2018 Pre-Cruise: Mississippi Headwaters - Lake Itasca

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk across the Mississippi River headwaters at Lake Itasca. Embark on an unforgettable journey that spans the entire length of the mighty Mississippi River! This distinctively inclusive Pre-Cruise City Stay Package brings guests to the birthplace of the Mississippi River, Lake Itasca. Glacier-created and spring-replenished, Lake Itasca is a breathtaking body of water that feeds our nation’s largest river. Enjoy a full-day adventure on shore and on the water of the lake, local cuisine and expert guides to lead the way. This inclusive package includes a two-night hotel stay, transportation, local meals and knowledgeable guides.

Your 2018 American Duchess City Stay Includes:

  • Transfer from the official AQSC pre-cruise hotel to the Kelly Inn in St. Cloud

  • 3-Day/2-Night Premium Hotel Stay at the Kelly Inn in St. Cloud, Minnesota

  • Breakfast (2), Lunch (1), Dinner (1)

  • Luxury motorcoach tour from St. Cloud to Itasca State Park (Headwaters of the Mississippi River)

  • Guided Boat Tour of Lake Itasca onboard the Chester Charles II

  • Tour of Itasca State Park Narrated by Park Ranger

  • Lunch at the Historic Douglas Lodge Headwaters Cafe

  • Local Dinner at Anton’s Restaurant

  • Premium Pre-Cruise St. Paul City Tour on embarkation day with transfer to the American Duchess

Pre-Cruise Premium St. Paul City Tour
Today, discover the rich history of Minnesota’s bustling, energetic capital, St. Paul. Uncover some of the city’s many mysteries as you learn why the city has been divided into two cities. Explore the scenic beauty and history of this city and enjoy a visit to beautiful Minnehaha Falls, the Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge at St. Anthony Falls and the recently restored Harriet Island off the Mississippi River with its fleet of paddle wheel boats. Highlights include:

  • Narrated city tour of St. Paul

  • A stop at Minnehaha Falls, The Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge & Harriet Island

  • Free time to enjoy lunch at one of St. Paul's dining establishments

  • Tour concludes at the American Duchess dock in Red Wing, MN

  • Tour duration is six hours

An Adventure on the Chester Charles II
Guests will board a 141-passenger vessel to travel across the waters of Lake Itasca. Listen as our expert guide explains the importance of this freshwater lake that feeds into one of America’s most historic and powerful rivers. As the vessel glides across the glacial lake, images come to mind of Native Americans paddling in birchbark canoes.

Itasca State Park Tour
Enjoy the ride as we explore Lake Itasca, discovering the historical significance and changes within the park through the years. Brief stops at Preachers Grove and Peace Pipe Vista afford picturesque views of the lake through 100-year-old-pines and hardwood trees, including Minnesota’s largest white pine tree, measuring a staggering 55 feet in diameter!

$699 per guest - Triple Occupancy  |  $749 per guest - Double Occupancy | $999 per guest - Single Occupancy

Note: Guests can take a taxi to the Loews Minneapolis Hotel where the bellmen will happily store your luggage safely so that you can explore downtown Minneapolis while awaiting your transfer to St. Cloud. The river coach will make a stop at this hotel in the afternoon for the transfer. (times may be adjusted due to guest flight times)

$50 per person Onboard Credit will be issued for use aboard the vessel, in lieu of the included pre-cruise hotel stayAll city stay pricing, availability and package information is subject to change without notice.

For booking or more information, please call our reservations team at 888-749-5280.