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Day 1 – Germany
Today you travel to Omaha, NE. On arrival, check into your downtown hotel for a four night stay.
Tonight, enjoy an evening of German dancing, singing and ethnic food. You will love the authentic meal and entertainment at Omaha’s German American Society. Meals can include rouladen, sauerbraten or jagerschnitzel. After dinner, the German American Society’s dance troupe performs, and the German men’s choir will lead your group in a traditional German sing-a-long. This is an energetic, audience participation-filled evening that will transport your group to Deutschland – no passport required.
Day 2 – Lithuania – Greece – Scotland – Ireland
This morning, you start with an inspirational visit to the country of Lithuania through the eyes of the owners of Omaha’s Lithuanian Bakery. You will hear from the Machevicius family about how their family escaped Germany in WWII and moved to Omaha to start a bakery business. Here you will taste some of the bakery’s famous breads and enjoy their signature dessert which takes three days to make.
Next, you will meet a local guide for a Omaha City Tour. Learn about Omaha’s past, present and future and get a highlighted tour of the city. You will see the historic Old Market Entertainment District with its cobblestone streets and unique boutiques; Lewis & Clark Landing, the historic spot where the exploring duo landed; the historic Gold Coast District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places; Billionaire’s Warren Buffet’s home; a 1903 Scottish Castle; The Blackstone Hotel, the birthplace of the Reuben sandwich; St. Cecilia’s Spanish Cathedral; TD Ameritrade Park, home of the annual NCAA Men’s College World Series; the Omaha Community Playhouse, the theatre where actor
Henry Fonda started his acting career; Fertile Ground mural, one of the largest murals in the country; Hollywood Candy, filled wall-to-wall with retro candy….and much more.
Also included is a visit to Pioneer Courage Park. The park features more than 100 larger-than-life sized bronze sculptures that tell the story of the pioneer’s westward journey. Visitors can walk among the wagons, oxen, horses and pioneers. This provides a great photo opportunity for groups. This unique public art display stretches six city blocks and features geese and bison flying and stampeding through downtown Omaha office buildings.
Next, you head to St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church for a homemade Greek lunch and dancing. Father Chris will give you a tour of this Byzantine Style church and the amazing by the décor of gold and traditional icons. After the tour, travel downstairs where members of the congregation will join your group for lunch and Greek dancing. After some quick lessons, your group is encouraged to take part in the traditional Greek wedding dance, and a prize is given to the best visiting dancer.
This afternoon you will be transported to Scotland with a tour of the historic 1903 Joslyn Castle. This 30-room stone mansion resembles a traditional Scottish castle. As you enter through the huge front doors, be amazed by the craftsmanship of the elaborate wood interior which comes from all parts of the world. You will hear the fascinating story of George & Sarah Joslyn and how the couple shared their extraordinary wealth with the community. After the tour, the Nebraska Scottish Society will give a presentation on Scottish traditions and culture in the music room of the castle.
Tonight, you enjoy a Missouri Riverboat Cruise and Irish Buffet as you listen to the music of Irish folk singer, Dave Marsh. He plays more than 12 different Irish instruments and tells the tales of the Irish people and their music. Meal options include: Shepherd’s Pie, Ale Battered Fish, and more. Relax as you view the scenic riverfront and cruise under the Bob Kerrey Bridge. “Bob” is a one-of-a-kind pedestrian bridge with a larger-than-life personality. He has his own Twitter and Instagram account and loves to share his opinions. “Bob” is one of the longest pedestrian bridges to connect two states – NE and IA. The state line runs right through Bob which means you can stand in two states at once, making for a very unique photo opportunity.
Day 3 – Ukraine – India – France – South America
At the hotel this morning, learn how simple linens can bring the Ukrainian culture to life. Olesia Reprichowskyj provides an entertaining presentation about the linens connection to Ukrainian history, customs and traditions. Olesia will have your group laughing while educating them about life in the Ukraine. Olesia will also talk about her experiences as a slave laborer for the German Army during WWII.
Next, you will visit the expansive campus of Boys Town, a National Historic Landmark District. Preserved in time inside this world-renowned village are the Hall of History museum, historic chapels, gardens, and Father Flanagan’s 1920s home. In fact, it’s the stuff that movies are made of; Boys Town, the 1938 movie starring Spencer Tracey and Mickey Rooney, won two Academy Awards (one of which is on display in the Hall of History).
Experience the country of France at Omaha’s Le Voltaire restaurant with host chef, Cedric Fichepain. He will prepare a traditional three course French meal and give a presentation to your group about the customs and traditions of his native country. When he is not at the restaurant, Fichepain is an instructor of French cuisine at the Omaha Institute for Culinary Arts.
Then you will visit the Hindi Temple to explore the Hindu culture through its artistry. The temple consists of beautiful hand-carved elephants and religious figures inside and out. Basic information about the Hindu faith is provided so you can understand the symbolic expression in the temple and the Hindu religion and culture of India. It is tradition; your group will need to remove their shoes prior to entering the temple. Shoe covers for those who aren’t able to walk without shoes will be provided.
This evening you are transported to South America for dinner and entertainment. Experience the Andean cultures of Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Chile through an acoustic storytelling journey. Oscar Rios Pohirleth, founder and director of the award-winning Andean musical group, Dusi Taki, will play traditional South American instruments including the Quena (flute), Zamponas (panpipes), Charango (ten –stringed small guitar) and Bombo (goatskin drum). He will also sing in Spanish and Quechua to bring the cultures and history of the indigenous people of the Andes alive. Enjoy a meal consisting of a variety of dishes from Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.
Day 4 – China – Poland – Mexico
This morning you travel to China through its tea. At the Tea Smith, you will learn a brief history of tea in China and get an overview of the tea growing process. You will also be able to sample five different types of tea that come from the different regions of China including; oolong, black, white and two kinds of green tea. There will be time to browse the shop afterwards.
Next, learn about Omaha’s Polish community with a visit to the Polish Home for an authentic Polish meal prepared by the Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska. Your group will also enjoy a special dance presentation celebrating the culture of Poles in the Nebraska/Iowa area.
This afternoon, travel the world at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, consistently ranked one of the world’s best zoos. This 130-acre zoo is home to the world’s largest indoor desert atop the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit under the world’s largest geodesic dome, and beside that is North America’s largest indoor rainforest. More than seven acres of indoor exhibits set at around 72° make the zoo a true year-round attraction. Glide above the zoo on Skyfari, an open-air chairlift, or experience the power of the IMAX theater. See African Grasslands, the zoo’s largest exhibit to-date, and Alaskan Adventure, a splash park boasting 78 bronze sculptures.
You end your trip around the world in Mexico, with dinner and traditional dancing at the El Museo Latino. The evening starts with colorfully costumed Aztec Dancers. Then you experience the Mexican Revolution as Poncho Villa’s rebels enter, with bullets draped over their chests you’ll feel the passion in every movement. The final set is the traditional energetic Mexican polka dance with brightly colored dresses and large sombreros. Before each dance, you will learn about the history of the dance and the meaning behind the costumes. After the performances enjoy an authentic Mexican meal, a non-spicy option is available upon request.
Day 5 – After your trip around the world, you depart for home.