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Mississippi River Cruise - American Countess

Mississippi River Cruise - American Countess

Join Perkiomen Tours as we travel by motorcoach to America's Heartland and the Upper Mississippi River to Red Wing, MN where we board the American Countess Steamboat for a majestic ride down the Mississippi River to Alton, IL.

Aboard the American Countess, you can relax in a comfortable atmosphere with modern amenities.  Each day will bring us to a new port on the Mississippi River, where shore excursions will allow us to visit acclaimed museums and explore the fabric of America in the cities and towns along the river.


  • Escorted (motorcoach portion)

  • Sailing from Minnesota to Illinois

  • Tour of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Tour of Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Red Wing, Minnesota

  • La Cross, Wisconsin

  • Dubuque, Bettendorf & Burlington, Iowa

  • Hannibal, Missouri

  • 25 Meals Included

  • Motorcoach Transportation

  • Hotel Accommodations






Day 1

This morning we depart on our 12-day journey traveling west to Toledo, OH and our overnight accommodations.

Day 2

After a continental breakfast at the hotel, we will check-out and continue west to this evening's lodging in Madison, Wisconsin, taking in an attraction and an included lunch along the way.


Day 3

Today we complete our journey to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a guided city tour of Minneapolis and St. Paul highlights. We will then check-in to our Minneapolis accommodations. Dinner and the evening are at your leisure.


Day 4

Today we make our way to Red Wing, Minnesota where we will spend some time becoming acclimated to the city before we board the American Countess...your warm, inviting, and comforting accommodations for the next 7 nights. Red Wing was included on National Geographic Traveler's list of the world's most historic places. The city offers opportunities to travel back in time and learn about settlers and pioneers who occupied the land before today. Tomorrow, you will have the chance to see more of Red Wing.

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Day 5

Today you can continue exploring one of the most unique and charming places to visit along the Mississippi River. Red Wing offers visitors a chance to take a step back in time at their various museums and downtown areas with architectural symbols, historic homes and distinctive businesses. Take a walk through history and find a combination of unique, locally owned shops and world famous brands that started in Red Wing and still offer high quality goods with local flair. The locals are happy to share stories and strive to make your visit enjoyable. Be sure to spend time at the famous Red Wing Shoes flagship store and museum...and you cannot miss the World's Largest Boot (size 638 ½).

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Day 6

La Crosse, WI is our stop today. This river town has a long-standing romance with the steamboat era, and as our paddle wheeler kisses its port, guests are welcomed by its eye-catching vistas and expansive waterfront park. Within its depths, La Crosse harbors a vibrant community; the cultural exchange among it and its six sister cities showcases a deep appreciation for enrichment through diversity. Influences from far-off destinations such as Bantry, Ireland, and Bavaria, Germany, woven into the history and charm of this scenic port, will certainly stir a traveler's soul.

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Day 7

Today we explore Dubuque, the roots from which Iowa sprouted. It's brimming with opportunity for river travelers to experience an All-America City and explore historic districts peppered with preservation. From the architectural delight of Tiffany-designed windows in St. Luke's United Methodist Church to the exhibits of the Dubuque Museum of Art, this city captures artistry. Victorian meets bohemian in this ever-growing Mississippi River gem that's sure to leave dazzling memories.

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Day 8

Today's stop is in Bettendorf, Iowa where deluxe motorcoaches will transport you between the distinctively different urban areas that, without friction, blend into the melting pot that the region celebrates. Whimsical architecture in Rock Island complements the eccentric gardens of the Quad City Botanical Center. The varied heritages and customs of the area come to life through the multiform dexterity of local artisans. A collection of riverfront vistas and metropolitan communities meet Midwestern neighborliness at the mighty Mississippi in this multifaceted port.

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Day 9

Today we visit Burlington, Iowa. Charm indwells this city. Swaggering trails showcase flourishing vegetation, neighborhood hangouts offer upscale dining options and steepled churches rich in architecture abound. Pleasure awaits each visitor in this city of contrasts. Quiet strolls through courtly streets in historic districts are contrasted by boisterous thespian artistry inside Capitol Theater; the drumming heart of the city is soothed by the scenic backdrop of the Mississippi River.

