September 10, 2018 - September 16, 2018
Traveling the Mighty Mississippi River Road
and maybe a riverboat or two or three
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Your package includes deluxe transportation and accommodations, all listed tour fees, and 11 meals.The mighty Mississippi River , known by many names such as Old Man River, Father of Waters, The Big Muddy, cuts a mythic figure across the American landscape. Who hasn’t read Mark Twain or listened to the music from Show Boat and not dreamed of a trip down the Mississippi? Created in 1938 from a network of federal, state, and local roads, the Great River Road (GRR) forms a single route along the Mississippi River. A full 50 percent longer than comparable routes along the interstates, the GRR changes direction often, crosses the river whenever it can, and dallies in towns every other road has forgotten. The GRR spares you the fleets of hurtling 40-ton trucks and the interstate parade of franchised familiarity while rewarding you with twice the local color, flavor, and wildlife (two and four-legged) found along any alternative route.
Are you ready to experience the Mighty Mississippi in a brand-new way? Then step aboard the big red bus for a trip somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Today our ride takes us north to our overnight in Des Moines IA, for a delicious meal at the famous Machine Shed Restaurant and our overnight.
We say goodbye to Des Moines this morning and in a few hours say hello to the Mississippi River as we reach the Great River Road. After lunch, we have a little surprise for everyone (hint: he is not embarrassed by his baldness). This afternoon we will be travelling the up the Great River Road to La Crosse, WI for our overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Don’t forget to bring your camera with you because today presents us with several beautiful picture opportunities. We depart our hotel this morning for a tour of the amazing St. Rose Convent. The Mary of the Angels Chapel is recognized as one of the most beautiful in the United States. Since August 1, 1878, at least two Franciscan sisters have maintained a 24-hour prayer vigil for the Church, community and world. After our guided tour, we will depart the Convent and make our way over La Crosse’s docks to board our first riverboat. Enjoy your lunch today on the La Crosse Queen, a modern-day replica of the grand riverboats that plied the waters of the Mississippi over a hundred years ago. She is one of the few authentic paddle-wheel riverboats still in operation in the U.S today. We depart our lunch cruise and make a quick picture stop at the famous and beautiful Grandad Bluff. We then continue south along the Great River Road to Dubuque, IA for another stunning picture stop at Eagle Point Park overlook, then on to our overnight in town.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today is an early day as we depart our hotel and head over to the docks for our second riverboat ride. Once on the Celebration Belle you can become Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn for the day! You will start in Dubuque, IA and cruise south to Moline, IL. Your day can be a learning experience or simply a leisurely cruise down the Mississippi. Come hungry as no cruise would be complete without food! The chefs stay busy all day long preparing three fresh, delicious meals right aboard the boat. We will disembark our riverboat in Moline IL and overnight in town.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
If yesterday put you in mind of Mark Twain and all his beloved stories of life along the Mississippi, then you’re in for another treat as today brings us to Hannibal MO. Our day in Hannibal begins with lunch in Hannibal’s historic downtown and then we pick up our step on guide for a guided tour of the city. After our tour, we will drop you off at the Mark Twain Boyhood Museum so you can learn a little of the history behind one of America’s most famous authors. When you’re done there, you have some free time to explore downtown and maybe do a little shopping. We will be overnighting here in Hannibal, but first we have one more riverboat to board this evening. Tonight, we will enjoy a lovely dinner cruise aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat.
We have another exciting day in store for you today. Our day takes us farther south on the Great River Road down to St. Louis, MO. After lunch we will be seeing the most iconic landmark in St. Louis, that’s right we will be visiting the St. Louis Arch. When it comes to getting a good view of St. Louis, you really can’t beat the view from the top of the Arch. Also be sure to explore the museum below. If you want to learn the history of the Arch and how it was built, there is a theater with a very good short film explaining some of the fascinating story of how this incredible monument was built. When our time ends here, we will make our way over to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Founded in 1859, the 79-acre Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation, an oasis in the city of St. Louis. We overnight tonight here in St. Louis
All good things must come to an end and that includes our time together. Today we arrive back home. Look back at all we experienced and the new friends we’ve made on this journey. And we leave you with this thought: “until our roads cross again”.