The Discerning Aviator’s Annual Pilgrimage

Designed for a small group of relaxed aviators

  • En route from Chicago to Oshkosh

  • Group in the hotel

  • Machine Shed Restaurant 15 metres from our hotel

  • One of our group from Jersey

  • Group members in the Machine Shed Restaurant

The optional tours

A Tour – Washington DC – Flying Circus Tour
4 Days Thursday to Sunday, second last week in July

B Tour – Appleton WI – Oshkosh Airshow Tour
7 Days Monday to Sunday, last week of July


Washington DC – The Harrington

Our hotel’s location is brilliant – exactly where it should be. Five blocks from the White-House, a block from the National Mall (not a shopping centre!), a block from the FBI Headquarters and also Ford’s Theatre. It is an elderly, family-owned hotel. Run by an elderly English Lady.

In fact, it is the oldest continuously running hotel in the USA. It looks doubtful from the exterior. The plumbing and air-conditioning are vintage. But is it spacious, very comfortable, very clean and everything works.  Harry’s Bar has great on-tap beer, and the food is economic and very palatable.

Appleton WI – The Country Inn and Suites

Modern, Four Star, 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 half a kilometre of the hotel.


Breakfasts are fare inclusive at all of the tour accommodations. All hotels offer hot options plus the standard “American Continental”.


Three fare inclusive dinners

On arrival nights at Washington and Appleton:
– A Welcome Local Menu Dinner, with local beers and wines.

And at the Flying Circus Airshow, after the show ends:
– A Pizza Dinner and local beers, with the performing pilots and aircrews.

Special events


  • The Flying Circus – Barnstorming  Airshow
  • The Flying Circus – Stearman Flights for each on tour
  • The Flying Circus – Guests at the Show Pilots’ briefing
  • The Udvar-Hazy Aviation Museum, ranked the world’s best
  • Changing of the Guard at Arlington
  • The Air Force Memorial
  • Day Free – Visit the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum?
  • The EAA Airventure aka Oshkosh Airshow. Five Days
  • The EAA Airventure. Two Night Shows
  • The Harley Davidson Museum

Tour Escorts

Our Oshkosh groups have been escort-directed since 1995 by the owner partners of Designer Tours – life partners, Calvin Fabig and Wendy Moult. They will be on duty for your tour.

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