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St. Louis to Minneapolis | 9-Day Voyages

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Trip Length: 9 Days/ 8 Nights

Prices from: $1,799 pp/do*

Single Price: $2,499 pp

2017 Dates: Sept 3.

2018 Dates: July 29; Aug 5, 26; Sept 16.

Ships: American Duchess
American Queen

Notes: Fares do not include port charges.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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The paddlewheels on the Mississippi only head North at the end of Summer, as the region warms up and becomes a more comfortable temperature for cruisers. But once the waters are ready, the ships have a great time cruising from St. Louis to Minneapolis and back! The river towns of Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota are very welcoming, full of the Midwest charm and hospitality. Take advantage of these limited itineraries.

2017 Departures

American Duchess: September 3.

American Queen: July 23.

2018 Departures

American Duchess: August 5, 26.

American Queen: July 29; September 16.

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Theme Cruises

Mark Twain: There is nothing more synonymous with the Mississippi River than Mark Twain. Originally born Samuel Longhorne Clemens in Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain’s writings will forever influence Americana. Daily presentations from guest speakers will bring the life and works of Mark Twain to life onboard the American Queen. Perhaps you’ll even get to take a picture with the man (or at least someone who looks very similar). The trip highlight will be a visit to Twain’s hometown of Hannibal. You’ll find the stories of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn all around you in this small rivertown.

 

The Art of the Mississippi: Small towns often attract artistic people, especially when there is the beautiful Mississippi River to act as inspiration and muse! From the pottery in Red Wing to the literature of Mark Twain in Hannibal, you’ll be inspired by the art of the people on the river.

 

America’s Heartland: The Upper Midwest is very much the heart of America. From Gateway City to the City of Lakes, explore the charm and hospitality of the heartland. As you travel through the river towns, it’ll seem as though history is just an arm’s length away.

2018 Minneapolis to St. Louis Departures:

Mark Twain

Ship: American Queen

September 16 | Fares from $1999 pp/do ($2799 single)

 

2018 DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Overnight Deluxe Hotel Stay in Minneapolis, MN

Day 2: Embark in Red Wing, MN

Enjoy exploring Minneapolis for heading to the American Queen, docked in Red Wing.

Day 3: Red Wing, MN

Listed as a National Geographic Traveler’s Most Historic Places in the World, Red Wing was built on a thriving pottery industry. You can still admire the craftsmanship at the Red Wing Pottery Showroom and the Pottery Museum of Red Wing.

Day 4: La Crosse, WI

This city on the river was originally built for the lumber industry, but found new life in beer. Today, the architecture, statues and views of the river make it an artist’s dream.

Day 5: Dubuque, IA

Dubuque is the oldest city in Iowa, named for the first permanent settler, a fur trader named Julien Dubuque. River towns have a tendency to attract whoever and whatever is floating on the river, so Dubuque has a long history of immigrant groups settling here, including Irish and German immigrants moving away from the overcrowded cities of the east coast. Included shore excursions will visit the Dubuque Museum of Art, the Fenelon Place Elevator, Grand Opera House, and more. The optional premium shore excursion will visit Galena IL, including the home of Ulysses S. Grant.

Day 6: Quad Cities, IA

The American Duchess will dock in Bettendorf, but it’s part of a much larger grouping of cities, including East Moline, IL, Moline, IL, Rock Island, IL, Davenport, IA. (Yes, that’s five, but it’s still called ‘Quad’.) East Davenport Village is great for those who want to walk around and find a little bit of everything. If you’re looking for art, visit the Isabel Bloom Studio or the Figge Art Museum. Or enjoy a fantastic show at the River Music Experience!

Day 7: Burlington, IA

This river town has a rich history, from the Saux Indians who claimed it as neutral territory, to Lt. Zebulon Pike who first raised a US flag on future Iowa soil in 1805. Publisher James G Edwards named the newspaper the Hawk-Eye and Iowa Patriot, after Chief Black Hawk – this would later contribute to Iowa’s nickname as the ‘Hawkeye State’! Burlington is home to Snake Alley – once recognized as the world’s most crooked street.

