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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 

Download a flyer containing 2018 tour information (PDF). REGISTER TODAY

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.
  
  

 



2019 BUS TOURS/DAY TRIPS 

CLICK HERE to download a PDF flyer of the 2019 Bus Tours or CLICK HERE to register today!

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

 

 



AMBASSADORS OF HARMONY HOLIDAY SHOW

Sunday, Dec. 9 12:30–8:30 p.m. • $118 • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER *
 

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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2019 BUS TOURS
 

STAINED GLASS & STEEPLES

Wednesday, Feb. 27 • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $81 • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER *** 

 

St Francis de Sales 2 

 

For over 110 years, Emil Frei, Inc. has been one of the leading stained glass and mosaic companies in the United States. Founded in St. Louis in 1898 by Bavarian-born Emil Frei, Sr., today the fourth generation of the Frei family continues to oversee major works of liturgical stained glass and mosaics, many of which are housed in local area churches. Trace the evolution of stained glass by visiting St. John Nepomuk, St. Francis de Sales, St. Francis Xavier, St. Mark’s Episcopal, Hope UCC and St. Gabriel's. Lunch will be at the favorite St. Raymond's Maronite Church.  

 

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ST. LOUIS TREASURES 

Thursday, March 12 • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $99 • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ****

 

STL Treasures Tour-Magic Chef Mansion

    

Tour the fabulous 30-room, 12,000 square foot French Renaissance Stockstrom "Magic Chef" Mansion in Compton Heights. Features in this magnificent 1908 home included a central vacuum system, eight gas-powered fireplaces and a 70-foot-long bowling alley. Enjoy lunch at the popular Lorenzo's Trattoria on the Hill, which will include salad, Chicken Florentine, a side of pasta, bread, beverage and a cannoli.

 

After lunch, tour the famous 1851 Campbell House in downtown St. Louis, considered to be one of the finest examples of a Victorian-furnished home in America. Last, visit what is perhaps one of St. Louis' greatest treasures, the 1914 Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and admire the awesome marble, mosaics and other artwork in the largest collection of mosaics in the world under one roof.

 

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COMMEMORATING HISTORIC JEFFERSON BARRACKS 

Thursday, April 11 • 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • $91 • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ***

 

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Spend the day commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day by visiting Jefferson Barracks Park, museums and cemetery. From its establishment in 1826 until after WWII, most of our greatest military heroes served in some capacity at Jefferson Barracks, which was once the largest military base in the United States. Hear fascinating stories about "pneumonia gulch,” the first successful parachute jump, Medal of Honor winners and much more. Visit the Old Ordnance Room and the Old Powder Room, plus tour the new Ordnance Depot, Telephone Museum and Missouri Civil War Museum. Finally, enjoy lunch at the award-winning Café Telegraph

 

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WARM SPRINGS CLYDESDALE RANCH & LES BOURGEOIS WINERY 

Tuesday, May 14 • 7 a.m.–6 p.m. • $109 • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ***

  

Warm Springs Ranch 

 

Enjoy a wonderful hour and a half visiting with the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales at their new breeding farm, Warm Springs Ranch, near Boonville, Mo. Learn all about the horses and get close and friendly with the young colts on this exceptionally educational tour.

 

Enjoy a lunch consisting of salad, deli meats, chips, cheeses and sandwich trimmings at the Les Bourgeois Winery Bistro, overlooking the Missouri River near Rocheport. Sample wines and spirits on your own at the Les Bourgeois Winery tasting facility and gift shop. Lastly, explore some of the quaint shops and the Katy Trail while visiting the historic village of Rocheport, Mo.

 

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IL ROUTE 66 & THE CARLINVILLE SEARS HOUSES 

Wednesday, June 19 • 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. • $87 • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ***

 

 

Route 66 Sign

 

Enjoy driving along one of the finest remaining stretches of historic Route 66, between Staunton and Litchfield, Ill. Each year, thousands of visitors from all over the world drive this route, stopping to visit some of the sites in the "real" American heartland along "The Mother Road.”

 

First, stop at Henry's Rabbit Ranch to see Rich's collection of Route 66 artifacts—and yes, he does have real rabbits and Volkswagen Rabbits here. Next, visit Country Classic Cars to stroll through some of the hundreds of classic cars for sale there, some dating back to the 1910's. Visit the Mother Jones Monument in Mt. Olive, and learn about her efforts on behalf of the miners around the turn of the 20th century.

 

Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the Carlinville United Methodist Church ladies, which will consist of chicken parmesan, potatoes, salad, vegetable, rolls, beverage and cakes/pies. Head to Carlinville, Ill., to tour one of the largest collection of Sears-Roebuck houses in the country, and possibly get a chance to tour the inside of one of the homes. Finish off the day viewing the Lady of the Highways Shrine off I-55 in Raymond.

 

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ST. LOUIS NIBBLE & NOSH 

Friday, July 12 • 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • $56 • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ***

 

Ted Drewes

  

Enjoy shopping for produce and much more at the oldest continuously-operating farmers market in America, the Soulard Market. Visit Dad's Cookies to sample and purchase their famous Scotch oatmeal (and other) cookies. Stop by Merb's Candies to purchase some of their heavenly hash, or other delicious freshly-made candies. Treat yourself to a brat, salsiccia, hot dog or soft pretzels at a St. Louis favorite, Gus's Pretzels, and watch the soft pretzels being made.

