St. Louis to Ottawa (Chicago)

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Cruise Summary

LINCOLN'S ILLINOIS - Set off on an amazing journey from the famed Gateway Arch in St. Louis to the soaring skyline of Chicago. As you cruise along the Illinois River you will be treated to some of the most beautiful scenery while visiting amazing port towns steeped in American history which highlight the life and work of Abraham Lincoln.

Theme:
• Lincoln's Illinois*
 
Included Tours:
• See ports of call below for information on included tours.

Premium Shore Excursions:
• See ports of call below for the options available to you. Click Here to learn more and to place reservations.

Post-Cruise City Stay Package:
• Extend your journey with an unforgettable 3-day/2-night city stay package. Click Here for full details and package pricing.

*All themed entertainment, events and tours are subject to change without notice. 

Itinerary

Vessel: American Duchess™



Day 1: Boutique Hotel - St. Louis, MO

Boutique Hotel - St. Louis, MO

Enjoy your included, one-night stay at the iconic Union Station Hotel in St. Louis. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with this dynamic city and its famous attractions such as the Gateway Arch.

Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM. It is here that our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. An American Queen Steamboat Company representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions so that you may maximize your time in St. Louis.

Day 2: St. Louis, MO

Departure 5:00 PM
St. Louis, MO

Explore St. Louis at your leisure or consider a pre-cruise Premium Shore Excursion with afternoon transfer to the vessel.

Day 3: Alton, IL

Alton, IL

Alton was founded in 1837 and is located just 25 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri. This mid-western city is full of history, culture, and recreational opportunities. Explore the city that holds the site of the final debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas and the home of Robert Wadlow – the world’s tallest man, and legendary musician, Miles Davis. Admire the beauty of Alton, noted for its prominent limestone bluffs along the Mississippi River that makes this city a rare and treasured stop.

Day 4: Hannibal, MO

Hannibal, MO

Hannibal, Missouri has a rich history, diverse industrial economy, and truly remarkable arts. The city was founded in 1819 by Moses D. Bates and became a popular stop along the river for many steamboats traveling up the Mississippi. Hannibal offers more parks per citizens than most towns in the Midwest and was included in the famous “50 Miles of Art.” Today, the most popular draw of this quirky town is Hannibal’s very own, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, recognized world-wide as Mark Twain. Many of the popular characters featured in Twain’s novels were based on people Sam had known while growing up in Hannibal. Many of the characters and influences of this American icon are weaved into the streets, shops, restaurants, and museums of Hannibal waiting to be uncovered.

Day 5: Leisurely River Cruising

Leisurely River Cruising

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to The Lincoln Library adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish every moment of  serenity. Our fitness facility, business center, movie theater and grand lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment.

Day 6: Havana, IL

Havana, IL
Nature lovers and history buffs will relish the day touring this beautiful scenic port.

Day 7: Peoria, IL

Peoria, IL

The largest city on the Illinois River, Peoria is the oldest European settlement in Illinois. Named after the Peoria Native American Tribe, the city was settled in 1680 by French explorers. With a good blend of government and official buildings as the county seat – Peoria also offers a bustling art and culture scene and offers a robust historical story to entertain guests from around the world.

Day 8: Ottawa, IL

Ottawa, IL

Located at the confluence of the Illinois and Fox River, Ottawa became a conduit for river barges and connects Lake Michigan and Chicago to the Mississippi River. Home to the site of the first Lincoln-Douglass debate, this Illinois town is steeped in rich American history. A one-time booming canal town, Ottawa is still a major sand and glass center due to their numerous silica sand deposits.

Day 9: Ottawa (Chicago)

Arrival 8:00 AM
Ottawa (Chicago)

Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. Enjoy nearby Chicago at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.