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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.
  
  

 



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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