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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
August 14 - September 5 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 - St. Paul, MN
Enjoy a one-night luxury hotel stay in St. Paul.

Day 2: Red Wing, MN | Departure 5:00 p.m.
Explore the city of St. Paul at leisure before embarking on the American Queen steamboat to begin the journey down the mightly Mississippi River.

Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: Quad Cities, IA
Consisting of five historic towns, guests are encouraged to explore the culture of this “melting-pot” city. The tour will shuttle guests to the various sites within Quad Cities, including the Village of East Davenport, the Figge Art Musuem, the German-American Heritage Center, and the Quad City Botanicals Center.

Day 7: Burlington, IA
The ancestral home of the Suak Indians, Burlington became a bustling river and railroad port and now celebrates its rich heritage with exciting attractions throughout the city. The tour includes stops at Snake Alley, Des Moines County Heritage Center, the 1930s Art Deco Capitol Theater, and through the Heritage Hill National Historic District. Guests are encouraged to stroll through locally-owned shops inside historic buildings along Jefferson Street and to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River from Mosquito Park.

Day 8: 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 9: Alton, IL
Enjoy an exclusive tour of St. Louis, often referred to as the “Gateway City” and famous for the imposing Gateway Arch.

Day 10: Grafton, IL
Meander Grafton's quaint Main Street by exploring its museums, boutique shops, unique eateries, and regional wineries.

Day 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: Greenville, MS
The charming town of Greenville is located at the heart of the Mississippi Delta, along the banks of Lake Fergusson. Guests will discover the rich history of this area during their tour which includes a visit to the Greenville History Museum, the E.E. Bas Auditorium & Cultural Center, the Washington County Courthouse, and the Hebrew Union Congregation.

Day 18: Vicksburg, MS
FCoined 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 19: 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 20: St. Francisville, MS
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. Aboard the hop on-hop off steamcoach, 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 for art, jewelry, handmade items, and music. 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 21: Baton Rouge, LA
The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is a melting pot of the state's unique attractions and culture. Guests will begin their day by exploring the city's military and political history at the USS Kidd, a WWII Fletcher-class destroyer, Veterans Memorial Museum, and the Old Governor's Mansion. On Main Street Market, a bounty of dining options will fuel guests for the rest of their tour which includes stops at the beautiful St. Joseph Cathedral, Capitol Lake, Old Arsenal Museum, LSU Museum of Art, and the Louisiana State Capital building for a bird's eye view of the city and river from the 27th floor observation deck. With diverse cultural offerings, Baton Rouge boasts exciting options for every visitor.

Day 22: Nottoway, LA
Explore the South’s largest remaining antebellum mansion, the Nottoway Plantation. This beautifully appointed home, nicknamed “The White Castle of Louisiana”, features 64-bedrooms, 22 white square columns, and the stunning White Ballroom.

Day 23: New Orleans, LA | Disembark 8:00 a.m.
After breakfast, the American Queen steamboat will dock near the historic Jackson Square to bid adieu to guests.

Voyage Fares

Cabin Type Fares
LS Luxury Suite Open Veranda $18,999
AAA Suite Open Veranda $13,349
AA Superior Private Veranda $12,399
A Deluxe Open Veranda $11,899
B Outside Open Veranda $10,749
C Outside Open Veranda $9,799
D Outside Open Veranda $9,499
E Deluxe Bay Window $7,799
SO Single Open Veranda $12,699
F Inside $5,949
G Inside $5,949
SI Single Inside $10,249
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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