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Riverboat Bliss Aboard the "Twilight" - August 5 - 10, 2014
Offered By: Butler Motor Transit
You will experience something truly unique as you cruise through the Upper Mississippi River Valley appreciating first-hand the true majesty of the many islands, marshlands, wildlife and palisades along the way. This one-of-a-kind cruise aboard the “Twilight” Riverboat is designed to bring back the glory days of the Victorian-era riverboats with fancy ironwork, stained glass, painted murals, love

Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 6 Days/5 nights
Departs From: Butler, PA * Kittanning, PA * Natrona Heights, PA * Pittsburgh, PA

Double Room - $1,039.00
Single Room - $1,276.00
Triple Room - $1,039.00

You will experience something truly unique as you cruise through the Upper Mississippi River Valley appreciating first-hand the true majesty of the many islands, marshlands, wildlife and palisades along the way. This one-of-a-kind cruise aboard the “Twilight” Riverboat is designed to bring back the glory days of the Victorian-era riverboats with fancy ironwork, stained glass, painted murals, lovely and freshly prepared meal service all day and more…filled with old and new charms. This is the most elegant riverboat to be launched in the last 100 years. Your full package is filled with an abundance of unique sightseeing, fun, entertainment topped off with delicious meals from beginning to end that we know you will love and appreciate.

Tour itinerary: 

August 5 – Our first overnight today will be a pleasant surprise in Northern Indiana Amish Country (Middlebury) where true hospitality is overflowing at our charming Inn. You will love this complex filled with lovely hotel rooms, gift shops, bakery, restaurant, miniature golf, carriage rides, and welcoming landscaping and walking paths to enjoy as you wish during your stay. Relax and take it all in. Dinner will be included tonight. (D)

 August 6 – Breakfast included before we say goodbye to our home-away-from-home and continue on to Bettendorf, Iowa for an exciting stay at the Isle of Capri. Here, you will find everything you need under one roof, including hotel rooms, restaurants, casino action and entertainment. The Isle of Capri won the “Loosest Slots” award in the state of Iowa. (At time of print, casino bonus offered to our group is $ 10.00 slot play and complimentary breakfast next morning). If casino action is not to your liking there are many other options to explore such as the nearby Channel Cat Water Taxi located within a block of your hotel. For a small fee, you can enjoy a “hop on – hop off” water taxi for sightseeing, dining and shopping at several different stops where you can get off as you wish. Be sure to get a good night’s rest tonight so you are ready for an early morning tomorrow as we head out on our riverboat cruise bright and early. (B)

August 7 – Breakfast is included at your hotel if you wish. (Continental breakfast and snack will also be served on board your cruise this morning). We will then make our way to the boat dock of the Twilight Riverboat at the charming little river town of La Claire for boarding this morning. (We will be sailing from La Claire to Dubuque and back). Welcome to the glory days of riverboat travel as you step back in time to relax and unwind while cruising the Mississippi River in complete style! This is the most elegant riverboat to be launched in the last 100 years. Get ready to be pampered on this lovely cruise complete with a bounty of freshly prepared meals each day, snacks, unique entertainment, bingo, wildlife, and beautiful shoreline scenery with narration. Enjoy the outer decks of the Victorian Twilight for relaxing and strolling as you take in all there is to see as your captain steers through the many bends and turns of the Upper Mississippi River. We will travel through various locks as you experience this first hand from the outside decks while the captain narrates the procedure of “locking through”. Your meals are prepared fresh onboard in their fully stocked galley by their special on-board chef and served by their friendly wait staff at your assigned tables. Be sure to bring your binoculars and cameras because this cruise travels through the forested Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge which is filled with white pelicans, bald eagles, great blue herons, and many more which seem to have nests all along the way. (This is a vast wilderness hidden smack in the middle of a densely populated center of our country !) You will be serenaded with various forms of entertainment and music on board as you travel. Roam throughout the three decks as you wish and the captain will always announce when it is time for your next meal or snack service. Food is in abundance throughout your time on board and always prepared fresh. You may also want to visit the Pilot House where the captain will welcome you to have your picture taken with him if you wish. Your riverboat cruise will arrive early this evening to dock at River’s Edge Plaza at the Port of Dubuque, Iowa’s oldest city, where you will enjoy overnight accommodations at the new Grand Harbor Resort Hotel on the waterfront and close to lots of things to enjoy in Dubuque. You will have time this evening to explore the lovely hotel, enjoy a stroll along the river walk, visit the Diamond Joe Casino next door or partake in wine tasting at the nearby Stone Cliff Winery. These activities are all located at the Port of Dubuque and a short walk from your convenient hotel. (B, L, D…and snacks)

