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See What Our Fans Say About Big League Tours

Posted by Doug Lawson on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 @ 01:40 PM

Join the Fun with Big League Tours The 2012 baseball season is in full swing, and the staff at Big League Tours is looking forward to hosting our first baseball vacation packages starting in May.  We really enjoy seeing our old friends and making new ones as we travel around the country visiting all the great cities and ballparks.  If you haven't traveled with us, but are still considering booking a Big League Tours baseball vacation, take a look at these "reviews" from some of our customers.  We think they tell the story best about why a Big League Tours trip is so special:

GREAT HOST! Great seats at each game. Everything was first class. Very well organized. Travel time and events, during the tour, flowed very well. We would definitely join the tour again and would highly recommend Big League Tours.  Tom and Judy K., Indiana

The accommodations and seats on our recent baseball trip were excellent. Glenn, our tour director, went out of his way to assure we were comfortable. The parks visited were excellent, as well as the baseball stadium tours. Trip to Hall of Fame was excellent with ample time to see all. Would we go with BLT again? Absolutely! John G., California

My son and I LOVED the entire Big League Tours experience, and look forward to going on another one very soon. The cost was worth every penny, considering the location of the seats, the 4-5 star hotel, and all of the other package perks! Big League Tours certainly lived up to their name, as this experience was BIG LEAGUE all the way!! Tom H., Texas

The hotels were all located within walking distance of the ballpark (15 minutes or less), and all our tickets were in the lower level. In one case, at Pittsburgh, the seats were right behind the visitors' dugout, and in Cincinnati, we were three rows from field level right by third base. On this tour, we had a sit-down visit with baseball great Dave Parker. This was a great experience for us. Parker was such a personable, down-to-earth person who acted as if he really enjoyed talking with us and answering our many questions. He was especially good with the two 10-year-old Little League boys on the trip. This, to us, was the exclamation point to the whole trip. We would recommend traveling with Big League Tours, and this is a non-paid endorsement from the heart. Bob W., Texas and George W. California

That's just a few of the many great comments we get from our guests.  If you would like to join us in 2012 just click below to go to our website and select your tour package.  We look forward to seeing you in the Big Leagues this season.

Big League Tours 2012 Packages


East Coast Tour Special Ends Friday

Save 10-20% on the Full East Coast Tour- Touch 'em All Out East. This special and bookings for the tour end on Friday.  Click below for all the details.

East Coast Tour Special  

Tags: baseball vacations, baseball road trips, baseball trips, baseball games, baseball travel, testimonials

Baseball Tour of the East Coast Ballparks up to 20% off

Posted by Doug Lawson on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:52 AM

Big Discounts on the East Coast Tour

Join Big League Tours and Sports Illustrated writer Will Carroll on our extensive Touch 'em All Out East luxury baseball tour.  The tour will visit all the great East Coast ballparks and make a stop at the Baseball Hall of Fame.  While on the tour, guests will enjoy 4 star accommodations, stadium tours, lower level seats, the BLT exclusive MLB Player Experience, and time on their own to explore. 

In order to fill this tour, Big League Tours is making this special offer to our fans:

  • Once 10 people book the Full East Coast Tour, everyone gets a 10% discount

  • Then for every person that signs up, we'll give another 1% discount until we reach 20%.

It takes 10 people to sign up for this offer to be a go - so sign up today and spread the word! And remember, every person who books the tour, up to the 20th person, means deeper discounts for everyone!!   This offer ends April 27th, 2012.

Click the link below to get all the info:
East Coast Tour Special

Then just click on the "Purchase this Tour" button to book your luxury baseball vacation package.

Citizens Bank Park

Tags: baseball vacations, Luxury baseball, sports travel and tours, bucket list, baseball travel, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, hall of fame

This Week's Featured Baseball Vacation Package

Posted by Doug Lawson on Wed, Feb 01, 2012 @ 11:44 AM

Comerica Park in Detroit The Big League Tours' Midwest 2 Tour will make its way to four great, newer ballparks to see eight different teams vying for playoff positions. 

Our guests will arrive in Cincinnati on Wed., July 18th to check into the hotel and prepare for their luxury baseball vacation. On Thurs., we'll head over to Great American Ball Park for an early afternoon game with plenty of time after to visit the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. Cincinnati area sportscaster, Will Chambers, recently blogged about his favorite things at GABP. Here's a link to that blog post Will Chambers on Great American

Friday morning takes our tour up to Detroit to see Prince Fielder and the Tigers battle the White Sox in an evening contest. We're off to Cleveland the next day for the Indians game at 7:05PM. We plan to arrive in Cleveland with plenty of time for you to visit the sites before the game. Want to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Just ask your tour director to help make the arrangements. 

