Shawnee Forest Getaway 2024

From $500

Rate is per person, double occupancy.

4 Days, 3 Nights

October 13 - 16, 2024

Join Donna Day as she takes us to Golconda, Illinois and the peaceful Shawnee National Forest.  En route we'll make a stop at Giant City State Park's Lodge for a delicious Lunch.  Then we're off to San Damiano Retreat Center where we'll check in for the next 3 nights.  Dinner is you on your own tonight in Elizabethtown.  Tomorrow we'll pick up our local guide who will take us around and show us the hightlights of the Shawnee National Forest and some of its surrounding small towns.  We'll see the Garden of the Gods and Cave in Rock.  We'll ferry across the Ohio River to visit an Amish Store.  Afternoon finds us back at San Damiano's where you'll have time to relax before dinner.  A light dinner of soup and grilled cheese is served here at the retreat center.  Tuesday we'll enjoy a 2-hour hike with a local guide for those adventurous passengers, otherwise you'll be able to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.  Dinner is included this evening at the Retreat Center.  Our final day has us departing for home making a few unexpected stops along the way.  We should arrive home early evening.  


  • Transportation
  • Professional Driver & Tour Hostess Donna Day
  • Giant City Park's Lodge for lunch
  • San Damiano Retreat Center for 3 nights
  • Breakfast each morning except Day #1
  • Local Guided tour on Day #2 including Cave in Rock & Garden of the Gods
  • Local Guided 2-hour Hike
  • 2 Dinners
  • additional "mystery" stops en route home

Tour Activity Level

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In order to enjoy your experience of the tour and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.

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