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Mighty Mississippi: Bridging America

Program Number: 20726RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/1/2015 - 8/9/2015; 9/5/2015 - 9/13/2015; 7/24/2016 - 8/1/2016; 8/14/2016 - 8/22/2016;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Minnesota/Wisconsin/Iowa/Missouri
Price starting at: $4,799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; River Boats Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 23; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Discover the Upper Mississippi River aboard the magnificent American Queen, an authentic paddlewheel steamboat that recalls the romance and adventure of the past. Absorb the river’s natural beauty, learn about America’s expansion across the continent and hear the stories of characters like Mark Twain and Zebulon Pike. Throughout your adventure, enjoy insights from Mississippi River steamboat historian Jerry Sutphin.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

St. Paul, Minn., 1 night; aboard American Queen, 7 nights.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Days 1-2: Arrival St. Paul, Minn. / embark American Queen:

Discover Minnesota’s capital on an expert-led excursion before boarding the steamboat to begin your Mississippi River voyage. Lodging: Comfortable hotel with lovely courtyard.



Day 3: Red Wing:

In this small manufacturing city, visit a maker of handcrafted harps and the pottery district. Continue to Wabasha, the oldest city on the Upper Mississippi, to encounter bald eagles at the National Eagle Center.



Day 4: La Crosse, Wis.:

Enjoy a field trip to the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse Library, housing the largest collection of steamboat photographs in the world.



Day 5: Dubuque, Iowa:

Visit the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, an affiliate of the Smithsonian. Exhibits include a towboat pilothouse simulator, the National Rivers Hall of Fame, the steamboat invention theater and reproductions of various river environments.



Day 6: Davenport:

Learn about the river history of Davenport, the largest of the Quad Cities. The first railroad bridge across the Mississippi was built here; soon after, a steamboat captain who viewed railroads as a threat to his business deliberately crashed his ship into the bridge.



Day 7: Burlington:

In 1805, explorer Zebulon Pike’s Mississippi River expedition landed at Burlington and raised the American flag for the first time on Iowa soil. Discover this historic town and sail under the Great River Bridge.



Day 8: Hannibal, Mo.:

At the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, find out how the life of Samuel Clemens inspired the classics he penned as Mark Twain. Board the Twainland Express to view other important sites from the author’s youth.



Day 9: St. Louis / disembark / departure


American Queen

The American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat, a modern vessel with hardwood details, grand furnishings, comfortable amenities and luxurious staterooms. Public areas include the Mark Twain Gallery library, the Grand Saloon and a lounge. Wine and beer are complimentary with dinner.


Meals and Lodgings
   Embassy Suites Bloomington
  Saint Paul, MN 1 night
   American Queen
  On the Mississippi River aboard the American Queen 7 nights
 Embassy Suites Bloomington
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Enjoy an authentic French bistro atmosphere at Chez Daniel, or grab a coffee at City Blend A complimentary Bloomington hotel shuttle will take you to MSP Airport, Mall of America and more.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: 2800 American Boulevard West
Bloomington, MN 55431 USA
phone: 952-884-4811
web: www.embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/minnesota/embassy-suites-bloomington-MSPWEES/index.html
  Room amenities: Air Conditioning Black-Out Curtains Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection Ergonomic Desk Chair Feather Pillows Non Allergenic HD Channels In-Room Movie Channel Non-Smoking Double Locking Doors Electronic Locks Electronic Smoke Detector Thumb Dead Bolt Microwave Mini Refrigerator Iron/Ironing Board
  Facility amenities: Automated Teller (ATM) Beverage Area, Complimentary Breakfast Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Gift Shop Laundry/Valet Service Lounge On-Site Convenience Store Room Service Safety Deposit Box Fitness Room Pool
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 800-241-1404 or via email at travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 American Queen
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
St. Paul, Minnesota The program starts at 5:30PM at the hotel. You will be staying at Embassy Suites Bloomington that night.
  End of Program:
St. Louis, Missouri The ship docks at 8:00AM. You will be staying at American Queen the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Due to US Coast Guard requirements, "The Guest Information Form" towards the back of your packet must be completed as soon as possible and emailed or faxed to the cruise line at gif@aqsc.com or 901-654-2639. Your reservation number will be printed on the important information page of this packet as your Booking ID. If you’ve received your information packet electronically please email suzanne.saltzer@roadscholar.org for your reservation number. Failure to return this form 30 days prior to your program may jeopardize your ability to board the American Queen. Your cruise documents and boarding pass will be handed out at the program orientation.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Saint Paul, MN
  Nearest city or town:  Saint Paul
  Nearest highway: US 35W, US 94
  Nearest airport:  Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
  From End of Program
  Location:  On the Mississippi River aboard the American Queen
Travel Details
 

Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 952-854-1000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 5-10 minutes from the airport 

 

Distance:

 

3 miles

   

The Embassy Suites runs a complimentary shuttle from the airport to the hotel. Once you land and have collected your luggage you must call the hotel at 952-854-1000 to request the shuttle. The shuttle pick up will be at the Ground Transportation area and it is a white shuttle that says Embassy on the outside. If your flight is delayed into Minneapolis, please call your Group Leader, Charlene Corris, at 413-374-0510.

