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When the first Norwegian immigrants arrived in Poulsbo in the mid-1800s, drawn by climate and resources similar to their home, Norwegian independence was still a dream. Norway's parliament had adopted a constitution on May 17, 1814 — a constitution modeled in large part on the constitution of the United States. But at that time, Norway was locked in a union with Sweden — after an almost 300-year union with Denmark. May 17 became a lasting, unifying national symbol in the long struggle for its independence that finally occurred in 1905. Norway was the third nation in the world to adopt a constitution and is today the only country in the world, aside from the USA, to still use its original constitution.
Today, May 17 is a national holiday in Norway. Poulsbo began its celebration of May 17 — Syttende Mai, in Norwegian — in 1969.
This is a 3-day (Friday through Sunday) motor coach trip. Our primary attraction is Poulsbo Viking Fest (and especially the Viking Fest Parade), but that's not all! Other treats in store include a visit to Bloedel Reserve (one of America's 10 Best Botanical Gardens), time to explore the Victorian town of Port Townsend, and a ride across scenic Elliott Bay aboard the Washington State Ferry. All this AND we get to add Washington's 82nd largest city to our lifetime performance list! Click here for the detailed itinerary.
Performances other than the Parade are still TBD (we may try to do something Saturday morning, but right now we're thinking you may prefer an opportunity to enjoy the other Viking Fest attractions).
Non-performer family and guests (adults only, no children) are welcome to join the trip. Pricing for non-performers is the same as for TBGO band associates. However, non-performers are not eligible to receive discounts or subsidies for travel offered to band associates.
The TBGO travel packages are offered as a streamlined way for Band Associates to participate in road trips. As always, you may elect to forego the packages and make all your own travel arrangements. Please be aware that if you choose to make all your own arrangements you are responsible for your own ground transportation, including transportation to and from performances.
We are offering two packages for this trip. The Full Package includes round-trip motor coach transportation from Portland, all listed attractions, hotel, and parade transportation. The Self-Drive Package includes only hotel (same as the band hotel) and parade transportation. The number of Self-Drive Packages may be limited since travelers booking the Full Package have priority for available rooms at the hotel. If we run out of available rooms, Self-Drive packages will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Our hotel is the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. This newly renovated hotel is right on Puget Sound. Amenities include daily cooked breakfast, on-site restaurant, the Beach Front Martini Lounge overlooking the Sound, swimming pool and hot tub, microwave and refrigerator in room, and free wireless internet access in public areas and guest rooms. A wide variety of restaurants is available within easy walking distance.
3073 NW Bucklin Hill Rd.
Silverdale, WA 98383
Phone (360) 698-1000
Transportation for the Full Package and parade transportation for the Self-Drive Package is aboard to National Luxury motor coaches.
The standard rooming arrangement is a Double room (i.e., two persons in a room). Single supplement is available at additional charge. Triple and Quad rooms are available. If you elect a Triple or Quad room, you MUST have a VERIFIED rooming list of all persons in the room prior to signup as per standard TBGO rooming policy.
|Poulsbo Tour Packages|
|Full Package||Self-Drive Package|
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|Poulsbo Tour Package Payment Schedule (Per Person, Either Package)|
|Final Payment:||Balance Due||March 24, 2020|
It is in TBGO's best interests to field a large, balanced band at travel events. The Board also believes that being able to participate in travel events is an important positive part of the "TBGO experience". To enable us to field a large band, determine participation at an early date, and reduce the total cost of travel for band associates to more affordable levels, the band will partially subsidize travel costs via an Early Booking Discount supported by the band fund.
Non-performer guests are not eligible for the EBD or other subsidies provided to band associates.
An Early Booking Discount (EBD) of $100.00 is available to all TBGO band associates (musicians, auxiliary unit members, and support staff) who have performed regularly with the band before November 10, 2019 and who sign up for the Full Package by December 20, 2019. The EBD will be applied at the time of your final trip payment.
The Early Booking Discount is not available for the Self-Drive Package or to friends and family traveling with the band. While we're delighted to welcome new performers to join TBGO for this trip, the EBD is not available to band associates starting their TBGO affiliation after November 10, 2019.
Travel Insurance is available at additional cost for those who want it. See this link for further information. You will be offered an opportunity to request travel insurance during signup.
Use the link below to sign up for the Full Package or the Self-Drive Package for the Poulsbo Viking Fest Trip. If you sign up for a Package, it commits you to making the trip. ALL PAYPMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. If you prefer to make ALL your own travel arrangements, you can also use the signup survey to let us know that you'll be attending (there's an appropriate option).
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