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Country Travel Discoveries 2021-2022

Country Travel Discoveries 2022

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Celebration Belle Cruise DAY 1—WELCOME TO IOWA Meet your fellow travelers in a welcome reception in Cedar Rapids. DAY 2—AMANA COLONIES/AMERICORPS/STORIED WWII IMMIGRANT This morning, starts out with a walk through Cedar Rapids finest mansion, the Brucemore. Dating back to the 1800's, the estate symbolized the development of Cedar Rapids as an industrial center, and once was home to a...lion. Then, discover the unique heritage of Iowa's Amana Colonies, settled by German Pietists who maintained a communal, agrarian life separate from the mainstream. A highlight is our traditional communal lunch at the Ox Yoke Inn that brings you back to the 1800s. Tonight near Shellsburg, dinner is hosted by Inge Schminke, who relates the riveting story of her family's flight from Austria after Hitler's rise. B, L, D DAY 3—AMISH COUNTRY/TOY MUSEUM/FIELD OF DREAMS Start today with a mouth-watering, country small-town breakfast in Jessup, followed by a visit to the Amish home and harness shop of John Hershberger. At the National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, thousands of toys memorialize John Deere, Case IH, Massey Ferguson and Allis Chalmers. After viewing the 64 stunning stained glass windows at the town's Basilica of St. Francis, experience the amazing Field of Dreams story. (Yes, a baseball player will walk out from the cornfield!) Unpack for two nights in the heart of the oldest town in Iowa—Dubuque. B, L DAY 4—MONASTERY/CASKETS/CHOCOLATES/ARBORETUM Visit a pristine monastery where Trappist Monks live, praying seven times each day…and manufacturing some of the finest wooden caskets in the world. Experience a mouth-watering visit to Betty Jane Candies in Dubuque that showcases their handmade chocolates. Then enjoy lunch and a leisurely stroll at Dubuque Arboretum, home to the largest hosta gardens in the country. High above the Mississippi at Eagle Point Park, take in spectacular panoramic views of the river and three states. B, L Grandpa and Grandson spend a day on the farm Four 2022 Departures 6 DAYS • 12 MEALS 6 DAYS • 12 MEALS Amish Farm Dubuque Field of Dreams Vinton Cedar Rapids Amana Colonies Cinnamon Ridge Mississippi River Quad Cities 2 1 2 IA First Night Last Night Overnight Highlight Tour Route NEW TOUR NEW TOUR Our Iowa Our Iowa and the Mississippi Explore East Central Iowa and Her Great River Towns Along with our friends at Our Iowa magazine, we're excited to bring back this exciting tour of our 29th state, freshly packed with can't-miss stops. Relax for a 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 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. Presents: Presents: 46 AUTHENTIC TRAVEL EXPERIENCES |

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