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(St. Louis/Alton to Chicago/Ottawa)

8 days with American Queen Steamboat  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: St. Louis, MO
Departure 5:00 PM
Explore St. Louis at your leisure or consider a pre-cruise Premium Shore Excursion with afternoon transfer to the vessel.
Day 2: Alton, IL
Alton was founded in 1837 and is located just 25 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri. This mid-western city is full of history, culture, and recreational opportunities. Explore the city that holds the site of the final debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas and the home of Robert Wadlow – the world’s tallest man, and legendary musician, Miles Davis. Admire the beauty of Alton, noted for its prominent limestone bluffs along the Mississippi River that makes this city a rare and treasured stop.
Day 3: Cruising on the River
Day 4: Beardstown, IL
Discover the historic roots of this riverside town in which a young Abraham Lincoln practiced law and explore iconic institutions such as the Beardstown Courthouse, site of the famous Lincoln/Douglas debate. You can also learn about the town’s significance as supply base for Illinois troops during the Black Hawk War of 1832.
Day 5: Peoria, IL
Take in the beauty of Peoria’s riverfront and enjoy visiting noteworthy places in the downtown area like the Peoria Riverfront Museum and Renaissance Park.
Day 6: Peru / LaSalle, IL
Once known as “River City” due to its favorable location along the river, this quaint port was at one time a significant steamboat hub and boasts an interesting history for all to enjoy.
Day 7: Ottawa, IL
Due to silica sand deposits, the port of Ottawa has remained a sand and glass center for over 100 years and is largely employed by Pilkington Glassworks. This interesting town is home to the historic John Hossack House, a significant station on the Underground Railroad and now on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Day 8: Ottawa (Chicago)
Arrival 8:00 AM
Enjoy nearby Chicago at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.
All This Included
ARCHITECTURE AND THE ARTS - Set off on an amazing journey from the famed Gateway Arch in St. Louis to the soaring skyline of Chicago. As you cruise along the Illinois River you will be treated to some of the most beautiful scenery while visiting amazing port towns steeped in American history.
  • Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
  • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard historian
  • Professional showboat-style entertainment and dancing nightly
  • American Queen Steamboat Company's own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: cabin onboard the American Duchess
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Port Taxes are additional and not included in the prices shown above.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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