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America's Great River - St. Paul to New Orleans - 2023

From St. Paul, MN, United States to New Orleans, LA, United States
Length: 17 Days - Departs: Fri, Jul 07, 2023
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Jul 07, 2023
Arrival
Jul 23, 2023

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    St. Paul
    Fri, Jul 07, 2023
    Arrive and check in to your hotel. St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota and one of the state's oldest cities. Situated on a series of bluffs overlooking a deep S-shaped bend in the Mississippi River, it forms the "Twin Cities” with neighboring Minneapolis. The city has long been an important commercial center, first for furs during the early 19th century, then later for livestock and meatpacking after the development of the railroad. St. Paul boasts several historic neighborhoods and is home to Summit Avenue, the longest preserved street of Victorian-era buildings in the US.
  2. Day 2
    St. Paul
    Sat, Jul 08, 2023

    After breakfast, check out of your hotel. St. Paul has several historic neighborhoods and is home to many late 19th and early 20th-century buildings, including the 1836 home of Henry Sibley, the state's first governor; the Alexander Ramsey House (1872); the capitol (1904); and the Cathedral of St. Paul (1915). Its downtown features The Skyway, a system of enclosed, climate-controlled walkways on the second-floor of several buildings, which connect at various points. Over 160 parks lie within St. Paul, including the Saint Paul Grand Round, an unbroken chain of protected greenspaces and parklands around the city.

    Red Wing is known for its Red Wing Shoes, which produced footwear for soldiers in both world wars. The city was named after a Sioux chief whose red-dyed swan wing indicated his rank. The first settlers-many from New England-arrived in the mid-1800s. German, Irish and Scandinavian immigrants followed, bringing skills in tanning, shoemaking, pottery and more. The city boasts a diversity of legacies, including Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery, founded in 1877 as the nation's first commercial potter. Today, Red Wing enjoys a place in the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom.

