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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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Soak up the California Sun on our West Coast Tours

Posted by Doug Lawson on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 @ 01:20 PM

Our West Coast Tours are some of the most popular every year. In 2014, we are adding some new variations that include 3, 4, 7, & 8 night vacations, and we're offering them in two different months. You can select the Full West Coast Tour, the California Gold Tour, the Southern Cal Tour, or the Baseball on the Bay Tour. Below are the links to all of our tours out West next season. Don't forget- book by Dec. 15th and get 5% off. Use discount code EARLY when booking your tours. 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Please feel free to call or email with any questions.

 

 

Tags: Dodgers, San Francisco, Seattle, baseball tours, baseball stadiums, baseball vacation package, baseball road trip, ballpark tours, big league tours, AT&T Park, Angel Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Safeco Field, Giants, A's, Angels

2014 Baseball Tours Featuring the Hall of Fame

Posted by Doug Lawson on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 @ 08:59 PM

Each season, tours that feature the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Musuem are some of our most popular. In 2014, we have several tours that offer an opportunity to visit the Hall.  

You can select the Hall of Fame option on The Classics Tours, and most of the Big Apple Tours. Our East Coast Tours in May and June/July also have a Hall of Fame Option. In August, the East Coast and Hall of Fame Tours will visit the Hall of Fame and stay overnight in the Cooperstown area. Below are the links to all of the tours that feature the Hall of Fame in 2014.

 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

 

Please feel free to call or email with any questions. I hope you will join us on a luxury baseball vacation in 2014. Don't forget... book by Dec. 15 and get 5% off your tour.

 

Tags: east coast baseball tour, baseball tours, baseball vacation package, baseball hall of fame, baseball road trip, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Green Monster, New York City

West Coast Tour, May 2014: LA/Anaheim, San Diego, San Fran & Oakland

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 @ 06:30 PM

An always popular baseball tour is a trip to the West Coast to see all of the California baseball stadiums plus Safeco Field in Seattle. And that's just what this tour has to offer. You'll have three nights in Los Angeles/Anaheim to take in a couple of games as well as explore some sites.

The first day of the tour, you'll see the Yankees play the Angels at Angel Stadium. We expect this to be a night game so you'll have time to get to the hotel, check in and get settled, and then meet the tour group to go to the ballpark.

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The next day is a completely free day. You could spend the day at Disneyland or Knott's Berry Farm, take a tour of Hollywood, or hang out on the beach. It's completely up to you.

The following day offers a game at historic Dodger Stadium. You'll be amazed that this ballpark is over 60 years old! You'll arrive early with time to explore the stadium before settling into lower-level seats for the game. The last day in Southern California is in San Diego, where we'll stay in the Gaslamp Quarter and be there in plenty of time for a game at PETCO Park.

Then, on Saturday, it's off to San Francisco. It's a short flight and then you'll check into theAlcatraz,baseball trips hotel in the heart of the city. You'll have the evening on your own to explore the city, eat at a great restaurant, or just relax. On Sunday, the game is at AT&T Park between the Braves and the Giants.

Monday, you'll have more time to take in the Bay Area sites. This would be a perfect day to go to Alcatraz, take a trip up to wine country, visit Ghirardelli square, or take a ride on a San Francisco trolley. Then you'll meet up with the group to catch the game at the Oakland Coliseum between the Rays and Athletics.

The final day of the tour has you jumping on a quick flight to Seattle, taking in a game at Safeco Field, and staying at a hotel in the middle of the action in Seattle. Extend your stay in Seattle or plan to leave late in the day so that you can see the Space Needle, visit Pikes Place Market, or take in some beat poetry in ways that only Seattle can serve it up. Want some food suggestions? Let us know - we can help!

As always, you’ll enjoy first class hotels, lower level seats, stadium tours, an MLB player experience and memories that will last a lifetime. No tour company does it like Big League Tours. We hope you will join us on this extensive tour. 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014


Tags: baseball tours, baseball travel, baseball road trip, AT&T Park, Angel Stadium, Dodger Stadium, PETCO Park, Safeco Field, Giants, A's

The 2014 Southwest Tour: Phoenix, Dallas, Houston & Denver

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Sun, Oct 20, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

The Southwest Tour is a new offering from us in 2014. We wanted to offer an early season baseball tour for those who wanted to get out early. In addition, we wanted to get to a few of these cities before it gets too hot to really enjoy them. So we'll kick off the season's tours in Phoenix.

Chase Field, Phoenix, Diamondbacks, Baseball stadium, baseball trips, baseball toursWe'll stay in downtown Phoenix, within walking distance of Chase Field, where we'll see the Diamondbacks host the Mets for a game on April 15. Want some extra time in Phoenix? Come in early and play golf at one of the city's great courses, go horseback riding at one of the parks, and enjoy some of the city's fantastic dining and entertainment.

From Phoenix we'll fly to Dallas/Arlington to see the Mariners and Rangers play at Rangers Ballpark. We'll stay near the ballpark here, too, but not within walking distance. As long as the game time allows, we'll likely have a stadium tour of the Ballpark at Arlington. Make sure to get a bacon-wrapped hot dog and a Shiner Bock at the game to complete your experience! 

On Thursday, we'll drive down to Houston. The game at Minute Maid Park is between the Royals and Astros. We expect it to be an afternoon game as it's a getaway game for both teams. So we'll (most likely) drive straight to the ballpark, catch the game, and then check-in at the hotel afterward.

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Then, on the last day, you'll fly to Denver to catch a game at Coors Field. This is the perfect way to finish off this trip. Downtown Denver, where we'll stay, has a lotto offer. The ballpark is located in the warehouse district with a ton of restaurants and brewpubs. By the way, it would also be a great place to extend the tour and stay an extra day or two. Let us know if you'd like to stay another night or two.

As always, you'll stay in first class hotels, sit in lower level seats, and enjoy a Big League Player Experience. Don't miss your chance to visit these stadiums on one great tour. 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Tags: Coors Field, Chase Field, Rangers, baseball tours, Minute Maid Park, Rangers Ballpark

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.

Tags: baseball tours, baseball stadiums, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, baseball hall of fame, baseball vacation, baseball tour, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium, Yankee Stadium

A Sneak Peek at our 2014 West Coast Tour June

Posted by Doug Lawson on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 @ 10:23 AM

West Coast Luxury Baseball Tour

Our 2014 season is really starting to come together. Glenn and I have been scouring the MLB schedules to find the best combinations of games and stadiums for our tour packages. We are really excited about our West Coast Tour in June. It features the Rangers and Red Sox on the road, and we were able to add Seattle on the last day of the tour for a "FULL" West Coast experience.  

We are offering the tour in condensed versions, too. You can choose the California Gold, Southern California, or Baseball on the Bay, if you want a shorter vacation.  

Here are the links to the tour pages for all of the West Coast Tours in June. This is a special Sneak Peek for the fans in our database. These pages are not available to the general public, so you will have to get to them through these links. Thanks for taking a look.

2014 Full West Coast Tour June

2014 California Gold Tour June

2014 Southern California June

2014 Baseball on the Bay Tour June 

All of these tours are available for purchase right now. So if you would like to join us, just click the PURCHASE THIS TOUR button on the webpage.

If you have problems navigating, or have any questions, please feel free to call or email me.

Catch you later!

Tags: baseball road trips, baseball tours, baseball road trip, AT&T Park, Angel Stadium, Dodger Stadium, PETCO Park, Safeco Field, MLB road trips, San Diego, Oakland, Angels, Coliseum

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