ONE-DAY SIGHTSEEING 570-821-3855 … 1-800-432-8069 www.martzgroup.com ADVENTURE AQUARIUM & PENN’S LANDING June 27 ($70) It’s fin-tastic! Huge tanks and exotic terrestrial habitats bring you close to the sharks, seals, penguins, hippos, and other deep-diving, high-flying and landlubberly denizens of Camden’s Adventure Aquarium. Much of it offers interactive experiences, and that’s where the adventure comes in! Includes Admission to the Aquarium, and a RiverLink Ferry Ride to Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing, where you’re free to explore the shops and amusement centers in the Great Plaza and the historic ships in the Independence Seaport Museum on your own. AMERICAN GIRL PLACE May 2 ($78) ‘Hair’ today and ‘gown’ tomorrow! Actually, it all happens in one day and in one magical location, at American Girl Place on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Your own ‘living doll’ can outfit her favorite doll with a new hairdo, the latest fashions, and distinctive accessories. Of course, it’s also the perfect place to ‘adopt’ prestigious additions to your own Doll’s doll collection. We’ve timed it for May as a memorable Mothers Day treat. Includes Lunch at the American Girl Place Café. AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (new!) July 11 ($83) It’s only natural to plan a visit to New York City’s Museum of Natural History. After all, the museum’s been explaining and displaying the nature of nature since 1869. It houses more than 32 million specimens and artifacts, touching nature with all of the sciences we design to define it – astronomy, anthropology, zoology, paleontology, and the physical sciences. What’s more, it’s as up to date as global warming and space exploration. Includes General Museum Admission, the Space Shows at the Rose Center for Earth & Space, the Imax Films, and any Special Exhibitions that might be there when we arrive. Join us – it’s the natural thing to do. BALTIMORE INNER HARBOR April 25, Aug. 1 ($83) It began 50 years ago, in 1959 – the revitalization of Baltimore, and planning for the restoration of the city’s Inner Harbor. Today, the marine marvel of that urban rejuvenation – the National Aquarium – features 16,000 creatures and many stupendous exhibits, like a walk-through rain forest and a new Australian theme area. You’re free to see it all on your own. Includes Admission to the National Aquarium and the delightful Dolphin Show. BASEBALL When the Yankees swing into action, we spring into action with winning runs to Yankees Home Games. In addition to that, we go to bat for Phillies fans, too, with home-game dates for the 2008 World Series Champion Phillies. If the season for the Yanks or the Phils spills into Playoffs or Series games, we’ll be your faction for the action at their home stadiums. Check our website (www.martzgroup.com) or call for schedule announcements. BETHLEHEM CHRISTMAS Dec. 12 ($89) No ifs, ands, or buts – the Moravian Putz is a great reason in itself to visit the “Christmas City” this holiday season. The Putz, from a German word that means ‘to decorate’, celebrates the birth of Christ with narration, sacred music, lights, and intricate miniatures. Other reasons include a Christmas Concert in the 2-centuries-old Central Moravian Church, the awesome aisles of handmade works by the nation’s finest artisans in the huge heated tents of the Christkindlmarkt, and South Mountain’s Star of Bethlehem. Also includes Dinner and a Neighborhood Lights Driving Tour of Bethlehem. It’s an appropriate time for the tour, because Bethlehem, PA was founded on Christmas Eve in 1741. BLOOMSBURG FAIR Sept. 28, Oct. 3 ($27) You need plenty of traction for the kind of action the Bloomsburg Fair offers – Demolition Derbies, Tractor & Truck Pulls, and Horse & Pony Pulls. There are horse races, car races, livestock – games you can try, shows you can eye, and collectibles you can buy. Your time at the Fair is on your own; so you can choose, peruse and enthuse any way you like. Includes Round-Trip Transportation only. BROADWAY It’s time to show off the shows that are on our 2009 Broadway Schedule. When you show up, we’ll show you to the best seats in the house! In the meantime, here are some of the shows we’ll be taking you to in 2009: “Billy Elliott” … ”Jersey Boys” … “Mamma Mia” … “9 to 5” … “Phantom of the Opera” … “South Pacific” … “The Lion King” … “The Little Mermaid” … “West Side Story” … and “Wicked”. Check our newspaper ads and our website (www.martzgroup.com) throughout the year for additional shows and dates. BRONX ZOO June 24, Aug. 1 ($63 Adult, $58 Child) The Bronx Zoo is the largest urban zoo in America and an integral part of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Six thousand animals roam ‘at home’ in humane and environmentally accurate habitats. Includes Admission to the Zoo. CATSKILLS DOME TRAIN RIDE Every railroad has its ties, but the 143-year-old Delaware and Ulster Railroad has a tie to Northeastern Pennsylvania – it used to help carry coal from the anthracite mines to New York City. It used a round-about route – through the Catskills – but it was that route that gave it fame as “the most scenic line in the East” for the passengers who enjoyed its elegance and sightseeing splendor. You’ll see that splendor and enjoy a sumptuous Lunch in the domed Observation Car of the Delaware and Hudson’s lovingly refurbished Rip Van Winkle Flyer Dinner Train. For each trip, we’ll need to know your meal choice when you place your reservation. Here are the dates and the Special Events for each date: *June 20 ($93): Dome Train & Hanford Mills Museum (An old working Saw Mill & Grist Mill powered by a Fitz overshot waterwheel, Hanford Farmstead, Gift Shop) *July 25, Aug. 22 ($86): Dome Train & Antiquing (Antiquing at Memories Antiques in Parksville – over 1 acre filled with more than 25,000 items. The largest and most unique store of its kind on the East Coast! More information at www.memoriesantiques.com) *Sept. 26 ($86): Dome Train & Margaretville Cauliflower Festival (The 6th annual celebration of when and where Cauliflower was King from the 1920s through the 1940s. Recipe ideas for vegetarians, antiques, country fun for all ages. More information at www.cauliflowerfestival.com) *Sept. 27 ($86): Dome Train & Lansing Manor (The Lansing Manor House, built in 1819, is a classic example of Federalist period architecture. More information at www.lansingmanor.com) *Oct. 10, Oct. 11 ($93): Dome Train & Plattekill Mountain Sky Ride (Ascend 1100 feet for majestic views of mountainside vistas, fall foliage and the action below. At the summit, hike if you like or ride the lift back to the base. More information at www.plattekill.com) Each date above is for a 1-day excursion. Please check the Multi-Day Tour section of this book for details on a new 2-day CATSKILLS DOME TRAIN GHOULISH GETAWAY Oct. 31-Nov. 1. CATSKILLS DOME TRAIN RAILRIDE INTO YESTERYEAR Sept. 6 ($86) ‘Yesteryear’ was the second half of the 19th Century and the first half of the 20th Century for the Golden Age of Railroading. Anyone who appreciates the magic and the meaning of Scranton’s Steamtown will understand the lure of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad, now owned and operated by the Catskills Revitalization Corporation purely for the delight of the public. This tremendous train trek includes a Rail Cruise through the heart of the Catskill Mountains on a beautifully restored vista-dome streamliner, with a luscious Lunch served onboard (Meal Selection needed at time of reservation). It’s photogenic and scenic every mile of the way! CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR – RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL Good heavens – everything’s coming up ‘sevens’ this year for Radio City Music Hall Entertainment Center’s annual Christmas Spectacular! That’s because 2009 marks the 77th year for this family holiday celebration with the precision choreography of the Rockettes, stupendous stagecraft, powerful presentations of secular and sacred themes, and memorable music. Check our newspaper ads and our website (www.martzgroup.com) when the time is right for this year’s dates. COOPERSTOWN INDUCTION DAY July 26 ($60) Goose Gossage, Dick Williams, Bowie Kuhn, Billie Southworth, Barney Dreyfuss, and Walter O’Malley were all enshrined