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Illinois River: Chicago to St. Louis

Chicago to St. Louis - Example 9 Day Cruise aboard American Countess
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Board American Countess on this 9-day cruise exploring highlights of the Illinois River. Explore the legacy of the American midwest on this river cruise through the historic heartland from Chicago to St. Louis. This journey takes you to a variety of beautiful American port cities in a luxury cruise vessel that offers both adventure and relaxation. The hospitality of these quaint river towns touches the spirit of all who visit. Explore natural beauty and history in ports such as Hannibal, Missouri, birthplace of renowned author Mark Twain, or Peoria, Illinois, the oldest European settlement in Illinois. 
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Highlights
  • Explore arts, cuisine, history, and more in Chicago, Illinois
  • Discover the home town of renowned author Mark Twain
  • Visit Peoria, Illinois, the oldest European settlement in Illinois
  • Enjoy the natural beauty and small-town vibes of Alton, Illinois
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Hotel Stay in Chicago, Illinois

Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.

Day 2: Ottawa, Illinois | Embark

Ottawa is a city of intricacy: butterfly gardens and gardens mingle alongside its city streets. Elegant boutique shops and modern eateries satisfy the urban explorer. Explore treasures old and new in this delightful city.

Day 3: Ottawa, Illinois

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ottawa is a city of intricacy: butterfly gardens and gardens mingle alongside its city streets. Elegant boutique shops and modern eateries satisfy the urban explorer. Explore treasures old and new in this delightful city.

Day 4: Peoria, Illinois

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The largest city on the Illinois River, Peoria is the oldest European settlement in Illinois. Named after the Peoria Native American Tribe, the city was settled in 1680 by French explorers. With a good blend of government and official buildings as the county seat – Peoria also offers a bustling art and culture scene and offers a robust historical story to entertain guests from around the world.

Day 5: Havana, Illinois

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This town gives way to the discovery of the heart and soul of the Illinois River. Within its borders lies a rich cultural heritage, red-brick streets and beautiful Riverfront Park. Nature lovers and history buffs alike will relish the day touring this beautiful scenic port.

Day 6: River Cruising

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers.

Day 7: Hannibal, Missouri

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hannibal could be described as ordinary, but the father of American literature would beg to differ. The town, with style and dignity, comes to life in the writings of Mark Twain. People, entities and livelihoods of Hannibal’s past endure within the pages of masterpieces such as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Life on the Mississippi,” and the town’s preservation efforts allow our quests to step right onto the page where Twain left off. Today, the river stretches north toward country that’s almost as wild and beautiful as it must have been then, and, still enlivened by the coming and going of rivercraft, this exuberant port marks the start of adventure for all who visit. 

Day 8: Alton, Illinois

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This adventurist’s oasis is always welcoming to our guests – as dewdrops of watercraft greet them from the shorelines. Founded in 1837, Alton has preserved its small-town aesthetic but mated it with the modern industry and art that birthed its contemporary ambiance. Cafés overlook limestone bluffs draped in greenery as breezes and birds alike whistle through the trees. Enjoy both the indoor and outdoor treasures that showcase the enchantment that this river town has to offer. 

Day 9: St. Louis, Missouri | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
As the journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town. Enjoy the city at your leisure, or consider an airport transfer.

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$2,399
American Countess Inside stateroom
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Inside Staterooms (E)
170 sq. ft. (wheelchair-accessible rooms are 220 sq. ft.). 43 cabins located on the Observation and Cabin Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Writing desk with chair, Interior access.
American Countess Single outside
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Single Outside Stateroom With Open Veranda (SO)
180 sq. ft. 1 cabin located on the Observation Deck. With open veranda, Single bed, Full bathroom with shower, Furnished lounge area with sofa and desk, Sliding doors open to deck, Interior access.
American Countess Deluxe Outside
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Deluxe Outside Staterooms With Open Veranda (B)
220 sq. ft. with open veranda (wheelchair-accessible rooms are 300 sq. ft.). 44 cabins located on the Observation Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Furnished lounge area with sofa and desk, Sliding doors open to deck, Interior access.
American Countess Veranda Suite
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Veranda Suites With Private Balcony (A)
255 sq. ft. with 40-sq.-ft. private veranda (wheelchair-accessible rooms are 325 sq. ft.). 35 cabins located on the Cabin Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Furnished lounge area with sofa and desk, Sliding doors open to veranda, Interior access.

Notes

Inclusions
  • Pre-cruise hotel night stay in the embarkation city
  • Included Hop-on/Hop-off Shore Ex on all ports of call (except embark, disembark ports) on AQSC cruises.  Traditional shore excursion program on the VCL ships.  Premium shore excursions available at an extra charge
  • Unlimited beverages including world-class wine lists, top-shelf spirits, local craft beers and specialty coffees
  • All meals including fresh lobster and USDA Prime Beef available every night
  • 24-Hour in-room dining
  • Unlimited WiFi
  • Live, Daily Entertainment and Enrichment
 
Exclusions
  • Port fees
  • Gratuities
  • Premium and Connoisseur Beverage Packages
  • Premium Shore Excursions
  • Air

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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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