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Civil War Cruise – Memphis to Chattanooga aboard the American Queen

A breathtaking panorama from the cliffs of Chattanooga’s Lookout Mountain sets the tone for this unrivaled journey through ports of call that played a part in the conflict which tore a nation apart. Visit fascinating landmarks like Pope’s Tavern Museum in Florence, Alabama that served as a stagecoach stop and hospital for both Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War. The picturesque town of New Madrid offers beautiful vistas and a wealth of history to explore. As you pass through these gracious towns and encounter the welcoming people that inhabit them, you’ll gain a new appreciation for how the fabric of America has been woven back together.


Day-to-Day Itinerary

Pre-voyage Day 1 – Hotel Stay – Chattanooga, TN
Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in Chattanooga. Tomorrow, you will board the American Queen.
Pre-voyage Day 2 – Chattanooga, TN
Enjoy Chattanooga at your leisure or consider a pre-cruise Premium Shore Excursion with afternoon transfer to the American Queen.
Cruise Day 1 – Decatur, AL
Board our luxury motorcoach as we begin our tour at Carnegie Visual Arts Center. Here we can experience the visual arts in a personal, relaxed and meaningful way. The Carnegie presents eight to ten exhibits annually and showcases the work of both local and national artists. Then we will visit the Old State Bank Building. Built in 1833, this one time home of the Bank of the State of Alabama has survived the turbulent history of Decatur and even withstood the burning of the town during the Civil War. We’ll tour this historic landmark and learn about its important role in the banking industry of Alabama. Also, the Blue and Gray Museum has a large collection of firearms, swords and other Civil War memorabilia. Finally we will visit the family-friendly church in Decatur, the St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Day 2 – Florence, AL

See the sights of Florence, Alabama; Southern Living at its best. We’ll begin the Hop on-Hop off tour with one of the oldest structures in Florence, Pope’s Tavern Museum. Previously used as a stagecoach stop, tavern, inn, and hospital for both Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War, the Tavern Museum beautifully displays the cultural history of Florence. Next stop is the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. This gallery and center for the coordination and promotion for cultural activity in the area serves as the cultural hub for Florence.

A trip to Florence wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the childhood home of The Father of the Blues, William Christopher Handy. Born here in 1873, Handy would become the most influential songwriter America has ever seen. The WC Handy House Museum is little more than a simple cabin along the streets of Florence, but for music and history buffs alike, it represents the humble beginnings of a musical genius. Full of artifacts and memorabilia, this stop will chronicle the life of Handy and explain how he shaped the Blues.

Next stop is the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House, a cypress, glass, and brick abode built by Wright in 1939-1940. This historic home has been called one of the purest examples of Wright’s Usonian style, an approach to architecture named after the United States of America.

Climb the steps of history at the Florence Indian Mound & Museum. This 43 foot high mound is the Tennessee Valley’s largest domiciliary mound and an ideal example of early Native American inhabitance of this area.

Day 3 – Savannah, TN

The jumping off point for Shiloh National Military Park. The center traces the story of Corinth in the Civil War from secession through Reconstruction. It includes two state-of-the-art films on Shiloh and Corinth, plus interactive interpretive exhibits and stunning bronze work.

No soldier who took part in the two day’s engagement at Shiloh ever spoiled for a fight again,” recalled one Union veteran. “We wanted a square, stand-up fight [and] got all we wanted of it.” Besides preserving the site of the bloody April 1862’s battle in Tennessee, the park commemorates the subsequent siege, battle, and occupation of the key railroad junction at nearby Corinth, Mississippi.

Shiloh National Military Park contains a wide array of historic sites. In addition to the battlefield of Shiloh itself, the park contains a separate unit at Corinth, Mississippi, that preserves and interprets the Siege and Battle of Corinth. Located within the boundaries of Shiloh Park, there is also a United States National Cemetery, which contains around 4,000 soldiers and their family members. A National Historic Landmark in its own right, the Shiloh Indian Mounds are also located with the park boundaries.

Day 4 – Scenic River Cruising

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

Day 5 – Paducah, KY

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.

Board our luxury motorcoach as we tour Paducah and all that this Kentucky town has to offer. If the fine art of quilting interests you, stop at the National Quilt Museum where you’ll fine championship quilts by modern day artists. Next, we’ll stop at the Lower Town Shopping District, Paducah’s oldest residential neighborhood. Lower Town serves as home to relocated artists from around the world as a results of the City’s Artists Relocation Program.

As our tour continues, we will visit a Greek Revival home that exhibits highlights of Western Kentucky’s role in the War Between the States; The Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum. Next, we’ll stop at The Paducah Railroad Museum which displays heavy equipment and memorabilia from railroads throughout Paducah. Along the way we will observe some unforgettable portraits from Paducah’s past depicting Paducah’s rich history in more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals. Explore the Market House Square area and browse through the specialty shops and antiques. Lastly, we will visit Paducah’s maritime legacy and folklore at the River Discovery Center, a Save America’s Treasures project in Paducah’s oldest standing structure.

Day 6 – 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.

As we board our luxury motorcoach at New Madrid Public Boat Dock, we will stroll down the 120 foot observation deck and view the 8 mile long “Bessie Bend Oxbow” at the New Madrid Observation Deck. Then we will discover how culture is reflected in this ever changing river town from the Mississippian Indian period and on at the New Madrid Historical Museum. After that, enjoy some ice cream, shop for souvenirs or just take a stroll around as we stop at Main Street.

Then, you can take a short walk to Veteran’s Park which honors New Madrid County citizens who served or are currently serving in the armed services. Other stops along the way are the New Madrid County Courthouse, and the cypress framed 15-room antebellum home of Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site. Next, we will stop at Higgerson SchooI, built in the 1940’s this primitive schoolhouse serves as a window to the educational practices that shaped rural America. Lastly, we’ll stop by the oldest home in New Madrid, the Hart-Stepp House Art Gallery.

Day 7 – Memphis, TN

Dates & Rates

Dates & Rates

 Stateroom Categories
October 31, 2014$2,549$2,949$3,049$3,449$3,799$3,899$4,099$4,599$5,999$6,199$6,499$7,099$3,699$5,199

Fares are per guest, double occupancy, with the exception of SI and SO (single category). Fares quoted are in U.S. dollars, are per person and do not include air or land transportation. Port Charges of $49 to $159 per person are additional and not included in the fare. Promotional fares and amenities are capacity controlled, may vary by sailing and category of accommodations and may be withdrawn without notice.

Price 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
  • The family recipes of acclaimed Southern chef Regina Charboneau
  • The only steamboat with multiple specialty dining options, all at no additional charge
  • Gracious service from a friendly all-American staff
  • Casual elegance abounds, no formal wear required
  • 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

Price Does Not Include

  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Port Charges
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Optional premium shore excursions
  • Discretionary gratuities to vessel crew and tour operators
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transfer to and from the airport

Itinerary Map

Itinerary Map

Itinerary Map - Civil War Cruise aboard American Queen


The Ship: American Queen

American QueenThe 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.

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