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Trip Type : River Cruise
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Ohio River Cruise

American Cruiselines
4.2 . Great
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
11 days
From: $ 5,560 $ 505 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy the Art Museum, Science Center, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and the Missouri History Museum.
  • Enjoy shore excursions to Cape River Heritage Museum and the Red House Interpretive Center.
  • Visit the studios and galleries of Paducah’s resident artists.
  • Enjoy the gentle sounds of the paddlewheel as it churns through the placid waters of the Ohio River. 
  • Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum to see actual Derby footage dating as far back as 1918.
  • Visit the William Howard Taft National Historic Museum, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Betts House.

Short Description

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 Maryville, enjoy the idyllic countryside and native sounds of original bluegrass music.  

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City St. Louis
End City Pittsburgh

Destinations

United States

Cities & Attractions

St. Louis

Activities

River cruise

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Itinerary

Day 1 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.

Day 2 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.

Day 3 Paducah, KY
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.

Paducah City Tour - Complimentary Excursion
Let our local guide take you through the quaint city of Paducah. This tour has been carefully divided into three distinct sections to make sure you experience all that Paducah has to offer. First, tour the downtown as our local expert guide points out the areas’ many historical sites. Then, take a leisurely stroll along the riverfront where you will witness more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals depicting elements of Paducah’s past. End the tour at the National Quilt Museum, the world's largest museum devoted to quilt and fiber art.

 

Art Demonstration Tour
Home to the nationally recognized Artist Relocation Program, Lowertown is situated just four blocks from the Ohio River and historic downtown Paducah. During this tour, you will visit the studios and galleries of Paducah’s resident artists. Here you will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on creative workshops, hear the artists’ personal stories and enjoy their works of art.

River Heritage Museum
Just a short distance from the ship’s docking location is the River Heritage Museum, where guests will learn all about the Four Rivers region. Explore state-of-the-art interactive exhibits such as the working lock and dam model and the pilothouse simulator which allows you test your skills and captain your own riverboat!

Day 4 Henderson, KY
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.

Audubon Museum Tour - Complimentary Excursion
After docking in the tranquil port of Henderson, our morning will begin with a short narrated walk to the famous John James Audubon Museum. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the museum features many original oil and watercolor paintings created by Audubon as well as many of his personal possessions. Your day will continue with the resident naturalist who will provide a narrated tour of the popular Nature Center, which was recently named one of the Top 25 Birdwatching Spots. At the conclusion of the tour, you’ll have free time for independent exploration.

 

Henderson Historic Walking Tour
At the end of the 19th century, Henderson was considered a major trading port due to its thriving dark tobacco export industry. The town’s prominence in the world market led to the construction of an increased number of extravagant homes. Discover the architectural ingenuity of these homes during a self-guided tour.

 

Day 5 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.

Day 6 Louisville, KY
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.

Kentucky Derby Museum & Horse Park - Complimentary Excursion
Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Churchill Downs, the site of the famed Kentucky Derby. Here, you’ll have exclusive access to every facet of the race, from the Press Box and Jockey’s Quarters, to Millionaire’s Row, the most coveted seats on race day. Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum to see actual Derby footage dating as far back as 1918.

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
Louisville Slugger is the maker of the world’s most popular bat. The company’s storied traditions and high standards for quality have produced some of the finest bats for amateurs and professionals alike. Enjoy a guided tour of the facility and museum, learning first-hand their processes from forest-to-factory and the scientific principles used to fabricate the most important tool in “America’s Game.” You’ll enjoy special seasonal exhibits, and even receive a free souvenir bat to commemorate your visit.

Jim Beam American Outpost
Bourbon enthusiasts will revel in a visit to the famous Jim Beam distillery. Celebrate “America’s First Family of Bourbon,” as you learn about their over 200 years of bourbon-making and view historic artifacts. Your private tour will include a visit to the home where three generations of Beam distillers lived. Step inside the Stillhouse Exhibit, which features an authentic 1800s copper still believed to be one of the oldest in America. Your tour will conclude in the rack house, where the bourbon is aged and the sampling begins. Visit the popular gift shop to purchase a variety of bourbons, bar ware, and other Jim Beam merchandise.

