Galena and Dubuque 2024 Trip - Beatrice Bradley

Small Town USA Tour

Featuring Galena, IL – one of the most intact historic towns on the map today – most of the town is on the National Register of Historic Places!


Americana Cozy Towns, Countrysides and Fall Colors

Cross 3 States off your 50-State Bucket List!

October 6-10, 2024
5 Days and 4 Nights

Galena trip 2024

Trip Status: Open


$3,210 Single

$2,555 Double

Dates: Oct 6-10, 2024
5 Days / 4 Nights

Location: Galena, IL and Dubuque, IA and small towns all the way!

Airport: Quad City (MLI)

Accommodations: The Galena Inn B&B


Meet your HostS

Two of  our Fabulously Fun BB hosts!

Debra & Kim

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Let our team know that you are interested in joining us on this tour. Our team will reach out via email and will be available to chat about this trip.

Make a Reservation

Secure your reservation here. We only take 10-12 women on each trip. Making a reservation is the only way to secure your name to the trip list.

The Upper mississippi River Winds through bluffs and bottomlands, anchoring a wonderland of good times and historic little towns

Every Beatrice Bradley trip is crafted to maximize the experiences had during the trip.
The itineraries are specially made to allow time for engaging in conversation and having belly laughs with a new friend. We hope that the activities and experiences may allow you to come out of your comfort zone and to try new or unique things.
These trips are made to replicate a ‘friends get-away trip’. 


Day One: – Arrival Day Let the Adventure Begin!


  • The hosts will meet you at the Quad City Airport (or drive in and meet us at our B&B).
  • Check-in and begin to explore our historic and beautiful Bed and Breakfast, “The Galena Inn.”
  • Your fabulous hosts will be hosting and serving dinner at the house.
  • After dinner, take a stroll down Main Street to experience some nightlife (optional).


Galena trip 2024
Galena trip 2024
Galena trip 2024

Day Two: Explore the Charming and Historic Town of Galena 


  • Early riser river coffee walk
  • Breakfast served at the B&B
  • Historic Trolley Tour: We will step back in time and see the homes and buildings that made Galena a riverboat and lead mining community.
  • Stroll up and down Main Street for small-town shopping and exploring.
  • Tour Belvedere Mansion, an Italianate mansion built in 1859 and given to President Ulysses S. Grant, featuring exhibits & tours.
  • Sip and Hoof Goat Trek in Galena, IL is a once in a lifetime experience that you’ll cherish and remember.
  • For dinner, we will take a private guided tour of downtown Galena, making memorable food stops along the way.
Galena trip 2024
Texas rodeo
Galena trip 2024

Day Three:  Road Trip to Three States in One Day with a VERY special stop at the end!   


  • Early-riser Main Street coffee walk.  OPTIONAL
  • Breakfast served by our fabulous B&B hosts.
  • ROAD TRIP!!The best way to know a place is get your feet on the ground! THE FALL LEAVES WILL BE PUTTING ON A GOOD SHOW!
  • STOP #1 Dickeyville, WI: We will explore the famous Dickeyville Grotto. Father Matthias Wernerus, a Catholic Priest (from 1925-1930) spent years building and collecting the bright-colored objects, materials, and stones set in the mortar that can still be seen today. We will stop at local favorite, Hauber Brand Meats, and stock on up on locally sourced goodies for the rest of the trip.
  • STOP #2 Potosi, WI: Explore the historic Potosi Brewing Company, originally founded in 1852. Visit Whispering Bluffs Winery and a stroll up and down Main Street.
  • STOP #3 Cassville, WI Ferry: Let’s take a car ferry across the Mississippi!
  • STOP #4 Balltown, IA: With a population of 68, Balltown is home to Breitbach’s Country Dining, Iowa’s oldest restaurant and bar, originally founded in 1852. Stop for lunch and happy hour – it’s always a happy hour with new friends!
  • STOP #5 Dubuque, IA: Crystal Lake Cave private tour with a scenic overlook.
  • DRIVE THROUGH #6 East Dubuque, IL: A small town that sits on the banks of the Mississippi River – drive through this old river town.
  • STOP #6 Sinsinawa, WI: Home of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters founded in 1847. Our founder, Kim Kalan’s Auntie is a sister and will be giving us a tour.
  • Dinner will be served at the house.
Galena trip 2024
Texas rodeo
Galena trip 2024

Day Four: Dubuque, IA and the Mighty Mississippi River


  • Early-riser walk with coffee in hand (Optional; this is your vacation – sleep in!)
  • Breakfast at the B&B. After breakfast, take some time to explore Galena before we head Dubuque.
  • America Lady Mississippi River Lunch Cruise: Enjoy a delightful lunch cruise on the mighty Mississippi River. 
  • Fenelon Place Elevator Historic cable car ride: Fourth Street Elevator, this funicular railway has been called “the world’s steepest, shortest scenic railway.” 
  • National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium: Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the Mississippi River at this renowned museum and aquarium. 
  • Mines of Spain: Mississippi river bluff hike.
  • Last group dinner we saved the best for last!  


