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Book your early season Baseball Tour

Posted by Doug Lawson on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 @ 09:38 PM

Two new 2014 tour itineraries give you the opportunity to enjoy early season baseball and bask in the Spring sunshine of the Sunbelt and Southwest.

Our Southwest Tour will start in Phoenix with stops in Arlington and Houston, TX, and then end with a game at Coors Field in Denver. 4 Nights and 4 Ballparks while staying in the finest hotels, sitting in lower level seats, and enjoying the Big League Player Experience. If you would like all the info, click the link below.

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

The Sunbelt Tour is a 6-night tour that will catch games in Arlington, Houston, Miami, Tampa, and Atlanta. If you haven't been to Turner Field yet, here's your chance to see it before the Braves move to their new stadium in a few years. All the Big League Tours exclusive features are included, along with a lifetime of memories. Here's the link to the web page.

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Don't forget- book by Dec. 15th and get 5% off your total tour price. Just use discount code EARLY when booking your tour.

Please call or email with any questions. I hope you will join us in 2014.

 

 

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Reasons to Book Your Baseball Tour Early

Posted by Doug Lawson on Thu, Nov 07, 2013 @ 01:40 PM

The response to our 2014 tour announcement has been tremendous. ManyVIP Batting Practice Experience at Fenway fans have been checking out our website, downloading brochures, sending in questions, and booking their luxury baseball vacations. If you haven't selected your tour yet, here are some reasons to book early.
  • Secure your spot on the tour you really want at the time you want to do it. We never know what tours will fill up. By booking early, you will make sure to see the ballparks and cities on your bucket list.
  • You can start shopping for flights now. Many of the travel websites have "alerts" that will let you know when flights go down in price so you can get the best deal. Here's some info on sites with fare alerts NBC News Article
  • You will SAVE 5% OFF the total price of your tour. Book your tour by Dec. 15 and you will get our Early Bird Discount. Just use discount code EARLY when completing your reservation.
Here's the link to the 2014 Tour Page. Make sure to scroll down once you are on the page to see all the tours.
I hope you will join us on a luxury baseball vacation in 2014. Please call or email with any questions.

 

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East Coast Tour, May 2014: Boston, New York, DC, Baltimore & Philly

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 03:10 PM

Fenway Park,Yawkey Way,Red Sox,Boston,baseball trips If you're a baseball fan and you have a bucket list, then this East Coast Tour is for you. You'll start this tour in Boston, home of Historic Fenway Park. The game should be a night game so arrive early and see some sites before we head over to the park and enjoy all the fun around Yawkey Way.

You'll leave mid-day on Saturday to make the trip to New York where you will have the evening on your own and plenty of time to explore Manhattan from your Midtown hotel. Sunday we'll head to Yankee Stadium, for, what we expect to be, an afternoon game when the Yankees are hosting the Pirates. We'll head back to Manhattan after the game and you'll have the evening on your own in the Yankee Stadium,group tours,baseball stadium tours,baseball trips,baseball road tripscity.

You an option on Monday to direct the itinerary the best way for you and your companions. You can choose to spend the day in the city or take the day-trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Tuesday will allow you more time to see some sites in the city and then we'll head out to Citi Field to see the Dodgers and Mets game.

After 4 great nights in New York, the tour will head to Washington, DC on Wednesday. We should arrive early afternoon in the district and get checked into the hotel, which will give us plenty of time to get over to Nationals Park for the game between the Reds and Nationals. 

Oriole Park at Camden Yards,Baltimore baseball tour,baseball road tripOn Thursday, we'll take a short trip up the road to Baltimore. We'll be staying near Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Inner Harbor. The game will probably be an afternoon game which will give you time to grab dinner at one of the restaurants nearby.

