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Peoria, IL to St. Louis, MO (3-day, 2-night)

The Spirit of Peoria at the St. Louis Arch

What do you get when you mix one part history and one part scenery with some great food, music, relaxation, and adventure? You get a wonderful three-day Illinois and Mississippi River getaway on the Spirit of Peoria riverboat!

Step back in time aboard the Midwest’s most unique and historic riverboat as it travels the Illinois River valley between Peoria and the “Gateway to the West,”—Saint Louis, MO. The Spirit of Peoria is a full-blown replica of the nineteenth century riverboats that inhabited the nation’s waterways. Decorated in the “wedding cake” style, the Spirit mirrors a Mark Twain era riverboat, complete with an enormous 21-foot diameter paddle wheel, which believe it or not, is the only source of propulsion!

Day one will take you through the Peoria Lock and Dam and an evening landing in Frederick. The overnight stay will be in Springfield at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and a visit in the morning to the Presidential Museum and Library. With an afternoon departure on day two we will arrive in Grafton where the Illinois meets the Mississippi and overnight at the historic Pere Marquette lodge. Père Marquette, situated 5 miles north of Grafton, Illinois is comprised of 8,050 acres making it Illinois’ largest state park. Your third day we will be traveling down the Mississippi River through two more locks and land on the cobblestone just below the Gateway Arch in downtown Saint Louis. After disembarking and taking in the most beautiful view of the Arch, a motor coach will provide transportation back to Peoria.

In these times of jet airplanes and super trains, the Spirit of Peoria offers a more classic and somewhat classier, alternative. If you’re ready to put relaxation back in your vacation, consider a St. Louis trip on an amazing riverboat. It may just be what you’re looking for!

  • All-inclusive ticket pricing
  • Overnight lodging
  • Sumptuous Meals including prime rib dinner
  • Professional riverlore / storytelling
  • Tour of destination
  • Old-fashioned hospitality
  • Unlimited complimentary drinks
  • Historical information
  • Wildlife sightings
  • Indoor comfort
  • Outdoor relaxation
  • Live entertainment
  • Old-time banjo
  • Ragtime piano
  • Baggage handling
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Tax and gratuity

2015 Dates

2016 Dates

2015 Prices

  • Adult (single occ.): $695/person
  • Adult (double occ.): $575/person
  • Adult (triple occ.): $540/person
  • Adult (quad occ.): $520/person
  • Kids: $275/person (Ages 5–15)
  • Infants: FREE
  • Prices subject to change
  • Prices are all-inclusive

2016 Prices

  • Adult (single occ.): $715/person
  • Adult (double occ.): $595/person
  • Adult (triple occ.): $565/person
  • Adult (quad occ.): $515/person
  • Prices Subject to Change
  • Prices are all-inclusive


The boat boards at 7:15AM and cruises from 8:00AM to 7:00PM



Included (2-nights, 3-days)

Additional Options

Driving in from out of town? Try one of these hotels for your night before the trip starts (reservations and fees not included in trip price)! Each is located within 5 blocks of the Spirit of Peoria and offers reduced price for Spirit of Peoria guests and complimentary shuttle services

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel more than 45 days prior to the date of your trip you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 22 to 44 days of your trip you will receive a 50% refund. If you cancel within 21 days of your trip you will receive no refund.

Please ask about trip insurance! Allows you to cancel up to the day prior to departure with no penalty.

Please read our Policies Page.
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