13032
Iowa/Illinois
Exploring Unusual Cities: A Touch of History, a Taste of Utopia
Gain inside perspectives of utopian life with a rare opportunity to go inside closed societies, including Old Order Amish and Vedic City. Join the celebration at Pella's Tulip Festival.
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Program No. 13032RJ
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7 days
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7 days
6 nights
15 meals
5 B 4 L 6 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, First Session
Des Moines, Iowa
D
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Des Moines Airport

Afternoon: Hotel check in 3:00 p.m. Complimentary hotel shuttle available from the Des Moines airport. Program registration at 4:45 p.m. in hotel's meeting room and select your seat. Program begins at 5:00 p.m. with important announcements and orientation.

Dinner: Dinner and discussion.

Evening: Short presentation with discussion: Introduction to the Old Order Amish.

DAY
2
Old Order Amish
Nauvoo, IL
B,L,D
Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: A Road Scholar exclusive and very rare experience! We travel to Drakesville, Iowa, home of many Old Order Amish families. Our day's activities include a personal visit with an Amish family, learning about their beliefs, their businesses, and their lifestyle.

Lunch: Lunch provided.

Afternoon: Continuation of Amish activities listed above. We continue to Nauvoo, Illinois, stopping for dinner along the route.

Dinner: Dinner provided enroute to Nauvoo.

Evening: Our coach crosses the Mississippi River to Nauvoo, Illinois for hotel check in. Evening free to relax at the hotel or take an evening stroll through restored Nauvoo.

DAY
3
Nauvoo Mormons and Icarians: Winery, Wagon Tour, Musical
Nauvoo, IL
B,L,D
Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: We enjoy the entire day in charming Nauvoo, learning about the Mormons and what lead to the murder of Joseph Smith; and about the Icarian settlement of Nauvoo. Our coach stops briefly at Ilinois's oldest winery, which started with the Icarian commune in 1857, and is still operated by Icarian descendents today. Our morning continues with a horse-drawn wagon tour of the restored Nauvoo settlement.

Lunch: Lunch provided

Afternoon: Free time will permit independent exploration of Nauvoo's historic district with guides in period costumes. Also available are 19th century demonstrations of period skills such as brick making, printing press, tinsmithing.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in local restaurant.

Evening: LDS senior missionaries present a light-hearted musical drama of the history of Nauvoo.

DAY
4
Vedic City and Transcendental Meditation
Amana Colonies, IA
B,L,D
Amana Colonies Lodging

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Another Road Scholar exclusive! We go inside the unique town of Maharishi Transcendental Meditation practitioners. Oprah Winfrey visited this place in 2012, calling it "America's Most Unusual Town". We travel to Fairfield, world headquarters of Maharishi; and to the newly developed area known as Vedic City, capital of the "Global Community of World Peace". Conditions permitting, our day's activities include a visit to the Golden Dome, where meditation and yogic flying are practiced twice each day; the elementary school, where students are taught Sanskrit; the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center to learn about pulse diagnosis and treatments; and Vedic City, which uses its own unusual currency. We'll learn about the purpose of the unique architecture and lifestyle.

Lunch: Organic vegetarian lunch at the Raj Resort in the Ayurveda Health Center, Vedic City.

Afternoon: Our activities continue from above; then we travel to our next lodging in the Amana Colonies.

Dinner: Catered dinner from local restaurant.

Evening: Hotel check in with optional evening discussion and social time together.

DAY
5
The Amana Colonies Community of True Inspiration (not Amish)
Amana Colonies, IA
B,L,D
Amana Colonies Lodging

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: The Amana Colonies were one of the longest-lasting communes in America. We explore the seven charming villages to learn their fascinating history, sample authentic German foods, and laugh with the stories told by a popular local author. Our day's activities include visits inside restored buildings, which today house museums and handcraft businesses.

Lunch: Lunch will be served in one of the original communal kitchens, converted into a charming restaurant today.

Afternoon: Activities continue from above, plus free time to explore the many quaint shops and wineries of Amana on your own.

Dinner: Dinner will be at one of the delightful historic Amana restaurants.

Evening: We meet with local leaders and descendants of the commune for a delightful discussion about the history and unusual practices of the Amana Colonies.

DAY
6
Pella's Tulip Festival: Parade, Foods, Costumed Dancing.
Des Moines, Iowa
B,D
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Des Moines Airport

Breakfast: Breakfast provided.

Morning: Festival Day! We travel to the charming Dutch town of Pella and enjoy a day filled with activities at Pella's annual Tulip Time festival. You will be given tickets into all of the major attractions, including stadium seating along the parade route.

Lunch: Choose from the many ethnic food stands and home-cooked meals for lunch on your own during the festival. Favorite treats include Dutch letter pastries and poffertjes.

Afternoon: Afternoon activities include your choice of many festival activities. Watch costumed Dutch dancing, street scrubbing, narrated activities and parade. Take an elevator to the top of the tallest working windmill in the U.S. and explore the historical Dutch village with demonstrations by craftsmen.

Dinner: Farewell dinner provided.

Evening: We share experiences and our program highlights during our final evening together.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Des Moines, Iowa

Morning: Breakfast at your own schedule. No sessions are scheduled this morning, permitting early departure.






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