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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

Exploring Seattle - West Coast Baseball Tour Part I

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 @ 06:45 AM

Space Needle in Seattle

The first day of our West coast baseball trip was a free day for our guests to arrive at their leisure, get settled in the hotel, and see a few sites in Seattle. Our tour group stayed in the heart of Seattle within easy walking distance of the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and lots of restaurants and shops. 

The first afternoon we walked to the Space Needle. It's hard to believe that this structure is 50 years old. I personally hadn't visited the needle or that area for 26 years. From what I could remember, it appears that the park and area surrounding the needle have been re-built or re-vitalized.

We were a little disappointed that we didn't go up in the needle but it was so overcast that we wouldn't have been able to see much. At $19 per person, we didn't feel that we could go up and not see anything and feel that it was worth it. For another day!

We had also had a recommendation from a friend to check out Top Pot Donuts. Holy cow, they were great! We're all fans of different kinds of donuts so we sampled several. 

Top Pot DoughnutsAll I can say is that if you are ever in Seattle, you have to stop in!! My personal suggestion is the Maple Bar and a cup of Americano. 

You know, as I sit here and right this blog post, I'm thinking that it would be worth a trip to Seattle just for these doughnuts!!

Here's a photo from their website that's of their 5th Avenue location. Nice atmosphere, great folks, fabulous doughnuts and coffee!!

Tags: west coast baseball tour, Seattle, baseball trips, baseball tours

4 Stadiums and 8 Teams in 5 Days

Posted by Doug Lawson on Wed, Jun 06, 2012 @ 07:10 PM

There's still time to make plans to join Big League Tours on our 5-day Midwest Tour 2 that includes stops in Cincinnati, Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.  You'll enjoy lower level seats in each of the newer, fan-friendly ballparks and get an MLB player experience with former pitcher, and current Reds broadcaster, Chris Welsh.  As always, our hotels will be in heart of the cities within close proximity to the ballparks, shopping and restaurants.  This is a great mid-summer tour and we hope you will join us.  Click on the link below for all the details:

Midwest Tour 2

Tags: baseball vacations, baseball trips, baseball stadiums, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, group tours

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

Should Tommy John Be In The Hall of Fame?

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 @ 03:15 PM

One of my favorite things about our baseball tours is to offer our guests the opportunity to meet former Major League Players, hear them tell stories about their big league careers, and to get a chance to interact with them, asking questions and getting pictures and autographs. Maybe I like offering that to our guests because I enjoy that myself? In fact, I'm sure it is. I had a chance to do just that yesterday. Dr. Kremchek, Mr. Tommy John and me

Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, led by Dr. Tim Kremchek, sponsored an event held at the Green Diamond Gallery in Cincinnati and brought in Tommy John to speak. Mr. John was a Major League pitcher from 1963-1989, pitching for six different teams, but is probably thought of more as a Dodger or Yankee more than any other team affiliation. John posted multiple 20-win seasons, was a four-time All Star, and was a member of several playoff bound teams. He finished his career with 288 wins.

What's even more amazing about his career is the fact that, in the middle of his 26 years, he underwent experimental surgery to repair damaged ligament in his pitching arm, not knowing if he'd ever be able to pitch again. Mr. John told us yesterday that he first hurt his arm going from Little League pitching distances to Major League distance in his freshman year. That year he played first base and didn't pitch much. He continued to pitch with pain in his arm until he ultimately couldn't pitch any more and had the surgery.

This surgery was so successful that it has become very commonplace in baseball. In fact 1 out of 9 Major League pitchers will have the surgery. One in 9! This has extended the playing career of many great pitchers and even position players. 

It was great to hear the stories behind the events that led to such a pivotal point in baseball from the man who lived through them personally and now has the surgery 

Tags: Dodgers, baseball trips, Yankees, Cincinnati

3 Great West Coast Baseball Tour Options for 2012

Posted by Doug Lawson on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 @ 01:47 PM

For the first time, Big League Tours is offering 3 different versions of our West Coast Tours.  You, our fans, asked for more West Coast options and we obliged with our full West Coast- Touch 'em All Out West Tour; the Baseball on the Bay Tour; and the Southern California Tour.  At every stop, we'll be staying in first class hotels, sitting in great lower level seats, and doing it up the Big League Tours way. 

The BLT Group with Legend Vida Blue Each tour features
our exclusive Big League Tours Player Experience where our guests get to interact with a former major leaguer.  Check out this video to learn more about our Player Experience- Big League Player Experience Video.

Also for the first time, we've added in-tour flights.  We want to make sure our guests spend more time enjoying the great cities we visit and not spend countless hours on a bus like they would with other baseball tour companies.  So, we're flying from Seattle to San Fran, San Fran to LA, and San Diego to Phoenix.  It's all included in the tour price and we'll take care of the details.  Check out our videos about Sensible Itineraries and Tour Flexibility by clicking these links- Sensible Itineraries Video    Tour Flexibility Video 

Want to see all the details or download a brochure for our West Coast tours? Just click on the tour page links below:

Full West Coast Tour- Touch 'em All Out West

Baseball on the Bay Tour

Southern California Tour

Tags: baseball vacations, baseball road trips, baseball trips, baseball games, baseball tours, baseball stadiums, baseball vacation package, big league tours

2012 Hall of Fame Tour Baseball Vacations

Posted by Doug Lawson on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 @ 03:35 PM

Big League Tours group taking stadium tour of Fenway ParkJoin Big League Tours on one of four Hall of Fame Tours this season.  The Hall of Fame Tours feature three of the most popular destinations in baseball- Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium and the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, plus a game at Citi Field.  

