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2013 Summer Baseball Tours

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Where has the time gone? We've been putting the finishing touches on our baseball vacationMidwest Tour guests at Wrigley Field packages and hosting the tours. We're now looking up and realizing that we're in the midst of our final tour for the 2013 season. Yikes!

We'll catch up with our blogging activity to share with you some of the details and great fun that we had on the road this summer - starting with our Midwest to our West Coast to the East Coast and several variations in between.

While we're doing that, you can also check out our Facebook page with pictures and some highlights of our tours: https://www.facebook.com/BigLeagueTours.  

Tags: west coast baseball tour, east coast baseball tour, baseball vacation package, Midwest baseball tour, 2013 baseball trips

Big League Tours Releases 2013 Baseball Tour Packages

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 04:32 PM

Baseball Tour Operator Offers Its Largest Selection of Baseball Vacations

Luxury baseball tour provider, Big League Tours, begins its eighth year by announcing its largest selection of baseball tours offered to date. The official announcement came at aChris Welsh (center) with Doug Lawson (left) and Glenn Dunlap (right) at the launch party for the 2013 baseball tours launch party held at the company’s new headquarters outside of Indianapolis. Chris Welsh, former Major League pitcher and current Reds broadcaster, was on hand to assist company President and Founder Glenn Dunlap in introducing the luxury tour packages. In addition to its traditional Multi-City Tours, Big League Tours is offering shorter Destination Tours and Getaway Day Tours in 2013.

The Multi-City Tours include trips to some of the country’s greatest cities and visits to multiple baseball stadiums. Travelers will not only sit in the best seats and stay in great hotels, they will also enjoy other great features such as stadium tours, player meet and greets, and special stadium access. Highlights include the East Coast, Hall of Fame, Midwest and West Coast Tours. Details at www.bigleaguetours.com/2013-baseball-tours/multi-city-tours/

“Without a doubt, our most popular trips each year are the tours that include Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, The Baseball Hall of Fame and Wrigley Field,” shared Glenn Dunlap, President and Founder of Big League Tours. “But, we have also seen an increase in demand for tours to the West Coast, so fans can see AT&T Park, Dodger Stadium and PETCO Park. We believe we have met that demand with a variety of tours including our Full West Coast, Southern California, and Baseball on the Bay Tours.”

The Destination Tours have been designed for travelers who would like to spend time in one city, enjoy some baseball games and events, and take advantage of custom tour options. Dunlap states, “Taking place on mostly long weekends, these tours will give our guests lots of flexibility and suit the needs for avid, as well as casual, baseball fans.” Highlights include tours to New York, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, and Chicago. Details at www.bigleaguetours.com/2013-baseball-tours/destination-tours/

For the first time, Big League Tours is offering Getaway Day Tours. Getaway Day Tours are one- day excursions in some of Big League Tours most popular baseball cities. As with all Big League Tours, guests will enjoy luxury accommodations and lower level infield seats for the game. The 2013 season will feature Getaway Day Tours in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, and Miami. Prices for the Getaway Day Tours start at $500 per person based on double occupancy. Details at www.bigleaguetours.com/2013-baseball-tours/getaway-tours/.

Big League Tours helps fans get closer to the game by securing lower level seats, arranging stadium tours and player experiences, and providing first-class hotel accommodations. Flexible itineraries allow fans to experience the best of the best in the greatest baseball cities across the nation. 

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About Big League Tours

Big League Tours helps fans of all ages experience baseball from a new perspective- from inside the game. Unlike other tour companies, Big League Tours not only takes care of the buses and games for a baseball tour, but also provides all the extras to turn tours into true sports vacations loaded with unique baseball-related events. For more information, contact Big League Tours at www.bigleaguetours.com.

Tags: multi-city baseball tour, east coast baseball tour, bucket list, baseball vacation, baseball tour

Midwest Tour 1 - Six Great Baseball Stadiums!!

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Sun, Nov 25, 2012 @ 08:27 AM

Here's a baseball tour that promises to be great fun - see six baseball stadiums, watch tendifferent teams, stay in four different cities. Busch Stadium

Trip brochureThis baseball vacation package starts in Kansas City with a game at "The K", Kauffman Stadium, the site of the 2012 All Star Game. From there we'll make the short trip across Missouri to St. Louis for a game at Busch Stadium

We'll hop a quick flight to Chicago where we'll setup for three nights. First, we'll see the White Sox at Sox Park and meet up with Sox Slugger, Ron Kittle. The next day we'll go up to Milwaukee to see the Phillies and Brewers at Miller Park and then head back to Chicago after the game. We'll wrap up our Chicago stay with a game at historic Wrigley Field

Monday is reserved for traveling to Minneapolis. We'll fly there so that you'll be able to get settled at the hotel and then take in some local sites in the Twin Cities. Our final day will include a game at Target Field where the Twins host the Phillies for some Inter-league play.

