Experience the grandeur of the Mississippi River aboard the iconic and stately steamboat the American Queen. Develop a Mississippi state of mind with an overnight stay in the thriving cultural hub of Minneapolis before embarking on the American Queen in historic Red Wing. Stroll through lovely La Crosse, Dubuque, and Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal; before taking a tour of the “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis. Victorian heritage surrounds you in Cape Girardeau, an abundance of art awaits in Paducah, a stop in Dover lets you tour Civil War history at Fort Donelson, and the blues and barbecue abound in Memphis. Tour lovingly restored mansions in Natchez before crossing over into Louisiana with stops in St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, and Nottoway; and finally bid farewell to the American Queen in the wild and wonderful city of New Orleans.
Day 1 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Arrive, overnight in hotel
Day 2 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Red Wing, Minnesota – Embark
Day 3 Red Wing, Minnesota
Day 4 La Crosse, Wisconsin
Day 5 Dubuque, Iowa
Day 6 Hannibal, Missouri
Day 7 Alton, Illinois
Day 8 Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Day 9 Paducah, Kentucky
Day 10 Dover, Tennessee
Day 11 Memphis, Tennessee
Day 12 Natchez, Mississippi
Day 13 St. Francisville, Louisiana
Day 14 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Day 15 Nottoway, Louisiana
Day 16 New Orleans, Louisiana – Disembark
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