There's no other way to enjoy the games at Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium and Citi Field than by sitting in lower level seats.  Big League Tours is the only tour provider that guarantees seats in the lower level 

Grand Hall at Yankee StadiumGuests will stay in some of the finest hotels in each of the cities.  For example, our groups have stayed exclusively at the Grand Hyatt in Midtown Manhattan while in New York.  Our travelers rave about the level of service, location, and comfort of the Grand Hyatt.  It's connected to Grand Central Station, so getting around the city when there's free time is extremely convenient. 

As with every Big League Tours luxury tour package, The Hall of Fame Tours feature our exclusive Major League Player Experience.  Our guests will have the opportunity to spend time with a former major league player.  This isn't just an autograph session.  Our group members get time to talk with the player, ask questions about his playing days, and get insights in the game that can only come from someone who has played at the highest level.  The MLB Player Experience is always a highlight of a Big League Tours baseball vaca tion. 

Get all the info on our Hall of Fame Tours by clicking the links below: 

Hall of Fame Tour 1- May 14-19   BOOKINGS CLOSE TODAY 

Hall of Fame Tour 2- June 4-8
 

Hall of Fame Tour 3- June 23-28 

Hall of Fame Tour 4- July 16-21
 

HALL OF FAME TOUR PROMOTION 
Yawkey Way Store
Book any of the Hall of Fame Tours by March 16, 2012 and get a $150* gift certificate to use at the Yawkey Way Store across the street fr om Fenway Park. No trip to Fenway is complete without a visit to the Yawkey Way and the massive Yawkey Way Store. 

*No prior sales.  One certificate per room booked.  Not valid with any other offers or discounts.
 
 

Tags: baseball vacations, Luxury baseball, baseball trips, baseball tours, baseball vacation package, Fenway Park, big league tours, Yankee Stadium

Featured Baseball Trip - West Coast Tour

Posted by Doug Lawson on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 @ 11:14 AM

Join us on the Touch 'Em All Out West Tour!!

2012 marks the first time that Big League Tours is offering a complete West Coast Tour. We PETCO Parkplanned this tour based on the responses we received from our Baseball Bucket List survey last fall. This tour will visit the great Western baseball cities with games in Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego and Phoenix. But, this is no average baseball vacation package... We'll get a chance to meet and greet with TWO former major-leaguers; sit in lower level seats at every game; travel by air between cities; stay in great hotels near all the action; enjoy a "Food" tour in San Francisco; plus all the other Big League Tours extras.

Get a FREE EXTRA ROOM NIGHT on the West Coast Tour when you book by the end of January!!

Book your West Coast tour before the end of this month and Big League Tours will give you a free extra hotel night per every room booked. You can use it go out to Seattle a day early or stay an extra night in Phoenix. You decide what would work best for you and just let us know when you book your tour. But, hurry, this offer is only good through the end of January, and is not valid with any other discount or offer.
Click this link to book your tour:   PURCHASE THE WEST COAST TOUR

West Coast Printable Brochure Now Available

The full West Coast Tour- Touch 'Em All Out West is now available on the Big League Tours website. The brochure has all the up-to-date information and itinerary details. All you have to do is go to the tour page, click on "get a tour brochure", fill out a short form, and you'll have immediate access to the brochure. Then you can save it, print it and forward it to friends.  Here's the link to the West Coast Tour page:  TOUCH 'EM ALL OUT WEST!

Tags: Chase Field, baseball trips, baseball vacation package, AT&T Park, Angel Stadium, Dodger Stadium, PETCO Park, Safeco Field

Big League Tours Announces 2012 Baseball Tour Packages

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 @ 09:31 PM

(INDIANAPOLIS—January 23, 2012)- Big League Tours, the luxuryBig League Tours guests on a private stadium tour of Fenway Park baseball travel company, is excited to announce its baseball vacation packages for the 2012 baseball season. 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.

2012 season tours reach east to west beginning May 14th, and will run throughout the summer. This year’s tours include: Baseball fans interested in reserving spots for any of the baseball trips can call (866) 619-1748, email info@bigleaguetours.com, or visit www.bigleaguetours.com for package information and applications. Fans can also sign up online for special offers and trip updates and be the first to receive information about next season’s baseball tours.  

About Big League Tours
Big League Tours was founded in 2006 by Glenn Dunlap to help fans of all ages experience baseball from a new perspective- from inside the game. Unlike other tours 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: stadium tours, baseball trips, baseball tours, baseball vacation package, MLB road trips, hall of fame

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