St. Louis is sure to win you over. Take in the Gateway Arch Riverfront, highlighted by the majestic Gateway Arch, which is the largest manmade monument in the U.S. Enjoy St. Louis’ many world-class, free attractions, including the Art Museum, Science Center, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and the Missouri History Museum. End your day by relaxing at the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the world’s top public gardens.
City Tour of St. Louis - Complimentary Excursion
Join others on this narrated tour to Downtown St. Louis, the riverfront, Citygarden, and the historic neighborhoods of Soulard and Lafayette Square. Enjoy an additional driving tour of St. Louis' 1,371 acre Forest Park, known as a natural oasis in an urban environment. Visit Anheuser Busch Brewery for a stables-only tour (if available) to see the historic stables built in 1885 and the world-famous Clydesdale horses.
*Note: This tour is only offered on cruises ending in St. Louis, MO.
The Arch Experience
At 630 feet tall, The Gateway Arch is our nation’s tallest manmade monument. Take a tram ride to the top of this majestic arch for a bird’s-eye view of downtown St. Louis and the Mississippi River. After the tram ride, visit the Museum of Westward Expansion and discover the lives of the explorers, cowboys, and Native Americans who helped forge our nation.
*Note: This tour is only offered on cruises ending in St. Louis, MO.
Hannibal, “America’s Hometown,” is a place where you can rediscover adventures from Mark Twain’s era. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are alive in this charming Missouri town, where you can run your hand along Aunt Polly’s fence, explore Injun Joe’s Cave, and get reacquainted with one of the world’s most beloved authors. The downtown area is a thriving haven for artisans filled with wonderful and special shops unique to Hannibal.
Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum - Complimentary Excursion
As you arrive in Hannibal, the boyhood home of famous author Mark Twain, you’ll relive the author’s experiences that heavily influenced his writings. You’ll visit the actual home that Mark Twain grew up in, which is surrounded by the legendary whitewashed fence of Tom Sawyer. The vivid stories told by Mark Twain come to life at this interactive museum as you explore the homes and grounds of Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn. You’ll visit the Interpretive Center, home to 15 original Normal Rockwell paintings, the Becky Hatcher House, the Huck Finn Home, and the Tom and Huck Statue of Cardiff Hill.
Narrated Trolley Tour - Complimentary Excursion
Relive the adventures of Mark Twain’s time in Hannibal during a historic trolley tour. Your experienced guide will share the history of Hannibal and take you to places of historical significance, including the Rockcliffe Mansion, an amazing 13,500 square foot American castle built to overlook the mighty Mississippi River. This tour will highlight many of the exciting places which inspired Mark Twain’s famous tales.
Day of River Cruising
Take in the beauty of the river as you make your way from Hannibal to Davenport. Join other passengers in our beautiful common areas or simply relax on the sun deck.
Voted one of the Most Livable Small Cities in America, Davenport is often described as a lively, active city with a hometown feel. This city features the largest agricultural exhibit in the world. Music enthusiasts will enjoy Davenport’s many music festivals, including the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Fair, and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, which is dedicated to native jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke.
John Deere Pavilion - Complimentary Excursion
Visit the newly renovated John Deere Pavilion and Store. The John Deere Pavilion shares the story of the company’s ongoing contributions to agricultural development through exhibits and equipment displays. Discover antique tractors, giant combines, and interactive displays on this self-guided tour.
John Hauberg Indian Museum
Enjoy a guided tour of the Hauberg Indian Museum. Located in the Black Hawk State Historic Site, this museum interprets the story of the Sauk and Meskwaki Indians who once called it home. During the tour, view full-size replicas of Sauk winter and summer homes, dioramas with life-size figures of the Sauk and Meskwaki Indians and traditional artifacts, including authentic trade goods and jewelry.
A “Masterpiece on the Mississippi,” Dubuque is among the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi River. Take a ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator, the world’s shortest and steepest scenic railway or try your luck in one of Dubuque's state-of-the-art casinos. View colorful Victorian mansions, stroll through the himsical downtown area, and visit the national Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.
Historic City Tour - Complimentary Excursion
Step back in time and experience the elegance of Victorian era Dubuque during a tour through the town’s many historic attractions. Learn about the architecture, families and events that made 19th century Dubuque such a unique treasure. Your guide will lead you through Dubuque's beautiful historic sites, including the Mathias Ham House and The Old Jail Museum.
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
Take an entertaining and informative journey along the mighty Mississippi at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. On this guided tour, you will discover the lives of the pioneers, explorers and artists who lived along the Mississippi River and get close to nature as you make your way through six large aquariums. The museum’s interactive exhibits will give you an inside look into the Mississippi’s past, present and future.
Step into 19th century America in La Crosse, located on the banks of three captivating rivers. La Crosse is home to Riverside Park, where you’ll enjoy beautiful gardens, an outdoor performance center, and inspiring sculptures.
Hixon House - Complimentary Excursion
Take a step back in time at the Hixon House, a beautiful Victorian home. Built in 1859 by lumber baron Gideon Hixon, this house features beautiful woodwork and an elegant interior design. Gideon’s wife, Ellen, decorated the Hixon House in an aesthetic fashion, and it has been preserved much as it was since its last remodeling and redecoration in 1900. The Hixon House also features its original furnishings, making it unusual among historic houses.
Historic City Tour
Tour this wonderful city and view the historic late 19th and early 20th century buildings that define La Crosse. Gain insight into the architectural development of La Crosse from its boomtown Riverboat days through the Roaring '20s. Discover the evolution of the historic downtown and the well-preserved residential neighborhoods during this narrated bus tour.
Spend an afternoon on this signature backwater cruise, specifically designed for nature lovers and bird watchers. Explore a variety of wetland habitats and discover the wide array of wildlife living within the "Upper Miss" wildlife refuge. Highlights include up-close views of bald eagle nests, beaver lodges, sunning turtles, great blue herons, egrets, red fox, and playful river otters.
Nestled among the scenic bluffs of the upper Mississippi River, Red Wing's beauty has inspired artisans, craftspeople and artists for over 150 years. Red Wing delivers a diverse blend of arts, entertainment and activities for your pleasure. Enjoy a show at the historic Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre or observe the beauty of nature at one of Red Wing’s 38 parks.
Bald Eagle Viewing Cruise - Complimentary Excursion
See three 1,500 pound bald eagle nests during an informative and mesmerizing tour. Captain Rusty will guide you and other guests along a route showcasing 14 bald eagle nests within a five-mile radius of the dock. Few experiences are as engaging and captivating as this shore excursion.
Red Wing Trolley Tour
Red Wing is home to a unique downtown area that features a wide variety of shops, including art galleries, antique stores and one-of-a kind boutiques. Historically, Red Wing is known for its shoes, pottery and linseed oil, but today it has become a leading producer of robotic components. This one-hour trolley tour will take you back in time to show you Red Wing’s historic roots.
Red Wing Pottery Tour
Tour the Red Wing Pottery workshop and see the production of their stoneware. You will have the opportunity to meet a potter and the owner of this third-generation family business. The tour will give you a new appreciation for the craftsmanship required to produce such beautiful stoneware.
St. Paul is a thrilling river town. History buffs will enjoy a walking tour of Summit Avenue, which showcases gorgeous historic mansions built in the late 1800’s. St. Paul’s enchanting art galleries, world class museums, and entertaining stage performances will capture your imagination. End the day by visiting Mounds Park, where visitors are treated to a beautiful panoramic view of the city.