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Adventures Afloat: Mighty Mississippi: Bridging America

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Program #20726RJ
9 Days | 8 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.
Elevation Note
Flat terrain.

Itinerary for Sep 12 — Sep 20, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Ship Information: .

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: Subject to availability
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 800-241-1404 or via email at travelinfo@roadscholar.org.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, September 12 - Arrival, orientation, welcome dinner.
Note: Please note that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, this itinerary is subject to change due to river conditions on the Mississippi. Your group leader Charlene Corris will provide you with an detailed program itinerary at orientation, which will include lecture times and all off-vessel excursion times.

Afternoon: Arrivals in St. Louis. If your flight is delayed, please call your group leader Charlene at 413-374-0510. When you arrive at the hotel, proceed to the lobby to check-in with you group leader at the hospitality desk between 12:00PM and 5:00PM. Check in at the hotel begins at 3:00PM. At 5:30PM there is an optional reception in the hotel lobby with complimentary appetizers and cold drinks. Come meet your group leader and fellow participants. Orientation will begin at 6:30PM.

Dinner: After your orientation, there will be a welcome dinner served at the hotel. Get to know your fellow participants as you prepare for a memorable journey up the Mississippi.

Evening: Relax at the hotel and prepare for tomorrow's field trips.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: •The only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America. •The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau. •The only steamboat with multiple, specialty dining options, all at no additional charge. •Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage. •Complimentary wines and beers at dinner. •All staterooms feature gourmet coffee brewers and Starbucks coffee. •Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff. •The warm and inviting ambiance of an antebellum mansion. •Public rooms and accommodations are decorated with Victorian charm and carefully selected antiques. •Elegant-casual attire throughout your voyage — no formal wear required. •Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard river historian. •Professional showboat-style entertainment nightly. •Nightly dancing to swing and big band music. •Enthralling calliope concerts and a chance for guests to play!

Ship Information: Length: 418 feet long Capacity: 436 passengers

Contact info:
One Commerce Square
40 South Main Street, 21st Floor
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 190-165-4260 x0
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Saturday, September 13 - St. Louis, Missouri
Note: During today's walking excursion there will be up to one mile walking over uneven surfaces (including fields in a public park) due to construction around the Gateway Arch.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is served beginning at 6:00AM. Please allow time to eat and be ready for your St. Louis walk, departing at 8:00AM.

Morning: After breakfast we will begin a walking tour of St Louis. Visit the base of the Gateway Arch in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, followed by time in the Museum of Westward Expansion located inside the Arch. Continue back to the hotel passing the Old Cathedral and the Old Courthouse of St. Louis.

Lunch: At 11:15 AM, depart the hotel aboard a bus for Forest Park where we will have a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch we will visit the Missouri History Museum where we will see the special exhibit, Watershed Cairns, a photography installation that artfully highlights the region's intimate connection to rivers and stream. We will then depart for Alton, IL where we will board the American Queen.

Dinner: Welcome aboard dinner on the American Queen.

Evening: Get familiar with the ship and enjoy the evening activities onboard.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: •The only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America. •The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau. •The only steamboat with multiple, specialty dining options, all at no additional charge. •Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage. •Complimentary wines and beers at dinner. •All staterooms feature gourmet coffee brewers and Starbucks coffee. •Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff. •The warm and inviting ambiance of an antebellum mansion. •Public rooms and accommodations are decorated with Victorian charm and carefully selected antiques. •Elegant-casual attire throughout your voyage — no formal wear required. •Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard river historian. •Professional showboat-style entertainment nightly. •Nightly dancing to swing and big band music. •Enthralling calliope concerts and a chance for guests to play!

Ship Information: Length: 418 feet long Capacity: 436 passengers

Contact info:
One Commerce Square
40 South Main Street, 21st Floor
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 190-165-4260 x0
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Sunday, September 14 - Steamboating on the Mississippi
Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.

Morning: This morning we will gather to watch "200 Years of Steamboating, 1811-2011." This movie focuses on the first Western Rivers steamboat and its impact on the history of the development of the United States. This will be followed by an open discussion of the movie and Western Rivers navigation.

Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: This afternoon you have time to enjoy the ship board activities. Prior to dinner, join your fellow passengers for the Captain's Reception.

Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.

Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: •The only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America. •The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau. •The only steamboat with multiple, specialty dining options, all at no additional charge. •Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage. •Complimentary wines and beers at dinner. •All staterooms feature gourmet coffee brewers and Starbucks coffee. •Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff. •The warm and inviting ambiance of an antebellum mansion. •Public rooms and accommodations are decorated with Victorian charm and carefully selected antiques. •Elegant-casual attire throughout your voyage — no formal wear required. •Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard river historian. •Professional showboat-style entertainment nightly. •Nightly dancing to swing and big band music. •Enthralling calliope concerts and a chance for guests to play!

Ship Information: Length: 418 feet long Capacity: 436 passengers

Contact info:
One Commerce Square
40 South Main Street, 21st Floor
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 190-165-4260 x0
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Monday, September 15 - Hannibal, Missouri
Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.

Morning: This morning we arrive in Mark Twain’s boyhood hometown, Hannibal, MO, to board the Twainland Express for a journey enlivened by the spirit of Samuel Clemens, who authored American classics under the pen name of Mark Twain. Begin your journey into the town that inspired the author’s imagination at the Mark Twain Boyhood House & Museum. See the Justice of Peace, the courtroom setting used for trial in Tom Sawyer’s story. Visit the Becky Thatcher House, home of Tom Sawyer’s first sweetheart. Then, take a journey to a time where the Golden Age of railroading and toy trains were part of most everyone’s life at the Big River Train Town Museum. Lastly, visit the local Trinity Church, or perhaps taste some wine at the Mark Twain Winery.

Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will enjoy a lecture by Jerry Sutphin: "Locks and Dams on the Upper Mississippi River". We will learn what the Upper Mississippi was like before locks and dams, why 27 locks and dams are needed, how they were constructed, how they operate, and the benefits they provide.
Prior to dinner enjoy a Road Scholar exclusive cocktail reception onboard the American Queen.

Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.

Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: •The only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America. •The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau. •The only steamboat with multiple, specialty dining options, all at no additional charge. •Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage. •Complimentary wines and beers at dinner. •All staterooms feature gourmet coffee brewers and Starbucks coffee. •Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff. •The warm and inviting ambiance of an antebellum mansion. •Public rooms and accommodations are decorated with Victorian charm and carefully selected antiques. •Elegant-casual attire throughout your voyage — no formal wear required. •Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard river historian. •Professional showboat-style entertainment nightly. •Nightly dancing to swing and big band music. •Enthralling calliope concerts and a chance for guests to play!

Ship Information: Length: 418 feet long Capacity: 436 passengers

Contact info:
One Commerce Square
40 South Main Street, 21st Floor
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 190-165-4260 x0
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Tuesday, September 16 - Steamboating on the Mississippi River
Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.

Morning: The Great Waters of the Mississippi originate in Lake Itasca and roll relentlessly to the Gulf of Mexico. This force of nature is your constant companion during a magical day of uninterrupted cruising. 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 cards in the Ladies Parlor or Gentlemen's Card Room.

Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will gather for a lecture by Jerry Sutphin which will focus on the navigation on the Upper Mississippi River tributaries and the logging industry. He will discuss the history of steamboats, navigation on the St. Croix River, Wisconsin-Fox Rivers, Missouri River, and Illinois River, and the impact of these rivers on the Upper Mississippi River.

Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.

Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: •The only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America. •The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau. •The only steamboat with multiple, specialty dining options, all at no additional charge. •Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage. •Complimentary wines and beers at dinner. •All staterooms feature gourmet coffee brewers and Starbucks coffee. •Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff. •The warm and inviting ambiance of an antebellum mansion. •Public rooms and accommodations are decorated with Victorian charm and carefully selected antiques. •Elegant-casual attire throughout your voyage — no formal wear required. •Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard river historian. •Professional showboat-style entertainment nightly. •Nightly dancing to swing and big band music. •Enthralling calliope concerts and a chance for guests to play!

