Discover the prairie beauty and cowboy heritage of the Flint Hills of eastern Kansas. Experience the culture and traditions of Lindsborg, the Swedish capital of Kansas.
Monday, August 17, 2020 – Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Tour starts at the Comfort Inn & Suites lobby, 7007 Grover St, Omaha
$399 double / $521 single
Price includes coach transportation, attraction admissions, four included meals, driver gratuity and two nights at a Hampton Inn & Suites
Tour reservation deadline July 17, 2020 – payment due by July 17, 2020
Highlights: Guided Swedish heritage tour of Lindsborg - Swedish luncheon buffet with Swedish dance performance - Dala horse workshop demonstration - Swedish theme shops - Ranch dinner and cowboy folklorist entertainment at the Lazy T Ranch (performance by the Tallgrass Express String Band) - Lunch at the historic Grand Central Hotel - Guided tour of the Flint Hills with local guide Casey Cagle - Wagon tour of a buffalo herd at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge
DAY 1: Monday, August 17, 2020
Discover the little Swedish community of Lindsborg, Kansas. We begin our cultural experience with a Swedish luncheon buffet at the Bethany Lutheran Church. Enjoy Swedish meatballs, herring, dill potatoes, vinegar dill cucumber salad, farmer’s cheese, rye bread, and ostkaka with lingonberries for dessert. Later Lindsborg’s Swedish dance group will perform traditional Scandinavian dances for our enjoyment. Next, we leave the church to explore the downtown area. A costumed guide will give us an insight into Lindsborg’s historical sites and Swedish theme shops. We will visit the Dala horse workshop to view a demonstration on the carving of the famous colorful wooden horses. After spending a little time shopping for some Swedish souvenirs, we will depart Lindsborg for our overnight accommodations in Salina.
DAY 2: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
The next morning we visit the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge and the beautiful Flint Hills. The refuge offers covered wagon rides to a large bison herd. View a herd of 200 bison on the vast unspoiled prairie. Experience a close encounter as they come up to the wagon. We then travel to the small prairie community of Cottonwood Falls, where we will have lunch at the historic Grand Central Hotel and Grill. This afternoon we meet local guide, Casey Cagle, who will take us off the beaten path to discover the history, culture, and hidden gems of the beautiful Flint Hills. Tonight after checking into our hotel in Manhattan, Kansas, we will visit the nearby Lazy T Ranch for a ranch dinner. Owner and cowboy poet lariat, Ron Wilson, will show us around the ranch and share some of his fun and award winning cowboy poetry. Then enjoy songs and stories of early life on the Kansas prairie by the Tallgrass Express String Band featuring Annie Wilson.
DAY 3: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Today we travel back to Omaha and arrive back around 11:30 am.