Galena, Illinois

  • Date

    June 24-26, 2021 | Thu / Sat – 3 Days

  • Location

    DeSoto House Hotel


Come along to explore the vintage charm along the Galena and Mississippi Rivers! This northwestern Illinois getaway transports you to yesteryear’s days of gracious living. Galena, situated near the Galena and Mississippi Rivers, is a popular Midwestern river town for travelers and history buffs, with architecture that reflects its 19th-century roots built on steamboating and lead ore mining. Galena’s Main Street has a quintessential small town feel while still offering an abundance of boutiques, restaurants, and antique stores to wander past and browse. Staying at the DeSoto House Hotel puts you right in the center of it all, located on Main Street. The hotel has hosted numerous U.S. presidents and Civil War generals. Don’t miss this getaway filled with local flavor, rich history and rolling vineyards!


  • Stay at the historic DeSoto House Hotel
  • Historical Tour of Galena
  • Tour Belvedere Mansion and Gardens
  • Explore the home of President Ulysses S. Grant
  • Visit the Galena/Jo Daviess County History Museum
  • Galena Cellars Wine Tasting
  • Narrated Lunch Cruise on the Mississippi River


  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • Escorted
  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE: This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches, especially in historic areas.

Thu, June 24: Depart Indianapolis via motorcoach for an enjoyable drive across western Indiana and Illinois to Galena. Upon arrival, visit the Galena/Jo Daviess County History Museum followed by a guided sightseeing tour of the town. End at the authentic 1897 blacksmith’s shop and see them forge tools and equipment from over 100 years ago. Check in to your hotel, the historic DeSoto House Hotel.  (Meal: Dinner)

Fri, June 25: After breakfast in the hotel, visit Belvedere Mansion and Gardens. The 22-room Italianate home was built in 1857 by businessman Joseph Russell Jones. Jones became friends with Ulysses Grant, who had settled in Galena to work in his father’s business before the start of the Civil War. The home’s gardens combine formal country displays with quiet, intimate respites. Stop at the Ulysses S. Grant home, where Grant and his family settled before the Civil War. Visit a local vineyard and sample the award-winning wine, and have the evening on your own to stroll Main Street or relaxing at the hotel. (B,L)

Sat, June 26: Check out of the hotel and depart for Moline for a narrated luncheon cruise the Celebration Belle. The excursion will take in some of the historical sights of the area. Cruise by the Rock Island Arsenal, located on a 946-acre island, and Lock and Dam #15 with the largest roller dam in the world. The Captain will reveal historical facts about Chief Black Hawk, as well as the first railroad bridge that crossed the Mississippi River and the young Illinois attorney who defended it in a court battle—and later became this country’s 16th President! Savor a delicious lunch, then step out onto the open upper deck, sit back, and enjoy the scenery. Stop off on the third deck for those last-minute souvenirs at the gift shop. After a fun filled tour, return to Indianapolis. (B,L)

DeSoto House Hotel. Opening its doors in 1855, the DeSoto House Hotel continues to welcome guests with hospitality, charm, and history and is centrally located in the midst of fine antique shops, restaurants, boutiques, historical points of interest, and picturesque 1800’s architecture. Be sure to take time to enjoy the self-guided walking tour of the hotel and the Quiet Room with historic video. All rooms are oversized with high ceilings and uniquely decorated in Victorian style. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary WiFi Internet access • 3 restaurants • bar.


  • Complete Package*
  • Double P/P – $699
  • Triple P/P – $649
  • Single – $799

*Price subject to change due to fuel surcharge.

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