St. Louis - Minneapolis / St. Paul - 9-Day Journey
St. Louis - Minneapolis / St. Paul - 9-Day Journey Map

St. Louis - Minneapolis / St. Paul - 9-Day Journey

Traveling the Upper Mississippi River, this journey includes visits to historic towns along the way such as Dubuque, IA and Red Wing, MN. Embark in St. Louis, MO and finish up your voyage in St. Paul, MN.

Theme:
• Fall Foliage
 
Entertainment:
• Vegas Rat Pack
• Lewis Hankins
• Juggernaut Jug Band
 
Guest Speaker:
• Mary Sward

Highlights

Fares will include:

  • Complimentary shore excursions in every port
  • Complimentary overnight stay in a select luxury hotel before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Queen
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • The family recipes of acclaimed Southern chef Regina Charboneau
  • The only steamboat with multiple specialty dining options, all at no additional charge
  • Gracious service from a friendly all-American staff
  • Casual elegance abounds, no formal wear required
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard historian
  • Professional showboat-style entertainment and dancing nightly
  • Our own dedicated fleet of Steamcoaches
  • The most all-inclusive American river voyage
  • The only authentic steam-powered overnight paddlewheel riverboat in America
  • The greatest vacation value in America

Free One-Night Hotel Stay

The night before you step aboard the Steamer American Queen, enjoy the comfort and convenience of a complimentary one-night stay in a fine hotel in your embarkation city. Arriving the day before your voyage begins, you are able to relax, have dinner and get a full night’s sleep.

This section will be updated as details become available about the hotel properties in the embarkation city.

Hotel Stay - St. Louis

Day 1: Hotel Stay - St. Louis

Enjoy a complimentary hotel overnight.  Tomorrow afternoon, you will board the American Queen to begin your voyage.

St. Louis

Day 2: St. Louis, MO

Departure: 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy freetime in St. Louis today.  This afternoon, you will board the American Queen. As your steamboat leaves St.Louis, gaze up at the Gateway Arch and envision the adventures that lie ahead. The Welcome Aboard Dinner gets your journey off to a festive start.

Steamboating

Day 3: Steamboating

Settle into a rocking chair and just let the scenery glide by. Or join in the fun of our numerous onboard activities. Your full day of leisurely steamboating on the river sets the tone for an unforgettable vacation.

Hannibal

Day 4: Hannibal, MO

Arrival: 8:00 a.m. — Departure: 12:00 p.m.

Board the Twainland Express for a journey enlivened by the spirit of Samuel Clemens, who authored American classics under the pen name of Mark Twain. Stroll through the Museum Complex, explore the famous Cave and watch as your guide points out scenes from famous tales.

Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 
This tour is all about exploring Hannibal through the eyes of Samuel Clemens; known as “Mark Twain.” Experience the stories created by Twain through the power of a youthful imagination and experience the real-life “Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” We’ll begin with a journey back in time to the Golden Age of railroading at the Big River Train Town. Then, we’ll visit the place where the stories all started. Discover how a young boy growing up in this small village along the banks of the Mississippi would become the world’s most beloved author. At The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum we’ll learn everything that we need to know about this literary icon.

After a stop at the Sanctuary of the Trinity Episcopal Church, we will visit The Cave Hollow Complex. Here you can indulge in a tasting at the winery or explore the cave where Tom and Becky were lost in the Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Last but not least, we’ll stop at Historic Main Street which offers over 50 shopping stores, restaurants, historic buildings and finally, a stop at the Hannibal History Museum.

Premium Tour Options:

Premium Choice Tour #1 - Hannibal Photo Walk

Ever wonder where world-renowned author Mark Twain got his inspiration? Join our guest photojournalist for a Photograph Walking Tour exploring the Hannibal of young Samuel Clemens, known worldwide by his pen name “Mark Twain.” Twain lived in Hannibal from 1839 to 1853, where his childhood friends became the inspiration for the popular characters in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Our guest photojournalist will entertain the group with colorful, local history, while pointing out interesting subjects to photograph.

Transportation:
Walking
Price:
$29.00
Duration:
2 hours
Tour Capacity:
20 guests

Premium Choice Tour #2 - Mississippi Mud - A Hands-on Experience

Enjoy a tour of the shop and working studio at Ayers Pottery, where we will see functional pottery pieces created by a professional artist, followed by an introduction on basic wheel throwing from a master potter. Then get ready to suit up and do it yourself! Head down to the workshop, and become the artist as we sit at our own potter's wheel and create your own work of art. Your piece will then be fired and shipped to your home as a souvenir of your Hannibal adventure. Protective apron\suit will be provided, but keep in mind that creativity can be messy business! Let your creative juices flow!

NOTE: There are 14 steps down with 2 hand rails to get where the classroom will be held

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

Transportation:
Included
Price:
$69.00 additional
Duration:
1.5 hours
Tour Capacity:
6 guests
Steamboating

Day 5: Steamboating

Settle into a rocking chair and just let the scenery glide by. Or join in the fun of our numerous onboard activities. Your full day of leisurely steamboating on the river sets the tone for an unforgettable vacation.

