For sports fans hoping to enjoy extended week-long getaways, Sports Travel and Tours has dozens of traditional baseball trips. And now we’re also your connection to time outs from work and life with our new four-day Shortstops trips.
Whereas most travel packages include stops in multiple cities, Shortstops allow travelers to thoroughly explore cities that are jam-packed with entertainment and enjoy back-to-back days of America’s favorite pastime.
“We push our group trips to go from city to city, but sometimes our travelers just want to enjoy one key city,” says Anthony Incampo, project sales coordinator with Sports Travel and Tours. “So, we’re customizing our trips, finding good match-ups each month and crafting great weekend getaways.”
What’s different about our Shortstops is that they do not include tour hosts. “The travelers are their own guide,” Anthony says. “Still, the hotels are on transit lines and near airports, so they don’t have to worry about transportation. Each hotel is within walking distance from a subway too.”
This style of trip, Anthony says, is a dream-come-true for voyagers looking to step up to the plate and make the calls about where they want to go, what they want to do and when they want to do it.
“They’re for the person who wants to visit their team and then explore the city, or baseball fans who want to visit Boston or Baltimore,” Anthony says. “They’re fun trips, because you have the flexibility to do what you want. Working around the games, you have rest of the day to take in the sights.”
Five Shortstops have already been scheduled for the 2017 baseball season, beginning with a Chicago trip from Friday, May 5 to Monday, May 8.
The Chicago Cubs Shortstop includes tickets to see Saturday and Sunday games between the New York Yankees and the 2016 World Series champions at historic Wrigley Field. Travelers will stay in style at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, a hotel with exquisite views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the city skyline, as well as a heated indoor pool, sun deck, dry sauna and five different eateries. But wait, there’s more—a Chicago GO Card, which gives travelers access to any three of 25 attractions admission-free, such as the Navy Pier’s more than 50 acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants and family attractions.
The New York Yankees Shortstop, from May 12 to May 15, is a highly anticipated trip due to another special shortstop: Derek Jeter. During the second game between the Yankees and Houston Astros on Sunday, Jeter’s number will be retired and his Monument Park plaque will be unveiled, a ceremonious occasion for which individual tickets have already sold out.
Aside from games, travelers on the New York Yankees Shortstop can take part in a two-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour, and will bunk at the Hilton Garden Inn New York/West 35th. The hotel features a 24-hour market, fitness center, bar and a selection of complimentary beverages.
From June 23 to June 26, a Boston Red Sox Shortstop allows travelers to see two Red Sox games against the Anaheim Angels, and basically anything else in the city of Boston with a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. The tour’s five exclusive stops are the historic North End, North Station, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the Seaport District and, of course, Boston’s Historic Ballpark.
Travelers will stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Downtown hotel, where guests gain complimentary access to the adjacent YMCA and a convenient business center, and are welcomed at the door with a warm, fresh chocolate chip cookie.
Baseball fans on the Baltimore Orioles Shortstop, from July 14 to July 17, gain tickets to two Orioles games against the Chicago Cubs at Camden Yards, and admission to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum just three blocks away. Travelers will rest up at the Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor, featuring a heated indoor pool, fitness room, 24-hour market, and complimentary hot breakfasts and beverages.
Rounding out the series of Shortstops, from Aug. 18 to Aug. 21, is the San Francisco Giants Shortstop. The package includes tickets to two Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies games and a two-day San Francisco GO Card, allowing guests to choose from 27 attractions ranging from museums to cruises. The pet-friendly Parc 55 San Francisco has accommodations covered, and dining too, with three exciting venues.