Experience the picturesque waterways of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers on this 11-day adventure. Your journey begins at the Gateway Arch Riverfront in St. Louis and continues to the historic river port town of Cape Girardeau. In Paducah, view the more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals that decorate the shoreline and paint a vivid picture of the city’s past. Visit the John James Audubon Museum in Henderson, featuring many original oil and watercolor paintings created by this famous artist. While in Louisville, get a behind the scenes tour of the Churchill Downs, the site of the famed Kentucky Derby, and sample the finest bourbon at the famous Jim Beam Distillery. At the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, learn about the sacrifices made so that the enslaved could escape to freedom. In Maysville, enjoy the idyllic countryside and native sounds of original bluegrass music.
Step back in time to the grand era of paddlewheels as we explore the heartland of America. While the churn of the paddlewheel blends with the sounds of the river, rediscover the America of the pioneers, boundless optimism, and unlimited possibilities.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis is sure to win you over. Take in the Gateway Arch Riverfront, highlighted by the majestic Gateway Arch, the largest man-made monument in the U.S. Enjoy St. Louis’ many world-class attractions, including the Art Museum, Science Center, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and the Missouri History Museum. End your day by relaxing at the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the world’s most popular public gardens.
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.
Residing at the confluence of the Tennessee River and the Ohio River, Paducah will have you feeling as if you stepped back in time as you walk the streets of this Chicasaw village site. Discover Paducah’s rich history by exploring the Wall to Wall Mural Program, a collection of over 50 murals that covers a number of subjects including Native American history, the Civil War and area landmarks such as the Old Carnegie Library.
You won’t miss the presence of notable resident, John James Audubon, who’s “Birds of America” paintings are recreated in bronze statues throughout Henderson. Named after President Washington’s home on the Potomac, this bucolic river town is steeped in fascinating lore. Let our expert guide lead you on a tour of our famous first President’s historic home and grounds.
Day of River Cruising
Sit back and enjoy the gentle sounds of the paddlewheel as it churns through the placid waters of the Ohio River. Delight in the picturesque, and ever-changing scenery as it passes by and experience the river as early explorers did centuries ago.
Named after King Louis XVI of France, Louisville is best known for the famed Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. When you visit, you’ll also discover why Louisville is often referred to as either the northernmost southern city or the southernmost Northern city in the United States.
As you disembark in Cincinnati, take some time to visit the numerous National Historic Sites via walking tours through Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhoods abounding in eclectic architecture. Visit the William Howard Taft National Historic Museum, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Betts House.
Maysville, KY is a quaint town on the Ohio River with a rich history. An important stop on the Underground Railroad, Maysville was host to Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1883. Your stop will include idyllic country scenery and the native sounds of original bluegrass country music.
Day of River Cruising
Grab a good book and curl up in one of our spacious lounges as the Queen of the Mississippi makes its way down the Ohio River. Bird watchers and nature enthusiasts will find the Queen of the Mississippi’s top deck to be the ideal location to identify different species of birds and other wildlife that call the Ohio River home.
The second-largest city in the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna West Virginia-Ohio metropolitan area, Marietta was named in honor of Marie Antoinette. The town saw booming times during the 18th and 19th centuries, the city’s economy was booming as its location on the Ohio River made it an attractive stop for commercial steamboats and travelers.
End your journey in the “steel city,” Pittsburgh, PA. Long known for steel manufacturing, Pittsburgh was an essential stop along the Ohio River for national and international commerce making it a wealthy town in the 18th and 19th centuries.