Dubuque

Day 6: Dubuque, IA

Arrival: 10:00 a.m. — Departure: 5:00 p.m.

The flags of five nations have flown over a city that lives and breathes river lore. Take in its diverse flavors from Cable Car Square to the Smithsonian-affiliated National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:  
We’ll begin with a drive by the Shot Tower, a seven story structure built to produce lead shots for the civil war.  Then, we will bask in the beauty of light filtered through 101 Tiffany stained glass windows at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Next on the tour is the Dubuque’s Museum of Art, where we will discover the third largest collections of Grant Wood art in Iowa. We’ll stop at The Fenelon Place Elevator where we can enjoy a bluff-top view of the Mississippi River and downtown Dubuque.  Hop-off at 2nd & Main Street at The Hotel Julien for some shopping, spas, and beauty salons before we will visit the oldest and most "grand" of more than 16 legitimate theaters which served the community; the Grand Opera House. Lastly we will visit the Dubuque County Jail, which once housed the Notorious Butch Cassidy who was detained there on suspect of a local bank robbery.  The Old Jail Museum & Dubuque County Courthouse is an example in Egyptian Revival style and is only one of three of its kind still standing today.

Premium Tour Options:

Premium Choice Tour #1 - "Pitcher"- Perfect Americana, Including the Field of Dreams

Is this Heaven? No, it’s Iowa. A place of fertile soil, traditional values and simple pleasures. As we celebrate our history and what makes America so magnificent, join us, for a trip back in time. Just bubbling with Americana, this tour will leave you feeling patriotic. On our first stop we’ll retread farming history at the National Farm Toy Museum. Here, we’ll explore antique farm toys as well as contemporary contraptions. There’s even a miniature farm replica to convey the growth of American farming.

As the motorcoach pushes on, deeper through the amber waves of grain, a diamond begins to emerge. It’s not a mirage; it’s the actual “Field of Dreams” baseball diamond and farm from the 1989 Academy Award Winning film. Here, feel free to stroll around the grounds or take a seat on the iconic bleachers and behold the majestic beauty of the surrounding cornfields. Walk the bases like Shoe-less Joe Jackson or hit a few balls into the fields like “Moonlight” Graham. Owners of the Lansing Family farm have truly gone the distance in their efforts to keep the grounds simple and un-commercialized.

Rounding out our Americana voyage, a stop at Iowa’s oldest Restaurant brings us to Breitbach’s Country Dining. Adorned with turn of the century furniture and handmade quilts, this establishment is a true testament to America’s roots. Don’t be surprised if you’re greeted by owner Mike Breitbach himself, as he’s often on premise and loves for visitors to sign his guest book. Grab a slice of homemade Apple Pie and a hot cup of coffee at this home style restaurant and enjoy a piece of America’s history. Welcome to America’s Heartland and God Bless the USA.

Transportation:
Included
Price:
$79.00
Duration:
4.5 hours
Tour Capacity:
50 guests

Premium Choice Tour #2 - Galena, Illinois by Trolley

Named One of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust of Historic Preservation

Nestled in the rolling hills of northwest Illinois, Galena enchants visitors with historic sites and attractions, wonderful specialty shops and unlimited dining options. Once larger than Chicago, Galena was a commercial center for mining and steamboating in the mid 1800’s. During the Civil War, Galena gave the Union Army nine generals including Ulysses S. Grant, who later became the 18th President of the United States. Enjoy a narrated historic Trolley tour of Galena to see the Desoto House Hotel, the Old Market House and the Belvedere Mansion. (This tour is not available on Tuesdays)

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

Transportation:
Included
Price:
$59.00
Duration:
4 hours
Tour Capacity:
64 guests
La Crosse

Day 7: La Crosse, WI

Arrival: 12:00 p.m. — Departure: 5:00 p.m.

This gem of Victorian and Art Deco architecture with an inviting Riverwalk is your gateway to local culture.

Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 
Board our deluxe Hop On- Hop Off motorcoach at the Riverside Park dock and enjoy a narrated tour of charming downtown La Crosse.  First stop is the Dahl Auto Museum where we can view antique cars and learn about the Ford Motor Company and its five generations of history through their automotive journey since 1911.  Then we will visit the Chapels of St. Rose; discover a variety of exhibits, from Prehistoric times to the 20th century, surrounding the history of La Crosse at the Swarthout Museum. Then, enjoy a view of the Hixon House, a Victorian style home beautifully restored from the late 1850’s. Last stop is the Riverside Museum and Riverside International Friendship Garden.  Visit the Riverside Museum to enjoy exhibits that explore the chronological history of La Crosse  and the Riverside International Friendship Garden; a place of beauty that reflects an appreciation for the diverse cultures that share the earth. Here, you’ll find gardens to represent six different nations from around the world.

Premium Tour Options:

Premium Choice Tour #1 - Natives and Norwegians in Norskedalen

Experience Norskedalen as a Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Native American tribal leader guides us through the valleys of Southwest Wisconsin. Drift back in time to thousands of years ago as our tribal guide depicts stories of daily life for Native Americans.