as members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. We don’t know who, or how many, of the sport’s luminaries will follow them in 2009, but we sure know the score on how to get you there when the newest inductees are honored. Includes Admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame. CROOKS AND NOOKS Aug. 29 ($97) This is an All Points Bulletin, but in advance! We’re alerting you to the fact that you will be kidnapped, and your motorcoach taken over, by a gang of prison escapees who will treat you to so much fun that it’s almost criminal! They elude the police by planning a getaway to Williamsport, where you’ll hide for a time in the Victorian Rowley House, an old lumber baron estate. Before they can be arrested for breaking and entering, your captors will lead the police on a merry chase with a Susquehanna River Cruise aboard the authentic paddlewheel riverboat “Hiawatha”. You’ll be rescued, but not until you’ve also experienced Wine-Tasting with Cheese and Crackers at Shade Mountain Winery, a hot served Luncheon, a Driving Tour of Lewisburg, and free time for Shopping at Country Cupboard. We’re sure you’ll want to testify, when it’s all over, that you’re guilty of having had a wonderful time! CULINARY INSTITUTE May 15 ($104) It’s the right fork in the road that leads to our main course – the Hudson Valley Culinary Institute in Hyde Park. We dish out a great platter of sightseeing treats – a Tour of where tomorrow’s master chefs are trained, and a Visit to the Hudson Valley’s opulent Vanderbilt Mansion. Of course, we include a gourmet Feast at the Culinary Institute. (Note: No jeans or sneakers are allowed at the Culinary Institute.) CULINARY SCHOOL DESSERTS CLASS June 4 ($95) It’s hard to beat a treat that’s sweet when you’ve learned how to make it at the Williamsport School of Technology’s Dessert Demo Class. Do it well enough and your creative concoction might be the featured dessert of a Luncheon that’s included in the school’s teaching restaurant. Also includes a Narrated Riverboat Cruise on the Susquehanna River aboard the paddlewheeler “Hiawatha” and a special take-home Memento of the school. (Note: Meal Selection is needed at time of reservation.) DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Dec. 5 ($90) Wellsboro was founded in 1806. Charles Dickens was born in 1812. It’s only fitting, then, for them to come together for the 26th annual “Dickens of a Christmas Festival” in the Endless Mountains. The setting is perfect: Wellsboro’s Main Street and surrounding side streets become an early Victorian marketplace, strolling thespians and musical performers spin a nostalgic spell, and the town’s gas lights cast a soft glow of reverie over it all. This yuletide charmer also includes a Stage Show at Wellsboro’s Arcadia Theater and a Buffet Dinner at the Antlers Inn. ELLIS ISLAND & STATUE OF LIBERTY June 13, Aug. 22 ($58) The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886, and Ellis Island was opened as an immigration center in 1892. How appropriate that both should be part of the same National Monument today – one a shining symbol of freedom fervently sought, and the other the doorway to achieving that freedom. This tour focuses on Ellis Island and its myriad displays reflecting the passage of 12 million immigrants into America, but it also offers an optional Visit to the Statue of Liberty (not admission). Another option is free time at South Street Seaport. ENGLISHTOWN FLEA MARKET June 13 ($40) What a year for New Jersey’s Englishtown Flea Market – it’s their 80th Birthday! What started as a farmers market in 1929 is that plus a mall, an outlet center, a fabulous flea market, and an awesome arts/crafts/antiques fair. There are 40 acres of outdoor shopping and 5 buildings with indoor bargains. It’s their birthday, but the surprises are yours! FEAST OF SAN GENNARO (new!) Sept. 12, 19 ($45) Take it to the streets! In this case, we mean the streets of New York City’s Little Italy to celebrate Italian culture and heritage at the 81st Annual Feast of San Gennaro. It’s the oldest and most famous religious street festival in NewYork City, and it’s a totally not-for-profit event. Both dates are filled with parades, free entertainment, exciting activities, and food stands. But, September 19 is the Official Feast Day, with a celebratory Mass honoring San Gennaro and a candlelit procession as the Statue of San Gennaro is carried through the streets of Little Italy. You’re free to enjoy the Festival on your own. GETTYSBURG Aug. 8 ($90) General Robert E. Lee invaded the North for the second, and last, time in the hot summer of 1863. Gettysburg was not his goal, but fortune intervened and made this the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and the turning point of that titanic struggle. We show it to you, with the respect and detail it deserves, on a Narrated Motorcoach Tour of the entire Battlefield. The Shriver House Museum, Battlefield Museum, and the film “Fields of Freedom” accentuate the drama and pathos of the event. Also includes a Visit to the Farm of President Dwight Eisenhower and Lunch at General Pickett’s. GETTYSBURG GHOST TOUR Oct. 10 ($79) The written word becomes the ‘spooken’ word, because we base this haunt-hunt on the book “Ghosts of Gettysburg”, whose tales of eerie and other-worldly visitations are true. The author, Mark Nesbitt, should know, because he’s a resident of Gettysburg and a Park Service Ranger there. You don’t have to tour the battlefield to dare a scare. There are plenty of chills right in town, as you’ll see on a Candlelight Walking Tour. After all, Gettysburg has a history that dates back to 1736 – and where you have lots of history, you’ll find lots of mystery! Pssst…do you think Mark Nesbitt had a ghost writer? GREAT ADVENTURE & SAFARI Aug. 19 ($81) See what’s ‘bruin’ with the brown bears, nudge up close to what ‘giraffe-ter’, gaze at what’s ‘lion’ around, hear if the elephants are making ‘trunk’ calls, find out if the kangaroos are in a snooze – be beguiled by the wild on Great Adventure’s Wild Safari Ride. It’s the largest drive-thru safari outside of Africa, covering a 350-acre wildlife preserve. Of course, we also include Admission to Great Adventure itself, the 6 Flags theme park in Jackson, NJ. HERSHEYPARK July 15 ($69 Adult, $61 Child 3-8) What was new in Hersheypark, 8 acres of shore-like fun in “The Boardwalk”, gets newer in 2009 with the addition of SEAquel and 2 more water rides. But, liquid or land, Hersheypark’s grand with 110 acres of fabulous family attractions! Includes Admissions to Hersheypark, Chocolate World, and ZooAmerica. INTREPID & FLEET WEEK (new!) May 30 ($59) The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is our destination for the most inspiring adventure in America. It took 80 million dollars and two years to do it, but New York City’s park-like Pier 86 is now home for the aircraft carrier “Intrepid”. It’s a museum complex now, one that features spectacular interactive exhibits, multi-sensory virtual technology, 30 restored aircraft, a submarine, and Concorde. By going in May, you can spend part of the day enjoying some of the activities of Fleet Week, a colorful celebration of the various sea services. Ships from all over the world visit New York Harbor each year for this seven-day celebration – and the City of New York, the United States Navy, and the Intrepid Museum combine their resources to honor America’s fighting men and women. Includes Intrepid Admission and free time for Fleet Week. KING OF PRUSSIA MALL Aug. 22 ($39) It’s been a nifty fifty for the East Coast’s largest shopping complex, and a thrifty fifty for you – 50 years of growing from a single store and a small strip mall to a lavish and beautifully landscaped complex with more than 365 specialty shops and over 40 restaurants! You’ll bag bountiful bargains on brand-name booty in its 3 million square feet of prime retail space! LEWISBURG MOTHERS DAY TEA (new!) May 7 ($83) This ‘Mom’entous 1-day vacation will suit you to a ‘tea’. If you think that’s rather Victorian, you’re right, because it takes place at a property that was built in the 1860’s. That property is now the Victoria House Restaurant in Lewisburg, where you can treat that special woman in your life to a hot served Brunch that is nothing short of a banquet! Between