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Our 2013 Luxury Baseball Tours

Posted by Doug Lawson on Sat, Oct 27, 2012 @ 03:11 PM

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They're ready!  We are excited to reveal our 2013 Season Tour Packages to our fans.  We have all your favorites like the Hall of Fame Tours, West Coast Tours, and the Midwest Tours; but we've also added Southwest, Southeast and Windy City tours to our schedule.  Plus, NEW for this year are our Destination Tours and Getaway Day Tours for guests who want a shorter Big League Tours adventure.  Click below to go directly to the Big League Tours website:

BIG LEAGUE TOURS 2013 SCHEDULE

EARLY BOOKING PROMOTIONBook your 2013 Tour before Nov.21, 2012 and receive 5% off your total package price. Just use the coupon code "Early Bird" when booking your tour. 

 Please call (866) 619-1748 with any questions. 

 

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Navigating New York City 101—Baseball Vacation Style

Posted by Kayla Wininger on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 @ 12:39 PM

We know one thing about people who purchase a Big League Tours package, they love to travel! Something else we know; travelling the world can’t even prepare you for what New York City will throw your way. With two ballparks and countless other baseball attractions, it’s crucial to make sure you know the best way to explore the city before you head out on your own.  

Here’s the run down of “Navigating NYC 101”:

Using public transportation is a MUST:

Ride the subway at least once!

manhattan

When you first enter a station you’ll want to purchase a MetroCard from a self-service machine. Fares are (as of 9/25/12) $2.25 each way and usually allow you to switch lines without paying another fee, just make sure you don’t exit the station. I would recommend a minimum of $5 every time you add money to your card in case of an emergency. MTA is the subway system in NYC and the fastest way to get from point A to B. 

Once you get your card, enter the turnstiles by sliding your card through the machine, look at the image on the machine so you know which way to place your card. After you swipe the card, you’re remaining balance will show on a small screen and you can now enter through the turnstiles.

Now that you’re inside you’ll look for the colored circles with the number or letter of the line you want to take. Subway lines are color-coded depending on where they go and you’ll want to pay close attention to if the signs say “Uptown” or “Downtown”.  Uptown heads north and Downtown south. If you aren’t travelling to Queens or Brooklyn, these are the main things you’ll need to know about directions. If you accidently get on the wrong train, exit at the next stop and consult a map on how to get back to where you were. 

Subway doors close quickly so make sure you’re ready when the train arrives. 

NOTE: If you have an iPhone, maps will provide you with which line you should travel to get to your destination. 

yankee stadium

Directions to Yankee Stadium from the Grand Hyatt Hotel

-Walk to Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street

-Take the 4 Subway towards Woodlawn (Uptown)

-Exit at 161st Street/Yankee Stadium

-Walk 500ft. to Yankee Stadium

Note: Returning you'll take the 4 (downtown) to Grand Central Terminal/42nd Street 

Hail your first cab in NYC.

You’ll see cabs everywhere you look; it really is just like the movies! Be aggressive because they’ll take advantage of tourists without thinking twice!

So here’s how it works… Cabs with their lights on are available, just step off the sidewalk, stick out your arm, and they will come. Hailing a cab from a sidewalk may make them think you’re unsure. Be aggressive and you shouldn’t have a problem. 

When giving your location to the driver, it’s important that you seem very sure of where you’re going so they don’t try and take you the long way. 

For example, say you’re trying to spend your afternoon at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse to grab a few souvenirs. Try this:

I’m headed to 11th Street between University Place and Broadway.

This way the driver knows that you know exactly where you want to go.

Throw on your walking shoes.

Walking in New York City is the best way to take in the sights as you travel to your destination. It also gives you some time to people watch. The concierge desk always has great directions but don’t forget to grab a map just in case you end up somewhere you hadn’t planned on!

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So there you have it. My main suggestions for exploring NYC like you've been there a dozen times. They may seem simple but it’s easy to get lost in a city of more than 8 million people. New York City has an endless amount of baseball destinations outside the stadium; take advantage of them without getting lost!

Check back in the next few weeks to see a list of our 2013 Tours and get signed up for the trip of a lifetime in one of America’s most exciting cities!

