Relax and enjoy the passing landscapes as we make our way along the Mississippi River from New Orleans, LA to St. Paul, MN. As you visit 10 states in 22 days, experience life as it once was on the western frontier. Starting in Lower Mississippi, explore southern plantations, stately antebellum houses, and Civil War battlefields. In Memphis, known for Blues and barbeque, immerse yourself in the rich culture of one of the mid-South’s most vibrant cities. After cruising past the Gateway Arch Riverfront in St. Louis, journey to Hannibal, the hometown of the famous author Mark Twain, where the characters of Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and Becky Thatcher come to life. Traveling up the river, learn about the indigenous people of Davenport and get close up views of bald eagle nests, beaver lodges, and great blue herons on an eco-tour in La Crosse.
While cruising Lower Mississippi, explore fascinating ports, antebellum plantations, and Civil War battlefields. As you journey up the river, discover a land of sprawling nature preserves, unique wildlife and vivid American towns that bring you back to an earlier time.
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans is commonly referred to as the birthplace of Jazz. There is something for everyone in this historic city where art and culture prevail. The open-air artist colony proudly displays local works on the iron fence in Jackson Square, while the city’s 45 museums carefully preserve its past. Consider staying an extra day or night to enjoy this lively city.
Oak Alley, LA
Once serving as an antebellum sugar cane plantation, Oak Alley Plantation is rightfully named after its most distinguishing feature, a canopy of 300 year old oak trees that form a quarter-mile path leading to the Mississippi River. Restored to its 19th century grandeur, this classic Greek Revival-style antebellum mansion is purely breathtaking.
Houmas House, LA
The historic Houmas House takes you back to the pre-Civil War era of stately mansions and expansive plantations. Featuring over 38 acres of lush gardens, ponds and ancient oak trees, this shore excursion is full of beauty and history. Enduring floods, war and the Great Depression, Houmas House underwent a renovation in 1940 and today offers a detailed look into the South’s legacy.
Baton Rouge, LA
Known as the Red Stick, Baton Rouge is home to legendary Louisiana Cajun cuisine, fascinating plantation tours, and a variety of cultural attractions. Enjoy a grand tour of one of the most historic cities in the South.
St. Francisville, LA
Established in 1809 and overlooking the Mississippi River, St. Francisville is a quaint southern town that offers a glimpse into history. One of the largest shipping ports on the Mississippi River prior to the Civil War, St. Francisville is a small town with grand appeal. Experience this town’s rich history as you tour historic plantations, including the famous Rosedown and The Myrtles, or explore the areas’ captivating gardens.
Overlooking the Mississippi River, Natchez was first established as a French fort site in 1716, later becoming part of the United States as the first capital of Mississippi in 1817. Perched 200 feet above the Mississippi River with 30-mile views, the bluff of Natchez is a place to marvel in the grandeur of the river.
Around every corner, U.S. history is alive in Vicksburg. This “Queen City of the Bluff” offers plenty of opportunities to take a step back in time. Civil War battlefields, century old churches, cotton fields, and restored train depots are just a few of the many intriguing landmarks that await your visit. Marvel in the beautiful antebellum-style homes and learn about Vicksburg’s history as depicted on the riverfront murals.
Known as the Heart & Soul of the Mississippi Delta, the city of Greenville offers visitors unique insight into traditional southern living. Enjoy a relaxing trip through the historic sites of the largest city in Mississippi including Cotton Row, the Mount Holly Plantation, and the Weatherbee House.
Excitement resonates as you reach America’s third-largest inland port, famous for Blues, barbeque, and Elvis Presley’s Graceland. The Memphis-Arkansas Memorial Bridge creates a dramatic backdrop for it all. As you disembark, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of one of the mid-South’s most remarkable cities.
New Madrid, MO
Originally founded in 1776 by Spanish Governor Esteban Rodriguez, early settlers of New Madrid were required to become citizens of Spain in order to reside here. Today, New Madrid is a living monument to early American history with sites including the Kochtitsky Home, the Trail of Tears, and Veterans Park.
Cape Girardeau, MO
Enjoy the charming features of this historic town that was once a French trading post and lively river port in the late 1800s. Today it boasts Civil War sites and a tranquil setting commemorating the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Marvel at the outdoor murals reflecting the area’s rich heritage and enjoy shore excursions to Cape River Heritage Museum and the Red House Interpretive Center.
Chester is a beautiful region of Illinois located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. This city has a diverse and storied history, beginning with the establishment of a ferry system by Jane Thomas in the early 1800s. Chester is home to Popeye’s creator Elzie C. Segar; you may see the sailor man’s likeness in the town’s own six-foot-tall bronze metal statue.
St. Louis, MO
Reflect upon the role St. Louis played in the opening of the American frontier as you cruise past the famed Gateway Arch Riverfront, the tallest man-made monument in the U.S.
Day of River Cruising
Grab a good book and curl up in one of our spacious lounges, or relax and enjoy the passing landscapes as we make our way along the Mississippi River from St. Louis to Hannibal.
Hannibal, “America’s Hometown,” is where you can rediscover adventures from Mark Twain’s era. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn come to life in this charming Missouri town, where you can run your hand along Aunt Polly’s fence, explore Injun Joe’s Cave, and get reacquainted with one of the world’s most beloved authors. The downtown area is a thriving haven for artisans, filled with specialty shops unique to Hannibal.
Day of River Cruising
Enjoy onboard experts sharing their knowledge of the history of the river and our nation as we cruise between the borders of Missouri and Iowa.
Davenport is often described as a lively, active city with a hometown feel. This vibrant city features the Legacy of John Deere, the largest agricultural exhibit in the world. Music enthusiasts will enjoy Davenport’s many music festivals, including the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Fair, and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, which is dedicated to native Jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke.
Dubuque is among the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi River. Take a ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator, the world’s shortest and steepest scenic railway or try your luck in one of Dubuque’s state-of-the-art casinos. View colorful Victorian mansions, stroll through a whimsical downtown area, and visit the national Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.
Day of River Cruising
Reflect on the incredible history you have experienced so far on your cruise and get ready for the final leg of the trip, where we explore the Upper Mississippi River.
La Crosse, WI
Step into 19th century America in La Crosse, located on the banks of three captivating rivers. La Crosse is home to Riverside Park, where you will enjoy beautiful gardens, an outdoor performance center, and inspiring sculptures.
Red Wing, MN
Nestled among the scenic bluffs of the upper Mississippi River, Red Wing’s beauty has inspired artisans, craftspeople, and artists for over 150 years. Red Wing delivers a diverse blend of arts, entertainment, and activities for your pleasure. Enjoy a show at the historic Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre or observe the beauty of nature at one of Red Wing’s 38 parks.
St. Paul, MN
St. Paul is a thrilling place to end your adventure on the Mississippi River. History buffs will enjoy a walking tour of Summit Avenue, which showcases gorgeous historic mansions built in the late 1800’s. St. Paul’s enchanting art galleries, world class museums, and entertaining stage performances will capture your imagination. End the day by visiting Mounds Park, where visitors are treated to a beautiful panoramic view of the city.