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  • Salina

    Salina, Kansas located in the Smoky Hills is just 90 miles from Wichita.

    • Watson Stiefel Theatre, Salina

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    • Mushroom Rock State Park

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    Outdoor enthusiasts can always head to nearby state parks like Mushroom Rock State Park and Kanopolis State Park to do some hiking, biking and other outdoor activities.

    Visit the Smoky Hills Vineyards and enjoy a little wine tasting or if you are an animal lover, take a trip to the nearby Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure.

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  • Cowboy Days & Indian Ways

    Begins in and ends in Kansas City, Kansas

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Oklahoma City

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    • Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita

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    • Red Earth Pow Wow Dancer

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    • Sunflower Field

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    • Haskell Cultural Center, Lawrence

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    • Moore Ranch Longhorns

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    • River City Brewing, Wichita

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    Arrive Kansas City

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Kansas City. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and take the short drive to Lawrence, where you are based for the first two nights of your stay.

    Hotel: The Eldridge

    43Mi/69Km

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    Lawrence

    Playing a crucial role in Kansas’ history, Lawrence is a thriving and unique town. Visit one of the four great museums, stroll the boutique shops or take a drive out of town to Fort Leavenworth, built to protect the Permanent Indian Frontier, the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Alternatively try the 172 acre National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame at Bonner Springs.

    Hotel: The Eldridge

    97Mi/160Km

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    Cottonwood Falls

    Depart Lawrence for the beautiful Flint Hills as you travel south to Cottonwood Falls. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve showcases the tallgrass prairie ecosystem; perhaps take the seven mile bus tour where narrative is offered. On your second day, why not take the Overland Wagon Tour, a western adventure highlighting the pioneers of the 1840’s and 1850’s?

    Hotel: Grand Central Hotel

    121Mi/194Km

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    Salina

    This morning head north on the Flint Hills Scenic Byway to Council Grove, which is designated a National Historic Landmark. En route, make a stop at Lindsborg, filled with unique shops, museums and art galleries. Discover Abilene’s history at the Dickinson County Historical Museum. On your second day, we suggest a circle day trip. First visit Kansas Safari at Rolling Hills Zoo, then head west to Ellsworth, renowned as the ‘wickedest cow town in the west’! The spirit of the Old West is still alive at Drover’s Mercantile, featuring 1870s style clothing. Next take the 16 mile Post Rock Scenic Byway, winding through the beautiful Smoky Hills.

    Hotel: Courtyard Salina Marriott

    81Mi/130Km

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    Wichita

    Today your journey takes you south to the largest city in Kansas. Wichita is located at the point where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers join together and was named for The Wichita Indians. A dozen museums are scattered throughout the city, or, if you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors you’ll enjoy the 136 municipal parks which cover almost 3,000 acres of the city. Beautifully landscaped, many offer walking and biking trails.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Wichita

    161Mi/258Km

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    Oklahoma City

    Make an early start to Oklahoma City as there is plenty to keep you entertained. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum features art from the finest contemporary artists in the nation, as well as botanical and natural gardens, a turn of the century western town and American Cowboy and American Rodeo Galleries. On your second day Oklahoma City’s stockyards, the largest feeder cattle market in the world, is a must see.

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel

    106Mi/171Km

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    Tulsa

    Today travel the ‘Main Street of America’ Route 66 to Tulsa. Quaint roadside diners, old fashioned service stations and eclectic shops line the route. You may wish to take a day to visit Tahlequah, the end of the Trail of Tears for the eastern Cherokees and the capital of the Cherokee Nation. Visit the Cherokee Heritage Centre and the National Museum and Murrell Home, the only remaining Antebellum Plantation home in Oklahoma. Perhaps call at Fort Gibson en route back to Tulsa, the first army post in the Indian Territory. Once the oil-producing capital of the nation, Tulsa is both an affluent and pretty city. Stroll Cherry Street and the historic shopping district in the heart of town.

    Hotel: The Mayo Hotel

    233Mi/374Km

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    Overland Park

    Your final full day takes you back along Route 66, along the historic Frontier Military Scenic Byway to Fort Scott National Historic Site, a restored 1842 frontier military fort. Before arriving in Overland Park you may choose to visit Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site.

    Hotel: Sheraton Overland Park Hotel

    28Mi/45Km

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    Journey Home

    Enjoy your last morning in Overland Park before making the short journey back to Kansas City Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2241 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Oklahoma and Kansas from Yesteryear to Today

    Begins and ends in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    13 Days / 12 Nights

    Departures: Year Round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Keeper of the Plains, Wichita

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    • Golden Driller, Tulsa

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    • Philbrook Gardens Art Museum, Tulsa

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    • Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah

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    • Bricktown, Oklahoma City

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    • National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

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    • Standing Bear Monument, Ponca City

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    • Cosmospere, Hutchinson

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    • Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

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    • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Strong City

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    • Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa

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    Arrive Tulsa

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Tulsa. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Your first two nights are based in Tulsa, once the oil-producing capital of the nation, it turned from a cow-town to a cosmopolitan city and now offers a distinctive mix of influences.