the entrée and dessert, the Victoria House serves a ‘tea’rific cup of tea. After the meal, we appeal to the Country Farm & Home in Mifflinburg to ‘teas’ you with details on growing herbs for tea. Also includes a Guided Tour of the 1860’s Victorian Mansion Slifer House on the outskirts of Lewisburg, and free time at Country Cupboard in Lewisburg. Is there anything to ‘tea’ you off? Maybe, but you’ll enjoy it! LEWISBURG & SUNBURY “WINING” AROUND (new!) Sept. 6 ($79) You’ll have a lot to ‘wine’ about on this trip! The effervescence begins at the Shade Mountain Winery in the Penns Creek area for an introduction to the local wine industry and Tasting with Cheese and Crackers. The bubbles continue to pop with a stop for a Tour and Tasting at the Spyglass Ridge Winery, just outside of Sunbury. Before the wine, there’s a meal divine at the Victoria House Restaurant, a 19th Century showpiece in Lewisburg. No fooling – you’ll be drooling when you see the banquet that awaits you for this hot served Brunch. LEWISBURG “TRICKS OF THE TRADE” (new!) Aug. 12 ($79) How it’s done is fun, especially if you’d like to learn how to do it yourself! If you want to do candle-decorating on your own, you’ll be able to after a Demonstration and Workshop Tour at Colonial Candlecrafters in Lewisburg. And, if you want to create a living wreath, you’ll be able to do that, too, after a Demonstration and time for browsing at Mifflinburg’s Country Farm & Home. Also includes a Victorian-inspired Brunch that’s really a banquet at the Victoria House Restaurant, a Chef Demo at the Victoria House on how to create and serve a crepe (you can take the recipe home with you), and Tasting with Cheese and Crackers at the Shade Mountain Winery in the Penns Creek area. LONGWOOD GARDENS & BRANDYWINE CHRISTMAS Dec. 12 ($105) Fountains shower, evergreens tower, and poinsettias flower in many a nook and bower of the Brandywine River Valley’s Longwood Gardens. You’ll visit Longwood twice on this scent-sational trip – in the afternoon and then at night, when all of Longwood is resplendent in holiday lights. Before Longwood, you’ll enjoy free time in Historic Kennett Square, established in 1855. A non-profit organization here maintains a “Small Town America” setting with holiday decorations, art stores, gift shops, and quiet cafés. Also includes a Visit to the Brandywine River Museum to see the Americana displays and Andrew Wyeth masterpieces there, and a glorious Dinner at the magnificent Mendenhall Inn. LONGWOOD GARDENS & QVC STUDIO TOUR (new!) April 25 ($77) Longwood looms with fragrant blooms in floral rooms and 1050 acres of exquisite gardens and fountains. You can sniff the whiff of 11,000 types of plants! The banana trees should have some ‘a- peel’ to you, too. Speaking of appeal, get ready for a ‘steal’ on your favorite on-air merchandise at the QVC Studio Store in West Chester, PA. The QVC Studio Tour is a one-of-a-kind Guided Walking Tour through the fantastic world of electronic retailing. Of course, you’ll visit their Merchandise Store, too. MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE (new!) Nov. 26 ($41) Go to bed early the night before, because Macy’s 83rd Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season from 9 am to 12 noon. You’re free to enjoy the floats, balloons, bands, and entertainment stars as they pass by in colorful and musical profusion, with time for lunch on your own before we head home. Just think – you don’t have to do the driving, and we get you back in time to celebrate the evening with family and friends! Includes Round Trip Transportation. MEDIEVAL TIMES TOURNAMENT & FEAST Sept. 19 ($89) “Knight and day, you are the one….” That’s our theme for this dream of an adventure at New Jersey’s Medieval Times in Lyndhurst. “You are the one” that a knight in armor will defend and honor in hand-to-hand and horseback combat with those who have the courage to compete for your favor. It’s high in chivalry, and even higher in atmosphere with the songs and antics of costumed performers. Also includes a Royal Feast for you and your minions. MILLIONAIRES’ ROW & LUNCHEON RIVER CRUISE July 22 ($106) Features a Progressive Luncheon! We take our bunch to Lunch at two multi-story brick mansions in Williamsport’s Millionaires’ Row. This was the posh neighborhood that gave Williamsport its title of “City of Millionaires” in the second half of the 19th Century, with a reputation for having the most millionaires per capita in the world! The lumber barons resided here, and our Progressive Lunch begins with Appetizers at the home of one of the richest of them – the E.A. Rowley House, built in 1888. A sit- down Main Course follows that at the Herdic House, built in 1865 by magnate and political powerhouse Peter Herdic. Dessert is served aboard the paddlewheel riverboat “Hiawatha” while you Cruise on the Susquehanna River. NEW YORK CITY SIGHTSEEING & WORLD YACHT CRUISE May 17, Sept. 13 ($111) If ‘by street’ is your beat, we give you a seat on a Narrated 3-Hour Motorcoach Tour of New York City. If you prefer the water, we make you a yachter with a 2-Hour World Yacht Cruise along the famous New York City skyline. You’ll do both on this hip trip to the Big Apple. Includes a delicious Brunch aboard your World Yacht sightseeing ship. NEW YORK CITY SIGHTSEEING July 18 ($57) If you don’t choose to cruise on a yacht, this is the one-day New Yorker for you. We add an hour to the Narrated Motorcoach Tour from our other NYC packages for a 4-Hour sightseeing treat in Manhattan and Brooklyn. We also give you free time to walk about what so many talk about – Rockefeller Center. NEW YORK STATE FAIR (New!) Aug. 29 ($45) We ‘fair’ thee well with a date to the great New York State Fair at the Empire Expo Center in Syracuse. You’re free to enjoy on your own this summer showcase of the best of New York State’s agriculture, entertainment, education, industry, and technology – not to mention its mountains of mouth- watering food. Includes Round-Trip Transportation only. OCEAN CITY, NJ July 22, Aug. 12 ($63 Adult, $58 Child) Consider this: the beach is bliss, but it’s even greater when you don’t have to drive home later. That’s what this ‘hoportunity’ is all about. We take you right to Ocean City’s Boardwalk and drive you home when your fun is done. After a day of play, a snooze that’s sweet in a reclining seat makes the day complete! PA CHRISTMAS GIFT SHOW Dec. 5 ($40) Harrisburg’s Farm Show Arena hosts the largest holiday craft show in the eastern United States. Your Admission is included and covers all events – over 500 vendors with unique gifts priced from $2 to $700, musical entertainment on the premises, and joyful yuletide displays. It’s a Christmas shopping ‘wrapture’! PA DUTCH COUNTRY/LANCASTER TOURING July 11 ($97) See the Amish as they really are, and experience Amish culture as it really is, at the Amish House and Farm. It’s the oldest and most authentic Amish homestead open to the public in Lancaster County. You’ll witness the Plain People’s way of life, as it was and still is, with absolute accuracy. Also includes a dream of a Steam Train Tour in Pennsylvania Dutch Country on the Strasburg Railroad, the Amish Quilt & Craft Shop, Dinner at the Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant, and Shopping at Kitchen Kettle Village. PA GRAND CANYON Oct. 3 ($103) Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon is a true natural wonder and scenic marvel – 50 miles long, 1000 feet deep, and embraced by 300,000 acres of state-owned forests. On its Upper Gorge is an old Indian trail. Along that trail, we take you on a horse-drawn Covered Wagon Tour that’s rich in both nostalgia and vast vistas. it’s a wagon, but it isn’t laggin’ in comfort: rubber tires, shock absorbers, and thick seat padding provide a pleasant ride. Also includes Lunch at Penn Wells Restaurant and free time in Wellsboro. PASSION PLAY & HUDSON CRUISE April 4 ($109) America’s longest-running Passion Play began in 1915 when German and Swiss immigrants in Hope, NJ aspired to create for America what Europe already had with the Oberammergau. The script has been changed slightly over the years, and some songs have been added, but the tradition is the same as it was 94 years ago. Also includes a 2-Hour Cruise that takes you past the Statue of Liberty and to the Brooklyn Bridge, and Lunch aboard your Hudson River cruise ship. PEDDLERS VILLAGE May 2, Sept. 12 ($36) Oh, what a serene setting for what you’re getting! You’re out in the Bucks County countryside, in a 42-acre village whose winding brick pathways and quaint specialty shops weave images of a quieter age. The scene might be ‘olden’, but the fun is golden with themed festivals that feature colorful activities and performers throughout this vintage shopping village. We have two old-fashioned events on our schedule: the STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL in May, and the SCARECROW FESTIVAL in September. Each also includes an optional trip to Historic New Hope, an 18th Century village with its own unique collection of boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops. PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW Daily Trips March 1 thru 7 ($63) This year’s flowerful, powerful theme is “Bella Italia” – Beautiful Italy. Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center re-creates the art, the music, the gardens, even the sparkling canals of Italy – all under one roof! From the exotic paradise of the Italian Riviera and Lake Region in the north to Italy’s sunny retreats in the south, the Flower Show emulates Italy in breathtaking displays. Includes Admission. PHILADELPHIA GHOST TOUR & EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY Oct. 17 ($61) There is still a Spirit of 1776 in the city that hosted the Continental Congresses of the American Revolution. Many say that there are myriad other spirits, too, in the nation’s most historic and most haunted city. If there are hosts of ghosts, it’s because the city was chartered way back in 1701 by William Penn and populated before then by Dutch and Swedish settlers and, before them, by the Lenape Indians. This haunt jaunt includes Independence Park, Society Hill, and the now vacant (or is it?) Eastern State Penitentiary. Children age 7 and under are not admitted to the Penitentiary – it’s that scary! PHILADELPHIA PREMIUM OUTLETS (new!) Nov. 7 ($45) Looking for high-end shops with famous names at outlet prices? Well, here’s a dilly near Philly, in Limerick. A part of the Chelsea Property Group, the Philadelphia Premium Outlets are 150 brand-name savings centers in all. Adidas, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Gap, Guess, Neiman Marcus, Nike, Polo, Ralph Lauren, and Sony are just some of the headliners bannered here. Plug into these outlets for exciting ‘selectricity’! PHILADELPHIA SIGHTSEEING & VALLEY FORGE July 25 ($70) The evolution of the Revolution – that’s the ticket! If you pick it, you’ll tour Independence National Park in Philadelphia, where dwell the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and other icons of our Founding Fathers and their declarations of nationhood for the united colonies. Next, we’re off to Valley Forge, where from December 1777 to June 1778 General George Washington and Baron von Steuben forged the American rebels into a disciplined army ready to attack the British in New Jersey. After disastrous defeats in New York, it was the winter encampment in Valley Forge that saved both the Continental Army and the American Revolution. Includes Admissions. PHILADELPHIA ZOO Aug. 8 ($54) Wow! The stats on the habitats here are beastly good! There are 19 of them – and, all together, they serve as home for 1800 animals. Conservation lovers will be ‘exzooberant’ about the fact that the Philadelphia Zoo adds new inhabitants every year from among the many endangered species of the world. It’s the oldest zoo in America, chartered 150 years ago. Includes Admission. SIGHT AND SOUND DINNER THEATER The nation’s largest professional Christian theatrical company offers awesome Biblical presentations at the exquisite showplace – the Millennium Theatre in Lancaster County’s Strasburg. Great Bible stories come to life with gifted actors, elaborate sets, artful costumes, live animals, and incredible special effects. Each date includes an inspiring Stage Show, a Family-Style Dinner at the Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant, and free time for Shopping at Kitchen Kettle Village. *”Behold the Lamb” March 28 ($120) *”Miracle of Christmas” Nov. 28 ($117) STRASBURG RAIL ROAD MURDER MYSTERY June 6 ($103) The clues point to who’s the culprit, the vile villain who was willin’ to commit a murder and darken your quiet Steam Train Ride in Lancaster County with such a dastardly deed. If you like, you can participate and help bring the scoundrel to justice. Either way, you’ll find the Crime Skit a sublime hit in the elegant Dining Car of the historic Strasburg Rail Road. You’ll have a winner of a Dinner on the train. When you sign up to be in our line-up, we’ll ask you to choose between oven roasted rib of beef, baked flounder stuffed with crabmeat, chicken cordon bleu, or the vegetarian pasta platter. Also includes free time in Kitchen Kettle Village. All the evidence is in your favor! THOUSAND ISLANDS & SINGER CASTLE July 18 ($100) New York City millionaire Frederick Bourne surprised his wife and children by building, on Dark Island in the St. Lawrence Seaway, a medieval castle styled after one in a Sir Walter Scott novel. He named it Singer Castle in honor of the company for which he served as Director and President in the 1880’s, the Singer Sewing Machine Company. When the castle was completed in 1905, it featured a 5- story clock tower with Westminster chimes, 28 rooms in a 4-story mansion, magnificent furnishings, dungeons, and mysterious underground passageways. The Vanderbilts and the Astors were entertained here, and now we entertain you with a Narrated Tour. Also includes a scintillating Thousand Islands Cruise and a Buffet Lunch at the Captains Landing Restaurant in Alexandria Bay. U.S. TENNIS OPEN Hopin’ to make the Open? We’re copin’ by ropin’ one of the day sessions of the United States Tennis Association’s 2009 U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows in New York. Check our newspaper ads or our website (www.martzgroup.com) in May and June for the date. VANITY FAIR Oct. 10 ($33) Reading’s Vanity Fair Factory Outlet Village is a real topper for a shopper who wants brand- name fame and savings that are grand on every brand. Over 90 fashion outlets and a total of over a million square feet of retail space offer apparel for all seasons and all reasons, outdoor products, housewares and home furnishings, shoes and accessories, even tools and books. WASHINGTON, DC Aug. 8 ($100) We see DC in a day – believe it! We know the territory, and part of the Martz Group of companies is there. So, relax on your luxurious motorcoach as we narrate the major sites on this comprehensive and expert Tour. Why, there’s even time to trod the sod outside the Capitol Building, at the World War II Memorial, and in Lafayette Park for clear view of the White House. Also includes a Tram Tour of Arlington National Cemetery, and free time for Shopping at Union Station. WELLSBORO BACKWARDS PROGRESSIVE LUNCHEON (new!) July 8 ($95) We don’t desert dessert on this Endless Mountains escapade. Fact is, we like it so much that we put it first! It’s a tasteful start, with chocolate Dessert Treats and sparkling beverages at the non-profit Highland Chocolates in Wellsboro. While there, we’ll share a Tour of the workshop area. Next, we’re off to the Main Course - an entrée at the Penn Wells Restaurant in Wellsboro. When you’ve had your fill, we’re off to thrill at the PA Grand Canyon Overlook & Visitors Center in Ansonia, followed by an old- fashioned Train Ride from Wellsboro to Hammond Lake and back again on the Tioga Central Railroad, whose history dates back to 1840. Look forward to this ‘backward’ Luncheon Tour! WEST POINT & PURPLE HEART MUSEUM Sept. 26 ($107) West Point has been the seat of the United States Military Academy since 1802. That adds up to over two centuries of training young patriots to serve their country, their fellow citizens, and each other. Its tradition is as rich as its history, and we honor and respect both on this meaningful tour. Whether trained at West Point or elsewhere, an honored few have been awarded the Purple Heart for valor. Their achievement and sacrifice are recognized at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in the Hudson Valley’s