Day 8: Hannibal, MO

The hometown of Samuel Clemens, Hannibal has brought the stories of Mark Twain to life for you to explore around town. Visit his boyhood home, now a museum, as well as the caves explored by Tom and Huck and the homes of Becky Thatcher and Huckleberry Finn. Hannibal is also home to the Big River Train Town Model Train Museum and Ayers Pottery.

Day 9: Disembark in St. Louis, MO

 

2018 St. Louis to Minneapolis Departures:

America’s Heartland

Ship: American Duchess

August 26 | Fares from $2799 pp/do

 

DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Overnight Boutique Hotel Stay in St. Louis, MO

Day 2: Embark in St. Louis, MO

Day 3: Hannibal, MO

The hometown of Samuel Clemens, Hannibal has brought the stories of Mark Twain to life for you to explore around town. Visit his boyhood home, now a museum, as well as the caves explored by Tom and Huck and the homes of Becky Thatcher and Huckleberry Finn. Hannibal is also home to the Big River Train Town Model Train Museum and Ayers Pottery.

Day 4: Leisurely River Cruising

Enjoy the onboard amenities of the American Duchess, or gather with friends for a drink and share ghost stories from your explorations yesterday in Mark Twain’s caves!

Day 5: Clinton, IA

This picturesque river town will have you reaching for your camera. Plus Clinton is home to one of the only two working Dutch windmills in the US!

Day 6: Prairie du Chien, WI

After you learn how to properly pronounce Prairie du Chien, spend time exploring the local history, including a visit to Villa Louis Residence and Grounds, a Victorian estate originally built in the 1840’s.

Day 7: Winona, MN

‘Island City’ was built on a large sand bar. There’s evidence of people living in the region as far back as 9500 BC, but the present town began as the village of Keoxa in 1851. The limestone river bluffs are stunning as they plunge into the Mississippi River below.

Day 8: Red Wing, MN

Listed as a National Geographic Traveler’s Most Historic Places in the World, Red Wing was built on a thriving pottery industry. You can still admire the craftsmanship at the Red Wing Pottery Showroom and the Pottery Museum of Red Wing.

Day 9: Disembark in Red Wing, MN (Minneapolis)

2017 Minneapolis to St. Louis Departures:

Mark Twain

Ship: American Duchess

September 3 | Fares from $2699 pp/do

 

2017 DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Overnight Deluxe Hotel Stay in Minneapolis, MN

Day 2: Embark in Red Wing, MN

Listed as a National Geographic Traveler’s Most Historic Places in the World, Red Wing was built on a thriving pottery industry. You can still admire the craftsmanship at the Red Wing Pottery Showroom and the Pottery Museum of Red Wing.

Day 3: Winona, MN

‘Island City’ was built on a large sand bar. There’s evidence of people living in the region as far back as 9500 BC, but the present town began as the village of Keoxa in 1851. The limestone river bluffs are stunning as they plunge into the Mississippi River below.

Day 4: Prairie du Chien, WI

After you learn how to properly pronounce Prairie du Chien, spend time exploring the local history, including a visit to Villa Louis Residence and Grounds, a Victorian estate originally built in the 1840’s.

Day 5: Dubuque, IA

Dubuque is the oldest city in Iowa, named for the first permanent settler, a fur trader named Julien Dubuque. River towns have a tendency to attract whoever and whatever is floating on the river, so Dubuque has a long history of immigrant groups settling here, including Irish and German immigrants moving away from the overcrowded cities of the east coast. Included shore excursions will visit the Dubuque Museum of Art, the Fenelon Place Elevator, Grand Opera House, and more. The optional premium shore excursion will visit Galena IL, including the home of Ulysses S. Grant.

Day 6: Quad Cities, IA

The American Duchess will dock in Bettendorf, but it’s part of a much larger grouping of cities, including East Moline, IL, Moline, IL, Rock Island, IL, Davenport, IA. (Yes, that’s five, but it’s still called ‘Quad’.) East Davenport Village is great for those who want to walk around and find a little bit of everything. If you’re looking for art, visit the Isabel Bloom Studio or the Figge Art Museum. Or enjoy a fantastic show at the River Music Experience!

