Generations Touring follows the boys of summer

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SEATTLE -- A young Seattle-based tour operator that has branded itself a provider of specialty intergenerational tours is pitching a family-oriented trip uniting two of the nation's favorite pastimes: baseball and travel.

Generations Touring Co., formed in 2003, created the six-night Baseball: Behind the Scenes group tour for families, with departure dates of July 20 and Aug. 16 from New York.

The itinerary starts in the Big Apple and continues by motorcoach to Boston; Pawtucket, R.I.; and Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, before heading back to New York.

Baseball: Behind the Scenes tour includes Yankee Stadium.The July 20 trip begins with a day of sightseeing in New York followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of Yankee Stadium and the clubhouse where Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio geared up for games.

Dinner is at the ballpark with a sportswriter, followed by the main event: box seats for the New York Yankees vs. the Toronto Blue Jays.

Accommodations for the night are at the Hotel Edison, an art deco-style building located in the theater district.

The tour continues to Boston, where the group visits Fenway Park. After dinner with a sportswriter, families take their box seats to watch the Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles. Overnight is at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown, just blocks from Boston Commons.

From Boston, the tour heads to Pawtucket, home of the AAA minor league franchise, the Pawtucket Red Sox. Families can meet and talk to the same players they will see in action that night in a game against the Ottawa Lynx at McCoy Stadium. Overnight is at the Radisson Inn Providence.

From Pawtucket, it's back on the bus to Cooperstown.

Those on the July 20 excursion will arrive at the onset of an induction weekend as Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor join baseball's elite. Families will get to visit the Hall of Fame Museum, witness induction ceremonies and keep their eyes peeled for former major leaguers. The stay that night is at the Quality Inn in Rome, N.Y.

The tours are available for families with children of all ages and are priced at $1,999 per person, double; $1,959, triple; and $1,899, quad, and include all gratuities, accommodations, 10 meals and all tours and events.

The August trip will not include the induction and will feature different teams playing.

Groups of five or more receive a discount of 5%, and children age 12 and under receive a $50 discount. Travel agent commission starts at 10%.

For reservations, call (888) 415-9100 or visit www.generationstouringcompany.com.

To contact Destinations Editor Margaret Myre, send e-mail to [email protected].

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