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2005 Tours:

For an example of the creativity and quality of our tours, please scroll down to view the tours that we operated in 2005.

Mystery Tour
To Who Knows Where?
April 3-5 2005


It's time for another Mystery Tour! We've done two of these in previous years, and always have fun trying to fool our very sophisticated and clever McLean Travelers. Our destinations have included the five star Ponte Vedra Lodge and Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and the lovely and historic Sagamore Resort on Lake George in the Adirondack region of New York state. So even if you don't know where you are going, you have to know that wherever you are going, it's going to be somewhere really great! And our 2005 tour is no exception!

We'll give you a few hints, but even so, we'd be willing to bet that no one will even come close to guessing our mystery destination this time! Unique, distinctive, spectacular are a few words used to describe the luxurious resort property where we will be staying. Step outside, and the surrounding area offers an abundance of history, culture, arts and entertainment. We have a wonderful three days planned for you. We offer you scenic views and quaint villages, mixed in with exciting nightlife and exceptional dining experiences! We'll visit a gem of an art museum, take in some literary haunts, and learn a bit about history and another culture as well. No passports required, but please make sure you have a government issued photo id for this travel! Bring a swim suit, as there will be time to relax and rejuvenate at the indoor pool and fabulous spa! But mostly, bring a sense of adventure and intrigue as we travel together to who knows where????

The Mystery Tour Package Includes:

Transportation from MCC to Mystery Destination
Two nights accommodations at a distinctive and luxurious resort property
Breakfast each morning at the hotel
Welcome Dinner in a restaurant owned by a renowned chef
Two lunches during our sightseeing tours
Sightseeing with a local guide, including visits to quaint and historic villages, an art museum, Victorian homes and literary haunts
Trip insurance valued at $50

TRIP #1000.350 COST: $ 875 Resident; $ 900 Non-resident; based on double occupancy. (Single Supplement: $125) A $300 deposit is required to reserve your space. Balance due February 1, 2005. Please make checks payable to Custom Group Tours Inc.


Canadian Rockies
Spectacular Rocky Mountaineer Train
May 29-June 4, 2005


For those of you who love travel , this tour has most likely been right up at the top of your list "to do" sometime in your lifetime! And no wonder! For it truly is the most spectacular train trip in the world.....traveling from Vancouver over the Canadian Rockies into Banff National Park, and encompassing the most incredibly beautiful scenery along the way! The Rocky Mountaineer's "Gold Leaf" service is well worth the cost upgrade, as it puts us in their specially outfitted glass dome car offering VIP service, greatly enhanced viewing and gourmet dining. Be the first to spot the wild deer, elk, black bear, bald eagles or osprey. You may even see a big old grizzly, so keep your cameras at the ready. From breathtaking vistas to spiral tunnels and glistening glaciers, this truly is a trip of a lifetime.

We begin in the Canadian province of British Columbia with a two night stay at the deluxe Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. From the exciting harbor with cruise ships and sea planes coming and going, to the majestic totem poles and the beluga whales performing at the aquarium in lovely Stanley Park, we'll take it all in. Then it's all aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for our two day train ride through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. We travel only in daylight hours, and make an overnight stop in Kamloops en route to Banff.

While in Banff, we'll be staying at Canada's "castle in the Rockies", the renowned and historic Banff Springs Hotel. We'll visit Yoho National Park, take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, and have lunch at the lovely Chateau Lake Louise. Another day will find us visiting Athabasca Falls and the Columbia Icefields, where we will take a "Snocoach" ride up the glacier! A five star dining experience in the Banffshire Club at our hotel completes our tour. Then we make our way out of the majestic mountains and into the plains, as we fly out of Calgary en route home!

Canadian Rockies Package Includes:

Transportation from MCC to the airport
Roundtrip airfare on United Airlines from Washington to Vancouver, and return
from Calgary
Two nights accommodations at the deluxe Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver
One nights accommodations at a moderate property in Kamloops
Three nights accommodations at the historic Banff Springs Hotel
Breakfast each morning at our hotels (or on train)
Rocky Mountaineer Railway, VIP Gold Leaf Service, including two breakfasts, two lunches
Dinner and Show at Two River Junction in Kamloops
Welcome Dinner at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Lunch at Chateau Lake Louise
Farewell Dinner at the award winning, five star Banffshire Club at our hotel
Sightseeing tour of Vancouver, visit to Yoho National Park, Gondola ride, visit to Icefields, with Snocoach ride
Trip insurance valued at $175
All taxes and gratuities

TRIP #1002.350 COST: $3450 Resident/ $3550 Non-Resident, based on double occupancy. (Single Supplement: $710) A $500 deposit is required to reserve your space. Balance due March 1, 2005. Please make checks payable to Custom Group Tours Inc.


