Trip Type : River Cruise
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Memphis to St. Louis

American Queen Steamboat Company
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
8 days
From: $ 2,299 $ 287 / day
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  • The family recipes of acclaimed Southern chef Regina Charboneau
  • The only steamboat with multiple specialty dining options, all at no additional charge
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard historian
  • Professional showboat-style entertainment and dancing nightly
  • Our own dedicated fleet of Steamcoaches
  • The most all-inclusive American river voyage
  • The only authentic steam-powered overnight paddlewheel riverboat in America
  • The greatest vacation value in America

Short Description

Every American Queen Steamboat Company river cruise is a celebration of America, but the chance to spend Independence Day onboard is a rare treat. Experience plenty of fan fare and a spectacular fireworks display from the spacious decks of the American Queen.

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 Memphis
End City St. Louis

Travel Theme

50 plus Small Ship Cruise


United States

Cities & Attractions

Memphis St. Louis


River cruise Sailing

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Trip Includes

  • Complimentary shore excursions in every port
  • Complimentary overnight stay in a select luxury hotel before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Queen
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • Gracious service from a friendly all-American staff

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Day 1: Hotel Stay - Memphis, TN

Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in Memphis. Tomorrow, you will board the American Queen.

Day 2: Memphis, TN

Departure 11:59 PM

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Memphis today. This afternoon, you will board the American Queen to begin your voyage.

Day 3: Scenic River Cruising

Enjoy the sights and sounds of river cruising as you spend a leisurely day onboard.

Day 4: New Madrid, MO

Relive scenes out of the battle and siege of New Madrid and enjoy a presentation at the Hunter-Dawson Historic Site. You’ll see the war through the eyes of local soldiers.

Day 5: Cape Girardeau, MO

Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:

Our tour begins with the impressive Mississippi River Tales Mural. Depicting Cape Girardeau’s rich history and heritage, the Mississippi River Tails Mural and the Missouri Wall of Fame highlight some of Missouri’s most notable citizens.  Steps away, the historic downtown offers a wide variety of great shopping opportunities.  The Red House Interpretive Center reveals what life on the Mississippi was like more than 200 years ago.  Directly across the street is Old St. Vincent’s Church with its beautiful Renaissance architecture and ornate interior.  The Glenn House is a historic Queen Anne Style home with authentic period furnishings gracing its late Victorian interior. Next, we’ll stop at River Campus; the home to the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.  At the Crisp Museum’s Crossroads Gallery, interactive kiosks and exhibits highlight the history of southeast Missouri, while the Old Bridge Overlook and Park provide a dramatic view of the impressive Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge.  The Cape River Heritage Museum uniquely showcases the region’s culture and history.  Last stop is at the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau there is tourist information, a rest stop and gift shop available.

Day 6: Chester, IL

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.

Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:

We will begin our tour at the Spinach Can, located in the old Opera House where creator of Popeye, Elzie Segar worked. Today, the Spinach Can serves as the international headquarters for the Popeye Fan Club and store for everything Popeye. Also at this stop, Pinky’s; this small historic building is now a specialty shop for cake pops, cupcakes, cakes and handmade greeting cards.  Guests can’t miss this quant sweet-shop clad in a rosy bright pink hue.  Then, take a stroll to the Gazebo to discover Wimpy—a fellow Popeye character.  Enjoy a great photo opportunity here alongside the large murals and Popeye cutouts. Next stop, The Courthouse and Randolph County Museum.  Here, guests can enjoy an outstanding 360-degree view of the Mississippi River, Missouri farmlands and Chester alongside Olive Oyl and Sweet Pea.  At the Annex Museum, guests can tour the 1864 stone Gothic structure museum and explore artifacts that display the rich history of the early French settlers. After that, we’ll stop at the Welcome Center, marked by a larger-than-life bronze statue of Popeye, the Chester welcome center offers a lookout point which gives a fantastic vantage point to observe the majestic Mississippi River below.  Our next stop is filled with charm and whimsy.  As the tour comes to an end, we’ll stop at the Cohen Home.  Dubbed by Mark Twain as “the house with the blue windows”, this historical home overlooks the Mississippi River from high atop the bluffs.  Guests are welcome to tour the historic home and its original furnishings.

Day 7: Alton, IL

Enjoy a memorable Independence Day as you unwind in a rocking chair and watch the night skies explode with color from the spacious decks of the American Queen.

Day 8: St. Louis, MO

Arrival 8:00 AM

Disembark in Alton, IL and enjoy nearby St. Louis at your leisure or consider a post-cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.


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Price Per Day: $ 287 per day
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What a holiday!

I was lucky enough to have 7 wonderful nights on the American Queen ... Along with 17 of my friends and family... From Memphis to New Orleans..Wow !! ... Cannot speak highly enough of the staff and anyone involved with this Majestic Queen of the River... Many thanks to Captain Brent for taking such great care of us rowdy lot !!..
It is my hope we get to take another trip on this fine Lady again .... We are from Australia ...... Such a great time...
So many positives to speak of....
What a holiday !...
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

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