Mark Twain’s River
Hannibal, MO & The Celebration Belle
5 Days | June-September
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
Come spend a day like Mark Twain, leisurely cruising the Mississippi with 100 miles of scenic shoreline and peaceful towns passing quietly behind your great paddlewheel. Then explore the town of Hannibal, home to Tom Sawyer & Becky Thatcher and their friend Huck. With your imagination you can travel to places in time, best described in literature.
We are happy to accommodate Groups who want to add a night or two, or further customize their trip.
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- Customizable Comps
- Commissionable or Net Rates
- Luxury or First Class Hotels & Meals
- Professional Tours Managers are available
Whatever you want, GoAndersonGroups will be happy to structure tour prices to match your needs. Just let us know!
Day 1 – Moline, IL – John Deere Pavilion
Travel today to Moline, Illinois where on arrival, your group visits the John Deere Pavilion. This area landmark opened in 1997 as part of an urban renewal project. The pavilion serves as the official visitor center for John Deere, who’s world headquarters are located a few blocks away.
Then check into your Moline, Illinois hotel for the night. Dinner is included this evening at the Machine Shed Restaurant. The restaurant is decorated with farm tools & serving hearty family-style American meals from morning to night. (D)
Day 2 – Full Day Cruise on the Celebration Belle
Get an early start this morning to experience the magic of the Mark Twain’s Mighty Mississippi River with the rich history and scenic views in a way you will always remember… aboard the Celebration Belle. Enjoy three full meals (breakfast, lunch, and prime rib dinner), fabulous entertainment, Captain’s narration, scenic views, wildlife, experience cruising through lock and dams, and so much more fun on your all-day cruise. There is plenty of outdoor seating and an elevator onboard.
You arrive in Dubuque, Iowa at 6:00pm where you are met by your motorcoach and are transported back to your Moline hotel for a second night. (B,L,D)
Day 3 – Isabel Bloom Production Tour – Hannibal, MO – Dinner & Movie at Historic Star Theatre
Today, stop in Davenport, IA for an Isabel Bloom Production Tour. During the one-hour-and-fifteen-minute guided tour, you will have behind-the-scenes access to every step in the making of each Isabel Bloom sculpture. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions, preview new designs and offer opinions on future sculptures.
Continue travel this afternoon to Hannibal, MO for a two-night stay. Tonight, enjoy dinner and a classic movie at the Historic Star Theatre. The theater is family-owned and restored, and the owners will gladly talk to your group about the theater’s restoration before the show. Choose from a wide selection of classic movies to entertain your group, or groups of 30 or more, a live performance option is also available. (B,D)
Day 4 – Hannibal Trolley Tour – Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum – Mark Twain Cave Tour – “Meet Mark Twain” – Mark Twain Riverboat Cruise
This morning, take an old-fashioned trolley ride. Step back in time and relive the adventures of Mark Twain’s days in Hannibal. On this guided tour, you will learn the history of Hannibal.
Next, visit the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. Discover how a young boy growing up in the small village of Hannibal became one of the world’s most famous authors. Explore the Hannibal of Samuel Clemen’s childhood and experience the beloved stories he created through the power of his imagination. Explore the roots of Twain on this self-guided tour of eight museum buildings, including Mark Twain’s childhood residence. These unique Hannibal tours give you some of the best glimpses into the life of a literary legend.
Then tour Mark Twain Cave. Included in your tour, you’ll enjoy a 7-minute introductory video covering the cave’s formation and how the cave inspired the writings of Mark Twain. An experienced guide will escort you on a 60-minute tour of the cave where the walkways are smooth and there are no steps.
Also included today is a “Mark Twain” performance at the Planter’s Barn Theater. Audiences experience a special encounter with the man who made America laugh and inspired the world. It’s a great show full of hilarious comedy and compelling drama. You won’t want to miss this unique production of Mark Twain Himself!
End the day with a Dinner Cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat. See this famous river town from the boat that bears the name of its most famous citizen, Mark Twain. Cruise includes dinner and live entertainment. (B,D)
Day 5 – Rockcliffe Mansion Tour – Depart for home
After breakfast, check out of your hotel. Next, take a step back in time with a visit to the Rockcliffe Mansion. This amazing American castle, built to overlook the Mighty Mississippi, was built between 1898 and 1900, is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes.
Following your tour, depart Hannibal and travel home. (B)