As the world gradually opens up the doors to travel and new adventures, your clients may be ready for international experiences without the experience of international travel. Omaha delivers unique tours that take groups around the globe — imagine dancing at a personalized Oktoberfest, learning to make traditional Czech kolaches, feasting on an Irish “boxty” and so much more.
“These global inspired tours have always been a favorite among group tour planners,” said Jessica Settje, Visit Omaha tourism sales manager. “After a year of contactless delivery, virtual meetings and keeping your distance, many of us are ready to step outside our bubbles and reconnect with the world. This tour gives everyone an opportunity to explore new cultures and traditions. It takes you to places and introduces customs that once seemed so far away.”
So roll into Omaha … where the world is waiting.
Stop 1 – Germany
Enjoy an evening of German dancing, singing and authentic cuisine. Groups love the meal and entertainment at Omaha’s German-American Society. Choose from rouladen, sauerbraten or jagerschnitzel. After dinner, the German-American Society’s dance troupe performs, and the German men’s choir will lead your group in a traditional German sing-a-long. This is an energetic, audience participation-filled evening that will transport your group to Deutschland.
Stop 2 – Scotland
Visit Scotland at the historic 1903 Joslyn Castle, a 30-room stone mansion resembling a traditional Scottish castle. As your group enters through the stately front doors, they will be amazed by the craftsmanship of the elaborate wood interior, sourced from all parts of the world. Your group will hear the fascinating story of George and Sarah Joslyn and how the couple shared their extraordinary wealth with the community.
Stop 3 – Ireland
Tour the expansive campus of Boys Town, a National Historic Landmark District. Preserved in time inside this world-renowned village are the Hall of History museum, historic chapels, gardens and Father Flanagan’s 1920s home. In fact, it’s the stuff that movies are made of; Boys Town, the 1938 movie starring Spencer Tracey and Mickey Rooney, won two Academy Awards (one of which is on display in the Hall of History).
Experience a taste of Ireland at the Brazen Head Irish restaurant. Feast on a “boxty,” a traditional Irish luncheon dish while your group enjoys a private performance by an Irish folk singer. The minute you walk into the Brazen Head you’ll feel its Irish roots — the interior woodwork was imported from a pub in Ireland. Lunch and dinner options are available.
Stop 4 – China
Travel to China through its tea at The Tea Smith. This presentation includes a brief history of tea in China and an overview of the tea growing process. Groups will sample five varieties of tea from different regions of China, including: oolong, black, white and two kinds of green tea. There will be time to shop after the presentation. This tour is available in the early morning or late afternoon.
Stop 5 – Czech/Slovak
The Omaha Czech and Slovak Cultural Museum features exhibits honoring Nebraska’s early Czech and Slovak immigrants. Groups will learn about Czech culture and enjoy traditional Czech kolaches and coffee. Groups can add to the authentic experience with the option of having a local accordion player provide music during the kolaches and coffee break. This intimate museum offers an extensive gift shop featuring hand-decorated eggs, books, jewelry and more.