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9 Days | Cincinnati to Louisville


Day 1 | Cincinnati, Ohio. Hotel stay. Included in your voyage is a one-night luxury hotel stay. We will reserve a room for you at one of these properties: Cincinnati – Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza or Millennium Hotel Cincinnati. The following day, you will board the American Queen.

Day 2 | Cincinnati. Embark. Embark the American Queen today. Kick off the festivities with a Welcome Aboard Dinner.

Day 3 | Louisville, Kentucky. From its frontier founding at the time of the American Revolution, to the heyday of Steamboat transport in the early 19th century, through the city’s importance as a Union base during the Civil War, Louisville has always balanced a sense of history with an ability to re-invent itself as the city of originals.

Included Tour. Board our Hop On-Hop Off Steamcoach for a narrated tour of attractions throughout the journey. Places for you to sightsee include Louisville’s Visitor Center; boxing cultural attraction Muhammad Ali Center; Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, which promotes the area’s rich crafts heritage; and the Louisville Slugger Bat Factory. For those with a taste for glass artwork or handmade candy, The Glass Work and Muth’s Candy Store are sensory delights. Your tour also includes the Frazier International Military Museum, home of the Royal Armouries USA.

Head down to Fourth Street Live for premier dining, entertainment and retail all in one place.

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Tour 1 — Louisville Fast Horses, Food, and Fun

Day 4 | Steamboating. Settle into a rocking chair and just let the scenery glide by. Or join in the fun of our numerous onboard activities. Your full day of leisurely steamboating on the river sets the tone for an unforgettable vacation.

Day 5 | Henderson, Kentucky. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Henderson, the hometown of famed naturalist John James Audubon. Reminders of his famous bird paintings are around every corner. See if you can find all eight of the town’s bronze bird statues. With a growing population, thriving downtown, historic turn-of-the-century mansions overlooking the river, and a recently renovated riverfront, Henderson exhibits the best qualities of an historic southern river town.

Day 6 | Paducah, Kentucky. Known as the city of art, rhythm and rivers, Paducah boasts a lively Lowertown Arts District, the renowned River Heritage Museum, a Save America’s Treasures project, and tours via foot, trolley or horse-drawn carriage reveal its charm. OR Elegant displays at the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society highlight the vigorous rebirth of quiltmaking. It’s just one of the colorful attractions in a lovely city of 19th century architecture, specialty shops and one-of-a-kind eateries.

Included Tour. Once you board your Hop On-Hop Off deluxe Steamcoach, a few stops may capture your attention. You’ll find the finest quilts made by today’s quilt artists at the National Quilt Museum. Then, visit some museums dedicated to preserving the heritage of the river, railroad and highlights of western Kentucky role in the War Between the States: the River Discovery Center, Paducah Railroad Museum and Paducah Civil War. Or visit the William Clark Market House Museum, which narrates the history of Paducah’s growth.

Premium Tour Option
Tour 1 — Art a la Carte & Stitch-in-the-Ditch

Day 7 | Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Included Tour: Start the tour with visits to several different houses and museums that cover much of Cape Girardeau’s history. Riverfront Murals is a concrete and granite cobblestone amphitheater that provides seating for a scenic look of the Mississippi River.

Red House Interpretive Center shows an exhibit reflecting the lives of those who called the Old Cape Girardeau District home. The Old St. Vincent's Church displays Renaissance architecture in English Gothic Revival style. Next is the Glenn House, a museum that features architecture, furnishings, clothing and more from the Victorian era.

Check out spectacular vistas of historic landmark houses and views from the Mississippi River at the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University, Old Bridge Overlook and Park, and the Crisp Museum. Then, you’ll make one last stop at the Cape River Heritage Museum, located inside an old fire station built in 1908, which houses river-related artifacts and historical items.

If you want to pick up any brochures for information or as souvenirs, Cape Girardeau Visitor's Center will help make your "Escape to Cape" a memorable experience.

Day 8 | Chester, Illinois. Samuel Smith built the first home in Chester, established a ferry system, and began the construction of a mill in 1829. He is said to be the town's founder. It was his wife Jane Thomas, a native of Chester, England, who gave Chester its name as a tribute to her home town. The Chester area includes a number of state parks and historic sites. The Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site has a beautiful overlook of the Mississippi River. Down the hill from the park is the Pierre Menard Home, an unusually fine example of French Creole-style architecture, which was built around 1815 and was the home of the first lieutenant governor of Illinois.

Across the river from the fort is Kaskaskia Island, the only part of Illinois west of the current channel of the Mississippi River. The island was the site of the first state capital of Illinois. A historic church founded by French explorer Pere Jacques Marquette still holds weekly mass on the island. The Liberty Bell of the West, older than the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, is located near the church on the island and was a gift from King Louis XV of France.

Day 9 | St. Louis, Missouri. Disembark. After breakfast, keep an eye out for St. Louis’ Gateway Arch. This iconic landmark is a symbol of America’s frontier journey. Bid your fellow travelers adieu as you make your way homeward.

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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