Ship Information: Length: 418 feet long Capacity: 436 passengers

Contact info:
One Commerce Square
40 South Main Street, 21st Floor
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 190-165-4260 x0
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Wednesday, September 17 - Dubuque, Iowa
Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.

Morning: Visit the Mississippi River Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The National Rivers Hall of Fame captures the drama of river people from all across America, as the inductees are pioneers, explorers and artists who are no longer living. Visit the keelboat audio exhibit to explore our nation's rivers, enjoy the steamboat invention theater, and steer barges in a modern-day towboat pilothouse simulator.

Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Dubuque on your own. You might want to join the American Queen's Hop-On, Hop-Off coach and explore the Grand Opera House.

Dinner: Aboard the American Queen

Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: •The only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America. •The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau. •The only steamboat with multiple, specialty dining options, all at no additional charge. •Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage. •Complimentary wines and beers at dinner. •All staterooms feature gourmet coffee brewers and Starbucks coffee. •Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff. •The warm and inviting ambiance of an antebellum mansion. •Public rooms and accommodations are decorated with Victorian charm and carefully selected antiques. •Elegant-casual attire throughout your voyage — no formal wear required. •Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard river historian. •Professional showboat-style entertainment nightly. •Nightly dancing to swing and big band music. •Enthralling calliope concerts and a chance for guests to play!

Ship Information: Length: 418 feet long Capacity: 436 passengers

Contact info:
One Commerce Square
40 South Main Street, 21st Floor
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 190-165-4260 x0
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Thursday, September 18 - La Crosse, Wisconsin
Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.

Morning: Enjoy a relaxed morning on board before we dock in La Crosse, WI, a gem of Victorian and Art Deco architecture.

Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will visit the University of Wisconsin Library, housing the largest collection of steamboat photographs in the world.

Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.

Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: •The only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America. •The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau. •The only steamboat with multiple, specialty dining options, all at no additional charge. •Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage. •Complimentary wines and beers at dinner. •All staterooms feature gourmet coffee brewers and Starbucks coffee. •Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff. •The warm and inviting ambiance of an antebellum mansion. •Public rooms and accommodations are decorated with Victorian charm and carefully selected antiques. •Elegant-casual attire throughout your voyage — no formal wear required. •Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard river historian. •Professional showboat-style entertainment nightly. •Nightly dancing to swing and big band music. •Enthralling calliope concerts and a chance for guests to play!

Ship Information: Length: 418 feet long Capacity: 436 passengers

Contact info:
One Commerce Square
40 South Main Street, 21st Floor
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 190-165-4260 x0
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Friday, September 19 - Red Wing, Minnesota
Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.

Morning: Red Wing ranks as one of Minnesota's leading manufacturing cities. Historically it is known as home to many products including its famous shoes, pottery and linseed oil. Red Wing also boasts a variety of shops including arts, antiques, pottery and one-of-a kind boutiques. Start your exploration of Red Wing at the Visitor Center for some vital information about the city. Discover Minnesota’s favorite destination for things such as antiques and pottery at the Pottery Place District. Then visit the Stoney Ends Harps, who have made handcrafted folk lever harps for 25 years. At the Historic West End, you will find the Native American, Military and Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre. Don’t miss the spectacular view of bluffs of Minnesota and Wisconsin that await you at Memorial Park!

Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we travel to Wabasha, Minnesota, the oldest city on the Upper Mississippi River. At the home of the National Eagle Center eagles nest here year-round and are in abundance during the winter months. The Center in downtown Wabasha houses Bald Eagles and a Golden Eagle, and is open for programs and special groups. Visitors from all over the world have been to Wabasha to have a "nose to beak" experience with America's national symbol of freedom - the American Bald Eagle.

Dinner: Farewell dinner aboard the American Queen.

Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Saturday, September 20 - St. Paul, Minnesota
Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.

Morning: Disembark in St. Paul, Minnesota. Transfer to the airport for flights back home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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8 nights of accommodations
23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
6 Performances

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