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We Sometimes Have Group Tours With Openings For The Public –
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These groups are looking to fill a few empty seats and if you're looking to take a trip and meet some new people please contact the group leaders directly for more information including a detailed itinerary and price.  (We ask you to contact the group leader directly because sometimes our groups add a few dollars to our price in order to have money for driver and/or guide gratuities, or to purchase refreshments, or they add on a few dollars for non-members of their club.  There are a variety of reasons the price they charge is a bit different than what Tours By Design charges the club.  Thank you.)


Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Rock Island Lighthouse Tour - Clayton, NY                                                                                                Did you miss our exciting public tour last year to Rock Island?  Here's your chance to check it out.  Join the RPEA Central New York Chapter as they travel to Clayton for this 2 1/2 hour journey on the St. Lawrence River with Clayton Island Tours.  A stop is made at Rock Island Lighthouse State Park where you have the chance to explore the island, tour the museum, visit the gift shop, and climb the 1847 lighthouse if you choose.  A picnic boxed lunch is included.  Then visit Thousand Islands Winery for a tasting, and do a little shopping at Awesome Country Farm House Store & Flatlander Deli.  For more information contact Dawn at 315-437-7464          (Bus departs from Clinton and North Syracuse)

Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17, 2023

Bennington Quilt Fest - Vermont

Join the Pieceful Gals Quilt Guild on an overnight tour that will satisfy quilters.  Tour includes admission to the Bennington Quiltfest where you will find quilts, vendors, raffles, and a cafe for lunch.  Stops will also be made at 3 shops; Karen's Quilting Corner, Pumpkin Patch, and Log Cabin Fabrics.  Overnight accommodations at Holiday Inn Express, breakfast, and a group dinner at Buca di Beppo also included.  Deluxe motorcoach departs from Utica.  Contact Patricia at 315-797-8736

Wednesday & Thursday, October 11 & 12, 2023

National Comedy Center - Jamestown, NY

Who needs a good laugh?  We all do!  And we promise you'll laugh as you explore one of the World's Greatest Places (as named by Time Magazine).  The National Comedy Center has also been called one of the best museums in the country.  Travel through comedy history from vaudeville to current day.  Whether it's Carol Burnett, The Smothers Brothers, Johnny Carson, the Peanuts Gang, Saturday Night Live, or Lucille Ball - you'll find it here.  This two-day tour with RPEA Central New York Chapter also includes shopping and lunch at Made in America Store, wine tasting at Merritt Estate Winery, a visit to the Dunkirk Lighthouse and Museum, and the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum with lunch in the Tropicana Room.  Overnight accommodations at the Double Tree Hotel with dinner and breakfast included.  Did you count them?  That means 4 included meals!  Deluxe motorcoach departs from Clinton and North Syracuse.  Contact Dawn at 315-437-7464. 

Monday & Tuesday, November 13 & 14, 2023

Miracle of Christmas at Sight & Sound Theatre - Lancaster, PA

Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and enjoy an incredible performance of Miracle of Christmas on stage.  This trip is a FUNdraiser for Foothills Rural Community Ministry Building Fund.  The two-day package includes overnight at the Eden Resort with breakfast buffet, Chalk Talk at Elva's Studio, dinner in an Amish Home, reserved seats for the production of Miracle of Christmas at Sight & Sound Theatre, and a stop at Kitchen Kettle Village.  Deluxe motorcoach departs from Utica and Rome.  Contact Kathleen for details, price, and reservations.  315-865-8334