Falcon Foundation Foray

November 21, 2024 - November 24, 2024
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Journey Overview

Join East Central College alumni and friends on this joyful long weekend journey to Chicago that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

This joyful long weekend journey to Chicago is sure to put you in the spirit of the holidays. Among the highlights of our journey will be the wonderful Chicago Christkindlmarket offering an experience comparable to any you will find in Europe. We will enjoy dinner at the historic Berghoff restaurant, a Broadway show at an historic theater, and experience the Museum of Science and Industry. Even our journey to Chicago promises to be fun-filled. We will depart from the East Central College Campus and stop for lunch prepared by Hell’s Kitchen winner and East Central College alumnus, Trenton Garvey, before we travel together by train to Chicago. In Chicago, we will stay at the beautiful and historic Palmer House Hilton.

Your Host for Our Journey

Our host for the Falcon Foundation Foray will be the East Central College Foundation. We believe this foray into alumni travel at East Central College will contribute to the growth and development of the college by providing a wonderful opportunity to network through this delightful travel experience.

As the only institution of higher education based in Franklin County, East Central College serves thousands of students annually. In fact, we educate the workforce in our area, which empowers East Central College to create an ongoing positive impact in our community. By strengthening the relationships among those who will join us on this journey by deepening our connection with alumni, we believe the Falcon Foundation Foray offers great potential to advance our continued work in changing lives through education.

The ECC Foundation helps strengthen our communities for all of us and enhances the lives of our students forever. We hope you will join us on this festive long weekend journey to Chicago. Your life is sure to be enriched by this travel experience through the fun and fellowship we are sure to enjoy on this journey together.


Day 1 – Clickity Clack Up the Track
Thursday, November 21, 2024

Falcon Foundation Foray fellow travelers will meet on the campus of East Central College. We will depart for lunch at The Blue Duck in St. Louis. After lunch, we will depart for the Amtrak station where we will board our train to Chicago. Upon arrival in Chicago, we will settle into our rooms at the beautiful Palmer House Hotel. L

Day 2 – Willkommen! Welcome to Chicago!
Friday, November 22, 2024

After breakfast, we will hear from one of our East Central College alumni before departing for a fascinating experience at the Museum of Science and Industry. In the afternoon, we will visit the renowned Chicago Christkindlmarket where you may enjoy a glühwein, a pretzel, or some other authentic German dish, and do some early Christmas shopping as you absorb the wonderful atmosphere. For dinner, we will gather to enjoy famous Chicago deep dish pizza. B, D

Day 3 – Lights, Camera, Action!
Saturday, November 23, 2024

After breakfast at the hotel, we will hear from one of our East Central College alumni. Fellow travelers will have some free time in the morning before we depart for the Cadillac Theater where we will enjoy a matinee performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. For some fellow travelers, Harry Potter may take us back to our own childhood. For others, this spectacular play may evoke memories of sharing Harry Potter with children or grandchildren. After the play and some time to relax, we will gather at the renowned Berghoff Restaurant. This authentic German restaurant, rebuilt immediately after the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, boasts liquor license number one in the city of Chicago. B, D

Day 4 – The Formal End to our Purposeful Journey
Thursday, May 1, 2025

After breakfast, we will depart the Palmer House for Union Station in Chicago where we will board our train ready to begin the holiday season. Our coach will meet us at the train station in St. Louis to take us back to the East Central College campus. B

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included


We believe the gift of an education is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Our Falcon Foundation Foray will offer a wonderful opportunity for alumni and friends to enjoy fun and fellowship through great entertainment, cool dining experiences, and enjoyment of one of the best Christmas markets in the United States all while staying at a beautiful, historic hotel, The Palmer House. The purpose of our travel experience together promises to be a celebration of the bright future we offer by changing lives through education.

The activities on our itinerary have been chosen, in large part and of course, because we believe these experiences will offer a great opportunity for fun and fellowship. We also chose activities on our itinerary that reflect the achievements of our alumni through the educational opportunities we offer at East Central College. For instance, we will begin our journey dining at the Blue Duck restaurant in St. Louis where ECC alumnus, Chef Trenton Garvey, applies his culinary skills.

While time will not permit engaging in all of the activities in which we have educated so many for future success, we will visit the Museum of Science and Industry to help us contemplate the contributions of our alumni to business, science, and industry. Here at ECC, we love the performing arts. Our enjoyment of a Broadway quality theater experience, in addition to being a great entertainment experience, offers us the opportunity to reflect on all that the performing arts means to so many at ECC. Dinner at the Berghoff and our experience of the Christmas market will allow us to remember and celebrate the German heritage of so many in our community. We will also look forward to hearing alumni reflect on their own success as a way of reminding us, and motivating us, to continue our important work for our community and beyond.

We hear many people say, “I would not be where I am today if it had not been for ECC.” Our Falcon Foundation Foray will be a celebration of education in the lives we have changed and the lives we look forward to changing at East Central College.

Our Philosophy

We hope you will measure the quality of your journey not by the quantity of sights you see, but by the invaluable experiences you absorb.

