Spirit of Peoria
Two to Five Day Paddleboat River Cruises on Illinois River and Mississippi River. 
Affordable, Fun, All Inclusive River Cruises in the United States.
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Weaverville / Asheville, NC
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The Spirit of Peoria paddlewheel boat offers 2, 3, 5   day affordable, all inclusive river cruises on the Illinois River and Mississippi River.  Passengers enjoy the natural beauty of the river, onboard entertainment, and delicious dining with fresh local produce when available. 

Spirit of Peoria cruises are one night and two day cruises, two nights and three day cruises, and 4 night and 5 day cruises.

Cruises are on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.  Days are spent cruising and evenings are spent in lodges along the river.

The one night and two day river cruises depart from Peoria, IL and cruise to Starved Rock Park on the Illinois River.  Passengers overnight at the Starved Rock Lodge and return to Peoria on day two.  Dining is on the boat.

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1 Night / 2 Day Cruises: Peoria - Starved Rock
$380 Per Person Double
 $35 Per Person Cancellation Ins. 

2017 Dates (Board 8:15 AM)
June 12 - 13, 19 - 20, 
July 17 - 18
August 14 - 15,. 21 - 22
September 7-8, 25 - 26
October 2-3, 16-17, 19 - 20, 23-24

Highlights include a day cruise along the Illinois River, disembarking at Starved Rock State Park. Explore some 18 canyons.  Dinner at the lodge and a visit from Mark Twain.

2 Night / 3 Day Cruises: Peoria -Starved Rock
$570 Per Person Double
$55 Per Person Cancellation Ins.

2017 Dates (Board 8:15 AM)
July 24 - 26

Highlights include a day cruise along the Illinois River, disembarking at Starved Rock State Park. Explore some 18 canyons.  Dinner at the lodge and a visit from Mark Twain. On day 2, after breakfast, take a guided tour of the park.  A lunch cruise through the Starved Rock lock is always a fun experience.  In the afternoon visit the visitor center.  Cruise back to the Starved Rock Lodge for dinner.  On day 3, cruise the Illinois RIver.


Starved Rock Lodge
On two day steamboat river cruises, passengers are treated to an overnight stay at the beautifully rustic Starved Rock Lodge in Starved Rock State Park.  Nestled within 2630 acres of forest with 18 lush canyons and waterfalls, the lodge sits atop a wooded bluff, overlooking the Illinois River.

After a scenic day on the Illinois River, arrive at Starved Rock Landing and explore some of the 18 canyons formed during the glacial drift. Later that evening, prepare yourself for a visit from Mark Twain himself as he entertains in the Great Hall of Starved Rock Lodge. 

This historic lodge boasts a garden-like indoor pool complex with a lap-size pool, Jacuzzi, children's pool, sauna, poolside tables.  The resort has a full service restaurant, cafe, 3 gift shops, and elevators.  Massage service is available.

The spacious rooms feature a charmingly, fashionable decor while maintaining their rustic beauty.  Each room has a coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and board, free HBO, TV and DVD. All rooms are nonsmoking.
Eagle at 
Starved Rock State Park
Guided Nature Hiking
Starved Rock Lodge Great Hall
Photos Courtesy of  Spirit of Peoria, Starved Rock Lodge,
Pere Marquette Lodge & Winery, President Abraham Lincoln Hotel
Pere Marquette Lodge and Winery

On the second day of the three day cruise, passengers disembark the Spirit of Peoria for an overnight stay at the Pere Marquette Lodge and Winery in Grafton, IL.  This beautiful resort is located on 9,500 scenic Pere Marrquette State Park acres.

The resort has a lovely atrium swimming pool / whirlpool, and sauna.  Delicious meals are presented in their full service restaurant. 

Rooms are nonsmoking, have individual climate control, cable TV, radio, phone with data port, coffee maker, and hair dryer.
Embark on a journey South from Peoria to the "Gateway to the West," Saint Louis, MO.  2 Nights / 3 Day Cruise

2 Night / 3 Day Cruises:  Peoria - St. Louis
$590 Per Person Double Occupancy
$$55 Per Person Cancellation Insurance

2017  Dates (Board at 7 AM)
May 15 - 17, 
June 24 - 26
August 26 - 28
September 16 - 18

The two night and three day cruises depart Peoria, IL and cruise to St. Louis, MO, stopping at a small towns along the river.  On day one, passengers stay overnight in Jacksonville, IL at the Econolodge.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are onboard the paddlewheel boat. On day two, the overnight is at Pere Marquette Lodge in the Pere Marquette State Park. Breakfast and lunch are on the boat. Dinner is at the lodge.  On day three, The Spirit of Peoria cruises into St. Louis at 2 PM, docking near the Arch.  Passengers have two hours of free time to visit the Arch.  At 4 PM, the motor coach departs for Peoria. Breakfast and lunch are on the boat. The evening meal is not provided on day 3.

Day one will take you through 2 locks & dams, the first being just 1/2 hour into your cruise. The second lock & dam is just south of Beardstown, IL. The boat will land in Fredericks Landing.  Your first evening will be in Springfield, IL.

