Country Travel Discoveries 2017 Discovery Tours Catalog (Final Edition) : Page 46

Celebration Belle Cruise e! anc h C Last Our Iowa & Mississippi River Join Us to Explore East Central Iowa and Her Great River Towns Along with our friends at Our Iowa , we’re excited to present this in-depth tour of our 29th state, 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 im-migrant who escaped Russian per-secution...visit Trappist monks who craft world-renowned caskets...and Maxwell Family, Cinnamon Ridge Farm 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. Tour goes on hiatus in 2018. DAY 1—LUXURIOUS START Meet your fellow travelers in a welcome reception at the boutique 4-Diamond Hotel at Kirkwood Center, a luxurious teaching facility designed to prepare the finest professionals to lead the global hospitality industry. DAY 2—AMANA COLONIES/AMERICORPS/STORIED WWII IMMIGRANT Today, 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. Next, visit the historic Iowa Braille School building, which now houses one of five U.S. AmeriCorps Units. A student will share tales of their rewarding service. 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 by visiting John Hershberger and his family at their farm in Amish country. At the National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, thousands of toys memorialize John Deere, Case IH, Massey Ferguson and Allis Chalmers. After lunch, experience the amazing Field of Dreams story. (Yes, a baseball player will walk out from the cornfield!) Unpack for two nights at Dubuque’s elegant Hotel Julien, once a hideout for Al Capone. 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 Dubuque Arboretum F ai Fa Fai i rb rba ba a nk n k Du Dub ub uque Peosta Dyersville Vin V nt nto ton Missi ssipp pp i River Ced dar Ra pids pids Martelle A ma ana n Co olonies Don onahu ahue Quad Ci ties 46 TRAVEL EXPERIENCES: Personalized, Different, Real | reservations@CountryTravelDiscoveries.com

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