Our Iowa and the Mississippi River

Small States by the Sea

  • 8 Days | 13 Meals
  • Sep 11 - Sep 18
  • $2,779

Featuring visits to US “small states” Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Are one of these states on your bucket list?

Our Iowa and the Mississippi River

Join Us to Explore East Central Iowa and Her Great River Towns

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Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
6 days | 5 nights

Along with our friends at Country Travel Discoveries and Our Iowa, we’re excited to present a third tour of our 29th state, freshly packed with can’t-miss stops. Relax for a full day aboard the Celebration Belle cruising along the Mississippi’s scenic shores, historic river towns, towering bluffs, powerful barges and lock & dams.

Experience communal life at the Amana Colonies...meet an Austrian immigrant who escaped Russian persecution...visit Trappist monks who craft world-renowned caskets... and see the “Field of Dreams” brought to life. A century-old penitentiary, tasty homemade meals, and vintage and modern farms cap off this Midwest treasure.

  • Visit the National Motorcycle Museum
  • Home cooked Iowa lunch at the General Store in Stone City
  • Board the Celebration Belle paddle-wheeler and take in some of the Mississippi’s most scenic stretches
  • Check into the historic Hotel Julien, an elegant boutique hotel in the of the Old Main District of Dubuque, IA
  • Visit a pristine monastery where Trappist Monks live
  • Experience a mouth-watering visit to Betty Jane Candies in Dubuque
  • Experience the amazing Field of Dreams story
  • Discover the unique heritage of Iowa’s Amana Colonies

Meet your fellow travelers in a welcome reception in Cedar Rapids. D

This morning, we see first-hand how world-class hospitality management students develop skills at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Next, take a stroll through the National Motorcycle Museum—travelers love this trip down vintage lane. The discover the fascinating story of Weber Stone as we ride down into one of the deepest quarries in the Midwest. After a delicious home cooked Iowa lunch at the General Store in Stone City, we are hosted by John and Joan Maxwell at Cinnamon Ridge Farms, a robotic dairy operation where we’ll watch robots milk the cows! Tonight is spent above the Mississippi near our embarkation point for tomorrow’s day long river cruise. Overnight Le Claire, IA. B, L

Relax today aboard the Celebration Belle paddle-wheeler and take in some of the Mississippi’s most scenic stretches from Le Claire up to Dubuque. You’ll hear about the river’s wildlife, lock and dams (we’ll lock through two), bluff-side towns, and tales of Old Man River. Nature’s backdrop is magnificent on this full-day cruise—as are the ship’s vantage points from all three decks, and its renowned entertainment. Check into the historic Hotel Julien, an elegant boutique hotel in the of the Old Main District of Dubuque, IA for a two-night stay. B, L, D

High above the Mississippi at Eagle Point Park, take in spectacular panoramic views of the river and three states. Then enjoy lunch after a leisurely stroll at Dubuque Arboretum, home to the largest hosta gardens in the country. We’ll next visit a pristine monastery where Trappist Monks live, praying seven times each day…and manufacture some of the finest wooden caskets in the world. Experience a mouth-watering visit to Betty Jane Candies in Dubuque that showcases their handmade chocolates. Tonight, take an optional ride up the world’s shortest and steepest scenic railroad for a spectacular view of Dubuque. B, L

Start today experiencing the amazing Field of Dreams story. (Yes, a baseball player will walk out from the cornfield!). At the National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, thousands of toys memorialize John Deere, Case IH, Massey Ferguson and Allis Chalmers. After lunch at Country Junction, view the 64 stunning stained-glass windows at the town’s Basilica of St. Francis. We’re then invited to the Amish home and harness shop of John Hershberger to meet his family. After a break at the Jessup City Hall, tonight is spent outside of Independence, where “America’s Fame is in our Name”. B, L

This morning, near Shellsburg, breakfast is hosted by Inge Schminke, who relates the riveting story of her family’s flight from Austria after Hitler’s rise. Then, discover the unique heritage of Iowa’s Amana Colonies, settled by German Pietists who maintained a communal, agrarian life separate from the mainstream. Relax on the comfortable Sunrise Tours motorcoach as the miles roll by and we return home. B


  • Departure: September 11, 2022
  • Return: September 16, 2022


  • Double: $1577
  • Triple/Quad: $1477
  • Single: $1935

*Price per person

Average Temperatures:

Cedar Rapids: 76° / 54°

Dubuque: 75° / 55°

Quad Cities: 76° / 56°


Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carry-on bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.

Important Information:

New reservations will require a $250 per person deposit unless otherwise noted. As always, your deposit is still fully refundable for any reason until final payment. We are happy to accept cash, check (preferred) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) for your deposit.

Throughout 2021 we limited capacity on all our tours. This policy was so overwhelmingly popular by Sunrise travelers, we have made it permanent. In 2022 and beyond, we will limit the capacity on our motorcoaches to 80%. Most Sunrise Tours travel on 50-seat coaches with extra legroom, which means guests will enjoy extra legroom AND at least 6-8 empty seats. In the rare cases when we charter a 55-seat coach, there will be at least 10 open seats on the bus.

Our popular on-board refreshment service on travel days will feature a variety of soda, beer, wine spritzers, juices and sparkling water choices served in recyclable aluminum cans. This is a safe and eco-conscious way for us to deliver the ever-popular Sunrise Tours “happy hour” on tour. We do not typically serve bottled water and ask that while on tour you be responsible for your own hydration and consider the Sunrise Tours drink service a welcome refreshment.

Terms and Conditions:

Please refer to our policies HERE for more information on our terms and conditions.

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