Summer Tour

Travel to Atkinson and Leavenworth, Kansas. Visit the beautiful Mount St. Scholastica Benedictine Monastery in Atkinson and learn more about the notorious Federal Prison in Leavenworth.

Wednesday, August 28, 2024
7:30 am – 7:45 pm
Tour starts at West Omaha location
$125 per person

Price includes coach transportation, driver gratuity, attraction admissions, lunch, and guide service

Tour reservation deadline July 27, 2024

Highlights: Mount St. Scholastica Benedictine Monastery Tour – Fort Leavenworth Army Chapel – Harvey Girls lunch at 1888 Union Depot – Historical guided driving tour of Leavenworth including federal prison – CW Parker Carousel Museum tour and carousel ride

We depart early for the Mount St. Scholastica Benedictine Sister’s chapel in Atkinson, Kansas. The convent was founded by the Benedictine Sisters in 1863. Enjoy a guided tour of the chapel with its beautiful marble, a large rose window, and stained glass windows honoring seven martyred women saints. Learn about the history of the chapel and the lives of the Benedictine Sisters.

Next, we travel south to Leavenworth, Kansas. Leavenworth was home to Fred Harvey, who started a chain of restaurants in train depots in the late 1800s. The restaurants featured uniformed young women called “Harvey Girls,” who served food and refreshments to the hungry train passengers. Today we enjoy a barbeque brisket lunch at the historic downtown train depot, served by women dressed traditionally as Harvey girls. There will also be musical entertainment.

In the afternoon we join our local guide who takes our group to an overlook near the famous Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. The guide discusses the prison’s colorful history of housing notorious criminals such as the Birdman of Alcatraz. The tour also includes a visit to Fort Leavenworth, also known as the Army University, thanks to a world renowned officer’s school. Established in 1827, the fort played a major role in keeping the peace among Native American tribes and the increasing number of settlers heading west. The fort features the Chapel of the Veterans which is the only church in the world where Protestant and Catholic religious services could be conducted under one roof at the same time. The tour of the downtown city area includes historic homes and buildings dating back to the mid-1800s.

Our last destination is the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum. The museum is dedicated to preserving the antique carousels of the past. Tour the restoration rooms and learn about the long process of restoring these beautiful pieces of art. Enjoy a ride on a restored 1913 wooden carousel. There are easy seats for those who might have a difficult time climbing a horse.

On the journey back to Omaha, we will stop at McDonalds in Mound City, Missouri for dinner on your own.

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