Balance of stimulating experience, serious reflection
…and just plain fun.

One word describes our intention for your journey: balance. We believe each place we visit should relate to whole story, the arc of a narrative. We believe in creating journeys formed and shaped as narratives; journeys that are serious, purposeful, and fulfilling with time to reflect with fellow travelers or alone while providing opportunity for experiences that are just plain fun.

Expert interaction and rich personal encounters

Rather than a trip led by a tour guide trained to disseminate information from a script, we endeavor to seek experts to lead you on a journey who are available as a resource for as much depth as you desire or to leave you to your own reflection.

 One beautiful base location

Too often, group travel can leave you feeling like you are part of a herd of a large group of strangers hustled from sight to sight, packing, and unpacking every day of your trip. With us you will stay in one beautiful location that serves as a base for our excursions. Changing hotels as few times as possible during a journey allows greater opportunity to experience people and culture.

Meticulously planned; yet flexible journey

How does a trip become a journey? Carefully selected excursions that form a narrative, staying in one beautiful base location, with time and flexibility for reflection, and activities that are just plain fun.

Cuisine as a delectable complement to culture and conversation

Cuisine, and the wonderful dining experiences we share in an eclectic array of venues, provide a delectable complement to your rich encounters with the culture and the delightful conversation you enjoy with fellow travelers.


Arrangements for this journey will appear in this section as those arrangements are confirmed. More detailed information will appear on the password protected Fellow Travelers page. Once you become part of this journey, you will be sent a password to access specific arrangements for this journey:

Transportation Information

Transportation to and from the Amtrak station in St. Louis will be provided by motorcoach that will depart from and return to the East Central College campus. Your coach class ticket on Amtrak from St. Louis to Chicago is included in the cost of your journey.

 Hotel Accommodations

Arrangements have been made for fellow travelers at the Palmer House Hilton—Chicago.

Ground Transportation

Ground transportation by deluxe travel coach will be provided throughout the journey as appropriate where venues are not within walking distance.


Most meals are included in this purposeful journey. Meals provide time for us to relax, to take in the culture, and discuss all that we have seen and experienced as fellow travelers that day. See the current, tentative itinerary for details of meals that are included in your journey.

Sightseeing and Events

This purposeful journey includes entrance fees to attractions as specified in the final itinerary.


Land Only Cost—$1,600 (Please be sure to check for current discounts and incentives!)

 Current Discounts and Incentives:

  • Alumni and friends of East Central College may receive a discount of $250
  • Apply to travel early and receive a discount of $100
  • Settle your balance in full by the due date of your first payment and receive a discount of $100

 Your journey includes:

  • Deluxe coach transportation throughout your itinerary as appropriate and specified in the final itinerary.
  • Double occupancy hotel room ($350 single supplement)
  • Meals as specified in the final itinerary
  • Admission fees as specified in the final itinerary
  • Only goods, services, or activities as explicitly included in the General Terms and Conditions.

Your journey does not include:

  • Gratuities for service staff, coach driver(s) and guides
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled water, after dinner drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Any goods, services, or activities expressly excluded in the General Terms and Conditions.

Travel Insurance Decision:

  • Your application will be accepted as complete with your decision on travel insurance.
  • Purposeful Journeys offers Cancel-For-Any-Reason (CFAR) travel insurance for about the cost of a Basic policy. You may decline to purchase Aon NTA Travel Protect travel insurance through Purposeful Journeys, but your decision with regard to whether or not to purchase travel insurance is required.
  • Payments due as specified in your remittance schedule.
  • Final payment must be received no later than the date specified on your invoice and remittance schedule.

When approved as a fellow traveler…

…you will receive an invoice and a remittance schedule from Malone Clan Expeditions, LLC doing business as Purposeful Journeys along with a link to a password protected page on our website that will offer details and updates about your journey.

General Terms and Conditions

Malone Clan Expeditions, LLC doing business as Purposeful Journeys will administer your journey. You must accept the General Terms and Conditions at the time you submit your application. Please refer to the General Terms and Conditions for any applicable additional fees that may apply in certain situations and circumstances such as any deviation from the group flight itinerary or your requirement of a single room.

We cordially invite you to apply to join us as a fellow traveler

Our journey application process has changed. We now offer Cancel-For-Any-Reason (CFAR) travel insurance for about the cost of Basic travel insurance. We no longer collect any deposit at the time you submit your application.

Your application now requires a decision on travel insurance. Your application will not be deemed complete until you have either declined to purchase NTA Travel Connect travel insurance or paid your travel insurance invoice. Once you complete your application form, you will receive a quote from Purposeful Journeys for CFAR travel insurance. Your quote will be about the cost of Basic Travel insurance, a large discount.   You will also receive a more detailed explanation about NTA Travel Protect travel insurance. By using this process Purposeful Journeys can guarantee that fellow travelers purchase their CFAR travel insurance policy within the 14-day window allotted for purchasing CFAR travel insurance. You may also decline your purchase of travel insurance.

We are delighted you are taking the step of submitting your application to become a member of a journey with us. We look forward to notifying you of your acceptance as a fellow traveler.

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