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Adventures Afloat: Baseball Legends on the American Queen: An Adventure from St. Louis to Cincinnati

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Program #21012RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Flat Terrain.

Itinerary for Jul 19 — Jul 28, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Contact info:
2 South 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102 USA
phone: 314-231-3003
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, July 19 - Arrival, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Game!
Note: Hospitality desk in hotel lobby 12-5. Welcome Reception and Orientation with Group Leader 5:30 followed by a light dinner together at hotel before heading off to the St. Louis Cardinals game.

Afternoon: Independent arrivals in St. Louis. Look for Charlene in the lobby at the hospitality desk. Welcome Orientation and Reception at 5:30 PM in the hotel lobby.

Dinner: Welcome social hour at the hotel

Evening: St Louis Cardinals Baseball game vs Padres.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Saturday, July 20 - Embark on the American Queen
Note: Today we explore St Louis with a local guide who will show us the city

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Explore St Louis with a local guide. Visit to the Arch and the Museum of Westward Expansion

Lunch: Picnic lunch in St Louis.

Afternoon: Transfer to the American Queen for boarding. This afternoon our group leader, Charlene Corris, will lead our group on an orientation of the American Queen.

Dinner: Onboard the American Queen

Evening: Evening entertainment and welcome onboard

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Sunday, July 21 - Cape Girardeau, MO
Note: Visit the ship's pilot house and then disembark to explore Cape Girardeau

Breakfast: Onboard the American Queen

Morning: In Cape Girardeau we will visit Historic Fort D. In the summer of 1861, four forts were built around the strategic city of Cape Girardeau on the orders of General John Frémont. Designed by German-American engineers from St. Louis, the forts were built by soldiers of the 20th Illinois Infantry, Bissell’s Engineers of the West, and local militia under the direction of Illinois Lt. John Wesley Powell. Powell, who would later gain fame as the explorer of the Grand Canyon, was detached from his regiment by the new general, Ulysses S. Grant, in order to raise a local company to man the forts. Of the four earthen forts, only Fort D still exists, an intact survivor thanks to civic action in the 1930’s and is now a city historic site. A local regiment will be there for a Living History presentation. Our activity here includes a basic tour plus an exploration of 1860’s baseball. Then, discover nature in an all new way at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. The nature center features a 160-seat auditorium, three classrooms, hands-on exhibits, a scientific research laboratory, freshwater aquariums, and an indoor wildlife viewing area. After exploring the exhibits inside, step out the door to the White Oak Trace trail system, featuring two miles of nature trails that boast rolling river hills, deep hollows, and ravines covered with prominent stands of poplar and oak. If you look closely you just might see a hummingbird or butterfly!

Lunch: Onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Spend some time sharing your baseball knowledge and facts with your fellow passengers. Then listen up to the exclusive Road Scholar Lecture: "Beauty in the Grove: The History, Art, Architecture and Landscape of a National Historic Landmark and resting place of Waite Hoyt and Babe Ruth’s manager, Miller Huggins."

Dinner: Onboard the American Queen

Evening: Enjoy an evening performance onboard the American Queen

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Monday, July 22 - Paducah, KY
Breakfast: Onboard the American Queen

Morning: Take a short journey to J. Polk Brooks' field of dreams, and Frank "Doc" Hideg and the Brooks Stadium Commission, along with numerous community volunteers, have continued to preserve "the House that Brooks Built." This beautiful baseball stadium has been home to countless ball teams including the original Kitty League, and affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Brooks Stadium/Doc Hideg Field is one of the oldest baseball parks still in use in Kentucky. Mike Shannon, radio broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals, called Brooks Stadium one of the finest amateur baseball parks in the United Sates. After our visit take some time to visit the famous Paducah Quilt Museum located within walking distance of the American Queen or check out the Railroad or River Museums.

Lunch: Onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Enjoy some baseball trivia or enjoy the activites on board the ship!

Dinner: Onboard the American Queen

Evening: Enjoy and evening performance aboard the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Tuesday, July 23 - Henderson, KY
Breakfast: Onboard the American Queen

Morning: Enjoy ship board activities this morning. Arrival into Henderson is at 10:00am.

Lunch: Onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: In Henderson, KY, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the John J Audubon Museum offers original oil and watercolor art by Audubon as well as personal memorabilia in this world-class facility. We will also attend a classroom presentation of live birds.

