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The following tours will be offered in 2006:

Springtime at the Greenbrier
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
March 26-28, 2006

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"A Little Madness In The Spring
Is Wholesome Even For The King"
Emily Dickenson

Treat Yourself Royally at the Greenbrier! Come join the McLean Community Center for a little "March Madness" as we travel together to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia to enjoy a stay at the luxurious and historic Greenbrier!

Known as "America's Resort," this world renowned five diamond property has been host to every American President since Robert E. Lee. It has offered its gentile atmosphere and gracious hospitality to royalty and a myriad of other dignitaries for decades.

From the hotel lobby and wonderful public areas to the intimacy of your own room, you will be enchanted with Dorothy Draper's dramatic interior designs that are evident throughout. Afternoon tea is served daily with accompanying music....and the delicious breakfasts and exquisite multi-course dinners here are a true culinary delight!

Activities abound at the Greenbrier, with everything from falconry to fly fishing. And their exceptional Spa is consistently ranked among the "top five" in the United States. Since spring is a time for rejuvenation, we invite you to "take the waters," and pamper yourself with one thirty minute spa treatment. Sign up for additional treatments as you wish.

Springtime at the Greenbrier Package Includes:

*Roundtrip transportation via private motorcoach
*Two nights at the sumptuous Greenbrier Resort, including breakfast and dinner each day (MAP)
*Welcome Cocktail in the Old White Lounge
*One thirty minute spa treatment in the award winning Greenbrier Spa
*Trip Insurance valued at $55
*All taxes and gratuities

TRIP #1007.360 COST: $825 resident, $850 non-resident, based on double occupancy. Single supplement: $186. A $300 deposit is required to reserve your space. Balance due on February 15, 2006. Please make checks payable to Custom Group Tours Inc. Mail to: The Mclean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA 22101

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A Tale of Three Cities
May 5-14, 2006
Prague, Dresden and Berlin
Capitals and Cultural Centers of Eastern Europe

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We're borrowing from Dickens for the title of this tour as we explore together three fascinating Eastern European cities.....Prague, Dresden and Berlin! Each of these cities is steeped in the most incredible history! From the glory and grandeur of the Baroque period to the genius of Beethoven and Bach.....from the dark periods of World War to the repression suffered under communism....from the Velvet Revolution and the downing of The Wall to the exciting new independence they all now enjoy....each city shares many similarities, yet each is unique in its own right!

We begin in Prague, capital of what is now known as the Czech Republic. This "city of spires" has some of the world's best-preserved architecture and is thought to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe! We'll tour the Prague Castle perched high atop the hill overlooking the Vltava River. We'll cross the picturesque Charles Bridge with its many photo opportunities! There will be time to enjoy an original Pilsner beer in the lively Old Town Square while we watch the astronomical clock strike the hour. We'll take a walk through the historic Jewish Quarter with its beautiful synagogues and haunting memories. And later we'll take in a performance at the magnificent State Opera! As a special treat, we take you off the beaten path as we travel through the Czech countryside to visit Cesky Kromlov, a lovely Bohemian town that has been designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site!

Then it is on to Germany by way of the picturesque little town of Gorlitz located on the German-Polish border. We'll enjoy its winding alleys and richly decorated house fronts, before we have lunch in a restored farmhouse. Finally we arrive in Dresden with its lovely location on the Elbe River. Once known as the Florence of the north because of its extensive cultural venues, Dresden was heavily bombed in World War II, and almost completely destroyed. In anticipation of the 800th anniversary of the city in 2006, they have been busy rebuilding/restoring the magnificent Zwinger palace, the Semperoper, the Frauenkirche, and more. The results are impressive indeed. We will be staying in the center of it all at the lovely Taschenbergpalais hotel! A visit to nearby Meissen to tour the Porcelain Factory will surely be a highlight.....as will a special wine tasting dinner arranged for us at Schloss Wackerbarth in Radebeul.