 

Alton, Illinois

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Road Scholar Transfer

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

There will be one Road Scholar transfer available to all participants. This transfer will be confirmed in your second mailing. Please inform your group leader at the beginning of the program if you will be making alternate arrangements.

 

Alton, Illinois

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shore Excursions of American
phone: 888-966-0938
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$69.00
Prices are subject to change.

   

For those with flights departing St Louis after 2:00PM, there is an optional excursion of the City of St. Louis that will leave the American Queen at 7:45AM on the last day of the program. This excursion will take you around the highlights of St. Louis before dropping you off at the airport at 12:30PM. More information can be found at http://www.reservemyexcursions.com/

 

Lambert St. Louis Airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

22 miles

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: Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
(Saturday, September 5)

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 Paul. Look for your group leader Charlene in the lobby at the Hospitality desk between 12 and 5:00PM Welcome Reception at 5:30PM in the hotel lobby.
 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 down the Mississippi.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites Bloomington
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: St. Paul, MN
(Sunday, September 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast we will enjoy a field trip of St Paul. Learn about how the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers helped shape this city's history and its rise to prominence as the capital of Minnesota. Drive past the F. Scott Fitzgerald home and explore the many neighborhoods that make up this charming city.
 Lunch: Depart St. Paul for Red Wing, where you will have lunch at the historic St. James Hotel along the banks of the Mississippi River.
 Afternoon: Board the American Queen in Red Wing, MN. Get settled into your cabin and relax prior to the Welcome Dinner.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen. Road Scholar has reserved the first seating for dinner each night at 5:15PM in the exquisite J.M. White Dining Room. Get to know your fellow participants and discuss the day's events over a delicious meal.
 Evening: Enjoy a live performance onboard.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Red Wing, Minnesota
(Monday, September 7)

Note: Each day ashore there is walking on/off the boat and getting on/off a motorcoach as well as periods of standing at some attractions and museums.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: This morning, we travel to Wabasha, Minnesota, the oldest city on the Upper Mississippi River. At the home of the National Eagle Center, eagles are in abundance during the winter months, and they nest here year-round. The Center in downtown Wabasha houses bald eagles and a golden eagle. It 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.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: The boat is scheduled to depart Red Wing at 1:00PM. Enjoy an afternoon lecture, "200 Years of Steamboating" by your instructor followed by the Captain's Reception prior to dinner.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: La Crosse, Wisconsin
(Tuesday, September 8)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: Enjoy a relaxed morning aboard 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. Afterwards return to the boat, all aboard is at 2:30PM. Enjoy a Road Scholar exclusive cocktail party prior to dinner this afternoon.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Dubuque, Iowa
(Wednesday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: Enjoy a morning at leisure as the ship sails towards Dubuque. It is scheduled to arrive at noon.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: Visit the Mississippi River Museum, a satellite of the Smithsonian. The National Rivers Hall of Fame captures the drama of river people from all across America. Explore our nation's rivers in the keelboat audio exhibit. Enjoy the steamboat invention theater, then steer barges in a modern-day towboat pilothouse simulator. The Hall of Fame inductees are the pioneers, the explorers and the artists who are no longer living.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Quad Cities (Bettendorf), Iowa
(Thursday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: Located approximately half way between Chicago and Des Moines, Bettendorf is one of the Quad Cities. Disembark this morning and travel to the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire. Here you will see the Lonestar Steamboat exhibit and watch a living history presentation before returning the boat.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the Bettendorf area on your own. You might want to join the American Queen's Hop-On, Hop-Off coach. All aboard is scheduled for 4:30PM.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Burlington, Iowa
(Friday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: Located on bluffs above the Mississippi, the city of Burlington was the first capital of the Iowa Territory. This morning we will go ashore and attend a live Cabaret Show in the Bart Howard Room. Famed songwriter Bart Howard hailed from Burlington. Listen and watch performers take you back to the era when Sinatra, Martin and Horn ruled the airwaves.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Burlington on your own before the boat departs at 2:30PM. You might want to join the American Queen's Hop-On, Hop-Off coach.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Hannibal, Missouri
(Saturday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 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. Delight your palate. 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. Last but not least, enjoy visiting local Trinity Church or perhaps taste some wine at the Mark Twain Winery.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Hannibal on your own before the boat departs at 2:30PM. You might want to join the American Queen's Hop-On, Hop-Off coach. 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 and navigation on the St. Croix River, Wisconsin-Fox Rivers, Missouri River, and Illinois River and their impact on the upper Mississippi River.
 Dinner: Say goodbye to your new friends and relive the week's great memories during tonight's farewell dinner.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Alton, Illinois, transfer to St. Louis
(Sunday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: Disembark in Alton, IL. Transfer to the St Louis airport for flights back home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Saint Paul, MN Common Good Books
Garrison Keillor is the proprietor of this gem of a bookstore located at 38 South Snelling Avenue near Grand in St. Paul. The bookstore holds many special events. The motto is, “live local, read large.” Call 651 -225- 8989 or visit www.commongoodbooks.com. For additional information, visit www.commongoodbooks.com
  Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is operated by the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department. The zoo features a seal island, a large cat exhibit, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals and a world class polar bear exhibit.

