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Gems of Southeast Europe


  • 7-night river cruise in elegantly appointed accommodations
  • Fine dining on board in multiple venues
  • Unlimited hand-selected wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch/dinner
  • Small group guided shore excursions with a variety of choices, including exclusive Special Interest, hiking and biking tours
  • Professionally trained Wellness Host leading engaging wellness activities
  • Live local entertainment
  • Unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi access


  • Hotel accommodations with daily breakfast and city tour
  • Transfers between hotel and ship

Cruise fares from $6,194 (cat D) ~ $8,394 (cat AA) per person; Book now and receive free Vienna package

Rates include port charges and economy group airfare from Tulsa; Deposit of $1,000* pp due with reservation; Final payments due on or before July 17, 2024. Reserve by March 31, 2024

Oct. 25


Depart from Grove Senior Center

 Oct 26


Hotel Check-In
Welcome Reception

 Oct 27


"Imperial Vienna" Tour

 Oct 28


Hotel Check-Out
Vienna to Budapest Transfer
& Budapest City Tour




 Oct 29


Pécs Excursion
OR Szekszárd Wine Tasting
OR Mohács Bike Tour

 Oct 30


City Tour and Eltz Manor House
OR Croatian Wine Tasting


Novi Sad

"The Athens of Serbia" Walking Tour
Evening Petrovaradin Fortress Visit

 Oct 31


"The City By Two Rivers" Tour
OR Belgrade Fortress Hike
"Brandies of Belgrade" Tasting
OR Guided Bike Tour of Belgrade

 Nov 1


Golubac Fortress Visit with
Specialties Tasting

 Nov 2


Baba Vida Fortress and the
Vidin Walking Tour
OR Banitsa Pastry & Yogurt Tasting
OR Vidin Bike Tour

 Nov 3


Veliko Tarnovo Excursion
OR Rousse Walking Tour and
Rock-Hewn Churches
OR Bucharest Excursion

 Nov 4



Willamae’s Christmas Celebration
30 years of Holiday Hoots!



  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • 4 Shows
  • 3 meals (including gratuities)
  • 1 night lodging at the La Quinta Inn
  • Driver’s Gratuity
  • Some Sur-prizes & a darn good time!
  • Escorted by Willamae
  • $399 Per Person Double; $389 Per Person Triple; $379 Per Person Quad; $475 Per Person Single;$50 deposit to hold your spot. Pay by cash, check, or use your credit card (to pay in full) at the time of your reservation  & pay no credit card fees! Final due Oct 21, 2024

Optional Cancellation Protection Plan: Cost is $24.95 per person (non-refundable) due with Final Payment. Passengers my cancel up to 48 business hours prior to departure for refund of trip cost. (minus the insurance cost) If you are able to find someone to replace you, there is no penalty.

2024 12 04 WillamaesChristmasCelebrationFlyer Page 1Welp, it’s hard to believe but Willamae’s been loading up the bus and headin’ to Branson, Miz-er-ri for 30 years! (I ain’t even had that many birthdays!) It just seems fittin’ that we celebrate ever step of the way! HO! HO! HO! We’ve never done the same Christmas trip twice and we ain’t gonna start now! Yer ol’ pal Willamae has searched high and low and we got ourselves a dandy trip! Hot Spit!

Brang a Christmas gift for the swappin’ party. We like gifts that you can eat. Wrap it up, but don’t go spendin’ more than 3 bucks on it. Put yer name of who it is from on the outside of the package.

December 4, 2024

9:03 am Yer D-lux motorcoach leaves the Grove Senior Center on East O’Daniel Parkway right there next to the Fire Station. Git there in plenty of time to park your hoopty on the east end of the parkin’ lot. We are jist gonna be gone one night, so plan on totin’ yer own suitcase. Now this here’s the chance to put on the dog and wear yer Christmas finery! Yep, pull them Christmasy sweaters and shirts outta the mothballs and put ‘em on! There’s gonna be a prize fer:

  • The fanciest
  • The ugliest
  • The best homemade

After we git all loaded up, we will head towards the Ozarks. We better eat! We are gonna whip into Flat Creek over in Republic…this joint puts on the feedbag! There’s too much to pick from… catfish, fried chicken, BBQ so it will be pay fer yer own.

2:00 pm Woo Hoo! We’re gonna go over there to Clay Cooper’s theater and see Dean Z - The Ultimate Elvis! This here feller has won more awards than you kin shake a stick at fer puttin’ on such a fine show singin’ an carryin’ on like ol Elvis hisself! ‘Spect to hear big hits and Christmas music. He’s got singers and a big ol band behind him! Ever body in Branson is talkin’ ‘bout Dean Z!

7:00 pm Here’s something brand new! We are go share a Christmas Dinner with the characters from the Shepherd of the Hills at the Shepherds Christmas Carol Dinner Show. We will have a sit-down full course turkey & ham dinner with pumpkin dessert as we watch this live show. The story unfolds with Ollie Stewart, years after the heartbreak of losing his sweetheart, Sammy Lane, to his old friend, Young Matt Matthews.  Mandy Ford, Uncle Ike, and the rest of the neighborhood attempt to include Ollie in their Branson Christmas festivities.maxresdefault trail lights

There will be laughs and good feelin’s. (If ya ain’t read The Shepherd of the Hills book by Harold Bell Wright, it’s a good un!) After the Dinner Show we will load up in their wagons and wind our way through the 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills Homestead on their Trail of Lights. They been doin’ this fer as long as we been goin’ to Branson (30 YEARS!) and they jist keep addin’ lights. Welp, that’s enuff fer one day. We will tuck in fer the night at The LaQuinta Inn over there on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway (417) 312-9824.

December 5, 2024

Shake a leg and git around and eat breakfast the hotel before we check out and go over to the Grand Country Music Hall fer Show #3.

10:00 am A all new Down Home Country Show. They have stirred thangs up over there and we are gonna laugh and sing and carry on like we ought to! They have got Billy Yates hired on and he ain’t no second fiddle. His songs have been recorded by ever body like George Strait, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Rhonda Vincent, The Oak Ridge Boys, Gene Watson, and more. Billy co-wrote the George Jones classics, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” Billy has been on the Grand Ole Opry over 50 times. And that ain’t all. The “Down Home Country Show” also features Entertainer of the Year, Jamie Haage, and Comedian of the Year, Jarrett Dougherty. The fine cast of singers and pickers is real country music.

12:15 pm Time to eat! We have eat here before and like how we kin jist step next door to the Grand Country Buffet and get up to the trough and pig out!

2:00 pm We will slip on over to the Little Opry Theatre fer The Peterson’s Show. A family show made up of mom and dad and 4 eat up with talent big kids and an extra. They have played and sang their “American Roots Music” pert near all over the world and now they are in the Ozarks!

Whew! I reckon we will be wore down smooth and bubblin’ with Christmasy spirit as we head towards the house. We will see iffen we need a quick bite on the way home and plan on hittin’ Groovy Grove ‘bout 8:00 pm or so.

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