  3. Day 3
    Red Wing
    Sun, Jul 09, 2023
    Exuding small-town charm, Red Wing shares a border with Wisconsin along the winding waterway of the Mississippi River. The city is renowned for its "impressive architecture and enviable natural environment,” according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Surrounded by striking landscapes, Red Wing is an attraction for nature lovers seeking unspoiled natural beauty, where numerous hiking trails and prime fishing spots abound. The city is also home to a vibrant local arts scene, with several festivals throughout the summer and fall.
  4. Day 4
    La Crosse
    Mon, Jul 10, 2023
    La Crosse has a deep connection to the towering bluffs and rolling farmland of the Norskedalen, or "Norwegian Valley.” Here, a Norwegian immigrant population has created a unique culture over generations. Historic immigrant villages dot the valley still, a collection of preserved homesteads reflecting a frontier way of life. Today, La Crosse boasts numerous sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Its important architectural landmarks, along with an array of engaging statues along the riverfront, make La Crosse feel like a vast open air museum.
  5. Day 5
    Dubuque
    Tue, Jul 11, 2023
    One of Iowa's few cities laid out among rolling bluffs, Dubuque is called the "Masterpiece on the Mississippi” for its 19th-century ingenuity and modern-day cultural evolution. Timber and boatbuilding were central to the city's growth, with wood harvested in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The spirit of this river town lives on in the Cathedral Historic District, dotted with well-preserved buildings and authentic period lampposts. Today, the city is praised for its livability and for its riverside developments, including a museum and aquarium dedicated to the Mississippi River.
  6. Day 6
    Quad Cities
    Wed, Jul 12, 2023
    Straddling the confluence of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers, the Quad Cities area comprises Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline and East Moline, Illinois. As the only section of the Mississippi that flows from east to west, it is geographically unique. Its tightly knit riverside towns thrived due to thoughtful planning and effective leadership. Today, the Quad Cities rest amid the fertile farmland known as "America's Breadbasket”-the nation's most expansive and scenic agricultural region-and is home to agribusiness giants including John Deere.
  7. Day 7
    Burlington
    Thu, Jul 13, 2023
    The US flag was first raised over Iowa in Burlington-in 1805-by Lieutenant Zebulon Pike during his Mississippi explorations. Later, it became an outpost for the American Fur Company, a trading enterprise founded by John Jacob Astor. In 1834, it took its present name after the Vermont birthplace of its first settler, John Gray. During the steamboat era, it was a major port along the river. Today, the city is home to many magnificent buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including the art deco Capitol Theater and the Gothic Revival St. Paul's Church.
  8. Day 8
    Hannibal
    Fri, Jul 14, 2023
    Hannibal is the childhood home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, or Mark Twain, and the inspiration for his beloved stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Prior to the 1803 Louisiana Purchase and arrival of European settlers, a variety of indigenous Native American tribes called the area home. Hannibal grew into the primary port for steamboats and flatboats traveling the Upper Mississippi. "The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” the early 20th-century socialite, philanthropist and survivor of the Titanic tragedy, was also born here.
  9. Day 9
    St. Louis
    Sat, Jul 15, 2023
    During the 19th century, St. Louis was a gateway into the Louisiana Territory. In 1904, the city gained recognition as host of a world's fair (officially called the Louisiana Purchase Exposition), whereby some accounts the ice-cream cone was introduced. Today, it is home to rich architectural treasures-among them, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, with its 41-million-piece mosaic; the Renaissance Revival City Hall; the 19th-century Old Courthouse; and the Gateway Arch, standing along the Mississippi as a monument to westward expansion.
  10. Day 10
    Scenic Sailing: Lower Mississippi
    Sun, Jul 16, 2023
    Teeming with a wide variety of birdlife and a breathtaking array of picturesque landscapes-including deep-green forests, lush wetlands and a patchwork of fertile farmlands-the Lower Mississippi abounds with natural beauty. This portion of America's great waterway is also rich in history and culture, as reflected in the classic literature and music that have drawn inspiration from it.
  11. Day 11
    Memphis
    Mon, Jul 17, 2023
    The "Queen City of the South” is the birthplace of Memphis blues, popular in vaudeville shows of the early 20th century. With its strong trade in agricultural goods and other natural resources, it grew into one of the South's largest commercial centers. Memphis famously boasts a wealth of civil rights history, much of it along Beale Street and at the Lorraine Motel, site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. It is also the home of Graceland, where Elvis Presley, "the King of Rock 'n' Roll,” spent his final days.
  12. Day 12
    Scenic Sailing: Lower Mississippi
    Tue, Jul 18, 2023
    Starting from the confluence of the Ohio River and the Upper Mississippi River at Cairo, Illinois, the Lower Mississippi River flows more than 950 miles to the Gulf of Mexico; over the course of its winding run, it slowly descends 270 feet to sea level. Unlike the upper rivers, the Lower Mississippi's route is not impeded by locks or dams, instead relying on a series of levees and dikes to control flooding and make the stretch of water navigable. While floods are a historic problem, they also created the Delta's fertile soil and led to wide-scale agriculture in the region.
  13. Day 13
    Vicksburg
    Wed, Jul 19, 2023
    Located on a high bluff where the Yazoo River flows into the Mississippi, Vicksburg is the epitome of Southern heritage and charm. It was incorporated in 1825 and, with its prime locale on the Mississippi, grew into an important port. 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. The Vicksburg National Military Park preserves the battle site's rolling green fields and grand monuments.
  14. Day 14
    Natchez
    Thu, Jul 20, 2023
    Natchez has one of the highest concentrations of historic Southern estates in the country. More than 200 perfectly preserved homes line its avenues. It is the oldest city on the Mississippi, established in 1716 by French colonists and named for the Natchez tribe who once called it home. With its ideal locale, the city became a crossroads among Native American and European cultures. Famously, Natchez was the southern terminus of the Natchez Trace, the overland route to Nashville that allowed traders to bypass the strong upriver currents. Today, it evokes small-town America.
  15. Day 15
    Baton Rouge
    Fri, Jul 21, 2023
    The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge paints a historic picture on the eastern bank of the Mississippi. Its early success was due to its flood-free location upon the first natural bluff north of The Delta. French explorer Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d'Iberville, named the city after a red-hued pole that marked the area's tribal hunting grounds. Its cultural diversity-from its Cajun and Creole music and cuisine to its arts offerings-reflects the European immigrant settlers and the African people brought as slaves. The city boasts the tallest capitol building in the United States.
  16. Day 16
    Baton Rouge
    Sat, Jul 22, 2023

    After breakfast, disembark your ship. Baton Rouge is the capital city of Louisiana, located along the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. It derives its name from a red cypress post found by late 17th-century French-Canadian explorers that was used as a boundary marker between local Indigenous peoples. Founded by the French, the city changed hands several times during its history, before being acquired by the US via the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The building of a large refinery during the early 20th century and its proximity to neighboring oil fields helped make the city an important industrial center.

    Arrive and check in to your hotel. The birthplace of American jazz, New Orleans exudes a festive atmosphere along the balcony-lined Bourbon Street. Here, in the heart of the French Quarter, soulful rhythms lift the spirit, especially during the city's Mardi Gras celebration. Founded by French colonists in 1718, New Orleans served as a territorial capital before the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Its distinctive St. Louis Cathedral-named for King Louis IX of France-is the oldest cathedral in the country. The city's French, African and other influences flavor its vibrant culture and tantalizing Creole cuisine.

