Cruise & Stay 8 nights from St Louis (near Alton) to Ottawa (near Chicago) aboard the new paddlewheeler – American Countess.
7 Night Cruise sailing from Alton to Ottawa aboard American Countess. Hotel stay pre-cruise in St Louis. History is built by those standing on the shoulders of giants. Explore the legacy of an American legend – President Abraham Lincoln – partly a product of this heartland full of patriots born of solid stock and bred to rely on steely reserve. The hospitality of these quaint river towns touches the spirit of all who visit. Day 1: Hotel stay in St Louis Day 2: Alton (St. Louis), IL This adventurist’s oasis is always welcoming to our guests – as dewdrops of watercraft greet them from the shorelines. Founded in 1837, Alton has preserved its small-town aesthetic, but mated it with the modern industry and art that birthed its contemporary ambiance. Cafés overlook limestone bluffs draped in greenery as breezes and birds alike whistle through the trees. Enjoy both the indoor and outdoor treasures that showcase the enchantment that this river town has to offer. Day 3: River Cruising Day 4: Hannibal, MO Hannibal could be described as ordinary, but the father of American literature would beg to differ. The town, with style and dignity, comes to life in the writings of Mark Twain. People, entities and livelihoods of Hannibal’s past endure within the pages of masterpieces such as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Life on the Mississippi,” and the town’s preservation efforts allow our quests to step right onto the page where Twain left off. Today, the river stretches north toward country that’s almost as wild and beautiful as it must have been then, and, still enlivened by the coming and going of rivercraft, this exuberant port marks the start of adventure for all who visit. Day 5: Grafton 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 6: Havana, IL Nature lovers and history buffs will relish the day touring this beautiful scenic port. Day 7: Peoria, 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 8 and 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.
SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 8 August 2022 – hotel in St Louis, USA Cruise Begins: 9 August 2022 – embark, Alton, USA Cruise Ends: 16 August 2022 – disembark, Ottawa (near Chicago), USA Ship: American Countess River: Illinois River INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in St Louis • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 7 night Illinois River cruise aboard the American Countess from Alton (near St Louis) to Ottawa (near Chicago) • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine • 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 onboard cruise • Complimentary onboard cruise `Unlimited Beverage Package` – including beer, wine by the glass, spirits and cocktails valued at up to US $12 in value per drink including 15% gratuity (does not include special tasting events onboard) • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage • A dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches • Port charges of USD $199 per person • Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $137 per person DISCOUNTS: This cruise has been discounted by up to $200 USD per person on selected categories for Australian residents! Please see below for a list of the significant savings you can enjoy for new bookings up to the 31st of December 2021.* All rates in USD per person Twin Cat E Interior Stateroom: Was $2735 – NOW $2235* Twin Cat B Open Veranda: Was $4435 – NOW $4235* Twin Cat A Deluxe with Private Veranda: Was $5035 – NOW $4835* Single Cat SO Open Veranda Single Bed: $3135* (no discount)