Mississippi River
A Cinematic Voyage: St. Louis to Cincinnati on the American Queen
Discover famed towns of Midwest movies while learning the region’s history and exploring unique sites aboard an authentic steamboat.
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Program No. 21752RJ
9 days
Starts at
9 days
8 nights
23 meals
8B 7L 8D
St. Louis, Missouri, transfer to the American Queen
On the Mississippi/Ohio River aboard the American Queen
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
On the Mississippi/Ohio River aboard the American Queen
Steamboating on the Ohio River
On the Mississippi/Ohio River aboard the American Queen
Brandenburg, Kentucky
Brandenburg, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Cincinnati, departures
On the Mississippi/Ohio River aboard the American Queen
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At a Glance

In 1966, actors Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger turned a sleepy hamlet near the Mississippi River all abuzz during filming of the Academy Award-winning "In the Heat of the Night." Fifty years later, the clock turns back on Sparta, Illinois, as movie lovers experience Sparta and other famous Midwest movie locations while surveying the history of American film. Lazing along the Ohio River and Mighty Mississippi on the American Queen — the world’s largest paddlewheel steamboat — you will learn of a special love story behind “Gone With the Wind,” weigh Thomas Edison and silent film director D.W. Griffith’s role in the medium, and trace A-lister Jennifer Lawrence’s hunger for stardom. Lights, camera, action!

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore St. Louis, including a visit to the historic Forest Park neighborhood, site of the 1904 World's Fair.
  • In the Mississippi River town of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, explore film locations for the 2009 movie “Killshot” starring Diane Lane, as well as 2014’s “Gone Girl,” starring Ben Affleck.
  • During a screening and discussion of "Show Boat" learn about the history of floating entertainment along the Mississippi and spend your evenings dining onboard the elegant American Queen followed by a nightly show before bedtime.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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