En route to Berlin we stop for a visit in Leipzig to see St. Thomas Church where Johann Sebastian Bach worked for many years, with time for lunch in the Auerbach Keller (setting for many of the scenes in Goethe's "Faust.") And not to be missed is the nearby town of Wittenberg. It was here in 1517 that Martin Luther posted his 95 thesis on the castle door and started the Reformation.

While in Berlin we will be staying at the five star Hotel Adlon with its exceptional location at the Brandenburg Gate. Once re-united, Berlin quickly developed into an exciting, cosmopolitan city. They have experienced an explosion of new and fantastic architecture. What an amazing, even "awesome" feeling to enjoy a coffee on the famous "Unter den Linden" in what was formerly East Berlin.....and to reflect on events that have taken place here during our lifetime. A visit to Checkpoint Charlie and the brand new Holocaust memorial brings perspective. Then marvel at the transformation of the Reichstag and wonderful new design of the Bundestag, the ambitious Sony Center that has become a social magnet for the city, the Deutche Bank designed by Frank Gehry, and so much more!

Mostly unavailable to western tourists for the last fifty years, it is exciting to now have the opportunity to visit and come to know these three fabulous cities! Prague, Dresden and Berlin offer a plethora of history, culture, architecture.... and so much promise! Come join us on this trip of a lifetime!


Tale of Three Cities package includes:

Transportation from MCC to Dulles Airport
Airfare on United Airlines from Dulles through Frankfurt to Prague, with return from Berlin through Frankfurt to Dulles
Three nights accommodation at the Intercontinental in Prague
Two nights accommodations at the lovely Taschenbergpalais Hotel in Dresden
Three nights accommodations at the deluxe Hotel Adlon in Berlin
Breakfast each morning at the hotel
Welcome Dinner on the roof terrace at Prague Intercontinental, pre-opera dinner at the Seven Angels in Prague, lunch in Cesky Kromlov, lunch in Gorlitz, wine tasting and dinner in Radebuel, lunch at Auerbach Keller in Leipzig, Schnitzel and Spargel dinner at Lutter und Wegner in Berlin, Gala Farewell Dinner at the Hotel Adlon
Sightseeing as described above
Ticket to the State Opera in Prague
All taxes and gratuities
Trip insurance valued at $294 (if you wish to decline this insurance, you must do so in writing when you send in your deposit)

Trip #1005.360
COST: $5194 resident; $5294 non-resident, based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $1370. A deposit of $794 is required to reserve your space. Please make checks payable to Custom Group Tours Inc. Balance due February 15, 2006

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Baseball and Apple Pie
July 21-23, 2006
Cooperstown, New York

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What's more American than "baseball and apple pie?" Why it's our McLean Community Center 2006 summer tour to Cooperstown, New York, of course! Named as "America's most perfect village," it was in Cooperstown where (according to folklore) Abner Doubleday had the inspiration to invent the game that quickly became our national pastime! Although not totally correct from an historical standpoint, one could almost say that baseball was born here in 1839. That's when Abner laid out the dimensions of the diamond and someone surely shouted "Play Ball" for the very first time!

Tucked away in the foothills of the northern Catskills along the shores of Lake Otsego, Cooperstown is a timeless place. It has an old fashioned main street that exudes charm and grace. Founded by the father of author James Fenimore Cooper, there is much more here than baseball. From the Glimmerglass Opera to the Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmer's Museum that stops the clock in 1840, Cooperstown is rich in history and culture. It's a town that families love.....from young kids to their parents and grandparents alike. And all are invited to join us on this special tour!



We'll be visiting the world class National Baseball Hall of Fame. On par with the Smithsonian museums, the founders "hit it out of the ballpark" with this wonderful attraction that celebrates both baseball and America! Just down the street is "Doubleday Field" where that very first game was possibly played..... and where the Hall of Fame games take place today. There's the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, The Cooperstown Bat Company, and all kinds of sports memorabilia shops to browse.

