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

Program Number: 21012RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/19/2013 - 7/28/2013;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Missouri/Kentucky/Indiana/Ohio
Price starting at: $3,897.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; River Boats Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 25; 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners    

Bring your glove and board a classic riverboat for a paddlewheel adventure on the Upper Mississippi and Ohio rivers, seeing and talking baseball — trivia, movies, stats, swinging a bat — as you wind timeless miles from St. Louis to Cincinnati. Go ashore to watch a major league game, explore some bustling ballparks, have a catch and a pickup game with new friends, and visit the factory where Louisville Slugger bats are made.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to one-half mile, some steps.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

St. Louis, Mo., 1 night; aboard American Queen, 7 nights; Cincinnati, Ohio, 1 night.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Days 1-2: Arrival St. Louis, Mo. / embark American Queen:

Experience two St. Louis icons — retro-style Busch Stadium to see the Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals, plus the St. Louis skyline on a journey to the top of the Gateway Arch. Lodging: Three-star hotel with swimming pool and fitness center near Gateway Arch.



Day 3: Cape Girardeau, Mo.:

Visit the last remaining fort built around the strategic city of Cape Girardeau on the orders of Gen. John Fremont, while also reliving 1860s baseball at Fort D Historic Site. An afternoon lecture spotlights Cincinnati’s Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, resting place of Babe Ruth’s manager, Miller Huggins.



Day 4: Paducah, Ky.:

Explore “the house that Brooks built” — a beautiful baseball stadium called one of the finest amateur ballparks in the United States and used by countless teams and many future major league players. Test your knowledge of baseball trivia on the American Queen’s famous “Front Porch of America.”



Days 5-6: Henderson, Ky. / On River:

Learn about America’s premier ornithologist and painter at the John James Audubon Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and home to original oil and water-color art. Hear a lecture about the Cincinnati woman who created the very first Redlegs uniforms in the 1800s.



Day 7: Louisville, Ky.:

In this horse-racing mecca, walk Churchill Downs with an expert and experience interactive horse-racing exhibits at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Then journey to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory to see Babe Ruth’s bat, followed by an exploration of the home park of the Cincinnati Red’s Triple-A team, the Louisville Bats.



Day 8: Madison, Ind.:

In Madison, venture to Clifty State Park — one of Indiana’s best-kept secrets — for a naturalist-led visit and perhaps a hike. At the Heritage Museum, rewind the years and learn more about the Civil War and steamboating history.



Days 9-10 Cincinnati, Ohio / disembark / departure:

In Cincinnati, join Join Phil Nuxhall, oldest son of Joe Nuxhall, who in 1944 became the youngster player to appear in a MLB game at 15 years, 316 days, on an exploration of Spring Grove Cemetery to see burial sites of baseball legends. In the “Queen City,” explore the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum to learn about the birth of professional baseball. Lodging: Quality hotel with swimming pool and fitness room.



American Queen

The largest steamboat ever built, the American Queen is a recreation of a classic Mississippi riverboat featuring a steam-powered paddlewheel, lacy filigree and, inside, glistening woodwork and antiques. Public areas include the Mark Twain Gallery library, the Grand Saloon and a lounge. Wine and beer are complimentary with dinner.


Meals and Lodgings
   Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
  St Louis, Missouri 1 night
   American Queen
  On the Mississippi River aboard the American Queen 7 nights
   Double Tree Cincinnati Airport
  Cincinnati, Ohio 1 night
 Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 2 South 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102 USA
phone: 314-231-3003
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 American Queen
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Double Tree Cincinnati Airport
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
St. Louis, Missouri. 5:30PM at the hotel. You will be staying at Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch that night.
  End of Program:
Cincinnati, Ohio. The ship docks at 8:00AM. You will be staying at Double Tree Cincinnati Airport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. "The Guest Information Form" towards the back of your packet must be completed online at www.greatamericansteamboatcompany.com/gif or it must be filled out and faxed to the cruise line at 901.654.2639. Approximately one month prior to the program, cruise documents will be mailed to participants.
  Parking availability:
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Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St Louis, Missouri
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departure
Travel Details
 

Lambert St. Louis Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$38 for one or two people
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

24 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

17 miles

 

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 
Driving Directions
  Traveling East On I-64 Take Exit 40B (6th Street) Turn Left at Gratiot St Turn Left at 4th Street Hotel Will Be On Right
  Traveling On I-70 Take The Broadway/Convention Center Exit (#249C) Follow Broadway To Walnut, Turn Left Turn Left Onto 4th Street Hotel Is On The Right
  Traveling West On I-64/Hwy 40 Cross Poplar Street Bridge & Stay In Right (Downtown) Lane Take Downtown/Memorial Dr Exit Turn Left At 2nd Stoplight (Market St) Go 2 Blocks Turn Left At Broadway Turn Left At 1st Stoplight (Walnut St) Turn Left At Next Stoplight (4th Street) Hotel Is On Right
Elevation Note: Flat Terrain.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Game!
(Friday, July 19)

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.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Embark on the American Queen
(Saturday, July 20)

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
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cape Girardeau, MO
(Sunday, July 21)

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
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Paducah, KY
(Monday, July 22)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Henderson, KY
(Tuesday, July 23)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Steamboating day.
(Wednesday, July 24)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Louisville, KY home of the Loiusville Slugger bat company
(Thursday, July 25)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Madison, IN
(Friday, July 26)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Disembark the American Queen.
(Saturday, July 27)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Double Tree Cincinnati Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Depart Cincinatti
(Sunday, July 28)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Arrange a free shuttle with the hotel staff for your departure.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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