If you love the Mississippi River and want time to relax, then this is the tour for you! Completed in 1987, the Twilight is a replica of the lavish Victorian steamboats of a century ago. Her unique rounded stern and ornate architectural detailing are reminders of those classic riverboats Mark Twain called “Floating Palaces.” Each afternoon on board features a variety of folk musicians and humorists. The Twilight Captain brings the history and stories of the river to life. You may even be invited up to the pilot house to experience the river the same way Mark Twain did over 150 years ago.
We will travel through Illinois into the Quad Cities area today. The Quad Cities unites the states of Illinois and Iowa with the four cities of Moline, Rock Island, Bettendorf and Davenport. We will stop along the way for lunch on your own and other necessary stops. Our lodging tonight is Jumer’s Hotel and Casino. You will receive $5 play tonight and Wednesday night. Dinner buffet is included tonight. (D)
This morning, we will board the Twilight Riverboat in LeClaire, Iowa, for a two-day cruise on the Mississippi River, a 94-mile voyage where you will experience Locks No. 12 and 13. There will be lots of beautiful river scenery, water birds of all kinds, including bald eagles, white pelicans, great blue herons and beautiful snowy egrets. An average of 20-30 bald eagles are seen on each cruise. In addition, 300-400 pelicans are typically encountered plus numerous egrets and blue herons. This is a wonderful opportunity to get up close to these spectacular creatures. There is the Dutch settlement at Fulton with its windmill, the grave site of President Ronald Reagan’s father, the gothic mansion at Belleview, known as Spring Hill House and the grave site of Julian Dubuque, “the Miner of the Mines of Spain,” as it towers high above the river. The food aboard The Twilight is delicious and you will enjoy a continental breakfast, morning snack, scrumptious lunch, afternoon snack and a bountiful dinner. There is also a lounge aboard The Twilight, if you would like something to drink other than lemonade and coffee, which are available all day. There will be live entertainment and Bingo aboard the riverboat during the day. You might want to just lounge on the outside deck and enjoy the sunshine and beautiful view.
The Twilight will dock along the Mississippi River Walk in the Port of Dubuque where we will overnight at the Grand Harbor Hotel, located on the banks of the Mississippi River. (B, L, D)
Following the full buffet breakfast at the hotel this morning, you will have the morning free to take a trolley to the Diamond Jo Casino, visit the National Mississippi River Museum (ticket included), visit Felton Place Elevator or perhaps shop at Cable Car Square, Dubuque’s famous shopping neighborhood, centered around the world’s shortest, steepest scenic railway. A continuous shuttle to the many activities will depart from the main lobby of the hotel through-out the morning.
Around noon, we’ll re-board the Twilight for our return cruise down the river. A delicious lunch, mid-afternoon snack and dinner will be served while we enjoy afternoon entertainment and view the beautiful Mississippi River. Upon our return to LeClaire following dinner, our motorcoach will transport us back to Jumer’s Hotel for the night. (B, L, D)
After an included breakfast, we depart this morning, stopping for a riding tour of the John Deere
Harvester Works in East Moline that manufactures combines and associated headers. We will learn of the manufac-turing process of combines and headers and how all the pieces come together to create a massive green machine. Lunch is included today at The Machine Shed. This unique restaurant’s great home-cooked food is well known in this area and not to be missed! We then head for Southern Illinois, arriving late afternoon. (B, L)
- Deluxe motorcoach transportation and driver gratuity
- Three nights’ deluxe accommodations
- $10 free play at Jumer’s Casino
- John Deere Harvester Works tour
- Two days’ Mississippi River Cruise aboard the Twilight Riverboat
- Admission to the National Mississippi River Museum
- 9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
- Fully Escorted by Jane’s Journeys
COST PER PERSON:
$200 Deposit with reservation.
Final payment due by Sept. 1, 2018. $20 early bird discount with deposit received be-fore 12/31/17, to be deducted from the final payment.
Insurance for this tour is $58 for all categories.