    Hotel: The Mayo Hotel

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    Tulsa and beyond

    This morning take the 75 miles drive south east to Tahlequah in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Learn about Cherokee history and culture at the Cherokee Heritage Centre. This vast centre is home to the Ancient Village, Adams Corner Rural Village, the Trail of Tears exhibit and the Cherokee National Museum providing an in-depth look at the Cherokee heritage. Then it’s on to Fort Gibson, the first army post in Indian Territory. In operation from 1824 to 1890, the 80 acre site encompasses 29 historic buildings and numerous archaeological ruins

    Hotel: The Mayo Hotel

    149Mi/238Km

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    Oklahoma City

    Leaving Tulsa, you follow part of historic Route 66 enjoying the eclectic towns of Sapulpa, Bristow and Stroud along the way. This afternoon you arrive into Oklahoma City, the largest city in the state. There is plenty to keep you entertained so we’ve given you a full day to explore. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum features art from the finest contemporary artists in the nation as well as botanical and natural gardens, a turn of the century western town and American Cowboy and American Rodeo Galleries. Bricktown is Oklahoma City’s hottest entertainment and dining area and offers a host of shopping options too. If you’ve time to spare visit Oklahoma City’s stockyards, the largest feeder cattle market in the world. Watch the cowboys working the livestock and feel the excitement of the auctions!

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma City

    108Mi/173Km

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    Wichita

    Perhaps enjoy breakfast at Cattleman’s Steakhouse in Stockyard City before you start your journey for Ponca City. The dream of oil baron EW Marland was to live in a palace and Marland Mansion was the realisation of these dreams. The affluent oil man entertained extensively in his 55 room ‘Palace on the Prairie’ and now its your turn to visit. Before arrival in Wichita we suggest two more stops. Pioneer Woman Statue and Museum is dedicated to women who have made outstanding pioneering contributions in space, photography, medicine and settling new lands. Standing Bear is a monumental tribute to all Native Americans, and its surrounding parks feature cultural symbols. Wichita is located at the point where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers join together and was named for The Wichita Indians. A dozen museums are scattered throughout the city. Old Cowtown Museum is an open air 1870s living history museum on the Chisholm Trail and The Museum of World Treasures boasts an extensive collection of artifacts from dinosaurs and early civilizations. If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors you’ll enjoy the 136 municipal parks which cover almost 3,000 acres of the city. Beautifully landscaped, many offer walking and biking trails.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Wichita

    198Mi/317Km

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    Hutchinson

    A leisurely day today as you are travelling just a short distance. Take time to visit the quaint Amish village of Yoder where you can peruse the hand made quilts and then perhaps enjoy lunch at Carriage Crossing Restaurant. Your afternoon is best spent at Kansas Cosmospere and Space Centre, a world class space museum featuring one of the largest collections of US space artifacts.

    Hotel: Hampton Inn

    53Mi/85Km

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    Salina

    Have some fun at Hedrick’s Exotic Animal Farm, feeding, petting and hearing all about the animal adventures. Then its on to the Kansas Underground Salt Museum, where the exhibits are displayed 650 feet beneath the Kansas prairie in a working salt mine. More animals this afternoon at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, home to roaming herds of bison and elk. En route to Salina make a stop at Lindsborg, filled with unique shops, museums and art galleries and at Smoky Hill Vineyards where you can taste over 25 wines.

    Hotel: Fairfield Inn by Marriott

    92Mi/147Km

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    Council Grove & Cottonwood Falls

    Following breakfast take a leisurely drive east to Abilene at the end of the famous Chisholm Trail. Here you can discover its rich history at the Dickinson County Historical Museum, Seelye Mansion, the museum of Dwight D Eisenhower and his childhood home. The town of Council Grove has no fewer than 13 sites designated as National Historic Landmarks and is rich in Santa Fe Trail and pioneer history, so make sure you make a stop here before finally following the road south on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway to tallgrass Prarie National Preserve. On your second day why not take the Overland Wagon Tour, a western adventure highlighting the pioneers of the 1840’s and 1850’s, or take a personalised ranch experience into the Flint Hills.

    Hotel: Grand Central Hotel

    119Mi/190Km

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    Bartlesville

    Driving south you follow the remainder of the Flint Hills Scenic Byway, then southeast to Sedan which is surrounded by beautiful wooded hills and has a quaint downtown with boutique Victorian stores. The Emmett Kelly Museum, filled with memorabilia honours the famous clown and his sad-faced character Willie. Then your final stop is Bartlesville, the town that oil built! Your accommodation is in Price Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright’s only build skyscraper. Whilst in town visit the residence of the famous oil baron.

    Hotel: Inn at Price Tower

    167Mi/267Km

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    Tulsa

    It’s just a short drive today to Tulsa. Stroll Cherry Street and the historic shopping district in the heart of town, visit The Gilcrease Museum’s collection of fine art and artifacts and The Philbrook Museum of Art, which is located in the 1927 Italianate-style mansion of oilman Waite Phillips. Finally, take a trip back in time wandering the antique shops and tea rooms at the heart of Jenks downtown district. West of the river its fondly known as the crafts capital of Oklahoma.

    Hotel: The Mayo Hotel

    45Mi/72Km

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    Journey Home

    Enjoy your last morning in Tulsa before making the short journey back to Tulsa Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1699 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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