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Christkindlmarket Chicago Itinerary

December 8 - 12, 2009

All Inclusive Escorted Motorcoach Tour from Fairfield Glade, TN
to Chicago. IL
Day-by-Day Itinerary



Your Day-by-Day Itinerary:

Day 1 - Tuesday, December 8:

Our morning departure from Fairfield Glade will take us to the highways and byways of beautiful Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana. A stop in Historic Downtown Scottsburg, Indiana gives you time to lunch, stretch your legs, and browse the shops before continuing on to Carmel, Indiana and the Doubletree Guest Suites for the night. This evening’s dinner and entertainment is an Indianapolis tradition - A Beef & Boards Christmas - a holiday variety show that not even Santa will miss!                                                                                         (D)

Day 2 - Wednesday, December 9:

Following breakfast at our hotel, we continue our journey to Chicago - “A Winter Wonderland for The Holiday Shopper.” Our “home away from home” for the next two nights will be the historic Palmer House Hilton, conveniently located within walking distance to the best attractions in the city, including Christkindlmarket Chicago. Separating itself from the retail world that adorns the Magnificent Mile and State Street in the City, Christkindlmarket Chicago offers visitors a unique holiday shopping experience.

Picasso and Christkindlmarket

Red and white crested huts glowing with warmth and overflowing with nutcrackers, cuckoo-clocks, beer steins, European chocolates, toys, jewelry, clothing, and a wide variety of holiday ornaments are just a few of the items that await your arrival.

The air around the market’s plaza fills with sweet and succulent aromas wafting from spiced wine and roasting nuts. These treats simmer alongside many other delicacies including potato pancakes, bratwurst, schnitzel, stolen, strudel, and pretzels . German beer and hot spiced wine flow from several locations throughout the market. 65% of the vendors are flown in from Germany giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about German culture.                                                              (B)

Girls drinking hot wine

Day 3 - Thursday, December 10:

Today is your day to see & do! Soak up Chicago on foot or wheels, solo or with a group of your traveling friends...visit Millennium Park, The Art Institute of Chicago, or just “shop ‘till you drop!”

The Magnificent Mile is but a short walk away and our hotel is practically next door to Macy’s State Street. With its Tiffany ceiling and celebrated window displays, Macy’s State Street, formerly Marshall Fields, is a holiday landmark for shopping in Chicago. Each season the street-side store windows are decorated with elaborate scenes featuring animated figures.

Macy's Christmas Tree

Dark wood paneling, white tablecloths and a magnificently decorated Christmas tree await diners in the gorgeous Walnut Room. Frango mint pie, snowman sundaes and chicken potpie are favorites this time of year. And, of course, the shopping is legendary with designer goods, private labels and just about every gift imaginable, all wrapped up in festive packages at the gift-wrap center.

For holiday shoppers, Chicago eliminates the burden of walking with a free Holiday Trolley serving major points of attraction, including the main shopping destinations.

This evening, optional dinner and entertainment is available for Tommy Gun’s Garage. Psst...Do you know da password? Here’s your chance to become part of this “speakeasy” offering a Roaring ‘20’s musical comedy review with da gangsters, da flappers and you! You’ll be served great food and hooch (uh, dat’s liquor) by da gangsters and da flappers. It will be a night to remember!

Tommy Guns Chicago


Day 4 - Friday, December 11:

You’ll be happy to know that there’s plenty of room on the motor coach to hold all those fabulous Christmas gifts you purchased during your shopping marathon in Chicago. Traveling by motor coach definitely has its advantages!

After bidding a fond farewell to Chicago, and saying hello to Crossville again, we have one more overnight stop to make - a stop that is sure to please in more ways than one - the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana.

French Lick Resort Logo

French Lick Resort
reclaims the legacy of an earlier era, an age of sophisticated tastes and exquisite attention to detail. Established in 1845, with the original east wing built in 1901, French Lick Springs Hotel attracted guests from around the world to experience the "miracle waters" of its nearby sulfur springs.

French Lick Resort Photo

A recently completed renovation has restored and enhanced these famed and historic sites. French Lick Resort offers Old World charm combined with modern elegance in dining, recreation and entertainment. Luxury, romance, variety and mystique await you at French Lick Resort.

Dinner this evening will be in the The Grand Colonnade Restaurant. Enjoy favorites such as brick-oven baked pizzas, a carving station, and savory rotisserie and seafood specialties. The restaurant features a variety of cuisines including Italian, Mexican, Chinese and Southern.. The Grand Colonnade Buffet pays tribute to the space formerly known as the Convention Hall and later as the Grand Colonnade Ballroom. It was in this very space that Franklin Delano Roosevelt rounded up support for his party's presidential nomination during the 1931 Democratic governor's conference. A few short years later, he introduced his New Deal Platform here.

French Lick Resort Christmas Tree

Feeling lucky? After dinner, you just might want to meander over to the casino. The casino at French Lick Resort is a 51,000 square foot Vegas-style gaming facility all on one floor with soaring 27-foot ceilings. A newly expanded non-smoking gaming area offers the latest state-of-the-art slot machines and live-action blackjack, roulette and craps tables. Or, you just might want to call it a night and enjoy the elegance of your room…                                                                                        (D)

French Lick Main Casino

Day 5 - Saturday, December 12:

We’re at the end of the trail. After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to pack it up and head home...thanks for joining us!                                     (B)

Get Ready To Join Us! You'll Be Glad You Did!


Christkindlmarket Chicago
December 8 - 12, 2009

(Seating is Limited - Reserve Early)
5 Days - 4 Meals Included
(B) Breakfast (D) Dinner

$699 Double
(Single Supplement - $330)

Optional Dinner at
Tommy Gun’s Garage:

add $52 per person

Above rates INCLUDE: round-trip deluxe motor coach transportation from Fairfield Glade, TN; hotel accommodations; all hotel service charges, state and local taxes; tips to baggage porters and hotel staff; entrance fees to shows and parks; meals, including taxes and tips, as outlined in itinerary.
NOT INCLUDED: excessive baggage; meals not included in itinerary; all items of a personal nature; beverages including tea and coffee (except at breakfast) wines, liquors, soft drinks, bottled water;. and tips to motor coach driver and local guides which cannot be pre-paid
A deposit of $200 per person will assure you of a most memorable tour with
some of the greatest people on earth!

For reservations and information please contact

Elaine Johnston
The Glade Explorers Travel
10 Prestonwood Terrace
Fairfield Glade, TN 38558


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"Thank you for helping us plan the perfect vacation. I can't begin to tell you how much we enjoyed it. We're talking about next year now!
Thank you too for the wine. It was such a surprise and complimented our dinner. Of course, we toasted our new friends with gratitude."
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