Mississippi River Cruise, from St Louis to Minneapolis

Date: Friday, 28 August 2020 - Tuesday, 08 September 2020

Venue: Mississippi River

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Deluxe Outside Staterooms with Private Veranda - Category A:
$5,949 pp/dbl with $466 pp Travel Protection or $699 pp CFAR Travel Protection
Outside Staterooms with Open Veranda - Category B:
$5,749 pp/dbl with $466 pp Travel Protection or $699 pp CFAR Travel Protection
Inside Staterooms - Category E:
$3,679 pp/dbl with $290 pp Travel Protection of $435 pp CFAR Travel Protection
Inclusions on the River Boat: All onboard meals with multiple dining venues; 24 hour room service; coffee, tea, cappuccino, bottled water, and soft drinks; broadway style entertainment each evening; daily lectures by the riverlorian, signature hop-on hop-off shore excursions in each port of call; port charges; and onboard gratituities.
Many would argue that Samuel Clemens, best known by his pen name Mark Twain, is quiet simpley one of America's greatest authors. On this magnificent journey along the Upper Mississippi River, you will delve deep into the life and work of Samuel Clemens as you witness his legendary words and wit brought to life onboard by an expert tribute artist who will leave you with the lasting impression that you just had an in-depth conversation with the legendary author himself. The included Hop-on Hop-off tours allow you to explore Twain's childhood hometown of Hannibal, Missouri; the town from where much of the inspiration for his belvoed classics such as The Adventurse of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is derived. You will not want to miss this opportunity to share the Mississippi River with Mark Twain. The latest addition to our fleet of authentic paddlewheelers, and the newest on the U.S. rivers, the American Countess, offers many of the same exciting heartland and deep South itineraries as her sisters the American Queen and American Duchess. Built from an existing hull, the American Countess underwent significant reconstruction, including lengthening the boat by 60 feet. Guests will enjoy the signature distinctions that have made American Queen Steamboat Company the most award-winning river cruise line in America. 
Friday, August 28: Departure Day
This morning we will depart for an exciting tour, with a full BREAKFAST included en route. Our first stop will be AMISH COUNTRY, before settling into St. Louis to experience the beautiful American Countess.
  • Overnight Lodging: Berlin Encore Hotel & Suites is a brand-new 81-room hotel located in Berlin, Ohio, the heart of Ohio's Amish Country. The new hotel features an inspiring 20-foot-high atrium-style lobby complete with soft seating, rustic decor, exposed beams, fireplaces, and plenty of room to relax and enjoy live music and entertainment in the lobby. The hotel itself stands seven stories high with unmistakable curb appeal, remarkable guest rooms, luxury suites, and a gorgeous countryside view. Luggage handling and breakfast are included. 
Amish Country Theater
  • Dinner & Show Tickets: Enjoy dinner at The Berlin Encore & then proceed to The Amish Country Theater show which present comedic, family-friendly variety shows on a stage built to look like a barn. The Amish Country Theater is attached to the hotel.
Saturday, August 29: St. Louis, MO
  • Breakfast at Hotel: Enjoy breakfast this morning before departing for St. Louis.
  • Pre-Cruise Stay - Drury Inn St. Louis: Today, arrive at the beautiful Drury Inn Union Station St. Louis for a pre-cruise stay. Drury Hotels' historic renovation of the 1907 St. Louis Railroad YMCA building preserved original features like leaded glass windows, oak paneling and marble stairs. In the evening from 5:30-7 pm enjoy free hot food and cold beverages at the KICKBACK RECEPTION. The menu is a selection of fresh, hot food and beer, wine, mixed drinks, and soft drinks. 
Sunday, August 30: Embarkation
  • Breakfast at Hotel: Breakfast will be included before embarking on the American Countess.
  • Alton-Embarkation: Today transfer to Alton (just across the river) for embarkation aboard your River Cruise. The American Countess sets sail at 5:00 pm.
  • American Countess: Aboard the American Countess, you can relax in a comfortable atmosphere with modern amenities. Premium linens and plush bedding will ensure that you are well-rested to fully enjoy all included shore excursions, historical lectures, and nightly entertainment. 


Monday, August 31: Hannibal, MOhannibal

Hannibal, Missouri has a rich history, diverse industrial economy, and truly remarkable arts. The city was founded in1819 by Moses D. Bates and became a popular stop along the river for many steamboats traveling up the Mississippi River.Hannibal offers more parks per ctizens 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, recognizedworld-wide as Mark Twain. Many of the popular characters featured in Twain's novels were based on people Clemens hadknown while growing up in Hannibal. Many of the characters and influences of this American icon are weaved into thestreets, shops, restaurants, and museums of Hannibal waiting to be uncovered. 


