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America's Great River - New Orleans to St. Paul - 2022

From New Orleans, LA, United States to St. Paul, MN, United States
Length: 15 Days - Departs: Sat, Aug 06, 2022
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Aug 06, 2022
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Aug 20, 2022

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  1. Day 1
    New Orleans
    Sat, Aug 06, 2022
    Arrive in New Orleans and embark your ship.* After check-in, the afternoon is yours to independently explore the city, where its French, African and other influences flavor not only its vibrant culture, but also its tantalizing Creole cuisine. The beloved birthplace of American jazz, historic New Orleans famously exudes a festive atmosphere along the balcony-lined Bourbon Street. Here, in the heart of the famed French Quarter, soulful rhythms lift the spirit, particularly during the city's world-renowned Mardi Gras. To see how its floats are made and learn the history of this famous yearly celebration, perhaps visit Mardi Gras World, just a short walk from your ship. On board, enjoy an informative lecture on the history and development of New Orleans while you take in a lively musical performance. (Dinner)

    *Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.
  2. Day 2
    Baton Rouge
    Sun, Aug 07, 2022
    Arrive in Baton Rouge, set on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River, and take a panoramic city tour of the area. Hear tales of the hardworking, fun-loving Cajun people and their contributions to Louisiana's history and culture. Your Viking Guest Services staff can help you plan the rest of your day with several optional excursions: a Cajun heritage tour; an exploration of the Atchafalaya Basin by boat or canoe; or a visit to the USS Kidd, the most historically accurate restoration of a World War II vessel in the United States. Tonight, enjoy music in the Explorers' Lounge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  3. Day 3
    Natchez
    Mon, Aug 08, 2022
    Natchez is the perfect location in which to enjoy small-town America. The town is distinguished by more than 500 historic buildings, including over 200 perfectly preserved homes that still grace its broad avenues. Throughout the day, you can explore shops in the historic district and other sites at your leisure. You may choose to visit one of many pre–Civil War mansions here, some of the most beautifully preserved in this area of the South. The city itself is home to more than 1,000 structures that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After dinner, learn about the life of local artisans and enjoy classical music. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  4. Day 4
    Vicksburg
    Tue, Aug 09, 2022
    Arriving in Vicksburg, you immediately feel the Southern tradition that flows through the city's veins. It is rich in history-especially Civil War history. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln called it "the key to the South.” And it indeed proved to be the site of the conflict's most pivotal battle, the Battle of Vicksburg, after which the Confederates surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant. Visit Vicksburg National Military Park, which preserves the battlefield and commemorates the greater Vicksburg Campaign that preceded the battle. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  5. Day 5
    Scenic Sailing: Lower Mississippi
    Wed, Aug 10, 2022
    Cruising the serpentine route of the Lower Mississippi, you will witness an astonishing array of picturesque landscapes. Sail past deep-green forests, lush vegetation and a patchwork of fertile farmlands-all hugging the shores and hosting a huge variety of birdlife perched in riverside trees, ready to pluck their next meal from the flowing waters. Around you, bluffs rise over the river's edge. Silos pierce bucolic landscapes. Sandbars and low islands guide the waters as they have for millennia. Passing numerous tributaries and meandering channels, you may appreciate this massive waterway as an epic river system rather than as a singular river. Immerse yourself in the region's history and culture by reading a book from the Library, participating in a cooking demonstration or attending a lecture. After dinner, enjoy live music in the Explorers' Lounge and mingle with fellow guests. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  6. Day 6
    Memphis
    Thu, Aug 11, 2022
    The "Queen City of the South” is the birthplace of Memphis blues, popular in vaudeville shows of the early 20th century. Future president Andrew Jackson cofounded the city in 1819. With its strong trade in agricultural goods and other natural resources, it grew into one of the South's largest commercial centers. Experience the music, cuisine and character of Beale Street. A straight path stretching nearly two miles from East Street to the Mississippi, Beale Street is renowned as the intersection of American blues, country, gospel and rock 'n' roll music. This is where Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Memphis Minnie, B. B. King, Rufus Thomas and many other legends helped create a uniquely American and universally beloved musical genre. Explore Beale Street's music venues, browse its record shops, see its historic monuments or satisfy your cravings for Tennessee's best barbecue. Today, you will explore the city at leisure and take an included tour to Graceland, where Elvis Presley, "the King of Rock 'n' Roll,” spent his final days. On an optional tour to the National Civil Rights Museum, learn about civil rights history and see the Lorraine Motel, site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  7. Day 7
    Scenic Sailing: Lower Mississippi
    Fri, Aug 12, 2022
    Enjoy another full day of scenic cruising along "America's Great River.” Immerse yourself in the region's history and culture by reading a book from the Library, participating in a cooking demonstration or attending a lecture. After dinner, enjoy live music in the Explorers' Lounge and mingle with fellow guests. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  8. Day 8
    St. Louis
    Sat, Aug 13, 2022
    Explore St. Louis today with an included panoramic tour of the city. The "Gateway to the West,” St. Louis is home to a diverse array of celebrated architectural treasures-among them, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, with its 41-million-piece mosaic; the Renaissance Revival City Hall; and the 19th-century Old Courthouse. The Gateway Arch, the world's tallest, and the Museum at the Gateway Arch round out the Gateway Arch National Park, formerly the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. You may also choose to visit the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, whose grounds include three National Historic Landmarks, and perhaps see the Budweiser Clydesdale stables. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  9. Day 9