We'll be staying at the beautiful, old Otesaga Resort Hotel with its lovely lakeside location. Awarded the coveted four diamonds, the Otesaga is known for exceptional service, fine dining and elegant atmosphere. Their Leatherstocking Golf Course is rated one of the best in the country by Conde Naste.....so bring both your baseball gloves and your golf clubs if you are so inclined. At the end of the day, around 7th Inning Stretch time, take a seat in one of the Adirondack chairs on the verandah overlooking the lake. Rumor has it that "The Mighty Casey" could show up to regal us all with stories of fabulous feats and awe inspiring plays, or of stolen bases, strikeouts and despair. There may be no joy in Mudville......but in Cooperstown the fans are on their feet! The crowd is roaring! We hit a true grand slam home run with this tour!


Baseball and Apple Pie Package Includes:

*Transportation from MCC to Dulles Airport
*Roundtrip Airfare on United Airlines from Dulles to Albany
*2 nights accommodation at the four star Otesaga Resort Hotel
*Full American Plan at the Otesage, including breakfast, lunch and dinner two days
*Walking tour of the historic village of Cooperstown
*Lake Cruise on the Glimmerglass Queen
*Entrance to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Farmer's Museum and Fenimore Art Museum, as well as a two day trolley ticket
*Lunch and Apple Pie dessert at the Fly Creek Cider Mill
*All taxes and gratuities
*Trip insurance valued at $66 (if you wish to decline this coverage you must do so in writing when you send in your deposit)

TRIP # 1001.160 COST: $1156 resident; $1206 non-resident; based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $260. Reduction for children ages 7-18 sharing room with two adults $252 per child; Reduction for children 6 and under sharing room with two adults $400 per child. Note: Children sharing room with one adult get the reduction, but adult must pay single supplement. A $266 deposit is required to reserve your space. Final payment due on May 20, 2006. Please make checks payable to Custom Group Tours Inc.



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Rolling on the River....REVISITED
Tall Stacks Festival and Fall Foliage Cruise
on the Mississippi Queen
October 8-14, 2006

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{IMPORTANT NOTE: Our "Rolling on the River" tour to New Orleans had elicited an enthusiastic response. We were close to being sold out in the first week of registration when Hurricane Katrina hit! Since then, we have been waiting patiently to allow our partners in the tourism industry time to sort things out. We have just been informed that the Delta Queen Steamboat Company has adjusted their cruise schedule for 2006. They will not be cruising out of New Orleans, nor will they be cruising from any river city in the month of March. Therefore, we have had to adjust our departure location to Cincinnati and have revised the whole program as well. We will now be cruising in the fall of 2006, and have come up with a spectacular program that includes a five nights cruise, instead of three. Our timing should be perfect for viewing the colorful fall foliage. Not only that, we will be in Cincinnati in time to enjoy the last day of their exciting Tall Stacks Festival! Please see all the new details below.}

Yep, just like Proud Mary,,,,,we're going "rolling, rolling, rolling on the river," only instead of the Mississippi, we'll be cruising along the scenic Ohio River, once known as "La Belle Riviere". Our departure city is Cincinnati, and our timing is perfect to catch the activities on the last day of their wonderful Tall Stacks Festival. There will be music, food, fun and plenty of riverboats gathering for this premiere steamboating event that takes place here only once every three years. Our cruise will take us from Cincinnati all the way to Pittsburgh, PA where steamboating actually originated in 1811 with Robert Fulton as pilot of the New Orleans! Enjoy the spectacular fall foliage, the peaceful rural vistas, soaring river bluffs, quaint river towns and bustling cities along the way! Most of all just savor the whole riverboat experience! The whistle blows, the paddle wheel churns, the calliope plays....and we'll be off on an exciting adventure taking us back to a bygone era! It was an era of grandeur and extravagance! From breathtaking staircases to ornate chandeliers....from elegant staterooms to grand Victorian dining rooms....the competition was fierce to build the biggest, fastest and most luxurious steamboat ever! The Delta Queen Steamboat Company is keeping the legend alive! And we plan to live that legend as we enjoy this five nights cruise aboard the magnificent Mississippi Queen! For your optimum enjoyment we have booked all outside staterooms with French doors opening to a private verandah. (Category A and B cabins) We'll be wined and dined and entertained in the grandest of manor...with plenty of time also to watch the scenery go by, enjoy a game of cards, or immerse your self in a good book in the parlor! Along the way, we'll stop for visits in such port towns as Maysville, Kentucky, Marietta, Ohio and Wheeling, West Virginia, before meeting our motorcoach in Pittsburgh for the ride back to McLean.


