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The Discerning Aviator’s Annual Pilgrimage

These tours are designed for 20 relaxed aviators

  • Oshkosh Air Show USA
  • Oshkosh Air Show USA
  • Oshkosh Air Show USA
  • Oshkosh Air Show USA
  • Oshkosh Air Show USA
  • Oshkosh Air Show USA

The optional tours

A Tour – The EAA AirVenture OSHKOSH TOUR – 9 Days
Own Airline arrangements, Coach to and from Appleton, Oshkosh.
Commences in Chicago on the last Saturday in July, every year

B Tour – The EAA AirVenture OSHKOSH TOUR – 12 Days
Flights, Chicago, Coach to and from Appleton, Oshkosh.
Commences in South Africa last Friday in July, every year


The O’Hare Hilton Hotel (For the arrival night, Saturday)

Four Star, Modern, Four Star, Spacious and Luxurious.
Our hotel’s location is brilliant – exactly where it should be.
Across the roadway from Terminal 2, but accessed by a 200m underground walkway. Convenient and attractive Bar and Restaurant.
But the O’Hare alternatives are so very close.

Appleton WI – The Country Inn and Suites (Six nights)

Four Star, Modern, Spacious and Luxurious. Rooms are attractive, large, clean, functional and very comfortable. It is the Inn’s location which counts heavily in its favour. It is a matter of yards from the Machine Shed Restaurant, which is also the pick-up stop for the daily transfers to and from the Oshkosh Airshow.

There are ten good and inexpensive eateries and Wisconsin’s largest shopping mall, with a huge “food-court”, all within a kilometre of the hotel.


Breakfasts are fare inclusive at all of the tour accommodations.


A welcome dinner at the Machine Shed on the arrival night at Appleton.
– An own menu choice dinner with local beers and wines provided.

The second dinner is provided by the Inn and Suites Hotel.
– A typical American “Barbeque” dinner, meats are cooked on flames.

Special events

Wisconsin – The EAA Airventure aka Oshkosh Airshow. Six Days
Wisconsin – The EAA Airventure. Two Night Shows
Wisconsin – The Harley Davidson Museum. One hour lunch visit

Daily Transport to and from Oshkosh

Our hotel is located in Appleton. It is the first town, 37 km northwards from Oshkosh, on the Interstate Highway called “The I-41”.

The Oshkosh Airfield entrance borders the I-41 Highway. A special roadway which is only for coach traffic, provides rapid access directly to the Main Gate. The trip takes about 25 minutes.

The Machine Shed is 50 metres from the hotel, and it is the pick-up and drop-off point for those attending the show who are accommodating in one of the six hotels in the area.

On arrival at the hotel, tour members are provided with the timetable for the shuttle service and a Shuttle Service Pass Card. This card allows the holder one daily journey from the Machine Shed to the Oshkosh main gate, and back. There are two departures to Oshkosh every morning.

Folding Camp Chairs

On arrival at the hotel, tour members are provided with a folding camp chair with the tour member’s names “tagged”.

The chairs are light and easy to carry and transport. On arrival at the airshow, the chairs can be stowed in the International Visitors Marquee.

Chairs can also be positioned from where best observation of the afternoon’s airshow can be achieved. We have yet to have a case of a missing chair.

On departing for the hotel, chairs should be stowed in the International Visitors Tent. On the final day, chairs should be returned to the hotel.

Tour Escorts

Our Oshkosh groups have been escort-directed annually since 2005 by the Designer Tours owners, and life partners, Calvin Fabig and Wendy Moult.

More Information


  • Latest news on the Airventure event, direct from the EAA – Airventure
  • A Video Preview of the Event – Youtube

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