Dinner: Onboard the American Queen.

Evening: Enjoy an evening performance aboard the American Queen

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Wednesday, July 24 - Steamboating day.
Breakfast: Onboard the American Queen

Morning: Exclusive Road Scholar Lecture: , “The Boys of Summer in Cincinnati,” focusing on the many baseball figures buried in Spring Grove, including the woman who created the very first Redlegs uniforms in the 1800’s.

Lunch: Onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Spend some free time on the ship's Front Porch of America, cozy up with a book in the Mark Twain Gallery, or try your hand at some card's in Ladies' Parlor or Gentleman's Card Room. Then gather together for some baseball themed activities.

Dinner: Onboard the American Queen

Evening: Enjoy the evening performances aboard the American Queen

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Thursday, July 25 - Louisville, KY home of the Loiusville Slugger bat...
Breakfast: Onboard the American Queen

Morning: Today, our field trip is a sports day as we visit two of the most important sporting venues located in Louisville - Kentucky Derby Museum and Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. We will spend the morning at the Kentucky Derby Museum enjoying interactive horse racing exhibits, viewing "the Greatest Race" and take a guided walking tour of Historic Churchill Downs. Next we travel to the heart of Louisville to explore the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, home of the World's Biggest Bat. See Babe Ruth's bat and take a factory tour that concludes with a free mini bat and lunch to follow at the Slugger Museum. Continue to the Louisville Bats Stadium for a tour of the ballpark.

Lunch: Lunch at the Louisville Slugger Museum.

Afternoon: Continuation of the Louisville excursion.

Dinner: Onboard the American Queen

Evening: Enjoy the evening performances aboard the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Friday, July 26 - Madison, IN
Breakfast: Onboard the American Queen

Morning: Stretch your legs on a field trip to Clifty Falls State Park. Then we'll stop in at the Heritage Center. Spend some time exploring Madison on your own--one of the most beautiful small towns in America--stroll along Main St or visit the Railroad Museum.

Lunch: Onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: Exclusive Road Scholar Lecture: “My Life as a Nuxhall” as he reminisces about his life as the oldest son of Joe Nuxhall, the youngest pitcher to ever play in the major leagues.

Dinner: Onboard the American Queen

Evening: Enjoy the onboard activities including performances and a late-night buffet

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
2826 Terminal Drive
Hebron, KY 41048 USA
phone: 859-371-6166
web: http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/kentucky/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-cincinnati-airport-CVGHBDT/index.html

Room amenities: Luxurious bedding; iron; HD Flat Screen TV, On-Demand movies; Wireless high-speed Internet. Accessible guest rooms feature bathroom safety bars, wheelchair accessible light fixtures, thermostat, luxurious bedding, voice mail, iron/ironing board, Wolfgang Puck Coffee/Tea Maker, 32-inch HD flat screen TV, On-Demand movies, data port, two telephones and wireless high-speed Internet.

Facility amenities: Enjoy a warm cookie on arrival; 24-hour fitness center, complimentary shuttle to airport

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Saturday, July 27 - Disembark the American Queen.
Breakfast: Onboard the American Queen

Morning: This morning we disembark the American Queen and take a tour of Cincinnati with Phil Nuxhall to include Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, a National Historic Landmark and second largest cemetery in the U.S. Phil is the director here and no one knows it better. He will show us the burial sites of some of baseball’s legends and we will have lunch on the beautiful grounds. Next, in keeping with our baseball theme we will visit the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. With the formation of the Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869, professional baseball and America's passion for the sport were born, and grew, right here in Cincinnati. Now, for the first time, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum offers fans of the Reds, and of baseball, the first comprehensive look into the sport's heralded past. Nowhere else are fans able to see as complete of a collection of artifacts from the first professional baseball team and its rich history in the major leagues. And nowhere outside of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., are baseball fans treated to such an amazing visual history of the World Series and Opening Day.

Lunch: At a local restuarant

Afternoon: Continuation of field trip.

Dinner: On your own. Feel free to venture into the city to explore on your own or perhaps check out the Jazz Festival. Or eat at the hotel restaurant and rest up for your journey home tomorrow.

Lodging: Double Tree Cincinnati Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Ten: Sunday, July 28 - Depart Cincinatti
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Arrange a free shuttle with the hotel staff for your departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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