We'll most likely take a tour of Oriole Park Friday morning before heading to Philadelphia for you final night of the tour. It's a short trip to Philly, where we'll be staying in the heart of the city - close to sites like the Liberty Bell and Freedom Hall and close to Citizens Bank Park

Along the way, there will be stadium tours, an MLB player Experience and other Big League Tours extras. You could also consider coming into Boston early or staying over in Philadelphia. Let us know if you'd like to customize your tour in anyway. 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Tags: east coast baseball tour, baseball road trip, baseball tour, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Oriole Park, Camden Yards

Announcing our 2014 Baseball Tour Packages

Posted by Doug Lawson on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 @ 02:23 PM

Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Reds, Baseball Tours, Family ToursWe are very pleased to announce our 2014 Baseball Tours. You'll be able to choose from:
  • Tours in every month of the MLB regular season,
  • Tours to every stadium in the Majors,
  • Tours over long-weekends, for a quick getaway, and
  • Tours that are week-long, for longer vacations
We have also re-worked our website to better serve our customers. You will be able to search for your tour in 3 ways:
  • Tours by Region
  • Tours by Month
  • Tours by Stadium
Please click the link below to go directly to our website to check out our new tours.

Big League Tours
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT- We are offering an early booking discount to our guests valid now through Dec. 15. Book your tour with a minimum 20% or $1,000 deposit, and get 5% off the total tour price. Use discount code EARLY when booking your tour.
Please feel free to call or email with any questions. I hope you will join us on a Big League Tours luxury baseball vacation in 2014.

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2014 Baseball Tours Sneak Peek

Posted by Doug Lawson on Mon, Oct 07, 2013 @ 09:49 AM

It's hard to believe that our 2013 baseball tour season is over.  This has been one of the mostBig League Tours 2014 successful years for Big League Tours, and we owe that to all of you that traveled with us.  Our guests made new friends, saw new places, and made a lifetime of memories on the road this year. Thanks to everyone that purchased a luxury baseball tour package. We hope you will join us again in 2014.

There are a lot of exciting things going on at Big League Tours.  We hope to expand our business in a number of ways in 2014.  One way will be to offer more tours to the places our guests want to see.  We will also offer tours that feature all 30 ballparks.  One NEW tour in 2014 will be the Sunbelt Tour.  The Sunbelt Tour will visit the warm weather ballparks early in the season, so our guests can avoid the scorching summer heat of TX, FL, and GA, but still mark 5 ballparks off of their baseball bucket list. 

I promised a Sneak Peek, so here it is.  Below is the link to our Sunbelt Tour page.  This link is only accessible from this email.  The web page is not public, so once you navigate away from the Sunbelt Tour page you may have to come back to this link to get to the page again.

2014 SUNBELT TOUR 

You can save 7% off the Sunbelt Tour by booking now.  Just click PURCHASE THIS TOUR and use discount code LUCKY 7. One of our staff will call you right away to collect your deposit and answer any questions.

We are finishing up all the details for our 2014 tours.  Keep an eye out for our 2014 Package Tours Announcement.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  

Tags: Rays, Atlanta, Rangers, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, baseball tour, Yankees

Big League Tours Player Experience with Buck Martinez

Posted by Doug Lawson on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 @ 10:32 AM

On every Big League Tours luxury baseball vacation, we put together a meet and greet withGroup with Buck a former player on one of the tour days.  We were so pleased that Buck Martinez, former MLB player/manager and current Blue Jays broadcaster, was able to meet with us before the Yankees/Jays game at Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium has its own Hard Rock Cafe inside the ballpark.  Our group took the easy subway ride to the ballpark and headed into the Hard Rock. But before the meet and greet, we experienced a little excitement at the Hard Rock.  

While waiting on Buck to arrive, we all noticed that an elderly diner in the restaurant was experiencing some problems.  He was choking. His son was unsuccessfully performing the Heimlich maneuver and his father's facial color was changing rapidly.  Our tour guest Nancy (a nurse from Canada) quickly ran around to the man, lowered him to the floor, and thrust his abdomen up expelling the food that had been lodged in his throat.  Great job, Nancy!! 

After things calmed down a bit, Buck began to speak to our group about his background and current position, as well as, his opinions on today's players and the game.  One of the great things about having someone like Buck Martinez is his insights into the current game.  As a broadcaster, he talks with the players and managers on a daily basis and sees many players/teams in his job.  This is the second time we have used Buck as our MLB Player Experience and we hope to have him back again in 2014.  He was great.

