Upper Mississippi River Cruises

Beauty, bluffs and bounty prevail on an Upper Mississippi River journey


Explore the best of the Upper Mississippi River as you cruise through America’s heartland on one of our authentic paddlewheelers. Nature buffs, history enthusiasts and culture lovers will find inspiration and adventure on our river cruises, which are specially planned to give you a unique, memorable experience on the iconic Mississippi River.
 
Ports of call from Red Wing to Prairie du Chien allow our guests the best experiences throughout the Midwest without the need to pack up or coordinate alternative transportation for sightseeing. Shore excursions along the river give guests a range of activities, from kayaking the mighty Mississippi to walking the Main Streets of America.
 
As river bends unspool, the natural splendor comes alive along the dramatic riverbanks and bluffs of this glacial valley. Relax on the veranda as you watch deer sip water from fluvial terraces, or behold bald eagles swoop into the wake of the paddlewheel to catch their daily prey. Or enjoy the leisurely trek across Lake Pepin – where waterskiing was first attempted and is still a favorite pastime. Cruises through the Upper Mississippi region include an abundance of lock-and-dam systems, offering views exclusive to river travel.
 
Guests on our Upper Mississippi River cruises enjoy a variety experiences as we port along the journey. There is never a dull moment on shore; the experiences include:
 

– Stepping foot in the historic home of Ulysses S. Grant
– ​Flighted-friend encounters at the National Eagle Center
– Breathtaking craft displayed within the Minnesota Marine Art Museum
 

Word of our passage spreads through the towns that await, as locals rush to one of the many locks we traverse to wave hello and greet us along the way. Much like Mark Twain would have experienced on his many trips along the river, you’ll be captivated by the people you meet, cultures you discover and bounty that awaits.

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(19) Upper Mississippi River Cruises Available

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May 24 - May 31

Memphis to Alton (St. Louis)

American River BBQ Challenge

American River BBQ Challenge  Styles of American barbeque are varied and numerous. The competition will be tasty as our talented culinary teams compete throughout these voyages against regional barbeque masters, with the winner to be...

Duration
8 Days
Fares from
$2,099
Jul 12 - Jul 20

Red Wing (Minneapolis) to Alton (St. Louis)

Mark Twain's Mississippi

AN AMERICAN LITERARY ICON – Many would argue that Samuel Clemens, best known by his pen name Mark Twain, is quite simply one of America's greatest authors. On this magnificent journey along the Upper Mississippi River, you will delve...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$2,799
gateway arch on a mississippi river cruise
Jul 19 - Jul 27

Alton (St. Louis) to Red Wing (Minneapolis)

Mark Twain's Mississippi

FALL IN LOVE WITH THE HEARTLAND – There’s no better place to begin a journey through America’s Heartland than lively St. Louis, “ The Gateway City.” Theme: • Life on the Mississippi*   Included...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$2,799
Jul 19 - Jul 27

Memphis to Alton (St. Louis)

American River BBQ Challenge

American River BBQ Challenge  Styles of American barbeque are varied and numerous. The competition will be tasty as our talented culinary teams compete throughout these voyages against regional barbeque masters, with the winner to be...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$2,099
Jul 26 - Aug 03

Roundtrip Red Wing (Minneapolis)

Heartland Heritage

THE AMERICAN SPIRIT THRIVES – This is a timeless voyage that allows passengers to experience the heartland of America traveling the Upper Mississippi River on a beautiful roundtrip voyage from beautiful Minneapolis - an area rich with...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$2,399
gateway arch on a mississippi river cruise
Jul 26 - Aug 03

Alton (St. Louis) to Red Wing (Minneapolis)

Mark Twain's Mississippi

FALL IN LOVE WITH THE HEARTLAND – There’s no better place to begin a journey through America’s Heartland than lively St. Louis, “ The Gateway City.” Theme: • Life on the Mississippi*   Included...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$2,399
Aug 02 - Aug 10

Red Wing (Minneapolis) to Alton (St. Louis)

Mark Twain's Mississippi

AN AMERICAN LITERARY ICON – Many would argue that Samuel Clemens, best known by his pen name Mark Twain, is quite simply one of America's greatest authors. On this magnificent journey along the Upper Mississippi River, you will delve...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$2,399
Aug 02 - Aug 17

Red Wing (Minneapolis) to New Orleans

The Mighty Mississippi

AUTHENTIC AMERICA ON THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI - Have you ever wondered what this country looked like to its early explorers and pioneers? Traveling on the Mississippi and its tributaries aboard the elegant American Queen, you will be...

Duration
16 Days
Fares from
$5,699
gateway arch on a mississippi river cruise
Aug 09 - Aug 17

Alton (St. Louis) to Red Wing (Minneapolis)

Mark Twain's Mississippi

FALL IN LOVE WITH THE HEARTLAND – There’s no better place to begin a journey through America’s Heartland than lively St. Louis, “ The Gateway City.” Theme: • Life on the Mississippi*   Included...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$2,399
Aug 16 - Aug 31

Red Wing (Minneapolis) to New Orleans

The Mighty Mississippi

AUTHENTIC AMERICA ON THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI - Have you ever wondered what this country looked like to its early explorers and pioneers? Traveling on the Mississippi and its tributaries aboard the elegant American Queen, you will be...

Duration
16 Days
Fares from
$4,499
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