Day 1: Nashville, TN
Departure: 6:00 p.m.
Day 2: Dover, TN
Fort Donelson National Battlefied and National Cemetery stand as reminders of Dover’s importance during the Civil War, controlling access to the Cumberland River supply route. The capture of Fort Donelson by Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant was a major victory for the Union Army, and Grant’s first step toward gaining the fame that would eventually lead him to command the entire Union Army. The Dover Hotel still stands just as it did when General Buckner surrendered his Confederate forces to Grant there on February 16, 1862.
Day 3: Paducah, KY
Known as the city of art, rhythm and rivers, Paducah boasts a lively Lowertown Arts District, the renowned River Heritage Museum, a Save America’s Treasures project, and tours via foot, trolley or horse-drawn carriage reveal its charm. OR Elegant displays at the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society highlight the vigorous rebirth of quiltmaking. It’s just one of the colorful attractions in a lovely city of 19th century architecture, specialty shops and one-of-a-kind eateries.
Included Tour: Once you board your Hop On-Hop Off deluxe Steamcoach, a few stops may capture your attention. You’ll find the finest quilts made by today’s quilt artists at the National Quilt Museum. Then, visit some museums dedicated to preserving the heritage of the river, railroad and highlights of western Kentucky role in the War Between the States: the River Discovery Center, Paducah Railroad Museum and Paducah Civil War. Or visit the William Clark Market House Museum, which narrates the history of Paducah’s growth.
Day 4: Savannah, TN
The jumping off point for Shiloh National Military Park. The center traces the story of Corinth in the Civil War from secession through Reconstruction. It includes two state-of-the-art films on Shiloh and Corinth, plus interactive interpretive exhibits and stunning bronze work.
Included Tour: Experience Shiloh National Military Park. The Battle of Shiloh, fought in April 1862 during the American Civil War, is sometimes called Bloody Shiloh for its particularly devastating results for both sides. One Union veteran wrote, “No soldier who took part in the two day’s engagement at Shiloh ever spoiled for a fight again. We wanted a square, stand-up fight [and] got all we wanted of it.” The national cemetery within the park is the final resting place of 4,000 soldiers and their family members. The Shiloh Indian Mounds, a National Historic Landmark, are also located within the park boundaries.
Day 5: Florence, AL
Included Tour: We will have the opportunity to visit several sites in Florence, Alabama. Starting with one of the oldest structures in Florence, Pope’s Tavern Museum was used as a stagecoach stop, tavern and inn, and hospital for both Confederate and Union forces during Civil War. Next stop is the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is a gallery and center for the coordination and promotion for cultural activity in the area. The Father of the Blues, William Christopher Handy, was born in Florence in 1873 in a simple cabin that today houses a large collection of his personal papers, memorabilia and artifacts. We will visit WC Handy House Museum. Next stop is the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House, a cypress, glass, and brick house built in 1939-1940 has been called one of the purest examples of Wright’s Usonian style. Climb the steps of history at this 43 foot high mound. The Florence Indian Mound & Museum is the highest platform mound in the Tennessee Valley region.
Day 6: Decatur, AL
Decatur highlights include the North Alabama Birding Trail, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, Riverwalk Marina, Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, two historic districts, and unique shopping and dining experiences.
Included Tour: Board your deluxe Hop On-Hop-Off Steamcoach, which will take you to Carnegie Visual Arts Center, which features visual art from every medium, and the Old State Bank Building, built over 170 years ago, which stands as a reminder of Decatur's rich history. The Blue and Gray Museum has a large collection of firearms, swords and other Civil War artifacts, and you can also visit the family-friendly St. John's Episcopal Church.
Day 7: Scenic River Cruising
Enjoy the sights and sounds of river cruising as the you spend a leisurely day onboard.
Day 8: Disembark in Chattanooga, TN
Arrival: 8:00 a.m. Tie up in Chattanooga and bid your steamboat adieu.
COUNTRY MUSIC CRUISE
- America has given rise to many forms of music but few are recognized as being more quintessentially homegrown than country music. The melodies of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton have shaped generations of new artists ranging from Garth Brooks to Carrie Underwood.
Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
The acclaimed cuisine of celebrated Southern chef Regina Charboneau
Gracious service from a friendly all-American staff
Country club-casual ambiance, no formal wear required
Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, the onboard history and culture expert
Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway - spectacular revues, cabaret, jazz and blues, six-piece orchestra and more
American Queen's own dedicated fleet of luxury coaches
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.