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Autumn Foliage Steamboating on the American Queen

9 DAYS • 23 MEALS Cruise the mighty Mississippi River surrounded by the striking beauty of autumn foliage that only the Midwest can deliver. Your vessel is the opulent and gracious American Queen, a testament to the grandeur and grace of the many great riverboats that have made river cruising a cherished American tradition.
This tour departs from the Chicagoland/Wisconsin Area

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The Mayflower Tours Way
  • 9 Day Motorcoach and Cruising Holiday
  • Free home or local pickup and return
  • 23 Meals (8 dinners, 7 lunches and 8 breakfasts)
  • Experience the nostalgic days of Steamboating and colorful autumn foliage along the Mississippi River with 7 nights aboard the beautifully restored American Queen
  • $50 onboard credit
  • Enjoy lunch and exciting hit musical show at the Fireside Theater
  • Spend 1 night in Wisconsin Dells
  • Visit the National Eagle Center to learn about this cultural icon and see a live show featuring eagles who live at the center
  • Included Hop-On-Hop-Off Shore Excursions in each port along the Mississippi River
  • Call at Red Wing, Minnesota, with its thriving pottery industry dating to the early 1850’s
  • Stop at the picturesque river town of La Crosse, Wisconsin, once a lumber town whose exquisite beauty is an artist’s dream
  • Visit Dubuque, Iowa, with its well-preserved buildings, homes and a revitalized main street earning the distinction of an “All-American City”
  • Call at Bettendorf, Iowa, one of the “QuadCities,” whose diverse culture has become a melting pot rich in history
  • Stop at Burlington, Iowa, once the capital city of the Iowa “Territory,” whose hills, valleys and prairies create a perfect backdrop to the Mississippi River
  • Visit Hannibal, Missouri, the quirky river town with a rich steamboat history and hometown of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, recognized world-wide as Mark Twain
  • $45 in Mayflower Money

Your Ports of Call


Embark the American Queen in Red Wing, Minnesota


La Crosse, Wisconsin


Dubuque, Iowa


Bettendorf, Iowa


Burlington, Iowa


Hannibal, Missouri


Disembark the American Queen in Alton, Illinois
Day One — Fireside Theater Excitement is high in anticipation of our Mississippi River cruise aboard the fabulous American Queen steamboat. We begin with a fabulous buffet lunch at the Fireside Theater, followed by an exciting hit musical show. Then, continue to the Wisconsin Dells where dinner awaits. Lunch and dinner Day Two — National Eagle Center and Board the American Queen After breakfast at our hotel we arrive at the Mississippi River town of Wabasha, home to the National Eagle Center. We’ll learn about this cultural icon, view eagles around and within the center and see a live show featuring one of the center’s captive eagles. Then, we board the incredible American Queen, our home for the next seven nights. Tonight we are welcomed aboard with a fabulous dinner. Breakfast and dinner Day Three — Get to Know the American Queen in Red Wing, Minnesota Our first full day aboard the beautiful American Queen begins in Red Wing, Minnesota. Discovered in the early 1850’s Red Wing’s history began to flourish due to a thriving pottery industry. Your Hop-On-Hop-Off touring today visits the Pottery Museum of Red Wing as well as the showroom where potters still create their wares. Also on the tour is a visit to the historic Sheldon Theater dating from 1904; the Red Wing Marine Museum and the Bush & Main Street’s Shopping District with its shops, and the impressive St. James Hotel. Back onboard, the breathtaking views of the Minnesota and Wisconsin shorelines come into view in all their autumn glory. All meals onboard Day Four — La Crosse, Wisconsin Named by noted explorer Zebulon Pike, La Crosse’s history relied heavily on the nation’s lumber industry from the mid-1800s until its decline. Today, La Crosse has become a city renowned for its beer making and is an artist’s dream with its many statues, architecture and exquisite views of the river. Included touring today offers a visit to the Dahl Auto Museum with its car collection spanning over 100 years; the Chapels of St. Rose, a beautiful Romanesque-style house of worship; and Hixon House, an 1859 National Register of Historic Places Victorian home with 90% of its original furnishings. All meals onboard Day Five — Dubuque, Iowa Today we call at one of the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi and Iowa’s oldest city, Dubuque. From its humble fur-trading roots, Dubuque’s well-preserved homes and history and a revitalized main street, has earned the distinction as an “All-American City.” Your touring offers the opportunity to visit St. Luke’s United Church, with its 101 Tiffany stained glass windows; the Dubuque Museum of Art, with its collection of Grant Wood art; and the Old Jail Museum and Dubuque County Courthouse, a prime example of Egyptian Revival architectural and only one of three of its kind still standing. All meals onboard Day Six — The Quad Cities Originally referred to as the “Tri-Cites” during the Civil War, Iowa’s Davenport and Bettendorf along with Illinois’ Moline and Rock Island have become known today as the “Quad Cities”. This region’s diverse culture has become a melting pot rich in history. Touring today includes the German-American Heritage Center, located in the restored Germania Haus/Miller Hotel and the Figge Art Museum, with its soaring glass walls reflecting the constantly changing sky. An exclusive visit has been arranged to the River Music Experience for a remarkable show being made available to American Queen passengers only. All meals onboard Day Seven — Burlington, Iowa Once the capital city of the Iowa “Territory,” the land surrounding Burlington has seen its ownership change hands from France to Spain, back to France and finally to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Today, the Mississippi River creates a perfect scenic backdrop to the many hills, valleys and prairies found here. Your touring today includes the Des Moines County Heritage Center, highlighting the region’s rich agricultural heritage; the Phelps House Museum, a three-generation mansion dating from 1774; and the 1930s Art Deco Capitol Theatre which has been lovingly restored to its original opulence. Burlington is also home to Snake Alley, a 275 foot-long street with five half-curves and two quarter-curves dropping 58 feet and was once featured on Ripleys’ Believe It or Not. All meals onboard Day Eight — Hannibal, Missouri The quirky river town of Hannibal, Missouri, has a rich history, a diverse industrial economy and was a popular stop for the many steamboats which traveled up the river. Today the common draw to visitors is Hannibal’s very own Samuel Langhorne Clemens, recognized world-wide as Mark Twain. Touring in Hannibal includes the Big River Train Town, a model train museum with an extensive collection and the Trinity Episcopal Church, with its arched wooden beamed ceiling, bronze lanterns and Tiffany glass windows. Be sure to visit the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum and delve into the life of this literary icon, through the highly interactive displays, Twain’s boyhood home as well as the homes of Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher. All meals onboard Day Nine — Disembark in Alton, Illinois After breakfast we disembark the American Queen in Alton, Illinois and board our waiting motorcoach for the journey home. Breakfast
Day One Hilton Garden Inn, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Days Two through Eight American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Queen
Ship Information

American Queen

The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Although filled with today’s modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of the American Victorian era. Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques adorn her interior spaces. Outside, lacy filigree evokes memories of the many stately riverboats that preceded her and so inspired her designers. Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made river cruising a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries.
Departure Date Per Person Twin Single Room

Add $149 per person for government tax and fees, which is subject to change

Tour Activity Level
LEVEL 4: A more physical touring experience based on the destination with longer walking tours, stair climbing and periods of standing. Expect some of the experiences to occur during the evening.