Finally, our tour ends in one of our favorite ballparks- PNC in Pittsburgh. Here's a link to a blog by SI.com writer Will Carroll about PNC-
Will Carroll on PNC Park

As always, you can expect a Big League Player experience, lower level seats, first class hotels, sensible itineraries and all the BLT extras. CLICK HERE for the complete info on the Midwest 2 Tour. A printable/shareable brochure is available for the Midwest 2 Tour.  Click on this link MIDWEST 2 BROCHURE to get access to the brochure.

Book by Feb. 8 and dinner is on us!

Book the Midwest 2 Tour by the end of the day on Feb. 8 and we'll buy you dinner* at the Palomino Restaurant and Bar in Cincinnati after the game on July 19th. Just use the coupon code DINNER when purchasing your tour. Ready to purchase your tour? Here's our RESERVATION PAGE.

*Dinner gift certificate value is $150. One gift certificate per room booked. Not valid with any other offers or discounts.

PNC Park from the club level

Tags: Jacob's Field, Cleveland, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Opening Day - Finally!!

Posted by Big League Tours on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 @ 06:00 PM

April 2010 (Repost) - After a long, cold, miserable winter, Opening Day finally arrived. And none too soon. We made our way to Cincinnati yesterday for the parade, ceremonies (aren't fly-overs one of the coolest things on the planet??), and ball game at Great American Ball Park. The weather was a little iffOutside GABP on Opening Day 2011y yesterday but it didn't deter the 42,000+ fans from taking in the festivities celebrating the first game of the season of the oldest franchise in the Majors.

As a Reds fan, the game started a little, ok, very rough. If I remember right, Volquez had given up three runs before he recorded his first out. Not the way you want to start off the regular season. But after that, he seemed to settle down for several innings.

The topper of the day, though, was the 2-out, 3-run walk off home run by Ramon Hernandez! The Reds had 40 some come from behind victories last year and started off the same way they finished the regular season last year. Here's the box score from the game.

Heading to the ballpark yesterday just made us more excited for baseball road trips that we have planned for the 2011 baseball season. If you are looking for baseball vacation packages that are done the way you want 'em, make sure you check out our site for the details on all of our upcoming tour vacations. You'll be glad you did!

Tags: Opening day, sports travel and tours, baseball trips, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, MLB road trips

Planning for Road Trips

Posted by Big League Tours on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 @ 04:13 PM

USA Today recently printed an article, "How to Plan Your First Road Trip." The author provides nine pointers that would be a good idea for you to incorporate if you're taking family tours or sports vacations of any kind. Here's are the highlights:

Overview
The iconic road trip seems to be reserved for young people, heading out with a few buddies and nary a care in the world. But first road trips can occur at any age and can last from a couple of days to an entire summer. Planning any trip requires a little care and consideration, but in the case of a first road trip, it is especially important to be thorough and leave leeway for the unexpected.
  • Step 1 - Purchase roadside service insurance.
  • Step 2 - 
Bring your car in for a once-over.
  • Step 3
 - Keep a small kit of safety supplies with you.
  • Step 4
 - Buy a paper map.
  • Step 5
 - Make a list of places you want to see and prepare a realistic time line.
  • Step 6
 - Plan overnight stays.
  • Step 7 - 
Record a hefty playlist for your MP3 player.
  • Step 8
 - Keep a small cooler stocked with beverages and a couple of snacks.
  • Step 9 - 
Allow time for the unexpected.
This looks like a great list if you have time to do this on your own and you're interested in looking up all the details for your baseball road trips. But what occurs to me is that we've already done all this work for you at Big League Tours when you purchase one of our baseball vacation packages. That's one of the things our clients tell us they love the most - the fact that they can show up for the tour and everything is taken care of for them.

Tags: sports travel and tours, baseball trips, baseball travel, sports vacation

East Coast Here We Come

Posted by Big League Tours on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 @ 04:10 PM

June 12, 2011 - Our group arrived in Philadelphia on Friday from their respective homes to start the longest of our MLB tours for the season, our East Coast Tour. This is the granddaddy of all trips with games in Philly, Baltimore, DC, both teams New York, and Boston. We'll also have a free day in DC to explore the nation'sThe Liberty Bell after the Polanco grand slam capitol and we'll make a trek to the birthplace of baseball, Cooperstown, New York.

A few of our guests arrived early enough to take in the game on Friday night (because six games in 8 days isn't quite enough!!). So we shuffled out of our downtown Philadelphia hotel to Citizens Bank Park to see the Phillies host the Cubs.

