On these itineraries, adventure flows like water through the valley, and experience awaits. Navigate rivers, wallow in nostalgia and engage in history. With stillness’ shackles gone, we invite you to experience the world of river cruising like never before. Visit hidden havens of the river, and discover the reason that so many have fallen in love with its gentle spirit.
Day 1 - Hotel Stay - Chattanooga
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 - Chattanooga, TN
The gateway to Tennessee and a scenic city of the South, this corner of the state invites visitors to capture the natural world without wandering far from its city center. Downtown Chattanooga harmonizes its water worlds, verdure and industry into a picture-perfect melody. A pedestrian bridge stretches over the Tennessee River to connect south side to north shore. Here, boutiques and specialty shops offer the quaint and quirky opportunity to experience life as a native Chattanoogan. Bring comfortable shoes, an empty stomach and a sense of certainty that this city will show you a great time.
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 - Decatur, AL
History awaits in Decatur. Reach out and touch the past – with living stories of the Civil War at your fingertips. Be sure to visit the Old State Bank Building, one of only four structures in the town left unscathed by the turmoil of the Civil War. Its vault, with 22-inch-thick walls, was a haven from blistering bullets, mortar bombs and cannon fire. Take time to experience this Tennessee River legend and absorb the living heritage it has to offer.
Day 5 - Florence, AL
From composed bluffs that overlook the Tennessee River to historic homes within the city’s beating heart, Florence harmonizes the twang of country with the coolness of R&B to create a culture of its own. This former hit recording capital radiates music that has touched the masses, having captured the sounds of Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson and other music legends. Today, its neighborhoods come to life with the scent of azaleas and dogwood trees, and downtown shops and eateries greet each morning with uplifting energy. Within this melting pot, traditional meets contemporary to compose the beauty that is Florence.
Day 6 - Savannah, TN
The most common association with this historic town is its tie to the Battle of Shiloh – a major Civil War battle also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, fought on April 6, 1862. Uncover the stories and history associated with Savannah, and explore the city’s many trails and paths winding down the lush banks of the Tennessee River.
Day 7 - Paducah, KY
In the hands of artists, modern Paducah was thrown into form. Fingertips muddied with passion and eased by the vision of river water glided along the surface to pull up the community and create the National Quilt Museum. Residents backstitch past into present, then bind appreciation for culture – ensuring that the seams of history will not soon come undone. The people of Paducah have taken great care to orchestrate every crevice of its community into a symphony of craft and color. Life is a work of art, and the town of Paducah certainly is alive and well. Feast in this foodies’ fantasy. Uncover mastership. Catch a glimpse of Paducah.
Day 8 - New Madrid, MO
New Madrid is known for being near the military engagement the Battle of Island Number Ten during the Civil War. The city is also famous for being the site of a series of more than 1,000 earthquakes in 1811 and 1812, caused by what is called the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Explore the history of earthquakes, documented with seismographic recordings, in addition to Native American artifacts, Civil War artifacts and family life in New Madrid during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Day 9 - 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.