August 8 – Breakfast is served at your hotel restaurant this morning (and you won’t want to miss this wonderful breakfast spread to start your day!) Early this morning, continuous complimentary shuttle service is available to many area attractions such as Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Cable Car Square Shopping Center and more. Late morning, we are back on board the Twilight Riverboat for our return voyage where you can take in all the shoreline sights you may have missed. Another bountiful day of meal service will be included on board with lunch, snacks, and dinner. We’ll arrive in La Clair early this evening where our motorcoach will be waiting to take us to our local hotel for the evening after a fabulous two day adventure on the Mississippi. (B, L, D…and snacks)

August 9 – Breakfast included. We will then depart by motorcoach as we make way to our last overnight en route home at Napanee, Indiana and home of the delightful Amish Acres complex. Upon arrival we will enjoy a fully guided tour of this 1874 homestead including the farm and house and outside buildings of this three-generation Amish family – this is more than just a tour, it is a trip back in time. We will then check in to our overnight accommodations at the Inn at Amish Acres followed by a delicious home-made dinner filled with a family style feast of Amish country favorites. Your entertainment tonight will be at the Round Barn Theater on the premises where you will enjoy a live stage show. Over one hundred Broadway musicals have been produced over the last 25 years at the Round Barn Theater. This theater at Amish Acres is created from a 1911 round barn that was dismantled and resurrected at the this historic farmstead to become a resident professional theater – enjoy your evening ! (B, D)

August 10 – Continental breakfast included this morning before we depart for home after a wonderful vacation. (CB)

Departure Details:

Departure City
Departure Time
Location Address
Pittsburgh, PA 6:30 AM Wyndham Grand Hotel (formerly Hilton Hotel) downtown, Liberty Ave side (no parking)
Natrona Heights, PA 7:15 AM Walmart Parking Lot, 4015 Freeport Road, Upper Front Lot, near road where white lines are located
Kittanning, PA 8:00 AM Hilltop Plaza, located across from King's Restaurant, Old Rt 422, West Kittanning
Butler, PA 8:30 AM Butler Motor Transit, 210 S Monroe St, Butler PA - Rear parking lot

Cost Includes: Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners, lodging for 5 wonderful nights, two day cruise on the Twilight Riverboat including entertainment and meals on board, all described admissions and touring as described in itinerary.

For more information call Butler Motor Tours 724.282.1000 or 1.800.222.8750!

Full payment by June 16, 2014.

Terms and Conditions:


Prior to 30 days from your departure date a full refund will be made (with the exception of special event and/or show tours, air tours and cruises which will be different - be sure to ask about these details when your booking is made). There is no refund for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. But you are welcome to send someone in your place and let us know the name change (this does not apply to air and cruise tours which have various restrictions, strict cancellation policies and name change charges).

Butler Motor Tours offers a refund protection plan on all overnight tours with varying restrictions due to the nature of the tour. We highly encourage you to take advantage of it, although it is certainly your own individual decision. This plan is available at an additional cost and will protect your monies due to sickness or death, but it does not cover you if you simply "change your mind". An official written letter from the doctor is required for proof of illness or a statement as to the death in your family. This plan expires 30 days after cancellation, if the documentation is not received within 30 days of cancellation, the refund is forfeited. There is only a small window period of time in which you are allowed to purchase the plan so be sure to ask upon booking.

To ensure passenger comfort, we have a "NO SMOKING" policy on all of our tours, which also includes e-cigarettes. Ample comfort stops are made for smoking and restroom convenience. Feel free to request a smoking or non-smoking hotel room when making your reservations. No alcohol is allowed on any tour at any time. We reserve the right to refuse boarding under such circumstances that these policies are not followed.

Butler Motor Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We also reserve the right to change tour prices and itineraries if so dictated by circumstances beyond our control. We always avoid canceling a tour if at all possible, as we understand the inconvenience to you - our valued customer. Feel free to ask about any departure, especially if you are taking vacation days at your place of work.

The cost of your tour includes one piece of luggage per person to be checked under the coach and one small carry-on piece. Any additional suitcase is allowed at a cost of $5.00 per day and this must be paid with the final tour payment. You will be responsible for the handling of your own carry-on luggage at all times.

Butler Motor Tours acts as an agent in arranging hotel and other accommodations and cannot be held responsible for non-performance.

Any person or group which requires an ADA accessible bus is requested to inform us at the time of reservation, and must notify us in writing no later than 48 hours prior to the charter's departure.