Spirit of Peoria

Step back in time aboard the Midwest’s most unique and historic riverboat as it travels the Illinois River valley between Peoria and Starved Rock State Park. 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 21foot diameter paddle wheel, which believe it or not, is the only source of propulsion!

DAY 1, JUNE 2:

We head for Peoria where we will stay overnight at Par A Dice Casino Hotel. Guests receive $20 play when you reach 2400 points at the hotel casino. Dinner buffet is included today. (D)

DAY 2, JUNE 3:
We depart for the Spirit of Peoria this morning, with breakfast waiting for us when we board. As the Spirit of Peoria gets underway, at the leisurely pace of 7mph, the whistling notes of the calliope fill the air and drift through the valley. Using a delightful mix of riverlore and historical facts, the history of the river comes alive through stories and songs from the riverboat’s very own riverlorian. A “build your own sandwich” buffet lunch is served as we cruise the Illinois River, plus a wine and cheese reception in the afternoon and a delicious dinner.

After a scenic day on the Illinois River, we arrive at Starved Rock Landing and check into Starved Rock Lodge. There will be time to explore some of the 18 canyons formed during the glacial drift. There will be a guest speaker in the Great Hall later this evening. (B, L, D)

DAY 3, JUNE 4:
Enjoy breakfast at the Lodge this morning before boarding the boat for our return cruise back to Peoria. A hot lunch buffet plus late afternoon snack are served today. Live piano, vocal, guitar/banjo music and professional riverlore will be enjoyed on the return cruise today. We will return to Par-A-Dice Hotel this evening, with a $5 credit toward dinner at the Deli or Boyds Steakhouse. (B, L)

DAY 4, JUNE 5:
Breakfast at Par-A-Dice Casino Hotel is included this morning. We will then be joined by a local guide for a city tour of Peoria, with a stop at Caterpillar Museum. Lunch is included before we depart for home. (B, L)


  • Two-day cruise from Peoria to Starved Rock aboard the Spirit of Peoria
  • 8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Professional riverlore and storytelling
  • Tour of destination
  • Old-fashioned hospitality
  • Unlimited complimentary non-alcoholic drinks
  • Historical information
  • Wildlife sightings
  • Indoor comfort—Outdoor relaxation—Live entertainment
  • Old-time banjo/Ragtime piano
  • Optional guided hikes & tour of Starved Rock
  • Three nights’ lodging – two nights at Par-A-Dice Hotel in Peoria and one night at Starved Rock Lodge/luggage handling
  • Deluxe Motorcoach transportation and driver’s gratuity
  • FULLY Escorted by Jane’s Journeys


Double: $762
Triple: $728
Quad: $694
Single: $886

$200 deposit with reservation is due by April 1, 2019. Final payment due by April 10.

$20 early-bird discount with deposit received before January 31, 2019 to be deducted from final payment.

Cancellation insurance due to illness can be purchased for $58 for all categories, to be paid with deposit.