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Adventures of Mark Twain

Luxury Motorcoach Trip

August 14 – 17, 2024

4 Days / 3 Nights
$50 Per Person Deposit due upon Signing up. Balance due June 13, 2024

Departure Cities:

Waterloo, Marshalltown, Grinnell and Coralville

Price:

Price Per Person:

$   855  Double / Occupancy
$1,089  Single / Occupancy
$  805   Triple / Occupancy
$  755   Quad / Occupancy

INCREDIBLE FULLY-LOADED TOUR includes:

  • Transportation
  • Lodging – 3 nights
  • 7 MEALS – 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
  • City Tour of Hannibal
  • Tour Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center
  • Haunted Hannibal Ghost Driving Tour
  • Tour Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
  • Guided Tour of Mark Twain Cave
  • Stroll the Riverfront of the Mississippi
  • Enjoy Music under the Stars
  • Visit the Tom and Huck statue and Veterans Memorial and Freedom Bell
  • Tour Rockcliffe Mansion, one of America’s Castles!
  • Enjoy a Performance of “MARGARET: The Incredible Molly Brown“
  • Free Time to Explore Downtown Hannibal
  • Enjoy Mark Twain Riverboat Dinner Cruise
  • Luggage Handling
  • Tax and gratuities on all meals
  • Bottle Water and snacks on board
  • On Board Tour Leader
Day 1:

Wednesday, August 14

Welcome Aboard! We’ll depart our pick-up locations for a nice enjoyable ride to our destination. We’ll arrive into Hannibal in time for Lunch (On Own). Enjoy lunch in Historic Downtown Hannibal at any of the many wonderful restaurants.  After Lunch, we’ll meet up with our step-on guide for a City Tour of Hannibal. Take in the scenic views and must-see iconic landmarks of America’s Hometown in a lighthearted ride-along tour! Aboard the Trolley, their guides will bring the stories and legends of Hannibal to life in our trip through Hannibal and its colorful past. Then we’ll visit Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center. The Freedom Center details the history of African Americans in Hannibal, linked back to the novels of Mark Twain. The museum highlights the lives and accomplishments of prominent African Americans from Hannibal. After, we’ll check into our hotel prior to departing for Dinner (Pre-Paid). After Dinner, we’ll have a fun Haunted Hannibal Ghost Driving Tour. Hannibal History with a Haunted Twist! This history-based guided driving ghost tour will take you all around one of the most haunted towns in America! Climb aboard the shuttle and learn the secrets of many of Hannibal’s most notoriously haunted sites — both past and present. Hear stories of murder and mischief during Mark Twain’s boyhood days in Hannibal, meet the present-day ghosts of the mansions on Millionaires’ Row, and so much more! Our Missouri Ghost Tour includes an investigation of Old Baptist Cemetery where you’ll walk amongst the graves of slaves and Civil War soldiers and search for signs of paranormal activity! Then return to our hotel and relax for the evening.

Day 2:

Thursday, August 15

Good Morning! Please enjoy a nice hot Breakfast (Pre-Paid) at the hotel before we depart for another fun day! Our first stop is the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. Explore the roots of Twain’s genius as you discover how a young boy from a small river town became America’s most beloved author and humorist.  Tour the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum Properties seven historic properties and museums – See the Mark Twain Boyhood Home, a National Historic Landmark, the Becky Thatcher House, Huckleberry Finn House, J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office, the newly reopened Grant’s Drug Store, Museum Gallery and Interpretive Center for one ticket price.  The Mark Twain Museum offers something for everyone in the family. After, Lunch (On Own) in Downtown Historic Hannibal. Then visit the Mark Twain Cave. Discover the wonder of the mysterious labyrinth that inspired Mark Twain’s famous work, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This 60-minute guided tour is all easy walking, and electrically lit. Mark Twain Cave perfectly captures the rich history, inspiring literature, and natural wonder of the area. Haven’t visited the cave in a while? Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) spent his childhood playing in Hannibal and Hannibal’s Big Cave, 170 years later, you can still see his name written on the cave walls. Even though it has been hiding there since his childhood, his signature was only recently discovered. Discover it yourself on your tour through the cave! Return to Hannibal and have a little free time to stroll the riverfront of the Mississippi. After, depart for Dinner (Pre-Paid). Then there is time to enjoy Music Under the Stars. Live music is performed on historic Hill Street. Food and beverages are available during each concert. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Day 3:

Friday, August 16

Enjoy a nice hot Breakfast (Pre-Paid) before departing for a very busy day! Discover the Tom and Huck statue and nearby Veterans Memorial and Freedom Bell. Discover the historic Tom and Huck statue, which makes for wonderful photo opportunities. Just steps above, the Veterans Memorial and Freedom Bell are framed by the scenic approach where the former Mark Twain Memorial Bridge once stood. Next, we’ll visit Rockcliffe Mansion, one of America’s Castles! Enjoy a docent-guided tour of this turn of the century mansion overlooks the Mississippi . Rockcliffe Mansion sits high upon a limestone cliff with a commanding view of Hannibal and the Mississippi River – a view that seems fitting for this stately mansion that was home to Hannibal’s wealthiest lumber baron in the Gilded Age.  John J. Cruikshank, Jr., wanted a grand home to richly display the finest woods and furnishings money could buy, yet one that would emanate warmth and a feeling of quiet dignity.  Construction started on his 13,500 sq. ft dream residence in 1898 and the family moved in by 1900. The mansion is also notable for the fact that Mark Twain spoke from the grand staircase in 1907 during his last visit to Hannibal. Then, we’ll enjoy Lunch (Pre-Paid) at the Hannibal Country Club. Next, enjoy a wonderful performance of “MARGARET: The Incredible Molly Brown”, by Erin Kelley, featuring Hannibal’s own Margaret Tobin (Molly) Brown, the extraordinary woman beyond the Titanic’s most famous survivor. Next, enjoy Free Time to explore Downtown Hannibal. Free time to take a leisurely stroll down the streets of Historic Downtown Hannibal, filled with charming stores, art galleries, ice cream parlors, and so much more! Return to hotel to relax and freshen up prior to dinner. Then, depart for the Mark Twain Riverboat Dinner Cruise. (Pre-Paid). All aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat for a two-hour dinner cruise, with delicious buffet, followed by live music.

Day 4:

Saturday, August 17

Enjoy a nice hot Breakfast (Pre-Paid) at our hotel prior to departing for home. With a nice drive through to look at their Hannibal Murals along the way. In 2019, Hannibal’s Bicentennial, brought them the unique “Ghost Signs” – new paintings that reflect old advertisements that were common on the sides of buildings in the 1800s. These include the Ladies Shoe advertisement, Bear Creek Lime Co. and the Diamond Jo Line Steamers signs that can be found downtown. These were all items or companies that could once be found in Hannibal. Historic ghost signs are just the beginning! Have fun exploring these murals, which appear all around Hannibal. Many are in Historic Downtown. Then depart for home with many pictures, memories and new great friends! Welcome home!

DEPOSIT $50 PER PERSON DUE IMMEDIATELY UPON SIGNING UP. Final Balance due June 13, 2024

Send Deposit to: Janine McCarthy, DJ Country Tours, Inc., P.O. Box 96, Conrad, IA 50621