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  • 7 Days | 10 Meals
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  • $1727

Journey Round Our Nation’s Capital, the Chesapeake, and the Heart of the Mid-Atlantic

Around the Corner with John McGivern

Wisconsin Tour Presented by Milwaukee PBS

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Oct 08 - Oct 11, 2018
4 days | 3 nights • 9 meals
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Hear local historian John Gurda at welcome breakfast

Tag along as the crew shoots an episode of Around the Corner with John McGivern

• Private evening performance with John McGivern—stories you won’t hear anywhere else!

Cruise Horicon Marsh at peak color

Visit with Jim Bandsma, John Deere Collector and Mary Lou Schneider, Sturgeon Decoy Carver

• Sample some tasty Leinenkugel’s beer after a tour of the historic brewery

Enjoy breakfast on the farm at Marieke Gouda

Be a kid again at Circus World Museum




Welcome! Today we’ll meet your Discoveries Director and fellow travelers for a welcome breakfast and send off by local Historian John Gurda*. We’ll start our tour at the Hilton Garden Inn Park Place, located just northwest of Milwaukee, WI.

Board our deluxe motorcoach and travel to the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge for a narrated boat tour*. While at the marsh, we’ll observe geese and other birds and animals in their natural habitat and enjoy its fall glory. Before leaving Horicon, we’ll meet Jim Bandsma*, a retired John Deere employee and tractor collector.

Next, it’s on to Fond du Lac, WI for a visit with Mary Lou Schneider* and her sturgeon decoys. As one of the most important elements in sturgeon-spearing, decoys can be anything from brightly-painted carved wooden fish or simple items such as corn cobs. Afterwards, we travel to Wisconsin Rapids, WI for the night at the full-service Hotel Mead, located just steps from the Wisconsin River. Meals: B, L


A stay in Wisconsin Rapids, WI is not complete without a visit to a cranberry bog. Glacial Lake Cranberries* has been producing cranberries since 1873. This unique property is located on the north shore of the former Glacial Lake Wisconsin. Having disappeared thousands of years ago, the remnants of this lake created some of the finest wetlands in the state. The high water table, available sand, and acid soil conditions make the area perfect for cultivating this Thanksgiving staple. Later, visit Rubi Reds* for all your cranberry product favorites from dried cranberries, to sauces, salsas and other gourmet foods and gifts.

Not far from Wisconsin Rapids is Wausau, WI. We’ll enjoy a delightful lunch at Back When Café* and a visit to Rib Mountain State Park*. You’ll take in the beauty of the fall colors from the overlooks, and if you’re willing, the observation tower. Next “on tap” is a tour of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.®*, infamous as a symbol for the Northwoods’ Wisconsin life style.

See first hand how award-winning beers are made in this old-world Germanic brewery dating back over 140 years. We spend the next 2 evenings in Eau Claire, WI. Meals: B, L


This morning, we travel to Thorp, WI for breakfast on the farm at Marieke Gouda, an award winning cheesemaker and family run farm. After breakfast, learn more about the farm and how their cows are making delicious cheeses. Next, we return to Eau Claire, WI for a game of Kubb, an old Nordic game. Eau Claire is the official Kubb Capital of North America and home to the U.S. National Kubb Championship.

Then, it’s a highlight of our trip—the filming of an episode to air in Season 8 of Around the Corner with John McGivern™! We’ll meet John for lunch and see how the cast and crew create the show that you’ve come to know and love.

Return to the hotel to relax and freshen up a bit. Later, we’ll have a special performance given by John just for our group. Get ready to laugh as you experience Around the Corner with John McGivern™ in person— another highlight you’ll be sure to remember. Meals: B, L, D


Many may remember the Circus Parade held each July in Milwaukee. Today, relive some of that excitement with a visit to Circus World Museum* in Baraboo, WI. Site of the original Ringling winter quarters, you’ll see historic circus wagons, memorabilia and more. Finally, a delicious farewell luncheon is served at Log Cabin Restaurant and Bakery*. Save room for a tasty piece of pie. Meals: B, L

*Stops as shown on Around the Corner with John McGivern™

**Please note that our first motorcoach sold out of space. We have opened up a second motorcoach, which has the following variances:

Route is in reverse order with tour going to Baraboo, WI first then Wisconsin Rapids, WI for overnight (same hotels throughout and on same nights as first motorcoach). Tour will finish with Horicon Marsh boat tour.

Motorcoach #2 will also visit the following places:

DAY 2: Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, WI replaces Rubi Reds Gift Shop in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and a lunch and tour at Marieke Gouda Farm replaces Lucci's Back When Cafe in Wausau. And then to Chippewa Falls, WI for the Museum of Industry & Technology.

DAY 4: H.H. Bennett Studios in Wisconsin Dells, WI replaces Mary Lou Schneider Sturgeon decoy carver in Fond du Lac, WI.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 855-744-TRIP (8747). Thank you.

Oct 8-11, 2018 Call for Availability

Depart/Return: Milwaukee WI

Price Per Person*:

Double: $997; Single: $1,161

Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $138/night

 *Due to special group pricing, this tour is not eligible for any discounts.

Average Temp

October - high 58°/low 39°

Time Zone


Arrival Time

Schedule to arrive at our breakfast meeting by 8:00 a.m. on Day 1.

Departure Time

Schedule to depart for home after 4:00 p.m. on Day 4.

Vehicle Parking

Free parking is available during the tour at the Hilton Garden Inn Park Place.

Walking Distance

Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.


US Dollar

Hotel Amenities

Hair dryers, irons, ironing boards & coffee makers throughout tour. Exercise room and swimming pool available at most hotels.

Additional Information

Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important information regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.


Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/ATC.

Travel Protection Available?

Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.

Terms & Conditions

Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions on our website at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/terms.





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