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ENGLAND – Downton Abbey Tour
Reservation Form with $500 deposit due upon reservation
Final payment is due by December 1, 2014

PLEASE NOTE: If missing Easter was holding you back from joining the tour you’re in luck! The dates have changed for the England tour! It is now March 25th-April 1st, 2015. Also, upon request there is now an add-on option to tour Paris. If you are interested in this add-on, be sure to write “Add on Paris tour” when you fill out the reservation form. This adventure is the tour everyone is talking about! It’s going to be the trip of a lifetime!

March 25 – April 1, 2015
Double Occupancy = $4389.00 per person
Single Occupancy = $4929.00
Masterpiece Theatre brought thousands of viewers to Iowa Public Television through the success of Downton Abbey that literally took everyone by surprise. The series has become a phenomenon with appreciative viewers from all around the world. Downton Abbey follows the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them, whose lives were changed forever during the First World War. The show is riveting and exciting at every turn. Throngs of devoted viewers are heading to England to get a glimpse of some of the castles, villages and settings used in the filming of this drama.

Preliminary Itinerary
Day 1 Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Depart with your fellow LiNK Club travelers for the beginning of a great adventure in England, the setting for the Masterpiece Theatre Drama, Downton Abbey. We will travel into Heathrow Airport in London.

Day 2 Thursday, March 26 (D)
Today we arrive in London and begin our adventure with a panoramic sightseeing tour of this world class city, where we will take in the sights such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, House of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and many more. This vibrant city will astound you! Our favorite guide will give you a wonderful overview. This evening we’ll check into the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in the fashionable district of South Kensington. We’ll be calling this impressive hotel home for the next two nights. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers at the hotel.

Day 3 Friday, March 27 (B)
Following a full English breakfast, we’ll visit Westminster Abbey which has played an integral part in the history of London and the UK for nearly 1000 years. This striking building manages to retain a beauty and grace despite its diversity of architectural styles. The Abbey has provided the glorious setting for every coronation since 1066 and has witnessed many other significant occasions, such as royal weddings and the funeral of Princess Diana. Next, we will visit the Tower of London which has a fascinating history. Today the tower is home to the priceless Crown Jewels and it is now possible to view them at close quarters. The White Tower, Royal Armouries and Traitor’s Gate give an insight into the turbulent medieval history of the city. We’ll have some free time this afternoon to finish sightseeing or go back to some of our favorite places before we transfer to the London Eye! We’ll have an evening on our own to enjoy a famed London Theatre performance or a gorgeous cruise on the Thames River.

Day 4 Saturday, March 28 (B, D)
After breakfast this morning we will begin our day in Oxford. This “City of Dreaming Spires” is famous throughout the world for its University and its place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty, scholars and writers, and since the 9th century an established town. Today, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. We will visit Christ Church College, one of the largest in the University of Oxford, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and recently the location where scenes from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter films were shot. We will visit the dining hall (the dining room at Hogwarts’s). We will also drop into the Eagle & Child Pub where Tolkien and CS Lewis regularly met and read out passages from their books. After a little time in Oxford for browsing and lunch, we continue on to Stratford upon Avon, where we will visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. The 16th Century half-timbered house of glove-maker John Shakespeare on Henley Street is where the young William was born and brought up. Today it houses an exhibition of the life of the world’s greatest playwright. We will also visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and beautiful little garden. This evening we will check in and enjoy dinner at our hotel in Oxford for the next two nights.

Day 5 Sunday, March 29 (B, Tea, D)
Today we will spend the day in one of England’s favorite destinations - the Cotswolds’ Area. Hidden here are hundreds of small towns and villages that combine into a harmonious and romantic place to visit. The villages are the true jewels in the Cotswolds’ crown, their honey-colored stone buildings, old-world charm and tranquility summing up so much of the Cotswolds’ magic. Amongst others there are Bourton-on-the-Water (often referred to as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’), Chipping Campden (one of the best preserved and most historically important towns in Cotswolds’) and Moreton-in-Marsh (with the largest open-air street market in the Cotswolds’ on Tuesdays). Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at a favorite spot before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Day 6 Monday, March 30 (B, D)
Your first stop will be at Waddesdon Manor - originally nothing but farmland – was bought by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874. He wanted a country retreat built in the style of a Loire châteaux and soon engaged a French architect. Waddesdon was created as a place to entertain guests at Ferdinand's famous 'Saturday to Monday' house parties. When his sister Alice, who inherited Waddesdon on his death, died as well, the estate passed to her Parisian great-nephew James de Rothschild and his English wife, Dorothy. Changes on the estate reflected their particular interests with the construction of a golf course and a stud for racehorses. After the Second World War, James was increasingly ill and he began to consider Waddesdon’s fate after his death. Having no descendants, and with the end of the era of grand country house entertaining, he decided to leave the Manor, its collections of national importance and 165 acres of garden and park to The National Trust. Enjoy a light lunch en-route to Windsor. We will stop next in the small English town of Windsor in Berkshire, where we will visit Windsor Castle - the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and The Queen's favorite weekend home. The Castle is at the top of a steep hill, and the visitor route covers long distances. Visit the State Apartments, the Drawings Gallery, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and St George’s Chapel at your leisure using the complimentary audio tour, which lasts 1½ hours. This evening we will check into our lovely Windsor accommodations before enjoying dinner together.

