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MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND ALONG THE LAKES AND RIVERS OF MINNEAPOLIS
THURSDAY MAY 23RD – MONDAY MAY 27 (Memorial Day)

JOIN US FOR A HOLIDAY WEEKEND OF SCENIC BEAUTY AND FUN.

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Enjoy  the scenic beauty of a riverboat cruise along the St. Croix river, a tributary of the Mississippi while enjoying a live band and delicious buffet dinner.

Enjoy a tantalizing “foodie walking tour with so many delectable foodie tastings along the scenic Mississippi river in Minneapolis.

Enjoy the beauty of a Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Minnetonka, one of the state’s famed 10,000 lakes, with another delicious buffet dinner, while watching the stunning sunset over the lake.

Enjoy a visit to the new Prince Music Estate and Music Museum celebrating the late artist Prince and his music.

Enjoy an afternoon at the largest mall in America – the Mall of America, featuring its own aquarium with sharks, stingrays and turtles, the largest indoor theme park and so much more.


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Enjoy a Sunset cruise with us on beautiful Lake Minnetonka

Daily itinerary

Thursday May 23rd – Fly into Minneapolis and upon your arrival, enjoy a free shuttle to our hotel, the luxury Crowne Plaza hotel.  Our hotel is located just one mile from the largest shopping mall in America – The Mall of America.   

The hotel has an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center.  All rooms have a microwave and mini refrigerator.  The hotel also has a free shuttle to and from the Mall of America.
 This evening we will enjoy a meet and greet at the hotel

Friday May 24th – This morning we will visit the new Prince Estate and Music Museum, celebrating the late great musician Prince.

Paisley Park is Prince’s extraordinary private estate and production complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Fans will have the unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce and perform inside this private sanctuary and remarkable production complex.

Paisley Park is Prince’s mythical creative sanctuary.  Following the metaphoric success of Purple Rain in the mid 1980s, construction began on what would become a $10M, 65,000 square-foot recording and production complex complete with state of the art technology capable of outputting any form of creative work Prince could envision – from music recordings, clothing production, artwork and graphic design, music videos and even full-length feature films. 

Iconic albums recorded at Paisley Park include Lovesexy, Batman, Diamonds & Pearls, The Gold Experience, The Black Album, Sign O’ The Times and Emancipation through to more recent releases such as PLECTRUMELECTRUM, ART OFFICIAL AGE and HITNRUN Phase 1 & 2.  Equipped with a massive sound stage and live event space, Prince recorded many films at Paisley Park, including the feature film Graffiti Bridge and the New Year’s concert special Rave Un2 The Year 2000.
 
The iconic superstar would often open Paisley Park’s doors for spontaneous performance events, inviting the public into the Sound Stage or NPG Music Club rooms for marathon sets of live music.  Through its storied history, many other notable musicians have spent time recording at Paisley Park, including Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion and R.E.M.  In addition, artists such as Neil Young, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughn utilized the Sound Stage for tour preparations and rehearsals. 

With the official public opening of Paisley Park, fans from around the world will now have the very rare opportunity to tour the estate in a secured environment and experience first-hand this singularly unique creative sanctuary where Prince lived, led and created for more than 30 years

This afternoon we will visit the largest mall in America – THE MALL OF AMERICA.

The mall has so many attractions, that if any of our passengers wish to stay longer or shorter time than others, you have the flexibility to take our hotel’s free shuttle from the mall back to the hotel, located only one mile away. The shuttle runs regularly throughout the day and night until 10pm.

 In addition to the over 100 shopping venues, the mall also is home to its own aquarium, featuring sharks, stingrays and more, an amusement park, plus the largest indoor theme park in America.  The mall  is also home to three unique new attractions:

Shark Attack” where customers will meet eye-to-eye with prehistoric reptiles when standing on a motion platform and “Mystery Mine” where 1G force combined with an adventurous ride in a mine car will deliver an amazing and memorable adrenaline rush.

Amazing Mirror Maze

Experience amazement as you navigate your way through this fun-filled, life-size maze of mirrors and glass. This unique attraction is a journey through the incredible! At 2,500 square feet, it is one of the largest mirror mazes in the world, with endless hallways, infinite reflections, and a new twist and turn waiting around every corner. A true mind-blowing masterpiece!
Other unique attractions at the MOA are :

FlyOver America is a flight simulation ride that brings guests on a breathtaking, aerial tour of some of the greatest landmarks and regions throughout the United States in virtual flight technology. The attraction is a fully immersive experience including wind, mist and even scents.

Rock of Ages Blacklight Minigolf allows guests to putt their way through different eras of music, starting in the '50s all the way up to present time. There are 18 holes of fun-filled golf, sure to challenge and delight guests of all ages.

Tonight we will enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants in the mall, such as the HARD ROCK CAFÉ.

After dinner we will enjoy two great experiences

Universe of Light will underscore the unexpected and surprising characteristics of MOA®, combined with the fun, playful nature of Nickelodeon Universe®.

The nine-minute light show is an ongoing attraction for mall visitors. Lights, music and smoke effects will transform the air space into a Technicolor dream that is sure to excite and engage. Universe of Light uses strobe lights and smoke effects. Its an experience that will take visitors on an emotional journey through music and lights.

Finally we will end our night with laughs at the MOA’s own comedy club.

