Cruise from Nashville to St. Louis, following the Cumberland and Mississippi Rivers on a route of adventure and captivating history. Admire the most picturesque scenery in the American Heartland, including the Kentucky Lakes and rolling landscape of 170,000 acres of protected forest. Enjoy guided excursions such as the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Travel to Dover and receive a private tour of the historic battleground where Ulysses S. Grant won his first major Union victory. Experience a relaxing day cruising Lake Barkley where you can enjoy the panoramic views from the comfort of your private balcony. In the evening, listen to the finest Country, Jazz, and Rock n’ Roll music performed by our acclaimed onboard entertainers.
On your 8-day cruise from Nashville to St. Louis, enjoy the migratory songbirds, woodpeckers and red-tailed hawks that make the Cumberland River cruise come alive. Along your journey, visit historic sites, vibrant artist communities, and beautiful state parks.
From the legendary Grand Ole Opry to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville is the official headquarters of country music. The lively streets are lined with art galleries and unique shops that welcome you at every turn. Consider touring The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson, the gardens of Cheekwood where more than 55,000 tulips bloom in the spring, or Gaylord Opryland’s nine acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls.
Discover Clarksville, named for General George Rogers Clark, a frontier fighter, Revolutionary War hero, and brother of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Learn from our local expert guides and from museum exhibits about how Clarksville rose as a major tobacco port during the 1800s. While visiting, tour the Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum which houses military memorabilia or explore Dunbar Cave, one of the largest caves in the county.
The small town of Dover is an historic treasure as well as a place of scenic beauty. Home to Fort Donelson National Park, the town played a pivot role in the Civil War as the site of a major Union victory. Within Dover is the Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge, an over 8,000 acres habitat of waterfowl and plant life, as well as the Land Between Lakes National Recreation Area.
Cruising Lake Barkley
Located in Western Kentucky, explore Lake Barkley with a relaxing day of cruising. Take in the view of the beautiful shoreline from one of the Queen of the Mississippi’s spacious, comfortable lounges while enjoying the company of other guests.
Found by William Clark (Lewis and Clark), Paducah is known as a National Heritage Destination with many talented culinary artists, painters, potters, and jewelers creating and displaying their works there. Also known as “Quilt City,” there is plenty to do in Paducah from shopping, to visiting one the many fine museums, to participating in a hands-on creative workshop at a local art gallery.
Cape Girardeau, MO
Just thirty miles from the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, this river town became an important trading post in the 1800s. Visited by Lewis and Clark, Cape Girardeau has a storied history that resonates throughout the town, from the Trail of Tears State Park to the many outdoor murals reflecting the area’s rich history.
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
This “Gateway to the West” was the epicenter for exploration following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Now, it is the largest city visited during the cruise and has a distinct metropolitan culture. Take the elevator to the top of the Gateway Arch, which stands 630 feet over the Mississippi River.