    Hannibal
    Sun, Aug 14, 2022
    This community is best known as the childhood home of author Mark Twain and the setting of his Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Enjoy the stories and sites of Twain's days in Hannibal as you hear about Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Becky Thatcher and Injun Joe. You may even see firsthand the fence of whitewashing fame. You will also visit the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, with its extensive collection of Twain memorabilia. This walking portion of the tour includes seven museum properties-all located within a two-block area-including the Museum Gallery, where vivid depictions of the author's stories are displayed in 15 original Norman Rockwell paintings. Twain's colorful characters are brought to life during a trip through the Mark Twain Cave. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  10. Day 10
    Burlington
    Mon, Aug 15, 2022
    Continue along the Mississippi this morning. Arrive in Burlington for a guided tour revealing small-town America in its historic downtown. Discover the Des Moines County Heritage Center, Garrett-Phelps House Museum, First Congregational Church, Capitol Theater and many more sites. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Mississippi from Mosquito Park and take a stroll along Snake Alley, "the crookedest street in the world.” You will have the opportunity to embark on an optional excursion to Nauvoo and Fort Madison. Step back in time at Old Fort Madison and discover military life as it was lived on the rugged frontier of the Louisiana Territory. The fort is an amazingly accurate reconstruction of the first military fort on the Upper Mississippi. Enter the fascinating world of Historic Nauvoo, home of the Illinois Nauvoo Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since 1839. The restored homes, mercantile establishments and community buildings maintain the charm of what was once a beautiful, industrious city. Today, Nauvoo provides an opportunity to experience the people and times of the past. Back on board, unwind with an afternoon cookout. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  11. Day 11
    Quad Cities
    Tue, Aug 16, 2022
    Begin your day with a visit to the John Deere Pavilion-created as a celebration of the past, present and future of agribusiness-and the Deere family homes. Then, perhaps take an optional tour of a local family-owned and -operated farm to learn about modern-day farming techniques. You may choose to visit the Quad City Botanical Center to discover the delicious history of chocolate or stroll through the Figge Art Museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  12. Day 12
    Dubuque
    Wed, Aug 17, 2022
    Arrive in Dubuque, where you will capture the flavor of life along the Mississippi during the great Steamboat Era. As you tour the city known as the "Masterpiece on the Mississippi,” see the Mathias Ham House, which was built by one of Dubuque's earliest entrepreneurs and exemplifies the opulent Victorian lifestyle of a booming river town before the Civil War. At Cable Car Square, a whimsical area with period-style lampposts in the historic downtown neighborhood, shops in old brownstones offer everything from jewelry to quilting supplies. Down at the river, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is filled with five large tank displays, plus interactive exhibits and artifacts that tell the stories of the people who discovered, lived upon and celebrated the waterways of the United States. Or you may choose to shop on Galena's Main Street, lined with more than 100 interesting antique shops, pubs, wine bars and restaurants housed in historic redbrick and stone buildings that date to the mid-1800s. This Americana haven was recognized as one of America's greatest Main Streets by Travel + Leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  13. Day 13
    La Crosse
    Thu, Aug 18, 2022
    After breakfast on board, explore La Crosse and its numerous sites on the National Register of Historic Places, with a panoramic tour of the city. Its important architectural landmarks, along with the array of engaging statues lining the riverfront, make La Crosse feel like a vast open air museum. Or, consider an optional journey to Decorah, Iowa. Nestled among beautiful rolling hills unscathed by the leveling march of the glaciers, Decorah is a blend of small-town charm and urban convenience, and at its heart is Vesterheim, the national Norwegian American museum and heritage center, the largest museum in the United States dedicated to one single immigrant group. While in town, enjoy the friendliest shopping experience you have ever had in Decorah's many boutiques and have a delicious lunch in one of the several local restaurants. Decorah is also home to the "second-best brewery in the world”-Toppling Goliath. Sign on for a brewery tour and have an amazing craft-brewed pint with your lunch. Other recreational options abound: a tour of the world-renowned Seed Savers Exchange, or on-your-own trout fishing or cycling adventures on the city's justly famous biking trails. Tonight, dine on board as you continue sailing. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  14. Day 14
    Red Wing
    Fri, Aug 19, 2022
    Enjoy the scenic landscape of this portion of the Mississippi as we sail to Red Wing, known for its American-made Red Wing Shoes, which produced footwear for soldiers in both world wars. The city was named after a celebrated Sioux chief whose red-dyed swan wing indicated his rank. The first settlers arrived in the mid-1800s, many from New England. They grew more wheat than any county in the nation. German, Irish and Scandinavian immigrants followed. Today, enjoy a city tour coupled with a visit to the National Eagle Center in nearby Wabasha, where you will learn all about eagle biology, ecology and natural history from one of the center's resident eagle ambassadors. Optional opportunities include a scenic cruise across Lake Pepin and the "Mighty Mississippi.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  15. Day 15
    St. Paul
    Sat, Aug 20, 2022
    After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight, or extend your journey with additional nights in St. Paul.* (Breakfast)

    * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

Countries Visited

United States

Rivers Visited

Mississippi

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Viking Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
4.2
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 2100 reviews about Viking Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

Very fun. Learned a lot. Met good people. Had wonderful local guides. Excellent safety.

Viking met and exceeded our expectation. It was our very first river cruise and we're simply blown away with the overall experience. The room was always kept neat and tidy. The food and wait staff were outstanding. All the included excursions were great. Couldn't have ask for a better trip. Another check mark off our bucket lists!

Our Viking Cruise was nearly flawless. They go out of their way to make sure you have a lovely time. The accommodations are a little plain but most of what you do is off the ship. We loved the comfort of the modern busses and the use of the headsets to hear what the guide was saying made it so easy to catch every word. The guides are the best in the industry. The itineraries were all very interesting. We did not feel that we wasted a minute of our time. The food was excellent and included local recipes along with many other choices. The wine was great and was included with each meal. There was always some kind of entertainment in the evening. The set up on the ship made it possible to easily mingle with other guests.

The staff on the Viking Cruise were phenomenal. They were very pleasant, attentive and accommodating. The Program Director, David, was energetic and enthusiastic. He skillfully managed problems that arise that were beyond his control(climate related). He did so in a positive and update manner. Lufthansa Airlines was very disappointing. The loading procedures both here and in Germany were very disorganized. We almost missed a connecting flight! On our return.

The eight day trip through Hungary, Austria, and Germany on the Danube to visit historic sights and the various Christmas Markets was a wonderful experience. The Viking cruise met our highest expectations. Be prepared for a range of temperatures from the 40's to below freezing.

Karen did a great job coordinating this wonderful trip from Miami to Zurich .we flow many airlines before, but Swiss Air is the best. Cruise was great , staff was very courteous , helpful and attentive to our needs. . Will try Viking in the future.

Wonderful experience. A dream journey!!

This was one of the best trips I have ever been on!

Katherine did an excellent job suggesting a Viking River Tour. We had a fabulous time.

This was by far the best trip we have ever taken, and we will likely go on another Viking River cruise after this experience. Viking is very organized and the included tours are interesting and well done. Everywhere we traveled, we had local guides so we got an insiders look at the cities and additional interesting information.

The Viking Roof of the World was executed perfectly! We had the same guide for every included excursion and Viking includes excursions at every site. The onboard ship credit that AffordableTours gave us was generous. When translated into Yuan, the Chinese currency used on board, it gave us even more value. The ship is a Chinese ship with Chinese crew, however, so their English was not perfect. We had to speak slowly and repeat our requests sometimes to get the message across. Overall, I would recommend this cruise to anyone interested in a tour of China.

We had a wonderful time. Everyone from the Captain, Cruise Director, Manager and Chef were great. The crew was the best of the three cruised we took with Viking. Sorin the Mate De was very friendly and met all our need. The wait staff in the dinning room were very happy to make our experience great.

This our third trip with Viking. All the trips have each had their own uniqueness. The trip on Danube has been our least favorite. This opinion is given due to the fact that it was the trip that was to a venue that has a lot of river traffic. At each port we were docked with another ship on the river side of our boat and blocked our view. There is really something special about visiting Vienna and Passau. The Legend was an older ship and that made it less pleasurable and the staff were not as friendly and welcoming as the other two trips. The dining room wait staff was terrific, as were the other two cruises and the food was excellent. I would recommend booking this trip, even with these reservations.

Once again Affordable delivers!

The Viking employees were very helpful and professional.

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