- Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018 10:00 AM - Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 9:00 PM CDT
NEW: Payment plans available! Min. $100 deposit required
When you travel with VCY America, you will embark Wednesday at 10:00 AM (motorcoach will start loading at 9:30 AM) for a beautiful ride on a 56 passenger deluxe motor coach from a spacious and safe parking lot in Sioux Falls, SD to the Creation Museum & Ark Encounter. Along the way we'll stop for a quick bite to eat around Albert Lea for lunch (on your own), and dinner in Galesburg, IL (on your own). On Wednesday night, we'll arrive that evening in Urbana/Champaign, IL for our first stop of the tour.
On Thursday morning, following complimentary breakfast at the hotel, we'll depart at 8:00 AM for the second day of our tour.
Around noon we'll arrive at the new Ark Encounter near Williamsburg, Kentucky! You’ve probably seen pictures of Noah’s Ark in children’s books, complete with giraffe heads sticking out the top. But the real Noah’s Ark, the one described in the Bible, was huge. It was amazingly seaworthy—a ship that kept the occupants safe during a year-long worldwide flood. Prepare to be blown away as you explore the life-sized reconstruction of Noah’s Ark. You'll be able to enjoy lunch and dinner (on your own) at the Emzara Kitchen at the Ark or many of the other dining options.
Thursday night, we will check in at our hotel in the Cincinnati area.
Friday morning, following the breakfast buffet at the hotel (included) we will head to the state-of-the-art 75,000-square-foot Creation Museum.
In addition to admission to the museum, your package includes an informative and dynamic Planetarium Show.
Afterwards (lunch options on your own at the Creation Museum) we'll load back up on the deluxe motor coach to head home. Following a dinner stop around Indianapolis (on your own), we should arrive in the Kenosha, WI area for a hotel stop around 9 PM.
Saturday Morning, we'll depart at 9 AM after breakfast at the hotel (included), and head to 3434 W. Kilbourn Ave in Milwaukee for a special tour of the VCY Headquarters! Following the tour, we'll stop for lunch at the Milwaukee Public Market where many delicious choices await you.
We'll depart after lunch from Milwaukee, WI and following a dinner stop in Austin, MN, return you to Sioux Falls, SD about 9 PM.
What does Occupancy Mean?
- Single Occupancy means it's just you - no roommate, no sharing a hotel room with anyone. As such, it's a bit more expensive than Double Occupancy.
- Double Occupancy is the price per person for sharing a room. A married couple will each need a Double Occupancy ticket (2 total for the couple), as would two singles travelling together. Please let us know who you will be rooming with so we can make reservations appropriately.
- Extra Occupancy is the price for each extra person in the hotel room. If a family is bringing a child who will share a hotel room with them, you will need 2 Double and 1 Extra tickets. If 4 singles are sharing a room, you will need 2 Doubles and 2 Extras.
Where will the bus be loading?
UPDATE 1/17/17 - the previous loading spot is closing - our new loading spot is :
Eastside Baptist Church, 6101 E 49th St. Sioux Falls, SD 57110
Is there assigned seating on the bus?
Seating is first-come, first-served. We'll rotate seating every morning to give you a chance to meet new passengers!
I'm with a church and we have a number of people who would like to go. Can we get a pickup point at our church?
Perhaps - please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss!
Is there a Senior Citizen Discount?
Yes - if you are age 60 or higher, you get $15 off your ticket.
Any discounts for children?
Yes - If the child is between 5 and 13, you save $26 per ticket. If the child is under age 5, you save $60 per ticket.
What is this extra fee?
Unfortunately we are charged extra for credit card processing. If you would like to avoid the fee, you can pay by cash or check at VCY America headquarters (3434 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208). Make sure the envelope says Ark Encounter Trip and list the date! CAUTION: Due to limited seating, this tour is "first come, first served." If you are paying by mail - your registration may arrive too late and you could end up on a waiting list.
Who will be leading this tour?
Randy Melchert will be leading this tour. He has led several tours of the Creation Museum, the Ark Encounter, as well as of Christian historic sites in Chicago.
