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EXPLORE MINNESOTA: HEADWATERS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER & MORE All Departures

Departing: Saturday, September 9, 2017
7 Days
Personal Pace: 3
Moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days. Walking tours, as well as walking longer distances, up stairs, or uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
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This tour is designed to explore Minnesota!  Known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes, though the state actually has 11,842 lakes.  Water defines this state with more than 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined.  Rochester is home to the world famous Mayo Clinic.  The Clinic is a major teaching and working facility and is known worldwide for its doctor’s expertise and newest methods of treatments.  Wabasha is famous for its wintering eagle population and the setting of the 1993 movie “Grumpy Old Men.

Daily Itinerary:
Day 1 Travel northwest to the city of Rochester, Minnesota, our home for the night.
Day 2 Start today with a relaxing trolley tour of Rochester featuring the major historic, cultural, and architectural sites.   By the end of this tour, you will know the inside story of Rochester’s transformation from a humble Midwestern farm town to world-famous mecca for the medical arts.  Next, we will tour Mayowood Mansion, the home of Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic.  Built in 1911 and his home until 1939, the estate features gardens and his decorative arts collection.  Board the trolley to continue touring and travel to the Mayo Clinic for an outside walking tour of the grounds.  Visit Assisi Heights, the home of the Sisters of Saint Francis.  Travel onto Little Falls, Minnesota, our home for two nights.
Day 3 Depart and make our way to Itasca State Park, at this point, 1,475 feet above sea level, the Mississippi River begins its journey to the Gulf of Mexico.  Explored by Henry Schoolcraft in 1830, this is the Mississippi River’s true source.  We will wade/walk across the famous headwaters where the river starts from the lake.  The entire 32,690 acre park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The park contains, among other historic and geologic features, a remnant of the giant red and white pines that once covered northern Minnesota.  We will explore the park with a naturalist, have lunch at the Douglas Lodge, and take a ride on beautiful Lake Itasca.  Return to Little Falls.
Day 4 Start our morning with a tour of the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, his 1927 flight from New York to Paris launched aviation.  Tour his boyhood home and explore this National Historic Landmark.  Next, we make our way to Bloomington, Minnesota and the Mall of America, where you will enjoy tax-free shopping at the nation’s largest shopping and entertainment destination.  (Afternoon visit with the option of staying late.)  Overnight in Bloomington.
Day 5 Travel to Wabasha to start our day at the National Eagle Center, climb in an eagle’s nest and test your strength against an eagle, discover how eagle’s soar, and view wild eagle’s on the river. Next, we will experience SeptOberfest Celebration as we meander through this river town.  Imagine artistic displays of thousands of pumpkins, cornstalks, flowers, bales, and gourds among the natural beauty of the Winding River, Vibrant Trees, and Majestic Bluffs. This afternoon we make our way to Winona and the Watkins Heritage Museum for a view into the Company’s 146 year history plus time to shop for all your favorite products.  Return to Wabasha, Minnesota, our home for two nights.
Day 6 This morning we travel along the Great River Road to Lark Toys, home of remarkable toys, notably their handmade heirloom wooden toys.  The over 20,000 square feet store features a bookstore, carousel, fudge tree, and more.  We will cross the Mississippi River for a visit to Nelson Creamery, who made cheese for over 100 years.  They no longer make cheese, but offer cheese from Wisconsin and around the world.  Our next stop will be Maiden Rock Apples, an award winning apple orchard and winery located on the scenic bluffs above the Mississippi River.  Our afternoon has us in Red Wing, Minnesota for a tour of the Red Wing Pottery and Stoneware Factory to see the various processes in the production of their stoneware.  Then we will visit the Pottery Museum to learn the history of this river town’s rustic salt-glazed and highly collectible crocks (made since 1878).  Home of the super-sized 70-gallon crock plus dishware, cookware, vases, and collectibles.  Our final tour stop is the Red Wing Shoe Company to see the history of this specialized American company.  Snap a photo next to a gigantic size 638 1/2 Red Wing Boot.  Return to Wabasha.
Day 7 All things must come to an end as we arrive home this evening.

TOUR INCLUDES: Round-Trip Transportation via TURNER Motorcoach • Accommodations Six (6) Nights • Thirteen (13) Meals [Six (6) Continental Breakfasts, Four (4) Lunches, and Three (3) Dinners] • Group Admission Charges, Sightseeing, Baggage Handling, Taxes, and Gratuities

ADDITIONAL INFO: $26.00 bee buck (thank you) certificate. Deposit: $200.00 per person. Final payment is due July 24, 2017. No refunds will be issued after the final payment date for multi day tours. If you must cancel you may sell, give away, or contact TURNER to see if we have a wait list. You must notify TURNER of any name changes. Subject to change!

PRICE PER PERSON:
$1299.00 Double Occupancy
$1649.00 Single Occupancy
$1269.00 Triple Occupancy
$1269.00 Quad Occupancy