New York
"Little Women" Tour
July 30-31, 2005


Calling all Mothers and Daughters, Grandmothers, Sisters, Aunts, Cousins and Best Friends too! Come join us on our McLean Community Center "Little Women" weekend tour to New York City! Six generations have read Louisa May Alcott's wonderful story about the power of family, friendship and romance. This generation will "sing" it! What a special time we will have as we travel together to New York to see Tony Award winner Sutton Foster star in the soon to open, dazzling Broadway musical production of "Little Women!"

We'll be staying overnight at the renowned Plaza Hotel, with time to experience New York's famous "Central Park" on the afternoon of our arrival. We'll visit the statues of Balto, Alice in Wonderland and Hans Christian Anderson. Then we'll take a spin on the carousel before we return by horse and carriage for traditional afternoon tea in the Plaza's Palm Court. Be sure to keep an eye out for that precocious Eloise who was known to say: "Ooooooo.....I absolutely love the Plaza." And just like Eloise, we know that you will love The Plaza too!

On Sunday we'll take the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. Now reopened, we'll visit the observation platform for a ranger guided tour. Your afternoon is free to take in an optional matinee of "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang" or "Lion King", visit a museum, or attend one of New York's ubiquitous summer street festivals before we depart for home! Or..... for those age ten or older with some dance experience, we offer an optional "Rockette Experience" at the Radio City Music Hall.....a Rockette-led dance class where you can join the kick line and learn their world famous precision dance technique. Girls of all ages will want to join the fun and share this very special "Little Women" New York Tour!

"Little Women" New York Package Includes:

Transportation via private motorcoach from McLean to New York City and return
One night at the renowned, five star Plaza Hotel
Carriage ride through Central Park, as well as a ride on the Carousel
Afternoon Tea at the Plaza
Ticket to the Broadway production of "Little Women"
Breakfast at the Plaza
Ferry Ride and Tour of Statue of Liberty
All taxes and gratuities
Trip Insurance valued at $40

TRIP #1001.150 COST: $599 per person based on double occupancy. Non-Resident: $624. Single Supplement: $150. Triple Reduction (for three in a room): $50 per person; Quad Reduction (for four in a room): $75 per person. A $200 deposit is required to reserve your space. Balance due on May 1, 2005. Please make checks payable to Custom Group Tours Inc.

Southern Italy
Sicily to the Amalfi Coast and More!
September 10-20, 2005


It has often been said that the three most beautiful towns in all of Italy are Taormina (in Sicily), Positano (on the Amalfi Coast) and Bellagio (in Lake Country)! Two of these three towns are located in Southern Italy.......Taormina and Positano! How lucky we are to be staying in both places on this special tour that was created exclusively for our McLean Travelers!

We begin our tour in Taormina, elegant town filled with beautiful squares, lovely fountains, ornate churches and incredible views looking out over the Ionian Sea. The impressive Mount Etna rises majestically in the background. We'll be staying for three nights at the San Domenico Palace hotel, an award winning, luxurious property that was once a monastery. We'll explore together the ancient sites that were enjoyed by the Greeks and Romans over 2000 years ago....from the Teatro Greco to Syracusa, once home to Archimedes. We'll sample the Sicilian food and wine, and make an exciting excursion to Mt. Etna, taking a cable car ride to the top of this still active volcano!

A ferry ride across the straits of Messina takes us into the "boot" of Italy, and the province of Calabria. We'll overnight in Vibo Valentia, and visit the charming hilltop town of Monterossa...home to our Tour Manager and friend, Antonio Parisi. Antonio's town will roll out the red carpet for us, offering a unique and authentic Calabrian experience unavailable to the normal tour group!

Then it's on to Positano, by way of the famed Amalfi Drive. An engineering feat, this slender two lane road offers gorgeous vistas and sheer drops to the turquoise waters below! It brings us to Positano, a small and colorful fishing village. This picturesque "vertical" town is built straight up a mountainside! We'll be staying on top for three nights at the five star Le Agavi hotel. An excursion by waterjet to the chic isle of Capri will surely be a highlight! Most memorable of all, however, will be dinner and a sunset concert at the Villa Ruffolo in the hilltop town of Ravello...;where they say "the sky is closer than the sea!"