Day 7 Tuesday, March 31 (B, D)
This morning you will visit Highclere Castle, one of England's most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland. The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679, and the current Castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace owned by the Bishops of Winchester for some 800 years. Longstanding friend of the Carnarvon family, Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey. He often commented he wanted a house which spectacularly testified to the confidence and soaring optimism of the Edwardian period. The success of Downton Abbey took everyone by surprise. The series has become a phenomenon with appreciative viewers all around the world. Downton Abbey follows the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them, whose lives were changed forever during the First World War. After your visit, the coach will take you to Bampton – a village and civil parish in Oxfordshire, England. But it’s not just any village! It’s where most of Downton Abbey’s outdoor scenes were filmed. Bampton was singled out as the ideal location for Downton due to its proximity to London and the fact it is so well-preserved. True fans will surely recognize Crawley’s house exterior, St Mary’s Church and the library, which serves as the entrance to the cottage hospital.
Please note time available in Bampton is subject to time spent at Highclere Castle. We’ll return to our hotel tonight for a wonderful farewell dinner.

Day 8 Wednesday, April 1 (B)
English breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the London airport for our trip home with memories of a spectacular tour featuring a Masterpiece Theatre exclusive brought to you by The LiNK Club, Hardin County Savings Bank

Tour Inclusion
• Transfers to Des Moines International Airport
• Round trip Air from Des Moines to London (based on air availability)
• Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
• Two nights in a 4 Star Hotel in London
• Two nights in a 4 Star Hotel in Oxford area
• Two nights in a 4 Star Hotel in Windsor
• Meals to include 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 5 Dinners
• All attractions as described
• Travel Protection Insurance

Contact Natasha. 641-939-3407

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Disney’s Lion King
Des Moines Civic Center
Tuesday April 28, 2015
Showtime 7:30 pm
Tickets $69.00
Reservation needed by March 1st, 2015

Experience the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you’ll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pride lands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar®-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” Let your imagination run wild at the Tony® Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls “a landmark event in entertainment.”

Contact Natasha. 641-939-3407

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Rodgers + Hammerstein
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 7:30pm
Tickets only $60 each

Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.

Contact Natasha. 641-939-3407

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Iowa More or Loess!
Monday August 24 and Tuesday, August 25, 2015
• $359/person double or twin occupancy
• $419/person single occupancy
• $344/person triple/quadruple occupancy
   (see details below!)

Join us for this Two-Day Motorcoach Tour! An Intriguing, interesting FUN look at our state's "West Coast."

Monday August 24 2015 (B,L,S)
6:15 AM - Join the group for breakfast before departure at Love-A-Latte in Eldora

7:00 AM Motor coach leave for western Iowa’s Loess Hills
An expert local guide is with us today so you see, experience and understand the attractions

11:30 – 12:15 PM Harrison County Historical Village and Visitor Center
(10 min. Loess Hills orientation film, beautiful scenic overlook of Loess Hills region)

12:45 PM - Pulled pork sandwich lunch served in the rustic lodge at Sawmill Hollow
Following lunch, learn about the many health benefits of aronia berries at Iowa’s only aronia berry farm, taste various aronia foods and unique aronia berry wine!

