14-Night Grand Heartland Cruise

Fifteen-Day / Fourteen Night on the Mississippi River
Departing from St. Paul, MN

Beginning on the upper Mississippi River, you will travel south through the American Heartland. Every bend in the river has a story to tell, from the early explorers to Huck Finn. This exclusive adventure down the Mississippi River takes place on Queen of the Mississippi, the most extravagant paddlewheeler in the US.

Call today to book your stateroom at 1-800-460-4518!
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Day 1
St. Paul, MN

St. Paul Skyline

St. Paul is a thrilling place to end your adventure on the Mississippi River. History buffs will enjoy a walking tour of Summit Avenue, which showcases gorgeous historic mansions built in the late 1800’s. St. Paul’s enchanting art galleries, world class museums, and entertaining stage performances will capture your imagination. End the day by visiting Mounds Park, where visitors are treated to a beautiful panoramic view of the city.


Day 2
Red Wing, MN

Discover Minnesota on Mississippi River Cruise

Nestled among the scenic bluffs of the upper Mississippi River, Red Wing's beauty has inspired artisans, craftspeople and artists for over 150 years. Red Wing delivers a diverse blend of arts, entertainment and activities for your pleasure. Enjoy a show at the historic Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre or observe the beauty of nature at one of Red Wing’s 38 parks.


Day 3
La Crosse, WI

Step into 19th century America in La Crosse, located on the banks of three captivating rivers. La Crosse is home to Riverside Park, where you’ll enjoy beautiful gardens, an outdoor performance center, and inspiring sculptures.


Day 4
Dubuque, IA

Dubuque lock and dam on Queen of the Mississippi upper river cruises

A “Masterpiece on the Mississippi,” Dubuque is among the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi River. Dubuque is overflowing with things to do and see. Take a ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator, the world’s shortest and steepest scenic railway or try your luck in one of Dubuque's state-of-the-art casinos. View colorful Victorian mansions, stroll through a whimsical downtown area, and visit the national Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.


Day 5
Davenport, IA

Mississippi Riverboat Cruise Excursions in Davenport, IA

Voted one of the Most Livable Small Cities in America, Davenport is often described by newcomers and life-long residents alike as a lively, active city with a hometown feel. This vibrant city features the Legacy of John Deere, the largest agricultural exhibit in the world. Music enthusiasts will enjoy Davenport’s many music festivals, including the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Fair, and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, which is dedicated to native jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke.


Day 6
Burlington, IA

Explore Cities Along the Mississippi River During Minneapolis Riverboat Cruise

The ancestral home of the Sauk Indians, Burlington resounds with the myths and memories of their past. Enjoy a tour of Historic Fort Madison, where you’ll learn about life at the first military fort built on the Upper Mississippi from costumed interpreters. Explore Historic Nauvoo, an early Mormon settlement.


Day 7
Hannibal, MO

Visit Mark Twain’s Home During Mississippi River Cruise

Hannibal, “America’s Hometown,” is a place where you can rediscover adventures from Mark Twain’s era. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are alive in this charming Missouri town, where you can run your hand along Aunt Polly’s fence, explore Injun Joe’s Cave, and get reacquainted with one of the world’s most beloved authors. The downtown area is a thriving haven for artisans filled with wonderful and special shops unique to Hannibal. No matter what you choose to do, you will find this town to be very accommodating.


Day 8
St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, Missouri Excursions During Mississippi River Cruise

St. Louis, known as the “Gateway to the West,” is sure to win you over. Take in the Gateway Arch Riverfront, highlighted by the majestic Gateway Arch, which is the largest manmade monument in the U.S. There’s something for everyone at St. Louis’ many world-class, free 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 top public gardens.


Day 9
Chester, IL

Visit Chester IL on a Grand Heartland Tour

Chester is a beautiful region of Illinois located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. This city has a diverse and storied history, beginning with the establishment of a ferry system by Jane Thomas in the early 1800s. Chester is home to Popeye's creator Elzie C. Segar and you may see the Sailor Man's likeness in the town's own six-foot-tall bronze metal statue.


Day 10
Cape Girardeau, MO

Mississippi River Cruise Missouri Excursions

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 11
Paducah, KY

Kentucky Riverboat Cruise Excursions

Paducah, KY, became a major travel destination in 1991, when the National Quilt Museum opened its doors in the city. Every year, more than 40,000 quilting enthusiasts visit the Museum to see a wide variety of exhibits. For fans of art, Paducah’s LowerTown is home to a successful artist relocation program, where you can participate in creative workshops and discussions with professional artists.”


Day 12
Day of River Cruising

Mississippi River Paddlewheel cruises on the Queen of the Mississippi

Spend a beautiful day in one of the Queen of the Mississippi's beautiful lounges during a relaxing cruise down a stretch of the Mississippi River.


Day 13
New Madrid, MO

Riverboat Cruise Excursions in Missouri

Step into small-town America in New Madrid, the town that made history as the epicenter of the most powerful earthquake to ever hit the U.S. Founded in 1788, the fledgling city was rocked in 1811, which caused the Mississippi River to run backwards for miles. Learn more about this event at the local museum.


Day 14
Day of River Cruising

Riverboat Excursions in Mississippi

Enjoy the warmth of the Mississippi River sun while lounging in the Queen of the Mississippi's many luxurious spaces, including the sun deck or Paddlewheel Lounge.


Day 15
Memphis, TN

Elvis Presley's Cadillac

Excitement resonates as you reach America’s third-largest inland port, famous for blues, barbeque, and Elvis Presley's Graceland. Less-touted attractions, such as the Pink Palace and Mud Island’s River Walk, replicating 1,000 miles of Mississippi River history and geography along an intriguing six-block stroll, are just as intriguing. The Memphis-Arkansas Memorial Bridge creates a dramatic backdrop for it all. As you disembark, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of one of the mid-South's most remarkable cities.



Mississippi River Cruises on Queen of the Mississippi

Beneath the gleaming woodwork and brass fixtures aboard Queen of the Mississippi is a framework of modern cruise ship technology that provides passengers with the most comfortable vacation imaginable as we cruise the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers from New Orleans to Minneapolis or Cincinnati, OH.  The Queen of the Mississippi features the most spacious staterooms in the industry and provides more space per passenger than any other river cruise ship.Click play to see more.

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Queen of the Mississippi

A Mississippi River paddlewheel cruise on the Queen of the Mississippi brings a new high standard to America's most iconic river. Beneath her gleaming woodwork and brass fixtures is a framework of modern cruise ship technology that provides passengers with the most comfortable vacation imaginable as we cruise the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers from New Orleans to Minneapolis or Cincinnati, OH.  The Queen of the Mississippi features the most spacious staterooms in the industry and provides more space per passenger than any other river cruise ship. Attention is paid to every detail and the all-American crew offers carefully personalized service.
Rate Schedule Per Person A AA AAL AAC Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
14 Nights $5,970 $6,900 $7,640 $7,835 $9,785 $8,775 $7,970

Rates subject to change