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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

Alcatraz & San Francisco - West Coast Baseball Tour Part V

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

Major League Baseball teams and stadiums are located in some of the greatest cities that our country has to offer. So it only stands to reason that we allow our guests time to explore these cities while on our baseball tours. That's been one of our basic features since we began Big League Tours in 2006. The other part of that, is we give you the flexibility to see what you want to see, to make the trip what you want of it and not be forced to do things you aren't interested in. 

San Francisco is one of those great cities. And explore it we did. From the moment we touched Alcatraz - main corridordown, we began our exploration. We stayed right in the heart of Frisco. Our guests were given Metro Passports and could ride anywhere in the city for free as much and as often as they wanted. 

We also like to help our guests plan out their free time if they'd like us to. Knowing that Alcatraz tours sell out days or weeks in advance, we asked our guests if they'd like to take that tour and booked it for them. Here's a shot from inside the infamous prison, with our headsets on taking the audio tour. 

Our guests were able to spend time at Pier 39's restaurants and shops, Ghiradelli Square,San Francisco Trolley Car Chinatown, and other parts of downtown San Francisco. They were also able to venture to the north part of the city and see the Golden Gate bridge up close. 

Another thing you have to do in San Francisco is ride a trolley car. Here'a a view of the ride that we took from Ghiradelli Square back to our hotel near Market Street. As you can tell from the picture, the sun was out and things had cleared off this afternoon. We had a lot of fun standing on the platform and getting a unique experience this city offers. 

If you are looking for baseball vacation packages that offer you the advantages of group tours but the flexibility to explore on your own, we hope that you'll consider traveling with Big League Tours. We truly offer the best of both worlds!

Tags: San Francisco, west coast baseball tour, sports travel and tours, ballpark tours

AT&T Park - West Coast Baseball Tour Part IV

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 08:15 AM

ATT Park entranceAtop most fans list of favorite baseball stadiums is San Francisco's AT&T Park. If it's not their favorite, it's almost always in their top five. And for good reason. 

This ballpark is listed right in the middle of stadium sizes in the MLB, as the 16th largest. The way that the ballpark is configured makes it feel like one of the smallest, though. The feeling of intimacy at AT&T is one of its best features.

And speaking of features, this park is filled with plenty of unique features - the interesting angles and dimensions of the outfield, the view of the Bay, McCovey Cove, the Levi's mitt and Coca Cola bottle (with a slide in it) in the outfield, and the kids play area. 

It's a great place to see a baseball game. They also offer one of the best stadium tours in the MLB if you can squeeze it in on your baseball trip.  

Tags: stadium tours, San Francisco, baseball stadiums, AT&T Park, Giants

Exploring Frisco, Rocco's Cafe - West Coast Baseball Tour Part III

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 @ 01:00 PM

The following day we took our west coast baseball tour guests to San Francisco. We hopped a short flight and arrived at SFO in the early afternoon. Once we checked into our hotels, everyone had the afternoon and evening on their own to go see the sites. We provided 3-day metro cards that allowed our guests to use the public transportation to go practically anywhere in the city.Chef Don

By now, I'm sure you're picking up on my love of food. Yeah? So when in San Francisco, a city that's known for its great food, how could I not explore just a bit? We opted to go to Rocco's Cafe, a local Italian spot that we discovered by watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.  

Chef Don, founder of Rocco's, paid our table a visit and chatted with us for quite a while. Turns out he's quite the baseball fan. In fact, Rocco's is so close to AT&T Park and the food is so good, that we've heard several of the Giants players, managers and staff members frequent the restaurant. I'm sure that several members from the visiting teams make their way to Rocco's too. If they don't, they're missing out!

Tags: San Francisco, west coast baseball tour, baseball travel, AT&T Park, Giants

Baseball Road Trips Are Just Around the Corner

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Sat, Feb 25, 2012 @ 07:19 PM

Ah, yes. Players have reported to camp, Spring Training games begin in about a week, and baseball news has heated up. All those things mean that baseball trips are just around the corner!Yankee Stadium just before a game

I'm personally hosting a couple of our tours and have started putting together my plans for the non-baseball portions of our itineraries. For instance, on our West Coast Tour, I'm looking forward to seeing Pike Place Market in Seattle, touring Alcatraz in San Francisco, and eating authentic Mexican food in San Diego.

I'm also really looking forward to meeting up with Big League Tours' customers in their hometowns and at their home stadiums. They can always give us a local take on the ballpark, the team, and the city's sites and attractions. I'm in the picture to the right just outside of Yankee Stadium with a couple of guests from California. We're planning to catch a game together at AT&T Park when our baseball tour comes through town. Can't wait to re-connect!Trip brochure link

So it's not too early to begin your tour planning for the 2012 baseball season. Find the tour that suits your needs and start laying in all the "extras". Let us know if you need help planning that perfect baseball vacation package!

Check out our 2012 Baseball Tours, Download a trip brochure, and Sign-up for the baseball experience for a lifetime of memories!