New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. Its interactive resources make it the place to be if you wish to obtain or provide information on a Purple Heart honoree who has touched your life. Special Note On West Point: We must provide a Passenger Manifest to enter the grounds. That means we have to give the name and birth date of each person, as well as what type of ID each passenger will be using to gain entry. WORLD WAR II RE-ENACTMENT June 6 ($70) World-Class describes the range of interest in the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s collection of vintage aircraft – winged warriors and civilian transports built from 1928 to 1982. Some of these aerial attractions will be included in the Museum’s 19th Annual World War II Re-Enactment at the Reading Regional Airport. They’ll be joined by military vehicles, encampments, rare memorabilia, air shows, old radio broadcasts, and live period music – all melding into a vivid mosaic of America at war in the 1940’s. It’s an international event that’s close to home! Includes Admission to the Re-enactment and a Barbecue Chicken Dinner. MULTI-DAY TOURS 570-821-3855 … 1-800-432-8069 www.martzgroup.com AMISH GETAWAY 2-DAY (new!) July 8-9 ($272 pp dbl) Set away getaway time for Lancaster County. You’ll get in touch with the Pennsylvania Dutch by visiting the working Amish Farm & House, the Amish Quilt & Craft Shop – and the Amish Experience F/X Theater to see the critically acclaimed multi-media production “Jacob’s Choice”, the dramatic tale of an Amish family’s effort to preserve their lifestyle and culture. That culture is accurately depicted in the Landis Valley Museum & Village, the nation’s largest living-history village dedicated to the total preservation of early Pennsylvania German life. Also includes Wheatland, the home of President James Buchanan (1857-1861)…Tour of the historic City of Lancaster…Tour of the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, America’s first commercial pretzel bakery, founded in 1861…Dinner & Show (“Singing in the Rain”) at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater…an old-fashioned Wagon Ride…free time for Kitchen Kettle Village’s over-40 shops and restaurants…1 Breakfast…and Accommodations at Lancaster’s Country Inn. ASHEVILLE, NC & BILTMORE ESTATE 5-DAY (new!) Nov. 1-5 ($828 pp dbl) Of all of America’s great estates, which is the biggest? Well, the Vanderbilts built more with the Biltmore in Asheville – it’s America’s largest privately-owned home, with an 8000-acre “backyard”! You’ll visit the 250-room French Renaissance chateau (65 fireplaces, indoor pool, bowling alley, huge banquet hall, voluminous library, art masterpieces, 16th Century tapestries), explore the Biltmore’s gardens, ‘pop’ into the award-winning Biltmore Winery, and step into the working world of 1890s’ life at Biltmore’s River Bend Farm. After Biltmore, we lilt more with a Train Ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. When we’re back from the ‘track’, we’ll pack in some time with regional Native People attractions – the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual. As for Asheville itself, we provide a Driving Tour that includes a Guided Tour of the historic Old Kentucky Home, and a Visit to the Victorian Smith-McDowell House Museum (Asheville’s oldest house, circa 1840). Also includes Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee (the size of 3 football fields!)…free time at Asheville’s Grove Arcade Public Market…4 Continental Breakfasts…2 Lunches (1 on the train)…4 Dinners (1 at Harrah’s Casino)…and Hotel Accommodations in Roanoke and Asheville. ASSATEAGUE ISLAND & OCEAN CITY, MD 3-DAY (new!) Aug. 7-9 ($435 pp dbl) Assateague is in a league of its own when it comes to islands – over 37 miles of protected and pristine Atlantic coastline in Maryland and Virginia. The National Park Service maintains a National Seashore & Wildlife Refuge here – so, who knows what you’ll see on our Guided Tour! Perhaps one of the wild ponies, or some of the over-320 species of migratory and native birds? Ocean City, MD is the northern gateway to Assateague. We’ve added a day to last year’s tour to give you more free time in Ocean City. Accommodations are at Ocean City’s deluxe Flagship Oceanfront, featuring fully-equipped efficency units, indoor recreation & fitness facilities, free HBO & Disney, and a wide guarded beach. Also includes Guided Tours of the beautifully restored Village of Berlin (Colonial and Victorian reminiscences galore), 1 Crab Feast Dinner, 2 Full Breakfasts, and Welcome Reception. BOSTON & BOSTON POPS 3-DAY (new!) May 23- 25 ($459 pp dbl) The ‘Pops’ is tops! You’ll agree after attending a live performance of the celebrated Boston Pops Orchestra. Feel free to hum the music they played, while you join us for a Guided Tour of Boston’s diverse neighborhoods (the cobblestone streets of Beach Hill, the chic Back Bay, Chinatown, and the busy waterfront) and the city’s Freedom Trail (Boston Common, Boston Massacre Site, Old North Church, “Old Ironsides”, Bunker Hill Monument, more!). Our Guided Tour adds Cambridge, home of M.I.T. and Harvard. You’ll walk through Harvard Yard and drive down mansion-lined Brattle Street. Also includes Admission to the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum, free time at Quincy Market, a Dinner at “Cheers”, and Accommodations at the Radisson Hotel Boston. CAPE COD ADVENTURE 4-DAY July 20-23 ($577 pp dbl) Excuse the “ooohs” and the “aaahs”. They’re only natural, because this merry- time maritime ‘esCape’ offers 2 Cruises: one through Sesuit Harbor and into Cape Cod Bay, and the other to Nantucket for a marvelous Motorcoach Tour of the island. You’ll have a whale of a time driving past elegant old whaling mansions and other reminders of Nantucket’s 19th Century lure and lore, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore the island’s upscale boutiques and art galleries on your own. Also includes Guided Tours of Hyannis and along the Cape’s Old King’s Highway, Photo Stop at the John F. Kennedy Memorial overlooking Lewis Bay, free time in Rhode Island’s Newport, 3 Full Breakfasts, 1 Lobster Roll Lunch (on the Cape Cod Bay Cruise), 1 Dinner, and Accommodations at the Hyannis Inn Motel on Main Street in Hyannis. CAPE MAY, NJ WORLD WAR II WEEKEND 3-DAY June 5-7 ($407 pp dbl) Sixty-five years ago – June 6, 1944 – the Allies invaded Normandy. That’s why this is the relevant weekend for Cape May to observe the many ways in which World War II changed this resort town into a pivotal part of America’s defense efforts during the war years. You’ll see that most dramatically on a World War II History Tour that shows you the coastal fortifications at Cape May Point, highlighted by the Battery 223 and Fire Control Tower No.23. Fire Control Tower No. 23 is New Jersey’s last remaining restorable World War II tower, part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. Other World War II remembrances are Cape May Canal, the Naval Air Station’s Wildwood Aviation Museum, the Veterans Memorial Ceremony at Sunset Beach – and, most appealing – an afternoon with Cape May’s World War II veterans at the Carriage House Tearoom & Café. Also includes free time in Cape May, the Music of the War Years, 2 Breakfasts, a Lunch at the Physick Estate, 1 Dinner, and Accommodations at the Atlas Inn in Victorian Cape May. CATSKILLS DOME TRAIN GHOULISH GETAWAY 2-DAY (New!) Oct. 31-Nov. 1 ($200 pp dbl) The Delaware & Ulster Railroad’s Catskills Dome Train puts on a good head of steam for this trip. But, first you take a chance on meeting someone who is steamed because he doesn’t have a head! A delightfully scary Headless Horseman Hayride & Haunted Houses Happening highlights a first day that also features free time to enjoy the Free Hayrides, Animals, Ice Cream, Homemade Cider & Snacks, and Mountain Vistas on your own at Dressel Farms in New Paltz, NY. Day Two finds us on the Dome Train for an ‘entertraining’ Rail Ride to free time in Margaretville, nestled in the northeast corner of the Catskills Forest Preserve. There’s lots of old-fashioned rural family fun here! Also includes free time for Shopping in upper Kingston, NY, a sumptuous Harvest Luncheon on the Dome Train, a Breakfast Buffet, free time for dinner on your own at the Rondout Inn in Kingston’s historic Waterfront District, and