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Prepare to be dazzled by the colors of autumn on this glorious fall foliage cruise. Enjoy some decadent deep dish pizza in one of Chicago’s legendary eateries and sip some warm cider amid the splendor of St. Paul's Como Park Conservatory. In Hannibal, find the Mark Twain Cave and tour Becky Thatcher's House. In La Crosse and Red Wing, sample a flight of local cheeses, each with its own unique taste. Iowa's diversity comes alive in the notable Figge Art Museum in Davenport and in Dubuque's National Mississippi River Museum.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Chicago, Illinois
Day 2 : St. Louis, Missouri | Embark
Day 3 : Hannibal, Missouri
Day 4 : Scenic Cruising
Day 5 : Davenport, Iowa
Day 6 : Dubuque, Iowa
Day 7 : La Crosse, Wisconsin
Day 8 : Red Wing, Minnesota
Day 9 : St. Paul, Minnesota
Day 10 : St. Paul, Minnesota | Disembark

Highlights

  • Board a boat for an architectural tour of Chicago
  • Enjoy a unique train journey to St. Louis on the Vista-Dome Streamliner
  • Visit Mark Twain's Boyhood Home and Museum
  • Ride a historic funicular that affords an unmatched view of Dubuque

Ship

MS Louisiane

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

St. Louis Arch, Missouri Dubuque, Iowa Davenport, Iowa Sailing the Mississippi River Cathedral of St. Paul, Minnesota

Day 1 Chicago, Illinois

Arrive in Chicago and check in to your deluxe hotel, which is adjacent to the city’s attractions. Go for a shopping spree on Michigan Avenue, take in the view from the observation lounge on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, peruse the masterworks in the Art Institute of Chicago, or board a boat for an architectural tour of the city as seen from the Chicago River.

Day 2 St. Louis, Missouri | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your fare includes breakfast this morning at your hotel in Chicago as well as a transfer to the Louisiane by private train, the Louisiane Limited. Settle into your stateroom or suite, head to The Veranda for a light snack, and then bid St. Louis farewell as the Louisiane departs and you immerse yourself in the joys of life on the river. Bon voyage!

Day 3 Hannibal, Missouri

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Pay tribute to Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, at his Boyhood Home and Museum in this welcoming town. Reenact Tom and Huck's exploits if you're feeling mischievous, as Hannibal provided the setting for their quintessentially American adventures.

Day 4 Scenic Cruising

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The pleasures of the Louisiane become apparent as you start your day with a made-to-order beignet and café au lait in The Veranda. Read a book, talk to the Illuminator, the onboard historian, and then enjoy made-to-order crêpes for lunch. Spend the afternoon with new friends and sip a pre-dinner aperitif in the Bar Royale. Then indulge in the Southern and Continental cuisine of The Crescent Room followed by stimulating entertainment before retiring to your suite or stateroom for a restful night’s sleep.

Day 5 Davenport, Iowa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Appreciate the exploding cultural scene at this city founded on the site of the 1832 Black Hawk purchase, host to the yearly festival held in honor of local Bix Biederbecke, the "giant of cornetists", and the excellent Figge Art Museum.

Day 6 Dubuque, Iowa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Build up your knowledge of early river commerce much as the lumber barons built countless landmarks at this confluence of three states. Ride the Fenelon Place Elevator Co., a historic funicular that affords an unmatched view from atop the bluffs.

Day 7 La Crosse, Wisconsin

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Survey three states atop towering Grandad Bluff, then discover the creative talents of the locals at the Pump House Regional Arts Center. No visit is complete without a snapshot of the World's Largest Six Pack.

Day 8 Red Wing, Minnesota

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Find out why the National Trust for Historic Preservation noted picturesque Red Wing as a distinctive destination for its "impressive architecture and enviable natural environment." Don't leave town without a pair of its eponymous shoes.

Day 9 St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Admire the Cathedral of St. Paul, a beaux-arts wonder that replicates St. Peter's in Rome, and soak in the arts at the city's world-class museums, including the Walker Art Center. Detour to Minnehaha Falls, best known for Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha. 

Bid adieu to the Louisiane and begin your journey home.

Day 10 St. Paul, Minnesota | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid adieu to the Louisiane and begin your journey home.

MS Louisiane

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Per person starting at
$4,599
MS Louisiane Superior Stateroom
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Superior Stateroom
Artfully appointed with a large mirror and a double armoire, these staterooms feature two standard-sized twin beds that can convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane Deluxe Stateroom
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Deluxe Stateroom
Tastefully appointed with a large mirror and a double armoire, these staterooms feature two standard-sized twin beds that can convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane French Balcony Stateroom
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French Balcony Stateroom
Staterooms are gracefully furnished and include a French balcony to absorb the ever-changing landscape. Offers a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a desk, a seating area and two standard-sized twin beds that convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane Promenade Stateroom
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Promenade Stateroom
These stylish staterooms feature windows and a windowed door that opens to an expansive promenade seating area. Each offers a double armoire with built-in drawers and two standard-sized twin beds that can convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane Veranda Stateroom
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Veranda Stateroom
These elegant staterooms offer panoramic window views, a private veranda with seating area, a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a chest of drawers, and two standard-sized twin beds that can convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane Panorama Stateroom
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Panorama Stateroom
These over-sized staterooms feature a French balcony and a queen-sized bed. Each offers a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a desk, and a chair.
MS Louisiane Richelieu Suite
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Richelieu Suite
These richly furnished suites offer panoramic window views, and a windowed door that opens to a spacious promenade with a seating area. These suites feature a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a chest of drawers, a desk and a queen-sized bed.

Notes

All fares, including land and hotel, are capacity controlled, subject to change at anytime without notice, and do not guarantee availability.

A Single Supplement of 50% is available only for the Deluxe, French Balcony, Promenade, and Veranda Staterooms.

Included in your fare:
- Complimentary one-night pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay in your embarkation city with breakfast
- Transfer to the Louisiane on sailing day and all porterage
- Ship accommodations
- Standard included shore excursion program
- Onboard meals and entertainment
- Complimentary free-flowing hand-selected spirits, wines, and beers, in addition to illy® coffees, Dammann Frères®
loose-leaf teas, soft drinks, and Natura® sparkling and still water throughout your voyage

Not included in your fare:
- Airfare
- Pre and/or post hotel accommodations (unless otherwise noted)
- Port charges and fees
- Optional premium shore excursions
- Meals ashore
- Beverages not highlighted as included
- Fuel surcharges
- Laundry (unless otherwise noted)
- Purchases from the ship boutique
- Any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, salon and spa treatments
​- Gratuities

Included

  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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