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Adventures Afloat: History Along the Mississippi: A Riverboat Voyage from Chattanooga to St. Louis

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Program #21013RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 20 — Sep 29, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Contact info:
1201 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402 USA
phone: 800-619-0018
web: http://www.chattanooganhotel.com/

Room amenities: New sumptuous beds and linens with deluxe pillow top mattresses; Flat screen HD TV and satellite service; Views of Lookout Mountain; Iron; Hair Dryer;

Facility amenities: Free Wireless Internet throughout the hotel; Fitness Center with indoor pool, steam and sauna rooms, and cardio equipment; Outdoor Firepit;

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 160
Please contact Adventures Afloat at 617-457-5560 or afloatops@roadscholar.org to inquire about pre night reservations.


Day One: Friday, September 20 - Arrival, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Afternoon: Arrivals and transfer to hotel. There will be a Hospitality Desk in the Lobby of the Hotel from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm hosted by Charlene Corris. A handout will be provided to you at orientation outlining the lecture and field trip times as they are subject to change.

Dinner: Orientation at 6:00 pm followed by a welcome reception and Dinner at 7:00 pm at hotel.

Evening: Free time to explore Chattanooga on your own.

Lodging: The Chattanoogan Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
web: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/

Room amenities: All cabins are air conditioned with thermostats to control the temperature. Other amenities vary with category purchased.

Facility amenities: Laundry on board

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Saturday, September 21 - Explore Chattanooga and then embark on the Americ...
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: This morning we will check out of the hotel in preparation for the remainder of our journey on the American Queen. There will be a bag pull at 7:30am (please keep carryons and appropriate documents on hand). Depart at 9:00am for an exploration which includes "The Passage", Lookout Mountain and Point Park, lunch, and a visit to the Art District on the bluffs

Lunch: At a local restuarant

Afternoon: This afternoon, embark on the American Queen, your home for the week.

Dinner: Onboard the American Queen.

Evening: Enjoy evening activites and performances, and buffet aboard the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
web: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/

Room amenities: All cabins are air conditioned with thermostats to control the temperature. Other amenities vary with category purchased.

Facility amenities: Laundry on board

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Sunday, September 22 - Steamboating
Breakfast: Onboard the American Queen

Morning: This morning we will take a tour of the American Queen to get acquainted and meet some of our crew members. Then we will have our first exclusive Road Scholar lecture in the Theater with Steven Woodworth, “The Trail of Tears: Policy, Problems, and Pathos” in which he will discuss the impact of Indian Removal on the Cherokee Tribe.

Lunch: Onboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy some of the ship activities. Consult your River Times daily ship newsletter for the ship's activities. In the evening, gather for the Captain's Champagne Welcome Reception.

Dinner: Onboard the American Queen.

Evening: Enjoy a performance onboard the ship.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
web: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/

Room amenities: All cabins are air conditioned with thermostats to control the temperature. Other amenities vary with category purchased.

Facility amenities: Laundry on board

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Monday, September 23 - Florence, AL
Breakfast: Onboard the American Queen.

Morning: Visit the Florence Indian Mound, located near the banks of the Tennessee River. It is the Tennessee Valley's largest domiciliary mound. It is a typical example of the work of the early Native Americans who lived in Alabama before the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Creek nations inhabited this region. It is a 42 foot high quadrilateral mound with a summit measuring 145 x 94 feet. Early settlers in the region found steps on the east side and evidence that the mound had been enclosed by a semi-circular earthen wall.

Lunch: Onboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Enjoy another lecture in the Theater by Stevn Woodworth entitled: “The Creek Wars In the Saga of Indian Removal” focusing on the Creek Confederation. Then spend some quality time with your fellow participants at our exclusive Road Scholar Cocktail Party.

Dinner: Onboard the American Queen.

Evening: Participate in the ship's evening activities or catch a performance.

Evening: Enjoy a performance onboard the ship.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
web: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/

Room amenities: All cabins are air conditioned with thermostats to control the temperature. Other amenities vary with category purchased.

Facility amenities: Laundry on board

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Tuesday, September 24 - Savannah, TN
Breakfast: Onboard the American Queen.

Morning: Savannah is the port stop for Shiloh, one of the first battles in the Western Theater of the Civil War. Known for being one of the bloodiest battles of the war, it was named for the small church near Pittsburgh Landing, named Shiloh (meaning peace). Our field trip today will take us to this significant site to learn about the battle and walk these hallowed grounds.

Lunch: Onboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Spend some free time on the ship's 'Front Porch of America', cozy up with a book in the Mark Twain Gallery, or try your hand at some cards in 'Ladies' Parlor' or Gentleman's Card Room.

Dinner: Onboard the American Queen.

Evening: Enjoy an evening performance aboard the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
web: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/

Room amenities: All cabins are air conditioned with thermostats to control the temperature. Other amenities vary with category purchased.

Facility amenities: Laundry on board

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Wednesday, September 25 - Paducah, KY
Breakfast: Onboard the American Queen.