Tags: baseball vacations, Citi Field, travel, New York, east coast baseball tour, ballpark tours, Yankees, Yankee Stadium, New York City, Baseball

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

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Last Call for the Hall of Fame Tour 3

Posted by Doug Lawson on Wed, May 09, 2012 @ 07:17 PM

 

This is the last call for the Hall of Fame Tour 3.  If you are interested in this tour, please make your reservations by this Friday.

The HoF 3 starts in New York City with games at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.  Then, we're off to Cooperstown for a day at the Baseball Hall of Fame.  That evening, we'll make our way to Boston for the first of our two nights at the fabulous Boston Park Plaza hotel.  The exclusive Big League Tours Player Experience happens before the Red Sox game on June 27th.  Our guests will get a behind the scenes tour of Fenway Park with Sox legend Bill "Spaceman" Lee!  And don't forget all the Big League Tours extras.  Click on the links below to get all the details.

Join us on this fantastic tour.  But, you must book before 5PM EDT this Friday.

Here are the links to the tour:

Hall of Fame Tour 3

Download the HoF 3 Brochure

Call 866-619-1748 with any questions.

Tags: Red Sox, baseball vacations, baseball tours, Fenway Park, Yankees, Yankee Stadium, hall of fame

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  

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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

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

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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

Baseball Tour of the East Coast Ballparks

Posted by Doug Lawson on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 @ 12:33 PM

The East Coast Tour Special Extended to Feb. 20

Bill Lee after a private stadium tour at Fenway Park We know that planning your luxury baseball package takes time. Especially one like our East Coast- Touch ‘em All Out East Tour that hits the road June 21-28. Maybe you need to put in a vacation request at work, find someone to house sit, or get a kennel for dogs. Whatever the circumstance, we want to give you time to make plans to join us. So, we are extending our East Coast Tour Special to Feb. 20. Just click on the links below for the East Coast Tour webpage and brochure. More info on the Special is at the bottom of the email. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Here’s the link to the Full East Coast Baseball Tour- Touch ‘em All Out East

Here’s the link to get a printable/shareable brochure- East Coast Brochure

EAST COAST TOUR SPECIAL

Book the East Coast- Touch ‘em All Out East Tour between now and the end of the day on Monday, Feb. 20 and get 10% OFF the regular tour price.  That’s a savings of $718 for a double occupancy room package, or over $1,200 in savings for a 4 person per room package.  Call or email with questions.  Or click here to begin booking the tour- PURCHASE THE EAST COAST TOUR

 

Tags: baseball vacations, Luxury baseball, east coast baseball tour, baseball vacation package, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, hall of fame, Cooperstown

Learning to Love February (For Its Promise of Baseball Games!)

Posted by Christy Millikan on Wed, Feb 08, 2012 @ 01:06 PM

I awoke to a light blanket of white covering my lawn and the smallest of snowflakes falling from gray skies this morning. As my eye caught a bird (not the spring-announcing robin I’d hope to see) consuming berries from a snow-covered tree outside my kitchen window, I was left wondering when spring will truly be here to stay.

Super Bowl XLVI was blessed last week when central Indiana’s temperatures roared past unseasonably warm status.  As temperatures hovered near 60°, my boys were able to get outdoors and rid their young bodies of excessive amounts of stored energy, breathe in fresh air and, yes, slip their hands into their worn, leather mitts and play some baseball. I was so eager to shout aloud that Punxsutawney Phil's forecast was dead wrong, but had to remind myself that it was the first week of February and the weather would continue to be anything but consistently full of sunshine, warm and beautiful here in Indiana.  

But February, sweet February! It’s during THIS gloomy, chilled time of the year when pitchers and catchers report to prepare for the upcoming baseball season. It’s February that marks the beginning of spring training. It’s February when MLB teams begin speaking publicly of their new prospects.  Can you feel the excitement? Is it rushing through your veins and warming your soul? If not, hop on Twitter! Players are tweeting of workouts and preparing to pack, the media are counting down the days, and blog writers are itching to once again find the daily rhythm of writing about the sport that has captured their hearts.

The warm streak of last week has passed. The cold, frigid air is real. But as I watch the blanket of snow disappear as we approach the noon hour I ask myself, who really needs a robin to tell you spring is coming? You don’t have to look hard to see that all the signs indicate it’s already well on its way. Baseball games are fast approaching, are you ready? If not, start preparing! It’s already February!

Tags: baseball vacations, baseball games, MLB road trips