There is a new riverboat on the Mississippi and Uncommon Journeys, the leader in North American rail and cruise travel, is proud to announce its 2014 Riverboat and Train schedule featuring American Cruise Lines’ Queen of the Mississippi. With three different cruises that showcase the first paddlewheel riverboat built for overnight travel in a decade, the itineraries combine the golden era of travel with today’s modern technology and personalized service.
“Over the years, Uncommon Journeys has worked with a number of different cruise and train companies and we are excited to add American Cruise Lines to our stellar roster,” explains Uncommon Journeys President Kevin Tam. “Our 2014 itineraries offer a grand means to experience rail travel and river cruising, while exploring the heartland’s cities and small towns that make it so special.”
2014 rail and sail offerings are the following:
2014 American Legends
The 11-day journey is from July 2 to July 12, 2014, with fares starting at $4,795 per person and highlights include:
- Complimentary train travel to Chicago from any Midwestern city. Guests living in the West or East may take advantage of a special $99 train fare to Chicago when booked early.
- Two-night deluxe hotel stay at the fabled Palmer House Hilton, in the heart of Chicago’s entertainment district.
- Travel aboard the Riverboat Express, Uncommon Journeys’ classic 1940’s Streamliner train, which runs between Chicago and St. Louis with complimentary meals and drinks throughout. Enjoy the beautifully restored Club Car originally built for the Santa Fe Railroad.
- Overnight hotel accommodations in St. Louis at the Hilton Doubletree at Union Station with free time to explore St. Louis sites including the famous Arch and Union Station.
- St. Louis sightseeing tour on sailing day by its most acclaimed historian, Nini Harris, including Forest Park, the Cathedral of St. Louis and the Euclid District. Many guests consider this in-depth, brilliant tour one of the highlights of the entire vacation.
- Rare seven-night steamboat cruise from St. Louis to St. Paul aboard the paddlewheeler Queen of the Mississippi , with ports of call including Hannibal, Missouri; Burlington, Davenport, Dubuque; Iowa and La Crosse and Red Wing, Minnesota. All meals and entertainment while aboard are included.
- Special $99 train fare home to any U.S. city after the tour. (Travel back to Chicago may require an overnight stay due to train schedule).
- Book early and enjoy a complimentary shore excursion in each port of call.
Journey to the Great Smoky Mountains
A 13-day holiday from Sept. 8-20, 2014, with fares starting at $4,895 per person and highlights including:
- Complimentary train travel from any U.S. city to Atlanta and the start of the tour when booked early.
- Superb hotels throughout, including the Atlanta Hilton, with a special welcome reception at famed Trader Vic’s.
- Two nights in Asheville, North Carolina at the Doubletree Biltmore near the gates of the Vanderbilt family’s fabled Biltmore Estate with tour of Ashville.
- Biltmore Estate visit including lunch at Deerpark Restaurant on the Vanderbilt Estate.
- Two-nights at the Park Vista Resort Hotel of Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.
- Complete tour of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as well as a visit to Cades Cove.
- The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad excursion train through Nantahala River Gorge with highlights like Horseshoe Curve, Fontana Lake Trestle and the Little Tennessee River, plus fantastic scenery during the height of fall colors.
- ‘One Time’ seven-night voyage on the Cumberland, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers on the Queen of the Mississippi from Nashville to Memphis through some of the prettiest scenery in America. In 2013, Uncommon Journeys’ guests rated the passage on the Cumberland River north of Nashville as the highlight of their entire vacation. The cruise will visit the best of small-town America, with visits to Clarksville and Dover, Tennessee, Paducah and Columbus, Kentucky and New Madrid, Missouri before arriving in Memphis to dock at the end of famous Beale Street. All meals and entertainment aboard the Queen of the Mississippi are included.
2014 Fall Colors on the Mississippi River
The 10-day journey dates are Sept. 25-Oct. 4, 2014, with fares starting at $4,895 per person and highlights include:
- Free train travel from any Midwestern or Eastern city to Chicago.
- For guests living on the West Coast, special reduced train fares round-trip to Chicago are available.
- Two-night hotel stay in the heart of downtown Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton.
- Train travel from Chicago to St. Louis over the Union Pacific Railroad, a pleasant change of pace from travel by air or freeway.
- Transfers and city sightseeing in St. Louis before embarking on the Queen of the Mississippi.
- Seven-night Mississippi River cruise from St. Louis to St. Paul with stops enroute in Hannibal, Missouri; Davenport, Dubuque, Iowa; La Crosse, Wisconsin; and Red Wing, Minnesota. All meals and entertainment aboard the Queen of the Mississippi are included.
- Special sightseeing just for the group including the remarkable architectural cruise through Chicago, and a city tour of St. Louis by its most acclaimed historian, Nini Harris before the sail. Another uncommon excursion just for Uncommon Journeys guests is a visit to historic and lovely Galena, Illinois during the steamboat voyage north.
Each holiday features a professional tour manager to handle all details from hotel reservations to sightseeing opportunities.