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Minnesota/Louisiana

History Along the Mississippi: From St. Paul to New Orleans

Step back through time on a voyage by paddlewheeler along the Mississippi River as experts teach you fascinating history in some of America’s most iconic cities and classic small towns.
Program No. 23644RJ
Length
19 days
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7,499
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Minnesota/Louisiana

History Along the Mississippi: From St. Paul to New Orleans

Step back through time on a voyage by paddlewheeler along the Mississippi River as experts teach you fascinating history in some of America’s most iconic cities and classic small towns.
Length
19 days
Starts at
7,499
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 23644 RJ
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Aug 27 - Sep 14, 2021
Ship Inside 7,499
Ship Outside 11,499
Ship Balcony 11,999
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Inside
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.
Ship Out
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.
Ship Balc
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.
Aug 27 - Sep 14, 2021
Ship Inside 8,899
Ship Outside 13,699
Ship Balcony 16,199
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

At a Glance

Along the Mississippi River, great American history travels through gentle rapids, around every easy bend, past wading herons and to every riverside town. With local experts by your side, discover America’s deepest roots on an in-depth journey of natural, political, military and music history from Minnesota to New Orleans aboard a classic paddlewheeler. When you’re not learning about Mark Twain in his hometown or studying the civil rights movement in Memphis, explore important monuments and enjoy informative lectures on a journey through time along the full length of the Mississippi River.
Activity Level
On Your Feet

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Listen to lively jazz and have yourself a bowl of gumbo during two days ashore in New Orleans.
  • Let history jump off the page as you venture to Mark Twain’s home in Hannibal alongside literary experts.
  • Stand in awe of the St. Louis Arch as you learn the story of this massive landmark.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
USA, Central Map
by Rand McNally
A map of the central United States.
James J. Hill: Empire Builder of the Northwest
by Michael P. Malone
Malone takes a look at the life of James J. Hill, focusing on the railroad race as well as the role Hill played in the region's development.
Life on the Mississippi
by Mark Twain
Twain returns to the days of his youth spent on the Mississippi in this classic. Full of historical information, anecdotes, character sketches and fond memories, it's at once a romantic history of a mighty river and an autobiographical account of Twain's early steamboat days.
The Colored Waiting Room: Empowering the Original and the New Civil Rights Movements Conversations Between an MLK Jr. Confidant and a Modern-Day Activist
by Kevin Shird and Nelson Malden
Shird and Malden reflect on the Civil Rights Movement of the past. With a second wave beginning they take a look at the lessons learned in order to build a better future.
Rand Mcnally Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota Regional Map
by Rand McNally
A map for both Minneapolis and St. Paul.
New Orleans Mon Amour
by Andrei Codrescu
A collection of essays documenting Andrei Codrescu's life in New Orleans. Codrescu's covers the people, celebrations, history and corruption that make up the Cresent City.
Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography
by Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
This illustrated companion to the PBS series follows the arc of Twain's celebrated career.
Hannibal Missouri, A Brief History
by Ken Marks
Tracing this history of Mark Twain's hometown from hamlet to bustling river port.
Old Man River, The Mississippi River in North American History
by Paul Schneider
Schneider's magnificent portrait takes in ancient geology, mound builders, the Iroquois, explorers, trappers, the Civil War and the steamboat era all the way to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
A handsome Everyman's Edition of Twain's classics.
A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
by Martin Luther King, James M. Washington (Editor)
A compilation of Martin Luther King Jr's speeches, interviews and writings.
The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square
by Ned Sublette
Winner of the Humanities Book of the Year Award and more, this fascinating read tells the story of New Orleans first one hundred years. Sublette details the struggle between France, Spain and England that shaped New Orleans into what it is today.
Moon New Orleans
by Laura Martone
Martone gives great insight into everything you need to know when traveling to New Orleans.
Streetwise New Orleans
by Michelin
A street map of New Orleans.
Mississippi Solo: A River Quest
by Eddy L. Harris
From Minnesota to New Orleans, Harris travels the length of the Mississippi in a canoe, facing shotgun-wielding bigots, wild dogs and tumultuous waves, ultimately emerging with an unforgettable and engaging American memoir.
New Orleans Then and Now
by Sharon Keaton
A collection of photos encompassing New Orleans past and present.
The Sinking of the USS Cairo
by John C Wideman
Wideman exposes the full story behind the Confederate team responsible for blowing up the USS Cairo in this interesting study.
The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation
by Stephen Ambrose, Douglas Brinkley
This illustrated popular history -- and travelogue -- tells the story of the great river from the time of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.
Mark Twain On Travel
by Mark Twain, Terry Mort (Editor)
A journalist, wanderer, opinionated and marvelously entertaining, Mark Twain wrote five well-received travel books over his long career. Editor Terry Mort handpicks choice selections for this satisfying anthology, organized geographically.
Minneapolis-St. Paul: A Photo Tour of the Twin Cities
by Gregg Felson
Learn about the history and culture through this informative read. Includes 88 photos of attractions, events and neighborhoods in the Twin Cities!
A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams
This classic drama follows Blanche DuBois and the issues that arise when she moves to New Orleans to live with her sister and her husband.
The Mississippi Steamboat Era in Historic Photographs, Natchez to New Orleans, 1870-1920
by Joan Gandy, Thomas Gandy
An excellent collection of early steamboat photos. Images include steamboat exteriors, interiors, passengers, crew and river scenes.
Moon Minneapolis & St. Paul
by Tricia Cornell
This travel guide covers everything the Twin Cities has to offer. Includes excursions, restaurants, attractions and much more.
A Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities
by John J. Moriarty, Siah L. St. Clair
This guidebook covers the wildlife that is found in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.
Moon Handbook St. Louis
by Brooke S. Foster
A no-nonsense practical guide in the Moon series, jam-packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history, flora and fauna and geology.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
This Pengun Classics edition of Twain's story of Missouri river-rat Tom Sawyer is introduced by noted Twain scholar Seelye, who considers Twain's impact on American literature.
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19 days
18 nights
53 meals
18 B 17 L 18 D
DAY
1
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Minneapolis, MN
D
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Paul

