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Travel with R & J to the charming & beautiful Southern Indiana Country!

Day 1 – Home to Bloomington, IL

We start our journey from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Bloomington, IL with rest stops and lunch along the way before getting to our destination for the evening. Lunch and dinner will be on your own today.

Hotel: Hawthorn Suites


Day 2 – Bloomington to Parke County, IN

After our included hot breakfast we travel on to Rockville, IN, a very historic town with brick streets, an old jail, and great photo opportunities at the majestic old courthouse on town square. You will have a chance to shop the 5 & 10 dime store where you can find anything and everything. This place is totally incredible. We will check out the tourist information building at the old 1883 train depot. Included lunch is a feel-at-home experience at a local favorite, Rock Run Café & Bakery. After we are sufficiently fed we travel the back roads to Bridgeton. We are honored to be given a tour of the oldest & longest continuously working mill from the family that started it in 1823 and rebuilt it in 1870. The mill sits beside the most famous and most visited covered bridge in the USA – breathtaking! Bridgeton has the distinction of being the “covered bridge capital of the world” located in Parke County, Indiana. Parke County is home to 31 covered bridges of which we will visit several of them before our travels take us to the Turkey Run State Park. Our home tonight will be Turkey Run Inn. We dine this evening in their warm and cozy dining room and have time to explore and enjoy the area before turning in.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Turkey Run Inn


Day 3 – Parke County to West Baden Springs, IN

After enjoying a great hot breakfast at Turkey Run Inn we journey to Billie Creek, a small village settled years ago but still kept in relatively good shape. We enter across a covered bridge and enjoy what lies ahead; a village settled in 1880 and a mansion built in 1923. Our next stop is Gasthof, a neat little Amish Village where we will feast at an included Amish noon lunch buffet. We spend some time at the flea market and just strolling this beautiful area. Departing Gasthof, we will be eagerly awaiting our next stop: The West Baden Springs Hotel! This world famous resort will be our home for the next two evenings. You will be in awe at what you see! Considered to be the 8th wonder of the world, it was built in 1902 and is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. Its atrium was the largest free span dome until the Houston Astrodome was built. There is no other word to adequately describe it but: AWESOME! Our evening dinner will be a treat as we dine in splendor and grandeur at the restaurant in the resort. You will have time on your own to scout out this lavish resort.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: West Baden Springs Resort (2 Nights)


Day 4 – West Baden Springs & French Lick, IN

After another great breakfast in our grandiose setting, we are off for the day to explore and tour the sights & sounds of the French Lick area. This includes cruising beautiful Patoka Lake and a great ride on the French Lick Railroad. Once again we’ll enjoy dinner at the Resort, relaxing in the beauty of our surroundings.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: West Baden Springs Resort

 

Day 5 – West Baden Springs to Madison, IN

We board our coach feeling like kings & queens after our included hot breakfast. We journey through the rolling and wooded green hills of springtime in Southern Indiana to Madison, a great little town filled with old architecture and store fronts filled with history. Madison is located on the beautiful Ohio River and is billed as “the most beautiful small town in the midwest.” The Broadway Fountain is one of only four remaining of its ornate style in the world and is located right in downtown Madison, as we’ll witness & learn about during our guided city tour. Lunch today will be on your own with ample options in this classic main street setting. Included dinner is at the Falls Restaurant, the “best in southern Indiana!” Our beautiful home for the night is at Clifty Inn overlooking the Ohio River.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Clifty Inn


Day 6 – Madison to Oakbrook, IL

After our included breakfast we travel to Thomas Gaff’s stately Hillforest Victorian Mansion in Aurora, Indiana. The mansion reflects Italian Renaissance as well as steamboat-influenced architecture and was designed in 1853 by Isaiah Rogers. Gaff was a prominent citizen known for his wide range of interests, remarkable executive abilities, keen observations, and generousity to religious & charitable objects. We will tour the home and enjoy an included brunch before leaving the mansion to begin our journey back home. We spend this evening enjoying the Drury Lane Dinner Theatre and our overnight stay in comfort at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn, Oakbrook Terrace, IL


Day 7 – Oakbrook to Home

Our final travel day that will take us back to home sweet home with fond memories of Hoosier Hospitality!

Included Meal: Breakfast


 

Motorcoach Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $1,699
Single: $2,549
Triple: $1,599
Quad: $1,499

Motorcoach Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $116
Single: $156

Travel Bucks

$30 Travel Bucks per person earned with this tour

Deposit Due

$100 deposit per person due at time of reservation. Full payment due 30 days prior to depart.

Passport Needed

No

Tour Pace

Moderate Walking

Price Includes

15 Meals, Hotels & Activities as stated in brochure, Luxury Motorcoach



The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 75°
Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
54°
Minneapolis, Mn
82°
Hoosier Hospitality
Motorcoach Departure Date:
05/13/2013
Motorcoach Return Date:
05/19/2013

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Tour Highlights

Two night stay at the world famous luxurious
West Baden Spring Resort for two nights!
Parke County Indiana – The Covered Bridge
Capital of the World
Turkey Run Resort
Bridgeton Mill & Bridge
Billie Creek Village
Gasthof Amish Village
Historic French Lick Indiana
Patoka Lake Cruise
French Lick Rail Road
Madison, Indiana on the Ohio river
Hill Forest Victorian Mansion
Drury Lane Dinner Theatre
Beautiful, fantastic, and classic accommodations
15 Included meals



Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
54°
Minneapolis, Mn
82°
Hoosier Hospitality
The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 75°
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