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The Cultural Arts Centre offers a variety of day trips and tours throughout the year. Escorted trips include motorcoach transportation, admission to the scheduled activities and enroute snacks. Meals are also included with planned stops at restaurants unless otherwise stated. Some tours are narrated. All tours meet in the west parking lot at City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. Following is a list of upcoming motorcoach tours that the Cultural Arts Centre has scheduled. For more information on current tours, call 636.397-6903, ext. 1624, or visit Rec-Connect and sign up now.

 

Upcoming Day Trips & Tours:

2014


2015

 



 

Alton BridgeFALL FOLIAGE, FERRIES & FRIED CHICKEN

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

$78

Enjoy the fall foliage on this trip up the National Scenic Highway. On the way, we’ll stop to admire the Melvin Price Locks and Dam (Alton Dam), the largest and most technologically advanced locks and dam on the Mississippi River.

Travelling on, we’ll cross the stunning “Bridge of the Future,” the 4,600ft Clark Bridge, spanning the river between Missouri and Illinois. We’ll stop at the Great Rivers Museum, located inside the locks and dam, and view the excellent “Power of the River” film.

Next, we’ll travel Route 100 past Elsah and Grafton, and into Pere Marquette State Park. Then, we’ll take the Brussels Ferry across the Illinois River to Brussels, IL as a special treat and enjoy a stop at Odehler’s roadside stand for honey, apple butter, jams, produce, and other treats.
We will have a delicious family-style fried chicken dinner at the beautiful, spacious lodge overlooking the Ilinois River.

 

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Angel GraveHAPPY HALLOWEEN

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

$78

This mostly riding tour takes us to beautiful Bellefontaine Cemetery, established in 1849. Over 327 acres in North St. Louis contain the gravesites of William Clark, Adolphus Busch, Thomas Hart Benton, and many other notables. We will also tour the magnificently landscaped Calvary Cemetery and visit the gravesites of Dred Scott, General William Tecumesh Sherman, Tennessee Williams, the Pink Sisters and many others. While visiting Rural Garden Cemetery and New Mount Sinai, the largest Jewish cemetery in the region, we will see the large family
mausoleums of historic department store magnates and learn about Jewish funeral and burial customs and traditions. We will also tour Jefferson Barracks National Military Cemetery, one of the largest military cemeteries in the US. Over 140,000 servicepersons and their spouses are buried in this beautiful cemetery.

After visiting graveyards all morning, we’ll dine on chicken salad, salad, fruit, and rolls at the haunted (?) Lemp Mansion.

 

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Bevo MillA TASTE OF GERMANY IN ST. LOUIS

Thursday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

$91

We’ll begin our tour driving by interesting German sculptures in Forest Park, Compton Heights, and Tower Grove Park. We will visit the Theresa Center, the mother house of the Sisters of Notre Dame, St. Joseph’s, Sts. Peter and Paul. We’ll also drive by some of the fine early stone mid-1800’s German street houses in South St. Louis, and tour the beautiful campus of Concordia Seminary, where young men train for the ministry in the Synod Lutheran Church.

Next, we’ll stop at the Bevo Mill, built by Adolphus Busch and dine delicious German fare including bratwurst, red cabbage, sauerkraut with apples, potato pancakes, and homemade cobbler.

 

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Hermann, MOHERMANN HOLIDAY

Friday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

$91

Join us as we travel to the wonderful village of Hermann, MO to enjoy some good German gemutlichkeit (“pleasant atmosphere”).

Our first stop will be the nationally-famous Swiss Meat and Sausage Company, in Swiss, Missouri. Sample/shop for hickory smoked meats.

No trip to Hermann would be complete without a tour of Stone Hill Winery’s unparalleled wine cellars as well as the beautifully decorated St. George Catholic Church Rectory. We’ll also enjoy a delicious traditional German schnitzel dinner in the Vintage Restaurant at Stone Hill Winery, followed by Pelze Nichol performing traditional German and contemporary Christmas music.


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2015 DAY TRIPS

WALKING LEVEL: The stars shown indicate how much walking is involved with each trip.

    * Little walking. Mostly on the bus or sitting.
  ** Some walking.
 *** Quite a bit of walking, but mostly at your leisure.
**** Mostly walking.

Pere Marquette and Eagles

Friday, Jan. 23
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. • $75

Spend the day exploring the Great River Road, recently designated one of the top National Scenic Byways. We’ll stop to admire and discuss the Melvin Price Locks and Dam. Eagles wintering near the dam find easy fishing here.

