Discover Our Iowa 2018

Iowa's Prettiest FarmHidden Gems and Friendly Folk of the Hawkeye State

6 Days • 5 Nights • 12 Meals

Jun 10-15 | Sep 16-21 | Oct 7-12

Depart/Return: Des Moines, IA

Price Per Person: Double: $1,497; Single: $1,795

Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $138/night

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About the Tour

CTD and the experts at Our Iowa Magazine are proud to introduce an all-new discovery trip (our fifth) in the Hawkeye State. Over the years hundreds of travelers—including scores of Iowans—have delighted in the “hidden gems” we’ve shared throughout Iowa...and this tour is no exception. Starting from Des Moines, we’ll go behind the scenes at a hydroelectric power plant and prison facility, learn about Iowa-born President Herbert H. Hoover, and discover Iowa’s importance in world literature. Along the way, meet Mennonite farmers, skilled craftspeople, and friendly locals who share eclectic collections. Hot-air ballooning, Pella’s Dutch culture, “Jewel-Box” architecture and “The American Gothic House” cap off this delightful discovery.


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Tour Highlights

  • Exclusive tour of Keokuk Power Plant
  • Discover great American literary figures in Iowa City with Andrea Wilson
  • Visit the American Gothic House
  • Herbert H. Hoover Presidential Library
  • Visit the Dutch town of Pella
  • Experience a homemade Mennonite lunch
  • Look for bison in the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge
  • Meet local craftspeople, land experts, eclectic collectors and “the Banana Man”



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Average Temps:

Highs in June and August can reach the mid 80s with lows in the lower 70s. In September and October, highs from mid 60s to 70s and lows from mid 40s to lower 50s

Time Zone: Central

Arrival Time: Schedule your flight to arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Departure Time: Schedule your flight home any time after 5:30 p.m. on Day 7.

Airport Info: Starting hotel offers complimentary shuttle service between 5AM and 11PM.

Vehicle Parking: Complimentary for duration of tour.

Walking Distance: Light to moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.

Currency: US Dollar

Hotel Amenities Include: Hair dryers, irons, ironing boards & coffee makers throughout tour. Exercise room and swimming pool available at most hotels.

Travel Protection Available?: Yes, see About Travel Protection.

Terms & Conditions: Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions outlined by Country Travel DISCOVERIES on our website at Terms & Conditions.

Groups: Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at Country Travel DISCOVERIES for Groups.

Additional Information: No photography allowed at Amish and Mennonite stops, and conservative clothing requested at such stops.

Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.

Updates: Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at


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