So let's see. That means we'll be sampling barbeque, fried ravioli, Chicago-style pizza and dogs, brats and state fair food. Mmm, mmm... Can't wait!!

Here's a short video with more of the details of this tour. Download the brochure or Purchase This Tour now. We hope you'll join us!!

Tags: St. Louis, baseball tours, Wrigley Field, Busch Stadium, Midwest baseball tour

Hall of Fame Tour 1 Kicks Off 2013 Baseball Tours

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Sun, Nov 25, 2012 @ 07:19 AM

What better way could there be to start our 2013 baseball trips and tours than one of our Hall of Fame tours? This tour starts in New York City where we'll stay in the heart of MidtownTrip brochure Manhattan giving you great access to all kinds of sites, restaurants, and shopping. The first day of the tour we'll see the Blue Jays face the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The next day we'll see the Reds play the Mets at Citi Field and have our Big League Player Experience with former MLB pitcher and Reds Broadcaster, Chris Welsh. 

We'll then travel to Cooperstown to spend the day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. You'll have time to explore the exhibits in the Hall as well as the many memorabilia and collectibles shops in the Village. 

After a relaxing evening in upstate New York, we'll head over to Boston for a free day and evening. You'll be in the heart of the city once again. The following day we'll head over to historic Fenway Park to see the Indians and Red Sox.

This tour will also include one or more stadium tours which we'll finalize once the Yankees and Red Sox release their game times. Here's a short video that will give you the quick rundown of the tour. We hope you'll join us!! 


Tags: Fenway Park, Yankees, Yankee Stadium, New York City, Reds, hall of fame

Baseball Road Trips Soon Coming to an End

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Sat, Oct 20, 2012 @ 12:48 PM

The World Series is set to start next Wednesday. And while it's a great time to watch the best in baseball play for the title, it's also bittersweet as it also signals the end of the baseball season and baseball tours. I recently ran across this quote from former Commissioner of Baseball, Bart Giamatti, that I believe sums it up very well.

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"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blooms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fallalone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops."

So for now, we'll soak in the last that baseball has to offer for 2012 and we'll look forward to where our 2013 baseball trips will take us!

Tags: baseball road trips, baseball trips, baseball travel, group tours

New Tour Just Added - Fenway Park & Yankee Stadium in September

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Wed, Aug 01, 2012 @ 11:15 AM

Fenway ParkHere's your final chance to visit two of the most iconic stadiums in baseball this season with Big League Tours. We have put together an exciting tour that will make stops at Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium over a long weekend in September.

We will start in Boston when the Orioles visit Fenway Park on September 21st. While in Boston, we'll enjoy luxury accommodations at one the finest hotels in the area. Then on the 22nd, we'll travel by train to New York's Midtown Manhattan to check into another first class hotel, and catch the A's vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Our guests will depart at their leisure on the 23rd.Yankee Stadium

Not enough baseball for you? CLICK HERE to see additional game options that can extend your tour. Or, give us a call to discuss your requests. 

Get all the information on this new Boston and New York tour below: 

Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium - September 21-23 

Don't miss out on this great, late season tour! 

Tags: Red Sox, Boston, Orioles, New York, baseball trips, Fenway Park, Yankees, A's, Yankee Stadium

Dodger Stadium & Mr. Vin Scully - West Coast Baseball Tour Part VII

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 11:30 AM

Our West Coast Baseball Tour flew from San Francisco to Los Angeles. After Dodger Stadium from our seatsthe travel day and free morning to explore LA on their own, our guests headed out to Dodger Stadium on July 4th to see the Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds. Here's a view from our seats. 

Chris Welsh at Dodger Stadium

We started the night with a visit with Reds broadcaster andformer MLB pitcher, Chris Welsh. Chris hung out with us at field level and then took us up to the broadcast booth to see things from that vantage point. The booth is pretty small so we only went in three people at a time. Here's a shot of our three with Chris. 