Next we’ll visit the Riverland Visitors’ Center to take advantage of their telescopes for eagle and other winter waterfowl watching. Our destination will be Pere Marquette State Park, where we will warm up with an all-you-can-eat family-style fried chicken dinner at the beautiful lodge overlooking the Illinois River.

Be sure to bring your binoculars. We will be viewing the eagles and other gorgeous waterfowl from inside the motor coach and buildings.

This tour includes transportation, gratuities, lunch, and guide.

Walking Level: *

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Valentine Trip

Thursday, Feb. 12.
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • $76

We’ll visit McArthur’s Bakery where you will be able to purchase special bakery goods to eat here or to take home. Next on our tour will be a visit to St. Louis County’s oldest brick house built in 1808, with slave labor, by Thomas Sappington for his bride, Mary Ann Kincaid. The home is fully furnished with period pieces.

Lunch will include a delicious turkey club sandwich, chips, a beverage, and small dessert at the Sappington Barn Tearoom and Restaurant.

Next we’ll watch the FTD floral arrangers making Valentine arrangements; and shop for potted plants, gifts, and arrangements at big discounts at Walter Knoll’s Wholesale Floral Company on LaSalle Street in St. Louis.
At the Crown Candy Kitchem you can treat yourself to an ice cream cone or other treat. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase some of their delicious Valentine chocolates to take home.

Tour includes transportation, lunch, admissions, gratuities, and guide.

Walking Level: ***

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St. Louis Steeplechase Tour

Wednesday, March 18
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. • $76

We’ll visit the oldest cathedral west of the Mississippi River, the Old Cathedral, constructed in 1834. Next we’ll tour the Trinity Lutheran Church in the Soulard Neighborhood. Founded in 1839, Trinity is the mother church of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Churches, and is the oldest Lutheran Church west of the Mississippi. Next on the tour is the interesting sanctuary of St. Raymond’s Maronite Catholic Church where we’ll enjoy a delicious cafeteria-style meal of mouth-watering entrée and dessert choices.

After lunch, we’ll visit the Christ Church Cathedral. Episcopal services were first held here in 1867. Then, on to tour the sanctuary of St. Alphonsus (The “Rock” Church). This was the first big stone church in St. Louis. The final stop will be to tour the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (The “New Cathedral”) to view and learn about the largest collection of mosaics in the world.

Tour includes transportation, lunch, donations, gratuities, and guide.

Walking Level: **

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Historic New Harmony, IN

Tuesday, April 14
7 a.m. – 7 p.m. • $94

Spend a wonderful day exploring the historic sites and village on New Harmony, site of the 1820’s Harmonie religious society’s commune. The whole town was sold in 1825 to Robert Owen, who attempted to create an intellectual utopia here.

We’ll begin our visit at the ultra-modern Atheneum, where we will view a short film on New Harmony’s historical development, and view exhibits there. We’ll then visit New Harmony’s historic sites: the roofless church, log cabins, Harmonists homes, doctors, doctor’s office, opera house, community house, marble labyrinth, gardens, and more.

We’ll enjoy braised swiss steak, simmered with fresh vegetables in a rich brown gravy, house salad, whipped potatoes, beverage and dessert at the Famous Red Geranium Restaurant.
We’ll visit the Cathedral Labyrinth and Sacred Garden, where we can walk and meditate in an ancient single-path labyrinth.

Tour includes transportation, admissions, lunch, gratuities, and guide.

Walking Level: ****

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Clydesdale Ranch and Les Bourgeois Winery

Thursday, May 21
7 a.m. – 6 p.m. • $101

Join us as we visit the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales at their breeding farm near Boonville, MO. At Warm Springs Ranch we’ll learn all about the horses, and get close and friendly with the young colts.

We’ll enjoy lunch consisting of salad, deli meats, chips, cheeses, and sandwich trimmings at the Les Bourgeois Winery Bistro, overlooking the Missouri River near Rocheport. You will have a chance to do a wine tasting at the Les Bourgeois Winery tasting facility and gift shop.

You can then explore some of the quaint shops in the historic village of Rocheport, MO.

Tour includes transportation, admissions, lunch, wine tasting, gratuities, and guide.

Walking Level: ***

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Grant’s Farm and the Missouri Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, June 16
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. * $65

We’ll visit Grant’s Farm. View some of the Anheuser- Busch Clydesdales in the stables at the Farm. Enjoy the animals, shows and antique carriages. Purchase and enjoy your lunch at the major pavilion at the Farm.
After lunch we’ll travel to the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Gardens. At the Gardens, you can take a guided walking sculpture and planting tour, ride the tram, visit the excellent gift shop, and/or sit on the patio and enjoy the pleasant afternoon.

