New Orleans to Memphis - 11 Days

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Cruise Summary

This tailor-made itinerary takes you on a magical voyage from the ‘Blues City’ to the ‘Big Easy’ … journey upstream 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. 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. 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!

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 New Orleans, USA

Fly from London to New Orleans, USA.
Private transfer to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside for a two night stay.

Day 2: New Orleans, Louisiana

Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi!
Indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.

Day 3: New Orleans, Louisiana

Today is the big day! Spend your last day here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on the luxurious American Queen to begin an unforgettable journey!
Join us for an American Queen Exclusive excursion as guests experience New Orleans’ rich historic past, eclectic beauty and return to glory as ongoing efforts continue to bring this American gem back to her original lustre.
The morning Premium Excursion is a narrated driving tour where you will experience the city from an intimate firstperson perspective.
After the excursion you will be taken to the American Queen for embarkation.

Day 4: 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 5: 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.
When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville, where they are still standing.
The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer!
Stop in at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches, or breathtaking parks and you will agree with that!
Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, which creates a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.

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: 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 souvenier.

Day 8: Port of the Mississippi Delta / Greenville, 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 9: Scenic River Cruising

Relax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our revered Mark Twain Gallery, enjoy some quiet time in the Ladies’ Tea Parlor, or recruit your fellow guests for an exciting board game in our Gentlemen’s Card Room.
For a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, take a guided tour of the American Queen’s Engine Room to explore the inner workings of our classic, steam-powered vessel or take in a guided tour of the Pilot House where you can witness the latest hightech electronics that help us navigate our innovative paddlewheeler up the changing currents of Old Man River in modern-day America.
There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river!

Day 10: Disembark in Memphis, Tennessee

Tie up in Memphis and bid your steamboat adieu.
Private transfer to Memphis Airport for flight to London, UK or extend your stay by choosing the two night The Complete
Memphis Experience (The Ultimate Music of America).

Day 11: Arrive London, UK

Fly from Memphis to London.

Departure Dates: 2021

American Queen
  • 6, 20 March – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 3, 17 April – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 1, 15, 29 May – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 12 June – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 7 August – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 4, 18 September – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 2, 16 October – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 13, 27 November – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 11 December – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
American Duchess
  • 2, 16, 30 January – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 27 March – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 22 May – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 14 August – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 11 September – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 30 October – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 27 November – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
American Countess
  • 5, 19 February – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 5, 19 March – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 16 April – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 14, 28 May – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 25, 30 June – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 9, 23 July – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 6 August – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 10 September – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • 22 October – 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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