Ottawa (Chicago) to St Louis (9 nights / 10 days)
Day 1 - Arrive Chicago, USA
Fly from London to Chicago, USA.
Enjoy your included, one-night stay at the iconic Drake Hotel in Chicago. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with this culturally diverse city, rich in architectural beauty and hidden history.
Day 2 - Ottawa, Illinois
Enjoy nearby Chicago before boarding the vessel this afternoon to begin your journey.
Day 3 - Ottawa, Illinois
Located at the confluence of the Illinois and Fox River, Ottawa became a conduit for river barges and connects Lake Michigan and Chicago to the Mississippi River. Home to the site of the first Lincoln-Douglass debate, this Illinois town is steeped in rich American history. A one-time booming canal town, Ottawa is still a major sand and glass center due to their numerous silica sand deposits.
Day 4 - Peoria, Illinois
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 5 - Havana, Illinois
Nature lovers and history buffs will relish the day touring this beautiful scenic port.
Day 6 - Scenic River Cruising
There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to The Lincoln Library adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish every moment of serenity. Our fitness facility, business center, movie theater and grand lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment.
Day 7 - Hannibal, Missouri
Hannibal, Missouri has a rich history, diverse industrial economy, and truly remarkable arts. The city was founded in 1819 by Moses D. Bates and became a popular stop along the river for many steamboats traveling up the Mississippi. Hannibal offers more parks per citizens than most towns in the Midwest and was included in the famous “50 Miles of Art.” Today, the most popular draw of this quirky town is Hannibal’s very own, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, recognized world-wide as Mark Twain. Many of the popular characters featured in Twain’s novels were based on people Sam had known while growing up in Hannibal. Many of the characters and influences of this American icon are weaved into the streets, shops, restaurants, and museums of Hannibal waiting to be uncovered.
Day 8 - Alton, Missouri
Alton was founded in 1837 and is located just 25 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri. This mid-western city is full of history, culture, and recreational opportunities. Explore the city that holds the site of the final debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas and the home of Robert Wadlow – the world’s tallest man, and legendary musician, Miles Davis. Admire the beauty of Alton, noted for its prominent limestone bluffs along the Mississippi River that makes this city a rare and treasured stop.
Day 9 - Disembark in St Louis, Missouri
Tie up in St Louis and bid your steamboat adieu.
Private transfer to St Louis Airport for flight to London, UK.
Day 10 - Arrive London, UK
Save up to £150 per person on selected dates in 2018. Please enquire for details.
Interior Suite (Category IS) Observation/Cabin Deck
From £3895 per person
Veranda Suite with Private Balcony (Category VS) Observation/Cabin Deck
From £5295 per person
Please call for more details.
Guide Prices are per person based on 2 persons sharing a cabin include:
- Return scheduled flights (Economy Class) from London UK
- One night pre-cruise stay at the Drake Hotel including Full American Breakfast
- Seven nights luxury cruise on board the American Duchess including all meals, drinks with dinner (wine and beer), complimentary coffees, bottled water and soft drinks included throughout the voyage
- On board 'showboat' entertainment each evening and daily lectures from the resident Riverlorians relevant to the themed cruise and history of the river
- One American Duchess Premium Excursion and complimentary shore excursions in each Port on the 'Hop On Hop Off' coaches
- Private transfers to and from airports and shared transfer from hotel to boat
- All Port Charges
- Full ATOL financial protection
- Additional Premium shore excursions
- Gratuities - $17.50 per person, per day (2018) and $18.50 per person, per day (2019)
- Alcoholic drinks not listed above (Beverage Package available for pre purchase)
- Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)