I would have to say the highlight for me, though (and no slight intended for Chris), was to IMG 7159 resized 600meet the voice of baseball, Mr. Vin Scully. As we were exiting the visiting team's booth, Chris introduced us to Mr. Scully who graciously spent a few minutes talking with us. It was surreal to be talking with the man who I've listened to all of my life calling the Dodgers games. 

Here we are with Mr. Scully, in the Dodgers broadcast booth. What a fantastic time. Thanks to Chris and Mr. Scully for making our visit so memorable!

Check out the Game Summary on MLB.com

Tags: Dodgers, west coast baseball tour, baseball tours, Dodger Stadium, Reds

Oakland Coliseum - West Coast Baseball Tour Part VI

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 10:45 AM

Oakland Coliseum, or O.co as it's referred to, is rarely on anyone's must see Coliseumlist unless you're either a diehard A's fan or visiting all 30 stadiums on your quest to complete your bucket list. 

Local fans will tell you that visiting the Coliseum before the addition of "Mount Davis" was much more enjoyable. They're referring to the offices, suites and seating all along the outfield fence and visible in this picture. It gets its name from former Raiders owner, Al Davis, who had this addition made for the football season.

The complaint is that the ginormous wall cuts off the view that was once enjoyed of the community and the rolling hills in the distance. I personally hadn't visited the ballpark prior to the remodel so can't speak from experience. 

I will say, though, that A's fans are great. They're not there for gimmicks or ulterior motives. It's about baseball. This made visiting the Coliseum fun even though I didn't have a dog in the hunt, so to speak. Everyone was into the game and having a great time. Maybe it's because they were thumping the Red Sox? Whatever the reason, our group had a great time in Oakland. 

Here's the Game Summary on MLB.com

Tags: bucket list, A's, MLB road trips, Oakland, Coliseum

Alcatraz & San Francisco - West Coast Baseball Tour Part V

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

Major League Baseball teams and stadiums are located in some of the greatest cities that our country has to offer. So it only stands to reason that we allow our guests time to explore these cities while on our baseball tours. That's been one of our basic features since we began Big League Tours in 2006. The other part of that, is we give you the flexibility to see what you want to see, to make the trip what you want of it and not be forced to do things you aren't interested in. 

San Francisco is one of those great cities. And explore it we did. From the moment we touched Alcatraz - main corridordown, we began our exploration. We stayed right in the heart of Frisco. Our guests were given Metro Passports and could ride anywhere in the city for free as much and as often as they wanted. 

We also like to help our guests plan out their free time if they'd like us to. Knowing that Alcatraz tours sell out days or weeks in advance, we asked our guests if they'd like to take that tour and booked it for them. Here's a shot from inside the infamous prison, with our headsets on taking the audio tour. 

Our guests were able to spend time at Pier 39's restaurants and shops, Ghiradelli Square,San Francisco Trolley Car Chinatown, and other parts of downtown San Francisco. They were also able to venture to the north part of the city and see the Golden Gate bridge up close. 

Another thing you have to do in San Francisco is ride a trolley car. Here'a a view of the ride that we took from Ghiradelli Square back to our hotel near Market Street. As you can tell from the picture, the sun was out and things had cleared off this afternoon. We had a lot of fun standing on the platform and getting a unique experience this city offers. 

If you are looking for baseball vacation packages that offer you the advantages of group tours but the flexibility to explore on your own, we hope that you'll consider traveling with Big League Tours. We truly offer the best of both worlds!

Tags: San Francisco, west coast baseball tour, sports travel and tours, ballpark tours

AT&T Park - West Coast Baseball Tour Part IV

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 08:15 AM

ATT Park entranceAtop most fans list of favorite baseball stadiums is San Francisco's AT&T Park. If it's not their favorite, it's almost always in their top five. And for good reason. 

This ballpark is listed right in the middle of stadium sizes in the MLB, as the 16th largest. The way that the ballpark is configured makes it feel like one of the smallest, though. The feeling of intimacy at AT&T is one of its best features.

And speaking of features, this park is filled with plenty of unique features - the interesting angles and dimensions of the outfield, the view of the Bay, McCovey Cove, the Levi's mitt and Coca Cola bottle (with a slide in it) in the outfield, and the kids play area. 

It's a great place to see a baseball game. They also offer one of the best stadium tours in the MLB if you can squeeze it in on your baseball trip.  

Tags: stadium tours, San Francisco, baseball stadiums, AT&T Park, Giants