Accommodations at the fabulous Holiday Inn in Kingston. FINGER LAKES WINE TRAILS 2-DAY Sept. 12-13 ($273 pp dbl) The tour’s informal, as normal. But if you want to wear some finery because of your winery visits, that’s okay! After all, you’ll feel elite with this sweet Sampling at 5 Finger Lakes Wineries – 3 along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, and 2 along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. You’ll feel special because of these tour features, too: a Seneca Lake Boat Cruise, a Dinner at the elegant Belhurst Castle on the shores of Seneca Lake in Geneva, a Souvenir Wine Glass from Seneca Lake, 1 Full American Breakfast, and Accommodations at the Holiday Inn Waterloo. HOLLAND, MI TULIP FESTIVAL 7-DAY (new!) May 4-10 ($1146 pp dbl) Happy Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan! Tiptoe through troves of tulips in Veldheer’s Tulip Gardens, a magnificent bouquet of brilliant bloomers in a setting of windmills, drawbridges, and canals. Then we ‘ticket’ you to see the Tulip Time Festival’s Premier Bands and Klompen Dance performances, followed by the grand finale’s Festival Parade. If you want to take a part of Holland, and the Netherlands, home with you, you’ll adore your free time among the Dutch arts, crafts, and collectibles at Dutch Marktplaats. Also includes a Guided Driving Tour of Frankenmuth (Michigan “Little Bavaria”) with stops at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church (famous for its stain glass windows), the Bavarian Inn for Lunch and to enjoy its Glockenspiel, and Bronners Christmas Wonderland (the world’s largest Christmas Store) and Silent Night Chapel…Ferry Ride to Mackinac Island with a Carriage Tour that includes Visits to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, Surrey Hills Museum, Arch Rock, and Historic Fort Mackinac…6 Breakfasts…2 Lunches (1 at the Bavarian Inn, 1 at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel)…3 Dinners (1 a Dinner Show in Holland)…and Hotel Accommodations in Toledo, Frankenmuth, Mackinac Island, and Holland. MAINE LIGHTHOUSES 5-DAY Sept. 7-11 ($607 pp dbl) This is our ‘Maine Event’ of the year, and it begins with Sightseeing in the multi-faceted region of York. York is York Village, a fashionable summer resort that was first settled in 1636. Today it is well known for its many examples of Gilded Age Architecture. York is York Beach, a honky-tonk kind of place with arcades, zoos, and a wide diversity of amusements and attractions. York is York Harbor, a haven for yachts and working lobsterboats. York is also Cape Neddick, home of the famous Nubble Light, where we’ll make a Photo Stop. The ‘reMAINEder’ of the tour includes Sightseeing in Kennebunkport past the Wedding Cake House, Franciscan Monastery, and President George H.W. Bush’s summer estate on Walker’s Point…Narrated Lobster Cruise on Ogunquit…scenic Cruise in Boothbay Harbor with ocean views of 3 lighthouses…Guided Driving Tour that includes East Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor, with a Photo Stop at Ocean Point…Guided Tour of Portland that includes stops at or views of Portland’s 5 lighthouses, highlighted by a stop at the Portland Head Light and Museum with Admission…free time in Kennebunkport (Dock Square), Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, Boothbay Harbor, and Portland (“Old Port”)…4 Hearty Continental Breakfasts…3 Dinners (1 a Lobster Option)…Accommodations at the Ogunquit Motel…and a Welcome Reception. MYRTLE BEACH 5-DAY (new!) May 17-21 ($764 pp dbl) Say “Shoo” to the blues at Barefoot Landing. You might even want to say “Shoo” to your shoes in this old-time setting with its 27-acre lake and quiet village. On second thought, don’t lose the shoes! You’ll need them to explore on your own the livelier aspects of Barefoot Landing – the shops and shows that shimmer across the lake. Choose your shoes for these Myrtle Beach gems, too: Dinner & Show at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede…a Guided Tour of the sculpture gardens, native animals, and four rice plantations of Brookgreen Gardens…and free time at Broadway at the Beach, a 350- acre complex with 100 specialty shops, 20 restaurants, 10 nightclubs, and 14 fun attractions. Also includes the Carolina Opry Show, Virginia’s Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg (the most innovative Civil War history park in the country), Hotel Accommodations in Virginia and at an oceanfront resort in Myrtle Beach, 4 Breakfasts (2 Continental, 2 Full), and 4 superb Dinners. MYSTIC & CASINO FUN 3-DAY Nov. 10-12 ($232 pp dbl) Connecticut’s Foxwoods Resort Casino bills itself as “the largest casino in the world” and lives up to that name with over 5000 slot machines, 370 table games, Race Book, Poker Room, Keno, High Stakes Bingo, Cinetropolis (specialty theaters), and over 40 retail stores, boutiques and kiosks. Another hot spot in Connecticut is the Mohegan Sun, whose array for play includes slot machines, table games, bingo, restaurants, retail shops, and a food court. Is there time for anything else? You bet! You’ll have a Driving Tour of Connecticut’s southern seacoast, see recently restored Fort Trumbull (Revolutionary War), board the U.S. Nautilus (the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine), drive through the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and explore Mystic Seaport (the nation’s largest maritime museum). Also includes free time for Shopping in Olde Mystick Village, Admission to Mystic Seaport and the Nautilus Submarine & Museum, 2 Hearty Continental Breakfasts, 2 Dinners (1 at each Casino), and Accommodations at the Comfort Inn in Mystic. NANTASKET BEACH SEASIDE GETAWAY 5-DAY (new!) Aug. 9-13 ($544 pp dbl) You won’t blow a gasket in Nantasket! It’s calm and comfort all the way, beginning with Deluxe Accommodations at the Clarion Nantasket Beach Resort & Spa in Hull, MA. Can you reach for the beach from here? You ‘shore’ can – the surf, white sand beach, and Boardwalk are right outside your door! We’re on Boston’s South Shore, so join us for a Guided Driving Tour that features Boston’s Freedom Trail and free time at Quincy Market. From Plymouth, we’ll ‘whale’ away a few hours on a Narrated Whale Watching Cruise to Stellwagon Bank, a marine sanctuary and primary feeding grounds for whales, dolphins and porpoises. Also includes free time at the Plymouth waterfront (Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II are here), a full day for Nantasket Beach, 4 hearty Continental Breakfasts, 2 Dinners, and your stay at the Clarion Nantasket Beach Hotel. NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND GETAWAY 3-DAY (new!) June 22-24 ($336 pp dbl) Get a ‘lode’ of this! The riches of the Comstock Silver Lode in Nevada made the building of Newport’s Rosecliff Mansion possible. James Graham Fair was one of the Silver Kings of the 1860s, and it was his daughter who used a reported 2.5 million dollars of her inheritance to commission the raising of Rosecliff on Bellevue Avenue in Newport in 1898. We provide a complete Tour of Rosecliff. If it looks familiar, that’s because Rosecliff has been a setting for a number of major motion pictures. A Narrated Driving Tour of Newport takes you past many more Gilded Age Mansions along Bellevue Avenue and additional magnificent estates and yachting locales along Newport’s Ten Mile Ocean Drive. Also includes a Narrated Cruise of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, a Baking Demonstration with Coffee & Pastry at an authentic Italian Bakery in Providence, free time in Olde Mystick Village, 2 hearty Continental Breakfasts, and Accommodations at the Comfort Inn Middletown/Newport (a short walk from Newport’s favorite beach). NIAGARA FALLS 3-DAY June 12-14 ($416 pp dbl) The “Maid of the Mist” gives a pleasant assist with a Boat Ride at Niagara Falls. Another boat goes afloat to treat you to a Cruise on the Erie Canal in Lockport. Also includes a Tour of the Niagara Area, Dinner Show, Winery Tour with Sampling, 2 Full Breakfasts, 1 Buffet Lunch, 2 Dinners, and Accommodations at the Niagara Imperial. NOTE: A passport is required for U.S./Canada border crossing. OCEAN CITY, MD 5-DAY/6-DAY Aug. 9-14 ($594 pp dbl), Sept. 7-11 ($318 pp dbl) You’re free as the sea to make waves or tide yourself over with rest and