If you would like to join us on one of our tours in 2014, just click the link below and fill out the contact form.  We will add you to our mailing list and make sure you are one of the first to know about our 2014 schedule.

www.bigleaguetours.com

Tags: Luxury baseball, Blue Jays, baseball tours, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, baseball tour, MLB tours, Yankees, Yankee Stadium, MLB road trips

A Trip to The Hall of Fame Museum

Posted by Doug Lawson on Wed, Sep 04, 2013 @ 01:26 PM

A few years ago, we named our tours that include Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Citi FieldHall of Fame and Cooperstown, the Big League Tours Hall of Fame Tour. It seemed appropriate as many of our guests purchased these tours to mark 3 iconic venues off of their baseball bucket list. So, in August, the morning after our group had a great time in Boston seeing a Red Sox/Yankees game, we loaded the motorcoach and headed to the small village in up-state New York.  

If you have never been to that part of New York, I would highly recommend it. The area is full of vacation spots, restaurants, shops, and beautiful scenery. Cooperstown is no exception as it sits on the banks of picturesque Otsego Lake and is home to many of sites mentioned as well as The Baseball Hall of Fame. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the town just as much as I did the Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Musuem is where all of the baseball memoribilia is displayed and the history of the game recounted. From the very beginnings of the organized game to the stars of today, the museum covers it all. A true baseball fan who enjoys reading all the plaques, newspaper articles, etc. on display, could easily spend a couple of days in the Museum. As a lifelong Reds fan, I particularly liked all the displays that featured the first pro team, the Big Red Machine, Baseball's Hit King- Pete Rose, and the Black Sox/Reds World Series. I spent a few hours in the Museum knowing that I will be back next season hosting our luxury baseball tours. 

Bench Morgan

The actual Hall of Fame is next to the Museum. Mostly, it houses the Hall of Fame plaques for each induction class. Same as the Museum, one could spend a great deal of time perusing the info of the 300 or so people who have been inducted. As in the Museum, I was drawn to the Reds inductees. Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan have plaques side by side. I will definitely be spending more time in the Hall on the next trip.

There is so much to explore in Cooperstown. Glenn and I even had a chance to take a few cuts in the batting cages that are located outside of Doubleday Field. The pitching machines will throw curveballs, knucklers, sliders and fastballs. We decided that on the next tour, we will make sure to take our guests there. Hopefully, they will fare better against the machines than Glenn and I did.

We are already beginning our plans for next season. In a few weeks, MLB will announce the 2014 schedule, and shortly after that, we will announce our baseball package tours including our Hall of Fame Tours. Keep an eye on the website for all the info.   

 

Tags: baseball trips, baseball tours, baseball stadiums, baseball hall of fame, baseball vacation, baseball road trip, baseball tour, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium

Behind the Scenes at Fenway Park

Posted by Doug Lawson on Tue, Sep 03, 2013 @ 09:06 AM

Big League Tours has built its business by offering fans a chance to get closer to the game. We do that by guaranteeing lower level seats, planning meet and greets with former players, taking stadium tours, and in general, doing everything we can to make sure our guests areGroup tour on the field at Fenway Park thrilled with their tour experience. The Red Sox made us aware of a new opportunity at Fenway and we jumped at the chance to offer it to our August Hall of Fame Tour group. It was the VIP Batting Practice Experience at Fenway. So, before the Red Sox and Yankees squared off in the ESPN Sunday night game, we made our way to the ballpark. 

Our tour host Sarah met the BLT group at the VIP entrance and personally escorted us into ballpark. This was my first time at Fenway Park. The “quaint” feel of the park struck me as we snaked through the small passageways finally entering the seating area right behind home plate. Sarah walked with us down the steps to the wall right beside the Red Sox dugout. She opened a door and led us onto the field. Our guests, and the BLT staff, were in awe as we walked onto on field area right behind home plate. We watched as the teams took batting/fielding practice. First the Red Sox, then the Yankees. Seeing those elite athletes bomb ball after ball into the stands was amazing. This on field VIP batting practice tour is a first for BLT, but it will definitely not be the last.

On the Green Monster at Fenway as part of our private ballpark tour.After 45 minutes or so on the field, Sarah suggested that we head up to the Green Monster to see if we could snag some home run balls. Sarah walked us up the steps and over to the Green Monster entrance where we went down to the seating area. A few balls were hit near us, but none of our guests were able grab one. But, the view from the Monster was fantastic.

