Experience the culture and traditions of Lindsborg, the Swedish capital of Kansas. Discover the people and attractions of western Kansas including a sheep dog training farm and bison herd refuge.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 – Thursday, October 7, 2021
Tour starts at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 7007 Grover St, Omaha
$470 double / $590 single
Price includes coach transportation, attraction admissions, four included meals, driver gratuity and two nights lodging at quality name brand hotel properties
Tour reservation deadline September 3, 2021 – payment due September 3, 2021
Highlights: Guided Swedish heritage tour of Lindsborg - Swedish dinner buffet with Swedish dance performance - Dalla horse workshop demonstration - Swedish theme shops - Maxwell Wildlife Refuge buffalo herd wagon - Cathedral of the Plains - Sheep Dog training demonstration - Fort Hays State Historic Site - Garden of Eden sculpture garden - Chautauqua-style performance with Libbie Custer, wife of General George Armstrong Custer
DAY 1: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Our tour begins with a visit to 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 right up to the wagon. Next, discover the little Swedish community of Lindsborg, Kansas! A costumed guide will take us through Lindsborg’s historical sites and Swedish theme shops. We will visit the Dalla horse workshop for a carving demonstration of the famous colorful wooden horse statues. After spending a little time shopping for some Swedish souvenirs, we will enjoy a Swedish dinner at the Bethany Lutheran Church. Later Lindsborg’s Swedish dance group will perform traditional Scandinavian dances for our enjoyment. Tonight, our overnight accommodations will be in nearby Salina.
DAY 2: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
This morning we travel west to the Garden of Eden attraction in the small Kansas community of Lucas. The Garden of Eden is a world renowned grassroots art site with one of the most fascinating (and bizarre) sculpture gardens in the world! Next, we visit a sheep dog training farm in Osborne, Kansas. The farm instructs people on teaching their dogs to herd sheep. We will see a herding demonstration and then have a nice barbecue lunch. This afternoon we will visit the beautiful 1911 Saint Fidelis Catholic Church, commonly known as the “Cathedral of the Plains”. It has seating for 1,100 people and was once the largest church west of the Mississippi River. Our final stop is the Fort Hays State Historical Site in Hays, Kansas. Learn about the lonely life of a frontier soldier on the wild Kansas plains in the 1870’s. Tour the visitor center museum and the remaining fort buildings. After checking into our hotel, we will have a pizza party in the hotel banquet room. After dinner reenactor and historian, Marla Matkin, will portray Elizabeth Bacon Custer, the wife of General George Armstrong Custer. As “Libbie,” Matkin introduces her audiences to the Civil War, the 7th Cavalry, the Kansas plains, Little Bighorn, and her husband and Golden Cavalier, General Custer. Based on historical fact, it is a personal account of the Custers from the first furtive glances of romance to Libbie’s last remembrances as widow, author, and lecturer. The famous 7th Cavalry was stationed many years at Fort Hays.
DAY 3: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Today we travel back to Omaha and arrive at the Comfort Inn & Suites around 5:00 pm.