What if I have a Lifetime Membership / Ark Encounter Pass / Charter Boarding Member?
Please email email@example.com and we can send you a discount code to reflect your status.
Tickets have sold out - what can I do?
Sign up for the Waitlist - spots often open up and are available. Priority will be given to those first on the waitlist.
Can you add another Pickup Spot?
Maybe - please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.Are the Zip Lines open?
Can I pay with Cash or Check?
Yes, you can pay by cash or check at the VCY America headquarters (3434 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53204). Make sure you mark the envelope for the Ark Encounter Trip and list the date of the tour! CAUTION: Due to limited seating, this tour is "first come, first served." If you are paying by mail - your registration may arrive too late and you could end up on a waiting list.
What if I want the cheaper rate but don't have a roommate?
If you would like the Double Occupancy rate but do not have a roommate, please contact us in case we may be able to find one for you.
Any other things I should know?
Tour membership is granted to all persons. VCY America reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of these tours. For the comfort and enjoyment of all tour members, no smoking or alcoholic beverages are allowed on tours. These tours are arranged and operated by VCY America, Milwaukee, WI. VCY acts only as agent for the participant (tour patron) in all matters connected with accommodations for travel, lodging, tours and sightseeing, admissions, restaurants, and other suppliers of services and transportation; and VCY is not responsible for any willful or negligent act and/or omission of the supplier (who is an independent contractor not under the control of VCY). VCY does not guarantee such suppliers’ rates, bookings, or reservations. Tickets for public carriers issued in connection with these tours shall be a contract solely between the carrier and the passenger, with payment for any fare increase or cancellation penalty the responsibility of the passenger(s). Since we seek to insure the compatibility and congeniality of all passengers and the smooth, safe, and efficient operation of each tour, VCY reserves the right, in its sole discretion, and at any time to: decline or retain any person as a member of the tour; terminate any person’s participation in a tour whose condition or general deportment impedes the operation of the tour or affects the rights, welfare or enjoyment of others; make changes in the times, itinerary, sightseeing or accommodations or routing of trips to the best available alternate should circumstances demand; and cancel a tour (in which case VCY's only responsibility will be to refund passengers’ deposits and/or any payments made, which will clear VCY of anyother liability). The tour participant agrees that VCY and its agents will not be responsible for: loss or damage to baggage or any passenger belongings for any reason; any inconvenience, loss, injury, death, damage to, or in respect of persons or property whatsoever as agents of participant performing such services; any damage, loss or injury cause by climactic or weather conditions, fire, government actions or terrorist activities, earthquake, social or labor unrest, acts of God, bankruptcy, or other factors or conditions beyond VCY's control; or loss due to participant’s failure to follow instructions. The payment of the required deposits and/or any partial or full payment for reservations on a tour shall be deemed and constitute full knowledge, acceptance, and consent by the participant to all provisions in this clause. Choice of Law: The relationship between the parties is governed by and is to be construed under the laws of the State of Wisconsin, which shall be considered the proper venue. Any dispute between the parties shall be submitted to arbitration in accord with the provisions of the State of Wisconsin arbitration law. VCY may not be sued unless there is full compliance with all of the provisions of the aforesaid conditions. No person, other than an authorized representative of VCY by a document in writing, is authorized to vary, add or waive any term or condition herein.
Are wheelchairs available at the Ark & Creation Museum?
Yes for an additional charge. At the Ark: "Single strollers are available for a $8 fee while double strollers are available for a $10 fee. Manual wheelchairs are available for a $10 fee, and a limited number of Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) are available for a $35 fee. All fees are non-refundable; state sales tax is not included." At the Museum: "Umbrella strollers are available for a $5 fee. Manual wheelchairs are available for a $10 fee, and a limited number Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) are available for a $20 fee. ECVs may be pre-reserved online (all reserved ECVs must be picked up by 12:00 PM Eastern (2:00 PM Sundays). All fees are non-refundable; 6% Kentucky sales tax is not included."
Where can I learn more about WVCY-FM & VCY America?
Visit our website at http://www.vcyamerica.org