Relax in the sun on one of the Spirit’s peaceful decks, spot river wildlife with Riverlorian and Master Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis, or visit the pilothouse and learn the rules of the river with your Captain, Alex Grieves.

From Fredericks Landing, the cruise will continue south to Grafton, IL and the Pere Marquette Lodge. Grafton sits at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. The Pere Marquette Lodge which is just 5 miles upstream from Grafton is situated among 8,000 acres making it Illinois' largest state park.

From Grafton, the cruise will continue to St. Louis. The Spirit of Peoria will travel through two more locks on the Mississippi before landing at the Gateway Arch.

The cruise includes all meals, taxes and gratuities, entertainment and lodging. The motor coach will make a stop on the way back to Peoria, if you would like to purchase dinner it will be on your own.
Cruises depart between 7 AM and 8:30 AM

Driving in from out of town? The Mark Twain hotel  is located within 5 blocks of the Spirit of Peoria and offers complimentary shuttle service for cruise guests.  Guests can leave their cars there during the cruise.

Mark Twain Hotel
Call for discounted rates available for Spirit of Peorial passengers.
Pere Marquette Lodge and Winery
About Spirit of Peoria - The Boat

The Spirit has no props or thrusters, and is powered by twin Caterpillar 3412 diesel gensets, producing 700 kilowatts combined in 208 volt 3-phase voltage. The power is rectified using railroad-style rectifiers, probably from a GM GP38. The DC voltage goes to two traction engines, also from a GM locomotive, which drive the paddlewheel via two forty-foot-long by one-foot-wide chains. This allows the boat to be comparatively fast and efficient, burning approximately 15 gallons (57L) of diesel fuel an hour, with a top speed of over 15 mph (24 km/h).

Its shallow draft of 4' enables the Spirit to land in just about any river town. Boarding is by 30' long boarding stages
Peoria to St. Louis 4 Night / 5 Day Cruise

$980Per Person Double Occupancy
$95 Per Person Cancellation Insurance

2017  Dates (Board 7 AM)
June 24 - 28

Like the 3-day/2-night cruise to Saint Louis, this cruise features four lock and dam experiences; the Peoria and LaGrange on the Illinois River and the Mel Price and Chain of Rocks on the Mississippi River.

The first stop will be on the riverbank of Meredosia, IL with an overnight stay in Springfield, IL 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 the boat will arrive in Grafton, IL where the Illinois River meets the Mississippi River. All guests will stay overnight at the historic Pere Marquette Lodge. Our third day will be spent traveling down the Mississippi River, eventually landing on the cobblestone just below the Gateway Arch in downtown Saint Louis. The magnificent Hotel Lumiere, just blocks away is where we will spend the evening in the heart of St. Louis. The following morning, all guests will have an opportunity to tour the Gateway Arch and museum before boarding the boat upbound for Grafton. Once again, staying overnight at the Père Marquette Lodge everyone will be able to stretch their legs on one of many guided hikes through the park. The following morning our guests will board the boat upbound on the Illinois River for the quaint town of Florence, IL. Finally, a motor coach will provide transportation back to Peoria.
Hotel Lumiere, St. Louis

Luxury accommodations featuring pillowtop mattresses, plush Italian duvets and Egyptian cotton sheets.  Relax or exercise in the pool or hot tub, upscale amenities. 294 luxurious suites, each featuring two flat-panel TVs, iPod docking stations, refreshment centers  Hotel is close to the Gateway Arch. Casino.

Sensational.  Sophisticated.  Chic.  Gather for a drink at Cascade, set across from an exquisite four-story waterfall.  Work on a high-speed WiFi network in a 24-hour business center.  Rest atop exclusive, signature pillow top mattresses, decorated with plush Italian duvets and the finest 100% Egyptian cotton sheets.  Relax in one of 294 luxurious suites, each featuring two flat-panel TVs, iPod docking stations, refreshment centers and upscale amenities.  Revitalize in a state-of-the-art fitness center.  Splash in a sparking pool or soak your cares away in a relaxing hot tub.  Experience Hotel Lumière, the all-suite hotel located downtown St. Louis and steps from the Gateway Arch!
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel

Amenties Include: A bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room.

Guestrooms feature air-conditioning iPod docking stations and coffee/tea makers. Beds come with pillowtop mattresses, triple sheeting, down comforters, and premium bedding. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, designer toiletries, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones with voice mail. 37-inch high-definition televisions have premium satellite channels. Rooms also include windows that open and blackout drapes/curtains.
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel Lobby
Riverboat pricing includes:
All Taxes and gratuities 

All meals and snacks featuring: 
Signature entrees such as chef carved prime rib 
Gourmet cheeses accompanied with a glass of wine 

Unlimited soft drinks, coffee, and tea aboard the boat.  Alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

Old-fashioned entertainment featuring: 
  • Professional Storytelling 
  • World-class ragtime piano 
  • River history 
  • There are four shows a day plus a variety of other entertainment venues.
  • Calliope concerts
  • Strolling minstrals
  • Hiking with guides.  See animals, birds, and fish
  • •All-inclusive ticket pricing
  • •Overnight lodging at lodges / hotels with transportation to/from boat
  • •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
  • Baggage handling 
  • Friendliest crew on the river

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.