2:15 – 3:15 PM Tour Loess Hills Lavender Farm
(learn how to cook, clean and heal with lavender products from this 1,100 acre farm)
Following our tour, enjoy an afternoon snack of lavender cookies and lemonade

3:45 – 4:30 PM Visit Honey Creek Creamery
(meet the goat herders and learn how chevre, French-style goat cheese, is made)

Overnight – Hampton Inn – Council Bluffs
(there are restaurants and a casino in our hotel for dinner and evening on-your-own)

Tuesday August 25 2015 (B,L)
Breakfast buffet served at our hotel
Again today we drive the scenic Loess Hills National Scenic Byway with expert local guide aboard our coach to explain the many interesting sights and answer your questions

Visit Lewis & Clark State Park
(coffee and rolls are served as we hear the fascinating story of the keelboats used by Lewis & Clark. Weather permitting, we’ll actually step aboard a replica keelboat to shoot the cannon!)

Tour Onawa Veterans Museum and a brief stop at the “Turin Man” site, where 6,000 year old skeletons have been found

Home-cooked lunch served by the ladies’ circle of a local church
(variety of salads, main course, fresh vegetables, desserts, tea or coffee)

Visit Moorhead Cultural Center & Loess Hills Visitor Center in a restored country school

Visit historic Ingemann Danish Lutheran Church
(the 1884 church and cemetery are a fascinating look back at our pioneer heritage)

Tour Mann Country School House
(go inside this completely restored original country school in a spectacular Loess Hills setting!)

See the dramatic view from the Loess Hills Forest Overlook
(panoramic view of Missouri River Valley for miles in all directions from a handicapped accessible deck)

Loess Hills State Forest Visitor’s Center
(exhibits explain the unique geological origins of Loess soil)

We’ll make a stop for dinner on-your-own on our way home this evening

9.00 PM arrival back home in Eldora. W e l c o m e H o m e !

Included in your tour:
• Admissions and tours to listed attractions as shown in daily itinerary
• Expert local guide aboard our coach both days of our tour (tip included for guides)
• 5 meals (2 breakfast, 1 snack, 2 lunch) including non-alcoholic drink, tax and tip
• Two $5 coupons (one to use at any stop Aug 24th, the other at Loess Hills Visitor Center Aug 25th)
• Overnight lodging at Hampton Inn, Council Bluffs (includes room and tax)
• Hawkeye luxury motor coach reserved and operated exclusively for your group
• Professional, uniformed driver (tip included for your driver)
• Luggage handling (limited to one suitcase per passenger not exceeding 50 pounds total weight)
   NOT included:
• Bar drinks, non-included meals, shopping, any items or services of a personal nature
   Fares (amounts shown are per person for complete travel and tour package)
• $359/person double or twin occupancy (two people sharing hotel room with 1-2 beds)
• $419/person single occupancy (private hotel room for one person)
• $344/person triple/quadruple occupancy (3-4 people sharing hotel room with 2 beds)
   Deposit- $100/person due when making reservations
   Final payment date - July 17 2015 - NO refunds after final payment date

Contact Natasha. 641-939-3407

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The LiNK Travel Disclosure


The following travel policy has been adopted by The LiNK club of Hardin County Savings Bank. Group travel with friends and neighbors is a benefit to our members. All details and reservations have been made for you, so you may enjoy a well- planned, worry free tour. We work to secure the best seats and travel comfort for you.
RESERVATIONS: To make a reservation, you may contact Natasha Phillips at (641)939-3407, or email Checks should be made payable to Hardin County Savings Bank. We can debit payments from your account upon request. Down payment is due upon reservation when required.
WAITING LIST: Once a trip has been filled, a waiting list is started. Please do not hesitate to put your name on the list. Cancellations are common right up to the day of the trip, and we always want to fill every seat.
PRICING: Based on the projected number of travelers and on a break even basis. We aim to provide you a first class trip for the best price. First preference will go to our club members. Guests or nonmembers are welcome at an additional cost of $10 per person for day trips. Keep in mind, anyone who meets The LiNK qualifications may join the LiNK Club see the club director for details!!
PAYMENT: Booking far in advance ensures the best price, seats and rooms will be reserved for our group. Full payment or down payments will hold your seat. All payments are due by the deadline listed.
CANCELLATIONS: Please notify the club director as soon as possible if you have to cancel. This ensures those on the waiting list the opportunity to go. Being that each tour is planned with a target number of travelers, it is essential to keep us informed.
TRANSPORTATION: In the event transportation is not included in an event package, you may communicate your interest to the director. Opportunity for transportation will be provided if the required number of those interested in transportation is met. The additional cost of the transportation be divided among the travelers. (Day trips and extended trips always have transportation provided)