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Day 1 – Home to Peoria, IL 

Well, do we have an adventure for you! We are traveling to the riverfront town of Peoria, best known for being the boyhood home of author, Mark Twain. This evening we check into the Mark Twain Hotel that is located in the heart of downtown Peoria. 

Hotel: Mark Twain Hotel 


Day 2 – Spirit of Peoria Cruise: Peoria to Springfield, IL 

This morning we board the Spirit of Peoria Paddlewheeler and enjoy a hot breakfast buffet on the Main Deck. Our cruise begins as we travel through the Peoria Lock & Dam. Be sure to make your way to the Boiler Deck for entertainment throughout the day that will include: live piano, vocal, guitar/banjo music and professional river lore, as we cruise along the Illinois River. Feel free to bring your lunch to the Texas Deck to enjoy the passing scenery with the open-air seating. This afternoon join your fellow travelers on the Boiler Deck for a Wine and Cheese Reception. Before we arrive in Meredosia, enjoy dinner on board. This evening we will be staying at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield, IL. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Wine & Cheese 

Hotel: Abraham Lincoln Hotel


Day 3 – Spirit of Peoria: Springfield to Grafton, IL 

This morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we tour the impressive Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum. We then board the Spirit of Peoria, in Florence, for another day filled with scenery and fun! Lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner will again be served on board today with entertainment throughout the day. Tonight we disembark in Grafton and our overnight stay is at the Pere Marquette Lodge. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1930’s, the Lodge is situated in Pere Marquette State Park, which is Illinois’ largest State Park. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks 

Hotel: Pere Marquette Lodge 

Day 4 – Spirit of Peoria: Grafton to Hannibal, MO 

This morning we board the Spirit of Peoria and have a hot breakfast. Our cruise today starts at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers and will be a northbound trip up the Mississippi to Clarksville, MO. After some morning entertainment, we lock through Lock & Dam 25. Again, enjoy the scenery, meals, and snacks aboard the Spirit of Peoria. Tonight we will check into our hotel in Hannibal for a 2 night stay. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks 

Hotel: Best Western Plus (2 Nights) 


Day 5 – Spirit of Peoria: Hannibal 

After breakfast at the hotel we will tour Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home and Museum. We then board the Spirit of Peoria for our last day of river travel that will take us from Clarksville into Hannibal. Enjoy lunch as we lock through Lock & Dam 24. After another day of scenery, entertainment, and scrumptious meals aboard the Spirit of Peoria, Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher will be at the landing to greet passengers and then it’s off for a tour of Mark Twain Cave! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks 


Day 6 – Hannibal to Home 

After breakfast at the hotel, we will continue back to Minnesota, recalling grand memories of our Spirit of Peoria cruise! 

Included Meals: Breakfast 

Motorcoach Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $1,899
Single: $2,149
Triple: $1,849
Quad: $1,799

Motorcoach Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $116
Single: $149

Travel Bucks

$30 Travel Bucks per person earned with this tour

Deposit Due

$100 deposit per person due at time of reservation. Full payment due 30 days prior to depart.

Passport Needed


Tour Pace

Moderate Walking

Price Includes

13 Meals & Wine/Cheese Reception Plus Snacks; Hotels & Activities as stated in brochure, Luxury Motorcoach

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Tour Highlights

4 Days of Cruising on the Spirit of Peoria Paddlewheeler
Overnight Lodging on Land
Sumptuous Meals on board including Prime Rib Dinner
Professional River Lore/Storytelling
Old-fashioned Hospitality
Unlimited Complimentary non-alcoholic Drinks
Historical Information
Wildlife Sightings
Indoor Comfort & Outdoor Relaxation
Live Entertainment including Old-time Banjo & Ragtime Piano
Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home & Museum

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