Our Iowa & the Mississippi River 2017

OIM Celebration Belle 528Join Us to Explore East Central Iowa and Her Great River Towns

6 Days • 5 Nights • 12 Meals

Sep 10-15 SOLD OUT | Oct 8-13 NEW

Depart/Return: Cedar Rapids, IA

Price Per Person: Double: $1,547; Single: $1,835

Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $148/night

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About the Tour

Along with our friends at Our Iowa, we’re excited to present a third tour of our 29th state, freshly packed with can’t-miss stops. Relax for a full day aboard the Celebration Belle cruising along the Mississippi’s scenic shores, historic river towns, towering bluffs, powerful barges and lock & dams. Experience communal life at the Amana Colonies...meet an Austrian immigrant who escaped Russian persecution...visit Trappist monks who craft world-renowned caskets...and see the “Field of Dreams” brought to life. A century-old penitentiary, tasty homemade meals, and vintage and modern farms cap off this Midwest treasure. The Sioux got it right when they named our uniquely blessed state Iowa…meaning “beautiful land”. You’ll agree after this scenic heartland adventure!


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Tour Highlights

  • Full-day scenic Mississippi River cruise aboard the Celebration Belle and two-night stay on the Dubuque riverfront
  • Welcome reception and overnight at 4-Diamond Hotel at Kirkwood Center
  • Learn about Iowa’s unique, communal Amana Colonies
  • Experience the real “Field of Dreams”
  • Glimpse life inside an active Trappist monastery
  • Visit some of Iowa’s most impressive and picturesque farms, a fascinating historical prison museum, the National Toy Museum, Dubuque Arboretum, and more



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Average Temps:

Highs mid-80s / lows lower-70s (June and August)

Highs mid-60s to 70’s / lows mid-40s to lower-50s (September and October)

Time Zone: Central

Arrival Time: Schedule your flight to arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Departure Time: Schedule your flight home any time after 4:15 p.m. on Day 6.

Airport Info: Starting hotel offers complimentary shuttle service between 5AM and 11PM.

Vehicle Parking: Complimentary for duration of tour.

Walking Distance: Light to moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.

Currency: US Dollar

Hotel Amenities Include: Hair dryers, irons, ironing boards & coffee makers throughout tour. Exercise room and swimming pool available at most hotels.

Travel Protection Available?: Yes, see About Travel Protection.

Terms & Conditions: Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions outlined by Country Travel DISCOVERIES on our website at Terms & Conditions.

Groups: Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at Country Travel DISCOVERIES for Groups.

Additional Information: No photography allowed at Amish and Mennonite stops, and conservative clothing requested at such stops.

Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.

Updates: Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/OIM


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Discover Our Iowa

New for 2018!

CTD and the experts at Our Iowa Magazine are proud to introduce an all-new discovery trip (our fifth) in the Hawkeye State. Over the years hundreds of travelers—including scores of Iowans—have delighted in the “hidden gems” we’ve shared throughout Iowa...and this tour is no exception. We’ll go behind the scenes at a hydroelectric power plant and prison facility, learn about Iowa-born President Herbert H. Hoover, and discover Iowa’s importance in world literature. Along the way, meet Mennonite farmers, skilled craftspeople, and friendly locals who share eclectic collections. Hot-air ballooning, Pella’s Dutch culture, “Jewel-Box” architecture and “The American Gothic House” cap off this delightful discovery.


Traveler Talk

"Excellent! I really enjoyed the automated farm (Cinnamon Ridge) and the Braille School. I was personally touched by the...great stops that only this company [arranges]. Keep up the good work!" -- R.P., New York (11th trip)


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