Memphis to New Orleans - 11 Days

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Cruise Summary

This tailor-made itinerary takes you on a magical voyage from the ‘Big Easy’ to the ‘Blues City’ … journey downstream through the southern states and experience the culture, the music, the food, America’s Civil War and antebellum history along with the true hospitality of the Deep South. Music is the heart and soul of Memphis and is home to many artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, BB King, Otis Redding and, of course, Elvis who has solidified it’s reputation as a musical Mecca – the association is close with Priscilla Presley being Godmother to the American Queen Steamboat! In New Orleans take in the ambience of the fine restaurants and cafes in the French Quarter, the Jazz Clubs in Bourbon Street and the strolling musicians in Jackson Square.

Your journey will take you to Louisiana favourites Nottoway and St Francisville and in Mississippi, enjoy the historic towns of Vicksburg and Natchez. In between you will find traditional plantations, elegant antebellum homes, magnificent gardens and oak trees taking you back to an era of hoop skirts and cotton fields. This is the real soul of the Mississippi River sit in a rocking chair on the American Queen’s Front Porch and watch it unfold before you.

 

 

 

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Memphis, USA

Fly from London to Memphis, USA.
Private transfer to the Sheraton Downtown Memphis Hotel for a two night stay.

Day 2: Memphis, Tennessee

Welcome to the Home of the Blues, the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and exactly the place you want to be as we prepare to board the American Queen!
Venture out into the streets of Memphis at your leisure to enjoy the city’s scrumptious eateries, unique boutiques and shops, and the lively entertainment scene.
The day is in your own hands, while you are here, don’t forget to experience some of the city’s most historic attractions
including Beale Street, Graceland, and Sun Studio!

Day 3: Memphis, Tennessee

Today is the day you have been waiting for!
Prepare to board the opulent American Queen and embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river.

Day 4: Port of the Mississippi Delta / Terrence Landing, Mississippi

The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region.
It is a way of life – a true cultural experience based around agriculture, music and history.
These small river towns have been the inspiration for authors, musicians and artists for centuries.
Lower Mississippi River voyages include a unique glimpse into a Port of the Mississippi Delta.

Day 5: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions.
Described as the “Key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln, this southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city.
Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and grew as a vital river port city.
It was a major component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town.
Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir.

Day 6: Natchez, Mississippi

This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land.
It was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi.
The city is known for its elegance, hospitality, and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner throughout Natchez.
Guests enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical homes located in Natchez, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book, “The 100 Best Towns in America.”

Day 7: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana, has a deep culture and rich history.
Named by French explorer, Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge has transformed into a rich cultural city.
The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the largest in the United States, as well as the Old State Capitol – a Gothic architectural monument located on the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mississippi.
Spend the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer, everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day!

Day 8: St Francisville, Louisiana

Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes.
Below where St. Francisville is located currently, was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790’s.
The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer!
This historical quaint town located on the bluffs of the Mississippi has over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops.

Day 9: Nottoway, Louisiana

Nottoway is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich history dating back to 1859.
In a fabulous location along the great River Road overlooking the grand Mississippi River, this “White Castle” of the South, transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur.
Set amongst a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and two hundred-year-old oak trees, Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history and mystery.

Day 10: Disembark in New Orleans, Louisiana

Tie up in New Orleans near historic Jackson Square and bid your steamboat adieu.
Private transfer to New Orleans Airport for flight to London, UK or extend your stay by choosing the two night New Orleans Big Easy City Stay.

Day 11: Arrive London, UK

Fly from New Orleans to London.

Departure Dates: 2022

American Queen
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  • 12, 26 March – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 09, 23 April – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 07, 21 May – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 19 November – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 03,17 December – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
American Duchess
  • 14, 28 January – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 11 February – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 08, 22 April – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 17 June – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 11, 25 November – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 09 December – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
American Countess
  • 12, 26 February – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
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  • 23 April – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 7, 21 May – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 18 June – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 2, 16, 30 July – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 12 November – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
Vessel: American Queen

Vessel: American Duchess

Vessel: American Countess

What’s included

Guide Prices are per person based on 2 persons sharing a cabin include:

  • Return scheduled flights (Economy Class) from London UK
  • Two nights pre-cruise stay a premium hotel including Full American Breakfast
  • Seven nights luxury cruise on board including all meals, drinks with dinner (wine and beer), complimentary coffees, bottled water and soft drinks included throughout the voyage
  • On board ‘showboat’ entertainment each evening and daily lectures from the resident Riverlorians relevant to the themed cruise and history of the river
  • One Premium Excursion and complimentary shore excursions in each Port on the ‘Hop On Hop Off’ coaches
  • Transfers to and from airports and shared transfer from hotel to boat
  • All Port Charges
  • Gratuities

Call 01223 568904 or contact your Travel Agent!

All itineraries can be tailor-made to your specification with cruise only, additional hotel nights, single supplements, flight upgrades and UK regional airport departures available on request.

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