Mighty Waters and Quaint River Towns on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers
See the waterways of Missouri from an insider’s perspective as you learn about Mark Twain, walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and learn how the Missouri River changed course.
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Program No. 22266RJ
6 days
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Step back in time and discover the small, historic river towns that are the true heart of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. With local experts, explore Herman, Mo., the center of the Missouri Rhineland and wine country known for its strong German heritage. In St. Charles, walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark at the embarkation point for their historic expedition, and enjoy a lecture from a local historian on the river towns. Trace the early days of Mark Twain at his boyhood home in Hannibal, learn how Washington was settled by family and followers of Daniel Boone and explore historic Ste. Genevieve, the first organized European settlement west of the Mississippi River.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking 1-2 miles per day, standing during field trips. Some stairs; getting on/off bus.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the early life of Mark Twain during a field trip to his childhood home in Hannibal, and enjoy a riverboat ride along the Mighty Mississippi.
  • Sample wurst and wines in the Missouri Rhineland as you gain insight into the heritage of German immigrants who settled in Herman in the 19th century.
  • Walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark as you explore historic St. Charles, and a lecture on the social interchange between the river towns.
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Bob Gill
Bob Gill graduated from Southern Illinois University and is the Instructional Media Manager at St. Charles Community College. He has been involved with media for over 30 years as a teacher, independent video producer and multimedia specialist. For the past 15 years, Bob has been giving presentations regularly on numerous topics related to media, history and the environment. He has produced video documentaries on a wide variety of subjects and has received Best Documentary awards from the Illinois Historical Society and the Missouri Film Festival.
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