"Rolling on the River...Revisited" Tour Package Includes:
Transportation from MCC to BWI Airport
One way ticket on Southwest Airlines from BWI to Louisville, Kentucky
One night at the four star Cincinnati Marriott Rivercenter, in Covington, Kentucky
Five nights cruise aboard the Mississippi Queen steamboat (category A and B cabins with private verandah) from Cincinnati, Ohio to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Welcome dinner of mouthwatering ribs at the Boathouse, a Bob Hope favorite
Three sumptuous meals a day, plus afternoon tea and late night snacks on the cruise
Choice of two shore tours, plus nightly entertainment, dancing, informative lectures, boat tours, and many other activities while on board the Mississippi Queen
Transportation via private motorcoach from Pittsburgh back to McLean
All taxes and gratuities
Trip insurance valued at $174

TRIP #1003.260 COST: $3174 resident, $3274 non-resident, based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $1500. A deposit of $474 is required to reserve your space. Please make checks payable to Custom Group Tours Inc. Balance due July 1, 2006

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A Country Christmas
December 3-5, 2006
Opryland Hotel
Nashville, Tennessee

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Featuring
The Radio City Rockettes
Pam Tillis Christmas Dinner Party
Ticket to "Ice"....and much more!

Start the holiday season off with fun and pizzazz as we travel together to Nashville, Tennessee for a stay at the exciting Opryland Hotel. We promise you millions of sparkling lights, a multitude of colorful poinsettias, fabulous ice sculptures, an art, antique and craft fair, and musical entertainment galore! From the "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and the "Living Nativity Scene" performed by the ever popular Radio City Rockettes, to the down home Christmas Dinner Party with country star Pam Tillis singing her favorite Christmas songs, the stage is set for a wonderful few days in Music City USA!

For your extra enjoyment, we've booked all atrium view rooms at the fabulous Opryland Hotel, enabling you to sit out on your balcony and absorb the exciting sights and sounds below! A Welcome Dinner at Volare Restaurant, and a drink in the revolving bar in the Cascades Atrium is included as well. During the day, wander the wonderful garden paths found throughout the hotel, leading you from the Magnolia Lobby through the Conservatory to the Cascades, then on to the Delta, where you can take a ride on the Delta River Flatboats. There will be time for shopping at the annual art, antique and craft fair. Then marvel at the incredible sculptures in "ICE", a chilly adventure through hand carved holiday displays created from more than 1.5 million pounds of ice! And no visit to Nashville would be complete without a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Ryman Auditorium. This tour will sell out fast...so get your reservations in early!

A Country Christmas Extravaganza Package Includes:

* Transportation from MCC to BWI
* Roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines to Nashville
* Two nights at the fabulous Opryland Hotel
* Breakfast each morning
* Welcome Dinner in Volare
* Ticket to Radio City Christmas Spectacular
* Ticket to Pam Tillis Christmas Dinner Party
* Ticket to "ICE"
* Ticket to art, antique and craft fair
* Tour of Country Music Hall of Fame and Ryman Auditorium
* Trip Insurance valued at $60
* All taxes and gratuities

Note: If you wish to decline the trip insurance, you must do so in writing when you send in your deposit.

Trip #1000.260 Cost: $1050 Resident, $1075 Non-Resident, based on double occupancy. (Single Supplement: $225) A $350 deposit is required to reserve your space. Balance due October 10, 2006. Please make check payable to Custom Group Tours Inc.

It's all about the journey and the friends you make along the way!

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