Birds, Bridges & Buffalo Bill-2023

Fully Guided tour with Bill Ball, host of 2 Travel Series: Journeys in India and Journeys in Africa, seen Nationally on Public Television will guide your tour from start to finish. He has guided tours on all 7 continents and over 100 countries. Join him on this new offering from Passport Travel Tours.

6 Day Tour: April 2-7, 2023

Pricing

Double Occupancy, Per Person
$3,995
  • Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
Solo Traveler
$4,345
  • $350 supplemental for Solo Travelers.

Tour Highlights

2

Wildlife Spectacles

4

Places to see
before you die

4

Famous Movie Locations

  • Herbert Hoover NHS
  • Amana Colonies
  • Boy’s Town
  • Great Sandhill Crane Migration
  • Buffalo Bill Mansion
  • Prairie Chicken Mating Dance
  • John Wayne Museum
  • Bridges of Madison County
  • Field of Dreams

Tour Includes

  • Round trip Motorcoach from Chicago
  • First Class Hotel Accommodations
  • All Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 5 Dinners
  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • Admissions to all listed Attractions
  • Round trip airport transfers in the Chicago land area
  • Guided by Bill Ball
  • Baggage Handling
  • All Gratuities

Tour Itinerary

Day One  We begin our motorcoach tour this morning as we head toward the west.  In this case West Branch Iowa and the Herbert Hoover National Historic site.  His Presidential Library, childhood village and grave tell the story of one of our most misunderstood presidents.  Hoover was an accomplished man before considering the Presidency.  We will lunch at the nearby Amana Colonies in what can only be described as authentic delicious German cuisine.  After lunch, we tour the colonies learning their special historic roots.  Overnight in Omaha.

Day Two  We begin our day at one of America’s best known stories—Boy’s Town.  We will tour the immense facility made famous in the 1938 film of the same name.  This is the first of four movie references on this trip.  From there we head to one of the two centers of the Great Sandhill Crane Migration—Kearney, Nebraska.  We will get our first  look at the magnitude of Cranes as we visit crane locations around the city.  We will end at North Platte—the other epicenter for the migration.

Day Three  A day of history and birds beginning with a visit to the busiest train yard in the world.  We will overlook the whole complex from a specially placed tower—it is awesome.  We walk Buffalo Bill’s Mansion of the Prairie that his Wild West Show paid for.  Here he lived, raised cattle and purebred stallions on 4000 acres.  This afternoon, we take a special bus tour of the top crane sites—start counting because we could see 200,000 in this afternoon ride.

Day Four  We start early on this day of birds.  We go out into the remote prairie at the largest Prairie Chicken lek in Nebraska.  This is mating season and these illusive birds gather in areas only they understand why, and the males do a spectacular dance for the females.  This is not something a birder or animal lover wants to miss.  When the birds finish, we will head to Madison County.  Our second movie reference is this afternoon when we visit the towns historic center and the John Wayne Museum and birth home.  Memorabilia from his movies, his bigger than life story and his awards.  The town square is a picture postcard setting on its own.

Day Five Movie Reference three—The Bridges of Madison County.  We will visit the bridges featured in the film, book and cover shot as well as other historically significant wooden spans.  Each one is beautiful.  We will also cover other town history—did you know George Washington Carver lived here as well?

Day Six  We head out of Madison County and to Dyersville, our last movie reference and the home of the Field of Dreams.  Take a few swings of the bat, play catch with a “ghost” and tour the house from the movie.  What a great way to end our trip.  As we approach the Chicago area, we can reflect on the incredible crane migration, the comical Prairie Chicken dances, the massive train yard, Buffalo Bill’s mansion and the Bridges that inspired one of the great loves stories of our time.