Viking River Cruises continues to lead in the world for their renowned small ship cruise offerings. Viking is proud to announce 2022 and beyond sailings through America's heartland - including picturesque towns, roaring cities, and a bustling American history around every bend of the "Mighty Mississippi."
On this enlightening journey on the Upper Mississippi, you will hear stories of pioneers and the Lewis and Clark Expedition; walk in the footsteps of Mark Twain; and learn about the Norwegian migration. Enjoy the view as your ship navigates through the river’s intricate lock system. And experience the region’s many cultural treasures—from ragtime, polka and Norwegian folk music to Wisconsin cheese, craft beer and hearty stews.
Special Offers and Member Benefits:
Where You Will Stay:
Hosting 386 guests in 193 all outside staterooms, the new state-of-the-art Viking Mississippi is inspired by the award-winning Viking Longships® and ocean ships and will feature clean Scandinavian design, as well as public spaces that are familiar to guests but that have been reimagined for Mississippi River voyages. Purpose-built for the Mississippi, the ship’s cutting-edge design, expansive windows and comfortable amenities will make it the first truly modern cruise ship in the region.
What You Will See:
As you travel along the river through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri, you will find communities rich with natural and architectural beauty, a story behind every landmark, and local specialties to feast on after another memorable day. Whether on board or off exploring a destination, take-in panoramic views few encounter. All shore excursions balance the must-see sights, interactive tours, and even privileged access to experiences you will never forget.
What You May Eat:
Viking chefs are passionate about food and committed to providing an enriching culinary experience. With flavors accented from their onboard herb garden and a wide selection of regional wines, you will find that with Viking, dining is part of the journey.
The main dining venue Viking offers is known as 'the Restaurant' offering gracious service, included wine and beer, and a streamlined Scandinavian interior design. The menu includes regional cuisine and always available classics enhanced with locally sourced ingredients, so you can explore new cultures through food.
Itinerary: America's Heartland 2022 ~ 8 days ~ St. Louis to St. Paul ~ 6 guided tours ~ from $4,599
Day 1: St. Louis, Missouri
Arrive in St. Louis and transfer to your ship. After check-in, the afternoon is yours to explore the city on your own. 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.(D)
Day 2: Hannibal, Missouri
This community is best known as the birthplace 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. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Burlington, Iowa
Continue along the Mississippi this morning. 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.” 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. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Quad Cities, Iowa
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. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Dubuque, Iowa
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. 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. (B,L,D)
Day 6: La Crosse, Wisconsin
La Crosse enjoys a deep connection to its stunning Norwegian Valley, where Norwegian immigrants carved out a unique culture.
Day 7: Red Wing, Minnesota
Red Wing was built with the farming skills and craftsmanship of New Englanders and German, Irish and Scandinavian immigrants. 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. (B,L,D)
Day 8: St. Paul, Minnesota
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight, or extend your journey with additional nights in St. Paul. Used as a base by westward settlers heading to the Dakotas, St. Paul was called the "Last City of the East." The “Twin Cities” boast distinctive neighborhoods; diverse ethnic, traditional and contemporary eateries; and an acclaimed arts scene—all served up with friendly Midwestern manners. (B)
*Rates vary by departure date. Note: $125 per person AAA Member Benefit shipboard credit offer is available to AAA members on Viking river cruise itineraries ranging from 8-13 days. Shipboard credits can only be applied when booked directly by AAA travel agent. Onboard credit has no cash value. Valid only for Viking river cruises sailings. Viking reserves the right to correct errors and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. Call for more details.
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