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Christmas in the Villages (Iowa)

Christmas in the Villages (Iowa)

See a performance by the Church Basement Ladies, have a tea party and more on this Christmas adventure.

November 30 - December 3, 2018


Departure Cities:


Omaha: Arrow Stage Lines: 4220 South 52nd ST


Lincoln: Best Western Plus * 27th Street South I-80 Exit 403


Grand Island:


Norfolk: Allied Tour & Travel * 720 East Norfolk Ave


Columbus: HyVee * 3010 23RD St * Please park in the southeast corner of the lot


Fremont: Walmart * 3010 E 23RD St Hwy 30 & Exit Hwy 275 *


Sioux City:  New Victorian Inn * 3101 Singing Hills Blvd *


Des Moines: Iowa Machine Shed * I-80 Exit 125 * Urbandale, IA



Allied Highlights:

  • Church Basement Ladies "Away in the Basement" Show

  • Amana Colonies Step-on Guided Tour

  • Villages of Van Buren County Step-on Guided Tour

  • Dutchman's Bulk Store

  • 2 Amish meals

  • Unique Specialty Shops

  • "American Gothic" Home and Visitor Center

  • Christmas Sing & Festival of Trees

  • Holiday Tea Party & Cedar Valley Winery

  • Bovard Stained Glass Studio

  • Traditional Dutch Lunch in Pella

  • 9 Meal

  • Allied Tour Director



Single: $1,145.00  per person

Double: $969,00  per person

Triple:  $925.00  per person


Pay by Check Savings:  $35.00 per person

Book by September 7, 2018, and Save: $35.00 per person



Day 1

Amana Colonies/Old Creamery Theatre Show

A short Christmas adventure awaits you as we travel across Iowa to some of Iowa’s villages that embrace Christmas and the joy of the season. Travel to the Amana Colonies today where they present Christmas in a beautiful way. A step-on guide will give us a tour of the Amana Colonies and tell us about their history and what the colonies are today. Enjoy some free time for Christmas shopping and a Christmas dinner at the Ox Yoke Inn. Then on to the Old Creamery Theatre for the production of “Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas.”

Overnight Coralville, IA


Day 2

Villages of Van Buren County Tour/Amish Lunch & Dinner

Take a step off of the beaten path to Southeast Iowa to discover a world left untouched by time. You won’t find any fast food restaurants or a single stoplight in the entire county! They offer an ambiance of a time past. Van Buren County hosts several small villages that reflect the Amish and Mennonite way of life. This weekend you are invited to their “Christmas in the Villages” events and attractions. A step-on guide will travel with you through the Villages and tell of their way of life. A visit to Dutchman’s Store will delight you as you shop this huge Mennonite owned, old-fashioned general store filled with bulk food items and dried goods. It’s a “quilter’s paradise” with 1000’s of bolts of quilting fabrics and supplies. Your Amish lunch will be a meal that you’ll remember for a long time to come! Served in a beautiful Amish home, everything is home-raised and home-cooked. This afternoon venture on to Bentonsport’s National Historic District to discover some history and explore the antique shops.

Overnight (2) Fairfield, IA

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Day 3

American Gothic House/Christmas Sing-a-long/ Festival of Trees/Cedar Valley Winery

See the exterior of the house that inspired Grand Wood to paint “American Gothic,” one of the most recognized paintings in the world. Tour the adjacent visitor center as well. Journey to Douds, IA for their annual Christmas Sing-a-long and be entertained with beautiful Christmas music. Experience a truly festive time at the Festival of Trees in Birmingham. Then on to Bentonsport for a Holiday Tea Party filled with sweets and savories in the Historic Stone House. Cedar Valley Winery will provide a catered finger licking good BBQ dinner. You will able to visit the tasting room, tour the winery and enjoy your favorite wines.

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Day 4

Bovard Stained Glass Studio/Dutch Lunch in Pella

Before departing Van Buren County, visit the Bovard Stained Glass Studio to see the process of manufacturing stained glass. On your way home, take time for a traditional Dutch lunch in the Pella Opera House with stunning decorations for Christmas. Enjoy the merriment of Christmas as you travel home today.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

November 30 - December 3, 2018


This tour includes average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs, and walk reasonable distances.


Included in the vacation package:


  • All attractions listed under Tour Highlights

  • RT Transportation aboard Arrow Motorcoach as stated in the itinerary

  • This is a Classic Tour

  • Luggage handling at the hotel (one piece of luggage per person)

  • Hotel accommodations as listed in itinerary & tax

  • All admissions and meals per itinerary

  • All taxes for included items

  • Refreshments & entertainment on coach

  • Tour Director


Deposit: To confirm your reservation, a $100 per person deposit is required within 7 days after you make your reservation.


