Sample Itinerary

Please allow approximately Seven Hours for your All-Day Excursion

Whether you choose the Jet Express or the Miller Ferry, please instruct your Group Escort to go to the Ferry Ticket Window and advise them they have a tour booked with Island Transportation. They will then give your group round-trip ferry tickets for South Bass-Island, Put-in-Bay. Your island adventure is about to begin!

If you have chosen the Miller Ferry, your group will walk down the hill to board the auto and passenger ferry. On the Miller Ferry, seating is upstairs and you can choose to sit inside the cabin or on deck. When you arrive, your private Tour Train will be waiting for your group at the top of the hill. If you feel any of your group may have difficulty walking up the hill, please ask the Miller Ferry staff onboard the boat to arrange golf cart transportation to the top of the hill.

If you have chosen the Jet Express, you can choose first-level seating or any of the other decks on the boat. Your private Tour Train and Guide will be waiting for you when you arrive right on the dock.

Both trips take twenty minutes to get to the island, but the Jet Express docks in downtown Put-in-Bay while the Miller Ferry docks at the Lime Kiln Dock on the south side of the island. You will be able to easily identify your private Train and Driver as he will have a sign with your group’s name on it.

Once you are settled in the Tour Train, our Driver will take you on the first half of your narrated island tour. You will have an opportunity for a photo opportunity at both the South Bass Island Lighthouse as well as Perry’s International Peace Memorial. He will point out a lot of interesting sites on the island and you will learn a little bit about the early settlers of Put-in-Bay and their agriculture, as well as the importance of the island during the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie. You will learn about the booming tourism industry on the island in the 19th century, not unlike today’s busy season.

Now it is time to stop at your first attraction. Most groups choose the Butterfly House and Antique Car Museum. Your Driver will take you to the door of the Butterfly House and escort you in. There, you will be able to walk among the lush foliage and hundreds of butterflies from Malaysia and Costa Rica.

After your tour, you can take some time to shop in the Gift Shop and explore their vast selection of everything from candles to Christmas ornaments, jewelry to garden items, and many fun, entertaining and educational toys.  The Gift Shop is a dealer for Dept. 56, Fenton Glass, Belleek Irish Giftware and other collectibles, as well as Blue Luster, a line of high quality cz jewelry with a lifetime guarantee.

Then stroll over to the Antique Car Museum for a trip down Memory Lane. Put-in-Bay has the highest per capita number of antique cars in the world, and many of them are on display in the Car Barn. Be sure to look for the island’s oldest vehicle: a 1915 Model T Speedster.

If your group has opted for a guided tour of Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, you will have an opportunity to see the beautiful stained glass windows and learn about the history of either church. Mother of Sorrows is a Romanesque copy of a church in Lombardy, Italy. The limestone church was dedicated in 1928. St. Paul’s, a Gothic Style church, has been in continuous use since 1865 and also has a lift for those who prefer not to climb the stairs. Visitors are also invited to walk the Chartres Labyrinth.

By now, your group is probably getting hungry, so your Tour Guide will take your group to the restaurant you have chosen for your group lunch. He will escort you into the restaurant and will tell you when and where he will pick your group up. Usually, we allow two hours for lunch with time to shop. If you prefer more or less time to shop, please let us know and we will adjust your itinerary.

Once back in the Tour Train, the Guide will continue the second half of the Tour with another photo opportunity and more history of the island. It is now time for your second attraction. Most groups choose the tour of Heineman Winery and Crystal Cave. The Crystal Cave is famous for being the world’s largest geode. Your group will also take a tour of Put-in-Bay’s oldest winery, Heineman Winery. The Heineman family will be celebrating 125 years of continual operation in 2013. On the tour, you will learn how grapes are harvested, pressed and bottled. At the end of the tour, each member of the group will receive a free glass of wine or juice, and one lucky member will be the winner of an Ohio Wine Producers Gift Basket! Take time to enjoy some wine or juice inside the winery tasting room or in the lovely outdoor garden.

If time permits, The Tour Train will continue with your group back downtown to visit an island fudge shop or, if your group has chosen to visit Perry’s Monument Visitors Center, the train will take your group there. If some of the group are more interested in the unique shops across the street, it is an easy walk from the train. Once inside the Visitors Center, your group can find a wealth of information on the Battle of Lake Erie, the War of 1812, and the construction of Perry’s International Peace Memorial. Videos and replicas of battleships and flags from the war illustrate the dedication of the monument to the peace between Great Britain, Canada and the United States. Rangers provide many special programs throughout the  2013 season in celebration of the Bicentennial of The Battle of Lake Erie, and are on hand to answer any questions.

Your Driver will give your Group Survey Sheets to complete before they leave. We appreciate all the feedback we receive as we feel it can make us more responsive to what our groups want in a Tour. Your Escort will also receive a Survey Sheet which they can complete and return to us, or they can take it back to your office to complete with the Booking Agent. If you do not have a credit card on file with us for payment, your Group Escort should pay our Driver directly for the Tour. You can pay by cash, check, Visa, Master Card or Discover. You will receive one comp for 26 or more people.

Your island day is almost over, but not before the Tour Train takes your group back to the ferry of your choice. If you have chosen the Jet Express, the Tour Train will take your group directly to the Jet Dock. If your group is scheduled to return on the Miller Ferry, please ask your Group Escort to tell our Driver if they feel they will need any golf cart transportation down the hill to the ferry. If so, he will arrange that with the Miller Ferry.

Time to bid goodbye to Put-in-Bay and the fond memories and new friends your group has made. We hope they enjoy their experience and decide to come visit us again and escape to an island!

We can customize any tour to meet your needs!

 

What’s Included with the Island Fun Pack:
-FERRY BOAT SERVICE-

 

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Jet Express

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Miller Boat Line

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Perry's Cave

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War of 18 Holes Miniature Golf

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The Butterfly House at Put-in-Bay

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Antique Car Museum

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Heineman Winery & Crystal Cave

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