Day 7 Cincinnati, OH
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.

Narrated City Tour - Complimentary Excursion
Explore both sides of the river on this fantastic, all-encompassing tour. Highlights include the floodwall murals, Eden Park, Downtown River District, Fountain Square and St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, where you can admire the ornate stained-glass windows throughout.

 

Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center celebrates the brave men and women who came together to create a secret network through which the enslaved could escape to freedom. From their example of courage, cooperation and perseverance, this center relates this uniquely American story to contemporary issues, inspiring everyone to take steps towards equality today. Discover a museum of American and African American history during a docent-led tour.

*Note: This tour is not offered by American Cruise Lines, but is recommended on cruises ending in Cincinnati, OH

Krohn Conservatory
Krohn Conservatory was built in 1933 in the heart of Eden Park. This art deco building is architecturally significant, but it’s the contents inside the aluminum and glass walls that make it truly special as it is home to more than 5,000 varieties of exotic, tropical, desert and orchid plants from around the world.

*Note: This tour is not offered by American Cruise Lines, but is recommended on cruises ending in Cincinnati, OH

Day 8 Maysville, KY
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 9 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.

Day 10 Marietta, OH
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.

Day 11 Pittsburgh, PA
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.

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Ohio River Cruise

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Staterooms are comfortable, dining is excellent without exception. The tours are well planned and off-ship experiences are very well organized and of high historical importance. Best of all, these are small, intimate and friendly touring experiences.
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We have cruised with American Cruise Lines 3 times now -- to Alaska, the Upper Mississippi River and the New England Islands - soon to take our fourth cruise to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. Each cruise has been a delightful experience; comfortable cabins and lounges, good food and good programs. All personnel have been friendly and accommodating, whatever the needs were.
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We had a great time. The staff was superb, the food excellent and we really enjoyed the speakers each day. We have told numerous couples of our experience and several have either looked into or actually booked a trip. We really like the all inclusive cost as opposed to a base cost and numerous extras.
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wonderful time!

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We took our first American Cruise Lines cruise and tour to New England on the inaugural voyage (American Constellation) and had a wonderful time! We’ve been in the group tour business for 26 years and sailed on more cruises than we can count. Now we are retired and took this cruise (minus the 50 people who usually travel with us!). This cruise was incredibly well organized and the staff was above and beyond well trained in hospitality and customer care. The staterooms were very comfortable with every detail well considered. Being on the inaugural trip, we were bestowed with numerous high end gifts almost daily! I Facebooked photos of our daily itinerary and friends coaxed us into taking another cruise on the Queen of the West (Snake and Columbia River) departing next week (July 2018)! I can’t say enough good things about American Cruise Lines and we are looking forward to more journeys in the future!
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This was my first cruise with ACL and I enjoyed it so much I booked a second. Fewer people on board which means you get a lot of personal attention from the crew. Food was excellent. There were a variety of excursions to choose from. I would have liked to have more information about them before the cruise. Very positive experience.
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For someone who is in a wheelchair, this cruise line is not accessible, even though when you book a trip with them, they tell you they are to get your money. Very dissatisfied and would never recommend this to anyone I know.
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Ship Name

Queen of the Mississippi

Ship Description

Queen of the Mississippi delivers an experience unlike any other riverboat. Queen of the Mississippi offers passengers modern amenities and comforts including large staterooms with private balconies, hotel-style bathrooms, complimentary room service, WiFi, and more. Built in 2015, the Queen of the Mississippi offers an authentic paddlewheeler experience with all the comforts of home.

Deck & Cabin Plans

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Trip ID#:

OhiRivAmeCru

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