Set sail on a serene river cruise in autumn, a magnificent time of year when rolling landscapes are beautifully awash with a medley of rich colors. Begin your adventure in Chattanooga, America’s “Scenic City,” home to contemporary attractions like the Bluff View Art District. Then board the American Queen, a modern riverboat that captures Victorian–era elegance, and cruise to picturesque, historic towns in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. Marvel at opulent mansions and monuments in Florence and Savannah and discover Paducah’s thriving art scene. Before concluding in Nashville, explore Dover, where beautiful scenery awaits along the Cumberland River.
Gain new insights and discover fascinating perspectives on the places you’ll explore from an engaging group of distinguished guest lecturers. The vast range of topics presented will enrich your travel experience and provide you with a deeper understanding of America’s rich history and cultural heritage.
OCT 22: CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE
Your journey begins with a one-night stay at the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown hotel, ideally located near the scenic riverfront and other famous attractions, including the Tennessee Aquarium and Bluff View Art District.
OCT 23: CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE
Enjoy the morning at leisure. Embark on your river cruise aboard the graceful American Queen in the afternoon.
OCT 24: SCENIC RIVER CRUISING
OCT 25: DECATUR, ALABAMA
Arrive 8AM–Depart 5PM
Nestled in the Tennessee River Valley, the city of Decatur boasts a rich and colorful history. Originally a river crossing for settlers west of the Appalachian Mountains, the town became known as Decatur in 1820. Settlers were drawn to its fertile river-valley soil and relatively easy river access to other cities. INCLUDED EXCURSION Explore the Carnegie Visual Arts Center; the Old State Bank, built in 1833; the Blue and Gray Museum of North Alabama, which holds one of the largest private collections of Civil War weaponry in the country; and St. John’s Episcopal Church.
OCT 26: FLORENCE, ALABAMA
Arrive 8AM–Depart 5PM
The birthplace of W.C. Handy, Florence pays tribute to the Father of the Blues each year with its W.C. Handy Music Festival. Florence is also home to the Rosenbaum House, the only home in Alabama designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Step aboard your motor coach for an exciting tour that takes in Pope’s Tavern Museum, one of the oldest structures in Florence; the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts; the childhood home of W.C. Handy; the Rosenbaum House; and the Florence Indian Mound and Museum.
OCT 27: SAVANNAH, TENNESSEE
Arrive 8AM–Depart 1PM
Set on the banks of the Tennessee River, Savannah invites visitors to explore its well-preserved heritage and collection of splendid homes and trails. Shiloh National Military Park, site of the Civil War’s largest engagement in the Mississippi Valley, sits just outside of town.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Delve into the fascinating history of the Lower Tennessee River Valley at the Tennessee River Museum; take a scenic drive through the Savannah Historic District, where more than forty opulent homes are on display; explore the Cherry Museum; and visit White Pillars, a historic mansion now home to the town’s mayor, before relaxing at Riverside City Park.
OCT 28: PADUCAH, KENTUCKY
Arrive 12PM–Depart 5PM
Founded by William Clark following his westward journey with Meriwether Lewis, Paducah bears the name of an Indian chief and the legacy of a Union supply hub on the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers during the Civil War.
INCLUDED EXCURSION A tour of Paducah brings you to the National Quilt Museum, the Lower Town Arts District, the Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum, the Paducah Railroad Museum, and the River Discovery Center.
OCT 29: DOVER, TENNESSEE
Arrive 8AM–Depart 5PM
Discover the laid-back, small-town charm of Dover, where rich Civil War history comes alive at Fort Donelson National Battlefield and National Cemetery, site of one of the first significant Union victories. INCLUDED EXCURSION Traveling by deluxe motor coach, stop at Fort Donelson for a tour of the historic battlefield and cemetery. Gain insight into local history at the Stewart County Historical Museum, the restored Dover Hotel, and the Stewart County Visitor Center.
OCT 30: CLARKSVILLE/NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
In the morning, disembark in Clarksville and bid farewell to the American Queen. Independently transfer to Nashville for your return flight home. Note: Return flights should be scheduled to depart after 11am. If you are interested in an optional Premium Choice Tour of Nashville, your return flight should be scheduled to depart after 2pm. Premium Choice Tours will also be offered in each port of call for an additional charge. All port times are approximate. Itinerary and shore excursions are subject to change.
NASHVILLE POST-CRUISE PROGRAM
OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 1
$579 PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY; $729, SINGLE
• 2 nights at 4-star Gaylord Opryland Resort, or similar accommodation, with breakfast
• Full-day Nashville excursion
– Visits to iconic Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
– Panoramic tour highlighting Music Row, Second Avenue, Broadway, and the Tennessee State Capitol
• Half-day tour of The Hermitage, the opulent former home of President Andrew Jackson