Day 1: Hotel Stay - Louisville, KY
Enjoy your included, one-night stay at The Brown Hotel in Louisville. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with this city rich in architectural beauty and hidden history.
Day 2: Louisville, KY
Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM. It is here that our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. An American Queen Steamboat Company representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions so that you may maximize your time in Louisville.
Departure 6:00 PM
Enjoy Louisville at your leisure. You will board the American Queen this afternoon to begin your journey.
Day 3: Madison, IN
This quaint river town is sure to win the heart of guests. Madison's culture and heritage is weaved into nearly every stop, ensuring each guest will get a glimpse of the beauty and history of antique machinery at the Schroeder Saddletree Factory, or a taste of the hospitality and craftsmanship found at the Thomas Family Winery where each guest is invited to try a sample of the handcrafted wine.
Day 4: Cincinnati, OH
Amidst the gently rolling hills along the Ohio River, Cincinnati spreads from the southwestern corner of Ohio into Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. The city is located about mid-point on the shoreline of the 981-mile long Ohio River. John Filson, one of the first settlers in the Ohio Valley community, named it Losantiville, meaning “town opposite the mouth” of the Licking River. The community was the location of Fort Washington, which provided military protection for the surrounding territories. In 1790, General Arthur St. Clair, Commander of Fort Washington, renamed it Cincinnati in honor of the society of Cincinnati, an organization of Revolutionary War officers.
Day 5: Maysville, KY
Maysville, Kentucky offers picturesque views of the Ohio River as it contrasts to the bustling downtown district. The close-knit community works hard to showcase their heritage and culture. The city is filled with award-winning theaters, local art galleries, museums, and historical landmarks. The small-town charm is sure to delight all visitors as you explore what Maysville has to offer!
Day 6: Point Pleasant, WV
Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:
We will start with a walking tour of Point Pleasant Riverfront Park where floodwall murals depict scenes from the Battle of Points Pleasant and local history. Next, we’ll stop at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. This four acre park commemorates the October 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant and houses the Mansion House, erected in 1796 as a tavern and now preserved as a museum with displays of antiques and heirlooms of the era. Then we’ll stop at The Point Pleasant River Museum which is dedicated to preservation of the heritage and way of life on the Ohio and Great Kanawha Rivers. After some downtown shopping time in the Twin River Area we’ll stop to visit Fort Randolph inside Krodel Park. A one-time refuge for white settlers against Indian attacks, this fort was the farthest most out-post of the colonies and played a crucial role in the American Revolutionary War. After visiting Fort Randolph, cross the street to the Mothman Museum and learn the eerie Legends of Mothman that began in the 1960’s when sightings first began to haunt the town of Point Pleasant.
Day 7: Marietta, OH
Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:
Our journey begins on Green Street with several hometown eateries and a charming shopping district. Then, a stop at The Mounds; a sacred site of the ancient Great Mound, a major earthwork built between 800 BC and 700 AD by indigenous peoples of North America. Next, we’ll explore The Castle, with its octagonal tower and stone capped spires, The Castle of Marietta is one of the best examples of Gothis Revival style architecture in Ohio. Later we will explore the museums of the area; The Campus Martius Museum, a civilian fortification with collections preserving the history of America’s migration west, earliest native inhabitants and Marietta’s pioneers. Discover the golden age of the steamboat and learn about the ecology of the Ohio River system at the Ohio River Museum. Next, we’ll stop at Historic Harmar Village, with its brick streets, lamp posts, restored train cars and historic buildings this picturesque small town is the quintessential example of small town America. Explore landmarks such as the Children’s Toy-and-Doll Museum & Whipple’s Whimsical Toys and Marietta’s Cola Museum & Fountain Shop while exploring the quant town. Guests can spend time in The Armory and enjoy the pubs, winery, and brewery places found along the way. Last stop will be at Post Street for shopping, art galleries, boutiques or museum visits.
Day 8: Wheeling, WV
Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:
Begin this exclusive tour with a The Artisan’s Center, a truly unique place to visit that offers a wide range of activities to suit everyone’s interests. Here, guests will find a restaurant, bar and music venue on the first floor – complete with friendly staff and delicious meals. Next, visit the trendy shops, eateries, and entertainment at the Centre Market (not open on Sundays). Then, discover the story of West Virginia’s relationship with the Civil War at the West Virginia Independence Hall. Built in 1859, this historic building served as the capital of Union Virginia during the War Between the States. The Eckhart House is one of Wheeling’s oldest houses; Built in 1892, it held a prominent place on “Millionaire’s Row” along the National Pike. Final stop on for our tour will be the Capitol Theatre; host to a variety of Broadway shows and Theatre productions.
Day 9: Pittsburgh, PA
Arrival 8:00 AM
Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. Enjoy Pittsburgh at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.
RETURN TO PITTSBURGH - Uncover America's bucolic heartland as you travel the tranquil waters of the Ohio River from Louisville to Pittsburgh, the iconic city where names like Carnegie and Bessemer created the steel-making capital of the world.
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
Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway
American Queen Steamboat Company's own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches
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.