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 12:00 Noon – 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously). Orientation: 5:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. In addition to Road Scholar exclusive lectures, field trips, and activities, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events offered by the cruise line that are separate from Road Scholar. Please note that routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and river conditions could require altering the itinerary and/or the progress of the vessel, making it run late and possibly miss ports if it cannot dock. The operators reserve the right to change the itinerary and the content of field trips and excursions if/as needed due to local circumstances. The time available in each port is set by the cruise line in conjunction with the local maritime authorities, and may change on short-notice. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. A Study Leader will join us and provide exclusive educational content to our group while on the boat. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a welcome dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Minneapolis – MN, Minnehaha Falls, Summit Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Paul

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking and standing for up to 1 hour at a time.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will board our motorcoach and transfer to visit Minnehaha Falls with a local expert. Minnehaha Falls is the site of the famous poem “Hiawatha” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Minneapolis, the “City of Lakes” features an extensive network of parkways around the river, lakes and waterfalls. We will also see the surrounding neighborhoods and their impressive parade of luxurious mansions.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will go to Summit Avenue, which is the country's longest avenue of Victorian homes. At the end of Summit Avenue is the James J. Hill House, a beautiful Gilded Age mansion built by railroad magnate, James J. Hill. Built in 1891, the house features an art gallery, pipe organ and intricately carved woodwork. The house was home to the Hill family until 1921 and it was designated as a National Historical Landmark in 1961.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: We’ll then return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening at leisure. Prepare for check-out, transfer, and embarkation in the morning.

DAY
3
St. Paul – MN, Minnesota State Capitol, Embark Riverboat
Red Wing, MN
B,L,D
American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess

Activity note: Embark ship. Getting on/off motorcoach.

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast

Morning: Once checked out of the hotel, our luggage will be picked up for transport to the riverboat and we will transfer via motorcoach to the Minnesota State Capitol building for an expert-led visit. Recently renovated, the capitol is the second-largest self-supported marble dome in the world. During our visit, we will see the chambers and the Quadriga while hearing the stories about the capitol's history, art and architecture.

Lunch: At the historic St. James Hotel in Red Wing.

Afternoon: We will then board the motorcoach and transfer to Red Wing, Minnesota, where the American Duchess will be docked. Once aboard, we'll complete embarkation procedures. Luggage will be delivered to cabins by crew members.

Dinner: In the Grand Dining Room aboard the American Countess.

Evening: At leisure. There will be an evening program presented by boat entertainment staff.

DAY
4
Winona – MN, Museums, Mark Twain
Winona, MN
B,L,D
American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess

Activity note: Limited walking and standing at sites.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: This morning we will learn about Winona through exploration; sites may include the Minnesota Art Museum, the Winona County History Center and the Polish Cultural Institute and Museum.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: We will gather in the Show Lounge for a lecture given by our Study Leader, who is from the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
La Crosse – WI
La Crosse, WI
B,L,D
American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess

Activity note: Limited walking and standing at sites.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: This morning, we will learn about La Crosse, Wisconsin. Places that we will visit may include the Dahl Auto Museum, Chapels of St.Rose, Hixon House or the Riverside Museum. Road Scholar educational content will be provided throughout the program.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: We'll join our Study Leader for a lecture on a relevant topic.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Dubuque – IA, Old Courthouse Museum, Grand Opera House
Dubuque, IA
B,L,D
American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess

Activity note: Limited walking and standing. Getting on/off hop-on-hop-off buses.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: This morning we will visit Dubuque, some site we will visit may include the Old Courthouse Museum and the Grand Opera House.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: Gathering, we’ll settle in for a lecture with our Study Leader.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Davenport – IA
Bettendorf, IA
B,L,D
American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess

Activity note: Limited walking and standing. Getting on/off hop-on-hop-off buses.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: This morning we will use the hop on hop off buses to visit the local sites in Davenport, Iowa.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: We will hear an afternoon lecture from our Study Leader.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Burlington – IA
Burlington, IA
B,L,D
American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess

Activity note: Limited walking. Hop-on-hop-off buses available.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: Getting off the riverboat in Burlington, Iowa, we’ll have an opportunity to explore the local town, which was originally part of a French territory before briefly becoming governed by Spain. It was sold to the United States in 1803 from the French as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The sites we may visit this morning include Snake Alley, the Capitol Theater, and the Garrett-Phelps House.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: We will gather to hear a talk with our Study Leader.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Hannibal – MO
Hannibal, MO
B,L,D
American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess

Activity note: Limited walking and standing. Hop-on-hop-off buses available.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: This is a walking town; however, there will be hop on and off buses available. Popular attractions in Hannibal, Missouri, include the Boyhood Home and Museum to learn about the life of Mark Twain, Becky Thatcher's House, and the Mark Twain Museum Gallery.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: We will gather for a talk by our Study Leader on a relevant topic.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
St. Louis - MO
St. Louis, Missouri
B,L,D
American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess

Activity note: Limited walking and standing.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: Today we will explore St. Louis, also known as the Gateway City. St. Louis is home to diverse neighborhoods and their cultures.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will have a lecture from our Study Leader.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure. There will be an evening program presented by boat entertainment staff.

DAY
11
River Cruising
Cruising the Mississippi River
B,L,D
American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess

Activity note: Full day aboard riverboat

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: Road Scholar educational content will be provided throughout the program.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will have a lecture from our Study Leader.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Memphis - TN
Memphis, TN
B,L,D
American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess

Activity note: Limited walking and standing. Hop-on-hop-off buses available.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: We will explore the National Civil Rights Museum, built around the Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: We will have a lecture on a relevant topic.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Port of the Mississippi Delta
Cruising the Mississippi River
B,L,D
American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess

Activity note: Limited walking and standing at sites. Getting on/off a motorcoach.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: The Mississippi Delta is a hub of agriculture, music and history. We will visit local sites which may include the Greenville History Museum, St.Josephs Catholic Church or Greenville Writers Exhibition.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: Road Scholar educational content will be provided throughout the program on the boat.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Vicksburg – MS
Vicksburg, MS
B,L,D
American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess

Activity note: Limited walking and standing at sites. Getting on/off a motorcoach.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: We will gather for a lecture on a relevant topic.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: This morning we will dock at Vicksburg and explore local sites, which may include the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Old Courthouse Mansion.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Netchez – MS
Natchez, MS
B,L,D
American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess

Activity note: Limited walking and standing at sites.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: We will gather for a talk by our Study Leader, on a relevant topic.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: This morning we will explore the local sites of Natchez. Founded in 1716, Natchez is the oldest city on the Mississippi. With over 300 years of history, it is known for its architecture; a product of the affluence gained by its cash crop plantations. Prior to the Civil War, Natchez had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the country. We may visit some historical home such as the Roslie mansion and William Johnson house.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
Nottoway Plantation
Nottoway, LA
B,L,D
American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess

Activity note: Nottoway Plantation is a short walk or golf cart ride away from the vessel. Limited seating in Nottoway home; 1 flight of stairs; no elevator due to the nature of a historic home.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: We will gather to hear from our Study Leader, on a relevant topic.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: We will dock at Nottoway, LA and may visit some historical sites.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
17
Disembarkation, New Orleans – LA
New Orleans, LA
B,L,D
Maison Dupuy Hotel

Activity note: Disembark the riverboat.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: We will disembark the boat as a group and continue on to enjoy Road Scholar exclusive content.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will explore New Orleans with our Road Scholar group.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
18
New Orleans – LA
New Orleans, LA
B,L,D
Maison Dupuy Hotel

Activity note: Walking and standing.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: As a group we will explore the best of what New Orleans has to offer.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue exploring New Orleans.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a farewell meal.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
19
Program Concludes
New Orleans, LA
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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