Morning: This morning we meet with our lecturer, David, in the Theater, whose topic today is “ They Wanted My Land and I was in Trouble Defending It: Differing Views of Stewardship and Ownership in the Age of Removal”. The subject matter includes the Indian concepts of land ownership and the United States civilization program from Washington to Jackson.

Lunch: Onboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Paducah was once the hunting grounds of the Chicksaw Indians and was purchased by Andrew Jackson in 1818. In 1827, General William Clark, brother of George Rogers Clark, surveyed a new town and named it Paducah in honor of the “Padouca” nation of Indians. Local folklore tells of the legendary Chief Paduke, who symbolizes this great nation. See the Floodwall that protects historic downtown Paducah from the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers overflowing their banks includes three city blocks of painted murals that capture important moments in Paducah's history on a guided walk. The murals were designed & painted by Robert Dafford and the Dafford Muralists of Lafayette, Louisiana. The project began in 1996; the last panel was completed in 2007. Each mural panel has an interpretative plaque with a short history lesson on the scene depicted in the panel. Each panel also has its own spotlight making the mural walk an enjoyable evening stroll and tourist attraction. After the guided walk you can explore the Paducah Quilt Museum and/or the River Museum on your own.

Dinner: Onboard the American Queen.

Evening: Enjoy a performance onboard the ship.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
web: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/

Room amenities: All cabins are air conditioned with thermostats to control the temperature. Other amenities vary with category purchased.

Facility amenities: Laundry on board

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Thursday, September 26 - Cape Girardeau, MO
Breakfast: Onboard the American Queen.

Morning: Visit the American Queen Pilot House.

Lunch: Onboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Exclusive Road Scholar field trip to Trail of Tears Park in Jackson, MO with a local historian. Trail of Tears State Park commemorates one of the greatest tragedies in American history. The pristine 3,415-acre setting creates a peaceful memorial to the 3,000-4,000 Cherokee who died on the forced march through North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky. Trail of Tears State Park features an Interpretive Center designed to retrace the steps of the Cherokee through a series of interpretive panels. Paintings, maps and other memorabilia depict the crossing of the Mississippi River.

Dinner: Onboard the American Queen.

Evening: Enjoy a performance aboard the ship.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
web: http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/

Room amenities: All cabins are air conditioned with thermostats to control the temperature. Other amenities vary with category purchased.

Facility amenities: Laundry on board

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Friday, September 27 - Chester, IL
Breakfast: Onboard the American Queen.

Morning: Samuel Smith built the first home in Chester, established a ferry system, and began the construction of a mill in 1829. He is said to be the town's founder. It was his wife Jane Thomas, a native of Chester, England, who gave Chester its name as a tribute to her home town. The Chester area includes a number of state parks and historic sites. The Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site has a beautiful overlook of the Mississippi River. Down the hill from the park is the Pierre Menard Home, an unusually fine example of French Creole-style architecture, which was built around 1815 and was the home of the first lieutenant governor of Illinois. We continue to Fort De Chartres, the location of the last of three successive forts named “de Chartres” built by the French during their eighteenth-century colonial occupation of what is today Illinois. The first two forts were erected in the 1720s and were square palisaded wooden structures with corner bastions. The third fort, erected in the 1750s, was a massive square stone structure enclosing six buildings, including a still-standing powder magazine that may be the oldest building in Illinois. This fort served as the French seat of government and its chief military installation in the Illinois Country. In 1763 France ceded much of its territory in North America, including Illinois, to Great Britain. British troops occupied the fort from 1765 until 1772, when encroachment by the Mississippi River caused a collapse of the south wall.

Lunch: Onboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Our final talk with historian Steven Woodworth is “Manifest Destiny: Tales of Progress and Tragedy in the Age of Expansion” with focus on political debate, the War with Mexico, and the lasting legacy. Lecture will take place in the Theater.

Dinner: Onboard the American Queen.

Evening: Enjoy a performance aboard the ship.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
10490 Natural Bridge Rd
St Louis, MO 63134 USA
phone: 314-423-7700
Facility amenities: Free Wireless Internet; Free soda and popcorn in the lobby from 3-10; HBO movie channel;Flat Panel LCD TV in every room; Indoor pool & whirlpool;

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: 140
Contact Adventures Afloat at 617-457-5560 or afloatops@roadscholar.org for more information. Rooms and price subject to availability.


Day Nine: Saturday, September 28 - St Louis, MO
Note: Disembark the American Queen.

Breakfast: Onboard the American Queen.

Morning: This morning we disembark in St. Louis and include a visit to the historical sites of St. Louis including Lacledes Landing, historic Soulard District and Forest Park, site of the 1904 World’s Fair and some time to spend at the Jefferson National Expansion Museum located in the famous Gateway Arch with time to see the exhibits and to view the film “Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West”.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Check into our hotel and enjoy a reception before dinner.

Dinner: Enjoy the Drury Hotel's 'kick back reception' or venture into St. Louis for dinner on your own.

Lodging: Drury Inn Airport St. Louis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Sunday, September 29 - Departure home
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will depart for the airport via shuttle for flights back home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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