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Sand Hill Cranes Migration

Sand Hill Cranes Migration

Sandhill Cranes Migration

March 20-23, 2023


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Tour includes:

• Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation

• Friendly On-board Host

• 3 Nights Hotel Accommodations

• 6 Meals Including:

- Authentic Greek Dinner & Entertainment

- Angus Burger & Shakes

- Gift Card at Omaha Zoo

• St. John’s Greek Orthodox Tour

• Joslyn Castle

• Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

• Rowe Sanctuary

- Evening Sandhill Crane Viewing

- Morning Sandhill Crane Viewing

• Omaha Zoo


Tour Pricing:

$850 per person Double

$1050 per person Single

Non-members add $25


Activity level 3:

Travelers may be required to walk on uneven surfaces (dirt paths, cobblestone streets or hilly terrain) and up to a distance of one mile at a time.


Deposit & Final Payment:

A $150 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation. Must be paid in full by January 19, 2023. No refunds will be issued after January 19, 2023. Reservations made after final payment date have no guarantee of availability or change in price.


Travel Protection:

We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden illness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience we offer a Travel Protection plan provided by the United States Fire Insurance Company and administered by Trip Mate, Inc.; in UT and CA, DBA Trip Mate Insurance. To review full plan details online, go to for domestic tours valued up to $4,000 per person or to for all international tours or domestic tours valued over $4,000 per person.






Day 1

Day 1: Monday, March 20, 2023
Join us this morning from the available departure location of your choice, meet your friendly onboard Trailways host and driver, then settle in as we make our way west to Omaha, Nerbraska today.
Arrive in downtown Omaha this afternoon at the Doubletree by Hilton for your overnight stay. Have some time to freshen up and relax before departing for St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church this evening. Enjoy a tour of St. John’s and learn about Orthodoxy. After, enjoy an authentic Grecian dinner and Greek folk dancing entertainment.

Day 2

Day 2: Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Have breakfast at the hotel this morning before departing for Kearney. Along the way, visit the Joslyn Castle. In 1903, George and Sarah Joslyn completed one of Nebraska’s greatest homes – a 35-room Scottish Baronial Mansion atop a hill on Omaha’s outskirts. The four-story house was completed at a cost of $250,000 -about $7 million in 21st century dollars. The pace of construction – 11 months – was amazing, given the rich use of carved wood, stained glass, chiseled stone, mosaic tiles, and wrought iron. George Joslyn died in 1916, in his sixties. Sarah lived on the 5.5 acre estate until her death in 1940 at age 88. From 1944 to 1989, the home served as the headquarters of the Omaha Public Schools’ administrative offices. The castle is an Omaha Landmark Historic Structure and on the National Register of Historic Places for national significance. The grounds are part of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.
Next stop as we travel along today will be at the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. Visit the Archway in Kearney, and celebrate an epic adventure! From the Oregon Trail era through today, the Archway’s family-friendly historical exhibit tells the story of the adventurers who followed the Great Platte River Road and helped to build America.
Arrive in Kearney mid-afternoon and check in to the hotel. Have some time to relax and freshen up before departing for Angus Burgers and Shakes. Providing a menu with a great variety of burgers, some wraps, salads, sides and more – enjoy an early dinner, on your own, before our evening viewing.
After dinner, we arrive at Rowe Sanctuary in Gibbon for an evening Sandhill Crane viewing. Every spring, around one million Sandhill Cranes converge in the Platte River Valley before continuing migration to northern breeding grounds. Rowe Sanctuary’s discovery stations are strategically placed along the Platte River to provide excellent views of the Sandhill Cranes while they roost on the river. The Guided Crane Viewing Experience provides guests with the opportunity to observe thousands of cranes as they fly into the Platte River at dusk.
After our viewing, return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening. Be sure to get some good rest, it will be an early day tomorrow – we depart prior to the sunrise to view the cranes again.

Day 3

Day 3: Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Rise and Shine! Grab an early morning pastry and a juice or coffee to go – we’re off for our Morning Sandhill Crane Viewing! The best times for viewing cranes on the river are sunrise and sunset. The cranes take flight at dawn in search of food and return to the river’s protection at dusk.
After our morning viewing, we return to the hotel to check out and depart for the Omaha Zoo. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top five zoos. Here, unleash your sense of wonder across 160 acres of plants, animals and unique habitats from around the world. You’ll have free time to explore and will have a $20 gift card that you’ll be able to use for lunch, snacks, drinks and even at the gift shop.
This evening, arrive at the Hampton Inn in Council Bluffs, IA for our overnight stay. Enjoy dinner, on your own, at Quaker Stake and Lube. The remainder of the evening is free, on your own.

Day 4

Day 4: Thursday, March 23, 2023
Have one last breakfast with your fellow Trailways Travelers before hitting the road for the drive home. After a stop for lunch, on your own, we arrive back home with some wonderful memories and experiences from the Sandhill Cranes Viewing and Omaha Zoo!

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Davenport Garage Davenport Garage for Host/Driver
Davenport, Iowa 8735 Northwest Blvd - Burlington Trailways Bldg.
1st right past Blain's Farm & Fleet; on the left
Ft. Madison, IA Ft. Madison Prison Industries Parking Lot
1st Street & Avenue E
Mediapolis, IA Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods
111 N. Wapello Rd.
Muscatine, IA Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61
Wapello, IA Family Dollar/Dollar Tree
503 US 61, Wapello, IA
West Burlington Burlington Trailways Depot, 906 Broadway
West Burlington Garage West Burlington Garage - Host/Driver
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