American Queen Steamboat Plus New Orleans Extension
Our 8-day cruise along America’s most historic and largest river takes you on a journey through the Deep South from Memphis to New Orleans. Explore Memphis, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and visit one of Elvis Presley’s former homes, Graceland. Sail the mighty Mississippi River on the gracious American Queen Steamboat, listening to stories about the history of music, slavery and Civil War from the on-board Riverlorian, an expert in the Deep South’s history and culture. Each port of call can be explored on an American Queen shore excursion, showcasing Mississippi’s great river cities. Finish your tour with two nights in the vibrant city of New Orleans, sampling its unique southern cuisine, live music and nightlife.
UK - Memphis
Fly from the UK to Memphis, the home of the blues and birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Transfer to your city hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening exploring the music scene and sampling some of the Deep South’s cuisine.
This morning is yours to explore the city; the team at the American Queen Steamboat Cruise hospitality desk in your hotel can suggest places to visit. You may wish to join American Queen’s optional Memphis City and Graceland Mansion Premium Shore Excursion. Take a self-guided iPad tour through Graceland, a former home of Elvis Presley, then stroll through the Meditation Garden, the final resting place of ‘The King’. Meals: Breakfast and dinner Accommodation Options
Today you will arrive in Greenville, an area of historic cotton plantations and the heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta. Legendary blues artist B.B. King was born in nearby Indianola, and the area was the birthplace of many famous writers and authors, including Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets! Greenville has several museums of note, including the Greenville History Museum with memorabilia and artefacts dating back to the 1800’s. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Accommodation Options
Those with an interest in the American Civil War will find Vicksburg a fascinating city. Founded in 1811, and described by Abraham Lincoln as the ‘Key to the South’ this southern town is steeped in Civil War history. American Queen includes several shore excursions based around its history, including a visit to Anchuca Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the ‘happy home’ provided shelter for those who had suffered in the Civil War. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Accommodation Options
Founded in 1716, Natchez is the oldest city on the Mississippi River. This southern town is rich in culture and exhibits several architectural influences left by African, French, British and Spanish descendants over the years. Visit mansions and museums on one of American Queen’s included shore excursions, or pre-book one of the optional Premium Shore Excursions to discover ‘Southern’ life and the Hollywood parties that took place at ‘The Towers’. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Accommodation Options
Today you leave the state of Mississippi and arrive at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The city is home to the United States’ largest Capitol building and the USS Kidd DD-61, which fought in World War II and the Korean War. An optional Premium Shore Excursion can be pre-booked to visit some of the South’s most famous plantations such as Houmas House and Oak Valley Plantation. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accommodation Options
Royal Street, in the historic district of St. Francisville, is lined with buildings that date from the 19th to early 20th centuries. Today’s optional Premium Shore Excursion takes you on a tour of ‘Redemption and Rehabilitation’ at the maximum-security Angola Prison. Hear stories about formerly America’s most dangerous penitentiary, before its transformation into a model facility which is proud of the rehabilitation of its inmates. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner. Accommodation Options
Visit the South’s most impressive and largest antebellum mansion, Nottoway Plantation. Nicknamed ‘The White Castle of Louisiana’ for its decadent grandeur and 22 white square columns, this mansion boasts 64 bedrooms spread across three floors. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Plantation House followed by a stroll through the manicured gardens and two-hundred-year-old oak trees. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Accommodation Options
New OrleansNew Orleans
Your Mississippi River cruise ends in the vibrant city of New Orleans. Check-in to your New Orleans hotel for your two-night city break. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere, enjoy the live music scene and indulge in the famous cuisine. Accommodation Options
New OrleansNew Orleans
Today is yours to explore New Orleans at your own pace. You may wish to arrange an optional air-boat ride through the lush marshes of wild bayou country; spot an abundance of bird life and wildlife such as alligators, beavers and snakes on your 2-hour air-boat adventure. ‘Haunted’ tours of New Orleans’ cemeteries and back streets of the French Quarter are a popular activity. As night draws in, the city’s French Quarter comes alive with over 200 bars, jazz clubs and restaurants. Accommodation Options
New Orleans - UK
Transfer to New Orleans Airport for your flight back to the UK.