We continue to Rome, with a visit en route to Pompeii. An eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD79 engulfed this ancient town in ash... ultimately preserving it for over 1700 years when it was re-discovered by archeologists. Once in Rome, we'll be staying two nights at the Grand Hotel Minerve, with its perfect location at the Pantheon and just steps from the pleasing Piazza Navona. A Farewell Dinner on their roof terrace, followed by a carriage ride to the Trevi Fountain, makes for a perfect ending to a perfect tour! La vita Ŕ bella!

NOTE: Tour participants should be fit and able to walk through archeological sites, up stairs and over stones.

NOTE: Those wishing to stay on in Italy and return from Rome up to one week later may do so if they notify Nancy at least 90 days prior to departure.

Southern Italy Package Includes:

Transportation from MCC to Dulles Airport
Round trip airfare on Alitalia from Washington Dulles to Milan and on to Catania, with return from Rome
3 nights accommodations at the San Domenico Palace in Taormina, a Conde Nast Gold Award property
1 night accommodation at the 501 Hotel in Vibo Valentia
3 nights accommodation at the five star Le Agavi with incredible views over Positano
2 nights accommodations at the luxurious Grand Hotel Minerve in Rome
Breakfast each morning at our hotels
Gala Welcome Dinner at San Domenico Palace in Taormina, Dinner at Granduca Restaurant, Lunch in Syracusa, Dinner in Monterosso, Dinner at Le Agavi, Dinner in Ravello, Farewell Dinner on the roof terrace at Grand Hotel Minerve in Rome
Ticket to sunset concert at Ravello Music Festival
Sightseeing as described above, with excursions to Syracusa, Mt. Etna, Capri, Ravello, Pompeii, Carriage Ride to Trevi Fountain and more
All taxes and gratuities
Trip insurance valued at $320

TRIP # 1006.250
COST: $5770 per person based on double occupancy; Non-Resident: $5870. Single Supplement: $1026. A $770 deposit is required to reserve you space. Please make checks payable to Custom Group Tours Inc.






New York Holiday
December 19-21, 2005

This tour is now in a SOLD OUT status. Please call the Community Center at 703-790-0123 to put your name on the waiting list. We often times do get cancellations


Our very popular New York Holiday is back for 2005! Come join us as we celebrate the season in one of the most exciting cities in the world! From the giant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center to the gaily decorated store windows at Saks and Macy's.....from the Radio City Rockettes and their annual holiday spectacular to the shiny lights on Broadway..... December is such a wonderful time to visit the "Big Apple!" You can just feel the pulse and energy it generates! You almost want to burst out singing "I Love New York!!!!" And indeed our McLean Travelers do love this great city......especially at Christmas time! This tour is always a sell out, and a great way to make the season extra special!

We'll be staying at the world, renowned Waldorf art deco treasure and National Trust property! Located at 301 Park Avenue between 49th and 50th, it is ideally situated for shopping on Fifth Avenue...and just a short walk to Radio City. Tickets are included to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, as well as to a Broadway show. The hottest ticket in town will be "The Odd Couple" starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. We're delighted to have received confirmation that we have tickets for this show. It promises to be a great evening of fun and entertainment!

A festive holiday dinner is included at the Waters Edge Restaurant. This elegant restaurant, with the entire back fašade of glass, offers an incredible panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline. And with top tier Zagat ratings, its cuisine is every bit as wonderful as the setting.

New York Holiday Package Includes:

* Roundtrip transportation on private motorcoach from MCC to New York City
* Two nights accommodations at the renowned Waldorf Astoria
* Breakfast each morning at the Waldorf
* Festive holiday dinner at the acclaimed "Waters Edge Restaurant"
* Ticket to Radio City Christmas Spectacular
* Ticket to "The Odd Couple" starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick
* A special neighborhood tour of the Bronx
* Light continental breakfast en route to New York, and deli sandwiches on the way home
* All taxes and gratutities
* Trip insurance valued at $60 per person

Tour #1004.250 Cost: $1095 Resident, $1120 Non- resident, per person based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $252. A $300 deposit is required to reserve your space. Balance is due on November 1, 2005. Please make checks payable to Custom Group Tours Inc.


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