Upon reaching Norskedalen (The Norwegian Valley) guests will be met by a Norwegian immigrant welcoming us into this deep and scenic valley as we step back in time to her log homestead. Enjoy stories of the harrowing trip from Norway and their long journey to finally settle in the picturesque Coon Valley, Wisconsin. As we leave our Norwegian settler behind, guests will be accompanied by H.H. Bennett as he welcomes you to his town hall meeting and explains the county’s first efforts to work with farmers and the initiation of farming conservation projects.

As we continue through the landscape, guests will continue to encounter characters of the valley; from a fur trader in the 1700’s to the workshop of the town’s Blacksmith. And a stop at the cheese maker’s dwelling where we can meet his dairy cow and discover how this dairy staple was made in the early 1900’s.

Before departing the grounds, stop at the little white chapel to visit the preacher and learn about his mission within the settlement. Sample the fruits of the scenic valley as guests are offered a wine tasting of locally made vintages as the vineyard foreman offers more insight on agriculture in the valley.

Don’t miss this trip back in time, through the centuries, as we discover the culture and history of Wisconsin.

Transportation:
Included
Price:
$79.00
Duration:
4.5 hours
Tour Capacity:
100 guests
Red Wing

Day 8: Red Wing, MN

Arrival: 8:00 a.m. — Departure: 5:00 p.m.

Red Wing is home to a variety of shops, including arts, antiques, pottery and one-of-a kind boutiques. Red Wing ranks as one of Minnesota's leading manufacturing cities. Historically it is known as home to products including shoes, pottery and linseed oil. Today it also produces safety and robotic products.

Included Hop-On Hop-Off Tour:  
Start our narrated tour of Minnesota’s favorite destination at the Pottery Place District.  Here guests will find antiques, gift shops and eateries. Watch and interact with potters at work in the pottery studio of the Red Wing Pottery Salesroom as they wheel-throw and decorate their own pottery.  Then we will visit the Sheldon Theatre; the country's first city-owned theatre, which showcases the best in arts and entertainment from Minnesota's heartland and beyond. Next, we’ll stop at Walgreens, where guests can stock up on necessary essentials. Then we’re off to Bush & Main Street’s Shopping District, the perfect area for some last minute shopping or to grab a snack. Some must-see places at this stop include the St. James Hotel, the Native-American Store, UFFDA shops, and more. Our last stop at Red Wing Visitor Center and Art Association exhibits local artwork and shops.

Premium Tour Options:

Premium Choice Tour #1 - American Queen Exclusive Eco Cruise Tour

Sit back and enjoy this fully narrated 90-minutes Charter Cruise on the beautiful Mississippi River. Guests can board the Sight-Sea-Er II and embark on this exclusive river tour with the knowledgeable river expert—Captain Rusty; with over 40 years’ experience on the waters of the Mississippi. This section of the river is known to be one of the most beautiful stretches of this vast waterway and houses a large eagle nest population. Guests are likely to spot at least one of these majestic birds along with other native wildlife in the Mississippi River. Binoculars will be available for guests to fully explore the banks of the river along with complimentary coffee and cookies.

Transportation:
Included
Price:
$39.00
Duration:
2 hours
Tour Capacity:
36 guests

Premium Choice Tour #2 - On Eagle's Wings

Today, we travel to Wabasha, Minnesota; the oldest City of the Upper Mississippi River. Here we’ll visit the National Eagle Center for an unforgettable “nose to beak” experience with America’s National Symbol of Freedom—the American Bald Eagle. Here, guests can experience these majestic animals up-close and in person. At the Center, guests will witness the awe-inspiring beauty of these regal creatures and learn all about this American icon. Eagles in the center roam freely and un-caged and knowledgeable experts are on hand to share information. Known as America’s Eagle Destination, these symbolic birds are abundant throughout the year and can be witnessed in their natural setting from the observation deck. Located atop the Mississippi, the overlook area affords guests the chance to watch bald eagles soar above the river in their natural habitat.

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

Transportation:
Included
Price:
$59.00
Duration:
4 Hours
Tour Capacity:
5 guests
Minneapolis/St. Paul

Day 9: Disembark in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Arrival: 8:00 a.m.

Disembark in the Twin Cities surrounded by skyscrapers, bridges and the first of many Mississippi River locks and dams.

featuring

Theme

Fall Foliage
Fall Foliage Vacations salute nature’s rich palette of reds, oranges and golds as your steamboat traverses the Upper Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee rivers in Autumn. You can shuffle through the leaves during shore excursions and learn from guest naturalists. At dinnertime, you’ll sample the bounties of Heartland America, from pumpkin pie to hot, spiced cider.
 

Entertainment

Vegas Rat Pack

Lewis Hankins

Juggernaut Jug Band
Steamboaters will delight in the authentic form of river music known as “jug music.” Rooted in the port towns of the Deep South, jug music includes styles of swing, jazz and bluegrass, performed by Juggernaut’s amazing artists.

Guest Speaker

Mary Sward

This looks like an interesting journey and I thought that you might be interested.

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