Final payment: Due 45-60 days prior to departure. Your final payment date will be listed on your deposit statement. You may remit by personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.


Cancellation Policy:

Days Prior to Departure ……….. Cancellation Fee, per person

46 Days or more ....Full refund

45 to 31 Days ........30% of the Total Cost

30 to 16 Days ........70% of the Total Cost

15 Days or less.........No refund


Travel Insurance is highly recommended. Please ask your reservationist for pricing and details.


Travel Insurance We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect your deposits from cancellation fees. Your trip investment is worth protecting and it's the best way to safeguard against unexpected events that can prevent you from traveling and being assessed significant cancellation fees. Contact Allied Tours for travel insurance information. Changes in Tour Price.


Not Included are meals not listed in the itinerary, optional tours, optional travel insurance, room incidentals, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature, gratuities for tour director or driver, possible fuel surcharges.


Final Documents Approximately two weeks prior to your departure date, you will receive your final documents. Departure times, a hotel list, detailed tour itinerary, medical form and luggage tags will be included.


Changes in Tour Price Tour prices in this publication are effective as of April 15, 2018 and subject to fluctuation due to the U.S dollar exchange rates and energy rates. Our best effort has been made to publish this information as accurately as possible. The right is reserved to change tour rates as deemed necessary by current currency and fuel price conditions.


Changes in Itinerary The order of events and hotels scheduled in your tour are subject to change. Every effort will be made to preserve the original quality of attractions and hotels when circumstances necessitate a substitution.


Baggage Allowance Portage for one suitcase (per person) is included in the tour price. Due to limited motor coach capacity, your single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 30" x 21" x 11" and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Small carry-on bags are allowed and are your responsibility.


Church and Faith We encourage you to attend the church of your choice while on tours if conditions allow. Unfortunately, we are unable to make any special provisions or transportation to attend church. Many tour directors share "Thoughts of the Day" verses of inspiration or a short prayer to start the day.


Special Needs

Travelers needing special assistance must notify Allied Tours at the time of booking. Persons requiring assistance must be accompanied by a companion who can help with these special needs as tour directors and drivers have obligations to the whole group. See your current tour book for details of customer responsibility.


Tour Provided by Allied Tours.


RESPONSIBILITY: Allied Tours, Inc. (AT) acts only as an agent for suppliers. AT is not responsible for acts or omissions of the suppliers or their failure to provide services or adhere to their own schedules and assumes no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity, and can accept no liability for losses or personal injury or property damage, or additional expenses due to delay or changes in bus or other services, sickness, weather, strikes, war, quarantine, terrorism or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger. The right is reserved to accept or withdraw any tour if circumstances require it. AT reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary to the benefit of the tour and/or tour members. All rates are subject to change and are based on current tariffs available and current exchange rates as of April 15, 2018. All baggage is at owner’s risk. The purchase of baggage and travel insurance covering cancellation, interruption, medical, baggage, etc., is recommended. The issuance and acceptance of tickets/vouchers or the payment of the required deposit or any partial or full payment for reservations on these trips shall be deemed to be consent to the above conditions. No refund of unused portions of the tour can be made unless agreed to prior to the departure of the tour. The usual contract in use by the airlines and other transportation companies when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the purchaser of the tour and/or the passenger. The services of any ARC and/or IATAN carrier may be used on this program. AT has no special knowledge regarding the financial condition of the suppliers or unsafe conditions at locations to which you may travel. You assume full responsibility for checking and verifying any and all passport, visa, vaccination, or other entry requirements of your destination(s), and all conditions regarding health, safety, security, political stability, and labor or civil unrest at such destination(s). Passengers hereby release AT from all claims arising out of any problem covered in these paragraphs and agree that the courts in Madison Co., NE will be the exclusive jurisdiction for all claims brought by you or AT.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Columbus Columbus HyVee
3010 - 23rd Street -please park SE corner of lot
Des Moines, IA Des Moines - Iowa Machine Shed
I-80 Exit 125 Urbandale, IA * 515-270-6818
Fremont Fremont Walmart
3010 E 23rd St, Exit Hwys 30 & 275 - special instr
Grand Island Bosselman * 3335 West Wood River Road Parking in
The Gravel lot by Motel 6. Meeting bus at restaura
Grand Island Quality Inn Grand Island
Quality Inn I-80 & Hwy 281*308-384-7770
Lincoln-Best Western Plus Lincoln-Best Western Plus
I-80, Exit 403, 27th Street Exit, South
Norfolk Norfolk
Allied Tour Office - 720 E. Norfolk Ave.
Omaha - Arrow Stage Lines Omaha -- Arrow Stage Lines Depot
4220 South 52nd St.
Sioux City Sioux City -- New Victorian Inn
3101 Singing Hills Blvd. (I29, Exit 143 east 2 bl)
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