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Sail the rarely navigated Illinois River on this 8-day remarkable adventure where the riverbanks are almost close enough to touch and friendly canoeists escort the Louisiane along the river. Look for bald eagles in Grafton, visit the remarkable Peoria Riverfront Museum, and discover Native American culture at Havana's Dickson Mounds State Museum. Hike a trail in Peru's Baker Lake Park and in Beardstown, see where a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln practiced law. From the refined pioneer spirit of St. Louis to the towering skyline of Chicago, a short drive from Ottawa, this voyage between two of America's greatest cities is one you never forget.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : St. Louis, Missouri
Day 2 : St. Louis, Missouri | Embark
Day 3 : Grafton, Illinois
Day 4 : Breadstown, Illinois
Day 5 : Havana, Illinois
Day 6 : Peoria, Illinois
Day 7 : Peru, Illinois
Day 8 : Ottawa, Illinois | Disembark

Highlights

  • Wonder at the St. Louis Arch, an unequaled architectural statement
  • Tour a local winery in the charming Grafton Historic District
  • Visit the historic Beardstown Courthouse, site of the famed 1858 debate
  • Take a hike along one of the trains in Baker Lake Park at Peru, Illinois

Ship

MS Louisiane

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Ottawa, Illinois Peru, Illinois Peoria, Illinois Havana, Illinois Grafton, Illinois

Day 1 St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1 Dinner
Arrive in St. Louis and check in to your deluxe hotel, which is adjacent to the city’s attractions. Wonder at the St. Louis Arch, an unequaled architectural statement that defines this storied town, then continue your architectural tour at the imposing Cathedral of St. Louis. Indulge a less lofty American pastime at the Anheuser-Busch brewery, an American classic.

Day 2 St. Louis, Missouri | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your fare includes breakfast this morning at your hotel as well as a transfer to the Louisiane and all porterage. 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 Grafton, Illinois

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Check out the charming Grafton Historic District, one of several areas and buildings on the national Register of Historic Places, shop for handcrafted gifts, or tour a local winery. Keep a sharp lookout and you just might see one of the area’s bald eagles soar through the sky.

Day 4 Breadstown, Illinois

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Step into living history at the Beardstown Courthouse, where a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln once practiced law and which was the site of a famed Lincoln-Douglas debate in 1858, then ponder the town’s importance during the Black Hawk War of 1832.

Day 5 Havana, Illinois

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Grab your binoculars and go bird-watching at Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, discover Native American culture at the nearby Dickson Mounds State Museum, or head a bit farther down the road to Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Day 6 Peoria, Illinois

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the remarkable Peoria Riverfront Museum just a few steps from the Louisiane. Check out the enormous and sophisticated equipment at the exceptional Caterpillar Visitor Center, and inhale the sweet fragrance of Luthy Botanical Garden’s colorful blooms.

Day 7 Peru, Illinois

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Stroll the quaint streets of this town which was once an important steamboat hub and also a center for the manufacture of alarm clocks for nearly a century. Take a hike along one of the trains in Baker Lake Park and listen for a summer band concert in Centennial Park.

Day 8 Ottawa, Illinois | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid adieu to the Louisiane and after a transfer to Chicago to explore this first-class metropolis.

MS Louisiane

Per person starting at
$3,799
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

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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