relaxation on these independent vacations in Ocean City. Each date includes spiffy Spinnaker Accommodations. The Spinnaker Motel features rooms with balconies on the outside – and, on the inside: a kitchenette, in case you want to steal a meal on your own. POLAR BEAR EXPRESS TRAIN TOUR 7-DAY (new!) Aug. 9-15 ($1225 pp dbl) What a train ride this is! Ontario Northbound’s Polar Bear Express take you to the edge of the Arctic, all the way to Canada’s historic James Bay. It travels 186 miles between Cochrane and Moosonee through Ontario’s most pristine and spectacular scenery, and you enjoy it all in a climate- controlled passenger car. Includes your old-fashioned Train Ride, Tour of Toronto, the “Dynamic Earth” Exhibit in Sudbury, Tour of Moosonee and Moose Factory Island, a Sunset Cruise on Lake Nippissing and the Dionne Quints Museum in North Bay, 4 Full Hotel Breakfasts, 6 Dinners (1 on the Polar Express) – and excellent Accommodations in Toronto, Sudbury, Cochrane, North Bay, and Niagara Falls. SALEM & BOSTON HAUNTED HAPPENINGS 3-DAY Oct. 23-25 $442 pp dbl) Who’s boardin’ at the Borden House? If it’s Lizzie, is she still in a tizzy over the grisly 1892 murders of her wealthy parents in their Fall River, MA home? You’ll tour the Lizzie Borden House and decide for yourself if Lizzie was the guilty party. You might even be able to ask her yourself, since she’s reputed to haunt the place. Another spooky spot is Hammond Castle, also known as the Castle of the Damned, in Gloucester. It’s actually a museum, whose displays are so bizarre that they might be too intense for the very young or faint of heart! Also includes a Haunted ‘Boston Spirits’ Walking Tour (spirits are allowed to float), a Guided Driving Tour of Salem, a Walking Tour of Salem’s Haunted Happenings, 2 Hot Buffer Breakfasts, 2 Dinners (1 at “Cheers” in Boston), free time for lunch on your own in Newport, RI, and Accommodations at the AAA 3 Diamond-rated Hampton Inn Bedford in Burlington-Billerica, MA. SENECA LAKE WINE & CHEESE WEEKEND 2-DAY (new!) April 25-26 ($260 pp dbl) A real ‘brewhaha’ of an adventure! Of course, it has it ups and downs, like Sampling and Cheese Snacks at Wineries down one side of the lake and up the other. If you’re game for it, you can vie for the prizes that will be awarded for various contests on a weekend-long Scavenger Hunt. Also includes a Keuka Lake Luncheon Cruise aboard the Esperanza Rose (an elegant 65-foot vintage cruising vessel), a Lunch at the Wagner Vineyards’ Ginny Lee Café, a Continental Breakfast, and Accommodations at the Hampton Inn Geneva. TRAINS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 4-DAY Sept. 20-23 ($583 pp dbl) The Boston & Maine Railroad built the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad line in 1849. In its heyday, the 1890s to the 1950s, this 160-year-old train was used heavily to bring tourists to Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire’s largest lake. This tour includes a 2-Hour Dinner Train Ride along the scenic shore, with a Hot Turkey Dinner served aboard your vintage coach. Another ‘track treat’ is a 3- Hour Round Trip Train Ride on the 140-year-old Cog Railway (the only all-steam cog railway in the world) to the top of Mount Washington (the highest peak in the Northeast), with free time at the summit for the mile-high state park. Also includes a Cruise across Lake Winnipesaukee on the first-class 230-ft “M/S Mount Washington”…free time for shopping in the lakeside resort town Wolfeboro and in the village of North Conway…Admission to the Wright Museum, replete with 1939-1945 Americana…a stop at the Old Country Store, dating from 1781…Touring through Crawford Notch and along the scenic Kancamagus Highway…a stop at the Yankee Candle Company for the world’s largest candle shop and the Bavarian Christmas Village…3 Dinners and 3 Full Breakfasts…and Accommodations at the NASWA Resort Motel in Laconia. VIRGINIA BEACH 4-DAY July 19-22 ($488) Do you have a little of Virginia ‘in yuh’? A spirit of adventure, and a desire to be free? Then, plan your own agenda where we ‘send yuh’ - the Best Western Oceanfront in Virginia Beach. You report to resort accommodations, which means your room has everything you need to feel at home. Includes your Accommodations at the Best Western Oceanfront, the “inn” place to be in Virginia Beach. WASHINGTON CHERRY BLOSSOM PARADE 3-DAY April 3-5 ($465) If you’re feeling restive, change to festive with Reserved Seats for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. There’s nothing passive about this massive celebration in DC – free concerts on the Mall, lantern lighting, dances and races add to the pageantry of the huge parade. After the parade, you’re free to explore any or all of the Smithsonian’s 7 Museums. Also includes an Evening Illuminated Tour with stops at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Air Force Memorial…Photo Opportunities outside the U.S. Capitol Building, outside the Supreme Court Building, and of the White House from Lafayette Park…Daytime Tours with stops at the National World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Marine Corps War Memorial…Tour of the Library of Congress…a walk through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts…Tram Tour of Arlington National Cemetery…2 Breakfasts…2 Dinners (Bravo’s, RockBottom Brewery)…and Accommodations at the Comfort Inn University. WASHINGTON VETERANS DAY 3-DAY (new!) Nov. 10-12 ($385) The new Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Park is one of the highlights of a tour that pays tribute to all of America’s veterans and honors the victims of the September 11, 2001 attack at the Pentagon. Another highlight of your first day in DC is the new Capitol Visitors Center, an underground facility that houses an exhibition gallery that features the House and Senate while in session. Our second day is Veterans Day, with an agenda so filled with significant events that the activities are tentative depending on times and wreath-laying ceremonies. Our plans include Tram Tickets for the National Veterans Day Service at Arlington National Cemetery with a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Air Force Memorial, and U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center. Day Three focuses on the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center National Air & Space Museum near Dulles Airport. Also includes Tours outside the U.S. Capitol Building and the Supreme Court Building…Visits to the Library of Congress and the National Museum of American History…Stops at the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial…an Illuminated Tour to the Marine Corps War Memorial and Jefferson Memorial, with a drive by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts…2 Continental Breakfasts…2 Dinners (RockBottom Brewery and Vie de France)…and Accommodations at the Comfort Inn University. WEST VIRGINIA TRAIN TOUR 4-DAY Oct. 9-12 ($684) A little Cheat-ing will take you a long way! Nothing dishonest, mind you; just a 17-mile Train Ride through the Monongahela National Forest aboard the Cheat Mountain Salamander, the highest standard gauged mainline railroad east of the Mississippi River. You’ll chug to the top of a mountain and hug a horseshoe curve through an empty ghost town. Another train, the Durbin Rocket, meanders through the mountains behind “Old No. 3”, one of only three remaining operating Climax geared logging steam locomotives on earth. Our third Railroad Excursion is on the Cass Scenic Railroad to a Tour of the re- creation of an authentic Logging Camp. On the way, we’ll stop for some breathtaking views of a vast wilderness area. Also includes Visits to 5-stories-high Blackwater Falls, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and Backbone Mountain Windmill…2 Variety Shows at American Mountain Theatre…3 Breakfasts…a Box Lunch on the Cheat Mountain Salamander…3 Dinners (1 at the Graceland Mansion in Elkins)…and Accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express in Elkins. MARTZ TRAVEL Air and Cruise 570-821-3860 … 1-800-822-1727 www.martzgroup.com ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FIESTA 5-DAY Oct. 2-6 (Land Only Rate $1049 pp dbl. Call Martz for Air Rates from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.) You won’t need a siesta during this