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New! America's Great River: Mississippi Cruise with Viking
from $10,999 pp

  • Duration: 15 days
  • Destinations: United States

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." 

History and culture unfold as you cross the country from north to south on this enriching voyage. Enjoy relaxing scenic sailing and unparalleled bird-watching as the landscape changes from the bluffs of the North to the bayous of the South. Learn about the American civil rights movement and the Civil War. Along the way, tap your feet to the rhythm of American folk, soul and jazz music—and taste a delicious array of regional cuisine.

Special Offers and Member Benefits:

  • $125 shipboard credit per person*
  • 11 guided tours included
  • All onboard meals included
  • 24/7 Member Care
  • Best Price Guarantee

Where You Will Stay:

Viking Mississippi

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 between the north and south points of the Mississippi river, 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.

 
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Included With Your Trip

Itinerary: America's Great River 2023 ~ 15 days ~ St. Paul to New Orleans ~ 11 guided tours  ~ from $10,999

Day 1: St. Paul, Minnesota 

Used as a base by westward settlers heading to the Dakotas, St. Paul was called the "Last City of the East." (D)

Day 2: Red Wing, Minnesota

Red Wing was built with the farming skills and craftsmanship of New Englanders and German, Irish and Scandinavian immigrants. (B,L,D)

Shore Excursions: 

  • Downtown Red Wing & the National Eagle Center - included 
  • Red Wing Pottery Experience at the Pottery Museum
  • An Afternoon on Lake Pepin

Day 3: La Crosse, Wisconsin

La Crosse enjoys a deep connection to its stunning Norwegian Valley, where Norwegian immigrants carved out a unique culture. (B, L, D)

Shore Excursions: 

  • River Town Discovery - included
  • Vesterheim Museum & Scenic Decorah - privileged access
  • La Crosse Queen Steamboat
  • Downtown La Crosse Guided Excursion by Bike
  • La Croose Fishing Adventure
  • La Crosse Kayaking

Day 4: Dubuque, Iowa 

Renowned for its 19th-century ingenuity and modern-day cultural evolution, Dubuque is often called the "Masterpiece on the Mississippi." (B, L, D)

Shore Excursions: 

  • Historic Dubuque with National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium - included
  • Guided Immersion at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin

Day 5: Quad Cities, Iowa

Straddling the confluence of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers, the Quad Cities area rests amid "America's Breadbasket." (B, L, D)

Shore Excursions:

  • John Deere Pavilion & the John Deere Homes - included
  • Quad City Botanical Center & Putnam Museum
  • Iowa Farm Visit & Jon Deere Harvester Works 
  • Rock Island Arsenal
  • Figge Art Museum

Day 6: Burlington, Iowa 

Home to numerous historic buildings, Burlington grew into a major economy with the arrival of steamboats and the railroad. (B, L, D)

Shore Excursions: 

  • Historic Burlington - included
  • Art Around Burlington
  • Old Fort Madison
  • Historic Nauvoo
  • Flavors of the Midwest
  • Hinterland Farm Visit

Day 7: Hannibal, Missouri

Charming Hannival is the childhood home of Mark Twain and the inspiration for his stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. (B, L, D)

Shore Excursions: 

  • The World of Mark Twain - included
 

Day 8: St. Louis, Missouri

A crossroads for 19th-century explorers, St. Louis is home to the iconic Gateway Arch, a monument to westward expansion. (B,L,D)

Shore Excursions: 

  • St. Louis, the "Gateway to the West"
  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery
  • National Blues Museum

Day 9: Scenic Cruising: Lower Mississippi

The serpentine route of the Lower Mississippi showcases an astonishing array of picturesque landscapes. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is the celebrated birthplace of Memphis blues, a center of civil rights history and the final home of Elvis Presley. (B,L,D)

Shore Excursions: 

  • Deluxe Graceland - included
  • Blues, Soul, Rock 'n' Roll
  • National Civil Rights Museum & Mason Temple

Day 11: Scenic Cruising: Lower Mississippi

Cruise past one of the Mississippi's major confluences, where its brown waters run alongside the green waters of the Ohio. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Located where the Yazoo River flows into the Mississippi, Vicksburg is the epitome of Southern heritage and charm. (B,L,D)

Shore Excursions:

  • Vicksburg National Military Park - included
  • Vicksburg Walking Tour
  • Vicksburg Behind the Scenes

Day 13: Natchez, Mississippi

Elegant Natchez boasts one of the highest concentrations of historic Southern mansions in the country. (B,L,D) 

Shore Excursions: 

  • The Best of Natchez - included
  • Historic Homes & Chef-Hosted Lunch

Day 14: Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

Baton Rouge paints a historic picture on the eastern bank of the Mississippi. (B,L,D)

  • Baton Rouge Panorama - included
  • Cajun Heritage Tour - privileged access
  • The USS Kidd
  • Atchafalaya Basin by Boat
  • Atchafalaya Basin by Canoe

Day 15: New Orleans, Louisiana - Disembark

New Orleans is celebrated for the soulful rhythms that spill onto Bourbon Street from French Quarter jazz houses. (B)

 
Additional Information

*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.

PRICE GUARANTEE Once you have paid in full for your trip, you are safe from any additional charges. Airfare increases, currency fluctuations, increased fuel surcharges, new government taxes—none of these will apply to you.

GENERAL RESTRICTIONS: Cruise fares listed are cruise only in U.S. dollars, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement savings are off applicable rates. Cruise fares listed are valid for U.S. residents only. Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply. All fares and offers are for new bookings only and are subject to availability, may not combinable with other offers except Viking Explorer Society Travel Credits and Viking Referral Rewards, are capacity-controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. Special fares are based upon published full brochure fares; cruise fares do not include pre-paid charges, optional facilities and service fees, and personal charges, as defined in the terms and conditions on the Viking website. Full brochure fares may not have resulted in actual sales in all stateroom categories and may not have been in effect during the last 90 days. Promotional fares may remain in effect after the expiration date. Air promotion applies to roundtrip flights only from select Viking Cruises U.S. gateways and includes airport-to-ship or hotel transfers, air taxes and air fuel surcharges. Roundtrip airport transfers are included when air is purchased with a cruise or cruisetour package; if air is not purchased from Viking, transfers may be purchased separately. All transfers must be in conjunction with a Viking-purchased cruise, cruisetour, land extension or extra hotel nights. Viking reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. For up-to-date prices, please call Viking or your Travel Agent. The cruise ship fuel surcharge is additional revenue to Viking Cruises, as are any additional charges relating to currency fluctuation other than for fully paid cruise fares and full fares, which fluctuations are beyond our control. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Call for completed terms and conditions.

Departure Dates
Start: June 24, 2023
End: October 14, 2023
Price: $10,999 pp


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