December 1-3, 2023 (3 days)
$899* per person from Baton Rouge
Led by Scott Miles
*All dates and pricing are approximate and subject to change per supplier and airline
Price is per person, double occupancy & includes deluxe motor coach transportation from Baton Rouge, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 1 dinner, entrance fees, taxes & tips (including driver and escort). (Tips for personal services – maids, etc., not included). Single supplement - $150
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Day 1, Friday, Dec. 1 – Galveston, TX - This morning we depart from Zachary, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Lake Charles as we make our way to Galveston.
This evening’s holiday festival activities include a Hand Bell Concert performed at St. Joseph’s Church, the oldest wooden church in Galveston, built in 1859 as the first German Catholic Church in Texas.
Afterwards, we will enjoy an included dinner at the iconic Fisherman's Wharf where we'll enjoy waterfront seafood at its best overlooking the harbor. Overnight at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Galveston.
Day 2, Saturday, Dec. 2 - Galveston – After breakfast, we'll enjoy a city tour of Galveston’s many historical and noteworthy sites with the help of a local step-on guide . Then we'll make our way to the Dickens on the Strand Festival in time for all of the entertainment which includes magicians, musicians, hypnotists, acrobats and performers of all types.
Shop among the various street stalls and rolling carts from costumed vendors peddling their fun and delightful wares, and don't miss the Queen's Parade with the beefeaters escorting Queen Victoria herself.
There's also the afternoon Dicken Costume Contest, where ladies and gentlemen showcase their finest Victorian costumes (feel free to bring your own costumed attire).
This evening we depart for Moody Gardens and the Festival of Lights, a walking tour of thousands of lights in the lovely gardens. We'll also enjoy an included delicious buffet dinner that offers a spectacular view of Offats Bayou. Overnight at the Hampton Inn and Suites.
Day 3, Sunday, December 3 - Home - After breakfast this morning , we will visit the London Wharf and the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA which is a National Historic Landmark. London Wharf represents a time when the sun never set on the British Empire, with jaunty tunes of a concertina as “old salts” share tall tales of life at sea. Enjoy the demonstrations of traditional maritime skills and purchase unique nautical crafts made by volunteer crew members of the 1877 tall ship ELISSA.
Later today, we'll board our own “Victorian horse-power carriage” (motor coach) for a leisurely drive home remembering and sharing the good times we had!