Day 1: July 9, 2019
This morning, board a luxury motorcoach from the available departure location of your choice, and meet your friendly on-board host for this tour before we make our way to Springfield, Illinois. Enjoy a rest and refresh break along the way as well as lunch, on your own, before our arrival.
Our first stop in Springfield this afternoon is the Illinois State Museum which inspires discovery and caring about Illinois cultural and natural resources and heritage. The Museums extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois.
We then check in to our hotel, the Drury Inn & Suites, and use this time to drop off luggage and have a few minutes to refresh.
Then its off to the Old State Capitol for a tour. The Old State Capitol is a reconstruction of Illinois fifth statehouse, the first to be located in Springfield. It is here that Lincoln practiced law, served as a legislator, and gave his famed House Divided speech on slavery in 1858. The building served as the seat of state government and a center of Illinois political life from 1839-1876.
Head back to the hotel this evening and enjoy an included kickback reception or have the option to enjoy dinner, on your own, at a nearby restaurant. The remainder of the evening is free to spend on your own.
Day 2: July 10, 2019
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel this morning at your leisure, well depart for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. This state-of-the-art facility was carefully designed with exacting historical detail. Amazingly well-preserved artifacts tell the entire life story of our nations 16th President. Dedicated to the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, the Presidential Museum, unlike any other in the U.S., features high-tech exhibits, interactive displays, and multimedia programs, as well as a reproduction of the White House as it looked in 1861.
Once finished touring the museum, we will have lunch at Maldaners Restaurant for lunch. After getting our fill, depart for the Lincoln Home and Village. In 1861, Abraham Lincoln left his home of 17 years the only home he ever owned to serve as the 16th President of the United States. The Lincoln Home has been completely restored to its 1860 appearance and reveals much about Lincoln as a husband, father, neighbor, and politician. Tours of this national treasure are conducted by the National Park Service Rangers. A variety of historic exhibits are located throughout the four-block neighborhood surrounding the Lincoln Home and can be viewed on a self-guided basis.
Then, depart for the Lincoln Tomb. Within the walls of this stunning granite monument is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife, Mary and three of their four sons. (Lincolns oldest son, Robert, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.) Designed by famed sculptor, Larkin Mead, and completed in 1874, this beautiful landmark is nestled in Oak Ridge Cemetery, and is surpassed only by Arlington as the most visited cemetery in the nation. At the entrance to the Tomb is a bronze bust of Mr. Lincoln. Visitors from around the world have stopped to rub the nose of the statue for good luck. Silence is required.
Afterwards, well stop by the State Capitol downtown for a quick tour. The first legislative session was held here in 1877. The growth of the state had increased the need for more file storage and office space than the Old State Capitol allowed. Today it is the center of Illinois government. The building is topped with a 405-foot dome and is a convention of Renaissance Revival and Second Empire Style. Visitors can watch Illinois politics in action from balcony-level seating when the legislature is in session.
Return to the hotel where youll have time to refresh before spending the evening on your own free to explore. Enjoy the kickback reception from 5:30-7:00pm at the hotel, or enjoy dinner, on your own, at a nearby restaurant.
Day 3: July 11, 2019
Enjoy a hot breakfast at your leisure this morning at the hotel before departing for New Salem State Park. Go back nearly two centuries in time as you walk the streets of reconstructed New Salem, the village where Abraham Lincoln lived as a young man. See where he split rails, clerked in a store and served as postmaster, among other positions that influenced him to eventually become the Great Emancipator. Watch and interact as history comes to life through the costumed characters of the people who lived here more than 150 years ago.
We depart the State Park to take a tour of the famous Frank Lloyd Wright designed Dana-Thomas House. The Dana-Thomas House was designed in 1902 for Susan Lawrence Dana, a forward-thinking socialite living in Springfield, Illinois. The home, the 72nd building designed by Wright, contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. Wrights first "blank check" commission, the home has 35 rooms in the 12,000 square feet of living space which includes 3 main levels and 16 varying levels in all.
Rightfully regarded as a local treasure, this is a gorgeous house museum. Following its acquisition of the House, the Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency undertook a major restoration project with results yielding a beautifully preserved example of Mr. Wrights genius.
Beyond the essence of an architectural masterpiece of international significance, the house is a brilliant showcase of craftsmanship in glass doors, windows and light fixtures, terra cotta sculpture and an exquisite mural; it is the best preserved and most complete of Frank Lloyd Wrights early "Prairie" houses.
We then make our way back home to Iowa with rest and refresh breaks along the way, as needed, as well as lunch, on your own.
PRICING FOR THIS TOUR:
SINGLE: $455 // DOUBLE: $335 PER PERSON
$10 CLUB MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT AVAILABLE
Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation
On-board Friendly Host
Illinois State Museum
Old State Capitol tour
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Lincoln Home & Village tour
Dana-Thomas House tour (Frank Lloyd Wright house)
New Salem State Park
Pricing & Refunds:
A $75 deposit is due within one week of reservation. Mut be paid in full by June 6, 2019.
No refunds will be issued after June 6, 2019.
Travel Protection is available; please call 319-753-2864 x162 for more information.
To download a brochure, please click here .
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Davenport, IA CASI|| 1035 W Kimberly Road |
Center for Active Seniors
|Ft. Madison - Shopko|| Shopko, 4810 Ave. O. |
|Mediapolis, IA|| Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods |
111 N. Wapello Rd.
|Muscatine, IA|| Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61 |
|Wapello, IA|| Wapello, Jack N Jill on Hwy 61 |
|West Burlington|| West Burlington, IA Westland Mall |
South Lot by AmericInn
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