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
19 days
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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.
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Streetwise New Orleans
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Mississippi Solo: A River Quest
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Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
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