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Itinerary (Revised 10/30/19)

Day 1 | December 13 | St. Paul, MN

As you make your way to the Twin Cities today, sit back and enjoy the holiday decorations along the way. Arriving in Shakopee, enjoy an included lunch at Dangerfield’s Restaurant, one of the top rated restaurants in the Twin Cities area. Then enjoy a guided tour of the Cathedral of St. Paul, the national shrine of Apostle Paul. The Cathedral is recognized as a historical landmark and one of the most prominent buildings in the city. During the holiday season, the beauty and spirit of the Cathedral are especially prevalent. You’ll then check into one of the nation’s premier hotels, The Saint Paul Hotel. From the notable to the notorious, the hotel has hosted some of America’s preeminent historical figures. And during the holiday season, its splendor dazzles even more with their stunning holiday decorations! This evening you’ll stroll through the gardens of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Magical winter light displays, bonfires, hot cocoa, and more make this a splendid holiday experience. Saint Paul Hotel, Lunch Included

Day 2 | December 14 | St. Paul, MN

This morning take a guided tour of the Norwegian Lutheran Church, “Mindekirken,” and their Gingerbread Wonderland. Your visit includes the history of the church and explains Norwegian Christmas traditions. Following the tour, you’ll walk to the Norway House to see the famed Gingerbread Wonderland. Gingerbread, or pepperkake in Norwegian, is a feature of the Norwegian holiday and is featured in cookies, ornaments, houses, and more! There is free time this afternoon to explore the area around the Saint Paul Hotel on your own before taking the Gangster Tour at the Landmark Center. Dinner will be on your own with a variety of exceptional restaurants within walking distance. Be sure to take the time to walk through Rice Park’s extraordinary Christmas light display. The day concludes with a holiday performance of SIX at the Ordway Theater. This production is an electrifying, pop-concert spectacle, with an all-women ensemble that spotlights the six wives of Henry VIII. Saint Paul Hotel, Voucher may be used for breakfast

Day 3 | December 15 | Home

This morning you’ll have a guided Christmas Traditions Tour at the James J. Hill House. In the 1890’s, St. Paul’s Summit Avenue was a holiday destination where friends and neighbors gathered to celebrate the Christmas season. The James J. Hill House, built by railroad magnate James J. Hill, was at the center of it all. Hear stories of holiday celebrations of the past, see rare historic photographs of the neighborhood, as well as excerpts from Hill family letters and journals. Back at The Saint Paul Hotel, experience the annual live radio play of It’s a Wonderful Life. During the performance you will be served a delectable three-course luncheon. You’ll begin your journey home following the radio play, arriving home this evening. Voucher may be used for breakfast, Lunch Included

 

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Pricing Per Person Cash Or Check

  • $  715 – Double
  • $  655 – Triple
  • $  625 – Quad
  • $  940 – Single

Pricing Per Person Credit Card

  • $  735 – Double
  • $  675 – Triple
  • $  645 – Quad
  • $  970 – Single

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Itinerary, Pricing and Availability are subject to change without notice. Tours are subject to energy surcharges and other factors beyond our control.

Departure Date

12/13/2019

Return Date

12/15/2019

Tour Highlights:
  • Cathedral of St. Paul
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • Mindekirken & Gingerbread Wonderland
  • Landmark Center Gangster Tour
  • Performance of “SIX” at Ordway Theater
  • It’s A Wonderful Life Live Radio Play and Luncheon
  • 2 Vouchers ($40) may be used for Breakfast / 2 Lunches

Hosted By: Southwest Tour & Travel

Activity Level:

Easy Going
This tour requires light physical activity combined with shorter travel days. Activities may include an occasional city or nature walking tour with stopping along the way. Guests should be able to climb a set of stairs, walk up or down slight slopes and navigate some uneven terrain or cobblestone.