7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to Ottawa aboard American Countess. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Memphis.
7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to Ottawa aboard American Countess. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Memphis. The best of Mississippi and Illinois River small-town charm blends with metropolitan sensibilities on a cruise rich in diverse encounters. Home to climbing bluffs and verdant prairies, the span of the heartland on this route gave rise to legends. Learn their stories on this unique journey, slightly off the beaten path. Day 1: Hotel Stay – Memphis, TN Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here. Day 2: Memphis, TN Memphis has a plethora of places to visit and things to do for all guests. Embrace the city that has been coined not only the home of the blues but also the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Boogie on down to Beale Street – alive with quirky places to indulge in some Southern barbeque, purchase souvenirs for friends and family (or a little something for yourself) and sip on a Blue Suede Tini. As one of the most famous music destinations in the world, Memphis is a melodious port for our guests to experience. Day 3: River Cruising Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers. Day 4: Columbus, KY Columbus, Kentucky, located in Hickman County, is the oldest town in Jackson Purchase. First established on the Mississippi floodplain in 1804, the town was initially known as “Iron Banks.” This naming convention was due to the site’s name in French: les rivages de fer. The great Mississippi Flood of 1927 rampaged the town and caused its residents to move its location to the present-day site further inland. The town received its current name from the infamous Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus. Day 5: Chester, IL Let the us transport you back to the good ol’ days – an era of cereal and Saturday morning cartoons. Before he sailed the Seven Seas, Popeye the Sailor Man was but a twinkle in the eye of Elzie Segar, a Chester native. This is your opportunity to seize nostalgia in the birthplace of one tough gazookus. Chester not only groomed Segar’s creative talent, but also acted as a muse, providing character inspiration in the form of its own residents. So, enjoy the origin of this childhood classic and keep good behavior – that’s your one life-saver with Popeye the Sailor Man – toot-toot. Day 6: Alton, IL Grafton is the oldest city in Jersey County, and its history is openly depicted in every rustic home, its residents’ undeniable hospitality and the architecture that lines the streets. Discover museums that highlight the town’s history, explore unique shops and eateries downtown or sip robust wines from one of the many wineries across the county. Day 7: River Cruising Day 8: Preoria, IL The largest city on the Illinois River, Peoria is the oldest European settlement in Illinois. Named after the Peoria Native American Tribe, the city was settled in 1680 by French explorers. With a good blend of government and official buildings as the county seat – Peoria also offers a bustling art and culture scene and offers a robust historical story to entertain guests from around the world. Day 9: Ottawa, IL Ottawa is a city of intricacy: butterfly gardens and gardens mingle alongside its city streets. Elegant boutique shops and modern eateries satisfy the urban explorer. Explore treasures old and new in this delightful city.