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BEGINS IN: PEORIA, ILLINOIS

The Illinois River: Paddleboats, Canals and Treasured State Parks

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Program #4267RJ
4 Days | 3 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.
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Itinerary for Jun 2 — Jun 5, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Contact info:
500 Hamilton Boulevard
Peoria, IL 61602 USA
phone: 309-674-2500
web: www.fourpointspeoria.com

Room amenities: Bathroom: Grab Bars In Bathroom Accessible Shower and/or Bathtub Signature Bath Amenities Hairdryer Room Features: 100% Non-Smoking Guestrooms Cable/satellite TV Iron/ironing board Individuall controlled air conditioning/heating Work desk with lamp

Facility amenities: Room Amenities & Services Free daily newspaper (Local) Iron/ironing board Radio/alarm clock Internet Access Wireless high speed Internet access (Free) Indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna Health/fitness center on-site

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 02 -
Afternoon: Hotel check-in in Peoria.

Dinner: At hotel banquet room, short walk within the hotel.

Evening: Dinner, followed by a brief orientation, and a program on "River Ecology" begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton. "River Ecology" will be presented by Brian Fox Ellis, Riverlorian for the Spirit of Peoria.

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located within Starved Rock State Park, Illinois' premier state park.

Contact info:
PO Box 570
Rt. 178 and 71
Utica, IL 61373 USA
phone: 800-868-7625
web: www.starvedrocklodge.com

Room amenities: DVD player.

Facility amenities: Historic building with modern amenities include an indoor pool and on-site restaurant and lounge.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Two: Monday, June 03 -
Breakfast: Onboard the Spirit of Peoria Paddleboat

Morning: Hotel shuttle from hotel to waterfront to board the Spirit of Peoria paddleboat is available. Morning sessions on river history and lore. On board music.

Lunch: On board the Spirit of Peoria.

Afternoon: Afternoon presentations such as river ecology and an old-time sing along. Watch for the white pelicans along the river, listen to the caliope.

Dinner: On board the Spirit of Peoria.

Evening: Motor coach transfer from the dock to the lodge, hotel check-in. Evening presentation by "Mark Twain".

Lodging: Starved Rock Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located within Starved Rock State Park, Illinois' premier state park.

Contact info:
PO Box 570
Rt. 178 and 71
Utica, IL 61373 USA
phone: 800-868-7625
web: www.starvedrocklodge.com

Room amenities: DVD player.

Facility amenities: Historic building with modern amenities include an indoor pool and on-site restaurant and lounge.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Three: Tuesday, June 04 -
Breakfast: At Starved Rock Lodge.

Morning: Learn about the history of the park and the surrounding bluffs and the river. Take a walk to the "Top of the Rock".

Lunch: At Starved Rock Lodge.

Afternoon: Learn about the native peoples of the area, conflicts with other tribes, and native traditions and culture.

Dinner: At Starved Rock Lodge.

Evening: Evening presentation on Birds of Prey. Learn about the American Bald Eagle and other Illinois raptors.

Lodging: Starved Rock Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, June 05 -
Breakfast: At Starved Rock Lodge.

Morning: Board motor coach for the I&M Lock and Dam. Presentation about the Army Corp of Engineers maintenance of the lock and dam and river channel. Afterwards, motor by coach to Lock 16 for a canal boat ride on the Illinois & Michigan [I & M] Canal. The full sized replica of an 1848 canal boat will be pulled by a mule as participants enjoy the scenery, history and fun on this historic waterway that changed the face of the nation.

Lunch: Lunch en route back to Peoria at Lock 16 Visitor's Center

Afternoon: Arrival back at hotel in Peoria. Departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
3 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
4 Performances

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4.7
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