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The Mighty Mississippi Aboard American Queen

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Departure Dates

  • Aug 05, 2018 - Aug 20, 2018

TOUR RATES FROM: $3,599

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The Mighty Mississippi Aboard American Queen

Minneapolis to New Orleans

RETRACE THE PATHS OF EARLY EXPLORERS as you cruise the Mississippi River aboard the American Queen. A state-of-the-art steamboat fashioned after the ornamented vessels of the early 1900s, this one-of-a-kind ship offers the aesthetic of traditional steamboat travel combined with the modern comfort of luxury cruising. From Minnesota to Louisiana, experience the bustle of river town culture and witness the ever-changing shoreline as your ship ambles by, portto-port, leisurely with the current. With the vessel’s opulent Victorian design, the onboard dedication to river lore and luxury, and ports chosen for their historical appeal, this three-week voyage aboard the American Queen offers you the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the steamboat era of fanciful, romantic travel and antebellum charm.

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Itinerary

AUG 05 MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
Your journey begins with a one-night stay at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, a four-star luxury hotel located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.

AUG 06 MINNEAPOLIS/RED WING, MINNESOTA
Depart 5pm

Spend the morning at leisure in Minneapolis, then transfer to Red Wing to embark the American Queen at 3pm.

AUG 07 LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN
Arrive 8am–Depart 3pm

With an exquisite view of the river, this city is set to inspire all who visit. Today, make note of lingering pieces of history along the streets and inside local breweries and historic homes and businesses.

AUG 08 DUBUQUE, IOWA
Arrive 12pm–Depart 5pm

Known as the Masterpiece on the Mississippi, Dubuque features a vibrant riverfront. The river views are especially breathtaking from the top of Dubuque’s historic Fenelon Place Elevator—the world’s shortest, steepest scenic railway affording impressive views of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

AUG 09 DAVENPORT/BETTENDORF (QUAD CITIES), IOWA
Arrive 8am–Depart 5pm

Davenport and Bettendorf are starting points for an exploration of the Quad Cities, five individual yet unified communities. Enjoy the diverse cultures of these melting-pot cities, and uncover the stories of the Quad Cities’ past in the many museums, boutiques, and eateries.

AUG 10 HANNIBAL, MISSOURI
Arrive 8am–Depart 5pm

Hannibal is best known as the boyhood home of America’s favorite storyteller, Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, and the setting of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The town offers more parks per citizen than most towns in the Midwest and is included in the famous “50 Miles of Art.”

AUG 11 ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Arrive 12pm–Depart 5pm

St. Louis is known for its diverse neighborhoods and the different cultures and traditions each one brings forth. The city is typically associated with its 630-foot stainless steel monument, the Gateway Arch, which stands on the banks of the Mississippi River to symbolize the westward expansion of the United States.

AUG 12 NEW MADRID, MISSOURI
Arrive 12pm–Depart 5pm

The oldest city west of the Mississippi, New Madrid is famous for enduring powerful earthquakes in the early 1800s and for the Civil War’s Battle of Island Number Ten. Home to a storied past, this Missouri city retains the Southern charm it’s held since the 1700s.

AUG 13 MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Arrive 5am–Depart 5pm

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi, Memphis has been welcoming steamboats since before the Civil War. Today the city abounds with Americana, from legendary Beale Street to Elvis Presley’s Graceland.

AUG 14 GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI
Arrive 12pm–Depart 6pm

The Heart and Soul of the Delta, this pleasant town is characterized by its museums, gardens, and many authors. Situated near Indianola, the birthplace of blues musician B.B. King, Greenville beckons with its own colorful attractions.

AUG 15 VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI
Arrive 8am–Depart 5pm

Billed as the Red Carpet City of the South, Vicksburg is a unique blend of old and new and displays its heritage with tremendous pride. The site of a dramatic siege in the Civil War, Vicksburg is now a center of Southern hospitality with a vibrant downtown area.

AUG 16 NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI
Arrive 8am–Depart 5pm

One of the oldest European settlements in the lower Mississippi River valley and former capital of the state, Natchez is a Southern town with a rich heritage shaped by Native Americans and those of French, African, British, and Spanish descent.

AUG 17 BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
Arrive 1:30pm–Depart 5pm

Baton Rouge lives up to its motto, “Authentic Louisiana at Every Turn.” The capital city’s unique political history is reflected in a collection of memorable landmarks.

AUG 18 ST. FRANCISVILLE, LOUISIANA
Arrive 8am–Depart 5pm

With more than 140 buildings and plantation homes on the National Register of Historic Places, this quaint town is a window to history. Here are the legacies of the Butlers, the Forts, the Barrows, and the Turnbulls—families who helped build the South.

AUG 19 NOTTOWAY, LOUISIANA
Arrive 8am–Depart 6pm

Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans stands one of the South’s most magnificent plantation homes, Nottoway. Showcasing three floors, sixty-four bedrooms, twelve hand-carved Italian marble fireplaces, and twenty-two exterior columns, this extravagant mansion was constructed with 365 doors and windows—an opening for each day of the year.

AUG 20 NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Arrive 8am

Disembark in the morning and bid farewell to the American Queen.

Note: Return flights should be scheduled to depart after 11:00am. Most ports of call include Hop-On Hop-Off Shore Excursions; Premium Shore Excursions are offered for an additional charge. All port times are approximate. Itinerary, hotel, and shore excursions are subject to change.