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Day 10

A visit to Hannibal, Missouri is scheduled for today. Hannibal could be described as ordinary, but the father of American literature would beg to differ. The town, with style and dignity, comes to life in the writings of Mark Twain. People, entities and livelihoods of Hannibal's past endure within the pages of masterpieces such as "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Life on the Mississippi," and the town's preservation efforts allow our quests to step right onto the page where Twain left off. Today, the river stretches north toward country that's almost as wild and beautiful as it must have been then, and, still enlivened by the coming and going of rivercraft, this exuberant port marks the start of adventure for all who visit.

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Day 11

Today we arrive in Alton, where we disembark the American Countess. Fond memories, shared stories and content smiles follow us home. Our lodging for this evening is located in Columbus, Ohio.


Day 12

Today we complete our homeward journey arriving back in Pennsburg by early evening.


Please note

Our intention is to run each tour as originally planned and published. However, if deemed necessary to do so, Perkiomen Tours reserves the right to make changes to tour components, schedules or itineraries without prior notification.

Tips for Perkiomen motorcoach drivers and tour escorts are not included in the price of this tour. We feel that these gratuities should be extended on an individual basis and dictated by the level of service provided.

Motorcoach seating is assigned at the time of reservation but can not be guaranteed. Although we do our best to keep each traveler in the seat assigned at the time of reservation, there are times that it is necessary to move seat locations. Please be sure to verify your final seat number(s) with the driver at the time of boarding. Daily seat rotation is practiced on most multi-day tours. Seat rotation will be explained by your driver or tour escort.

Perkiomen Tours recommends that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance for your tour. Travel Insurance is purchased directly by you from a third-party of your choice. One option is Travel Safe Insurance. You can purchase insurance directly from Travel Safe through our website.

CB=Continental Breakfast, B=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Payment Schedule:

A deposit of $500.00 per person is due at time of booking in order to confirm a seat on this tour.

Final payment is due June 2, 2020.


American Queen Cancellation Policy (if not buying Trip Insurance):

Prior to June 2, 2021         $250 per person non-refundable

June 2 - 91 days prior        25% per person non-refundable

90 - 61 days prior             50% per person non-refundable

60 - 31 days prior             75% per person non-refundable

30 - 0 days prior             100% per person non-refundable


Tour Includes:

Shipboard Accommodations including:

  • Comprehensive, guided shore excursions in each port of call

  • All on board meals

  • Non-alcoholic beverages

  • Lectures by the Riverlorian

  • On board entertainment

Meals listed in the itinerary: Indicated by B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner)


Items Not Included:

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary

  • Gratuities for Perkiomen drivers and escorts

  • Gratuities for American Queen Staff

  • Items of a Personal Nature Like:  Phone Calls, Laundry, Medical Assistance

  • Fuel surcharges, fees, taxes, etc. are subject to change without notice & may result in additional charges


Cancellation/Interruption Protection:

Because of cancellation penalties that can be incurred, Perkiomen Tours strongly recommends that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance for your vacation. Travel Insurance is purchased directly by you from a third-party of your choice. One option is Travel Safe Insurance. You can purchase insurance directly from Travel Safe through our website.


Dining Venues:

All dining assignments are subject to availability at time of reservation and will be allocated on a first come, first confirmed basis. 


Bedding Options:

Bedding preferences must be requested at the time of booking.

  • Options are 2 twin beds or 1 queen bed.

Please note that some staterooms have fixed bedding and cannot convert between 2 twins and a queen.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Allentown - Motorcoach Calvary Temple Church
3436 Winchester Rd., Allentown, PA 18104
Easton - Shuttle William Penn Hwy Park & Ride, near pole A-10
Rt 33, Easton, PA
Montgomeryville - Shuttle Quality Inn
678 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA 18936
Pennsburg - Motorcoach Perkiomen Tours Office
875 Main St, Pennsburg, PA 18073
Reading - Shuttle Homewood Suites
2801 Papermill Rd, Reading, PA 19610
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