1Embark in St. Paul, MN
Take some time to explore the Twin Cities before boarding your boat. Perhaps a walking tour of Summit Avenue to enjoy the late 1800 historic mansions, or a visit to local art galleries and museums.
2Red Wing, MN
Red Wing is a fantastic river town with much to explore. Take a bald eagle viewing cruise with Captain Rusty. Or tour the town on the Red Wing Trolley to visit local shops, art galleries, and antique stores. Or tour the Red Wing Pottery workshop, where they’ve been producing stoneware for three generations.
3La Crosse, WI
Enjoy the day at Riverside Park, where the Black River and La Crosse River join the Mississippi waters. Surrounding the town are the 500 ft bluffs including the Grandad Bluff mentioned by Mark Twain in his ‘Life on the Mississippi’.
One of the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi, Dubuque is a fascinating town full of just about everything. The complimentary shore excursion includes a historic city tour. Dubuque has Victorian era attractions, and you’ll learn about the history of this beautiful town with stops at Mathias Ham House and the Old Jail Museum.
The complimentary shore excursion in Davenport visits the John Deere Pavilion and store. Learn the story of the company, and how John Deere continues to contribute to agricultural development. Another option in town is to visit the John Hauberg Indian Museum in the Black Hawk State Historic Site.
Learn all about the beginnings of the great Mark Twain in his boyhood hometown of Hannibal. Be sure to also visit the Interpretive Center, which houses 15 original Normal Rockwell paintings!
8St. Louis, MO
Explore the city, from the Gateway Arch on the riverfront to the Anheuser Busch Brewery stables to Forest Park.
Visit historic Beale Street to hear the beat of ‘Blues City’ or head over to Graceland to pay tribute to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley!
You cannot visit Vicksburg without touring the Battle of Vicksburg location, now a National Military Park. You’ll see the restored gunboat, the USS Cairo, as well as walk the battlefield of the Siege of Vicksburg.
Enjoy a private city tour with a local expert guide who can point out the influences of different people, from the indigenous Native American to the European and African cultures. Other optional activities for today include an exclusive piano concert in the JN Stonehouse, or a tour of the Frogmore Plantation where you’ll be able to pick cotton from the fields and witness the technology that creates 900 bales-per-day.
14Baton Rouge, LA
Beginning at the Louisiana Old State Capitol, you’ll enjoy the exclusive tour of the Old and New State Capitols, with expansive views of the Mississippi River you’ve been cruising these last two weeks. You can choose to continue your day touring the Rosedown Plantation or the Cajun Heritage & Rural Life Museum – both offering views of antebellum life in the South.
15Disembark in New Orleans, LA
Disembark after breakfast.