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Central Iowa Charm

Central Iowa Charm

$1115 / per person
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There’s a simple beauty to the rolling hills and valleys of Iowa. Escape into the history, beauty and charm of central Iowa.


May 17-20, 2022

4 Days


Double: $1,115/person

Single: $1,375/person


7 Meals

Amana Colonies Tour

Dinner at Ox Yoke Inn

Bridges of Madison County Tour

John Wayne Museum & Birthplace

Hannibal Missouri’s Interpretive Center

Mark Twain Boyhood Home

Becky Thatcher Home

Huck Finn House

Mark Twain Cave

Rockcliffe Mansion

Mark Twain Riverboat Lunch & Cruise

Planters Barn Theatre Presentation of “Mark Twain Himself”

Moderate Activity Level

Reservation Info

Motor coach tour deposit due at time of booking: $50 per person. Cancellations from booking date to 45 days before departure result in $25 per person fee, cancellation less than 45 days result in $500 per person fee.

Departure Info

Departing from: Mt. Vernon, Nashville, Fairview Heights, South County, Pontoon Beach, Litchfield, Springfield, Cape Girardeau, Evansville

Tour Plan


Day 1 | Amana

Arriving at the Amana Colonies in mid-afternoon, our guided tour will include several stops explaining the history of the Amana Colonies. While you’re here, learn the history, visit the stores, sample their products and possibly see their craftsmen at work. Dinner tonight will be at the Ox Yoke Inn, a historic landmark built in 1856, where German and American food is served family style. Overnight will be in the nearby town of Coralville. (D)

Day 2 | Winterset

After breakfast at the hotel, we journey on to Winterset, Iowa, birthplace of John Wayne. Following refreshments provided by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, we begin touring the covered bridges made famous by the movie “Bridges of Madison County.” Madison County is the Covered Bridge Capital of Iowa and six of the original nineteen bridges remain. Lunch today will be provided by a local church and then we spend time at the John Wayne Museum and Birthplace. Overnight will be in West Des Moines. (B,L)

Day 3 | Hannibal

Following breakfast at the hotel, we will travel to Hannibal, MO, “America’s Hometown.” After lunch, we will visit the Mark Twain Boyhood Home, Becky Thatcher House, Huck Finn House and Mark Twain Museum. Dinner will be at the Hannibal Country Club and afterwards, we will experience a unique performance of Mark Twain Himself with Richard Garey. The stage actor brings Mark Twain to life in the historic Planters Barn Theater with a show full of humor and irreverent wisdom. (B,D)

Day 4 | Hannibal – Return Home

After breakfast, we visit the Mark Twain Cave. You will have the same exciting experience as Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher did exploring this remarkable cave so many years ago. A guide will escort you on the 55-minute circular tour. For those who do not wish to go into the cave, there are places to sit, a sandwich shop and a winery onsite. Next we’re off to Rockcliffe Mansion, a massive, historic house museum overlooking the Mississippi River, where Mark Twain addressed Hannibal’s society during his last visit in 1902. Before departing for home, enjoy a dockside lunch and then cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat to see this famous river town from the boat bearing this famous name. (B,L)