Pella Tulips & Madison County

      Pella, IA 50219, USA

      5 reviews
      May 5 - 6, 2023
      Group size: 35 - 36
      Pella Tulips & Madison County
      Pella, IA 50219, USA

      5 reviews

      May 5 - 6, 2023
      Group size: 35 - 36

      About this trip

      We're partnering with OLLI at the University of Nebraska to offer a great trip to Pella and Madison County this year!

      *** Pick-ups in Lincoln and Omaha only ***

      Have a question? Send us an email!  Or give us a call at 712.792.9793.

      This overnight adventure takes you to two of Iowa’s prized destinations. The first is Pella for the Tulip Time festival celebrating Dutch heritage, treasured recipes, heirloom costumes, and hundreds of thousands of blooming tulips. Then you’re off to Winterset to visit the covered bridges that stole the show from Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood in The Bridges of Madison County!  

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      How to Register

      The quickest and easiest way to register is online via this page. If you choose to register by mail, please print, fill out, and return the registration form along with your deposit. Print forms here.

      Your spot will not be reserved until we receive your deposit and registration form.

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      What’s included

      • Deluxe motorcoach
        Deluxe Windstar Lines motorcoach transportation
      • Accommodations
        1 night's accommodations
      • 3 meals
        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
      • Admissions
        Admission to attractions as stated on itinerary
      • Porterage
        Porter service of one bag per person at hotel
      • Taxes and gratuities
        Taxes and gratuities for included services
      • Tour manager
        Professional tour manager
      • Additional meals
        Meals other than those listed on the itinerary
      • Additional beverages
        Beverages other than tea/coffee/water with included meals
      • Souvenirs
        Items of a personal nature/souvenirs
      • Optional activities
        Optional activities in Pella
      • Phone calls/faxes
        Phone calls/faxes from hotels
      • Travel protection plan
      • COVID-19 fees
        Fees related to any COVID-19 requirements for this destination
      • Additional services
        Any service not listed in the above inclusions

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy (per person)
      Available until March 20, 202330 left
      Deposit: $100
      Single Occupancy (per person)
      Available until March 20, 202330 left
      Deposit: $100

      Available options


      Day 1
      Friday, May 5

      Full Brochure

      We will board our motorcoach this morning and head east to Pella, IA, to join in Tulip Time, an annual celebration of Dutch heritage and the city’s more than 300,000 vibrantly blooming tulips! With activities everywhere you turn, the day is yours to discover. A must is a walk through the beautiful Scholte Gardens complete with art sculptures and a gazebo from which to admire the gorgeous colors and many varieties of tulips planted on the grounds. Another great Tulip Time experience is the Grandstand show featuring Dutch dancing and singing, the Parade of Provinces, the presentation of the Tulip Queen and her Court, the famous street scrubbing, and more! A literal can’t-miss is the Vermeer Windmill, which is one of the tallest working windmills in North America. This 1850s-style grain mill was designed and built in the Netherlands, disassembled, shipped to Iowa, and re-built in 2002. Almost every small town in the Netherlands has a mill at its center, and the Vermeer windmill is meant as a nod to Pella’s agricultural past. If you choose to visit the windmill, you'll tour five floors, from the base of the mill where grain would have been brought in to the top floor where grain is milled. Plus, take in the giant blades and the superb view of Pella from the deck! For those interested in the Old West, Pella was once home to Wyatt Earp and is certainly the place to celebrate the life and times of this American lawman and gambler. His boyhood home still stands, and there’s a great self-guided audio tour exploring Earp’s childhood, relationships, and legacy. Crafters will definitely want to consider a stop at the quilt show to admire the more than one hundred handmade quilts on display. After you’ve worked up an appetite, find a new favorite with lunch on your own at one of the countless food booths and street vendors overflowing with Dutch festival treats. Local favorites include funnel cakes, pofferjes, and decadent stroopwafels. No matter your interests, there’s plenty to keep you entertained at the Pella Tulip Time festival! We’ll cap off our time in Pella with traditional Dutch dishes at the Dutch Dinner Show (subject to availability) and then make our way to Winterset to check in to the Cobblestone Inn (or similar) for the evening.

      (Dinner included)

      Your Organizer

      Star Destinations
      5 reviews
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      Really put one in the Christmas mood! Relaxing to have super driver and tour guide along with varied things to see.
      By Carol M for CorClub - A Lake Geneva Christmas on 07 Dec, 2022
      Good venue. Bus was deluxe. Snacks good. Enjoyed Lark Toys, enjoyed Eagle 🦅 Center. “Reads Landing” for lunch: 2/3 happy, 1/3 not. My pecan apple salad great; my husband got burned flatbread which was hidden on the underside. Only one toilet for women available, caused a delay in exiting for return trip home. Plus door latch didn’t work, fumbling. This would be a question for the planner to ask. Re: sufficient restroom accommodations for groups.
      By Susan S for CorClub - The Great River Road National Scenic Byway on 15 Oct, 2022
      First, I would like to say that I very much enjoyed the trip. It was great to be able to stay in one place, and make day trips to different locations. It was great to view all the lakes and marvel at the distinct colors and clearness of the water. I can honestly say that I enjoyed the Rockies better in Canada than in Colorado. Also, got to walk on my second glacier. The golf course was great. It was very pleasing to play in the crisp cool morning air. And, I enjoyed the stillness of that early morning. The food at the hotel was excellent. Look forward to continued adventures.
      By Donald S for Friends Club - Canadian Rockies on 17 Aug, 2022
      Beautiful scenery, great logistics, personable hosts and guides
      By Wes H for Friends Club - Canadian Rockies on 17 Aug, 2022
      We enjoyed the whole trip. Liked staying in one hotel and making day trips out from that base. The hotel was very convenient to downtown for exploring on our free time. The bus driver for the days in Canada was very good and was interesting to talk to. He was also very confident and experienced with his driving. Star Destinations and Hills Bank Friends Club did an excellent job of planning and organizing the trip.
      By Keith L for Friends Club - Canadian Rockies (public) on 10 Aug, 2022