Memphis - Nashville

Eight-Day Paddlewheel River Cruise
Departing from Memphis, TN

An early passage for hunters and settlers, the Cumberland River is a scenic region filled with rich culture and history. Explore Nashville, Tennessee's thriving capital, and visit Dover's Fort Donelson National Military Park where Ulysses S. Grant demanded "Unconditional Surrender" from the Confederacy. Along the Mississippi River, step into small town charm in new Madrid and cruise past the "Gibraltar of the West" where the towering riverbanks in Columbus provided a strategic site for a Confederate bastion.

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Memphis - Nashville Cruise Map  Explore the Mississippi and Cumberland rivers on this trip through the heart of America.

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Day 1
Memphis, TN


Memphis is rightfully referred to as the birthplace of rock 'n' roll.  Popular attractions are dispersed throughout the city such as Graceland, The Mississippi River Museum and the elegant Peabody Memphis Hotel, all lending a glimpse into the rich history of Memphis.

Day 2
Cape Girardeau, MO

White Picket Fence - Mississippi RiverIn 1773, French soldier Jean Baptiste de Giradot established a trading post in what is now known as Cape Giradeau. After the Seven Years War, settlement of the city began in earnest in 1793. Shared by Spain, local Indian tribes and American settlers, Cape Giradeau was finally incorporated as an official town in 1808. Site of the Battle of Cape Giradeau in 1863, this historic site was a vital port for traders traversing the Mississippi River. Tours of Cape Giradeau include visits to many captivating landmarks including the Mississippi River Tales Mural, Riverfront Park and the Confederate War Memorial.

Day 3
Day of River Cruising

Small Ship Cruises on the Mississippi River

Sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery that greets you as we make our way from Missouri and into Kentucky. Seeing the colorful sights that make up the banks of the Mississippi River will be a highlight of your journey.

Day 4
Paducah, KY

Visit the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY on the Memphis to Nashville cruise

Visitors from across the globe marvel at the artistry of The National Quilt Museum's collection of quilts and exhibits. Enjoy old-fashioned clopping horseshoes while leisurely riding along the Ohio River on a horse-drawn carriage ride.At the end of the day, the aromas of Paducah’s eclectic culinary options will leave you longing to return to this picturesque river town.


Day 5
Dover, TN

As the ship nears the tranquil town of Dover, Tennessee, you will be able to experience the wonder of Kentucky Lake, the largest world’s largest manmade lake. Venture inland to experience the Land Between the Lakes.With over 170,000 acres, the Land Between the Lakes is a place of beauty, history, and adventure. This esteemed nature park has a wide variety of recreational opportunities for your enjoyment.


Day 6
Clarksville, TN

Known as “The Queen City of Cumberland,” Clarksville is a town that became industrialized after the Civil War. Visit the award-winning Beachaven Winery and Vineyard to learn about the art of wine making during your visit here.


Day 7
Day of River Cruising

Cruise the Mississippi River

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 8
Nashville, TN

Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN on Memphis to Nashville cruise

Explore “Music City, USA” by visiting the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Other popular attractions include The Parthenon, the only full-scale reproduction of the famous Greek temple in the world, and the Jack Daniel Distillery. 

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.

Date # of Nights Cruise Departure Location Ship
Sep 12, 2015 7 Memphis - Nashville Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi
Jun 11, 2016 7 Memphis - Nashville Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi
Sep 10, 2016 7 Memphis - Nashville Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi

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Queen of the Mississippi

Queen of the Mississippi delivers an experience unlike any other riverboat. Launched in 2012 and modeled after traditional Victorian-style riverboats of the late 1800s, she was the first paddlewheeler built for the Mississippi River in nearly 20 years. 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. Transporting guests back in time in the most elegant fashion, the experience aboard Queen of the Mississippi is a seamless blend of old and new. Beneath her historic décor, gleaming woodwork and brass fixtures is a framework of modern cruise ship technology that provides passengers with the most comfortable and upscale vacation imaginable on the Mississippi River.
Rate Schedule Per Person A AAR AAL AAC Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
7 Nights $4,450 $5,200 $5,760 $5,905 $7,410 $6,610 $6,010

Rates subject to change

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Memphis - St. Louis

Relax on a stunning journey down the Cumberland River as you travel from Memphis to St. Louis. Stop and explore wonderful port cities like Alton, Cape Girardeau and New Madrid, each displaying a unique history and culture all its own. Tour the Mississippi River Museum in Tunica, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis and other stunning points of interest on this 8-day cruise.

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