Today's 7-hour riverboat excursion includes lunch, dinner, and snacks, which are prepared onboard. We unboard the riverboat in LeClaire, Iowa and return to our Dubuque hotel approx. 9:00 p.m. via motorcoach.
Visit with other Road Scholars as you enjoy a breakfast buffet of fresh fruit, rotating main dishes, cereals, coffee, tea and juice in our hotel's private dining room.
We’re in for a very special day! First, we will explore the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, located in the Port of Dubuque. Affiliated with the Smithsonian, this multi-building museum provides interactive exhibits indoors and out. With an interpreter on hand to answer any questions, we’ll get to study live animals and fish of the river and view films in several theaters. The museum also includes an actual restored dredge boat that is permanently docked in the Port of Dubuque. Next, we’ll set out for our main event aboard a Victorian riverboat reminiscent of the glory days of steamboats. Mark Twain called this type of boat a "floating palace." Take this time to relax and simply enjoy the river in the manner of your choice; you may wish you engage in informative narrations given by the captain, bring a book to read, enjoy the company of others, or simply watch new vistas unveil as we round each bend. Our 7-hour relaxing river adventure will navigate through two locks and dams on our way from Dubuque to Le Claire, Iowa.
Plated lunch is prepared and served on our riverboat, as we ride down the Mississippi. Complimentary coffee, iced tea, and water are available on the riverboat at all times. Other beverages are available for purchase.
As our riverboat continues downstream, enjoy live music and join in the fun. Feel free to explore all three decks on the riverboat, inside and out; spot bald eagles, white pelicans, and water fowl; hear about the historic sites along the river; or visit with the captain in the pilot house – he may even let you take a turn at the wheel!
Our dinner is prepared and served on our Victorian riverboat as we watch the sunset over the Mississippi River.
Our coach will meet us in Le Claire, Iowa (near the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois), and will return us to Dubuque hotel approx. 9:00 p.m.. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.