Galena trip 2024
Galena trip 2024
Galena trip 2024

Day Five: Departure Day  


  • Breakfast at the house
  • A final goodbye to Galena
  • The hostesses will be with you every step of the way to help catch your flights, making your travel stress-free and fun! 

*Itinerary Subject to Change

Galena trip 2024
Galena trip 2024
Galena trip 2024


Experience All-Inclusive Travel with Beatrice Bradley

At Beatrice Bradley, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional, all-inclusive travel experiences with absolutely no hidden fees. From the moment you step off the plane to the moment we bid you farewell, every detail is taken care of. Our goal is to provide a completely hassle-free experience, allowing you to focus solely on enjoying your journey and creating lasting friendships.

Here’s What Our All-Inclusive Experience Includes:
  • Airport Group Transfers: Seamless airport pickups and drop-offs by our friendly hosts, ensuring a smooth start and end to your adventure.
  • Dedicated BB Hostess: Travel with peace of mind knowing a dedicated Beatrice Bradley hostess will be with you throughout the trip, ensuring every aspect of your journey is unforgettable.
  • Full Dining: Enjoy all meals carefully selected to reflect the local cuisine, inclusive of all tips. Whether it’s a quick breakfast or a sumptuous dinner, we’ve got it all covered.
  • Unique Accommodations: Stay in boutique hotels or unique properties that are handpicked for their charm and comfort, providing an authentic and intimate experience.
  • Curated Activities: We find the BEST of the best tours. Making the absolute most out of our time.
  • Included Gratuities: Tips for tour guides and transportation are all taken care of. We ensure that those who make your trip special are rewarded, without you needing to worry about the details.
  • Transportation: All transportation during the experience.
  • You won’t see “Free Days” on our itineraries: Our trips are made for a balanced experience. We carve out time to bond, laugh, shop and explore but we will never just send you out on your own and say “good luck” we do everything together or smaller group breakouts.

With Beatrice Bradley, every detail is meticulously planned to ensure you have a memorable and carefree travel experience. Join us and discover the joy of true hassle-free travel!

Flexible pay-as-you-go payment plan

How it Works:

Step 1 Choose Payment Plan (available with credit card and ACH payment options)
Step 2 Your $250 Deposit will be processed within 2 business days
Step 3 When you are ready to make a payment, click the “Review and Pay” button on your invoice
Step 4 Once clicked, in the top left of the invoice, next to the amount, you will see “Edit Amount.” Here you will be able to enter the amount you would like to pay
Step 5 Full amount needs to be paid by 60 days prior to the trip. *If there is a remaining balance at 60 days prior to the trip then an automatic payment for the remaining amount will be charged.

Role of a Beatrice bradley hostess

Beatrice Bradley is an Experience Company not a Tour Company.  The role of a Beatrice Bradley Host is to be warm and welcoming. To relate and connect. To have attention to details. And to manage the behind-the-scenes magic so your experience is one-of-a-kind. They are not local experts nor are they tour guides. We hire local experts, guides, and historians as each location warrants. They are expert hosts and manage the camaraderie and logistics of the experience. Our goal is that your hostess will make you feel welcomed, comfortable, and that you will walk away with new & lasting friendships made during an unforgettable experience.

Flight Details

Airport Pick Up is included when arriving at the designated airport within the specified pick up window.

Arrival Airport: Quad City (MLI)
Arrival Date: October 6, 2024
Pick Up Times: Arrive by 2PM 

Departure Airport: Quad City (MLI)
Departure Date:  October 10, 2024
Drop off Times: No earlier than 2PM (Arriving at airport @ noon)

Important information

As a solo-traveler, we need you to provide self-awareness and an understanding that you are fully responsible for yourself. This includes: your possessions, your physical abilities or fitness, your attitude, and all other aspects that relate to traveling solo in a group. 

  • Connect with our Members on our Private Facebook Group – Beatrice Bradley Member’s Only
  • You must be able to manage your own luggage and all of your personal belongings on this trip
  • This is not a handicap accessible able trip – you must be able to get in and out of a Large Passenger Transit Vehicle
  • All Ground transportation is included on this trip
  • Group Airport transfers are included in this trip
  • This trip will have have a maximum of 12 women
  • This trip will have 2 Beatrice Bradley Hosts and onsite guides
  • If you need a roommate, we will happily pair you with another Beatrice Bradley traveler
  • Travel insurance is not included. Beatrice Bradley is not a licensed travel insurance operator nor is our staff trained to in travel insurance. You can choose to purchase travel insurance through any licensed provider you choose. We will ask you upon booking if you would like us to send you some suggested licensed insurance companies.