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The Cultural Arts Centre offers a variety of bus tours/day trips throughout the year. Escorted trips include motorcoach transportation, and admission to the scheduled activities. Meals are also included with planned stops at restaurants unless otherwise stated. Most tours are narrated.  

 

All tours are guided by Linda Koenig and meet in the west parking lot at City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. See below for 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.

 

TO REGISTER, call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400, or visit Rec-Connect

 

2018 BUS TOURS/DAY TRIPS 

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All tours include transportation, lunch, donations, gratuities and admissions unless otherwise noted. 

 

 

  
  

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.
  
  

 


 

WORLD RELIGIONS IN WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY**

Friday, Feb. 16 • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $78 

 

St. Louis Abbey - 2017 Bus Tour 

 

Tour the beautiful, new Hindu Temple of St. Louis and learnabout Hindu customs, traditions and beliefs. Visit the wonderfully unique and modern St. Louis Abbey/St. Anselm Church. Enjoy West County’s favorite Friday meal, a buffet lunch at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church featuring delicious Greek delicacies prepared by members of the congregation. Tour Assumption Church sanctuary and view the gorgeous new ceiling iconography. Tour Temple Israel and learn about Reform Jewish worship services and traditions in the new sanctuary. Visit the beautiful Daar ul Islam Mosque on Weidman Road and learn about Muslim worship and customs. 

 

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A BIT O’ THE ST. LOUIS IRISH** 

Wednesday, March 7 • 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. • $83

 

Kerry Cottage - 2017 Bus Tour St. James Church - 2017 Bus Tour

 

Learn about Irish immigration to St. Louis by touring famous Irish landmarks throughout the city, including St. Patrick’s Church and the Campbell House, as well as the Shrine of St. Joseph, one of the most significant religious sites in the St. Louis region. The restored baroque church offers the Altar of Answered prayers and one of the largest tracker organs in the world. 

 

Lunch at Maggie O’Brien’s will include a delicious corned beef sandwich, Irish stew, salad, cookies and beverage. Visit St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, where one of the focal points is a beautiful rendering of Raphael’s “Transfiguration.” Shop Ireland without having to cross the ocean at Kerry Cottage. Visit St. James the Greater Church in “Dogtown,” currently the center of Irish St. Louis, and admire the church’s beautiful tapestries and woodwork. 

 

Enjoy some authentic Irish dances, performed by students from the Kerry at Pat Connolly’s Tavern, one of Dogtown’s most famous pubs and gathering places. Treat yourself to homemade chips and a Harp, Guiness, Smithwick’s, Killian’s Red, or perhaps an Irish Crème Coffee. 

 

NOTE: This tour does NOT include the cost of personal refreshments at Pat’s Tavern. It does include a minimal fee for the Irish dancers, but the girls may take up an optional donation at the end of their performance. 

 

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STE. GENEVIEVE AND THE WINERIES*** 

Tuesday, April 26 • 9 a.m.–6 p.m. • $92

 

 Chaumette - 2017 Bus Tour Crown Valley - 2017 Bus Tour

 

Take a trip down to wine country in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Missouri’s “oldest town.” Check out the Ste. Genevieve Visitors’ Center before taking a tour of the Philipson-Valle House. Built in 1818, the building features an authentically restocked mercantile store of an historic trading firm. The family’s living quarters display early empire furnishings, with original mantels and trim. Our generous and delicious family-style lunch at the Ste. Genevieve Cafe will consist of fried chicken, kettle beef, salad, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, rolls, beverages and apple crisp. 

 

After lunch we’ll visit the beautiful and historic Church of St. Genevieve, and drive down St. Mary’s road to view rare vertical-timber French dwellings. After a gorgeous drive through the rolling countryside, enjoy wine tasting on your own at Chaumette Winery, and then an official wine tasting at Crown Valley Winery. The views and ambiance at these two wineries cannot be topped.

 

Tour includes transportation, lunch, admissions, gratuities, and Crown Valley wine tasting.

 

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THE ORIENT EXPRESS**** 

Tuesday, May 15 • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. • $83

 

 Buddhist Temple STL - 2017 Bus Tour

 

Explore some of the customs, beliefs and traditions of the many Asian cultures represented in St. Louis, including Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese cultures. Visit the Fo Guang Shan St. Louis Buddhist temple to observe and learn about Buddhism, one of the world’s great religions. Pay a visit to Valhalla Cemetery, which many St. Louis Asians have chosen to make their final resting place. Visit one or more Chinese shops along Olive and enjoy a virtual feast at Wei Hong, one of the region’s best and most unusual Chinese restaurants. Then marvel as we experience a docent-led tour through the Asian Galleries at the St. Louis Art Museum. Finally, experience the beauty and learn the symbolism behind the Chinese and Japanese Gardens at Missouri Botanical Garden with a guided walking tour.

 

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GERMAN HERMANN*** 

Friday, June 15 • 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • $95

 

 Deutschheim - 2017 Bus Tour

 

Visit a significant part of early Missouri German settlement at Deutschheim State Historic Site in Hermann. Stroll through two 1840’s and 1850’s buildings and explore how German-Americans settled and developed the Missouri wine industry. Grapevines planted more than 100 years ago can still be seen on the property, as well as a number of other interesting historic artifacts. Enjoy a delicious German lunch at the Hermann Wurst Haus, consisting of prize-winning bratwurst on a bun, with or without kraut, and your choice of two sides and beverage. 

