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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.

 

CLICK HERE for a PDF download for 2019 Bus Tours/Day Trips.

CLICK HERE to register today for a Bus Tour/Day Trip today! Or, you may call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400.


2019 BUS TOURS/DAY TRIPS 

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.

 



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 ***

 

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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 through 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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