Renowned historians guide you through the footprints of the boys in blue and gray. Lecturers, balladeers, actors and impersonators seem as if they’ve stepped straight from Vicksburg or Gettysburg. As you visit the battlefields where so many gave their lives, you’ll hear the poignant stories of the tumultuous times in which brother often took arms against brother and gain insight into the culture and politics that gave birth to the bloodiest war in American history.
Although this 8-night Civil War cruise holiday begins and ends in Tennessee, this journey will take you through Missouri, Kentucky and Alabama along the way. Steamboat three rivers; the Mississippi River, the Ohio River and the Tennessee River as you make your way from Memphis, TN to Chattanooga, TN.
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.
Included Tour: As you board your Hop On-Hop Off deluxe Steamcoach, stroll the 120-foot observation deck and view the 20-mile-long Bessie Bend at the New Madrid Observation Deck. Shopping is next in downtown New Madrid. Then, see how culture is reflected in this ever changing river town from the Mississippian Indian period at the New Madrid Historical Museum.
In the 1940s, the Higgerson School was an 8th-grade classroom with no electricity. Other places you may want to see along the way include Veteran’s Park, the New Madrid County Courthouse, the cypress-framed antebellum mansion of the Hunter-Dawson State Historical Society, and the oldest house in New Madrid, the Hart-Stepp House Art Gallery.
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.
Decatur highlights include the North Alabama Birding Trail, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, Riverwalk Marina, Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, two historic districts, and unique shopping and dining experiences.
Included Tour: Board your deluxe Hop On-Hop-Off Steamcoach, which will take you to Carnegie Visual Arts Center, which features visual art from every medium, and the Old State Bank Building, built over 170 years ago, which stands as a reminder of Decatur’s rich history. The Blue and Gray Museum has a large collection of firearms, swords and other Civil War artifacts, and you can also visit the family-friendly St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Tie up in Chattanooga and bid your steamboat adieu.
Post-Voyage: Chattanooga, TN – Hotel Overnight
Upon disembarkation, you will visit the nation’s oldest and largest military park, the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park and commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War battles that were fought here. Chattanooga is brimming with history – you will also want to visit Ross’s Landing on the riverfront, Bessie Smith Cultural Center and the Towing & Recovery Museum. Hotel overnight in Chattanooga.
|2014 Dates||I||H||G||F||E||D||C||B||A||AA||AAA||LS||SI / Single||SO / Single|
|May 9 -17, 2014|
New Orleans - Memphis
|September 11 - 22, 2014|
Jackson - Chattanooga
|October 31-Nov. 8, 2014|
Fares are in U.S. Dollars, are per guest, are based on double occupancy, and do not include air or land transportation. Fares for SI and SO Categories are based on single occupancy. Port Charges of $69 to $159 per guest are additional and not included in the fare. All fares and itineraries are subject to change; we are not responsible for errors or omissions. Additional terms and conditions apply.
The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Although filled with today’s modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of the American Victorian era. Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made Steamboating a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. One voyage and you’ll see why.