Chattanooga - Memphis

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TALES OF A NATION TORN ASUNDER - A breathtaking panorama from the cliffs of Chattanooga's Lookout Mountain sets the tone for this unrivaled journey through ports of call that played a part in the conflict which tore a nation apart. Visit fascinating landmarks like Pope's Tavern Museum in Florence, Alabama that served as a stagecoach stop and hospital for both Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War. The picturesque town of New Madrid offers beautiful vistas and a wealth of history to explore. As you pass through these gracious towns and encounter the welcoming people that inhabit them, you'll gain a new appreciation for how the fabric of America has been woven back together.

Theme:
• Civil War
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Hotel Stay - Chattanooga, TN

Hotel Stay - Chattanooga, TN

Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in Chattanooga. Tomorrow, you will board the American Queen.

Day 2: Chattanooga, TN

Departure 5:00 PM
Chattanooga, TN

Enjoy Chattanooga at your leisure or consider a pre-cruise Premium Shore Excursion with afternoon transfer to the American Queen.

Pre-Cruise: Chattanooga Tour

Battle for Chattanooga Museum, World's Steepest Incline, and the Famous Lookout Mountain!

For Civil War enthusiasts, Chattanooga offers a glimpse into history unlike many battlefields. So disastrous were the battles of Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and at Orchard Knob that on November 29th, General Braxton Bragg asked to be relieved of his duties. Following the decisive victories at Chattanooga, General Ulysses S. Grant immediately instituted the Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign and announced to the Washington War office that the defeat of the Confederates was “most complete.”

Depart the American Queen Pre-Cruise Hotel before beginning an informative city tour and then ride on the steepest passenger railway in the world - Lookout Mountain’s Incline Railway. Known as “America’s Most Amazing Mile,” The Incline’s trolley-style cars climb through the natural beauty surrounding historic Lookout Mountain at a breathtaking 72.7% grade – straight up! Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and valleys from the observation windows on the train as well as the panoramic views from the observation tower at The Incline’s top station.

After reaching the top of Lookout Mountain, explore the Chattanoota Electric Map and Museum as well as Point Park; part of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park System. Discover how the battles on these historic grounds changed the outcome of the Civil War.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice. 

Transportation
Included
Price
$69.00
Duration
5 hours
Tour Capacity
100 guests

Day 3: Decatur, AL

Decatur, AL

Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 
Board our luxury motorcoach as we begin our tour at Carnegie Visual Arts Center. Here we can experience the visual arts in a personal, relaxed and meaningful way. The Carnegie presents eight to ten exhibits annually and showcases the work of both local and national artists.  Then we will visit the Old State Bank Building. Built in 1833, this one time home of the Bank of the State of Alabama has survived the turbulent history of Decatur and even withstood the burning of the town during the Civil War. We’ll tour this historic landmark and learn about its important role in the banking industry of Alabama. Also, the Blue and Gray Museum has a large collection of firearms, swords and other Civil War memorabilia. Finally we will visit the family-friendly church in Decatur, the St. John's Episcopal Church.

Antebellum to Air and Space Travel

Take a journey through time as we leave behind the American Queen and its vintage elegance, we will set our sights to the future of Space travel.

As we sail into the future, our motorcoach will bring us to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Learn about Huntsville's role in the making of the moon rocket, explore the Space Race, the Apollo Missions, and experience an in-depth look at the Space Shuttle Program, the International Space Station and NASA's future missions. Trace the evolution of humankind's ventures into space and watch as tomorrow's potential engineers, scientists and astronauts train in one of the Space Camp or Aviation Challenge Programs.

Experience the most comprehensive U.S. manned space flight hardware museum in the world! Exhibits include; Home to Space Camp, and the Aviation Challenge, Spacedome Theater, Rocket Park, the Education Training Center, which houses NASA's Educator Resource Center, and more.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation
Included
Price
$69.00
Duration
3.5 hours
Tour Capacity
50 guests

Day 4: Florence, AL

Florence, AL

Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:
See the sights of Florence, Alabama; Southern Living at its best. We’ll begin the Hop on-Hop off tour with one of the oldest structures in Florence, Pope’s Tavern Museum. Previously used as a stagecoach stop, tavern, inn, and hospital for both Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War, the Tavern Museum beautifully displays the cultural history of Florence. Next stop is the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. This gallery and center for the coordination and promotion for cultural activity in the area serves as the cultural hub for Florence.

A trip to Florence wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the childhood home of The Father of the Blues, William Christopher Handy. Born here in 1873, Handy would become the most influential songwriter America has ever seen. The WC Handy House Museum is little more than a simple cabin along the streets of Florence, but for music and history buffs alike, it represents the humble beginnings of a musical genius. Full of artifacts and memorabilia, this stop will chronicle the life of Handy and explain how he shaped the Blues.

Next stop is the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House, a cypress, glass, and brick abode built by Wright in 1939-1940. This historic home has been called one of the purest examples of Wright’s Usonian style, an approach to architecture named after the United States of America.

Climb the steps of history at the Florence Indian Mound & Museum. This 43 foot high mound is the Tennessee Valley’s largest domiciliary mound and an ideal example of early Native American inhabitance of this area.

Day 5: Savannah, TN

Savannah, TN

The jumping off point for Shiloh National Military Park. The center traces the story of Corinth in the Civil War from secession through Reconstruction. It includes two state-of-the-art films on Shiloh and Corinth, plus interactive interpretive exhibits and stunning bronze work.

Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:
As we dock at the Riverside Park port, board your deluxe motorcoach where local bluegrass entertainment will greet you in antebellum-period costumes.  From Muscle Shoals to Paducah, from dinosaurs to the T.V.A, history of the lower Tennessee River Valley is both unique and fascinating.  Its story awaits your discovery at Hardin County’s Tennessee River Museum.  Here, exhibits chronicle prehistoric times, life of the Mississippi Mound Builders, the tragic story of the “Trail of Tears,” the Civil War on the River, the Golden Age of Steamboats, and the Tennessee River today.  A scenic drive through Savannah Historic District highlights more than 40 homes and several styles of architecture. After a quick stop at Walgreens, you'll arrive at the private residence used as General U.S. Grand headquarters during the Battle of Shiloh, The Chery Mansion.

Included Premium Shore Excursion: Civil War Tour - Shiloh National Military Park
No soldier who took part in the two day’s engagement at Shiloh ever spoiled for a fight again,” recalled one Union veteran. “We wanted a square, stand-up fight [and] got all we wanted of it.” Besides preserving the site of the bloody April 1862’s battle in Tennessee, the park commemorates the subsequent siege, battle, and occupation of the key railroad junction at nearby Corinth, Mississippi.

Shiloh National Military Park contains a wide array of historic sites. In addition to the battlefield of Shiloh itself, the park contains a separate unit at Corinth, Mississippi, that preserves and interprets the Siege and Battle of Corinth. Located within the boundaries of Shiloh Park, there is also a United States National Cemetery, which contains around 4,000 soldiers and their family members. A National Historic Landmark in its own right, the Shiloh Indian Mounds are also located with the park boundaries.

Note: All guests must have a boarding pass to participate in this tour.

Capacity: 150 guests
Duration: 3 hours


Day 6: Scenic River Cruising

Scenic River Cruising

Enjoy the sights and sounds of river cruising as you spend a leisurely day onboard.

Day 7: Paducah, KY

Paducah, KY

Known as the city of art, rhythm and rivers, Paducah boasts a lively Lowertown Arts District, the renowned River Heritage Museum, a Save America’s Treasures project, and tours via foot, trolley or horse-drawn carriage reveal its charm. OR Elegant displays at the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society highlight the vigorous rebirth of quiltmaking. It’s just one of the colorful attractions in a lovely city of 19th century architecture, specialty shops and one-of-a-kind eateries.

Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:
Board our luxury motorcoach as we tour Paducah and all that this Kentucky town has to offer. If the fine art of quilting interests you, stop at the National Quilt Museum where you’ll fine championship quilts by modern day artists.  Next, we’ll stop at the Lower Town Shopping District, Paducah’s oldest residential neighborhood.  Lower Town serves as home to relocated artists from around the world as a results of the City’s Artists Relocation Program.

As our tour continues, we will visit a Greek Revival home that exhibits highlights of Western Kentucky’s role in the War Between the States; The Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum. Next, we’ll stop at The Paducah Railroad Museum which displays heavy equipment and memorabilia from railroads throughout Paducah. Along the way we will observe some unforgettable portraits from Paducah’s past depicting Paducah’s rich history in more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals. Explore the Market House Square area and browse through the specialty shops and antiques. Lastly, we will visit Paducah’s maritime legacy and folklore at the River Discovery Center, a Save America’s Treasures project in Paducah’s oldest standing structure.

Day 8: New Madrid, MO

New Madrid, MO

Relive scenes out of the battle and siege of New Madrid and enjoy a presentation at the Hunter-Dawson Historic Site. You’ll see the war through the eyes of local soldiers.

Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:
As we board our luxury motorcoach at New Madrid Public Boat Dock, we will stroll down the 120 foot observation deck and view the 8 mile long “Bessie Bend Oxbow” at the New Madrid Observation Deck. Then we will discover how culture is reflected in this ever changing river town from the Mississippian Indian period and on at the New Madrid Historical Museum. After that, enjoy some ice cream, shop for souvenirs or just take a stroll around as we stop at Main Street.

Then, you can take a short walk to Veteran’s Park which honors New Madrid County citizens who served or are currently serving in the armed services. Other stops along the way are the New Madrid County Courthouse, and the cypress framed 15-room antebellum home of Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site. Next, we will stop at Higgerson SchooI, built in the 1940’s this primitive schoolhouse serves as a window to the educational practices that shaped rural America. Lastly, we’ll stop by the oldest home in New Madrid, the Hart-Stepp House Art Gallery.

Day 9: Memphis, TN

Arrival 8:00 AM
Memphis, TN

Disembark in Memphis and begin your journey home or consider extending your stay with our three day, two night American Music City Stay package. Click here for full details

Post-Cruise: The King's Memphis with Graceland

This tour departs from the American Queen. You may bring your carry-on luggage with you.

Put on your blue suede shoes and board the American Queen Luxury motorcoach. During this exclusive narrated driving tour of Memphis, you will see such landmarks like Sun Studio, The Peabody Hotel, National Civil Rights Museum (The Lorraine Motel) and a cruise past Beale Street. Experience the most musical town in the world at the Elvis Statue and the Levitt Band Shell; where Elvis made his first performance.

Included is a Graceland Platinum ticket, which is a Self-Guided tour that includes the Graceland Mansion, all of the outlying museums and time to treat yourself to a lunch fit for a King at one of Graceland’s Elvis themed eateries. Don’t miss this unique and authentic city tour, which pays homage to the legendary musical giants who called Memphis home. This experience begins during the debarkation process on the American Queen and ends at the Memphis International Airport at 12:30 p.m.

Please book your departing flight after 2:00 pm.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation
Included
Price
$79.00
Duration
5 hours
Tour Capacity
100 guests