Fiesta! Your spirits will soar as you watch more than 700 balloons from all over the world ascend into the skies during your four nights in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The morning Mass Ascension of the Opening Ceremonies and the evening Balloon Glow with Fireworks highlight this High Time. Also includes a Guided Tour of Albuquerque, especially the Old Town neighborhood of its Spanish founders (1706)…Los Alamos and the 600-year-old ancestral Pueblo dwellings of Bandelier National Monument…a Walking Tour of Santa Fe’s Historic District, with Visits to the gothic Loretto Chapel and the shops and artists studios of Governor’s Plaza…1 Breakfast and 2 Dinners…Accommodations at the Rio Grande Inn in Albuquerque…$25 in Mayflower Money (from your tour host)…and Round Trip Airport Transfers. CHARLESTON, JEKYLL ISLAND & SAVANNAH 7-DAY Oct. 10-16 (Land Only Rate $1599 pp dbl. Call Martz for Air Rates from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.) You won’t want to ‘Hyde’ from this ‘Jekyll’. Much of the Vanderbilt society world has been preserved and faithfully restored on Jekyll Island. We provide a Narrated Tram Tour of the Island’s 240-acre Historic District. Also includes a Guided Tour of Charleston with Visits to the Battery at the Harbor (overlooking Fort Sumter) and the 325-year-old Magnolia Plantation, and a Dinner Cruise on Charleston Harbor…a Visit to Beaufort, “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands”…your choice of independent Sightseeing in Savannah or on Hilton Head Island…5 Breakfasts…3 Dinners (1 on your Charleston Cruise, 1 at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club, 1 in Savannah)…Accommodations in Charleston (Marriott Hotel), on Jekyll Island (Jekyll Island Club Hotel), in Savannah (Hilton DeSoto, Historic District)…and Round Trip Airport Transfers. MONTANA & GLACIER NATIONAL PARK 8-DAY Aug. 1-8 (Land Only Rate $1799 pp dbl. Call Martz for Air Rates from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.) Over 20,000 years ago, glaciers covered Montana. Their retreat left the rugged mountains, steep ravines and deep lakes we see now in places like Glacier National Park in the northern Rockies. A 2-night stay gives us plenty of time for a Park Tour that includes the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 52-mile highway that crosses the Continental Divide and offers the most memorable vistas of the Park. We’ll follow the track of the glaciers with a Cruise on the crystal waters of Upper Waterton Lake in Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park in Alberta, Canada. We’ll follow the track of Lewis and Clark, when they first gazed at the foothills of the Rockies, with a Gates of the Mountains Cruise on the Missouri River and Visits to Helena, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Also includes free time to explore Spokane’s Riverfront Park…Visits to historic Wallace in Idaho (once the Silver Capital of the World), the recreational paradise of Big Fork and the Victorian Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell, Montana…a Tour of Flathead Lake in northwest Montana (the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi)…6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch (at the Prince of Wales Hotel on the U.S./Canada border), 3 Dinners…Accommodations at Red Lion Inn in Kalispell, Glacier Park Lodges in Glacier National Park, Best Western Heritage Inn in Great Falls, and Comfort Inn in Bozman…and Round Trip Airport Transfers. PACIFIC NORTHWEST 7-DAY Aug. 22-28 (Land only Rate $1899 pp dbl. Call Martz for Air Rates from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.) ‘V’ is for Victory, and you’ll feel victorious on a Pacific Coast dazzler where ‘V’ also stands for Vancouver and Victoria in Canada’s British Columbia. Victoria is British Columbia’s capital city. So, expect a really ‘capital’ City Tour from its beautiful Harbor Boardwalk to its incredible Parliament Building, with the 100-year-old Butchart Gardens thrown in for good measure. A City Tour of cosmopolitan Vancouver features the splendor of Stanley Park (1000 acres of gardens and sand beaches). Also includes a Seattle Tour that takes in Pike Place Market, Chinatown, historic Pioneer Square, and the Space Needle…a 3-hour Train Trip from North Vancouver to the mountain town of Whistler on the Whistler Express…Ferry Service from Vancouver to Victoria and from Vancouver Island to Washington State…the Olympic National Park Visitors Center in Washington State…5 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners…Accommodations at Holiday Inn Express in Seattle, Hampton Inn or Rosedale on Robson in Vancouver, and Chateau Victoria in British Columbia...and Round Trip Airport Transfers. TRAINS & CANYONS OF THE WEST 8-DAY Sept. 14-21 (Land Only Rate $1649 pp dbl. Call Martz for Air Rates from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.) Two Colorado 19th Century Steam Trains put us on the right track to unparalleled adventure in the untamed Wild West and the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train climbs and winds through the San Juan National Forest, and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad adds Lunch to mountain meandering in the Rockies. Also includes, off-train, Sightseeing in Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park in Utah, and in Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park…Tour of Santa Fe, New Mexico (the oldest state capital in the U.S. – founded in 1610) with a Visit to the Loretto Chapel…Float Trip, with Lunch, along the Colorado River…6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners…Accommodations at Sheraton Hotel in Salt Lake City, LaQuinta Inn in Moab, Hampton Inn or Comfort Inn in Durango, and Courtyard by Marriott in Santa Fe…and Round Trip Airport Transfers. YELLOWSTONE, GRAND TETONS & MT. RUSHMORE 9-DAY Sept. 17-25 (Land Only Rate $1859 pp dbl. Call Martz for Air Rates from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.) The only ‘rush’ on this tour is in the name Rushmore. We want to take our time exploring every wonderful westward attraction, like Mt. Rushmore’s towering Presidential images and the imposing Crazy Horse Memorial sculpture. We’ll take our time in Salt Lake City, too, for a Tour that includes Temple Square (perhaps even a rehearsal of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) and Great Salt Lake. Also includes the Old Wild West Cowboy Town of Jackson, Wyoming…a scenic Float Trip down the Snake River in the Grand Tetons (elk and bison country!)…Wyoming’s Buffalo Bill Historical Center…Tour of Deadwood and its Boot Hill…a 2-night stay in Yellowstone National Park…a Sightseeing feast of natural wonders, from the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota to the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming…5 Breakfasts…5 Dinners (1 a Chuckwagon Dinner with Entertainment in Jackson)…Accommodations at Sheraton Hotel in Salt Lake City, Antler Inn or Days Inn in Jackson, and Yellowstone National Park Lodges in Yellowstone…and Round Trip Airport Transfers. YOSEMITE, LAKE TAHOE & SAN FRANCISCO 8-DAY Sept. 28-Oct. 5 (Land Only Rate $1798 pp dbl. Call Martz for Air Rates from Wilkes- Barre/Scranton.) We’re beholdin’ what’s golden in San Francisco. In fact, we’ll cross the Golden Gate Bridge on an Area Tour that also includes a Cable Car Ride, free time for Shopping in Sausalito, a San Francisco Bay Cruise, and Dinner on Fisherman’s Wharf. Next, we drive through the San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains for a Yosemite National Park adventure that includes a Narrated Tour of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, a Guided Tram Tour of the Yosemite Valley Floor, El Capitan (a 1-mile thick granite mountain), and Yosemite Falls (the tallest waterfall in North America). Your vacation also includes a Cruise on Lake Tahoe…a Visit to Old Sacramento’s 200 shops in an Old West motif…a Winery Tour with Sampling in Sonoma…5 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners…Accommodations at Hyatt Hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf, Yosemite View Lodge in Yosemite, Horizon Casino Resort in Lake Tahoe, and Double Tree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park…and Round Trip Airport Transfers.