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.
DAY 1: MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
Your 22-Night/23-Day Mighty Mississippi journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay near Minneapolis.
DAY 2: MINNEAPOLIS / RED WING, MINNESOTA
Explore nearby Minneapolis at your leisure or consider a Pre-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with an afternoon transfer to the American Queen. Embark 3pm.
DAY 3: RED WING, MINNESOTA
Enjoy breathtaking views of Minnesota and Wisconsin bluffs from Memorial Park.
DAY 4: LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN
Take a stroll along the inviting Riverwalk and through Riverside International Friendship Garden.
DAY 5: DUBUQUE, IOWA
Experience the Smithsonian-affiliated National Mississippi River Museum.
DAY 6: HANNIBAL, MISSOURI
Tour Mark Twain’s hometown and the sites that inspired his beloved American classics.
DAY 7: ALTON, ILLINOIS
Exclusive St. Louis city tour.
DAY 8: CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI
Visit the Old Bridge Overlook and Park for spectacular vistas of the river.
DAY 9: PADUCAH, KENTUCKY
Known as the city of art, rhythm and rivers, take a stroll through the lively Lower Town Arts District.
DAY 10: DOVER, TENNESSEE
Tour Fort Donelson, the battlefield where Union and Confederate soldiers fought in February of 1862.
DAY 11: MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Exclusive Memphis city tour.
DAY 12: NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI
Tour lovingly restored mansions such as Stanton Hall and Rosalie Mansion.
DAY 13: ST. FRANCISVILLE, LOUISIANA
Explore the oldest town in the Florida Parishes with over 140 buildings on the National Register.
DAY 14: BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
Discover the capital of Louisiana and the seamless blend of past and present.
DAY 15: NOTTOWAY, LOUISIANA
Explore the South’s largest remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich history dating back to 1859.
DAY 16: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Disembark and enjoy New Orleans at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion.
Itinerary and sightseeing are subject to change.