The game seemed like the Phillies were going to runaway with it quite easily, especially after Placido Polanco hit a grand slam to make the score 7-0 and light up the liberty bell in center field.

But the Cubs made the game interesting by scoring five runs in the seventh and giving the Phillies fans reason to get even roudier. Ultimately the Phillies held on for the win. (Box score and wrap up here.)

As with all the baseball tours I host, I'll keep checking in from the road to let you know how things are going. Should be fun!

Tags: Washington D.C., Boston, Citizens Bank Park, Baltimore, baseball trips, Phillies, baseball tours, baseball travel, Yankees, Yankee Stadium, Cubs

Baseball Tour Package Weekly Feature

Posted by Doug Lawson on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 @ 09:42 AM

Baseball on the Bay (includes Seattle)

Like several of our tours this season, this baseball vacation package was created based on the requests of our fans.
Safeco Field
Baseball on the Bay, June 29-July 3
We're expecting beautiful weather and exciting baseball on this late June/early July tour to the Bay area. First, though, we'll start in Seattle to catch the Red Sox as they take on the Mariners. From there, we'll jet to San Francisco and check into one of the finest hotels in downtown. That evening you'll be treated to a San Francisco food tour courtesy of BLT.

On Sunday, it's back to baseball and our MLB player experience. There will be plenty of time to explore the city on your own after the 1:05pm game. And then, on Monday, you'll have more time to venture out before we make the short trip to Oakland to see the A's take on the Red Sox. If the schedule allows, we will also add behind the scenes tours of the stadiums.

AT&T Ballpark
Featured Tour Special- Book by the end of the day on Jan. 14 and receive $200 off per room booked. *
Use coupon code 200BAY when booking your tour.
CLICK HERE to reserve your spot. 

*some restrictions apply/not valid with any other offer


We're excited to present this baseball tour for the first time. Below are the links to the tour page, brochure request and stadiums. We hope you will join us.

Baseball on the Bay Tour Page

Baseball on the Bay Tour Brochure Request

AT&T Ballpark

The Oakland Coliseum
 
Safeco Field

Tags: stadium tours, baseball vacations, sports travel and tours, baseball trips, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, sports vacation, AT&T Park, MLB road trips

2012 Baseball Tour Packages Brochures

Posted by Doug Lawson on Thu, Jan 05, 2012 @ 01:11 PM

Get a 2012 Tour Brochure

We are pleased to announce that we now have brochures available for 10 of our 2012 baseball vacation packages.  All you have to do is click on the link to the tour below, then press the "get a tour brochure" button on the tour page.  Just fill out the short form and you will receive a printable brochure right away.  The brochure has all the up to date information and some items not yet listed on our website.  Feel free to forward the brochure to your friends and family so they can join you in the Big Leagues with Big League Tours.  Here's the link to the baseball tour pages that have brochures:

Chicago/Milwaukee

Baseball on the Bay

Hall of Fame Tour 1

Big Apple Tour

Hall of Fame Tour 2

Midwest Tour 1

Hall of Fame Tour 3

Midwest Tour 2

Southern California

Hall of Fame Tour 4

Tags: baseball vacations, baseball road trips, baseball tours, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, big league tours, hall of fame

Get a free hotel room night on your 2012 Baseball Tour

Posted by Doug Lawson on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 @ 11:25 AM

Happy New Year

There's still time to book your 2012 baseball tour package and get one free extra hotel night.  You can use the extra night to come in a day early, or stay a day after the tour.  Just go to the Big League Tours' website and select the baseball vacation you want to book.  Then, click "purchase this tour" and fill out the info.  But, make sure you do it before the end of the day Dec. 31, 2011 to get the free extra hotel night.  Here's a link to the 2012 Baseball Tour Packages: 

BIG LEAGUE TOURS 2012 TOUR PACKAGES 

We hope you will join us in the Big Leagues on a Big League Tour in 2012.  Please call or email with any questions.

Tags: baseball road trips, baseball tours, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, Baseball

Free Hotel Night on All 2012 Baseball Tours**

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Mon, Dec 26, 2011 @ 10:15 AM

EARLY BOOKING PROMOTION - EXTENDED!!!

Private stadium tour at Fenway Park

We've been getting such tremendous feedback on our Early Booking Promotion that we've decided to extend it until the end of the year!! Book your baseball vacation package with us by December 31, 2011, and you will receive one free extra hotel night per room.  That means you can go to your first destination a day early, or stay a day after your tour, and Big League Tours will pick up the room!!

Check out our 2012 Baseball Tours and book your package this week to extend the trip and lock-in your free hotel night!

**Some restrictions apply.

Tags: sports travel and tours, baseball trips, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, MLB road trips