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Mississippi River
Mighty Mississippi: Bridging America
Immerse yourself in history as you learn about the life of Mark Twain, enjoy insight from a local historian and explore the mighty Mississippi aboard an authentic steamboat.
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Program No. 20726RJ
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10 days
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10 days
9 nights
26 meals
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DAY
1
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
St. Louis, Missouri
D
Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch

Activity 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 to the hotel throughout the afternoon. Orientation led by your Group leader starting before dinner.

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 up the Mississippi.

Evening: Relax at the hotel and prepare for tomorrow's field trips.

DAY
2
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri
B,L,D
Louisiane

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach and walking through museums.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is served beginning at 6:00 AM. Please allow time to eat and be ready for your St. Louis panoramic, departing at 8:00 AM.

Morning: After breakfast we will depart by motor coach with our local St. Louis expert to learn about the settlement of the city and the various neighborhoods as well as the importance of both the Gateway Arch and the 1904 World's Fair.

Lunch: Return to the hotel for lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch we will visit the Missouri History Museum and have a private curator talk about the 1904 World's Fair. After our talk there will be free time to visit the special exhibit about the World's Fair and other exhibits in the museum. We will then depart for the port where we will embark the Louisiane.

Dinner: Welcome dinner aboard on the Louisiane.

Evening: Get familiar with the ship and enjoy the evening activities onboard.

DAY
3
Hannibal, Missouri
Hannibal, MO
B,L,D
Louisiane

Breakfast: Aboard the Louisiane.

Morning: This morning we will enjoy a lecture by our expert. This lecture focuses on the impact of steamboat on the history of the development of the United States. The boat is scheduled to arrive in Hannibal at noon.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon 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. 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. Lastly, visit the local Trinity Church, or perhaps taste some wine at the Mark Twain Winery. Prior to dinner enjoy the Captain's Reception aboard the Louisiane.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the Louisiane.

DAY
4
Steamboating on the Mississippi
Mississippi River
B,L,D
Louisiane

Breakfast: Aboard the Louisiane.

Morning: This morning we will for a lecture titled, "Navigation Improvements on the Upper Mississippi River and Why".

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will gather for a lecture by our expert which will focus on the navigation on the Upper Mississippi River tributaries and the logging industry. He will discuss the history of steamboats, navigation on the St. Croix River, Wisconsin-Fox Rivers, Missouri River, and Illinois River, and the impact of these rivers on the Upper Mississippi River. Prior to dinner, join your fellow Road Scholar participants for an exclusive cocktail reception prior to dinner.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the Louisiane.

DAY
5
Davenport, IA
Davenport, IA
B,L,D
Louisiane

Breakfast: Aboard the Louisiane.

Morning: Appreciate the exploding cultural scene at this city founded on the site of the 1832 Black Hawk purchase, host to the yearly festival held in honor of local Bix Biederbecke, the "giant of cornetists", and the excellent Figge Art Museum.

Lunch: Aboard the Louisiane.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Davenport on your own.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the Louisiane.

DAY
6
Dubuque, Iowa
Dubuque, IA
B,L,D
Louisiane

Breakfast: Aboard the Louisiane.

Morning: Build up your knowledge of early river commerce much as the lumber barons built countless landmarks at this confluence of three states. Ride the Fenelon Place Elevator Co., a historic funicular that affords an unmatched view from atop the bluffs.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Dubuque on your own. You might want to join the Louisiane's bus tours and explore the Grand Opera House.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the Louisiane.

DAY
7
La Crosse, Wisconsin
La Crosse, WI
B,L,D
Louisiane

Breakfast: Aboard the Louisiane.

Morning: This morning convene for a lecture with your instructor titled, "The Riverine World".

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will visit the University of Wisconsin Library, housing the largest collection of steamboat photographs in the world. Afterwards return to town for some free time.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the Louisiane.

DAY
8
Red Wing, Minnesota
Red Wing, MN
B,L,D
Louisiane

Breakfast: Aboard the Louisiane.

Morning: Red Wing ranks as one of Minnesota's leading manufacturing cities. Historically it is known as home to many products including its famous shoes, pottery and linseed oil. Red Wing also boasts a variety of shops including arts, antiques, pottery and one-of-a kind boutiques. Start your exploration of Red Wing at the Visitor Center for some vital information about the city. Discover Minnesota’s favorite destination for things such as antiques and pottery at the Pottery Place District. Then visit the Stoney Ends Harps, who have made handcrafted folk lever harps for 25 years. At the Historic West End, you will find the Native American, Military and Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre. Don’t miss the spectacular view of bluffs of Minnesota and Wisconsin that await you at Memorial Park!

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we travel to Wabasha, Minnesota, the oldest city on the Upper Mississippi River. At the home of the National Eagle Center, eagles nest here year-round and are in abundance during the winter months. The Center in downtown Wabasha houses Bald Eagles and a Golden Eagle, and 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. Afterwards return to the boat; it will be remaining in port overnight.

Dinner: Farewell dinner aboard the ship.

Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the Louisiane.

DAY
9
Saint Paul, MN
Saint Paul, MN
B,L,D
Louisiane

Breakfast: Aboard the Louisiane.

Morning: Admire the Cathedral of St. Paul, a beaux-arts wonder that replicates St. Peter's in Rome, and soak in the arts at the city's world-class museums, including the Walker Art Center. Detour to Minnehaha Falls, best known for Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: This time is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Take some time to explore Saint Paul more or prepare for disembarkation tomorrow.

Dinner: Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow participants aboard the ship.

Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the Louisiane.

DAY
10
Program Concludes, Disembarkation
Saint Paul, MN
B

Breakfast: Aboard the Louisiane.

Morning: Disembark the ship. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!