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

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

This 9-day journey through America’s Heartland will take you from St. Paul, MN to St. Louis, MO. Enjoy ports like Winona, MN and Fort Madison, IA as you travel along the Upper Mississippi River.

Theme:
• Fall Foliage

Entertainment:
• Work o' the Weavers
• Danny O'Flaherty
• Lewis Hankins

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 - Minneapolis/St. Paul

Day 1: Hotel Stay - Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

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

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Day 2: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Departure: 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Minneapolis/St. Paul today.  This afternoon, you will board the American Queen to begin your voyage.

Winona

Day 3: Winona, MN

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

Winona is one of the most beautiful places in the country, nestled between the covered limestone river bluffs that rise 500 feet and the stunning mighty Mississippi River. The historic architecture and cultural opportunities give Winona a soul that is living, breathing and growing. Still, Winona and its wealth of culture, arts, history, recreation and festivals, is relatively undiscovered.

Premium Tour Options:

Premium Choice Tour #1 - Explore the Mississippi Backwaters

Experience the Mississippi River. Join us for a canoe tour full of wildlife, nature and spectacular sightseeing as we set off on a canoe trip through the backwaters of the mighty Mississippi River. Witness some of America’s finest flatwater paddling and enjoy the beauty of the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge.

Guests will be guided by experienced paddlers as they guide you on a unique adventure through lush forests and islands dotting the waterways.

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

Day 4: La Crosse, WI

Arrival: 8:00 a.m. — Departure: 1:00 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.

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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
Dubuque

Day 5: Dubuque, IA

Arrival: 8:00 a.m. — Departure: 1:00 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
Davenport

Day 6: Davenport, IA

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

 Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 
Enjoy an unstructured day as we stroll from place to place and discover surprises among the gift shops and galleries. Stay to eat, drink, shop or play at the Village of East Davenport.  Enter into the first Summit hotel in Iowa, at the very chic, hip and historic Black Hawk Hotel. Come and experience inspiring works of art from the 16th Century to present day at the Figge Art Museum.  Listen to the sounds of American roots music at the River Music Experience where you will enjoy an Exclusive show available only to our American Queen passengers (See show times on map). Learn about German immigration to the area at the German-American Heritage Center and take some time to explore the exotic plants, flowers, gardens, and ponds at the Quad City Botanicals Center.

Premium Tour Options:

Premium Choice Tour #1 - The John Deere Experience

Discover a true American Success story as you learn the legacy behind one of America’s Agricultural giants. We’ll begin the tour with a trip to the John Deere Family Home, here we will enjoy an escorted tour of his humble abode and glimpse into pioneer life. After the home tour we’ll take a short walk to the John Deere Pavilion where we will see both modern-day and concept machines displayed in their working environments, hear stories about owners and operators as they describe a typical workday and learn about how John Deere equipment has changed their work and helped shape the land. You’ll have the opportunity to feel the power of a John Deere in action as excavators crawl through simulators in this hands-on full sensory tour experience.

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

Transportation:
Included
Price:
$49.00
Duration:
4 - 4.5 hours
Tour Capacity:
50 guests
Fort Madison

Day 7: Fort Madison, IA

Arrival: 8:00 a.m. — Departure: 1:00 p.m.

The city of Fort Madison was established around the site of the historic Fort Madison (1808–1813), which was the first permanent U.S. military fortification on the Upper Mississippi. Fort Madison was the site of Black Hawk’s first battle against U.S. troops, the only real War of 1812 battle fought west of the Mississippi. It was also the location of the first U.S. military cemetery in the upper Midwest. Fort Madison was one of three posts established by the U.S. Army to establish control over the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase territories. Fort Madison was built to control trade and pacify Native Americans in the Upper Mississippi River region. The other two posts were Fort Belle Fontaine near St. Louis, which controlled the mouth of the Missouri, and Fort Osage, near what is now Kansas City, which controlled trade with western Native American tribes. Fort Madison has the last remaining double swing-span bridge on the Mississippi River, the Fort Madison Toll Bridge. It has a top level for cars and a bottom level for trains; it is also the world's largest. The Fort Madison Downtown Commercial Historic District is a collection of well-preserved historic storefronts from the late 19th century.

Premium Tour Options:

Premium Choice Tour #1 - Explore the Nauvoo Colonies, The "Williamsburg of the Midwest"

This is your opportunity to explore the Colony at Nauvoo. Dubbed “The Williamsburg of the Midwest,” and named after the Hebrew word for “Beautiful Place,” Nauvoo is steeped in scenic antiquity. The Historic Village of Nauvoo is home to more than 60 restored historic sites, two museums and a large diverse culture of German and Swiss influx.

We will enjoy a complete guided tour with an experienced local guide of the Joseph Smith Historic Sites, including Joseph’s homestead, mansion house and more. Visit the Red Brick Store and shop the very same goods available to the colonists in 1840. Named for the peaceful tranquility of the land, you’ll be transported back to the 1840’s as we tour more than 40 historical sites throughout this settlement. Immerse yourself in the History and magnificence along the banks of Nauvoo.

Transportation:
Included
Price:
$59.00
Duration:
3.5 hours
Tour Capacity:
50 guests
Hannibal

Day 8: 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
St. Louis

Day 9: St. Louis, MO

Arrival: 8:00 a.m.

Enjoy the day in St. Louis.  Perhaps you will choose to visit the Gateway Arch or take in a ballgame.

featuring

Theme

Fall Foliage
It’s the only time of year that the river is even more colorful than the American Queen’s bright red paddlewheel. A blanket of reds, oranges and golds covers the landscape. Leaves blow across the brick-paved streets of small towns like Red Wing, Minnesota and Hannibal, Missouri. Warm apple cider and spied pumpkin pie bring autumn’s wonders right to your table as wildlife bustles about the myriad of colors lining the Mighty Mississippi in preparation for the coming winter.
 

Entertainment

Work o' the Weavers - Since 2003, they've shared their rousing tribute to America's pioneering folk quartet, The Weavers, with enthusiastically participatory audiences in 28 states, Canada and Israel.

Danny O'Flaherty

Lewis Hankins

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