Experience the grand old days of river cruising aboard the majestic American Queen. Enjoy overnights in the “The Big Easy,” New Orleans and the “The Blues City’” Memphis. Enjoy seven glorious days cruising the “Mighty Mississippi” aboard one of the nation’s finest paddle wheel steam boats, the American Queen while exploring the towns that made the river famous.
1 Arrive in Louisiana
Arrive in New Orleans, Louisiana today and transfer to your hotel. Meet your tour manager and check in for your cruise at the American Queen
Hospitality Desk inside the hotel.
2 New Orleans Touring and Board the American Queen
This morning a local guide conducts a tour of “The
Big Easy”. You’ll see historic Jackson Square, featuring
St. Louis Cathedral, the French Quarter as well as the Garden
Visit the New Orleans School of Cooking. Enjoy
lunch and learn about Cajun cooking in a fun and informative
atmosphere. Later, board the incredible American Queen
home for the next seven nights. Tonight you are welcomed
aboard with a fabulous dinner. Meals: B, L, D
3 Nottoway Resort
Enjoy an included tour of Nottoway Resort, with the South’s largest remaining antebellum mansion.
This stunning historical plantation lies between Baton Rouge
and New Orleans and offers a view of a truly grand plantation.
The mansion flaunts three floors, 64 bedrooms, and displays
an incredible 22 white square columns. Enjoy a guided
walking tour of this American castle as we explore within the
pristine walls followed by a stroll through the lush grounds and
gardens. **Premium optional shore excursions may be offered
in this port. Meals: B, L, D
4 St. Francisville, Louisiana
Today, continue up the Mississippi River to the quaint town of St. Francisville. With
over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation
homes nestled in the rolling countryside, bustling Main Street
Shops and an ideal location on the bluffs above the Mississippi,
St. Francisville is your window to the past.
Your included *Hop-On Hop-Off day offers stops at historic Royal Street for a stroll
or shopping, Old Market Hall, Grace Episcopal Church and the
West Feliciana Historical Society Museum. **Premium optional shore excursions may be offered in this port. Meals: B, L, D
5 Natchez, Mississippi
Enjoy a *Hop-On Hop-Off day to explore Natchez, Mississippi, the center of the Antebellum
South. Your included transportation allows you to hop off at
the Old South Trading Post for some shopping, the Natchez
Visitor’s Center, the Museum of African American History and
Culture, and three of Natchez’s grandest mansions, Stanton
Hall, Rosalie Mansion and Magnolia Hall. **Premium optional shore excursions may be offered in this port. Meals: B, L, D
6 Vicksburg, Mississippi
Known as the “Red Carpet City of the South”, Vicksburg, Mississippi perfectly blends Southern
culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions.
Your *Hop-On Hop-Off day here features stops at the Church
of the Holy Trinity, the Anchuca Mansion, the Old Courthouse
Museum, the Old Depot Museum, the Lower Mississippi
Museum, the Vicksburg Civil War Museum and the Bierdenharn
Coca-Cola Museum. **Premium optional shore excursions may be offered in this port. Meals: B, L, D
7 Port of Mississippi
Southern towns are known for their crops — corn, cotton, and rice. Greenville, while it may
produce plenty of corn and soybeans each year, is said to
actually produce writers. At one time, the town had more writers
per capita than any other town in the country. Greenville is
the home to acclaimed authors such as Shelby Foote, Walker
Percy, Ellen Douglas, Willie Morris, David Cohn, and many
Your included *Hop-On Hop-Off options today include
stops at the Greenville History Museum, Hebrew Union
Temple, 1927 Flood Museum, E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center,
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Greenville Writer’s Exhibit, and
the Trop Casino. **Premium optional shore excursions may be offered in this port. Meals: B, L, D
8 Steam Boating on the Mighty Mississippi
Today is a full day of leisurely steam boating along the mighty Mississippi.
Settle yourself into a comfortable rocking chair and just let the picturesque scenery glide by. Or join in the fun of the numerous activities onboard the American Queen
. Meals: B, L, D
9 Disembark in Memphis and Graceland
The American Queen docks in Memphis where a local guide conducts a panoramic tour of the musical city. The afternoon is devoted to Elvis Presley’s Graceland
. Tour the mansion, the heart of the 14-acre estate and see the living rooms, music room and “jungle” den. You will also see the meditation garden where “The King” is laid to rest.
See custom airplanes, tour the Car Museum, The Entertainer Career Showcase Museum as well as the new state-of-the-art Visitor Entertainment Complex. Tonight, enjoy some of Memphis’ famous bar-be-que.
Meals: B, D
10 Travel Home
After breakfast, a group transfer is available to the Memphis International Airport for flights out
after 12:00 p.m. Meal: B