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2022 Kentucky Derby River Cruise


American Queen Steamboat Company, American Countess Riverboat
Monday, May 2, 2022  to  Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The air practically crackles with excitement surrounding Kentucky's favorite event, spilling out as river towns and cities for miles around embrace the fervor - from a genteel steamboat race to America's preeminent horse racing event, unmatched in history and tradition. Don't miss out on this phenomenal voyage.


Hotel Stay in Cincinnati, OH
Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.
Mon, May 2, 2022

Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati, OH Take a stroll through Cincinnati - the birthplace of baseball and its own distinctive chili recipe. The city is filled with downtown destinations that flaunt shops and amenities. Bound by the many parks; each district has its own personality, and you can meet them all - because the city's compact downtown is anchored to the river, where our guests meet the shore. Seize the day in this old-fashioned urban jewel on the Ohio.
Tue, May 3, 2022

Madison, IN
Tucked away between Cincinnati and Louisville is Madison, a quaint river town rich in character. This charismatic port flaunts its personality throughout the streets, where a 130-block historic district showcases its collection of classic architectural artistry. The downtown shopping district is a unique showcase of unbeatable hospitality, with each shop locally owned and operated. Join us to discover all the hidden treasures of Madison.
Wed, May 4, 2022

Louisville, KY
Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky and in the top 30 most populated cities in the United States. The metro area exudes an authentic culture and diversity that visitors quickly learn to adore. Discover the talent and creativity of Louisville locals in a number of art galleries, theatrical performances and museums. Everyone can find something to love among Louisville's treasures.
Thu, May 5, 2022

Brandenburg, KY
The essence of Kentucky radiates, from its bourbon traditions to a tableau of rolling farmland. Soul-stirring river views and Southern warmth welcome those who pursue relaxation. Mysteries of the Civil War enlist lifelong learners on the battlefield while sprawling parks and trails make way for recreation. The grass is bluer in Brandenburg and all the surrounding areas.
Fri, May 6, 2022

Louisville, KY
The first weekend of May is an exciting time to celebrate the honored tradition of the Kentucky Derby.r This thoroughbred race has taken place under the iconic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs every year since 1875. Dress to the nines, sip a mint julep and sport an extravagant hat while betting on your favorite horse or jockey. This event brings out the best in all.
Sat, May 7, 2022

Reserved Ticket to Kentucky Derby
Official 2022 Kentucky Derby ticket and lanyard; VIP fast-access pass to enter Churchill Downs; Undercover seating along the final stretch; Derby Experience VIP access to the indoor climate-controlled area; Premium in-track hospitality in the Affirmed Lounge with gourmet food and premium open bar; Deluxe motorcoach transportation from the American Countess to Churchill Downs and the return; VIP motorcoach parking that is conveniently located near the entrance. On-site assistance.
Sat, May 7, 2022

River Cruising
Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers.
Sun, May 8, 2022

Augusta, KY
Named Most Picturesque Town in Kentucky by USA Today, Augusta is a pearl - continually refined by the rush of its river traffic. From the inland fields of this Kentucky treasure, cabin-and-cottage-speckled hills invite its visitors to forget about the busyness of life for a while. Stops in time-honored shops lead to peaceful strolls through town. Longtime residents are always willing to recount the past - especially the famous Clooney family.
Mon, May 9, 2022

Cincinnati, OH
As the journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town. Enjoy the city at your leisure, or consider a post-cruise premium experience with airport transfer.
Tue, May 10, 2022


Inside Stateroom on the American Countess Riverboat
Interior Staterooms invite you to relax and unwind in modern comfort. These spaces offer a tranquil retreat in which you can feel at home on the river and prepare for exciting days brimming with fun activities. 153 sq. ft. (wheelchair-accessible rooms are 239 sq. ft.) Queen bed or two single beds Full bathroom with shower Writing desk with chair Interior access Cabin and Observation Decks

Transfer to the vessel
FREE ground transfers on day 2 between the hotel and the vessel

Unlimited Beverages
including extensive wine list, choice spirits, local craft beers and specialty coffees

Open Bars and Lounges
OPEN BARS AND LOUNGES throughout the vessel including a smoothie and juice bar EVERY morning

Alternative Dining
featuring fresh lobster and USDA Prime Beef available EVERY night

24-Hour In-Room Dining

Unlimited Wifi

Live, Daily Entertainment

Bicycles and Hiking Sticks

24 Hour Trip Assistance
Travel assistance is one phone call away at any time, day or night.

Hotel Taxes

Final Document Package
All of your necessary trip information and comprehensive final documents will be sent to you 7-10 days before your departure date.

COVID-19 vaccination is required for all guests and crew for all sailings beginning July 1, 2021.

Trip Add-Ons

Upgrade to Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda
Start your morning on the river by opening sliding doors to enjoy fresh air and picturesque landscape as we gently drift past. Indulge in some snacks on the deck outside your stateroom, socialize with fellow guests or simply enjoy a luxurious day of lounging. 192 sq. ft. with open veranda (wheelchair-accessible rooms are 300 sq. ft.) Queen bed or two single beds Full bathroom with shower Furnished lounge area with sofa and desk Sliding doors open to deck Interior access Observation Deck

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Per person based on occupancy.

Base Trip
Single Call
Double $5,445.00
Triple Call
Quad Call
Reserve OnLine

Trip Add ons
Upgrade to Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda
$2,400.00 Per Person

All Prices in US Dollars.

Pricing and packages are subject to change and availability.

Pre-Trip/Post-Trip nights already include all city/state/occupancy taxes, where applicable.

Upgrades are available for Hotels or Tickets on most tours. Ask your Travel Coordinator for details.

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