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WILL Travel and Tours

If you appreciate travel that does more than take you to a destination, join us for unique travel experiences that offer new insights and perspectives while introducing you to national public media personalities and subject matter experts who help us learn along the way.

July 5-13, 2015: German Gardens with Mid-American Gardener

Schwetzingen Castle gardens

Join Dianne Noland, host of WILL-TV's Mid-American Gardener, on a visit to diverse German gardens at the height of summer. Fly to Frankfort and then visit the magnificent Prince Bishops Palace in Würzburg. Then its on to Schwetzingen and Heidelberg, where we take a funicular railway up to the majestic ruined castle. We boat to Veitshoecheim’s Rococo Garden with its 200 statues, visit the Bavarian Wine and Garden Institute; and stay overnight in Bayreuth to see its gardens. We visit Freising’s Weihenstephan Gardens with fox tail lilies and stachys, and have dinner at the garden of a brewery founded in the Middle Ages. After spending time in Munich, we head for the Alps and Upper Bavaria, where we see Linderhof Castle, and visit a typical private "Schrebergarten" to see how the locals are growing flowers in their little patches of green. Review the full itinerary for details. For more information, call Danda Beard at 217-333-7300. To make your reservation, call Judy McElfresh at TourGroupPlanners (217-422-5002 or toll-free 877-386-4777).


October 3-12, 2014: History Train

Phladelphia's Independence Hall


Sold out, but taking names for a waiting list.

Come aboard and join us for our 4th annual rail journey. Travel to Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Mt. Vernon and Valley Forge on private restored train cars from the 1950s. Sightseeing at historic sites, museums and battlefields is included. Review the full itinerary for details. For more information, call Danda Beard at 217-333-7300. To make your reservation, call Judy McElfresh at TourGroupPlanners (217-422-5002 or toll-free 877-386-4777).


Oct. 24-26, 2014: P. Allen Smith’s Gardens with Mid-American Gardener

The table is set for at out door feast at P. Allen Smith's Gardens.

Sold out, but taking names for a waiting list.

Join Mid-American Gardener host Dianne Noland on our second garden tour to benefit WILL. This year we'll visit P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home in Arkansas, and the city of Memphis. October is a great time to be at Smith's home: it's cooler, the plants are at their fullest, and pumpkins are everywhere! Allen is almost certainly going to greet us. We’ll have a guided tour of his home and gardens, which are featured on his public television series. Then we’ll enjoy a luncheon prepared from produce grown on his farm. In Memphis, we’ll be right on Beale Street for the best in jazz and barbeque. Review the full itinerary for details. For more information, call Danda Beard at 217-333-7300. To make your reservation, call Judy McElfresh at TourGroupPlanners (217-422-5002 or toll-free 877-386-4777).