 

Afterward, there’s lots of good meats and specialty products to sample and purchase here. Visit the Hermann Farm Museum, offering a trip back in time to see how the first German immigrants lived and farmed after arriving in the Hermann valley in 1837. Take an included tram ride through the 200-acre farm, and visit the Husmann House and outbuildings. Enjoy the chickens, sheep, cattle, mules, Shire draft horses, and other animals we’ll see along the ride.

 

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ARROW ROCK AND THE LYCEUM THEATRE**

Thursday, July 26 • 8 a.m.–7 p.m. • $116

 

Arrow Rock - 2017 Bus Tour 

 

Visit the tiny restored town of Blackwater, Mo. Stroll Main Street and enjoy the gardens and antique shops. Check out the Iron Horse Hotel and the telephone museum. Enjoy fried chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, biscuit, dessert and a beverage for lunch at the J. Huston Tavern in Arrow Rock.

 

Afterwards, explore the 1840 Huston Store, summer kitchen, and upstairs ballroom and bedrooms. Explore the beautifully restored town of Arrow Rock on your own and visit the excellent state museum, boardwalk shops, the old courthouse, and the Bingham Home. Experience an exciting performance of Footloose at Arrow Rock’s award-winning Lyceum Theatre. Make one last stop at the Russel Stover outlet store for candy and ice cream. There is an Arby’s next door for those who prefer a snack to go.

 

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HISTORIC HOTELS OF ST. LOUIS**** 

Wednesday, Aug. 15 • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $73

 

 Union Station - 2017 Bus Tour Ruins - 2017 Bus Tour

 

Throughout its history, St. Louis has been home to many of the finest and largest hotels in America. Among St. Louis’ posh 19th century hotels were the Southern, National, Planters and Lindell. Due to fire, neglect and the economy, these hotels no longer exist, but countless stories about the hotels and their famous guests remain. 

 

On the other hand, we have recently witnessed the awesome restoration and conversion of some of the early 20th century hotels and buildings into first-class landmark hotels, including the Cheshire Inn and restaurants, Chase Park Plaza, Drury Union Station, Union Station Grand Hall, Drury Plaza, Renaissance and Magnolia (Mayfair) Hotels. The ballrooms, public and dining areas of these hotels are magnificent. Stop by Tower Grove Park to see the ruins of the Lindell Hotel. For lunch, enjoy salad, Chicken Florentine, a side of pasta, cannoli and a beverage at Lorenzo’s Trattoria.

 

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THE GREAT RIVER ROAD AND AERIES WINERY*** 

Tuesday, Oct. 23 • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $85

 

 Pere Marquette - 2017 Bus Tour

 

Spend the day exploring the Great River Road, recently designated a National Scenic Byway, less than an hour’s drive northwest of St. Louis. We’ll stop to admire the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, the largest and most technologically advanced locks and dam on the Mississippi. Next we’ll cross the stunning “bridge of the future”, the 4600-foot William Clark Bridge, spanning the Mississippi between Missouri and Illinois. Visit the Great Rivers Museum inside the Melvin Price Locks and Dam. We’ll view the excellent Mississippi River film, and then those who desire may take the most interesting lock and dam tour while others can view the museum exhibits. 

 

We’ll travel on up the National Scenic Highway, past Elsah and Grafton, and into Pere Marquette State Park. At the lodge we’ll enjoy a delicious, family-style fried chicken dinner. Then, as a special treat, we’ll take the shuttles up to Aeries Winery, high atop the Grafton Bluffs. There, we’ll enjoy an included wine tasting and admire the amazing river view. 

 

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GERMAN ST. LOUIS DAY***

Monday, Nov. 12 • 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • $80

 

 Naked Justice - 2017 Bus Tour

 

Visit and drive by interesting German sculptures in Forest Park, Market Street, and Tower Grove Park. Stop at the Naked Truth sculpture by the Compton Heights Water Tower, dedicated to the German immigrants of St. Louis by a committee headed by Adolphus Busch. 

 

Founded in Bavaria, the School Sisters of Notre Dame came to St. Louis in the latter part of the 1800’s to work with the German immigrants, and also to staff some of the larger Catholic schools in the city. We will visit the mother house, Theresa Center, to learn about the history of the sisters and their all-important work. Drive by some of the fine early stone mid-1800’s German street houses in South St. Louis. 

 

Enjoy a delicious German meal at the favorite Grbic Restaurant in South St. Louis. We’ll have beef goulash, with a side of spätzle, salad, bread, a beverage, and apple strudel. Tour the beautiful campus of Concordia seminary, where young men train for the ministry in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. Enjoy the gorgeous chapel and the beautiful campus architecture.

 

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AMBASSADORS OF HARMONY HOLIDAY SHOW*

Sunday, Dec. 9 12:30–8:30 p.m. • $118
 

Way of Lights - 2017 Bus Tour 

 

Enjoy the highly-acclaimed Ambassadors of Harmony Holiday Concert at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. The 157-member barbershop harmony-style group has an extensive acappella repertoire, including contemporary, Broadway, gospel, folk and light jazz. The St. Charles-based Ambassadors have won international competitions several times recently, as they put on a show unparalleled anywhere, and always perform to sellout audiences.

 

After the Ambassadors concert, we will head across the river to enjoy the “Way of Lights Buffet” at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine. Dinner will consist of a selection of meats, salads, soups, vegetables, beverages and desserts. Afterward, visit their special programming and extensive gift shop. Later, we will tour the Shrine’s millions of holiday lights - The Way of Lights, and then the downtown St. Louis and brewery lights. 

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION on current tours, call 636-397-6903, ext. 1624. TO REGISTER, call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400, or go online to Rec-Connect
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