New Orleans to Red Wing - 16 Days

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Cruise Summary

Have you ever wondered what this country looked like to its early explorers and pioneers? Travelling on the Mississippi and its tributaries aboard the elegant American Queen, Duchess or Countess, you will be transported back in time to an era of leisurely and romantic travel.
This tailor-made itinerary takes you on a magical voyage from New Orleans to Red Wing journey 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 between these magnificent cities you will find quaint American towns, traditional plantations, elegant antebellum homes, magnificent gardens and oak trees taking you back to an era of hoop skirts and cotton fields. You will experience the real soul of the Mississippi River..sit in a rocking chair on the American Duchess and watch it unfold before you.


Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Minneapolis, USA

Fly from London to Minneapolis, USA.
Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in Minneapolis.
Tomorrow, you will board the American Queen from Red Wing.

Day 2: Red Wing, Minnesota

Today is the big day!
Spend your last day here in the city of Red Wing before embarking on an unforgettable journey!
After you are comfortably aboard the vessel, wave “Au Revoir” to Red Wing as we set off on an incredible adventure up the Mighty Mississippi!

Day 3: Winona, Minnesota

Explore Winona, Minnesota, one of the most beautiful places in the country.
The city is referred to as the “Island City” by locals because of the large sand bar it was built upon.
Evidence suggests that the land’s history reaches back as early as 9500 B.C., while present-day Winona was founded as the small village of Keoxa in 1851.
Nestled between the covered limestone river bluffs of the Mississippi River, this small town is full of culture and small town Americana.
Enjoy stunning views of the rolling bluffs as they plummet to the mighty Mississippi below in this beautiful and historic city, filled with incredible museums, galleries, and parks.

Day 4: La Crosse, Wisconsin

Named by explorer Zebulon Pike, who saw a group of people playing a game with sticks that looked like a cross, La Crosse is now a popular tourist stop.
Filled with statues, architecture, and an exquisite view of the river, this river city is an artist’s dream.
Like much of Wisconsin, La Crosse became heavily involved with the lumber industry in the mid-1800s until the decline of the forests throughout much of Wisconsin took its toll.
Today, make note of lingering pieces of history along the streets of the city, inside local breweries, and within the floorboards of historic homes and businesses.

Day 5: Dubuque, Iowa

One of the few large cities in Iowa with hills, Dubuque is an extremely popular tourist destination, featuring unique architecture and desirable river location.
From the America’s River Project in the Port of Dubuque that transformed the riverfront, to the revitalization of the historic Main Street, the ongoing evolution of the Historic Millwork District downtown, and the impressive and expansive westward growth, Dubuque remains a remarkable city along the Mississippi.
Intelligent Community Forum named Dubuque as one of just five U.S. cities as a “Smart21 Community” in 2015 and the National Civic League has named Dubuque as a top All-American City three times in just six years!
Guests will surely enjoy exploring this beautiful and unique city as they uncover the history and advancements held within.

Day 6: Bettendorf, Iowa

Discover one of the marvels on the Mississippi River!
The Quad Cities combines the cultures of Rock Island, Moline/East Moline in Illinois and Davenport, Bettendorf in Iowa.
This fun and friendly area is home to hundreds of music, food, and art festivals.
Blues, jazz, rock, and many other music stylings can be found not only at the festivals, but also at music venues in the downtown areas.
Museums that tell the history of the area and feature international and national traveling exhibits will also keep you busy, as over 20 museums are scattered throughout the Quad Cities and feature everything from Buffalo Bill Cody and German immigration to fine art collections, and Native American Indian history.
Come for a visit and experience Quad Cities on the mighty Mississippi River, their Midwestern hospitality will make you feel right at home!

Day 7: Burlington, Iowa

Explored in 1673 by Pere Jaques Marquette and Louis Joliet, the land that is now Des Moines County changed hands from France to Spain, back to France and finally to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
After Lt. Zebulon Pike’s expedition landed at what is now Crapo Park in 1805, it was part of several territories – Louisiana, Indiana, Missouri, and Michigan.
In 1834, residents named the land “Burlington” after trader John Gray’s Vermont hometown.
When Iowa was named a territory in 1838, Burlington remained the capital.
Today, visitors enjoy the sights and attractions of the town as the hills and valleys, prairies, and the Mississippi River create the perfect scenic backdrop.

Day 8: Hannibal, Missouri

Hannibal, Missouri, has a rich history, diverse industrial economy and truly remarkable arts.
The city was founded in 1819 by Moses D. Bates and became a popular stop along the river for many steamboats traveling up the Mississippi River.
Hannibal offers more parks per citizens than most towns in the Midwest and was included in the famous “50 Miles of Art.”
Today, the most popular draw of this quirky town is Hannibal’s very own Samuel Langhorne Clemens, recognized world-wide as Mark Twain.
Many of the popular characters featured in Twain’s novels were based on people Clemens had known while growing up in Hannibal.
Many of the characters and influences of this American icon are weaved into the streets, shops, restaurants, and museums of Hannibal waiting to be uncovered.

Day 9: St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri, famously referred to as the “Gateway City,” is known for its diverse neighborhoods and the different cultures and traditions each one brings forth.
The iconic city was founded in 1764 by French explorers who settled on the east side of the Mississippi, claiming the land as their fur trading post.
In 1803, the city’s name began to spread as the beginning point for the famous Louis and Clark Expedition.
The city is typically associated with its 630-foot stainless steel monument, the Gateway Arch, which stands proud on the
banks of the Mississippi River to symbolize the westward expansion of the United States.

Day 10: Scenic River Cruising

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard.
Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life.
If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to The Library adorned with bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish every moment of serenity.
Our fitness facility, Card Room and Grand Lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity.
However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment.

Day 11: Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is a city built on melody from the jazz dives and blues clubs of Beale Street to the Memphis Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum, Gibson Guitar factory, Sun Studio and the famous Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
In a city of contrasts, the tragic but uplifting stories of the National Civil Rights Museum are balanced by the frivolity of the twice-daily march of the ducks at the Peabody Hotel

Day 12: Port of the Mississippi Delta

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 13: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions.
Described as the key to the South by President 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 14: Natchez, Mississippi

This charming river town 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.
Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historical homes, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book “The 100 Best Towns in America.”

Day 15: Nottoway Plantation

EXCLUSIVE PORT: 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, this White Castle of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur.
Set among a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and 200-year-old oak trees, the mansion boasts three floors and 64 bedrooms, and flaunts an incredible 22 white square columns.
The most popular room among guests is the White Ballroom, which is painted entirely in white with elaborate gold décor throughout.
Rooms are trimmed in custom plaster frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster and mud, and are all original to the house.
And as if that weren’t enough, this immaculate mansion was constructed with 365 openings – one for each day of the year.
Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history and mystery.

Day 16: New Orleans, Louisiana

Arrival 8:00 AM – Thank you for cruising with us!
We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future.
Enjoy New Orleans at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.

Day 17: Arrive London, UK

Fly from New Orleans to London.

Departure Dates: 2021

American Queen
  • 25 July – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
American Duchess
  • 1 August – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
American Countess
  • 28 August – 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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