We ended our tour by walking through the luxury suite area (yes, even old Fenway has luxury suites) and checking out the Red Sox Hall of Fame. All throughout the tour, Sarah gave us historical background on the stadium areas and the team. It was probably the best stadium tour on which we have ever been at Big League Tours.

We will make sure to include this VIP package on our 2014 luxury baseball tours to Boston. Keep an eye on our website for the 2014 tours announcement.  

Tags: Boston, baseball tours, baseball travel, baseball tour, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Green Monster

The Boston Destination Tour at Fenway Park

Posted by Doug Lawson on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:32 AM

This season, based on requests from our guests, we began offering Destination Tours.Fenway scoreboard Instead of visiting multiple stadiums and cities, these tours give our guests the opportunity to explore one city and ballpark(s) usually over a long weekend. Guests enjoyed 2013 Destination Tours to Chicago and New York, and last week, Boston.

Our host hotel was the Boston Sheraton.  The Sheraton is the largest hotel in Boston and is connected to the Prudential Center.  The Prudential Center houses a wide variety of shops and restaurants and is "the place" to shop in Boston.  Our guests enjoyed the chance to check out the shopping and eateries during the free time they had on the tour.  

The first game at Fenway Park featured the Yankees against the Red Sox.  The group, with BLT host Mike Gorton, took the short 10 minute walk to Fenway Park to check out the sites and sounds around the ballpark before the game.  As always, our guests were seated in the lower level.  Unfortunately, the one thing we can't guarantee at Big League Tours is a close game.  Our guests watched the Yankees destroy the Red Sox 10-3.  

On Saturday, the group had all day in Boston to explore the city.  As part of the Destination Tour package, they received a Duck Tour of the city.  The Duck Tour is a land/water tour that takes folks through the historic city.  Our guests were thrilled with the added attraction provided by Big League Tours and said they would recommend it toBoston Sheraton anyone visiting Boston.

Sunday was the last day of the Boston Destination Tour.  After a full day in the city, we gathered in the lobby to head over to Fenway for a VIP Batting Practice Experience before the nationally televised ESPN game.  Our Red Sox tour guide, Sarah, met us at the VIP entrance then escorted to the field where we were able to watch batting practice from behind the screen.  Our guests were thrilled with the opportunity to be that close to all the players from both teams, and watched as the hitters bombed ball after ball into the seats.  Sarah took us up to the Green Monster in left field to see if we could catch a batting practice homer.  None of our guests were able to snag a ball, but the view and the IPA Green Monster beer made up for that.Fenway VIP Tour

After settling into their lower level seats, the group was treated to some excitement.  This was the game in which Ryan Dempster plugged A-Rod in the bottom of the second inning.  The benches cleared, Joe Girardi was tossed, and then the game continued without incident.  This game had a lot of action with 26 hits and 15 runs between the two teams.  The Yankees were victorious as they defeated the Red Sox, 9-6.

Our Destination Tours have been a big hit in 2013. You can expect to see more offerings in 2014 for Chicago, Boston, and New York.  We will also be adding more cities like LA and San Francisco to the Destination Tour list.  So, make sure to visit our website and sign up to receive the updates and tour schedules when they become available.

Tags: Red Sox, Boston, baseball travel, baseball vacation, baseball road trip, baseball tour, Fenway Park, big league tours, Green Monster, Baseball

Chicago is Our Kind of Town (for a luxury baseball tour)

Posted by Doug Lawson on Mon, May 27, 2013 @ 01:49 PM

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Have you been to Wrigley Field or US Cellular Field? How about the Museum of Natural History, Millennium Park, Willis (Sears) Tower, or Navy Pier?  If not, how about checking out our Windy City and Chicago Destination Tours in August?  Your Big League Tours luxury vacation package includes games at both stadiums, luxury hotel accommodations, tranportation to the ballparks, and all the BLT Extras.  Plus you'll have plenty of time to visit all the attractions, restaurants, and shopping in Chicago.  Your on-site Big League Tours Host will help with the planning to make sure your trip to Chicago is the perfect summer vacation.  

Here are the links to both tours.  

Windy City Tour- Aug. 3-7

Chicago Destination Tour- Aug. 3-6 

Please let us know if you have any questions.

 


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