The tour includes transportation, admissions, bus parking, gratuities, and guide.

Walking Level: ****

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St. Louis Nibble and Nosh

Friday, July 17
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. • $57

For this tour, you will want to bring a shopping bag, and maybe a cooler, because we will be shopping and eating all day!

We will be shopping for produce and much more at the Soulard Market. Other stops will include Dad’s Cookie Company; Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate; Gus’s Pretzels; Gooey Louie store; Penzey’s Spices; Vom Fass; and Ted Drewes.

The tour includes transportation, gratuities, and guide.

Walking Level: **

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Historic Cahokia and Cahokia Mounds

Wednesday, Aug. 5
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • $77

Take a guided tour of the Cahokia Courthouse—site of legal hearings, postal services, and other government activities when Lewis and Clark were in the region. Next visit the 1799 Holy Family Church, one of only two French vertical-timber churches in North America. Lastly, tour the 1810 Jarrot Mansion, the oldest brick home in the State of Illinois.

We’ll dine at the Shrine Restaurant at Our Lady of the Snows and do a driving tour of the grounds after lunch. Lunch will be soups, Shrine salad, cold cuts and croissants, fruit salad, a beverage, and breads.

Before returning to St. Peters, we’ll visit Cahokia Mounds, the center of the largest civilization ever in North America until the late 1700’s.

The tour includes transportation, lunch, gratuities, admissions, donations, and guide.

Walking Level: ***

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St. Louie Brews

Tuesday, Sept. 15
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. • $87

We’ll visit such places as Kaldi’s Coffee and the Anheusrer-Busch Brewery, including the original 1885 Clydesdale stables, the ornate brew house, the hostility room, and much more.

For lunch we will have delicious a chicken salad plate with fresh fruit and it will be held at the famous (and haunted?) Lemp Mansion. After lunch we will tour the Victorian Lemp Mansion where we will hear stories about the eccentric and ill-fated brewing family who lived here.

For dessert, we’ll enjoy a root beer float at the famous Fitz’s Root Beer in the University City Loop. If there is time, you’ll be able to stroll along the sidewalks of The Loop which is named one of the “Top Ten Streets of America” By the American City Planners Association.

The tour includes transportation, lunch, root beer floats, admissions, gratuities, and guide.

Walking Level: ****

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Mark Twain Country (Hannibal, MO)

Wednesday, Oct. 21
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. • $112

Tour the actual buildings that inspired many famous scenes in Samuel Clemens’ most well-known novels, including “the Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “’Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Visit the Mark Twain Boyhood Home, the Huckleberry Finn House, the J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office, Grant’s Drug Store, and more. We’ll also visit the Museum Gallery, which houses valuable treasures, including 15 original Norman Rockwell paintings used for special editions of Twain’s books.

We’ll enjoy lunch at the Mark Twain Family Restaurant. We’ll tour Hannibal aboard a replica of the trolleys that once provided Hannibal’s transportation. See Riverview Park, Molly Brown’s Birthplace, Sawyer’s Creek, the Mark Twain Cave, and much more.

The tour includes transportation, lunch, admissions, gratuities, and the services guide.

Walking Level: ****

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Land O’ Lincoln

Thursday, Nov. 12
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. • $93

2015 marks the sesquicentennial of the close of the Civil War, and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Join us as we commemorate these historic events by visiting President Lincoln’s hometown, tomb, and museum.

Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Golden Corral before taking a drive through Oak Ridge Cemetery, the second most visited cemetery in the U.S. Here we will visit the Lincoln Family Tomb, and will drive by the impressive State of Illinois War Memorials.

This tour includes transportation, lunch, admissions, gratuities, and guide.

Walking Level: ****

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Holiday Concert and Lady of Snows

Saturday, Dec. 5
1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. • $102

Enjoy the “Way of Lights Buffet” at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine, near Belleville, IL. After dinner, we’ll listen to performing choirs and visit the extensive gift shop before driving through the Shrine’s beautiful several million-lights “Way of Lights.”

This tour includes transportation, admissions, donations, dinner, gratuities, and guide.

Walking Level: *

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For more information on current City of St. Peters day trips and tours, call 636.397.6903, ext. 1624, or visit Rec-Connect and sign up now.
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