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What makes Big League Tours Different?

Posted by Doug Lawson on Sat, Jan 11, 2014 @ 09:11 AM


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I know several of you are considering the purchase of a baseball tour for the first time. Some of you have called to asked what makes our tours different. We certainly are not the cheapest tour provider out there, but we think we are the best. We are providing our guests with a bucket list, once in a lifetime, luxury baseball tour unlike any other. I would like to give you a couple of examples of the Big League Tours Differences.

One of the differences is the seats we get for you. All of our game seats are in the lower level, and usually between the bases. While that represents a significant expense, we think it is important to see the games from the best seats. Most other tour companies purchase group seats way down the lines or in the upper levels to save money. We are the only tour company to guarantee lower level seats for every game. Click the button to see more:

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Another difference is the kind of hotels we use. All of our tour hotels are either in the heart of the city, or next to the ballpark. Mostly they are 4-5 star luxury hotels like the Grand Hyatt in Midtown Manhattan, the Palmer House in Chicago, the Gaslamp Quarter Hilton in San Diego, and the Park Plaza in Boston. We won't bus you to the suburbs to stay in a 2-3 star hotel to reduce the cost. You'll be near all the sites, attractions, restaurants, etc. so you can enjoy the cities. Click the button to see more:

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Click the buttons below to see two more of the Big League Tours Differences.

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to having you join us in the 2014 season.

Tags: Luxury baseball, baseball tours, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, baseball vacation, baseball tour

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

Meet White Sox Legend Ron Kittle on our Midwest Tour

Posted by Doug Lawson on Wed, Apr 03, 2013 @ 12:15 PM

Ron Kittle with BLT guests

We are pleased to announce that '83 AL Rookie of the Year, and White Sox Legend, Ron Kittle will be joining our group in Chicago on our Midwest Tour 1.  Ron will be giving a behind the scenes tour of US Cellular Field as part of our Big League Player Experience.  Ron tells great stories about his years in the Majors (ask him about the guy in the stands at Yankee Stadium), and he will spend time signing autographs and taking pictures with our guests as well.  The Big League Player Experience, as well as, lower level seats, sensible itineraries, and luxury accommodations all add up to a baseball vacation that is unrivaled.  If you would like to join us, just click the link below to go the the Midwest Tour 1 web page and then click Purchase This Tour.

Midwest Tour 1

 

Tags: baseball vacations, Luxury baseball, White Sox, baseball trips, baseball tours, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, baseball vacation, baseball tour, big league tours, Chicago, 2013 baseball trips

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. 

 

Tags: baseball vacations, Luxury baseball, baseball road trips, baseball trips, baseball tours, baseball stadiums, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, ballpark tours, big league tours, MLB tours, group tours, family tours, MLB road trips, Baseball

Big League Tours To Host 2013 Baseball Tour Announcement Party

Posted by Kayla Wininger on Wed, Oct 03, 2012 @ 02:12 PM

Mark your calendar baseball fans, we’re throwing a party and you’re invited!  For those of you who have been waiting for the release of the 2013 tour schedule, this is an event you won’t want to miss. 

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Join Big League Tours and Reds sportscaster Chris Welsh on Thursday, October 16th between 4:30PM and 8:30PM for the formal launch of the baseball tours for the 2013 season. The 2013 baseball tour schedule is jam-packed with opportunities to visit your favorite stadium and check some items off of your bucket list!

Guests will be welcomed with a ballpark themed buffet and giveaways throughout the evening. Winners will also be announced for a Grand Prize Getaway Day for two!

Can’t make it to the party but still want to enter the Grand Prize drawing?  Just click here and sign up for your chance to win.

Whether you're interested in planning a company outing or a weeklong baseball vacation, you won't want to lose your spot in these grand slam packages! RSVP to the event today and get full event details by clicking here

Get your friends together and we’ll see you at the party!

Tags: group travel, stadium tours, Luxury baseball, baseball trips, baseball tours, baseball stadiums, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, big league tours, MLB tours, company outing

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.

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

Inside the Green Diamond Gallery: Cincy's Baseball Hall of Fame

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 @ 09:37 AM

I had the privilege of attending an event at the Green Diamond Gallery in Cincinnati. I have had several Cincy locals tell me that I needed to get up there but just hadn't had theView of the Green Diamond Club opportunity to do so. Boy, were they right!

Here's how their website describes the gallery:

"The Green Diamond Gallery houses a breathtaking array of high-end baseball memorabilia dating back to the late 1800s.

Marvel at the Hall of Fame Wall with photos and autographs of almost every inducted Hall of Fame member. 

Travel back to the founding of the Cincinnati Reds, re-live the team’s World Championships, and get information about our hometown’s greatest ball players through an incredible Reds Timeline.

Gaze at hundreds of autographed and mounted baseballs from greats like Mantle, Ruth, Morgan and Bench. 

Browse vintage and current baseball books and magazines in our Library.

In addition, you’ll find:

Hundreds of game-used baseball bats

Game-worn jerseys, including jerseys from defunct teams and Hall of Famers

Seats from stadiums old and new

One-of-a-kind documents dating back to the 19th century

Thousands of historical photographs depicting the greats of the game

Signatures and photos from some of the most talked-about scandals in baseball, including Shoeless Joe Jackson and the 1919 Black Sox

And much, much more!"

Much more is right. What kept running through my mind while I was there was that the Hall of Fame wallgallery felt like Cooperstown had been brought to the best "man cave" ever conceived. It's hard to fathom the depth of the private collection. For instance, check out the picture to the left. 

The wall is covered with photos of every Hall of Famer arranged by the year they were admitted to Cooperstown, and most have their autograph included, too. How incredibly amazing is that?? 

So for all of you who ever suggested that I should make a special trip to the Green Diamond Gallery, I now know that you weren't exaggerating a bit. And for those of you who haven't been, you'll now have to listen to me encourage you to get there as soon as you can. It's a great experience. In fact, one that we hope to incorporate on our trips through Cincinnati!! 

Tags: Luxury baseball, baseball tours, hall of fame, Cooperstown, Cincinnati

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 
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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

Have You Covered the Bases for Dad and Father's Day?

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 10:15 AM

Wouldn't Dad love a luxury baseball tour from Big League Tours this year?  It's a great vacation for the whole family, or the perfect father/son-daughter trip.  There are several MLB tours still available for the 2011 season.  Just click on a link below to see all the info.

Midwest Plus, July 20- 26, 2011

Chicago/Milwaukee, August 2- 6, 2011

Reds Road Trip, August 5 - 8, 2011

Big Apple, August 10- 14, 2011

Oktoberfest in Cincinnati, September 16 - 18, 2011

Escorted tours make great gifts for baseball fans. Check out the tours still available and give Dad a gift that he'll remember for a lifetime!!

Tags: stadium tours, Luxury baseball, Milwaukee, Miller Park, baseball games, baseball tours, Wrigley Field, big league tours, Brewers, Chicago, Baseball, Cubs