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Steam Boating on the American Queen 2022 (Southbound)
From Memphis to New Orleans
 10 Days • 24 Meals

 Highlights
  • 24 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Spend one night in Memphis and visit the 14-acre Graceland Estate of Elvis Presley including the home tour, meditation garden and car museum
  • Visit the historic Port of the Mississippi Delta region, the inspiration of authors, musicians and artists for centuries
  • Experience the nostalgic days of Steam boating along the Mississippi River aboard the beautifully restored American Queen
  • Call at Vicksburg, Mississippi, the “Red Carpet City of the South”, blending Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions
  • Visit Natchez, Mississippi, the center of the Antebellum South and home to restored mansions Stanton Hall and Longwood, the largest octagonal house in the U.S.
  • Call at the quaint town of St. Francisville, with over 140 buildings on the National Register and beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside
  • Stop at Louisiana’s state capitol, Baton Rouge Baton and explore the Cajun flavor of the region with a swamp excursion and local cuisine
  • Tour the 1859 Greek Revival and Italianate-style mansion, Nottoway Plantation, the largest antebellum plantation house in the South
  • Spend one night in New Orleans with included narrated city tour including St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square and the Garden District
  • Dinner at the New Orleans School of Cooking and learn about Cajun cooking in a fun and informative atmosphere
  • $50 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Arrive in Tennessee
Arrive in Memphis, Tennessee today and transfer to your hotel. Meet your Tour Manager and traveling companions at 6:00 p.m. for a welcome dinner featuring some of Memphis’ famous bar-be-que. Meal: D
Day 2  Memphis, Graceland and Board the American Queen
Begin the day in Memphis as a local guide conducts a panoramic tour of the musical city. Then visit 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 Elvis’ two custom airplanes, tour the Car Museum, The Entertainer Career Showcase Museum as well as the new state-of-the-art Visitor Entertainment Complex. Later, board the American Queen. Meals: B, D
Day 3  Port of the Mississippi Delta, Mississippi
The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region, it is a way of life. Your “Hop On Hop Off” options today include the Greater First Baptist Church for a rousing gospel choir performance en route to Clarksdale, known as the “Birthplace of the Blues.” Here, visit the Delta Blues Museum and stop at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club. Meals: B, L, D
Day 4  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 Anchuca Mansion, the Old Courthouse Museum, the Old Depot Museum and Bierdenham Coca Cola Museum. Optional tour here is to the Vicksburg National Military Park site of the “Siege of Vicksburg” which President Lincoln called “the key to victory” for the union army. Meals: B, L, D
Day 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 and three of Natchez’s grandest Antebellum mansions, Stanton Hall, Rosalie and Magnolia Hall. You may also visit the Museum of African American History and Culture and explore the quaint downtown shops. One of the optional tours offered here explores the cotton fields and cotton gin of Frogmore Plantation and a visit to beautiful Longwood Mansion. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6  St. Francisville, Louisiana
Today, continue down 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 tour features Grandmother’s Buttons, a Victorian button museum and jewelry boutique, Grace Episcopal Church and the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum. Once you are refreshed, hop aboard the “Steamcoach” which will take you back to the ship. Meals: B, L, D
Day 7  Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Take a break from the quaint small towns along the Mississippi River with a stop at Baton Rouge, the state’s capitol. Your included tour features a Cajun adventure to explore the charm of the region. Take an airboat through the swamp to see alligators in their natural habitat, sample local cuisine in a family-style setting and learn about Acadia life at the Rural Life Museum. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8  Nottoway Plantation, Louisiana
Stop at the exclusive port of Nottoway to visit the historic sugarcane estate. This 1859 Greek Revival and Italianate-style mansion, which is the largest antebellum plantation house in the South. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance, an experience that you will not want to pass up. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9  Arrive in New Orleans
Dock in New Orleans this morning where a local guide conducts a tour of “The Big Easy”. See historic Jackson Square, featuring St. Louis Cathedral, the French Quarter as well as the Garden District. In the evening visit the New Orleans School of Cooking for dinner and to learn about Cajun cooking in a fun and informative atmosphere. Meals: B, D
Day 10  Travel Home
After breakfast a group transfer is available to the New Orleans International Airport for flights out after 12:00 p.m. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 1  Sheraton Downtown, Memphis, Tennessee
Days 2 - 8  Steam Boating aboard the American Queen
Days 9  Hampton Inn, New Orleans, Louisiana
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stageroom Category Per Person twin Single Room
March 27, 2022 Deluxe Outside Stateroom CAT A $4,399 + $2,859
Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda CAT B $4,279 + $2,779
Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda CAT C $3,829 + $2,489
Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Bay Window CAT D $3,599 + $2,339
Inside Stateroom CAT E $2,929 + $1,909
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Add $199 for port charges, government taxes and fees, which are subject to change.

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