Port of Dubuque_Image Courtesy David Mark_Pixabay
Join us as we motor coach to river cities along the Mississippi from the Quad Cities and Dubuque to Galena. Savor a great travel experience to historic places & hidden gems.
Rejoice in the enchanted world of Beauty and the Beast in beautifully restored 1920’s historic Fort Armstrong theatre. Enjoy the grace and twilight ambiance of a relaxing Riverboat cruise from LeClaire to Dubuque, including a freshly prepared plated meal. Renew a spirit of calm as you visit an Abbey in time for morning prayer and experience a unique surprise. Reflect during a Progressive Dinner in three historic sites while being entertained and enlightened about the families and events that made Dubuque unique during the 19th century. Return in spirit to the time of Civil War hero Ulysses S. Grant while visiting his home and museum. Galena represents a perfect place for boutique shopping with 19th Century charm in a most delightful setting.
Please read the complete itinerary and plan on rewinding for a brief time and embracing the charm and charisma of a simpler time.
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)*||PRICING|
|Deposit||$200 per person|
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|Vacation Pace||Moderate Pace|
|SAVE $50||Book before February 1st|
*Coach departure from Indianapolis area included.
Cancellation policy: if travel insurance is not purchased, cancellation charges are: 76 days and earlier: full refund. 75 and less days prior to departure: no refund.
Day 1: Depart Indianapolis/Davenport IA/Rock Island IL/Le Claire, IA
Depart the Indianapolis area by coach. Enroute we’ll stop for lunch on your own. This afternoon we’ll take tour of the Isabella Bloom sculpture studio in Davenport, Iowa. You’ll have behind-the-scenes access to every step in the making of an Isabel Bloom sculpture. Then indulge yourself at Shameless Chocolate. This evening step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress in Disney’s Beauty & the Beast at the beautifully restored historic Rock Island 1920s theatre, Circa’21 dinner playhouse. Comfort Inn, Le Claire, IA (B,D)
Day 2: Riverboat Twilight Cruise: Le Claire to Dubuque
Be prepared for one of the most exceptional cruise experience in the Midwest on the Riverboat Twilight. Come aboard and step back in time to when riverboats were the most elegant and relaxing way to travel. With just 140 passengers, you’ll experience a more intimate and quality experience…freshly prepared plated meals, comfortable indoor and outdoor seating on all decks, and informational and educational narration. Because the Twilight is so quiet and graceful, you’ll get up close and personal with the countless eagles and nests built in the tall trees. Ending your day, check into the Historic Hotel Julien,a boutique hotel in the heart of Dubuque. Hotel Julien, Dubuque, IA (B,L,D)
Day 3: Dubuque, IA
After breakfast we’ll explore “Where Iowa Started.” Expect the unexpected today! Our first stop is New Melleray Abbey for morning prayer sung by monks and a surprise unique experience. Then on to Convivium Urban Farmstead build around the mission of “celebrating community and food” where we’ll enjoy lunch and a tour. Take in the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium located in the Port of Dubuque which offers a wide array of wildlife displays, hands on exhibits and demonstrations. Ride the Fenelon Place Elevator, the world’s shortest, steepest railway and enjoy the views on top! But the day is not done. This evening enjoy a Progressive Dinner in three of Dubuque’s historic sites and be entertained as local performers share facts about the families and events that made Dubuque so unique in the 19th century. Hotel Julien, Dubuque, IA (B,L,D)
Day 4: Dubuque, IA / Galena, IL / Indianapolis
Depart Dubuque for historic Galena where you’ll tour the Historic Grant Home & Museum. On August 18, 1865, Galena celebrated the return of its Civil War hero General Ulysses S. Grant. Following a jubilant procession with much flag waving and speeches, a group of Galena citizens presented the General with a handsome furnished house on Bouthillier Street. The house is managed by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency as the U.S. Grant Home State Historic Site. Then you’ll understand the real meaning of the phrase “shop ’til you drop” once you hit the streets of Galena Country. Voted one of “America’s Best Main Streets” by Fodor’s Travel and Parade.com, you’ll love browsing through Galena’s 19th-century downtown with more than 100 storefronts featuring clothing, jewelry, collectibles, specialty items, gifts and more. Enjoy your free time for shopping and lunch on your own before departing for home. (B, Box D)