Tuesday, September 1: River Cruising

Spend the day sailing the Upper Mississippi. You have the day to watch the world go by with a slow-paced cruise. 


Wednesday, September 2: Clinton, IA

The city of Clinton has much to offer, all with the beautiful backdrop of the Mississippi River. Situated at the crossroads of the Lincoln Highway and the Great River Road, Clinton is the Eastern-most point in the state of iowa. At the height of its local economy during the late 19th Century, Clinton was regarded as the lumber capital of the nation; a history that is reflected as visitors pass many old sawmills. Today, agriculture plays a big part in Clinton's economy, which is visible in the beautiful rolling fieldswith luscious, fresh harvest crops. Explore the history of this fascinating river town and discover a lifestyle that will stand out from today's norm!


Thursday, September 3: Dubuque, IA

One of the few large cities in Iowa with hills, Dubuque is an extremely popular tourist destDubuque Iowaination, featuring unique architecture and desirable river location. From the America's River Project in the Port of Dubuque that transformed the riverfront, to the revitalization of the historic Main Street, the ongoing evolution of the Historic Millwork District downtown,and the impressive and expansive westward growth, Dubuque remains a remarkable city along the Mississippi. Intelligent Community Forum named Dubuque as one of just five U.S. cities as a "Smart21 Community" in 2015 and the National Civic League has named Dubuque as a top All-American City three times in just six years! Guests will surelyenjoy exploring this beautiful and unique city as they uncover the history and advancements held within. 


Friday, September 4: La Crosse, WI

Named by explorer Zebulon Pike, who saw a group of people playing a game with sticks that looked like a cross, La Crosse is now a popular tourist stop. Filled with statues, architecture, and an exquisite view of the river, this river city is an artist's dream. Like much of Wisconsin, La Crosse became heavily involved with the lumber industry in the mid-1800s until the decline of the forests throughout much of Wisconsin renowned for its beer making, with around five breweries operating in la Crosse near the turn of the century. Today, make note of lingering pieces of history along the streets of the city, inside local breweries, and within the floorboards of historic homes and businesses. 


Saturday, September 5: Red Wing, MN - Overnight

Red Wing, Minnesota was included on National Geographic Traveler's list of most historic places in the world. Discovered in the early 1850's, the lands were used mostly for harvesting wheat that would be transported on the river. Later in Red Wing's history the economy began to flourish with the pottery industry, which became a main source of income between 1877 and 1967. Today, the city offers endless opportunities to travel back in time and learn about settlers and travelers that occuppied the land before today, or to admire the craftmanship and creativity of lcal artisans of both the present and the past. 


Sunday, September 6: Red Wing Disembarkation

After a final BREAKFAST onboard the Countess, you will disembark in Red Wing. We will visit the MALL OF AMERICA before departing for Wisconsin. 
  • Free time at the Mall of America: Enjoy free time at the Mall of America. With Mall of Americaover 520 shops full of tax-free shopping and 50 restaurants full of delicious food. It's Nickelodeon Universe, SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, American Girl, LEGO and more - all under one roof. Most of all, it's an unforgettable experience. Chose from serveral restaurants at the mall for lunch on your own. Depart for your overnight accommodations around 2:00 pm. 
  • Overnight Lodging at Hilton Garden Inn: Hilton Garden Inn Wisconsin Dells is within blocks of shopping, entertainment and other famous Wisconsin Dells attractions. Discover the natural beauty of the local area and enjoy a multitude of activities surrounding the picturesque Lake Delton. 
  • Thunder Valley Inn Threshing Dinner Show: An evening of food and entertainment as it once was. Savor slow-cooked beef pot roast with ole's sauteed onions, hand peeled mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh garden vegetables, salad with homemade dressing, Mom's freshly baked wheat/rye bread with strawberry rhubarb jam and a scrumptious homemade dessert!


Monday, September 7: Mansfield, OH

  • Breakfast at Hotel: Breakfast is included this morning at your hotel.Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Today you travel to Canton, OH to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The hall of fame for professional American football. Opened in 1963, the Hall of Fame enshrines exceptional figures in the sport of professional football, including players, coaches, franchise owners, and front-office personnel, almost all of whom made their primary contributions to the game in the National Football League (NFL); the Hall inducts between four and eight new en-shrinees each year. the Hall of Fame's Mission is To "Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE."
  • Depart for Home: Depart for home this afternoon with fond memories of your American Countess tour, with a FAREWELL DINNER included en route.
There's never been a better time to rediscover America. And the American Queen Steamboat Company has the perfect way to explore the heartland of our great nation - aboard the grand American Queen, the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America.



All Dates

  • From Friday, 28 August 2020 to Tuesday, 08 September 2020