The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is a half acre indoor and outdoor facility with a number of different wings dedicated to a variety of plant life including bonsai trees, ferns, orchids and seasonal flowers. Information from www.comozooconservatory.org. For additional information call 651-487-8200 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.comozooconservatory.org

  Fitzgerald Theater
Fitzgerald Theater is Minnesota Public Radio’s largest broadcast studio, with airwaves reaching millions of people tuned in to “A Prairie Home Companion.” The theater seats 1000 and has artists, authors and radio host programs creating intellectually stimulating programs that delight and enlighten the vast public radio community. The Fitzgerald is St. Paul’s oldest theater and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. The address is 10 East Exchange Street, St. Paul. Phone 651 -290- 1200 or visit www.fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org. For additional information, visit www.fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org
  Grand Avenue from Dale to Cleveland
Looking for things to do in the Twin Cities? Look no further than Grand Avenue, St. Paul. Experience a small town feel in the big city, where charming traditions mingle with a modern lifestyle. Home to specialty businesses, many family owned and run. For additional information, visit www.grandave.com
  Guthrie Theater
While the Guthrie Theater's mission and artistic excellence have remained constant, much has changed over the past four decades. What began as a summer season of four productions supported by a minimal staff is now a complex organization employing more than 900 people per year. As the Guthrie entered the millennium, plans began to build a new multistage theater center on the banks of the Mississippi River. It opened June 25, 2006, and the complex includes three stages: a classic thrust stage for the grand-scale classics of the centuries, a proscenium stage for the more intimate classics of this century, and a studio theater for developing the classics of tomorrow. Information from www.guthrietheater.org. For additional information call 612-225-6000 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.guthrietheater.org
  Landmark Center
Landmark Center serves as a cultural center for music, dance, theater, exhibitions, public forums and hosts countless special events. Houses the American Association of Woodturners Gallery, the Schubert Club musical instrument museum and the Ramsey County Historical Society. Call 651-292-3225 or visit www.landmarkcenter.org. For additional information, visit www.landmarkcenter.org
  Mall of America
As one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, Mall of America features 520 stores, 50 restaurants and attractions galore, including Nickelodeon Universe, the nation's largest theme park. Plus, there's no sales tax on clothing or shoes in Minnesota! Information from www.mallofamerica.com. For additional information call 952-883-8800 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.mallofamerica.com
  Minneapolis Institute of Arts
In 1883, twenty-five citizens of Minneapolis founded the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, committing them to bringing the arts into the life of their community. More than a century later, the museum they created, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, stands as a monument to a remarkable history of civic involvement and cultural achievement. The MIA's permanent collection has grown from eight hundred works of art to around eighty thousand objects. The MIA has seven curatorial areas: Arts of Africa & the Americas; Contemporary Art; Decorative Arts, Textiles & Sculpture; Asian Art; Paintings; Photography and New Media; Prints and Drawings; and Textiles. Information from www.artsmia.org. For additional information call 612-870-3131 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.artsmia.org
  Penumbra Theatre
Penumbra Theatre was founded in 1975 by Lou Bellamy to create a forum for African-American voices in the Twin Cities’ well-respected theater community. Through its commitment to provide realistic, inspirational works that redefine the consciousness of its audience, the Penumbra quickly garnered praise and a loyal following. Over the years that followed, Penumbra has achieved national recognition for its quality productions and leadership role in launching the career of many respected playwrights, including two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson. Address is 270 North Kent Street, St. Paul. Call 651-224-3180 or visit www.penumbratheatre.org. For additional information, visit www.penumbratheatre.org
  Visit Saint Paul Convention & Visitors Bureau
Call for more information, 800.627.6101, or visit them online. For additional information, visit www.visitsaintpaul.com
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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