Tags: San Francisco, west coast baseball tour, baseball road trips, baseball stadiums, ballpark tours, AT&T Park

Vida Blue Joins Big League Tours in San Francisco

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 @ 06:58 PM

Vida Blue - Following his Major League debut the summer of 1969, Vida was the 1971 American League CyVida Blue at Big League Player Experience Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player. As part of the Oakland A's, he won three World Series Championships in 1972, 1973 and 1974. He appeared in six All Star Games and was the first pitcher to start an All Star game for both leagues.

Blue played for three teams - the A’s, Giants, Royals. He was traded to Giants in 1978 for 8 players and $390K and promptly won 18 games that year. The Mansfield, Louisiana native resides near San Francisco and actively promotes the game of baseball. You can see more of Blue's statistics on the MLB.com site.

We're very excited about the returning of Vida Blue as part of our Big League Player Experiences on our West Coast and Bay Area Tours. Vida has made a couple of appearances for us (appearance in 2006 at Chop House above and in 2008 below at AT&T Park during Giants batting practice) and is always a fan favorite.BLT Group at AT

About the Big League Player Experiences - Get inside the game like never before when you meet up with Big League ballplayers on each of our baseball road trips. Players like Vida Blue, Bill Lee, Dave Parker and Tom Browning have joined us on our tours. Join us on a Big League Tours and you'll see what our guests tell us is the favorite part of their experience. See more about the Player Experiences.

Tags: San Francisco, ballpark tours, AT&T Park, Giants, A's, Oakland, Coliseum

Visiting Baseball's Iconic Stadiums

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 08:45 AM

April 25, 2011 - A recent article named 5 of MLB's baseball stadiums as the most iconic stadiums to visit: Wrigley Wrigley Field under the press boxField, Fenway Park, Camden Yards, AT&T Park, and Citi Field. The article by Fox News outlines the reasons for why you should visit each of the ballparks from the atmosphere, food selection, and unique features like the ivy-covered walls at Wrigley, the Green Monstah at Fenway, and views from the parks in Baltimore and San Francisco.

If you haven't made it to these parks, we would like to invite you to join us on one of our premier sports travel packages this year. We'll not only get you to the ballparks, but we also include several other extras like great seats, great hotels, player appearances, baseball stadium tours, and other trip specific features.

Check out the tour vacations at www.BigLeagueTours.com and book your package today!

Tags: Citi Field, San Francisco, sports travel and tours, Baltimore, baseball tours, baseball vacation package, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, big league tours, Chicago, Green Monster, MLB road trips, Baseball, Cubs

2011 Baseball Tours Are Now Available

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 04:15 AM

November 27, 2010 - Big League Tours' sixth season of offering one-of-a-kind baseball tours will begin in April with a sports travel package that is making its first appearance on our roster - a tour that includes two days of the Masters tournament in Augusta and a pair of Braves games in Atlanta. This is just one of the unique additions that we've incorporated into our baseball tours this year.

In addition to seeing lots of big league baseball around the country, we've included some other sites into our tours like the Masters tournament, Niagara Falls, and Disneyland. Our tour vacations also provide free days in MLB cities, like San Francisco or Washington D.C., where you'll have time to visit monuments and museums in the nation's capitol making these great family tours.

Here's the schedule of our 2011 baseball tours:
  • Augusta & Atlanta - April 5-10
  • Cubs at Fenway - May 20-22
  • Boston, Cooperstown & New York - May 21-25
  • Southern Cal - June 10-14
  • East Coast - June 11-19
  • New York, Cooperstown & Boston - June 15-19
  • Northwest - July 1-5
  • Midwest Plus - July 20-26
  • Chicago & Milwaukee - August 2-6
  • Big Apple - August 10-14
Take a peak at the schedules, find which of the sports travel tours best fits your schedule, and join us next year for some exciting big league baseball and much more!

Tags: Washington D.C., San Francisco, Atlanta, Braves, sports travel and tours, baseball tours, big league tours

2010 Baseball Trip Feature - West Coast 1

Posted by Big League Tours on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 @ 07:15 PM

January 1, 2010 Here's a great sports trip that everyone will love. Our group will be based in the heart of San Francisco, within walking distance of shopping and restaurants and just a short trolley ride away from the Wharf and Pier 39. The first day of this baseball stadium road trip, we'll take in a game at McAfee Stadium where the A's will host the Cincinnati Reds - a throw back to the 1990 World Series.

The second day, our travelers will be able to explore the sites of the city on their own. Visit the Golden Gate bridge, take a wine tasting tour of Napa Valley, our shop till you drop in San Fran's fashion district. The third day of the tour will feature a game between the Red Sox and Giants at AT&T park. Schedules permitting, we'll take a private baseball stadium tour of the park that sits right on the bay.

This is one of our baseball travel tours that also offers an interesting optional add-on. Come in a day early to catch the Cubs take on the Mariners at Safeco Park in Seattle. We'll add on game tickets, a hotel stay, and airfare to get you to San Francisco in time for the game at McAfee.

This is not only one of our sports travel packages that would make great baseball gifts for men, but it's tour that will make a great tour for couples! To see more about this and other MLB Tours being offered by Big League Tours, visit our website now to get all the details.

Tags: Mariners, San Francisco, Seattle, big league tours, MLB tours, AT&T Park, Reds, Cubs