Join the Rend Lake College Community Education Department and Presley Tours on a fabulous, three-day tour sure to raise your spirits with “Where Eagles Soar: Alton Tour,” set for Tuesday, Jan. 24, through Thursday, Jan. 26.
See the majesty and wonder of the national symbol, the American Bald Eagle. There are hundreds of eagles diving and soaring in the area the tour will visit. The eagle is a magnificent bird which searches for winter food and roosts along the Great River Road. With an “Eagle Eye” guide, the group will search the wetlands, woodlands, rivers and limestone bluffs. Bring along binoculars, cameras, hats and gloves. Although it may be cold outside, the coach will be warm.
Day 1 – The first day will take the group to the Great River Road and fascinating attractions nearby. The National Great Rivers Museum, located at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam, will be the first stop. Participants will learn about the history of the “Mighty Miss,” the history of locks and dams and have a tour. Members will have the chance to try to navigate a towboat through the lock via computer simulator.
The group will enjoy a delicious lunch at a quaint downtown restaurant before visiting the Lincoln-Douglas Square and traveling across the Clark Bridge to an area frequented by eagles, pelicans, egrets, waterfowl, shorebirds and other wildlife. The tour will then visit the statue of the World’s Tallest Man and learn about the history of the Alton area, including the Underground Railroad, the Civil War and the Confederate Prison.
As the tour continues on the Great River Road to Pere Marquette Lodge, members will be on the lookout for the nation’s symbol of freedom – the bald eagle. Set in the rolling bluffs overlooking the Illinois River, Pere Marquette Lodge is built of native stone and rustic timbers providing first-class accommodations in a lovely historical setting. After check-in, the group will enjoy a bountiful dinner in the elegant dining room. Tour-goers will have the evening to themselves to delight in the warm and cozy atmosphere of the lodge. Sit beside the 700-ton stone fireplace in the Great Room to join old and new friends in a card or board game (available at the desk) or some friendly conversations. Take a swim in the indoor pool or relax in the sauna or whirlpool spa. Other amenities include a cocktail lounge, an exercise room, a life-size chess game, a gift shop, a game room and the scenic overlook of the river valley below.
Day 2 – After a wonderful night’s rest and a hearty breakfast, the group will meet a private guide from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for a presentation on the American Bald Eagle before departing for a guided eagle-watching tour aboard a warm motor coach. Lunch will be at a riverside restaurant so the group can continue to delight in nature’s glorious American Bald Eagle. Afterward, the tour will return to the lodge to relax before dinner. The remainder of the evening is for members to enjoy and special music will be available.
Day 3 – The final day begins with a delicious breakfast at the lodge. As the group travels the Great River Road, more bald eagles may be seen. Participants will visit the new Lewis and Clark State Historic Site and Park to learn more about the time and life of these great adventurers. Following lunch, the group will return to the pick-up points with memories of the great American Bald Eagle and friendships members have made.
The tour includes two nights at Pere Marquette Lodge, five full meals, a private guide for the eagle watching tour, baggage handling, taxes and gratuities on services and meals, all admissions, deluxe motor coach transportation and an escort for the entire tour.
The cost of the trip is based on the number of people per room: single – $430; double – $335; triple – $300; or quad – $285. Passenger pick-ups will be made at Rend Lake College, Mt. Vernon, Nashville and Marion.
For more information or to register, contact the Community Education Department at Rend Lake College at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1267 / 1367, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1267 / 1367.