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During this three-week adventure, on the American Queen, journey along the mighty Mississippi River and enjoy the vibrant cities, storybook towns and sweeping panoramas that served as the inspiration for many of Mark Twain’s fabled works.

Journey Date & Theme

2016
September 5 - September 26 The Mighty Mississippi


To book a journey please contact our tour VIP desk at +1 202 772 8000 or scalhoun@historichotels.org.

Itinerary

Day 1: Hotel Stay - New Orleans, LA
Guests will enjoy a one-night luxury hotel stay in New Orleans before boarding the American Queen the following evening.

Day 2: New Orleans, LA | Departure 5:00 p.m.
Explore the vibrant offerings of New Orleans by taking in the sights and sounds of the city. In the afternoon, guests will board the American Queen to being their voyage.

Day 3: Oak Alley, LA
A popular plantation in the Saint James Parish, Oak Alley blends historic architectural magnificence with the natural wonder of 300 year old oak trees flourishing on the southern estate. Known as the 'Grand Dame of the Great River Road', Oak Alley Plantation is lined by a quarter-mile canopy of giant oak trees forming a stately pathway that leads to the iconic Greek revival antebellum home.

Day 4: St. Francisville, LA
Home to over 140 buildings listed on the National Register and beautiful plantation homes along the rolling countryside, St. Francisville is a quaint town with a rich historic significance. Guests can visit Royal Street, the Victorian button museum and jewelry boutique Grandmother's Buttons, the West Florida Republic Park, or the Old Market Hall. Guests will have a chance for refreshments at Commerce Street before heading for shopping at the Spring Creek Shopping Center and exploring the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum and the Grace Episcopal Church.

Day 5: Natchez, MS
Affording authentic antebellum charm, Natchez boasts numerous restored mansions, the historic Jefferson College, and the quaint Natchez Trace. Before drinking in the beauty of the grand plantations, including Stanton Hall, Magnolia Hall, Rosalie Mansion, and the William Johnson House, guests are encouraged to stop at the Natchez Visitor Center to peruse the gift shop or view exhibits and films illustrating the rich heritage of the town.

Day 6: Vicksburg, MS
Coined the "Red Carpet of the South," Vicksburg is a diverse town blending its historic Southern setting with exciting modern attractions. Guests will tour through the shopping district and stop at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Southern Cultural Heritage Center, Pemberton's Headquarters, and the Old Courthouse Museum before returning to the downtown area. Back downtown, guests will have the chance for more shopping on Washington Street or discover other enchanting museums, including the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum, Yesterday’s Children Antique Doll and Toy Museum, the Old Depot Museum, and Lower Mississippi River Museum.

Day 7: Scenic River Cruising
Relax and take in the view of the river or join in a variety of onboard activities while the American Queen glides through beautiful American landscape.

Day 8: Helena, AR
A soulful town filled with beautiful gospel voices and hearty cuisine, Helena is filled with historic treasures. Guests will tour Cherry Street Historic District, discovering the Malco Theater and amazing boutiques. The tour continues with stops at Bubba's Blues Corner, Biscuit Row, the Pillow Thompson House, the Helena Museum, and Fort Curtis.

Day 9: Memphis, TN
Explore the city famously known as “The Home of Blues” with an exclusive tour of Memphis. The tour’s highlights include Sun Studio, The Peabody Hotel, the National Civil Rights Museum, and a guided tour of Graceland Mansion.

Day 10: Scenic River Cruising
Relax and take in the view of the river or join in a variety of onboard activities while the American Queen glides through beautiful American landscape.

Day 11: New Madrid, MO
Relive the battle and siege of New Madrid through the eyes of local soldiers with a visit and presentation at the Hunter-Dawson Historic Site. The tour also include stops to Veteran’s Park, the New Madrid County Courthouse, the cypress-framed antebellum mansion of the Hunter-Dawson State Historical Society, and the oldest house in New Madrid, the Hart-Stepp House Art Gallery.

Day 12: Paducah, KY
Known as the city of art, rhythm, and rivers, Paducah is a lovely city boasting 19th century architecture, specialty shops, and one-of-a-kind eateries. The tour stops include the National Quilt Museum, the River Discovery Center, Paducah Railroad Museum, Paducah Civil War, and William Clark Market House Museum.

Day 13: Cape Girardeau, MO
Cover the Cape Girardeau's history with a tour of the city, including stops to the Riverfront Murals, Red House Interpretive Center, Old St. Vincent's Church, Glenn House, and Red House Interpretive Center. The tour will also explore the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University, Old Bridge Overlook and Park, the Crisp Museum, and the Cape River Heritage Museum.

Day 14: Chester, IL
Known as the “Home of Popeye” because its creator and write Elzie Crisler Segar was born in the charming city of Chester. Guests will be able to spend the day exploring the city’s history with tours of beautiful homes, historical buildings, and museums.

Day 15: St. Louis, MO
Enjoy an exclusive tour of St. Louis, often referred to as the “Gateway City” and famous for the imposing Gateway Arch.

Day 16: Alton, IL
Enjoy an exclusive tour of St. Louis, often referred to as the “Gateway City” and famous for the imposing Gateway Arch.


Day 17: Hannibal, MO
Explore the historic town of Hannibal, which was the hometown of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, and also served as the inspiration for many of his novels. Guests spend the day touring the Mark Twain Boyhood House & Museum, the Becky Thatcher House, the Mark Twain Caves, and the Hannibal History Museum.

Day 18: Scenic River Cruising
Relax and take in the view of the river or join in a variety of onboard activities while the American Queen glides through beautiful American landscape.

Day 19: Clinton, IA
Stroll through the charming town of Clinton while enjoying one of the most picturesque riverfronts along the Mississippi River.

Day 20: Dubuque, IA
Illustrating true river lore, Dubuque, Iowa is a melting pot of cultural excitement. Beginning at Dubuque’s Museum of Art, the tour will explore the city with visits to the stunning Grand Opera House, Shot Tower, Mathias Ham House, the Old Jail Museum, The Hotel Julien, and The Fenelon Place Elevator atop the bluff of the city, affording commanding views of the vibrant downtown and mighty river.

Day 21: La Crosse, WI
Boasting an impressive collection of Victorian and Art Deco architecture, La Crosse, Wisconsin offers diverse attractions from the Amish Country, a rich Norwegian community, and an inviting Riverwalk. Guests will learn the impact of the city's river growth by exploring the 19th century Victorian Hixon House, exhibitions with historical and educational art programs at the Swarthout Museum and Pumphouse Regional Arts Center, War Eagle exhibitions at the Riverside Museum, Riverside International Friendship Garden, and the Chapels of St. Rose.

Day 22: Red Wing, MN
Red Wing is a charming historic town filled with inviting cultural sights, including The Pottery Place District, the Sheldon Theatre, Bush and Main Street’s Shopping District, the St. James Hotel, and Memorial Park.

Day 23: Red Wing, MN | Disembark 8:00 a.m.
The voyage ends at Red Wing with guests disembarking before enjoying nearby St. Paul.

Voyage Fares

Cabin Type Fares
LS Luxury Suite Open Veranda $19,999
AAA Suite Open Veranda $14,799
AA Superior Private Veranda $13,749
A Deluxe Open Veranda $13,199
B Outside Open Veranda $11,899
C Outside Open Veranda $10,849
D Outside Open Veranda $10,549
E Deluxe Bay Window $8,749
SO Single Open Veranda $13,999
F Inside $6,599
G Inside $6,599
SI Single Inside $11,299
Port Charges: $149


To book a journey please contact our tour VIP desk at +1 202 772 8000 or scalhoun@historichotels.org.

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