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

Program Number: 21288RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/10/2014 - 10/19/2014;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Missouri/Illinois/Kentucky
Price starting at: $4,680.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; River Boats Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 26; 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners    

In the fall of 1803, Lewis and Clark set out from the Falls of the Ohio down the Ohio River and then up the Mississippi to St. Louis, wintering near there before continuing up the Missouri in May 1804 on the greatest exploratory venture in the history of the United States. Trace the path of this pivotal voyage in reverse, sailing from St. Louis to Louisville aboard an authentic steamboat and learning about Lewis and Clark.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles, flat terrain, occasional flight of stairs.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

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



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



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

Set out to explore St. Louis with stops at the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion and Eads Bridge, which spans the mighty Mississippi and is universally recognized as one of the world’s great examples of structural design. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Day 3: Chester, Ill.:

Visit Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site, a key strategic point during the Revolution, and later, the site where Lewis and Clark recruited many of the members of the Corps of Discovery.



Day 4: Cape Girardeau, Mo.:

At the Red House Interpretive Center, docents in period dress take you back to the year 1803 and invite you inside the French Colonial-style house built in 2003 for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration.



Day 5: Paducah, Ky.:

Paducah was founded by William Clark in 1827, 20 years after his expedition with Meriwether Lewis. Visit Paducah’s Market House Museum and the nearby replica of Fort Massac, where Lewis and Clark recruited some of their men.



Day 6: Cave-In-Rock, Ill.:

Visit and learn about Cave-in-Rock, a cave 55 feet wide on the banks of the Ohio River that has served as a stronghold for river pirates, highwaymen and other outlaws.



Day 7: Henderson, Ky.:

At the John J. Audubon State Park Museum and Nature Center in Henderson, see original oil and watercolor art by Audubon as well as personal memorabilia in a world-class facility listed on the National Register of Historic Places.



Day 8: Brandenburg:

Explore Brandenburg’s historic downtown area and visit the home from which Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan watched his troops cross the Ohio River into Indiana. A lecture by historian Jim Holmberg will shed light on the letters William Clark wrote during his lifetime, including while on the westward expedition.



Days 9-10: Louisville / disembark / departure:

Returning from their successful expedition west, Lewis and Clark were guests of honor at the 694-acre farm Locust Grove in November 1806. Visit the home and grounds of this National Historic Landmark, as well as the Filson Historical Society, where you can view expedition artifacts and letters.



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
  St Louis, Missouri
Chester, IL
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Paducah, Kentucky
Cave-in-Rock, IL
Henderson, KY
Brandenbur, KY
7 nights
   Seelbach Hotel
  Louisville, KY 1 night
 Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
Type: Hotel
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: 2 South 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102 USA
phone: 314-231-3003
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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

 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

 Seelbach Hotel
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: http://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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: 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


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins with orientation at 6:30 pm at the hotel. You will be staying at Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast at the hotel. You will be staying at Seelbach Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. "The Guest Information Form" must be completed and sent to the cruise line. Please fill out this form, attached at the end of this packet, and fax it to (901) 654-2639 or email it to gif@aqsc.com. Approximately one month prior to the program, cruise documents will be mailed to participants.
  Parking availability:
Long term parking is available at Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch at an additional charge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St Louis, Missouri
  From End of Program
  Location:  Louisville, KY
Travel Details
 

St. Louis

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Road Scholar Transfer

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Transfers are included for participants who booked their air through Road Scholar and are arriving on October 10. Upon arrival at the airport, please proceed to the Baggage Claim Area and locate your greeter, Jeanne, who will be holding a Road Scholar sign. Transfers are grouped by arrival time, so if your flight is delayed it is important that you contact the greeter on her cell phone at 314-498-2125. Please do not contact Jeanne before October 10.

 

St. Louis

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45 per taxi
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Taxis are available at the airport to take you to the hotel.

 

Louisville

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Road Scholar Transfer

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

6 miles

   

Road Scholar will provide a departure transfer for all participants.

 

Louisville

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20 per taxi
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

6 miles

   

Taxis are available at the hotel to take you to the airport.

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: Arrivals and Welcome Orientation
(Friday, October 10)

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

Day 2: St. Louis/Embarkation
(Saturday, October 11)

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

Day 3: Chester, IL
(Sunday, October 12)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cape Girardeau, MO
(Monday, October 13)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Paducah, KY
(Tuesday, October 14)

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

Day 6: Cave-In-Rock, IL
(Wednesday, October 15)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Henderson, KY
(Thursday, October 16)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Brandenburg, KY
(Friday, October 17)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Louisville, KY
(Saturday, October 18)

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.
   
Accommodations: Seelbach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Louisville, KY/Departures
(Sunday, October 19)
   
 Depart From: Departure transfers to the airport will be provided for all participants.
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

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