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“The Gathering of Waters” 

“Old Man River” 

“The Mighty Mississippi” 

These are just a few of the nicknames the Mississippi River is called. 

This four day tour is filled with history, scrumptious food, special farm visits, and the highlight: a full day spent cruising the Mississippi! 



Day 1 – Home to Moline, IL 

Welcome aboard! Who’s ready to make Mississippi Memories?! We will enjoy the passing landscape as we make our way to the Quad Cities area today. Late this afternoon we are guests at the Cinnamon Ridge Farm for a wonderful tour of their family owned farm. Our tour begins in their family home where we’ll learn firsthand from the farmers about their operations. Then we’ll move to the barn to experience “where technology meets tradition” as we watch robots milk the cows and see where the family makes their own cheese. A memorable farm to table meal is served at the farm, complete with fresh cheese curds! Then we step out on the lawn for live entertainment and a tasty dessert. What a special evening at the Farm! Departing, we check into our hotel in Moline. 

Included Meals: Dinner 

Hotel: Hyatt Place 


Day 2 – Moline to Le Claire cruise to Dubuque 

Rise & shine! We have a cruise to catch as we become Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn for the day! We will board the Celebration Belle in time to enjoy a full breakfast buffet. This paddlewheel boat specifically designed for cruising the waterways of the great Mississippi River. Our river journey starts in Le Claire, IA and cruises north to Dubuque, IA. Our day will be filled with interesting narration from our captain, taking in the lovely river scenery, listening to the fabulous live entertainment, and the experience of passing through two locks! A full lunch buffet as well as a full prime rib dinner buffet will also be served. Don’t forget to step out onto the two observation decks! What a perfect day on the Mississippi! After dinner we’ll dock in Dubuque and check into our hotel for the next two nights. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Onboard) 

Hotel: Holiday Inn (2 Nights) 


Day 3 – Dubuque 

Our day starts with breakfast at the hotel before we’re off on a city tour of historic Dubuque, known for its revitalized main street and architectural historic districts with well-preserved buildings and homes. City tour highlights include Dubuque County Courthouse, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, historic Millwork District, Mathias Ham House, Eagle Point Park, and much more. Afterwards we visit the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, a 14-acre campus filled with movies about our rivers and oceans, hands on exhibits, and more. This is the only museum of its kind on the Upper Mississippi River that is associated with the Smithsonian Institute. Next we head to the Convivium Urban Farmstead where we’ll enjoy a tour of their gardens and farmstead as well as a scrumptious lunch made from local ingredients and produce right from their gardens. Then we visit Verna Street Coffee to learn the history, sample the coffee, and tour the facility of this family owned coffee company. It’s time for a treat! Since 1938, Betty Jane Candies has been creating the finest in homemade chocolates and candies. We will learn about Betty Jane’s history as well as receive a scoop of ice cream and a delicious gremlin bar! Then we return to the hotel to freshen up before dinner is served at Timmerman’s Supper Club, a family owned restaurant overlooking the Mississippi River. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 4 – Dubuque to Home 

We’ll enjoy one last breakfast together before we depart for home. Reminisce with your new travel friends about the Mississippi Memories you have made! 

Included Meals: Breakfast 

Motorcoach Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $1,199
Single: $1,379
Triple: $1,139
Quad: $1,099

Motorcoach Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $85
Single: $85

Travel Bucks

$25 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

Light to Moderate Walking

Price Includes

8 Meals & Treat, Hotels & Activities as stated in brochure, Luxury Motorcoach

The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 82°
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Minneapolis, Mn
Mississippi Memories: Including a Full Day of Cruising
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Tour Highlights

A Full Day aboard the Celebration Belle cruising the Mississippi River from Le Claire to Dubuque, complete with 3 Meals on board
Cinnamon Ridge Farms Tour & Dinner
Dubuque City Tour
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Convivium Urban Farmstead Tour & Lunch
Betty Janes Chocolates Tour & Ice Cream

Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
Minneapolis, Mn
Mississippi Memories: Including a Full Day of Cruising
The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 82°
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