  17. Day 17
    New Orleans
    Sun, Jul 23, 2023
    Often referred to as "The Big Easy,” the city of New Orleans radiates charm and is renowned for its Southern hospitality. Steeped in a proud musical tradition, some of the finest jazz and blues musicians can be seen performing each night at the many historic venues found throughout the city. New Orleans is also home to the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world, and its four classic lines offer a convenient way to explore the city's historic homes, parks and museums, which include the New Orleans Museum of Art and the National WWII Museum. After breakfast, check out of your hotel and journey home.

Countries Visited

United States

Rivers Visited

Mississippi

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Inclusions

17 Days 9 Guided Tours /

Daily Shore Excursions: 9 included guided tours
Port Charges: Included on all itineraires

Health and Safety Protocols for Viking

Pre-Departure Test
To ensure your journey is smooth and that you are able to fully enjoy your voyage as planned, we highly recommend that all guests take a pre-departure COVID-19 test, no more than three days prior to beginning your journey.

Purified Air
Enjoy fresh air in your stateroom, knowing that all staterooms on Viking river ships feature independent air handling units that do not share air with other areas of the ship. Take comfort in knowing that the air in the public areas of your ship has also been purified with new short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) lights and high-density filters, which kill 99.99% of all airborne viruses and bacteria.

Medical Services
While every precaution can reduce the risk of illness, we are also prepared for that outcome. Each of our vessels has always had a state-of-the-art Medical Center; those facilities have now been upgraded with more specialized equipment. We have also launched a new 24/7 hotline staffed by doctors, specifically for our river cruises.

Sanitization
Rest assured that the surfaces on your ship will be cleaned and sanitized continuously with daily scheduled deep cleanings. You will notice more hand sanitization stations throughout your ship. And on our ocean and expedition ships, we are using new sanitization robots that utilize UV-C light to treat surfaces in guest and crew public areas—an industry first.

Dining & Entertainment
On your ship, you can expect spacious, airy public areas and abundant options for al fresco dining. Also, on our ocean voyages, as always, you can enjoy complimentary 24-hour room service. Now, more options for spaced seating in all dining venues will allow for physical distancing; there will be additional table service at all bars and lounges; and new capabilities will allow you to watch more live events and enriching content through your in-room entertainment system.

Physical Distancing & Face Masks
Public health experts agree that proper physical distancing and the use of face masks are effective in helping slow the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Face masks are optional while moving about the ship. Please note: Viking’s Medical Team continually monitors conditions and may deem face masks to be necessary while moving about the ship, based on conditions at the time of travel. While ashore, guests will need to comply with any local guidelines for face masks and physical distancing. Face masks continue to be required for all crew.

Local Partner Training
As part of the Viking Health & Safety Program, we will regularly train every local partner, including motor coach drivers and tour guides. While ashore, Viking’s measures will meet or exceed local guidelines for social distancing and other precautions.

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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 2214 reviews about Viking Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

We had a wonderful trip. Our Viking River cruise was one of our best cruises ever. We did a pre-extension in Paris and a post-extension in Zurich. The pre and the post took the trip from "very good" to "best ever". 

This was my 7th trip with Viking. They always go above and beyond

As always Viking went over and above expectations! Book it you won't regret it!

Viking is a first class river cruise operator. They specialize in customer service and strive for satisfaction. The food and drink are over the top and always top quality. We were blown away when the cruise ended, a ship representative escorted us to the airport and remained with us until we entered airport security. We certainly will cruise again with Viking.

Viking does a wonderful job. They really take good care of their guests!

Viking did an excellent job. The trip was great. 

Viking River Cruises was first class all the way. The staff, food, accommodations, tours, etc. were all great.

Travel agent Soazeg Vadel very supportive.

Tour behind the previous Iron Curtain¦..something I never thought would be possible. Sobering historical tours. Beautiful landscape. Wonderful art

I was not made aware of the optional tours in Paris with the exception of the Montmartre tour.

We were on the Viking Torgil. It was exceptional. The food was excellent and the ship/stateroom were immaculate. The staff, as always were extremely helpful. With Viking there is never a problem, as any issue that comes up is an opportunity for them to find a solution. This was our second tour with Viking. There will be more. We added on the extension in Lisbon. The hotel was great, as was the staff. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Trip was wonderful. Food great, they catered to all my needs.

The South of France is beautiful at any time but with the lavender fields blooming, this time of the year is amazing.

The cabin was smaller than what we expected based on previous cruises with other operators. The staff was great. The included tours were average. We would have liked more walking tours but realize that would be difficult in large cities. We thought the Prague walking tour was poor. The Regent Hotel in Berlin was great. Nice room and convenient location. The Hilton in Prague was ok. The room setup was had little storage space, and the bathroom was small with no space around the sink for toiletries. The modern decor was aesthetically pleasing, but not very functional.

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