 

Take a brief break from food treats and enjoy a drive though one of St. Louis' most beautiful parks, Tower Grove Park. Stop by the Gooey Louie store to admire and purchase delicious homemade gooey butter coffee cakes. Treat yourself to a concrete or other frozen custard delight at Route 66's most famous custard stand, Ted Drewes. Check out Kakao Chocolates and Great Harvest Bread, enjoy spices from all over the world at Penzey's Spices, then stroll down the street to Vom Fass, where oils and vinegars and liqueurs are sold from barrel taps.

 

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THE KOSHER KONNECTION 

Thursday, Aug. 15 • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $78 • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER *** 

  

Take a special guided tour of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum, including a film viewing of Holocaust survivor Jerry Koenig, who talks about his family’s experiences in Poland during World War II. 

 

Learn about the concept of "kosher,” and shop at a whole market full of kosher products and delicious baked goods at Kohn's Deli and Kosher Meat Market. While you’re there, enjoy a traditional kosher lunch complete with matzo ball soup, knish, and a choice of corned beef, pastrami, turkey or roast beef sandwich. Visit Temple Israel for a tour of the synagogue and learn about rabbis and the Torah Scrolls. Visit the smallest Jewish Cemetery in the U.S., Ohave Shalom, where only Holocaust survivors are buried and see the inspiring monument there to honor all victims of the Holocaust.

 

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HISTORIC CAHOKIA & CAHOKIA MOUNDS 

Wednesday, Sept. 18 • 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • $87 • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER *** 

  

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Take a guided tour of the Cahokia Courthouse, the site of legal hearings, postal services, and other governmental activities when Lewis and Clark were in the area. Next, visit the 1799 Holy Family Church and Museum, one of only two vertical timber churches in North America, then tour the 1810 Jarrot Mansion, the oldest brick home in the state of Illinois.

 

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the Shrine Restaurant at Our Lady of the Snows, which will include soups, Shrine salad, cold cuts and croissants, fruit salad, breads and beverages. Take a driving tour of the grounds after lunch. Visit Cahokia Mounds, once the center of the largest civilization ever in North America until the late 1700's and one of only 22 United Nations World Heritage sites in America. The Mississippian Culture, peaking around the year 1200, built nearly 140 mounds on this site, of which only 63 remain, including the 100-foot-tall Monks' Mound. Visit the excellent interpretive center there and stroll among some of the mounds.

 

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ANGELS & DEMONS 

Tuesday, Oct. 22 • 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • $84 • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER *** 

 

Bellefontaine Cemetery-Services

 

If you don't think St. Louis has its fair share of angels and demons, then join this tour to hear stories of hauntings, unusual happenings, miracles and even a real-life exorcism that happened right here in St. Louis. Explore the history of some superstitions, familiar sayings and customs on this supernatural tour. Stops will be at the Shrine of St. Joseph, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the College Church, the famous Pink Sisters and Bellefontaine Cemetery. Enjoy lunch at the Bissell Mansion.

 

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ST. LOUIS ARCHITECTURAL TREASURES 

Thursday, Nov. 14 • 9:15 a.m.–4:15 p.m. • $99 • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER **** 

  

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St. Louis is full of architectural treasures, such as the beautifully restored Stifel Theatre, which hosts outstanding performances of all kinds. Originally built in 1936 as the Kiel Opera House, this massive structure was once home to the St. Louis Symphony and host to performers like the Rat Pack.

 

Enjoy a delicious cafeteria-style, home-cooked lunch at the very popular and plentiful Sweetie Pie's Restaurant in the Grand Avenue Theatre District. Tour St. Louis Public Library’s marvelously-renovated, state-of-the-art Central Library in downtown St. Louis, a historic treasure designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert and built in 1912. Last, visit the newly restored Soldiers' Memorial and Military Museum, which was dedicated by President Roosevelt in 1936 and honors the St. Louis soldiers who were killed in WWI.

 

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HERMANN GERMAN HOLIDAY 

Friday, Dec. 13 • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. • $89 • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER *** 

 

Hermann German Holiday Tour-Carolers Hermann German Holiday Tour

 

 

Travel to the wonderful village of Hermann, Mo., to enjoy some good, old German gemutlichkeit ("pleasant atmosphere"). First up, sample and shop for hickory smoked ham, bacon, turkey and more than 30 varieties of award-winning sausages and brats at the nationally-famous Swiss Meat and Sausage Company in Swiss, Mo.

 

Enjoy a traditional German schnitzel dinner in the Vintage Restaurant at Stone Hill Winery, followed by a tour of their unparalleled wine cellars and a formal tasting of the winery's award-winning wines. Don’t worry, there will be time for shopping here, too—head downtown to visit and shop the festive Hermann Kristkindlmarkt, as well as the quaint little shops for holiday gifts.

 

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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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