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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.

October 3-12, 2014: History Train

Phladelphia's Independence Hall

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).


Sept. 17-Sept. 26 or 29, 2014: Masterpiece & Mystery, Scotland and England

Scottish Highlands

Sold out, but we're taking names on a waiting list.

Revel in the spectacular scenery of the Highlands, Lochs, the Lake District, London and sumptuous filming locations of WILL shows on Masterpiece and Mystery!, including Downton Abbey (Duneagle Castle and the village of Bampton); Bletchley Circle (Bletchley Park); and Inspector Morse and Inspector Lewis (Oxford). Options include a private visit and tea at Highclere Castle, the location for Downton Abbey; High Tea at Selfridge's department store; and a visit to Shakespeare’s reconstructed Globe Theatre. 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).


July 19 or July 24-Aug. 1, 2014: Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier

Breathtaking vistas, wildlife roaming free, and special WILL features such as coaching in wildlife photography make this an unforgettable visit to America’s land of the midnight sun. Two options: 9 days starting with an overnight stay in Seward on July 24 (Day 6) or a longer, 14-day tour that starts in Fairbanks on July 19, (Day 1). Both include the 7-night cruise from Seward-Vancouver. 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).