Mark Twain’s  Hannibal Group Tour

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10:00 AM    Arrive in Hannibal at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Interpretive Center.  There, Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher will greet your group, pose for pictures and hand out welcome bags (all of this free of charge!)  Hop off bus for quick restroom break.

10:30 AM    Begin tour of Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Properties.  This self-guided tour allows your group to explore the roots of Mark Twain’s genius.  The tour includes 7 buildings, most notably the world famous Mark Twain Boyhood Home.   You may also take in a bit of shopping in Hannibal’s downtown historic district.

12:00 PM    Lunch downtown.  Some options include: Ole Planter’s, a family-owned downtown staple for over 30 years, famous for their homemade pie; Mark Twain Brewery, and many more locally owned places!

1:30 PM    Finish up your tour of the Museum Gallery, the last building on the Mark Twain Museum Tour, which features 15 original Norman Rockwell paintings.

2:00 PM    Enjoy a lecture by the Museum Curator on the Mark Twain topic of your choice. *not available to the general public

3:00 PM    Check-in to hotel for some R&R and to freshen up for the evening.

5:45 PM    Head to the Mark Twain Riverboat for the evening dinner cruise.  Enjoy a relaxing 2 hr. dinner cruise aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat.  Return to the days of steamboating as you enjoy your dinner and live musical entertainment, perfect for dancing!

8:15 PM     Return to hotel

Day 2

Morning    Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel.  (We will also be happy to help with restaurant ideas if you prefer.)
8:45 AM    Hop onto the bus to head down to Mark Twain Cave.

9:00 AM    Hear the fascinating story of Missouri’s oldest showcave.  Mark Twain played in this cave as a child and it features prominently in his classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

10:00 AM    Enjoy Jim Waddell as Mark Twain.  Veteran performer and raconteur Jim Waddell personifies the mischievous humor of America’s most beloved author.  Offered especially for groups, Jim will include a question and answer session after the show and is always happy to pose for pictures.

11:00 AM    Grab an early bite to eat at one of Hannibal’s many fine restaurants before departing to Florida, MO.

1:00 PM    Arrive at the Mark Twain Birthplace Museum.  See the cabin where Mark Twain was born and explore the many exhibits in this museum run by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

2:30 PM    Stop by the Mark Twain Lake visitor center to learn more about the fascinating history behind the lake and take in some wildlife sightseeing on their magnificent viewing area.  Rotating exhibits promise hands-on learning opportunities!  The visitor center is also the site of the Northeast MO Vietnam Memorial. (free)

3:15 PM    Depart for Hannibal

4:00 PM    Return to the hotel for a bit of R & R

5:00 PM    Explore the ‘other’ side of Hannibal with the Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tour!  You’ll visit places that are supposedly haunted, hear spine-tingling stories of mysteries and murder, and do your own ghost-busting!

8:15 PM     Return to hotel

Day 3

Morning    Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel.  (We will also be happy to help with restaurant ideas if you prefer.)

8:45 AM    Hop onto the bus to head to Rockcliffe Mansion

9:00 AM    Tour Rockcliffe Mansion, one of America’s Gilded Age Mansions! This turn of the century mansion overlooks the Mississippi with spectacular views and contains many original furnishings.  The mansion is also notable for the fact that Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) spoke from the 3rd step of Grand Staircase in 1902, at a reception in his honor, before 300 of Hannibal society, during his last visit to Hannibal. You will be sure to enjoy the breathtaking L. C. Tiffany windows and lighting fixtures.  Your group will also enjoy a docent guided tour of the mansion.

10:00 AM    Allow your group a bit of time to take in the downtown area on their own.  Enjoy a wide array of options on Historic Main Street.  From art to antiques, jewelry to gelato, the family-owned stores downtown are sure to delight.  Visitors can also explore the Hannibal History Museum, located right downtown.  It is free admission.

Noon    Dine in Hannibal before departing.


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