AMERICAN QUEEN STEAMBOATING MINNEAPOLIS TO NEW ORLEANS
The Mighty Mississippi • Steamboat Cruise from the top to the bottom

16 Days - Tour Dates: September 11 - 26, 2022
42 Meals Included


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Price Per Person:

From $5099.00 per person, double occupancy

Prices do not include Airfare or Port Taxes

Tour Highlights:

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS
  • Fares will include: Complimentary Hop-on Hop-off shore excursions in every port
  • Complimentary overnight stay in a select luxury hotel before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfer to the American Queen
  • Complimentary select wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary water & soft drinks
  • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
  • Wifi / Internet access onboard
  • Gracious service from a friendly 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 greatest vacation value in America
  • Please add Port Taxes
  • Price does not include Air

Daily Itinerary:

Day 1 - Sunday, 9/11/2022 - Hotel Stay - Minneapolis, MN
Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.
Day 2 - Monday, 9/12/2022 - Red Wing, MN
Red Wing was included on National Geographic Traveler’s list of the world’s most historic places. The city offers endless opportunities to travel back in time and learn about settlers and pioneers who occupied the land before today, or admire the craftsmanship and creativity of local artisans of both the present and the past. - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 3 - Tuesday, 9/13/2022 - Winona, MN
Explore one of the most beautiful places in the country. Nestled in the covered limestone river bluffs of the Mississippi River, Winona is full of culture and Americana. This historic city – filled with incredible museums, galleries and parks – is also where J.R. Watkins has produced its fine natural products for over 150 years. Take a trip to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, and fall even more in love with the maritime lifestyle. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Wednesday, 9/14/2022 - La Crosse, WI
This river town has a long-standing romance with the steamboat era, and as our paddlewheeler kisses its port, guests are welcomed by its eye-catching vistas and expansive waterfront park. Within its depths, La Crosse harbors a vibrant community; the cultural exchange among it and its six sister cities showcases a deep appreciation for enrichment through diversity. Influences from far-off destinations such as Bantry, Ireland, and Bavaria, Germany, woven into the history and charm of this scenic port, will certainly stir a traveler’s soul. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Thursday, 9/15/2022 - Dubuque, IA
Explore Dubuque, the roots from which Iowa sprouted. It’s brimming with opportunity for river travelers to experience an All-America City. Check off your outdoor bucket list in the perfect nature getaway for any adventure, and explore historic districts peppered with preserved history. From the architectural delight of Tiffany-designed windows in St. Luke’s United Methodist Church to the exhibits of the Dubuque Museum of Art, this city captures artistry. Victorian meets bohemian in this ever-growing Mississippi River gem that’s sure to leave dazzling memories. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Friday, 9/16/2022 - Bettendorf, IA
Bettendorf is but the beginning of this quest to the Quad Cities. Our deluxe motorcoaches bridge the gap between the distinctively different urban areas that, without friction, blend into the melting pot that the region celebrates. Whimsical architecture in Rock Island complements the eccentric gardens of the Quad City Botanical Center. The varied heritages and customs of the area come to life through the multiform dexterity of local artisans. A collection of riverfront vistas and metropolitan communities meet Midwestern neighborliness at the mighty Mississippi in this multifaceted port. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Saturday, 9/17/2022 - Burlington, IA
Charm indwells this city. Swaggering trails showcase flourishing vegetation, neighborhood hangouts offer upscale dining options and steepled churches rich in architecture abound. Pleasure awaits each visitor in this city of contrasts. Quiet strolls through courtly streets in historic districts are juxtaposed by boisterous thespian artistry inside Capitol Theater; the drumming heart of the city is soothed by the scenic backdrop of the Mississippi River. Lover of all seasons, connoisseur of culture, friend to foodies: Welcome to Burlington. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Sunday, 9/18/2022 - Hannibal, MO
Hannibal could be described as ordinary, but the father of American literature would beg to differ. The town, with style and dignity, comes to life in the writings of Mark Twain. People, entities and livelihoods of Hannibal’s past endure within the pages of masterpieces such as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Life on the Mississippi,” and the town’s preservation efforts allow our quests to step right onto the page where Twain left off. Today, the river stretches north toward country that’s almost as wild and beautiful as it must have been then, and, still enlivened by the coming and going of rivercraft, this exuberant port marks the start of adventure for all who visit. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 9 - Monday, 9/19/2022 - St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, famously referred to as the Gateway City, is known for its diverse neighborhoods and the different cultural traditions each one brings forth. The city is typically associated with its 630-foot stainless steel monument, the Gateway Arch, which stands on the banks of the Mississippi River to symbolize the westward expansion of the United States. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 10 - Tuesday, 9/20/2022 - Leisurely River Cruising
Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 11 - Wednesday, 9/21/2022 - Memphis, TN
Memphis has a plethora of places to visit and things to do for all guests. Embrace the city that has been coined not only the home of the blues but also the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Boogie on down to Beale Street – alive with quirky places to indulge in some Southern barbeque, purchase souvenirs for friends and family (or a little something for yourself) and sip on a Blue Suede Tini. As one of the most famous music destinations in the world, Memphis is a melodious port for our guests to experience. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 12 - Thursday, 9/22/2022 - Port of the Mississippi Delta
The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life – a true cultural experience based on agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration of authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Catch a unique glimpse into the Port of the Mississippi Delta, and discover a muse of many. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 13 - Friday, 9/23/2022 - Vicksburg, MS
Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. As a major battle site during the Civil War, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other. Learn about the historic conflicts of the city, taste its cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 14 - Saturday, 9/24/2022 - Natchez, MS
It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It’s known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which inspired Hugh Bayless to include Natchez in his book “The 100 Best Towns in America.” - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 15 - Sunday, 9/25/2022 - Nottoway Plantation, LA
American Queen Steamboat Company features an exclusive port at Nottoway. While the boat is docked, visit the sugarcane estate – the largest standing antebellum mansion in the South. Nottoway is an intricate building with impressive detail. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create an atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance. It is fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in Southern hospitality – an experience that you will not want to pass up.

Enjoy an included tour of Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest remaining antebellum mansion. This stunning historical plantation lies between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and offers a view of a truly grand plantation. The mansion flaunts three-floors, 64-bedrooms, and displays an incredible 22 white square columns which contribute to its’ nickname—“The White Castle of Louisiana.” The most popular room among guests is the White Ballroom, which is painted entirely in white and displays elaborate gold décor throughout. Rooms are trimmed in custom plaster frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster, and mud and are all original to the house. And as if that weren’t enough, this immaculate mansion was constructed with 365 openings—one for each day of the year. Enjoy a guided walking tour of an American Castle as we explore within the pristine walls of Nottoway followed by a stroll through the lush grounds and gardens. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 16 - Monday, 9/26/2022 - New Orleans, LA
As the journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town. Enjoy the city at your leisure, or consider an airport transfer. - Breakfast

Additional Tour Information:

AUTHENTIC AMERICA ON THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI - Watch landscapes, cultures and even language transform as we cruise along the Mississippi river from Minneapolis to New Orleans abroad our fleet of luxury vessels – each new experience is as rare and beautiful as the last. Traversing the entire Mississippi River is a venture, a true bucket-list experience. On a Mighty Mississippi journey, travelers find adventure, an escape from the ordinary and the romance of the steamboat era.