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Adventures Afloat: On the River With Lewis and Clark: St. Louis to Louisville on the American Queen

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Program #21288RJ
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.

Itinerary for Oct 10 — Oct 19, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Ship Information: n/a

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, October 10 - Arrivals and Welcome Orientation
Note: The ship-based itinerary may change in order to allow participants to attend activities offered by both Road Scholar and the American Queen. Charlene Corris will provide a final itinerary at your orientation which will include lecture times, excursion times, and additional itinerary details.

Arrive To: Arrive to St. Louis and transfer to the hotel. A Road Scholar Hospitality Desk will be located in the Lobby of the hotel from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Meet your group leader, Charlene Corris, and receive your room keys. Check in at the hotel begins at 3:00 PM.

Afternoon: At 5:30 PM, meet in the hotel lobby for the traditional Drury “Kick-back” and enjoy complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks, cocktails, and appetizers.

Dinner: At 6:30 PM, convene at Carmine’s Restaurant in the hotel for orientation followed by dinner.

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, October 11 - St. Louis/Embarkation
Note: The daily newsletter for ALL passengers will be in your River Times, delivered each evening to your stateroom. Please carry your Guest Ticket, a photo-identification, and a credit card in your carryon/hand luggage for embarkation.

Breakfast: Breakfast service begins in the lobby at 7:00 AM.

Morning: At 8:15 AM we will enjoy a walking field trip of St. Louis en route to the Gateway Arch, a 630-foot-high monument in St. Louis. Upon arrival at the Arch we will be viewing the movie "Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West." After the movie we will meet Jerry Garrett, a local from St. Louis who will guide us through the time of Lewis & Clark in St Louis.

Lunch: After returning to the hotel, enjoy a buffet lunch at 11:30 AM in the lobby of the hotel provided by Angelo’s Restaurant.

Afternoon: At 12:30 PM we will depart the hotel for Camp Dubois, the camp of the Lewis and Clark Expedition from December 1803 to May 1804. At 2:15 PM we will transfer to Alton, IL to embark on the American Queen. At approximately 4:30 PM there will be a safety drill at your cabin.

Dinner: Dinner is at 5:15 PM in the J.M. White Dining Room.

Evening: The evening show is at 8:00 PM in the Grand Saloon.

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, October 12 - Chester, IL
Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.

Morning: At 8:45 AM meet your group leader in the Mark Twain Gallery to board the bus. This morning we will visit Fort Kakaskia Park and the site where the bulk of the members of the expedition were recruited. We will also visit the Pierre Menard Home, built around 1815 and an example of Southern French Colonial style (known also as Creole). This home belonged to a trader who became the first lieutenant governor of Illinois.

Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Meet Jim Holmberg in the Theater at 2:30 PM for an afternoon lecture, "The Genesis of Lewis and Clark." Prior to dinner enjoy the Captain's Reception for all passengers.

Dinner: Dinner is at 5:15 PM in the J.M. White Dining Room.

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, October 13 - Cape Girardeau, MO
Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.

Morning: This morning we will visit the Red House Interpretive Center. Step back into the year 1803 for a great tour of the French Colonial style house built for the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemoration in Cape Girardeau. One room contains eight interpretive panels depicting Lewis & Clark's visit.

Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Meet in the Theater at 2:30 PM for a lecture, "Lewis and Clark Among the Indians." At 4:00 PM, enjoy an exclusive Road Scholar Cocktail Party in the Ladies Parlor.

Dinner: Dinner is at 5:15 PM in the J.M. White Dining Room.

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, October 14 - Paducah, KY
Note: There will be an onboard briefing about the American Queen's hop-on-hop-off shore excursions at the beginning of your voyage to help you take advantage of attractions in the ports.

Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.

Morning: Founded in 1827 by William Clark, Paducah is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers. Meet in the Mark Twain Gallery at 9:00 AM for a walk to the flood walls. From here you can explore Paducah on foot or with the American Queen hop-on hop-off buses.

Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Meet in the Theater at 2:30 PM for an afternoon lecture, "A Notion About Freedom: William Clark and Slave York."

Dinner: Dinner is at 5:15 PM in the J.M. White Dining Room.

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, October 15 - Cave-In-Rock, IL
Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.

Morning: "The Cave", a striking 55 foot wide riverside cave on the banks of the Ohio River formed by wind, water erosion, and the catostrophic New Madrid earthquake in 1811. Cave-in-Rock was originally a stronghold for outlaws including river pirates and highwaymen. This morning you may use the hop-on hop-off buses at your leisure to explore the caves.

Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Gather in the Theater at 2:00 PM for a film about Lewis and Clark.

Dinner: Dinner is at 5:15 PM in the J.M. White Dining Room.

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, October 16 - Henderson, KY
Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.

Morning: Visit to the John J. Audubon Museum for an interpretation of Audubon’s life through his art and personal memorabilia.

Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Join Jim in the Theater at 2:30 PM for a thought-provoking talk about the fate of Lewis in this afternoon's lecture, "By His Own Hand?: The Death of Merriweather Lewis."

Dinner: Dinner is at 5:15 PM in the J.M. White Dining Room.

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, October 17 - Brandenburg, KY
Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.

Morning: At 9:30 AM in the Theater, join Jim for our last talk, "Lewis and Clark at the Falls of Ohio." Directly following Jim’s talk Charlene will give instructions for our disembarkation tomorrow morning in Jeffersonville, IN.

Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: This afternoon please explore Brandenburg on your own using the hop-on-hop-off buses. The historic downtown area, located in a fold of land between two high cliffs, hosted General John Hunt Morgan and his troops as they crossed the Ohio River into Indiana in 1863. The home where Morgan watched the troop crossing stands proudly overlooking the Ohio; although almost completely destroyed by the 1974 tornado that devastated Meade County, it was rebuilt to its original state and is now a private home.

Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Seelbach Hilton Louisville hotel is centrally located to many Louisville attractions such as Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. The hotel is right across the street from the Fourth Street Live Entertainment Complex and only seven miles from Louisville International Airport (SDF). This Louisville hotel is home to The Oakroom, Kentucky’s first and only AAA five-diamond restaurant. The restaurant's decor is reminiscent of the original gentlemen’s billiards hall. We also offer guests three other onsite restaurants. Have a drink at the Old Seelbach Bar, voted one of the top 50 bars in the World featuring live music and a world-class whiskey collection. Enjoy a southern-inspired breakfast at Otto’s Café, a 1920s style café decorated in sepia and black tones. Sip a latte from the Starbucks located inside the hotel. Unwind in a guest room, suite, or executive suite that features in-room amenities such as high-speed internet access, flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels along with in-room movies and games. Host a meeting in 32,000 sq. ft. of meeting space that features the largest meeting room at the hotel—the Rathskeller, which offers 4,200 sq. ft. space.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
500 Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202 USA
phone: 502-585-9273
web: www.seelbachhilton.com/

Room amenities: At The Seelbach Hilton, you'll find Deluxe Guest Rooms furnished in a period of antique reproductions - Stiffel lamps, colonial mahogany armoires, four-poster beds, Chippendale accent pieces - you'll be surrounded by The Seelbach's signature style. Look outside your guest room window and enjoy picturesque views of downtown Louisville. An indulgent, marble-appointed bathroom connects to your guest room. Extras like an iron and ironing board, and a hair dryer makes getting ready for the day a delight. Guest rooms feature high-speed internet access and dual-line telephones with voice mail, dataport and speakerphone.

Facility amenities: •Automated Teller (ATM) ($2.75) •Baggage Storage •Bar Area •Bell service/Porter •Check cashing - $100/day max. •Concierge Desk •Direct billing •Doctor on call •Elevators •Executive Concierge Level •Fire alarms/sprinklers •Gift Shop •Ice machines - every floor •Laundry/Valet Service •Lounge •Luggage Hold •Multi-Lingual Staff •Multilingual staff •Parking - self-park/valet •Room Service •Safety Deposit Box .•-Complimentary towels •Fitness Room •Massage •Other services: •Seelbach Fitness Center •Sight Seeing Tours •Stairmaster •Stationary bicycles •Treadmills •Universal weights .

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 800-241-1404 or via email at travelinfo@roadscholar.org.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Nine: Saturday, October 18 - Louisville, KY
Note: At the Filson we will collect your listening devices so be sure that you bring all the equipment with you.

Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.

Morning: At 8:45 AM we will disembark and take a motorcoach to visit the Falls of the Ohio State Park where we will view a short film, tour the exhibits, and view the falls from the overlook.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at Locust Grove.

Afternoon: After lunch we will visit the Filson Historical Society, where Jim is the Curator of Special Collections. Here you can view expedition artifacts and letters.

Dinner: At 4:00 PM we will arrive at the Seelbach Hotel for our farewell dinner and program wrap-up.

Lodging: Seelbach Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Sunday, October 19 - Louisville, KY/Departures
Depart From: Departure transfers to the airport will be provided for all participants.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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