Fall Tour

Enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin countryside with its fall colors, Amish cheese shops, apple orchards, cranberry bogs, and Scandinavian heritage. Enjoy a scenic fall colors cruise on the Mississippi River and experience the peaceful woodland tranquility of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

October 7-10, 2024
4 days / 3 nights
Tour starts at west Omaha location
$375 single / $319 double $100 deposit

Price includes coach transportation, driver gratuity, three nights lodging, three breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and attraction admissions

Tour reservation deadline August 31, 2024

Highlights: Field of Dreams movie site - Mary of the Angels Chapel tour - La Crosse riverboat luncheon cruise - Wetherby Cranberry Company private bog tour - Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Dregne’s Scandinavian Gifts - Swedish meatball luncheon at Borgens Cafe - Old Country Cheese store - Maple Ridge Orchard

Today travel across Iowa enjoying the beautiful fall scenery and watching the classic 1989 baseball movie classic Field of Dreams. We will visit the movie site in Dyersville, Iowa, and view the famous baseball field in the middle of a cornfield. Hear details of making the movie from a guide dressed as one of the vintage ghost players. Leaving Dyersville, we drive north along the Mississippi River toward La Crosse, Wisconsin. Tonight enjoy dinner at the Pizza Ranch before checking into our hotel for three nights.

The next morning we begin the day with a guided tour of the Mary of the Angels Chapel at the St. Rose Convent in downtown La Crosse. This beautiful chapel was built in 1906 for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. The interior of the chapel is an architectural and artistic treasure. Guided tours include a visit to the Adoration Chapel where two Franciscan Sisters have been praying 24 hours in two hour shifts since 1878. Before departing, visit the small gift shop containing items made by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration over the years.

Our group then boards the La Crosse Riverboat Queen for a Mississippi River luncheon cruise. During the cruise enjoy the fall colors and learn about the La Crosse’s history and river lore from a local guide. Our lunch will consist of chef carved turkey with mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, and dinner rolls. This afternoon we visit the cranberry bogs of the Wetherby Cranberry Company in Warrens, Wisconsin. Our group will have a private guided tour of their cranberry bogs to learn more about the process of growing and harvesting the berries. We will also discover the history of the cranberry industry in the area. Purchase fresh cranberries and cranberry wine directly from the warehouse after the tour. Tonight, we will have an included dinner at the North Country Steak Buffet in La Crosse.

This morning, we will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the scenic Wisconsin countryside. Upon arrival, we are transported to the top of a hill where the shrine is located. The interior of the shrine is inspired by Roman churches. The vaulted ceiling is punctuated by stained glass windows that follow the life of Our Lady. The raised sanctuary is marble and defined by an altar rail. A large mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe is above the tabernacle. The grounds of the shrine cover 70 acres of Wisconsin forested hills. Trails into the peaceful countryside provide a choice of peaceful devotional areas with beautiful gardens and statues. Trails include the Stations of the Cross trail and Rosary Walk trail.

Lunch today is at the nearby Norwegian town of Westby, Wisconsin. Experience some Scandinavian specialties at Borgens Cafe. Community leaders will welcome our group and give us an insight into Westby’s colorful Norwegian history. After lunch walk across the street to Dregne’s Scandinavian Gifts store. They have everything from Swedish clogs to Danish amber jewelry. Meet the owners, Dave and Jana Dregne and find your special Scandinavian treasure.

This afternoon we travel through the beautiful Wisconsin countryside to the Old Country Cheese store near Cashton, Wisconsin. The store is located on a rural road in the heart of the Amish community of southwestern Wisconsin. Old Country Cheese works with over 230 area Amish milk producers to make their cheese products. They also sell homemade Amish candy, jams, and maple syrup. The store is part cheese factory and part general Amish store. Nearby is the Maple Ridge Orchard; this Honeycrisp apple farm covers 22 acres. A farm store offers visitors a variety of apple packages, apple cider donuts, pies, and caramel apples. Tonight is dinner on your own at the Red Pines Bar & Grill. Located on scenic Lake Onalaska, this small countryside restaurant specializes in local fish dinners. It is where all the locals go for a good meal. The next day we travel back to Nebraska.

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