Minnesota's home for Laughs is Located on Level 4, East Parking Level 5. Join us and enjoy the nation's top touring comedians as seen on Late Night TV including Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Lately, Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and more. Stars from Comedy Central, Saturday Night Live and Mad TV are common faces who've made frequent graces on our stage.  Shows nightly from Tuesday through Sunday.

Saturday May 25th
Today we will enjoy a unique Foodies Tour from 11am-2pm along the Mississippi River.

Explore the trendy and historical parts of Minneapolis on this Riverwalk food tour. Get off the beaten path and visit the Minneapolis Mill District and Northeast Minneapolis neighborhoods. Try nearly a dozen delicious tastings from local restaurants and specialty food shops. Taste local favorites including cheese curds, European-style baked bread, gelato and locally brewed craft beer, just to name a few. Also, visit the historical Mill City Museum, see the only natural major waterfall on the Upper Mississippi Riverwalk and stroll along the oldest street in Minneapolis. Visit trendy, historical Minneapolis neighborhoods.  Enjoy up to 12 tastings at local eateries (included in your tour) and walk along the oldest street in Minneapolis

Your food tour along the river in Minneapolis starts at Gold Medal Park, where you'll meet your guide. You'll be introduced to a variety of culinary highlights in the city as you sample dishes at the first Thai restaurant in Minnesota, drink regionally brewed craft beer along the oldest street in Minneapolis, and enjoy a local favorite—cheese curds.

Taste pasta at a eatery in the historical Chase building, sample homemade gelato, and nosh on savory European-style baked bread as your stroll through the farmers' market.

In addition to food tastings, you'll also visit the Mill City Museum, stroll by the Guthrie, and admire views of St. Anthony Falls as you cross the Mississippi River on the Stone Arch Bridge into historical St. Anthony on Main. Learn about the history of both these neighborhoods, and enjoy chatting with other food-loving participants. By the end of the tour, you'll have an appreciation for these distinct districts that some visitors never see.

Example tasting menu (subject to change):

• Unique mouth watering pasta with an amazing atmosphere
• You haven't been to Minnesota until you've tried the Cheese Curds!
• Dessert from a local chef Nominated for the James Beard award and featured on many baking TV shows
• Authentic fresh Thai spring roll from the first Thai restaurant in Minnesota
• Variety of Minnesota brewed craft beers (non-alcoholic tastings available)
• Delicious and most popular Thai dish, you better eat it all, you don't want to enrage the "God of Rice"
• Gelato that is sure to please your taste buds
• Gooey cheese-bread made from a local bakery

Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

After our Foodies walking tour, if time permits, we will enjoy a walk along a local favorite, The Elevated Platform Walk along the Mississippi, with many local shops along the walk.

This evening we will enjoy a  Jazz Dinner Cruise along the St. Croix River (a tributary of the Mississippi).  The cruise departs from the town of Stillwater MN, just north of Minneapolis.

Welcome aboard! Create lasting memories and experience the beauty of this National Parkway, the scenic St. Croix River. All public cruise prices include a delightful lunch or dinner. All taxes, fees, and beverages are extra. Foot-tapping Dixieland “Jazz Me” music is yours to enjoy on Saturday nights. The cruise sails from 5:30 to 8pm

Featuring “The Emperors of Jazz.” Come aboard to a buffet feast of our carved herb crusted New York strip loin, BBQ St. Louis style ribs, marsala chicken and baked cod, potato, fresh fruit & green salad with freshly baked rolls. Desserts include cheesecake, carrot cake and chocolate torte.

After we exit the cruise we will enjoy watching the sunset over the beautiful St Croix River.

Sunday May 26th - Today we will enjoy a leisurely day exploring the small villages along Lake Minnetonka, for small town shopping, scenery and more..
This evening we will enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on beautiful Lake Minnetonka-a perfect way to end our holiday weekend!.

 

Buffet Menu

  • Al's Famous Slow Cooked BBQ Ribs
  • Southern Fried Chicken
  • Italian Mandarin Salad
  • Au graten Potatoes
  • Signature Guacamole Dip and Chips
  • Whole Wheat Rolls and Butter
  • Alma's Brownies and Lemon Berry Bars

 

Monday May 27th – Enjoy the free airport shuttle from our hotel today to fit your return flight schedule.

 

Your trip includes:

  • 4 nights at the luxury Crowne Plaza Hotel with free airport shuttle, free Mall of America shuttle, free fitness center, free indoor pool and Jacuzzi.. All rooms have refrigerator and microwave
  • Tour of the Prince Music Estate & Museum on Friday morning
  • Group visit to the Mall of America on Friday afternoon (includes group transport to and from, but you are welcome to return to the hotel at a time different from the group if you desire, via the hotel’s free Mall of America shuttle any time until 10pm)
  • River walk Foodie Tour along the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis 11am-2pm on Saturday with many tastings included
  • Dinner cruise on the St. Croix River on Sat. night including buffet dinner and live music
  • Sunset Dinner cruise on Lake Minnetonka on Sun. night including buffet dinner (with afternoon group visit to villages and shops along the lake prior to the cruise)
  • Free non-smoking roommate matching based on gender

Trip cost: Only $939 per person

Optional single room supplement if you wish the privacy of your own room: $299

A Deposit of $300 is due within 7 days of booking.

The Balance payment is due Friday March 15th.

Cancelations:
 If you have traveled with us before, your deposit is fully refundable if canceled by Feb. 23rd. 
If you have not traveled with us before, your deposit is fully transferable to another trip within 2 years of the date of the trip you canceled, if you cancel by Feb.23rd.

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