Day 7: Scenic River Cruising

Day 8: Hannibal, MO

The hometown of Samuel Clemens, Hannibal has brought the stories of Mark Twain to life for you to explore around town. Visit his boyhood home, now a museum, as well as the caves explored by Tom and Huck and the homes of Becky Thatcher and Huckleberry Finn. Hannibal is also home to the Big River Train Town Model Train Museum and Ayers Pottery.

Day 9: Disembark in St. Louis, MO


2018 Minneapolis to St. Louis Departures:

The Art of the Mississippi

Ship: American Duchess

August 5 | Fares from $2799 pp/do

 

2018 DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Overnight Deluxe Hotel Stay in Minneapolis, MN

Day 2: Board the American Duchess in Red Wing, MN

Day 3: Embark in Red Wing, MN

Listed as a National Geographic Traveler’s Most Historic Places in the World, Red Wing was built on a thriving pottery industry. You can still admire the craftsmanship at the Red Wing Pottery Showroom and the Pottery Museum of Red Wing.

Day 4: Winona, MN

‘Island City’ was built on a large sand bar. There’s evidence of people living in the region as far back as 9500 BC, but the present town began as the village of Keoxa in 1851. The limestone river bluffs are stunning as they plunge into the Mississippi River below.

Day 5: River Cruising

Day 6: Quad Cities, IA

The American Duchess will dock in Bettendorf, but it’s part of a much larger grouping of cities, including East Moline, IL, Moline, IL, Rock Island, IL, Davenport, IA. (Yes, that’s five, but it’s still called ‘Quad’.) East Davenport Village is great for those who want to walk around and find a little bit of everything. If you’re looking for art, visit the Isabel Bloom Studio or the Figge Art Museum. Or enjoy a fantastic show at the River Music Experience!

Day 7: Nauvoo, IL

This little river town has an enormous and unique history that few know about. Local restoration projects have preserved the historic feel of Nauvoo, including homes and businesses of early town settlers. The historic district has great shopping, or you can tour the Browning Gunsmith shop with musket and rifle making demonstrations.

Day 8: Hannibal, MO

The hometown of Samuel Clemens, Hannibal has brought the stories of Mark Twain to life for you to explore around town. Visit his boyhood home, now a museum, as well as the caves explored by Tom and Huck and the homes of Becky Thatcher and Huckleberry Finn. Hannibal is also home to the Big River Train Town Model Train Museum and Ayers Pottery.

Day 9: Disembark in St. Louis, MO

2017 St. Louis to Minneapolis Departures:

Mark Twain

July 23 | Fares from $1799 pp/do ($2699 single)

 

2018 St. Louis to Minneapolis Departures:

Mark Twain

July 29 | Fares from $1999 pp/do ($2499 single)

 

DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Deluxe Hotel Stay in St. Louis, MO

Day 2: Embark in Alton, IL

We’ll transfer to the American Queen this afternoon.

Day 3: Hannibal, MO

Hometown of Samual Langhorne Clemens (‘Mark Twain’), this quirky river town has been a popular riverboat port for many years. Visit Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home and Museum, or the Big River Train Town Model Train Museum. If art is more your style, visit Ayers Pottery.

Day 4: Scenic River Cruising

Day 5: Clinton, IA

This picturesque river town will have you reaching for your camera. Plus Clinton is home to one of the only two working Dutch windmills in the US!

Day 6: Dubuque, IA

Iowa’s oldest city, and one of the oldest settlements on the west side of the Mississippi River, French-Canadian fur trader Julien Dubuque arrived in the area in 1785. This ‘All-American City’ has been home to many waves of immigrants, especially Irish and German, creating a thriving downtown and unique Historic Districts.

Day 7: La Crosse, WI

This city on the river was originally built for the lumber industry, but found new life in beer. Today, the architecture, statues and views of the river make it an artist’s dream.

Day 8: Red Wing, MN

Listed as a National Geographic Traveler’s Most Historic Places in the World, Red Wing was built on a thriving pottery industry. You can still admire the craftsmanship at the Red Wing Pottery Showroom and the Pottery Museum of Red Wing.

Day 9: Disembark in Red Wing, MN

Photo Credit: American Queen Steamboat Company