 days of trip departure.


This course contains no sessions
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Join us as we step back in time as we travel to Independence, MO to experience Christmas in the 1800's. Our visit begins with a guided tour of the historic Jackson County/Truman Courthouse and History Center. After our tour, you can explore the iconic Town Square on your own. The day continues with a tour of the decorated and historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate, built in the 1890's. Our next stop is the Vaile Victorian Mansion or as locals call it "America's ChristmasCastle." Built in 1881, this 31-room mansion is decorated from floor to ceiling for the holidays with a different theme each year. After the tour, it's dinner at the Country Club Plaza and a driving tour of the world famous Plaza lights.

Facilitator: Beccy Tanner, History Reporter, Wichita Eagle

TOUR LENGTH: 1 day, Saturday, December 1, 2018

7:00 a.m. - Depart Metropolitan Complex
9:00 a.m. - Arrive Kansas Buffet, Ottawa, KS
10:00 a.m. - Depart Kansas Buffet
11:00 a.m. - Arrive Independence Square Visitors Center - Tour Courthouse and Shopping
12:45 p.m. - Board Bus for Bingham-Waggoner Estate
1:00 p.m. - I'll Be Home for Christmas Holiday Home Tour - Bingham-Waggoner Estate
2:30 p.m. - Board Bus for Vaile Mansion
2:45 p.m. - Vaile Mansion Tour
4:00 p.m. - Depart for Plaza
4:30 p.m. - Dinner on Plaza
6:00 p.m. - Plaza Lights
7:00 p.m. - Depart for Metropolitan Complex
8:30 p.m. - Beto Junction Stop
9:00 p.m. - Depart Beto Junction
10:45 p.m. - Arrive Metropolitan Complex

Cancellation Policy
TRIP CANCELLATION: A 15% administrative fee will be assessed on all cancellations received more than 7 days prior to departure. NO REFUNDS will be issued within 6 days of trip departure.


Saturday, December 1, 2018
Join us as we travel the scenic byways of southeast Kansas. Our day begins in Elk Falls, Kansas, Outhouse Capital of Kansas! There we will partake in the annual Outhouse Tour and festival. We then travel to Independence, Kansas for lunch and a visit to the newly reconstructed Little House on the Prairie cabin,made famous by author Laura Ingalls Wilder. We then head north to Chanute for a tour of the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum. The trip home includes dinner at the historic Beaumont Hotel in Beaumont, Kansas.

Facilitator: Beccy Tanner, History Reporter, Wichita Eagle

TOUR LENGTH: 1 day, Saturday, November 17, 2018

7:30 a.m. - Depart Metropolitan Complex
9:00 a.m. - Arrive Elk Falls Outhouse Tour
11:00 a.m. - Depart Elk Falls
11:45 a.m. - Arrive in Independence for Lunch
1:00 p.m. - Arrive at Little House on the Prairie in Independence
2:00 p.m. - Depart Little House
3:00 p.m. - Arrive at Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum
4:30 p.m. - Depart Museum for Beaumont
5:30 p.m. - Dinner at Beaumont Hotel
7:00 p.m. - Depart Hotel
8:00 p.m. - Arrive Metropolitan Complex

Cancellation Policy
TRIP CANCELLATION: A 15% administrative fee will be assessed on all cancellations received more than 7 days prior to departure. NO REFUNDS will be issued within 6 days of trip departure.


This course contains no sessions
Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program.
Kansas City is known for its beautiful fountains, memorials and monuments. Join us as we explore some of the city's most famous and well-known sites. Our first stop is the historic Union Station where we take a guided tour of this more than 100 year old facility and have lunch. We will reboard our bus and be joined by tour guides from the City of Fountains Foundation who will provide a guided tourof Kansas City's loveliest and most unique fountains and sculptures. Afterward we will stretch our legs with a tour of The Steamboat Arabia Museum. Ourfinal stop before dinner is the tranquil and beautiful Kauffman Memorial Garden. We conclude our day in Kansas City with dinner before returning to Wichita.

Facilitator: Beccy Tanner, History Reporter, Wichita Eagle

TOUR LENGTH: 1 day, Saturday, September 22
6:30 a.m. - Depart Metropolitan Complex
9:30 a.m. - Arrive Union Station - Kansas City
10:00 a.m. - Guided Tour of Union Station
11:30 a.m. - Tour Ends
11:30 a.m. - Lunch at Harvey's
12:30 p.m. - Board Bus for Fountain Tour
2:15 p.m. - Fountain Tour Concludes
2:30 p.m. - Arrive Steamboat Arabia Museum
4:15 p.m. - Depart Steamboat Arabia Museum
4:30 p.m. - Kauffman Memorial Garden
5:30 p.m. - Depart Gardens
5:45 p.m. - Dinner at Tomfooleries
7:00 p.m. - Depart for Wichita
10:00 p.m. - Arrive at Metropolitan Complex

Cancellation Policy
TRIP CANCELLATION: A 15% administrative fee willbe assessed on all cancellations received more than 7 days prior to departure. NO REFUNDS will be issued within 6 days of trip departure.


This course contains no sessions
Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program.